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AFGHANISTAN’S 17-YEAR WAR MIGHT END SOON

US and Taliban negotiators have agreed on a draft framework for a peace deal seeking to put an end to the 17-year conflict in Afghanistan, Washington’s top negotiator has said. US negotiators held six days of talks with the Taliban in Qatar last week. The Afghan president has made a new call for direct talks with the Islamist group, but ...

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UAE GENDER BALANCE AWARD FEATURES ONLY MEN

The UAE has been mocked over a tweet announcing the winners of awards for gender balance that featured only men. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai’s ruler, was shown congratulating the recipients of Best Personality Supporting Gender Balance, Best Federal Authority Supporting Gender Balance, and Best Gender Balance Initiative. The sheikh insisted women were “central to shaping the future ...

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CHILDREN KILLED FOR BODY PART IN TANZANIA

Six children in south-western Tanzania have been killed and had their ears and teeth removed, the authorities say. Some of the bodies of the children, aged between two and nine years old, were also missing limbs. “This is all about superstitious beliefs and many believe they will get help from witchcraft,” Njombe District Commissioner Ruth Msafiri said. Other local children ...

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BUHARI APPOINT ACTING CJN SUSPENDS WALTER ONNOGHEN

President Muhammadu Buhari appoint Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed as the new acting Chief Justice of Nigeria as he suspended the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, pending the completion of his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed has immediately been sworn in as acting CJN. Going by the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution, President ...

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MEXICO WOMAN GAINS FREEDOM AFTER 3 YEARS IN PRISON

A Mexican woman who miscarried in a department store toilet has been freed after three years in prison. Dafne McPherson, 29, was sentenced to 16 years after being found guilty of murdering her newborn baby. Prosecutors accused her of inducing early birth and drowning the baby, but an appeal found the scientific evidence used against her was unreliable. Abortions were ...

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