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Equatorial Guinea’s VP Obiang on trial in France

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Equatorial Guinea’s flamboyant vice-president has gone trial in absentia in France on charges of corruption after he failed to stop the landmark case. Teodorin Obiang Nguema is accused of buying a mansion and sports cars in France with a fortune amassed from oil-rich Equatorial Guinea’s public funds. A lawyer for Mr Obiang, the president’s son, denies ...

Egypt official accused of corruption ‘kills himself’

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG A top Egyptian government official has killed himself in jail after being arrested in connection with a corruption investigation, reports say. Wael Shalaby was a former secretary general of Egypt’s administrative courts system. He resigned on Saturday, a day before his arrest. The public prosecutor said his arrest was part of an inquiry into accusations of ...

Suicide bomber detonates explosive-laden car killing at least 32 in Iraq

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Asuicide car bomb blast killed at least 32 people and wounded more than 60 on Monday in Baghdad’s Shiite majority neighbourhood of Sadr City. Police officials said the bomber struck on a square where daily labourers were waiting for jobs, causing one of the highest casualty tolls in the capital in months. A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden car on a square ...

Syrian forces push ceasefire to breaking point with attack on rebels near Damascus

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG The Syrian army launched a fresh offensive against a rebel-held area near the capital yesterday, testing a warning issued by the opposition that they would end the ceasefire if it continued its assault. After a brief period of quiet on Sunday, barrel bombs hit villages in the rebel enclave of Wadi Barada while heavy fighting on ...

Almost 1,000 cars torched around France on New Year’s Eve but government insists it ‘went particularly well’

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Vandals in France torched 945 parked cars over New Year’s Eve in an arson rampage that has become a sinister annual “tradition” and amid a row over whether the government had sought to play down the figures. According to the French interior ministry, the total of 945, which included cars that were either “totally destroyed” or ...

At least 60 inmates killed in Brazilian prison riot

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Rioting inmates in Brazil decapitated and brutally assaulted their rivals, killing at least 60, when fighting erupted between two gangs at a prison in the Amazon region, officials said on Monday. The 17-hour riot broke out Sunday afternoon and lasted through the night at a prison on the outskirts of Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state, said state public security secretary Sergio Fontes. He ...

New image of suspected Istanbul gunman released as Isil claim nightclub attack

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG The Islamic State yesterday/MON claimed responsibility for the New Year’s Eve shooting that killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub, saying a “soldier of the caliphate” attacked Turkey for its incursion into Syria. Police arrested eight suspects in connection with the attack today, but said they were still hunting for the gunman. A blurry picture of ...

Iran official calls for sterilization for sex workers

TEHRAN, Iran — Female sex workers and homeless drug addicts in Tehran should be “convinced” to undergo sterilization to prevent social problems, a deputy provincial governor in the Iranian capital said on Sunday. “These women deal drugs, consume drugs and also work as sex workers,” Siavash Shahrivar told the ILNA news agency. “Over 20 percent of them have AIDS and ...

The Explosive Secrets of Egypt’s Desert

CAIRO—World War II was terribly unkind to Egypt. Never keen to partake in hostilities to begin with, the country nevertheless found itself thrust into the conflict as the European powers battled one another across vast swathes of its arid sands. When most of the foreign troops packed up their tanks and left, the war remained behind in the form of ...

Overseas invasion set to shake up Australia’s retail sector

A spate of new retailers is expected to expand into Australia in the coming year and even more are planning on expanding their online presence. Only seven percent of money spent in Australia’s retail sector is spent online, making Australia a very bricks and mortar dominant region. As a result, many international retailers have announced plans to expand their operations ...

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