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How Osama bin Laden was brainwashed – Mother

Alia Ghanem, the mother of deceased al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden has said that her son was ‘brainwashed’ into extremist ideology. Speaking at her family’s home in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Ghanem told the Guardian newspaper, that bin Laden was a shy, academically capable boy, who turned into a strong, pious figure…

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Apple is world’s first trillion dollar private company

U.S. Tech giant Apple Inc has made world history as the first private company in the world to record a market valuation of $1 trillion and even surpass the milestone. PetroChina owned by the Chinese government briefly broke the $1 trillion barrier in 2007 during its initial public offering, but has…

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Zimbabwe elects Mnangagwa president

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been announced as winner of Zimbabwe’s July 30 presidential elections. The 75 year-old leader polled 50.8 per cent of votes as against 44.3 per cent polled by his closest challenger Nelson Chamisa of the MDC Alliance.. Zimbabwe electoral rule says a candidate needs to win 50 per…

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Catholic Church adjusts catechism as Pope declares death penalty inadmissible

The Roman Catholic Church on Thursday formally changed its teaching, declaring death penalty inadmissible in all circumstances. The Vatican said it had changed its universal catechism to reflect Pope Francis’ total opposition to death penalty. Previously, the catechism, a summary of Church teaching, had allowed the death penalty in rare cases. The 1.2…

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Isha Sesay exits CNN over Trump coverage, speaks on Chibok girls

Popular Cable News Network (CNN) reporter, Isha Sesay, has announced her exit from the organisation after 13 years. Sesay is a British born journalist of Sierra Leonean descent. The journalist broke the news on her Twitter handle, @IamIshaSesay on Wednesday. “It’s really happening, folks!! After more than a decade behind the desk…

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French parliament bans use of phones in schools

The French parliament has approved a far-reaching ban on mobile phones in schools, radio broadcaster Franceinfo reported on Monday following the result of the vote in the National Assembly. The law fundamentally bans the use of mobile phones in all preschools and primary schools, as well as middle school. The move had…

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Trump accuses China of targeting American farmers

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused China of targeting American farmers in a “vicious” way and using them as leverage to get concessions on trade. “China is targeting our farmers, who they know I love & respect, as a way of getting me to continue allowing them to take advantage…

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Chinese President pledges win-win cooperation with Africa

President Xi Jinping of China on Monday pledged to strengthen economic ties with Africa by offering win-win cooperation and genuine development partnership. “China will promote a sincere economic partnership with African countries,’’ Xi told newsmen at the end of a two-day visit to the East African nation of Rwanda. Xi spoke to…

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China President Xi may rule for life as parliament scraps term limits

China’s Xi Jinping on Sunday secured the nod to rule indefinitely as parliament abolished presidential term limits. Members of National People’s Congress lifted the two five-year term limit for the presidency. Lawmakers say this will allow the leader, who would have had to leave in 2023, pursue a vision of…

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Kigali, Rwanda’s Capital, Now Africa’s Most Beautiful City

Kigali, the capital of Rwanda has been declared as the most beautiful city in Africa and 3rd greenest city in the world. According to reports, there is an “Umuganda” practice, every last Saturday of each month when traffic is stopped for 3 hours and the city comes together to tidy…

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China blasts US for warning Nigeria, others over its loans

Mr Zhao Linxiang, the Economic and Commercial Counsellor at the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria, on Friday in Abuja said the US position on Chinese loans to Nigeria and African countries “is ridiculous”. The US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, had said on Thursday that African countries should be careful not to…

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Kenyatta Advised Against Obstruction Of Justice

U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, said on Friday in Nairobi he had shared his concerns with Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta about the importance of democracy. Tillerson said at a news conference that his concerns were that government should not stifle the media and threaten the courts. “We believe that…

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Mauritius first female president to resign over scandal

Mauritian President, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, will step down next week, the Prime Minister, Pravind Jugnauth, said on Friday. Jugnauth said Gurib-Fakim would resign after she was accused of using a credit card issued by an international Non-Governmental Organisation to buy clothes and jewellery. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim.  The prime minister added that the…

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Exempt Us From Steel, Aluminum Tariffs, EU Tells Trump

The European Union will go to the World Trade Organisation to impose its own measures if the bloc is not excluded from the U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs, EU’s trade chief said on Friday. U.S. President Donald Trump set import tariffs on Thursday of 25 per cent on steel and…

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Trump, North Korea leader, Kim Jong Un finally agree to meet

U.S. President, Donald Trump has agreed to meet North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un. Trump has agreed to meet Kim Jong Un by May in response to an invitation from the North Korean leader, a potentially dramatic breakthrough in the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang. Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe told…

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African Countries Should Weigh Chinese Loans Carefully

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday that African countries should weigh Chinese loans carefully, while adding that Washington was not trying to keep Chinese investment away from the continent. Tillerson, a former Exxon chief executive, is seeking to bolster security alliances on a continent increasingly turning to…

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Hundreds Of Activists Slam Duterte’s Sexist Remarks

Hundreds of activists wearing purple and pink shirts rallied in the Philippine capital on Thursday to protest women’s rights violations and denounce President Rodrigo Duterte’s sexist remarks. The demonstrators handed roses to widows, mothers and sisters of drug suspects killed in Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs at a rally in…

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Philippines president monitors crushing of corrupt persons’ vehicles

Philippines President, Rodrigo Duterte, has ordered the crushing of dozens of sports cars and other luxury vehicles worth nearly $1.2m. Citizens have applauded his decision, describing Duterte as a leader who backs his war against corruption with actions. The vehicles destroyed by bulldozers belonged to corrupt individuals as well as…

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Trump reacts to ‘chaos in White House’

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the White House was not in chaos. He stated this while reacting to a wave of resignations and FBI investigators circling his top aides. Trump decried reports of “Chaos in the White House” as a “Fake News narrative” in series of tweets. “Wrong!…

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Military plane crashes, killing all 32 passengers

A Russian military plane carrying 32 people has crashed, killing all passengers onboard. Report says the air-plane crashed in Khmeimim, Syria. It was gathered that the incident happened just as the plane was attempting to land at an air base. “Around 15:00 (Moscow time, 12:00 GMT), a Russian An-26 transport…

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