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UK: PM moves political battleground to Scotland

Boris Johnson is to move the political battleground to Scotland when he visits Aberdeenshire to announce additional funding for Scottish farmers. The trip marks the end of a bruising week in which the PM lost Commons votes on his general election plan and a bill designed to stop a no-deal

UN CHIEF: UN peacekeepers ‘will not abandon DR Congo’

The UN chief has promised to strengthen the operational capacity of the peacekeeping force in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo where attacks on health workers and Ebola facilities have undermined efforts to stop the spread of the virus. In a meeting with President Félix Tshisekedi on Monday, António Guterres acknowledged that the […]

UK: Boris Johnson faces showdown in Parliament

Boris Johnson faces a showdown in Parliament later after No 10 officials warned he would call for a snap general election on 14 October if MPs succeed in seizing control of Commons business. Rebel Tories and Labour MPs are planning a bill to stop the UK leaving the EU on 31 October without a deal. […]

UK: Parliament suspension case back in Edinburgh court

A judge in Edinburgh is due to hear arguments over the prime minister’s plan to shut down the UK Parliament. A cross-party group of parliamentarians wants a ruling at the Court of Session that Boris Johnson is acting illegally. The prime minister wants to suspend Parliament for five weeks ahead of a Queen’s Speech on […]

UK: Tory MPs warned not to rebel against government over Brexit

Conservative MPs have been warned not to rebel against the government over Brexit, as opposition MPs plan legislation to stop no deal. A senior source from the whips office – which ensures MPs vote in line with the party – said MPs who voted to block no deal would “destroy” the government’s Brexit negotiating position. […]

Hurricane Dorian: Bahamas battered by ‘monster’ storm

The most powerful storm to hit the Caribbean islands of the Bahamas since records began has torn roofs from buildings and caused severe flooding. The slow-moving, category five Dorian – the second-strongest Atlantic hurricane on record – has sustained winds of up to 180mph (285km/h). A “life-threatening” storm surge of 23ft (7m) is predicted in […]

Kenyan watchdog bans pornographic songs; restricts them to bars, clubs

Two highly popular Kenyan songs have been banned by the country’s arts watchdog, the Kenya Film and Classification Board, KFCB. Head of the KFCB, Ezekiel Mutua, on Tuesday disclosed that his outfit considered Tetema (a Tanzanian song) and Wamlambeez (by Kenyan music group, Sailors) obscene and had banned it from being played publicly. He added that they […]

Tanzania to forcefully repatriate Burundi refugees

More than 200,000 Burundian refugees who have sought refuge in Tanzanian have until 1 October to go home or they will be forced to leave, Tanzania’s interior minister has told the BBC. “Now there is peace in Burundi, so refugees have until the 1 October to repatriate. After that we will send them back whether […]
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