Central Africa: from 2013 coup to key polls

Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) – Here is a snapshot of events since a March 2013 coup in Central African Republic, which holds presidential and parliamentary elections Sunday. – March 2013: The fall of Bozize – On March 24, rebels … Continue reading


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Hopes for peace as S.Sudan president names rival as deputy

Juba (AFP) – South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has named his arch-rival Riek Machar as vice-president, raising hopes for the implementation of a repeatedly broken peace deal to end more than two years of civil war. Tens of thousands of … Continue reading


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VIDEO: Meet the ‘brainwave orchestra’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Disabled musicians create music from brainwaves 12 February 2016 Last updated at 10:30 GMT… Continue Reading »


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PM to make EU reform case in Germany

EU referendum: Cameron to make case for reform in Hamburg speech 12 February 2016 From the section EU Referendum Image copyright… Continue Reading »


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Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week

MUNICH (AP) — Diplomats agreed Friday to work toward a temporary “cessation of hostilities” in Syria’s civil war within a week, although efforts to secure a lasting cease-fire fell short. The deal appeared to be the result of a compromise … Continue reading


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Umpire Rauf handed five-year ban

Umpire Asad Rauf officiated in 49 Test matches during his career Former Test umpire Asad Rauf has been banned for five years after being found guilty of corruption charges. The Pakistani was sanctioned by the Board of Control for Cricket … Continue reading


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Banker battles prof for Central Africa presidency

Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) – Both candidates in Sunday’s presidential run-off in the volatile Central African Republic tout their track records in cleaning up the country’s murky public finances and seek to reassure voters battered by years of violence. … Continue reading


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Ground control bids farewell to Philae

Ground control bids farewell to Philae comet lander 12 February 2016 From the section Science & Environment


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VIDEO: ‘A tumble dryer destroyed our home’

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C. Africa sapped by decades of strife and misrule

Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) – Volatile Central African Republic, which votes for a new president and parliament Sunday, is rich in natural resources but mired in biting poverty largely due to chronic unrest. These are the major issues facing … Continue reading


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German economy notches up ‘solid’ growth at end of 2015

Frankfurt (AFP) – Robust domestic demand enabled the German economy, Europe’s biggest, to shrug off external headwinds and notch up “solid and continuous growth” at the end of last year, official data showed on Friday. The federal statistics office Destatis … Continue reading


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Uncapped Itoje on bench for England

Maro Itoje (second right) captained England to victory in the 2014 World Junior Championship RBS Six Nations: Italy v England Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome Date: Sunday, 14 February Kick-off: 14:00 GMT Coverage: Live commentary on Radio 5 live, online, tablets, … Continue reading


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