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A Philadelphia high school honor student was ordered by her teacher to get out of the classroom when she entered wearing a Romney/Ryan t-shirt on a casual dress day. The school has confirmed that the student, Samantha Pawlucy, was not at fault in the incident, in which her Obama-supporting teacher gave the youngster a crash […]

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A British soldier who did not realise she was pregnant has given birth to a baby boy at the Camp Bastion field hospital in Afghanistan. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) in London said mother and baby were in stable condition and a specialist “Paediatric Retrieval Team” would fly out from Britain to care for them […]

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Morgan Tsvangirai marries despite court ban

Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has got married, despite a court ruling blocking the move. Mr Tsvangirai, 60, and Elizabeth Macheka, 35, exchanged rings in Harare under an alternative “customary marriage” law that allows polygamy. He could not be married under the country’s monogamous law because the court ruled that he already had a wife. […]

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MP at 19: Girl makes history

One of Uganda’s longest serving members of parliament, Sam Kuteesa (Mawogola constituency), had been in active politics for 13 years by the time the country’s youngest MP-elect Proscovia Alengot Oromait was born in 1993. Mr Kuteesa, the present foreign affairs minister-designate, joined Parliament in 1980, having been elected member for Nyabushozi on the Democratic Party […]

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Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s plan to get married this weekend was thwarted on Friday after a magistrate ruled he was already married to a former flame, the latest twist in a scandal that has gripped the southern African nation. The dispute – which has seen two women challenge his wedding plans – has handed […]

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, regarded by the West as a bulwark against Islamic militancy, died overnight in a Brussels hospital after a long battle with illness. Speculation that Meles, 57, an ally of Washington who twice sent troops into neighbouring Somalia to help crush rebellions, was seriously ill had grown after he failed to […]

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The mostly Chinese audience erupted in cheers, and fireworks lit up the sky, when it was announced that the home candidate, Yu Wenxia, had been awarded the coveted title. “When I was young I felt very lucky because so many people helped me, and I hope in the future I can help more children to […]

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Up to 31 people including at least one Sudanese minister were killed when a plane taking them to an Islamic festival crashed in the south of the country, an official and state media said on Sunday. The plane went down in mountains around Talodi, a town in the border state of South Kordofan, while taking […]

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Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party has made a raft of amendments to the country’s draft constitution to restore the president’s powers. A draft produced by a cross parliamentary committee last month had diluted President Mugabe’s powers and compelled him to name a successor. That document had already been approved by Zanu-PF’s ruling coalition partners […]

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Tension reigned Thursday in oil-rich Gabon where the main opposition said its television station was torched after violent clashes between its supporters and police in the capital Libreville. But the government said police gave a “measured reaction” to Wednesday’s unauthorised protest in support of main opposition leader Andre Mba Obame and nobody was killed despite […]

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