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Homemade alcohol kills 21 in Cameroon

By Reuters Twenty-one people died and six remain in hospital in eastern Cameroon after drinking what is believed to have been a toxic batch of locally distilled alcohol, regional officials said on Wednesday. People began falling...

Obama ‘to send 250 more non-combat troops’

By BBC US President Barack Obama is to send 250 additional military personnel to Syria to support local militias in the fight against so-called Islamic State (IS), officials have said. The goal, they say, is to...

Brazil President removed from office

By BBC Brazil's Senate has voted to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office for manipulating the budget. It puts an end to the 13 years in power of her left-wing Workers' Party. Ms Rousseff had denied...

Child marriage numbers falling, says Unicef

There has been a significant drop in the number of child marriages worldwide, the United Nations children's agency says. One in five girls are now married before they are 18, compared with one in four...

254 killed in Colombia landslide

By BBC Dozens of children are among those killed in devastating mudslides in south-west Colombia, according to President Juan Manuel Santos. The total death toll is now 254, with hundreds also injured. Heavy rain flooded the town...

Mass funeral on Sri Lanka’s day of mourning

The first mass funeral has begun in Sri Lanka as the country marks a day of mourning for the victims of Sunday's bomb blasts. The death toll of the attacks on churches and hotels has...

Ramaphosa vows to fight South Africa corruption

The new leader of South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC), Cyril Ramaphosa, has pledged to fight corruption and pursue a policy of "radical economic transformation". Closing the party's conference, he said tackling unemployment and...

Thousands airlifted from Canada fire

By BBC Canadian officials are airlifting some 8,000 people who fled north of Fort McMurray - the city which has been devastated by a massive wildfire. They also hope that the only motorway to the south...

Nigerians finally vote in delayed poll

Nigerians are finally going to the polls for the country's general election following a last-minute postponement of the vote a week ago. The main challenger to President Muhammadu Buhari, 76, is the former vice president,...

Yemen in world’s ‘worst cholera outbreak’

By BBC Yemen is now facing the worst cholera outbreak anywhere in the world, the United Nations has warned. A statement by Unicef and the World Health Organization says the number of suspected cholera cases in...
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