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Interpol to deploy team to Africa to catch ‘sex predators’

Teams of detectives will be deployed to regional hubs in Africa and Asia to help ensure that “sexual predators” do not get jobs with aid agencies, UK International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt has said. The move comes after some aid workers have been accused of sexually abusing women and children while on humanitarian missions in the developing world. Speaking ahead of the International Safeguarding Summit in London, Ms Mordaunt said DfID and global police agency Interpol are launching a pilot project “to help stop sexual predators from being able to move between…

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Woman kills herself after husband’s “death”

A man in China whose wife killed herself and their two children after he allegedly faked his own death for an insurance payout has surrendered to police. The 34-year-old was presumed dead after his car was found in a river, though his body was never recovered. He did not tell his wife his alleged plan and she believed he had died. She later jumped into a pond with their children after posting a suicide note online. The man, who police said was surnamed He, turned himself in to police in…

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Ethiopia’s PM gives half of ministerial posts to women

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has appointed women to half of his government’s ministerial posts, including the job of defence minister. Explaining his decision in a speech to Parliament, Mr Abiy said women were “less corrupt than men” and would help restore peace and stability. Ethiopia is now the only African state after Rwanda to have equal gender representation in the cabinet. Mr Abiy also cut the number of ministerial jobs from 28 to 20. Since becoming prime minister in April, he has carried numerous massive reforms. He has ended…

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Reward offered for abducted Tanzania billionaire

The family of Tanzanian billionaire Mohammed Dewji, who was kidnapped on Thursday, has offered a 1bn Tanzania shilling ($440,000; £330,000) reward for information that leads to his rescue. Mr Dewji, reportedly Africa’s youngest billionaire, was taken by masked gunmen in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam. The police have arrested more than 20 people in connection with the abduction But both the motive for the kidnapping and his whereabouts are still unclear. Police believe that two white men were behind Mr Dewji’s disappearance, reports the BBC’s Athuman Mtulya from…

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Kenya’s Bible plan to tackle corruption

In our series of letters from African journalists, Kenyan Joseph Warungu looks at the new strategy by the country’s anti-corruption body to use the Bible to deter theft of public funds. You know you are in deep trouble when nothing else can save you except prayer. That’s where Kenya is at the moment. The country is sinking into deep debt, much of it the result of widespread mismanagement of public funds. Corruption is eating us up alive, with new scandals emerging day after day. And nothing is sacred, not even…

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