Senate deal to halt government shutdown

The US government partial shutdown is set to end after Senate Republicans and Democrats voted to approve a temporary funding bill. Senator Chuck Schumer said Democrats would support the bill if Republicans addressed a programme that shields young immigrants from deportation. Democrats had refused to vote for the bill unless they secured protections for recipients […]

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UK’s Princess Eugenie to marry boyfriend Jack Brooksbank

Princess Eugenie is to marry her long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank, Buckingham Palace has announced. The Duke and Duchess of York said their younger daughter and Mr Brooksbank became engaged while in Nicaragua earlier this month. The wedding will take place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in the autumn. The princess met the former manager […]

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South Africa formally protests Trump’s ‘shithole countries’ remarks

South Africa issued a diplomatic protest to the United States Monday over President Donald Trump’s “shithole countries” comments, according to its foreign ministry. South African diplomats also met with the US Embassy’s Charge d’Affaires Monday to express their concerns. In a statement, the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) didn’t specifically mention the […]

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George Weah sworn in as Liberia’s president

President George Weah speaking at his inauguration. Tens of thousands of Liberians have witnessed the swearing-in of George Weah as the new president of Liberia, at a packed stadium on the outskirts of Monrovia. A former international football legend, George Weah replaces Africa’s first elected female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. It’s Liberia’s first […]

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I nearly died from the president’s herbal HIV ‘cure’

The Gambia’s former leader, Yahya Jammeh, who left the country a year ago after two decades in power, has been accused of many crimes. But one of the strangest was forcing thousands of people with HIV to undergo treatment with a concoction of herbs he had invented himself. An unknown number died, reports Colin Freeman. […]

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US shutdown: Government services closed as working week begins

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers will be unable to report for work on Monday, as the US Senate struggles to end a government shutdown. The shutdown began at midnight on Friday, when lawmakers failed to agree on an extension to federal funding. Efforts to reach a compromise ahead of the working week failed late […]

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