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Iran cargo plane crash ‘leaves 15 dead’

Iran cargo plane crash ‘leaves 15 dead’

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The Boeing 707 came off the runway and hit a wall while trying to land at Fath airport in Karaj, 40km (25 miles) west of Tehran, reportedly in poor weather. The Iranian army said only one person - a flight engineer - of the 16 people onboard was found alive, and taken to hospital. The plane's "black box" voice recorder has been found at the crash site, local media reported. An army spokesman confirmed to state TV that the plane belonged to Iran, and that all those on board were Iranian citizens. Fath airport belongs to Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards Corps, and is located in the central Iranian province of Alborz. The cargo aircraft was transporting meat from the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek. Its wreckage was found near houses between Fath and another airport, Payam Internat...
Nigeria: Biafra secessionist leader ‘must appear in court’

Nigeria: Biafra secessionist leader ‘must appear in court’

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A Nigerian judge has said she wants missing pro-Biafra leader Nnamdi Kanu back in court after he resurfaced in Israel following his disappearance last year, the AFP news agency reports The head of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has been charged with treason after campaigning for an independent state called Biafra in south-eastern Nigeria. In 2009, he set up Radio Biafra, a station that broadcasts to Nigeria from London calling for an independent state for the Igbo people. He was released on bail last year after spending more than 19 months without trial. He went missing after his house in the south-eastern Abia state was raided by the military. But last month a video of him appeared on social media showing him praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. At the heari
Cameroon drops fake news charges against Mimi Mefo

Cameroon drops fake news charges against Mimi Mefo

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The Cameroon government has dropped charges of fake news leveled against a prominent TV journalist from an Anglophone region. Mimi Mefo Takambo was arrested after sharing reports on social media alleging that the military was behind the death of an American missionary. The military says the case was shelved on the orders of President Paul Biya. Over the last two years, Anglophone areas have been hit by unrest in the majority French-speaking country. Some English-speaking groups complain of discrimination and are pushing for a separate state. Ms Mefo, head of English news at the privately owned Equinoxe Television and Radio, was arrested on 7 November on charges of "publishing and propagating information that infringes on the territorial integrity of the Republic of Cameroon"...
REVEALED: PREMIER LEAGUE’S TOP 10 BIGGEST EARNERS

REVEALED: PREMIER LEAGUE’S TOP 10 BIGGEST EARNERS

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Raheem Sterling’s brand new contract sees him become one of the highest earners in the Premier League, with his new deal putting him amongst Manchester City’s top earners such as Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Sergio Aguero. But how does Sterling’s new deal, which runs until 2023 compare to the other big wage packets handed out in the Premier League. Below we rank the top ten Premier League earners, before bonuses, courtesy of sportrac. 1) Kevin De Bruyne (£320,833 a week) One of the top two players in the division is the highest earner in the league. Having conducted the midfield of the Premier League champions last term, Pep Guardiola is in a position to be able to pay KDB a huge amount. This is the base wage the Belgian earns but Man City offer a very generous b
Prince Charles wades into Jollof wars

Prince Charles wades into Jollof wars

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Prince Charles has spoken about the ongoing dispute over whose Jollof rice is best, only to side step the issue of revealing his own preference. Speaking in Nigeria at the end of his West Africa tour, he said: Quote Message: Having also visited The Gambia and Ghana over the past week, our visit to Nigeria may perhaps provide an invaluable opportunity to compare – if one ever dares do such a thing! – the relative merits of each country’s Jollof rice… however, for fear of sparking a diplomatic incident, I suspect I shall have to let you draw your own conclusions about which country’s Jollof we found to be the most delicious!" The last high-profile British person to dare to talk about Jollof rice was the chef, Jamie Oliver, who at least seemed to unite West Africans in condemnation of hi
Fifteen children found in refrigerated lorry in Newhaven

Fifteen children found in refrigerated lorry in Newhaven

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Twenty-one people, including children as young as 12, have been found inside a refrigerated lorry entering the UK. The group, thought to be from Vietnam, were concealed among a load of sparkling water at the port of Newhaven in Sussex on Thursday. Details of the Border Force operation have only just emerged, but a criminal investigation is under way. A Romanian man, believed to be the driver, has been charged with assisting unlawful entry into the UK. The lorry was stopped on its arrival from Dieppe in France, when it was found to be carrying 15 children and six adults, all of whom said they were from Vietnam. The children did not require medical treatment and have been transferred to the care of social services. An 18-year-old man and a woman aged 27 found on the lorry hav...
Deadly political calculations: Why India isn’t fixing its toxic smog problem

Deadly political calculations: Why India isn’t fixing its toxic smog problem

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As pollution levels surged to “severe” and “hazardous” levels in New Delhi this week, there was little sign that residents of India’s teeming capital were doing much to protect themselves. The smog, which is expected to worsen in the next few days, exposed people to as much as 24 times the recommended limits for dangerous particles on Monday. But unlike in many Chinese cities, where face masks are a common sight when smog levels spike, it is still rare to see locals taking measures to reduce their exposure. Toddlers stand at school bus stops in crisply ironed uniforms, while security guards, street sweepers, and rickshaw drivers spend many hours outside breathing in filthy air - all without any attempt at protection. Ask middle-class residents whether they have air purifiers in th
Cameroon school kidnap: More than 70 pupils seized in Bamenda

Cameroon school kidnap: More than 70 pupils seized in Bamenda

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Dozens of people, mostly school pupils, have been kidnapped from a boarding school in the west of Cameroon. At least 79 students and three others, including the principal, were seized early on Monday morning in Bamenda, the capital of the North-West region, a government official has told the BBC. A massive search operation involving the Cameroonian army is now under way. Cameroon's North-West and South-West regions have been hit by a secessionist rebellion in recent years. Regional governor Adolphe Lele L'Afrique blamed separatist militias for the kidnapping. Militias, who have been demanding the independence of the two English-speaking regions, have called for a school boycott. But no single group has said it carried out the kidnapping at Bamenda's Presbyterian Secondary...