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Jerusalem: Palestinians switch off Christmas lights in Bethlehem

Palestinians switched off Christmas lights at Jesus’ traditional birthplace in Bethlehem on Wednesday night in protest at U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. A Christmas tree adorned with lights outside Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity,

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Putin seeks new term as Russian President

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said he would seek a new six-year term in the country’s March elections in a move that would make him the longest-serving Russian leader since Joseph Stalin. Putin, who has been in power for

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Trump recognises Jerusalem as capital of Israel

President Donald Trump has recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The US president on Wednesday announced plans to relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem. The move, having been widely criticised, may have shattered the hope for peace in the Middle East

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Bacteria outbreak kills 36 in South Africa

An outbreak of food-borne listeria bacteria has claimed 36 lives and infected almost 600 people in South Africa, the health minister said Tuesday, warning that newborns and the elderly are particularly vulnerable. Listeriosis is a preventable disease caused by Listeria

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Man plans to sell his left testicle for N12.5m to buy his dream car

A Las Vegas man Mark Parisi shocked TV presenters when he announced his plan to sell/share his left testicle to medical researchers for money so as to buy his dream sports car, a Nissan 370Z. Mr Parisi is the type that

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US – Think before tweeting: Obama advises Trump

Former US president Barack Obama has warned leaders to think before tweeting, saying that the social media tools such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter are leading to “snap judgments to complex issues”. Obama at a New Delhi symposium in India

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6.0 quake causes light damage, power outages in Ecuador

A 6.0 magnitude earthquake shook coastal Ecuador Sunday, opening cracks in walls and cutting electricity in the province of Manabi, authorities said. There were no immediate reports of casualties. The quake occurred at 6:19 am local time (1139 GMT) some

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Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa bows to public outcry, drops education minister

Zimbabwe’s new president Emmerson Mnangagwa dropped his education minister, a day after reappointing him to a cabinet which gave top posts to senior military officials in what was widely seen as a reward for the army’s role in the removal

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ZIMBABWE: Disappointment as Mnangagwa appoints top military officials into new cabinet

Many Zimbabweans were left disappointed after a number of senior military officials were appointed into the cabinet of President Emmerson Mnangagwa in what is seen as a reward for the army’s role in the removal of his predecessor, Robert Mugabe. The major

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Nine dead as Taliban gunmen storm Pakistan school

Nine people were killed and dozens injured Friday when Taliban militants stormed a training institute in the northwestern city of Peshawar as Pakistan marked the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed, officials said. Police said four burqa-clad militants opened fire on

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