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Organisation of Islamic Cooperation calls on Jammeh to step down

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) – a grouping of 57 Muslim nations – has called on Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to respect the result of the election, which he lost, and step down from power. Mr Jammeh is a devout Muslim who is often pictured carrying a copy of the Koran and has called for ...

Nigerian minister is new UN deputy chief

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Nigeria’s Amina Mohammed is to be Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, the incoming UN Secretary-General António Guterres has announced The secretary-general-designate also announced the appointments of two other women into top UN positions. Prior to her appointment, Mrs Mohammed has been Nigeria’s Minister of Environment. The new position will make her the second-most powerful official at ...

Belgium advises citizens to leave DR Congo

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Belgium has advised all its citizens in the Democratic Republic of Congo whose presence there is not essential to leave the country over fears of violence at planned anti-government protests, Reuters news agency reports. It has also advised against all travel to the country. Condemning the expulsion of two Belgian television crews, Foreign Minister Didier Reynders ...

Aleppo battle: Rebels burn Syria evacuation buses

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Several buses sent to transport the sick and injured from two government-held villages in Syria’s Idlib province have been burned by rebels. The attack apparently halted the latest efforts to evacuate besieged areas. Pro-government forces say people must be allowed to leave the mainly Shia villages of Foah and Kefraya for the evacuation of east Aleppo ...

Canadian tourist among seven killed by gunmen in Jordan, as police hunt suspects in Crusader-era castle

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Gunmen have killed seven people including a Canadian tourist and police officers in a city in southern Jordan where security forces were hunting down the unidentified attackers. The shootings took place in Karak, a tourist destination known for one of the biggest Crusader castles in the region, around 120 kilometres (70 miles) south of the capital ...

‘This isn’t Paris. It’s only men here’ – Inside the French Muslim no-go zones where women aren’t welcome

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Aquiet Paris bar where men play cards and bet on horses has become the unlikely focus of a national row over alleged no-go zones for women in predominantly Muslim areas. The bar in the impoverished north-eastern suburb of Sevran is accused of being one of many in France where women are effectively banned. The neighbourhood, near ...

Film highlights Fiji’s baffling rate of albinism

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Fiji is a popular destination for travellers in search of tropical beaches and sunshine, but many visitors would be unaware the country struggles with an unusually high rate of albinism. A new film has highlighted the issue, writes Ben Collins. Christine Nestel called Fiji’s largest television station to ask if she could use footage from a ...

Burkina Faso militant attack: Twelve soldiers killed

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Twelve soldiers have been killed and two are missing after an attack by Islamist militants near Burkina Faso’s border with Mali, the army has said. Insurgents who carried out the attack did so on pick-up trucks and motorbikes, waving black flags. The soldiers were in the area to guard Burkina Faso’s long and porous border with ...

Zimbabwe’s Zanu-PF confirms Mugabe as 2018 election candidate

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Zimbabwe’s governing Zanu-PF party has confirmed President Robert Mugabe as its candidate for the 2018 elections. Mr Mugabe, who is 92, has been in power since independence from Britain in 1980. At the party’s conference, the Zanu-PF youth wing even proposed that Mr Mugabe should be declared president for life. However, there have been unprecedented protests ...

French and Spanish police arrest five over ‘Basque Eta arms cache’

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG French and Spanish police have arrested five people following the discovery of a suspected weapons cache of the militant Basque separatist group Eta. The guns and explosives were found in the town of Louhossoa, near Bayonne in south-west France, officials said. However, French human rights lawyer Michel Tubiana said those arrested were activists who wanted to ...

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