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DR CONGO : Ex-warlord ‘can’t run for president’

Former warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba cannot run to be the next president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the country’s electoral commission said. Mr Bemba was one of six would-be candidates deemed ineligible following hours of deliberation. The ex-rebel leader had a war crimes conviction overturned in June. However, the commission said Mr Bemba was excluded […]

UK: Supreme Court to rule on vegetative state case

The Supreme Court is due to rule on whether it should be easier to withdraw food and liquid to allow people in long-term vegetative states to die. Thousands of people are believed to be in this state, although precise figures are not available. The case concerns a banker in his fifties who suffered a heart […]

UK: Child taken away from mum who refused him icecream

Social worker criticised as child is taken away from mother because she refused to give him ice cream A High Court judge has criticised a social worker who took a child away from his mother because she refused to give him an ice cream. The social worker said the woman was failing to meet her son’s “emotional needs”, and also highlighted how […]

Nigerian police order detention cells audit

The Nigerian police has granted permission for the National Human Rights Commission to carry out an independent audit of detention cells across the country. Nigeria’s inspector general of police says the inspections will enable the commission to oversee the human rights situation of detainees, and assess the state of police cells in the West African […]

Immigration rules to be relaxed for non-EU doctors and nurses

The government is to relax immigration rules to allow more non-EU skilled workers into the UK. On Friday, the Home Office is expected to confirm that foreign doctors and nurses will be excluded from the government’s visa cap. The cap – introduced by Theresa May when she was home secretary – sets a limit for […]

DR Congo Ebola outbreak ‘not global emergency’

An Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is not yet an international public health emergency, the World Health Organization has said. It said there was a “strong reason to believe that the outbreak can be brought under control”. At least 45 people are believed to have been infected in the current outbreak and […]

Home Office suspends immigration checks on UK bank accounts

The Home Office is to suspend controversial immigration checks on thousands of bank accounts in the wake of the Windrush scandal. The department is in the process of contacting banks and building societies to instruct them to reduce the scope of the checks, which were introduced as part of Theresa May’s plans to create a […]
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