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South Africa murder rate jumps to 51 a day

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | South Africa’s murder rate increased by 4.9 percent in the last year, official statistics showed Friday, with the police minister admitting the country was struggling with “a prevalent culture of violence”. A total of 18,673 people were killed in the 12 months to March …

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US university to give admissions boost to slave descendants

Washington, United States | AFP | Georgetown University on Thursday announced measures to atone for having profited from the sale of nearly 300 slaves in the 19th century, giving an edge in admissions for their descendants. University president John DeGioia will discuss the steps in a speech later Thursday on …

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Trump vows no legal status for those who enter US illegally

Phoenix, United States | AFP |  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump issued a stern warning Wednesday to people intent on sneaking into the United States, saying those who enter illegally would never obtain legal status. “Our message to the world will be this: you cannot obtain legal status or become …

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Trump to visit Mexico Wednesday, meet its president

Washington, United States | AFP |    Donald Trump announced he will travel to Mexico on Wednesday to meet with the country’s president just hours ahead of his much-anticipated Arizona speech on immigration. The Republican presidential nominee’s surprise trip south of the border comes as debate about his immigration policies …

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Portugal’s Guterres still leads race to be next UN chief

United Nations, United States | AFP | Portugal’s former prime minister Antonio Guterres is still the frontrunner to become the next secretary-general of the United Nations following a third straw poll held Monday, diplomats said. Guterres, who served as UN refugee chief for 10 years, received 11 votes of encouragement, …

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Part of Los Angeles airport closed due to possible gunfire

Los Angeles, United States | AFP | Part of the busy Los Angeles International Airport was closed late Sunday due to unconfirmed reports of gunfire, airport officials said on Twitter. “Upper/Departures & Lower/Arrivals levels of Central Terminal Area (CTA) closed. Pls check w/ airlines if heading to LAX,” airport authorities …

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Fiery Beyonce dominates MTV awards

New York, United States | AFP | Beyonce on Sunday dominated the MTV Video Music Awards as she took home top prizes and awed the audience in a fiery dance medley with a subtle political touch. The pop superstar won Video of the Year for “Formation,” the most outspoken work …

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