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DRC: President Tshisekedi visit to Belgium

After several years of tensions between Belgium and the Democratic Republic of Congo, current president Felix Tshisekedi hopes to bridge the gap and normalise relations with its former colonial power. He arrived in the country late Monday with a tight schedule for his four day trip. On Tuesday, he was received with military honours by […]

COTE D’IVOIRE: Anger over ICC appeal against Gbagbo

The appeal against the acquittal of former Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo at the International Criminal Court is sparking mixed reactions in the country. For Gbagbo’s Ivorian Popular Front party, the appeal is disappointing, a judicial delaying tactic to keep Gbagbo and his deputy Charles Ble Goude as far away from the country as possible […]

Death toll revised in DR Congo crash

Fifteen people were killed when a freight train derailed in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday, officials say. Earlier, a government minister said at least 50 people were killed in the accident. But Humanitarian Affairs Minister Steve Mbikayi later clarified that officials had mistakenly combined the number of dead with the number of injured. […]

David Cameron: Johnson and Gove behaved ‘appallingly’

David Cameron has accused the current prime minister, Boris Johnson, and Michael Gove of behaving “appallingly” during the EU referendum campaign. Speaking to the Times newspaper ahead of his book launch, the former Tory PM attacked a number of his Leave-backing colleagues for “trashing the government of which they were a part”. Mr Cameron said […]

Kenyan judge rules Rastafarianism is a religion

A Kenyan judge has ruled that Rastafarianism is a religion that deserves to be treated like any other. The ruling is part of a case involving a minor who was banned from school for having dreadlocks. The 15-year-old student at the Olympic High School in the capital, Nairobi, was sent home for sporting dreadlocks in […]

Why your smart meter may not be so smart after all

Nearly a third of all energy companies fitting smart meters are still installing old technology. Government guidance says that since the middle of March 2019 customers should only have been given second generation smart meters. However, eight companies still installing first generation smart meters say the network is not reliable enough to switch customers on […]

UK: Bercow warns Johnson against disobeying Brexit law

John Bercow has vowed “creativity” in Parliament if Boris Johnson ignores a law designed to stop a no-deal Brexit. The Commons Speaker also said in a speech that the only possible Brexit was one backed by MPs. A new law, passed before the suspension of Parliament, forces the PM to seek a delay until 31 […]
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