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Trump fires Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Media captionStaff applauded as Mr Sessions left the Department of Justice US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been fired by President Donald Trump. “We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!” Mr Trump tweeted on Wednesday. The president had repeatedly criticised his top law enforcement official after he recused himself […]

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Pakistan blasphemy case: Asia Bibi freed from jail

Media captionAsia Bibi’s escape from Pakistan death row A Pakistani Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row has been freed from prison, her lawyer says. Some reports say Asia Bibi has boarded a plane but its destination was not known. The Supreme Court ruling sparked protests from Islamists and the […]

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Megan Lee: Takeaway bosses jailed over allergy death

Image copyright PA Image caption Harun Rashid (left) and Mohammed Abdul Kuddus both denied causing Megan Lee’s death A takeaway owner and manager, who caused a teenage girl’s death by sending her a meal containing peanuts, have been jailed for manslaughter. Megan Lee, 15, suffered irreversible brain damage after having an allergic reaction to food […]

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NHS waste firm to sue health trusts over terminated contracts

Image copyright Science Photo Library The firm at the centre of the NHS clinical waste scandal has announced it is suing 17 health trusts in Yorkshire which terminated its contracts. North Lanarkshire-based Healthcare Environmental Services (HES) is seeking “upwards of £15m” in damages. The company was stripped of the contracts after reports that tonnes of […]

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Supermarket bakeries ‘unclear on allergies’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In-store supermarket bakeries are not required to label items made in-store, but they do need to provide information about potential allergens on request Three supermarket chains have given confusing or incorrect information on potentially lethal food allergens in their bakeries, the BBC has found. Branches of Asda, Sainsbury’s and […]

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Mid-term election results: Women make history in Congress

The number of women running for election in this year’s US mid term elections was at an all-time high, and an unprecedented number ended up winning. Before Tuesday, there were 107 women in Congress, and that figure has been passed. Among the many firsts: the first two Muslim congresswomen, Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib and Minnesota’s Ilhan […]

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Cameroon kidnap: Joy as freed students returned to parents

Image copyright Peter Tar Image caption Parents were relieved to see their children safe and well Students kidnapped from a boarding school in Cameroon’s restive North-West region have been reunited with their parents amid joyful scenes. The 78 boys and girls and three others were seized early on Monday in the region’s capital, Bamenda. A […]

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Tanzania police arrest 10 over ‘gay wedding’ in Zanzibar

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Stigma against same-sex relationships is widespread in Tanzania Ten men have been arrested for allegedly conducting a same-sex marriage ceremony on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar. The arrests were made on Saturday night at a beach resort, a senior police officer told the BBC. In recent years there have […]

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Northern white rhino: New hopes for IVF rescue

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sudan was the last of his kind A new study raises hopes of saving one of the last animals of its kind. A victim of poaching, the northern white rhino population has been reduced to just two females, which are both unable to breed. DNA evidence shows the rhino […]

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Madagascar elections: Rivals vie for presidency

Image copyright Reuters/AFP Image caption Marc Ravalomanana (left) Hery Rajaonarimampianina (centre) and Andry Rajoelina are the three front-runners People in Madagascar are voting in a presidential election that sees the incumbent president battling against two of his predecessors. There are 36 candidates in all to lead the Indian Ocean island, which in recent years has […]

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