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Russia lands nuclear bombers in Africa as Putin hosts continent’s leaders

SOCHI/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia landed two nuclear-capable bombers in South Africa on a training mission on Wednesday, a flight apparently timed to coincide with President Vladimir Putin’s opening of a flagship Russia-Africa summit designed to increase Russian influence. Delegations, led by Russian President Vladimir Putin and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, meet on the sidelines […]
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Leader of South Africa’s Democratic Alliance Maimane resigns

Leader of South Africa’s Democratic Alliance (DA) Mmusi Maimane speaks during a news conference in Johannesburg, South Africa April 1, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File PhotoJOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The leader of South Africa’s Democratic Alliance (DA) Mmusi Maimane resigned as the head of the main opposition party on Wednesday, citing difficulties making the traditionally white liberal party […]
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Russia signs deal to supply Niger with 12 attack helicopters – RIA

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou during a working luncheon attended by heads of African regional organizations on the sidelines of the Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum in the Black sea resort of Sochi, Russia, October 23, 2019. Sergei Chirikov/Pool via REUTERSMOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia and Niger have signed a […]
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Belgian Paralympian dies by euthanasia aged 40

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Belgian Paralympian Marieke Vervoort died by euthanasia on Tuesday aged 40 after a battle with an incurable and degenerative spinal condition which she described after winning her medals as becoming harder and harder to bear. Marieke Vervoort of Belgium wins the silver medal in the event. REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff/File PhotoVervoort, who won Paralympic […]
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Stand-off at Ethiopian activist’s home amid tensions with PM

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Hundreds of supporters of an Ethiopian ethnic activist and media entrepreneur gathered outside his house on Wednesday, hours after it was surrounded by police following a warning by the prime minister against media owners “fomenting unrest”. Jawar Mohammed, an Oromo activist and leader of the Oromo protest waves to his supporters […]
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Botswana votes in first real challenge to ruling party

GABORONE (Reuters) – Botswana voted on Wednesday in a general election that is expected to provide the first genuine challenge to the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in its five decades of dominance over southern Africa’s wealthiest and most stable nation. Botswana’s President and leader of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), Mokgweetsi Masisi arrives at […]
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Boeing ousts airliner chief as 737 MAX crisis grows

SEATTLE/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Boeing Co on Tuesday ousted the top executive of its commercial airplanes division, Kevin McAllister, marking the first high-level departure since two fatal crashes of its 737 MAX jets. Boeing Commercial Airplanes President Kevin McAllister poses with a model of 737 MAX 10, during the 52nd Paris Air Show at Le Bourget […]
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Russia to land two nuclear-capable bombers in S.Africa on Wednesday – Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia will land two nuclear-capable strategic bombers in South Africa on Wednesday, Interfax news agency cited South Africa’s military as saying. Russia’s defence ministry said on Monday that two Tupolev Tu-160 bombers were being sent to South Africa on a first ever flight to develop bilateral military cooperation. The flight comes amid […]
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More than 100 elephants die in Botswana in suspected anthrax outbreak

The marked carcass of an elephant is seen, after reports that conservationists have discovered 87 of them slaughtered just in the last few months, in the Mababe area, Botswana, September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File PhotoGABORONE (Reuters) – More than 100 elephants have died in Botswana in the past two months partly because of a suspected […]