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Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont arrested in Germany

Police intercepted Mr Puigdemont near the Danish border as the ousted politician attempted to return to Belgium, according to his lawyer, Jaume Alonso-Cuevillas. Mr Puigdemont “was arrested today at 11:19 am by Schleswig-Holstein’s highway patrol force,” said a German police spokesman. “He is now in police custody”, added the spokesman. ...

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TANZANIA BANS SCHOOL FEES

The Tanzanian government is flexing its muscles in the reform of education. It has warned regional and district leaders not to allow public schools under their jurisdictions to continue collecting money from pupils and students. According to the government, this violates the country’s free education policy. The government had earlier ...

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ZIMBABWEAN LEADER SAYS POLL WILL HOLD IN JULY

The interim leader of Zimbabwe, Ernest Mnangagwa, is in a hurry to confer legitimacy to his government. This is why he has announced that the country’s first presidential and parliamentary elections since the end of the 37-year reign of Robert Mugabe will take place in July. The new leader will ...

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TOGO HOLDS ANOTHER PEACE PARLEY BETWEEN THE OPPOSITION AND THE GOVERNMENT

In the small West African country of Togo, the opposition and the government of President Faure Gnassingbe are currently holding yet another peace talks after months of sustained political protests in virtually all areas of the country. Many observers see the parley which opened on Monday as the last chance ...

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BOKO HARAM RELEASES SOME OF THE ABDUCTED SCHOOL GIRLS IN NIGERIA’S YOBE STATE

Nigerian strategists who believe that it is better to jaw-jaw than to war-war will be getting the thumbs-up now in Abuja. This is because Boko Haram jihadists have released 76 of the 110 schoolgirls who were abducted from the town of Dapchi, Yobe state, last month. In a statement in ...

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Trump removes H.R. McMaster as national security adviser, replacing him with John Bolton

WASHINGTON — President Trump accepted the resignation of national security adviser H.R. McMaster on Thursday — and then named John Bolton, a former ambassador to the United Nations and conservative foreign policy commentator, to succeed him. McMaster’s ouster continues a period of particular turmoil in Trump’s national security team, following the ouster last week ...

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Pope Francis: Tattoos could help connect priests with ‘culture of the young’

The Pope says people should not fear tattoos as they can help build communities. Speaking during a meeting with young people at The Vatican, Pope Francis gave the example of Christian girls in Eritrea where a tattoo of a cross on their forehead were used as a symbol of beauty ...

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Victims trapped as flames engulf apartments

Thirteen people have been killed after fire spread through a large apartment complex in Vietnam. The blaze began at around 1am local time in the basement parking area of the six-year-old Carina Plaza in Ho Chi Minh City. The complex is made up of at least three buildings, with 736 ...

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