California shooting: Schoolteachers ‘saved’ children from gunman

California shooting: Schoolteachers ‘saved’ children from gunman

A gunman who killed four people on Tuesday in rural California fired into an elementary school but was stopped from entering by teachers, police say. Staff at Rancho Tehama Reserve School went into lockdown, securing school doors after hearing nearby gunshots. Authorities praised the teachers’ actions as “monumental” in saving “countless” lives. Police confirmed one […]

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‘Snake’ pastor feeds people cockroaches

‘Snake’ pastor feeds people cockroaches

South Africa’s notorious snake pastor Penuel Mnguni has fed cockroaches to two brothers in his congregation, alleging that the insects turned into cheese for the one and spices for the other. The incident comes about five months after Mr Mnguni appeared at a service hosted by popular Nigerian televangelist TB Joshua, and confessed, according to […]

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Robert Mugabe’s most famous quotes

Robert Mugabe’s most famous quotes

During his 37-year rule of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe has built up an impressive amount of controversy, mostly by using colourful and often hateful language. The 93-year-old leader – the world’s oldest head of state – has been prone to rail against a wide range of topics; from homosexuality and Britain, to Barack Obama and Donald […]

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Zimbabwe’s Mugabe ‘under house arrest’ after army takeover

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe ‘under house arrest’ after army takeover

Zimbabwe’s military has placed President Robert Mugabe under house arrest in the capital Harare, South African President Jacob Zuma says. Mr Mugabe told Mr Zuma in a phone call that he was fine, the South African leader’s office said. Troops are patrolling the capital, Harare, after they seized state TV and said they were targeting […]

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Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe ‘confined to his house’

Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe ‘confined to his house’

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has been confined to his home, according to a statement by the office of his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma. South African officials said Zuma spoke to Mugabe by phone on Wednesday, amid a military takeover of government buildings in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare. “President Zuma spoke to President Robert Mugabe […]

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‘Nigerian’ women drown in Mediterranean

‘Nigerian’ women drown in Mediterranean

The bodies of 26 women, thought to be Nigerian, have been recovered from the sea off Italy. The women, the youngest of whom is thought to have been just 14, were trying to reach Europe from Libya. It is unclear why so many women died, as there were men on board the ship as well. […]

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Pope wants priests to marry

Pope wants priests to marry

Pope Francis has requested that Roman Catholic priests be given the right to get married. The request applies to priests in Brazil, and is on the agenda for an upcoming synod (church council) in the Amazon region. The controversial move would address the critical shortage of men joining the priesthood – but is likely to […]

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Islamic State claims deadly attack in Libya

Islamic State claims deadly attack in Libya

Two soldiers were killed and three wounded at a military checkpoint in northeastern Libya on Wednesday, witnesses and officials said, in an attack claimed by Islamic State. A witness said about a dozen armed vehicles had been used in the dawn assault on a checkpoint 60 km (37 miles) south of the city of Ajdabiya […]

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Security tightened as Kenya goes to polls

Security tightened as Kenya goes to polls

Security has been tightened in Kenya as voting takes place in a re-run of the presidential election, which is being boycotted by the main opposition. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is seeking a second term, has urged people to vote and remain peaceful. Opposition leader Raila Odinga, who has pulled out of the election re-run, […]

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Ugandan MPs return ‘bribes’ for age-limit bill

Ugandan MPs return ‘bribes’ for age-limit bill

Eight opposition MPs in Uganda have so far returned the $8,000 (£6,000) each of them were given by parliament for consultations with their constituents on the controversial presidential age-limit bill. The opposition has denounced the one-off payment as a “bribe” because MPs already get money to visit their constituencies, reports the BBC’s Patience Atuhaire from […]

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