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Gere and Salvini clash over migrant ship

Hollywood star Richard Gere has called upon the Italian government to assist migrants who have been stranded on a Spanish charity boat in the Mediterranean for more than a week. The Italian government needed to stop “demonising people”, the actor said. Mr Gere boarded the vessel on Friday, which has been blocked from entering Italian […]

UK: Extra £85m for CPS to tackle violent crime

The Crown Prosecution Service will receive an extra £85m over the next two years, to help deal with a rise in violent crime. It comes as Boris Johnson launches a review of sentencing of the most dangerous and prolific offenders. He said dangerous criminals must be taken off the streets and punishments “fit the crime” […]

LIBYA CONFLICT: Fighters agree a truce during Eid al-Adha

The UN has welcomed a truce agreed by Libya’s main warring parties during the three-day Muslim festival Eid al-Adha. It follows a car bomb attack on Saturday in Benghazi which killed three UN staff. The truce involves the UN-backed Government of National Accord and the rogue general, Khalifa Haftar. His forces have been attacking the […]

TANZANIA: Tanker explosion victims buried in mass funeral

Tanzania has held a mass funeral for people who died when an overturned fuel tanker exploded on Saturday. Officials have said people were trying to siphon fuel from the vehicle on a main road in the Morogoro region when it exploded, killing 71. Ahead of the funeral, hundreds of relatives visited the hospital to try […]

Deadly explosion outside Egypt’s cancer institute

An explosion outside Egypt’s National Cancer Institute in the centre of the capital, Cairo, has killed 19 people and injured 30 others. The interior ministry said a car travelling against the traffic collided on the corniche with other vehicles, causing an explosion. Pictures show the burnt remains of at least one car: There is no […]

Outrage as Nigeria pastor accused of rape returns to pulpit

A popular Nigerian pastor accused of rape has returned to the pulpit one month after taking a “leave of absence”. Biodun Fatoyinbo, who is the founder and senior pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (Coza) in the capital, Abuja, was accused on 28 June by celebrity photographer Busola Dakolo of raping her twice when she […]

New ‘SOS ship’ sent to rescue migrants off Libya

The humanitarian group, SOS Méditerranée, has dispatched its new rescue ship to search for migrants stranded in the Mediterranean Sea. The Norwegian-flagged Ocean Viking set off from the southern French port of Marseilles to focus its activity off the coast of Libya, a major transit point for many migrants. It is replacing the group’s previous […]

Nigeria’s #RevolutionNow protests ‘going ahead’

Revolution Now” protests against Nigeria’s government will go ahead on Monday despite the arrest over the weekend of the main organiser of the planned nationwide demonstrations, his supporters say. A spokesperson for the state security service told the BBC that security forces detained Omoyele Sowore on Saturday as “he was calling for an overthrow of […]

Iran ‘seizes Iraqi tanker in Gulf for smuggling fuel’

Iran has seized another foreign tanker in the Gulf, state media reports claim. Iranian forces seized the Iraqi ship for “smuggling fuel for some Arab countries” and detained seven sailors, according to the reports. Iraq’s oil ministry has said it has no connection to the seized vessel and that it is working to gather information […]
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