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Hope for US trade pact as Commonwealth body opens America branch

A major Commonwealth body has announced it will open a branch in the United States, boosting Britain’s hopes of strengthening trade links with the country after Brexit. In an “historic” move, the Royal Commonwealth Society will set up an office in the state of Mississippi. Phil Bryant, the Governor of the state, has agreed to serve as the branch’s chairman on the board of governance. A spokesman for the Royal Commonwealth Society said: “The fraternal links between the UK and the USA are strong and well-established, beyond our language, common legal systems…

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LGBT student shot dead by US police

Police in the US state of Georgia have shot and killed an LGBT student activist, leading to an independent investigation. Police encountered Scout Schultz at a campus in Atlanta after a call about “a person with a knife and a gun” late on Saturday, officials say. Footage has emerged apparently showing Schultz, 21, refusing to obey several police commands to drop a knife. Schultz’s mother said police should not have used lethal force. In a video filmed by fellow students at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Schultz is heard saying…

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North Korea fires missile over Japan

North Korea has fired a ballistic missile across Japan, creating new tension in the region after its nuclear bomb test less than two weeks ago. The missile reached an altitude of about 770km (478 miles), travelling 3,700km before landing in the sea off Hokkaido, South Korea’s military says. It flew higher and further than one fired over Japan late last month. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his country would “never tolerate” such “dangerous provocative action”. South Korea responded within minutes by firing two ballistic missiles into the sea in…

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Chibok girls ‘anxious’ to go back to school

We reported earlier about the more than 100 young women who were kidnapped from a school in Chibok, north-east Nigeria in 2014, who will now be starting school at a special course at the American University in Yola, Adamawa state. Many of this group were freed in May and have been in the care of the state, receiving counselling and other help. Last night, the government held a farewell party for them in the capital, Abuja, where Minister of Women Affairs Aisha Alhassan spoke to the BBC: It’s a very happy night……

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Girl suicide bomber kills 5 in Cameroon mosque

A young girl detonated a suicide bomb in a mosque in northern Cameroon early Wednesday, killing at least five worshippers and wounding others. The girl, about 12, entered the Sanda-Wadjiri mosque in Kolofata after the first call to prayer, said the governor of the Midjiyawa Bakary region, near the Nigerian border. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but Boko Haram militants have been waging a war to establish an Islamist state in the region that includes Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon. The terrorist organization has also taken to more…

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