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South Africa election: ANC wins with reduced majority

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption An election official empties a ballot box at the count in Durban South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) has been returned to office after winning parliamentary election, but with a reduced majority. The ANC secured 58% of the vote, ahead of the Democratic Alliance (DA) on 21%. The radical Economic […]

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Subpoenas issued for six years of Donald Trump tax returns

Image copyright ReutersImage caption Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal said he did not “take this step lightly” The chairman of a US Congressional committee has issued subpoenas for President Donald Trump’s tax returns. Richard Neal said in a statement he did not “take this step lightly”, but believed it gave the committee “the […]

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US military reports major spike in sex assaults

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Pentagon officials commemorate Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month in March 2015 The US military has reported a major spike in sexual assaults despite years of efforts to address the problem. Figures show 20,500 instances of unwanted sexual contact occurred in 2018, up from 14,900 in 2016 which is the […]

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Venezuela crisis: Defiant Maduro appears with soldiers

Image copyright EPAImage caption The armed forces did not appear to heed Mr Guaidó’s call to defect In a show of defiance against his opponents, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro appeared flanked by soldiers at an army base in Caracas on Thursday. Mr Maduro called on the armed forces to oppose “any coup plotter”, as clashes […]

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Thai king makes ‘bodyguard’ his queen

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe king is seen pouring sacred water on the head of Queen Suthida The king of Thailand has married the deputy head of his personal security detail, and given her the title of queen, a royal statement has said. The surprise announcement about his long-time consort comes […]

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Venezuela’s Guaidó uprising call

Venezuela’s opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, has called on the military to back his claim as the country’s president. Clashes broke out in Caracas between Mr Guaidó’s supporters and Nicolás Maduro’s government forces. Guaidó is supported by 50 countries as the country’s interim leader. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-48110315