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Saudi Arabia makes fresh arrests in anti-graft crackdown

Saudi Arabian authorities have made further arrests and frozen more bank accounts in anti-corruption crackdown on the kingdom’s political and business elite, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Dozens of royal family members, officials and business executives have already been held in the purge announced on Saturday. They face allegations of money laundering, bribery, extortion and exploiting public ...

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Italy arrests Libyan, Egyptian over death of 26 Nigerians

Two men, one of them an Egyptian and the other a Libyan,have been arrested and charged in Italy as investigators look into the deaths of 26 Nigerian women and girls, who are suspected to have been murdered while attempting to cross the Mediterranean. The bodies of the women were brought to the southern Italian port of Salerno by the Spanish ...

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Mugabe charting succession path for wife, sacks deputy

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s sacking of his Deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa was part of a wider purge, state media said on Tuesday, while analysts say it was meant to neutralise any resistance to the political rise of his wife, Grace. Mugabe sacked his long-time ally, Mnangagwa, on Monday, for showing “traits of disloyalty”, abruptly removing a favorite to succeed the 93-year-old ...

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Ex-Argentina VP, Boudou arrested for alleged corruption

Amado Boudou, former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez’s economy minister and also vice president, was arrested on corruption charges on Friday, becoming the second major official in her government to face detention. Police arrested Boudou and an alleged associate, Jose Carmona, in an upscale neighbourhood of Buenos Aires for racketeering and money laundering, state-run news agency Telam reported. Local television showed ...

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Kenya Airways crew members nab for alleged drug trafficking

Two members of Kenya Airways cabin crew were arrested at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Thursday with narcotic substances while about to fly to Benin in West Africa, police and the airline have confirmed. A police at the airport said the two cabinet crew members were arrested a few minutes to their take-off to Cotonou, Benin. “We have ...

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May replaces defence secretary amidst growing harassment scandal

British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has appointed Gavin Williamson as her new defence minister on Thursday after his predecessor resigned in a sexual harassment scandal. This had prompted calls for an end to the “locker room” culture in parliament. Just hours after Michael Fallon quit saying his behaviour in the past fell “below the high standards we require of the ...

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Air strikes kill 15 in east Libya

At least 15 people including women and children were killed in air strikes on the eastern Libyan city of Derna late on Monday, a medical source and a resident said. Derna has long been under siege by the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA), which has occasionally carried out air strikes against the city. Military officials declined to comment on the ...

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In landmark reform, Saudi allows women into football stadiums

Saudi women have won another right from their conservative male overlords. This is because from  next year,  they will be allowed  into three sports stadiums for the first time. The landmark move announced by the authorities on Sunday would open up the previously male-only venues to families. It was one of a raft of decisions announced by Turki Al-Asheikh, chairman ...

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Somalia’s president escapes death as al-Shabab kills 18

Somalia’s president escapes death as al-Shabab kills 18   Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Saturday escaped death after Hotel Naasa-Hablood where he was scheduled to hold a political meeting was attacked by the al-Shabab terrorists group. No fewer than 18 people were killed and more than 30 wounded as the Islamic militants attacked the hotel close to the presidential ...

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Mugabe bans foreign NGOs from observing 2018 elections

President Robert Mugabe has banned the west-funded Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) from observing the 2018 elections. This is not the first time that the country has barred Western organisations from observing elections, accusing them of harboring sinister intentions to promote regime change. “We don’t need them. We are saying no. We are going to have elections in 2018 and we are ...

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