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Dylann Roof trial: ‘I did it,’ church gunman says

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG The South Carolina man accused of shooting dead nine black church-goers last year admitted the massacre, in a video shown to the jury. In a videotaped FBI confession aired at the death penalty trial, Dylann Roof laughed several times and made sweeping gun motions as he described the attack. The 22-year-old told interrogators he wanted the ...

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What is ‘big problem’ Obama supposedly shared with Trump?

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Donald Trump said President Barack Obama had told him about a “big problem” for the US, but he wouldn’t say what it was. What could it be? “I was actually surprised a little bit,” said the president-elect when telling New York Times reporters about his private conversation with the outgoing White House incumbent. He said they ...

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Gambia President-elect Adama Barrow: Yahya Jammeh must concede

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Gambian President-elect Adama Barrow has called on incumbent Yahya Jammeh to accept defeat in last week’s election. President Jammeh initially appeared to concede after results showed he had clearly been defeated, but on Friday said he rejected the results “totally”. Mr Barrow said the president had “no constitutional authority to reject the results” and demand another ...

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Ghana election: Opposition leader Akufo-Addo declared winner

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Ghana’s opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo has won Wednesday’s tightly contested presidential election. President John Mahama called Mr Akufo-Addo to admit defeat, a spokesman for his party said, as the Electoral Commission announced the result. Mr Akufo-Addo has promised free high-school education and more factories but critics have questioned the viability of his ambitions. Celebrations have broken ...

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Aleppo battle: Red Cross evacuates disabled civilians from frontline

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG The Red Cross says it has evacuated 148 mostly disabled and elderly civilians found in a part of the Syrian city of Aleppo recently recaptured by the army. They were trapped for days inside a former old people’s home in what was a rebel-held part of the Old City because of heavy fighting nearby. Many had ...

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War based on deception: Bush’s Iraq lies, uncontested, will haunt us under Donald Trump

The CODEPINK Tribunal taking place Dec. 1 and 2, and live streamed by the Real News, is a historic collection of testimonies about the lies and costs of the Iraq war. It takes on new meaning with the incoming Trump administration, and the hawks who are flocking to join that administration with their sights set on starting yet another war in the Middle East, this ...

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Philippine business bankrolls Duterte’s anti-drug crusade

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG MANILA — Five months since formally assuming power and launching a deadly anti-narcotics campaign that has claimed around 5,000 lives, President Rodrigo Duterte on Nov. 29 inaugurated the country’s largest drug rehabilitation center at a military camp north of the capital. The 10,000-bed facility can only accommodate a fraction of more than 700,000 methamphetamine users who ...

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Turkey’s Erdogan in power until 2029? It’s possible

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG ISTANBUL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could stay in power until 2029 after a right-wing opposition party offered their backing to a proposal to amend the constitution and allow his presidential term to be extended. If realized, Erdogan could serve as leader of the country for a total of 26 years since he became the prime minister in 2003. ...

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North Korea slams ‘Obama and his lackeys’ in furious response to sanctions

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG North Korea has furiously criticized United Nations sanctions, accusing Security Council members of being puppets of the United States. The defiant statement Thursday came as both South Korea and Japan announced further restrictions on the state, including on visits by foreign missile and nuclear experts. The Security Council voted unanimously on November 30 to impose their ...

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Jacob Zuma: South Africa’s ‘Teflon President’ escapes party backlash

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG South Africa President Jacob Zuma has received the backing of his party just weeks after a damning reportinto top-level government cronyism.PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMBA IS KNOWN TO BE ONE OF THE MOST CORRUPTED LEADERS IN OUR MODERN ERA. There had been speculation that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party would hold a vote of confidence on ...

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