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South Korea: Former President Park Geun-hye goes on trial for alleged bribery

Park Geun-hye, the former president of South Korea appeared in court early on Tuesday and denied that she engaged in bribery and leaking government secrets at the start of a criminal trial that could send South Korea’s first female leader to prison for life if convicted. Police escorted her in …

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Burundi: Deutsche Welle says arrested reporter Antediteste Niragira freed by DRC

German broadcaster Deutsche Welle on Monday announced that its Burundian correspondent, arrested on accusations of spying in the Democratic Republic of Congo last week, had been freed. Antediteste Niragira was detained by Congolese intelligence agents on Wednesday while reporting in the Kavinvara camp which houses Burundian refugees near the two …

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The Gambia: Exiled Jammeh’s assets frozen, accused of stealing over $50m state funds

Over 200 assets of exiled former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh have been frozen in The Gambia after discovery that he illegally withdrew millions of dollars of state money. Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou told journalists in Banjul on Monday that Yahya Jammeh unlawfully withdrew over $50 million from two state accounts …

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WHO spends more on travels than on AIDS, TB, malaria combined: Report

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is splashing money on travel far more than it does on three crucial diseases that it continues to fight. The combined financial commitments it made to AIDS, TB and malaria in 2016 stood at $191m, $71, $61 and $59m respectively. Yet, the WHO – which …

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Dr Tedros gets Dangote, AU chief’s final backing for WHO DG post

The Chairperson the African Union Commission (AUC) has issued the continent’s rallying push for Ethiopia’s former health and foreign affairs chief who is a front-runner to become Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). In a tweet on Monday morning – May 22, 2017, AUC chair Moussa Faki Mahamat alluded …

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“We won’t refund fees for bounced visas” US Embassy in Ghana


The United States ambassador in Ghana, Robert Jackson, has flatly rejected calls for a refund of fees to applicants who are unsuccessful in applying for visas. The issue of embassies having to refund at least a portion of visa fees to failed applicants has become topical in the West African …

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