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Greek ambassador to Brazil killed by wife’s lover, police say

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Police contend Greece’s ambassador to Brazil was killed by his wife’s lover — a military police officer — and the widow is being questioned in the crime, Brazil’s state-run Agencia Brasil news agency reported Saturday. Chief Evaristo Pontes, a police investigator in the Baixada Fluminense region, said Friday that Sergio Gomes Moreira Filho claimed he killed ...

Iran’s ex-President Rafsanjani dies at 82

REPORTED BY KALAHAHN DENG Iran’s ex-President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a dominant figure in the country’s politics since the 1980s, has died at the age of 82, media say. Mr Rafsanjani, president from 1989 to 1997, suffered a heart attack. He played a pivotal role in the 1979 revolution but later in life became a counterpoint to hardline conservatives. Supreme Leader ...

President Kiir says ready for positive working relations with new UN chief

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG South Sudan President Salva Kiir expressed readiness and optimism of forging new working relations with the new Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, saying his administration appreciate and wants to enhance better working relations with the new leadership “Sometimes situation creates misunderstanding, it creates confusion but with leadership, these challenges can be turned into ...

Sri Lanka protest over Chinese investment turns ugly

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Several people have been injured in southern Sri Lanka during a protest against allowing China to build a port and industrial zone. The plan envisages the eviction of thousands of villagers around Hambantota port, 240km (150 miles) south-east of the capital Colombo. Police used tear gas as the protest delayed a ceremony being attended by Prime ...

Fort Lauderdale ‘chosen by suspect’ for airport attack

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG The suspect in Florida’s deadly airport shooting travelled to Fort Lauderdale specifically to carry out the attack, authorities say. George Piro, the FBI agent in charge of the investigation, said that Esteban Santiago, 26, had been questioned at length overnight. Five people died in the attack and eight were wounded. Authorities say Mr Santiago, an Iraq ...

US tanks arrive in Germany to help Nato defences

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG The largest shipment of US brigades since the fall of the Soviet Union is arriving in northern Germany. The first of the 87 tanks and 144 military vehicles were being unloaded in the port of Bremerhaven on Friday. The equipment and 3,500 US troops are to be deployed along Nato’s eastern frontier. The deployment aims to ...

Syria conflict: Bomb kills dozens in Azaz on Turkish border

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG At least 43 people have been killed in a car bomb blast in the rebel-held Syrian town of Azaz, near the Turkish border, reports say. The explosion occurred outside a courthouse in the town, some just 7km (four miles) from the Turkish frontier. Azaz has recently been targeted by so-called Islamic State (IS). The latest blast ...

Thailand floods: 12 dead as record rainfall persists

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG At least 12 people have died and many villages been submerged after heavy rains caused severe flooding in southern Thailand. Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected with water levels reaching “roof-high” in some areas, Thailand’s interior ministry said. Transport services, including flights, have been disrupted and rescue efforts are under way to reach those ...

Ghana: Nana Akufo-Addo is sworn in as president

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Nana Akufo-Addo has been sworn in as Ghana’s new president after beating John Mahama in last month’s election. Heads of state from across Africa and thousands of guests and dignitaries watched him take the oath of office at a ceremony in the capital, Accra. Mr Akufo-Addo, a 72-year-old former human rights lawyer, promised free high school ...

Ivory Coast soldiers mutiny spreads to Abidjan

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG A mutiny by Ivory Coast soldiers over pay has spread to the commercial capital Abidjan, with soldiers taking over the country’s army headquarters. They fired in the air as they took control of the base in the city’s Plateau district. The mutiny began on Friday in the central city of Bouake. It then spread to a ...