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Swine flu kills 40 in western India

At least 40 people have died and more than 1,000 have tested positive for swine flu since the beginning of this year in a western Indian state popular with foreigners, authorities said Friday. Last year around 1,100 people died and 15,000 were infected across India by the highly contagious A H1N1 virus that spreads from human-to-human.…
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Sudan’s Bashir stands firm even as protests mount

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, long wanted on genocide and war crimes charges, has rejected calls to step down in the face of mounting anti-regime demonstrations that have challenged his iron-fisted three-decade rule. Demonstrators first took to the streets on December 19 to protest against a government decision to triple bread…
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Greek PM calls for TV debate on Macedonia deal

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday called for a televised debate on a planned name deal with Macedonia that has met with widespread opposition in the country. “We feel that holding a debate with the head of the opposition is an important step in informing the Greek people,” Tsipras’ office said in a statement, hours after…
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Fuel price hikes put Zimbabwe on its knees

Weary-looking Innocent Takura reclined in the seat of his small Honda sedan near the start of a kilometre-long petrol queue that sums up Zimbabwe’s deepening economic chaos. “This life is tough, too tough,” he said as he tried to nap while military police wearing red-berets patrolled the line and marshalled cars slowly towards the pumps at a…
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Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo seeks immediate release from ICC

Defence lawyers sought Ivorian ex-president Laurent Gbagbo’s immediate release by the International Criminal Court on Thursday following his acquittal over post-election violence. The Hague-based court halted the freeing of 73-year-old Gbagbo, the first former head of state to face trial at the ICC, and his right-hand man Charles Ble Goude late…
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Top North Korea official en route to Washington

A top North Korean official left for Washington on Thursday, reports said, for talks with his US counterpart ahead of an expected summit between President Donald Trump and Pyongyang’s leader Kim Jong Un. Kim Yong Chol, Kim’s right-hand man and the counterpart to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in denuclearisation talks, was seen…
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Japan court rejects ex-Nissan chief’s bail appeal

Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn will stay behind bars in Japan for the foreseeable future after a Tokyo court quashed his appeal for bail as he faces charges on three counts of financial misconduct. Since his stunning arrest on November 19 the auto tycoon has languished in a Tokyo detention centre, facing questioning over allegations he…
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Venezuela opposition strategy depends on military support

Winning over the military is paramount if Venezuela’s opposition-controlled parliament is to succeed in forcing President Nicolas Maduro from power, experts say. The National Assembly has stepped up the pressure this month in its power struggle with Maduro and his regime, calling for a mass people’s protest next week, reaching out for…
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Ghanian under cover Journalist shot dead

A Ghanaian undercover investigator and a prominent member of Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ Tiger Eye Private Investigations team, Ahmed Hussein-Suale has been shot dead in Accra. Ahmed was reportedly shot three times by unidentified men riding a motorbike, twice in the chest and another in the neck late Wednesday night at Madina in Accra while driving…
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