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Nobel Peace Prize for Colombian President

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the 52-year conflict with left-wing rebels. The Nobel committee in Norway praised him for his peace agreement with Farc rebels, signed last month after four years of negotiations. However, Colombians narrowly rejected the deal in a vote last weekend. The conflict has killed about 260,000 people. More than six million have been internally displaced. The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2016 to Colombian President Juan Manuel…

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Mugabe appoints son-in-law to run National Airline

There’s outrage in Zimbabwe following the appointment of President Robert Mugabe’s son-in-law as state-owned Air Zimbabwe’s second-in-command. The opposition Movement for Democratic Movement (MDC) has demanded to know when and where interviews were held before Simba Chikore was appointed chief operating officer of the debt-saddled national airline. It also demanded that the airline furnish the nation with Mr Chikore’s professional qualifications and work experience. Air Zimbabwe and Mr Chikore have not yet commented on the furore. He married Bona Mugabe, the 92-year-old leader’s daughter, two years ago. As chief operating officer, Mr Chikore will report to Chief Cxecutive Ripton Muzenda, son of Zimbabwe’s late Vice-President Simon Muzenda….

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Polish parliament rejects plans for total abortion ban

Polish lawmakers have withdrawn draft legislation that would introduce a near-total ban on abortion in a vote that marks the first major domestic setback for the ruling conservatives after massive street protests. The ruling Law and Justice party (PIS) unexpectedly withdrew its support for draft proposals drawn up by an independent anti-abortion campaign group, in an unscheduled parliamentary committee meeting late on Wednesday. “PIS continues to back the protection of life,” party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski told parliament. “And it will continue to take action in this respect but it will…

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Man arrested for playing porn on giant video billboard

Indonesian police have arrested a man who they say has confessed to broadcasting a pornographic film onto a large electronic billboard on a busy road in Jakarta. The 24-year-old IT worker, identified by his initials S.A.R., was apprehended in a police raid at his company offices on Tuesday, Senior Adjunct Commissioner Roberto Pasaribu, of the Jakarta Police Special Crimes Unit, told CNN. Fa’ @itsmfaa finally !, they figured out how to use that big-giant-thing.. congratulations, cave-man~… http://fb.me/4fEP5cTpa  2:35 AM – 30 Sep 2016 The suspect told police he approached the video billboard…

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Ethiopia opens Chinese-built railway to Djibouti

With Chinese conductors at the helm, a fleet of shiny new trains has begun plying a new route from the Ethiopian capital to Djibouti, in a major boost to both economies. The 750km (460 mile) railway, built by two Chinese companies, which will link Addis Ababa to the Red Sea port city of Djibouti, was inaugurated at a new station just outside the Ethiopian capital. The Ethiopian prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, and his counterpart from Djibouti, Ismael Omar Guelleh, were welcomed by the uniformed Chinese personnel who will be operating the…

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