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Burundi suspends all international NGOs

Burundi suspends all international NGOs

Burundi has suspended all international non-governmental organisations, officials said on Tuesday, saying they would need to re-register. The government has listed several reasons for the move, such as laws on their financial operations, but some critics are concerned it is a crackdown by President Pierre Nkurunziza. Burundi has been seized by civil unrest since 2015, […] …

Jailed ex-president to contest elections after primary win

Jailed ex-president to contest elections after primary win

Former Panama president Ricardo Martinelli will contest next year’s general election after topping the poll in his party’s primaries despite being jailed on corruption charges. Martinelli was one of the top-performing candidates in his right wing Cambio Democratico (Democratic Change) party, taking 44 percent of the votes in his constituency primary. “My greatest wish is […] …

Court bans woman from marrying musician

Court bans woman from marrying musician

A Saudi woman has lost a judicial battle to marry the man of her choice as a court deemed him “religiously” unfit because he plays a musical instrument, a Saudi newspaper reported Tuesday. The ultra-conservative kingdom requires women to seek permission from male “guardians” — their fathers, husbands or other male relatives — to travel, […] …

UK’s May, Johnson battle it out as Brexit deadline looms

UK’s May, Johnson battle it out as Brexit deadline looms

British Prime Minister Theresa May and her main rival Boris Johnson battled Tuesday to woo their Conservative party members, as the European Union raised the pressure on London to offer compromises to reach a Brexit deal. Johnson will make his long-anticipated speech to the party’s annual conference in Birmingham, central England, where he is expected […] …

Classes resume in Niger varsities after month-long strike

Classes resume in Niger varsities after month-long strike

Classes resumed Monday at universities in Niger after teachers suspended a month-long strike over pay and academic management, two trade unions in the West African country announced. “Our members are disciplined and will obey this” decision, the secretary-general of the National Union of Teacher-Researchers in Higher Education, Nabala Adare, told AFP. “Courses began again in […] …

Nobel-winning therapy strengthens immune system against cancer

Nobel-winning therapy strengthens immune system against cancer

A revolutionary cancer treatment pioneered by the winners of the 2018 Nobel Prize for Medicine has been hailed as the future of fighting the disease — and it has fewer devastating side effects than chemotherapy. While chemotherapy destroys cancerous cells along with normal cells — often with toxic and debilitating effects on a patient — […] …

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