Five-week UK parliament shut-down begins

Parliament has officially been suspended for five weeks, with MPs not due back until 14 October. Amid unprecedented scenes in the Commons, some MPs protested against the suspension with signs saying "silenced" while shouting: "Shame...

Zimbabwe plans Mugabe’s funeral and burial next weekend

The Zimbabwean government plans a state funeral for longtime ruler Robert Mugabe in a sports stadium in Harare next Saturday, with a burial ceremony a day later, it said in memo sent to embassies. Zimbabweans...

SA’s President Ramaphosa condemns ‘anti-foreigner violence’

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned a wave of looting and violence mostly targeting nationals of other African countries. "There can be no justification South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned a wave of...

Controversial TV host probed for insulting ‘obese women’

A popular and controversial Egyptian television talk show host has been suspended from appearing in the media for a year over remarks she made on-air about obesity among Egyptian women. Egypt's media regulator said Reham...

Kirsten Gillibrand drops out US 2020 election

Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has ended her candidacy for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Mrs Gillibrand announced her decision to withdraw in an online video after failing to qualify for a third Democratic debate next...

Top Rwandan businessman gunned down in Mozambique

The leader of the Rwandan community in Mozambique has been shot dead in the capital, Maputo. Officials say Louis Baziga was in his car at midday on Monday after leaving his home in Matola, a...

US names Nigerians in massive fraud investigation

The US authorities have charged 80 people, "most of whom are Nigerians," with participating in a conspiracy to steal millions of dollars, prosecutors say. They are accused of using business email fraud schemes and romance...

Brazil sends army to help tackle the Amazon fires

Brazil's president has ordered the armed forces to help fight a record number of forest fires in the Amazon. The largest rainforest in the world, the Amazon is a vital carbon store that slows down...

Giraffes are listed for first time to halt their ‘silent extinction’: CITES

There was a big win for giraffes at the 18th Conference of the Parties (CoP) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Geneva Thursday, as...

Attempts to reopen international ivory trade fail at CITES conference

Attempts by Southern African elephant range states at CITES to resume international sales of ivory stockpiles were rejected by governments at the 18th Conference of the Parties (CoP18) of the Convention on International Trade...
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