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Paris riots: Violence erupts on fifth night of unrest after young black man ‘beaten and raped by police officers’

KALAHAN DENG Rioters burned dozens of cars and set fire to a nursery school in the poor northern suburbs of Paris in the latest night of unrest sparked by the arrest of a young black man by officers who have since been charged with  beating and raping him. Police arrested 17 people in the disturbances that hit several different areas ...

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Brawl in South African parliament interrupts President Jacob Zuma speech

KALAHAN DENG Asession of South Africa’s parliament convened for a keynote address by President Jacob Zuma descended into chaos on Thursday as far-left lawmakers brawled with orderlies after interrupting the speech and the main opposition party walked out. Deputies from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party fired questions at Zuma for more than an hour, forcing the president – whose authority has been tarnished ...

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Newly-elected president of Somalia was until recently a city employee in Buffalo, New York

KALAHAN DENG Adual US-Somali citizen who until recently worked for the department of transportation in Buffalo, New York was declared president of Somalia on Wednesday. Mohamed A Mohamed, known as Farmajo, was elected by parliament in what observers say were the most democratic proceedings Somalia had seen in decades, leading to celebrations in the streets from his supporters. Mr Farmajo is ...

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Top French Isil recruiter linked to Brussels attack ‘killed in airstrike’ in Mosul

KALAHAN DENG Anotorious terrorist recruiter linked to a string of Isil-inspired attacks in France has been killed in an American drone strike in Iraq, French police sources said on Friday. The report came as French police thwarted an “imminent” suicide attack, possibly on a Paris tourist site, with the arrests of four suspected Isil recruits, including a 16-year-old girl, who ...

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Donald Trump’s state visit to UK may be moved from London to Brexit heartland amid security concerns

KALAHAN DENG Donald Trump’s controversial state visit to Britain could move from London to the Midlands to allow the US President to address a mass rally and raise money for Armed Forces veterans. Ministers also say the trip could be delayed from June to July to coincide with Mr Trump’s visit to the G20 summit of developed nations in Hamburg. ...

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Chinese man trapped in India goes home after 50 years

KALAHAN DENG A Chinese man who was trapped in India for more than 50 years has finally been reunited with his family. The media reported how Wang Qi, an army surveyor who says he accidentally crossed into India in 1963, had not been given the necessary documents to leave the country. Following the report, he was visited by Chinese diplomats, who ...

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Uzbek film blocked over lack of Morgan Freeman

KALAHAN DENG The release of an Uzbek action movie has been blocked for using images of US actor Morgan Freeman in its advertising, even though he doesn’t appear in the film. The movie, called Daydi (Rogue), was due to be shown in cinemas this week until Uzbekistan’s film licensing body stepped in. It says that while Freeman features prominently on ...

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‘Crazy violence’ in Brazilian state during police strike

KALAHAN DENG Police in the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo are set to return to work after a week-long strike. The walk-out was over pay and working conditions. It included around 10,000 officers and resulted in a wave of violence which saw more than 120 killed. As the state tries to get back to “regular life” a local resident has ...

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Canada man who beheaded bus passenger granted freedom

KALAHAN DENG A man with schizophrenia who beheaded a fellow bus passenger in Canada in 2008 has been granted freedom. Will Baker, formerly known as Vince Weiguang Li, killed 22-year-old Tim McLean after hearing what he thought was “the voice of God”. He was deemed not criminally responsible and received mental health treatment. A review board in Manitoba ordered his ...

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Jakarta vote: Indonesia hardliners call for Muslim governor

KALAHAN DENG Tens of thousands of Indonesians have gathered in Jakarta to urge people to vote for a Muslim candidate to be the capital city’s next governor. The incumbent, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as Ahok, is an ethnic Chinese Christian currently on trial after being accused of insulting Islam. Despite the court case, Mr Purnama is still expected to win ...

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