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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Polish lawmakers have withdrawn draft legislation that would introduce a near-total ban on abortion in a vote that marks the first major domestic setback for the ruling conservatives after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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US election: Trump ‘fool’ and Clinton ‘weak’, say VPs

Donald Trump was likened to a “fool or maniac” while Hillary Clinton was dismissed as “weak and feckless” in a punchy vice-presidential debate. Democratic Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and Republican Indiana Governor Mike Pence clashed on a series of topics ranging from abortion to Russia.But they focused their sharpest exchanges on Mrs Clinton and Mr Trump. The running mates tangled at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, 34 days before Americans go to the polls. It set the stage for a second presidential debate this Sunday in St Louis, Missouri, where…

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Nigerian President Buhari to sell presidential jets

Nigeria has put up two of its 10 presidential jets for sale as a part of a campaign to cut down on “waste”, a spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari has said it has been reported. According to the BBC, Newspaper advertisements for the sale of a Falcon 7X executive jet and a Hawker 4000 had been authorised by the presidency, Garba Shehu said in a statement. He added that the move to cut down the presidential fleet was “by no means complete”. Some of the other presidential aircraft would be…

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Turkey widens crackdown – Police, TV station targetted

Turkish authorities have suspended nearly 13,000 police officers, detained dozens of air force officers and shut down a TV station yesterday, widening a state-ordered clampdown against perceived enemies in the wake of July’s failed coup. The police headquarters said 12,801 officers, including 2,523 chiefs, had been suspended because of their suspected links to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of orchestrating the attempt to overthrow the government. Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, denies any link to the putsch which has shaken the country and led to…

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VIDEO: Two girls filmed attempting to rape a guy (watch)

Durban – A Hluhluwe man has said he will not be able to forgive the three women who raped him. A video of the incident appeared on social media and has since gone viral. The man, whose name is known to the Daily News, said he was at home when a woman whom he knows called him over, saying she needed help with an electrical problem at her home. “I went into her house and when I got there, I saw another girl in the room. I did not pay…

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Clinton rips into Trump over taxes

Hillary Clinton has attacked Donald Trump as the symbol of a “rigged system” after it emerged that he may not have paid income tax for 18 years. “It’s Trump first and everyone else last,” said the Democratic presidential hopeful while campaigning in Ohio. At the weekend, the New York Times claimed Mr Trump might have avoided tax due to a $1bn loss he made in 1995. But the Republican tycoon declared on Monday it showed he had “brilliantly” navigated the complex tax code. “I understand the tax laws better than…

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Suicide bomber kills 22 at wedding party

ISIS has claimed responsibility for a deadly suicide bombing on Monday at a Kurdish wedding party in northeast Syria, the latest violent act to destabilize the embattled country. At least 22 people were killed and dozens more wounded in the explosion near the city of Hasaka, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The groom was among those killed, SOHR founder Rami Abdulrahman said. The group cited sources as saying a suicide bomber set off the explosion inside a wedding hall in the village of Tal Tawil, which…

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