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Trump picks Barr as US attorney general

President Donald Trump has nominated William Barr to be the new attorney general, a post he held in the 1990s. By replacing Jeff Sessions, who was fired by Mr Trump last month, the 68-year-old will take charge of the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election. US …

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Former US President George HW Bush dead at 94

Former US President George HW Bush has died at the age of 94, a family spokesperson has announced. Bush Senior died on Friday, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush. “Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our …

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UK court rejects Turkish extradition request for media boss

A judge has dismissed as “politically motivated” an extradition request by the Turkish government for a dispossessed media proprietor to be sent for trial in Ankara. Judge John Zani also refused the application on the grounds that extraditing Hamdi Akin İpek and three other Turkish nationals would put them at …

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UK’s Brexit deal agreed by EU leaders

EU leaders have approved an agreement on the UK’s withdrawal and future relations – insisting it is the “best and only deal possible”. After 20 months of negotiations, the 27 leaders gave the deal their blessing after less than an hour’s discussion. They said the deal – which needs to …

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African first ladies stand against child marriages

The First Lady of Ghana, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, has met her counterparts from other African countries to take a strong stand against early child marriages and other socio-cultural practices targeted at women and girls in Africa. Dubbed the 2nd Girls Summit on Ending Child Marriage, the summit, and High-level discussion …

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African Union hit by sexual harassment claims

Sexual harassment is a major problem for women who work at the African Union Commission (AUC), an internal investigation has found. Most of the victims are short-term staff, youth volunteers and interns looking for jobs, the report said. Those responsible “position themselves as ‘gate-keepers’ and ‘king-makers’”, it added. The inquiry …

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UK to support Ghana to tackle antimicrobial resistance

The United Kingdom through the Fleming Fund will provide support to Ghana to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR) to drugs. The Fund would be used for laboratory capacity-building and surveillance for AMR. The Fleming Fund is providing support with a range of initiatives and country grants with the aim of increasing …

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