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UK-born Ghanaian, Sam Gyimah is UK’s Universities & Science Minister

UK born Ghanaian, Sam Gyimah, has been made Universities and Science Minister of England in Theresa May’s government reshuffle. The new minister mentioned in a tweet on his page that he is looking forward to taking up the new role and facing any challenge head-on. “Off to my new role as Universities & Science Minister and looking forward to the challenges ahead – thank you for your excellent work @JoJoh ...

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Palestinian leader Abbas spurns US peace plan

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said he will not accept any US plan for peace with Israel, after it recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital. His comments came after a UN General Assembly vote effectively repudiated Washington's controversial declaration. A majority of countries backed a non-binding resolution affirming Jerusalem's status quo on Thursday. Washington has for the past few months been ...

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ANC picks Ramaphosa as leader

Mr Ramaphosa has spoken out strongly against state corruption South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) has selected Cyril Ramaphosa to succeed President Jacob Zuma as the party’s leader. The country’s deputy president defeated former cabinet minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Mr Zuma’s ex-wife, after a marathon voting process. Mr Ramaphosa is in a strong position to become president in 2019 polls ...

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Thousands stranded by airport power cut

Many hundreds of flights have been cancelled Passengers at the world’s busiest airport faced a second day of disruption on Monday after a power cut led to hundreds of cancellations. Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport lost power on Sunday, affecting tens of thousands of people. Passengers were left in darkened terminals or on board planes. Power was restored overnight and a handful of passenger flights res ...

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Jerusalem ‘should be Palestinian capital’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged leaders of Muslim nations to recognise Jerusalem as the "occupied capital of the Palestinian state". Addressing a summit of the Organisation for Islamic Co-operation, he said the US decision to recognise the city as Israel's capital was "null and void". Mr Erdogan also again accused Israel of being a "state of terror". Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said th ...

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Egyptian singer jailed over banana video

A court in Egypt has reportedly jailed for two years a singer who appeared in a music video in her underwear while suggestively eating a banana. Shaimaa Ahmed, a 25-year-old known professionally as Shyma, was arrested last month after the video sparked outrage in the conservative country. On Tuesday, she was found guilty of inciting debauchery and publishing an indecent film, local media said. The video's d ...

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Jerusalem: Netanyahu sees EU following US recognition

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says he expects European countries to follow the US in recognising Jerusalem as his country's capital. He is in Brussels for talks - the first time an Israeli prime minister has visited the city in more than 20 years. The EU wants to see Jerusalem as the capital of both Israeli and Palestinian states under a peace process. Donald Trump's move has left the US isolated on a highl ...

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Ramaphosa believes Prez Zuma guilty of rape

A leading contender to replace President Jacob Zuma as head of South Africa's governing ANC has said he believes the woman who accused Mr Zuma of rape over a decade ago was telling the truth. Mr Zuma's deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, told a local radio station: "Yes, I would believe her." In 2006 Mr Zuma was found not guilty of raping Fezekile Kuzwayo - the daughter of an old family friend. He said she had agreed ...

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Jerusalem: World condemns Trump’s announcement

Traditional US allies are among a growing chorus condemning President Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Saudi Arabia called it "unjustified and irresponsible", while France and the UK said they did not support the decision. But Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu hailed it as "a historic day". President Trump's move reversed decades of US policy. The fate of Jerusalem is one of the thor ...

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Abacha loot: $700m paid to Nigeria in last 10yrs

The Swiss government has announced that it will return $320m (£240m) of the money allegedly stolen by Nigeria's late military ruler Sani Abacha. The money was frozen in 2014 by a Swiss court after a legal procedure against his son, Abba Abacha. Originally deposited in Luxembourg, it is a fraction of the billions of dollars allegedly looted during his rule from 1993 to 1998. Recovering the "Abacha loot" has ...

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