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Armed police patrol near Manchester Arena
London (AFP) - At least 22 people died in Monday night's bombing attack on a Manchester pop concert, including an eight-year-old girl and several parents who had come to pick up their children. Here is what we know so far about the victims of the terror attack, the deadliest in...
Armed police patrol near Manchester Arena
Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Britain has raised its terror alert to the maximum level and ordered troops to protect strategic sites after 22 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack on a Manchester pop concert. Here is what we know so far about Monday's attack, the deadliest in...
Same-sex activists
Taipei (AFP) - Taiwan's top court ruled in favour of gay marriage Wednesday, a landmark decision that paves the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex unions. Crowds of supporters cheered, hugged and wept as the court said current laws preventing the practice...
President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia
The Gambia's former president stole "at least" $50m (£38.4m) from the state before he left the country in January, the justice minister has said. Yahya Jammeh is accused of withdrawing the money via a state telecoms company. A court has ordered all his remaining assets in The Gambia to be frozen. Mr...
Muhammadu Buhari
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has been more absent this year than he has been present. Two weeks ago, the 74-year-old left for London to have medical treatment for an unspecified condition and it's unclear when he will return. In January, a planned 10-day vacation combined with "routine" check-ups, again in the...
Everest
Kathmandu (AFP) - The bodies of four climbers were found inside a tent on Everest, an expedition organiser said Wednesday, taking the death toll on the world's highest peak this spring season to 10. The climbers were found at camp four -- at 7,950 metres (26,085 feet) -- on Tuesday...
Liberian presidential candidate Alexander Cummings
Monrovia (AFP) - A football superstar, a former warlord and a soft drinks millionaire have thrown their hats into the ring for the post of Liberian president as Africa's first elected female leader prepares to step down. A dizzying array of candidates have lined up for the October poll to...
Aung San Suu Kyi
Naypyidaw (Myanmar) (AFP) - Hundreds of representatives from Myanmar's ethnic insurgent groups gathered in the capital on Wednesday for talks aimed at reviving Aung San Suu Kyi's stuttering peace process after months of heavy fighting. The discussions are the de facto leader's second attempt to end conflict in the country's troubled...
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte
Manila (AFP) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned Wednesday that martial law would be "harsh" and like a dictatorship, after imposing military rule in the south of the country to combat Islamist militants. Duterte declared martial law in the southern region of Mindanao, home to about 20 million people, on...
Pope Francis

Trump heads to Vatican

Vatican City (AFP) - Billionaire President Donald Trump heads to the Vatican on Wednesday to meet man-of-the-poor Pope Francis, with all eyes on whether they will end their sparring to find common ground. The two leaders have been at odds over issues from migration to climate change, staking out starkly...
From left to right - Amaechi, Jonathan and Wike
*Described Wike's allegation that Amaechi is recruiting militants  as a sign of desperation and ploy to embark upon another massive killings of Rivers State people   The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has commended immediate past President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, for admitting that he imposed Nyesom Wike...
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte
Manila (AFP) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law Tuesday in the southern region of Mindanao, after deadly clashes between security forces and Islamic State group-linked militants in a major city there. The announcement, made by his spokesman at a press conference in Moscow where Duterte was on an...
Former James Bond actor Roger Moore
London (AFP) - British actor Roger Moore, who played James Bond over two decades with a suave wit, died Tuesday aged 89, drawing tributes for his portrayal of the womanising superspy and his charity work. "It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger...
Armed police patrol near Manchester Arena
Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Police on Tuesday named a young man -- reportedly British-born of Libyan descent -- as the suspect behind a suicide bombing that ripped into young fans at a concert in Manchester, killing 22 including an eight-year-old girl. Manchester police identified the suspect as 22-year-old Salman...
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
GENEVA (Reuters) - Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a former health minister and foreign minister of Ethiopia, won an election on Tuesday to head the World Health Organisation (WHO), the first African to do so, edging out a veteran insider from Britain. A jubiliant Ethiopian official emerged from the closed-door meeting in...
President Donald Trump
Washington (AFP) - US forces have carried out a ground raid on an Al-Qaeda compound in Yemen, killing seven militants, the Pentagon said late Monday. The raid took place in Marib Governorate in the early hours of Tuesday local time and was conducted with the support of Yemeni authorities. "During this...
Police deploy at scene of explosion in Manchester
Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Nineteen people have been killed in a suspected terrorist attack during a pop concert by US star Ariana Grande in the northwest English city of Manchester, police said Tuesday. There was panic as Grande's audience of youthful fans fled the 21,000-capacity venue late Monday after...
US President Donald Trump visits the Western Wall
Bethlehem (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Donald Trump makes the short trip from Jerusalem to Bethlehem Tuesday to meet Mahmud Abbas, who hopes to convince the unpredictable US president to remain committed to an independent Palestinian state. His talks in Bethlehem with the Palestinian president come after Trump on Monday made...
Former US national security advisory Michael Flynn
Washington (AFP) - President Donald Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn defied a Senate subpoena Monday for documents on his links to Russia, saying it came amid a stream of "outrageous allegations" that "feed the escalating public frenzy against him." But Flynn quickly faced fresh accusations from a top...
Demonstrators took to the streets as Greek lawmakers fulfilled the eurozone's latest demands
Brussels (AFP) - Eurozone finance ministers failed to reach a deal for fresh bailout cash for Greece on Monday, as a row with the International Monetary Fund over debt relief dragged on. After more than eight hours of talks in Brussels, ministers from the 19-member single currency bloc could not...
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