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Iran billionaire sentenced to death

By BBC Iranian billionaire businessman Babak Zanjani has been sentenced to death for corruption, justice officials say. He was arrested in December 2013 after accusations that he withheld billions in oil revenue channelled through his companies. Zanjani...

Trump and Cruz seek ‘one-on-one’ battle

By BBC US Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has called for a "one-on-one" battle with Ted Cruz, urging other rivals to quit the nomination race. Mr Cruz also suggested it was time for other hopefuls, like...

Sudanese opposition leader Turabi dies

By BBC Hassan al-Turabi, the Sudanese opposition leader who helped bring President Omar al-Bashir to power, has died at 84 in the capital Khartoum. A hospital source told AFP news agency he had suffered a heart...

Philippines seizes North Korean ship

By BBC The Philippines says it has seized a North Korean ship in line with tightened UN sanctions targeting the country's nuclear programme. Deputy presidential spokesman Manolo Quezon said the Philippines "has to do its part...

Number of Burundian refugees tops 250,000 since April

By Christine Muchira/UNHCR Tension remains high in Burundi after the number of people who have sought shelter in neighbouring states surpass the 250,000 mark, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency notes, cautioning that people continue to...

Osborne drops pensions tax plans

By BBC Chancellor George Osborne has dropped plans to end or alter tax relief on pension contributions. A proposed scheme would have scrapped upfront relief, worth an estimated £21bn to savers, but made pension pot withdrawals...

Mugabe will not pick successor, wants to live to 100

By Reuters Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe says his successor must be chosen democratically and that his wife will not automatically inherit the role, a warning to feuding members of his ZANU-PF party that he is...

UN registered 99 sex crime allegations against staff

By Reuters There were 99 new allegations of sexual exploitation or sexual abuse against United Nations staff members across the U.N. system last year, a sharp increase from the 80 allegations in 2014, according to...

20,000 uniforms and supplies of jihadi fighters nabbed

By Beth Nyaga Authorities in Spain have seized 20,000 uniforms and supplies "able to equip an army" of jihadi fighters, Spain's Interior Ministry announced on Thursday. The uniforms were confiscated in a police operation that led...

Nigeria to break up loss-making state oil

By BCC Nigeria's loss-making state oil giant is to be broken up into 30 "profit-making" companies, the government says. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has been mired in corruption allegations and losing money for many...
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