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Liberia ruling party expels President Johnson Sirleaf

Liberia’s ruling Unity Party has expelled the country’s outgoing president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is accused by party leaders of meddling in last year’s presidential elections in which its candidate suffered a bruising defeat. Johnson Sirleaf, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who has been in power for 12 years, denies …

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President Trump: ‘I am not a racist’

President Trump has denied that he is a racist after a row broke out over his alleged use of the word “shithole” to describe African nations. Mr Trump reportedly used the term last week during a bipartisan Oval Office meeting on immigration reform. He has now told reporters: “I am …

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California: Rescuers search for mudslide survivors

Rescue workers in southern California are searching for survivors after mudslides and flooding in which at least 13 people have died. More than 30 miles (48km) of the main coastal road has been closed and police said the scene “looked like a World War One battlefield”. A group of 300 people are …

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North Korea to send team to Olympics

North Korea is to send a delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games taking place in South Korea in February, officials from the South say. The breakthrough announcement came as the countries met for their first high-level talks in more than two years. The delegation will include athletes, officials and …

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Tanzania arrests pregnant schoolgirls

Child rights activists in Tanzania have criticised the arrest of five pregnant schoolgirls and their parents over the weekend. The teenagers were arrested in Tandahimba, northern Tanzania, on the orders of a local district commissioner and later released on bail. Gender and child rights campaigners are quoted by The Citizen …

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Thirteen dead in south Senegal attack

Thirteen people have been killed in an attack in the restive southern Senegalese region of Casamance. Hospital workers who have seen the bodies said some of the victims had been shot, others decapitated. The dead are said to be teenagers. It is not clear yet who carried out the attack. …

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Mark Zuckerberg vows to ‘fix’ Facebook

Mr Zuckerberg said Facebook was making too many mistakes Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has vowed to “fix” Facebook, in what he described as his personal challenge for 2018. In a post on his page on the social network, he said it was making too many errors enforcing policies and preventing …

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