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President Cyril Ramaphosa pledges 'new dawn' for South Africa

Image copyrightReutersImage caption Cyril Ramaphosa, 65, is one of South Africa’s wealthiest politicians New South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has spoken of a “new dawn” in his first State of the Nation address. Mr Ramaphosa, who was sworn in on Thursday, promised to “turn the tide of corruption”. He also spoke of accelerating land redistribution and outlined plans to boost the economy and create jobs. His predecessor, Jacob Zuma, stepped

France: Rape inquiry into Gérald Darmanin dropped

Image copyrightAFPImage caption Mr Darmanin has denied the allegations against him French prosecutors have dropped an investigation into rape claims against Budget Minister Gérald Darmanin. A former call girl said he had coerced her into sex in 2009, but the prosecutors said they had been unable to establish an “absence of consent”. Mr Darmanin, 35, described the allegations as “slander”. However, he remains under investigation into separate claims that he

Rio de Janeiro violence: Brazil army to take control of security

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption Rio de Janeiro has seen levels of violent crime soar amid a financial crisis The Brazilian government has appointed an army general to oversee security in the state of Rio de Janeiro, in response to growing gang violence. President Michel Temer compared the violence to “a cancer” and said organised criminals had all but seized control of the state. Rio’s governor issued an appeal for help

Ethiopia declares national state of emergency

Image copyrightReutersImage caption Demonstrators celebrate the release of political prisoners in Adama, Oromia A national state of emergency has been declared in Ethiopia just one day after the unexpected resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. A statement by the state broadcaster said the move was necessary to stem a wave of anti-government protests. Hundreds of people have died in three years of unrest in the country. A 10-month state of

European spy chiefs in joint plea for post-Brexit co-operation

Image copyrightBndImage caption The spy chiefs, L-R: Bernard Emie (DGSE), Bruno Kahl (BND), Alex Younger (MI6) The heads of the British, French and German intelligence agencies have called for continued security co-operation after the UK leaves the EU, in an unprecedented joint statement. Meeting in Munich, they said their countries must jointly fight major security threats such as terrorism, illegal migration and cyber attacks. Britain’s MI6 is headed by Alex

DR Congo troops killed 'in Virunga park' by Rwandan army

Image copyrightAFPImage caption Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo remains deeply unstable At least five Congolese soldiers have been killed by the Rwandan army, the military in DR Congo says. Gen Bruno Mandevu said the clash had occurred in the Virunga National Park, on Congolese territory – a claim Rwanda denied. He said the Congolese troops initially thought they were fighting one of the many rebel groups active in the area.

Facebook told to stop tracking in Belgium

Image copyrightGetty Images Facebook has been ordered to stop tracking people without consent, by a court in Belgium. The company has been told to delete all the data it had gathered on people who did not use Facebook. The court ruled the data was gathered illegally. Belgium’s privacy watchdog said the website had broken privacy laws by placing tracking code – known as cookies – on third-party websites. Facebook said

Maëlys de Araujo murder: Colleagues donate leave to mother

Image copyrightAFPImage caption Maëlys’ body was discovered on Wednesday Colleagues of the mother of murdered French girl Maëlys de Araujo have donated part of their leave to her – totalling almost three years. Jennifer de Araujo is a night nurse at a hospital in the town of Pontarlier. She stopped working when Maëlys went missing at a wedding last August. Her 1,300 fellow workers were given a chance to donate

Mitt Romney launches Utah Senate campaign with dig at Trump

Image copyrightReutersImage caption Mitt Romney lost his race to oust President Barack Obama in 2012 Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has announced he is running for a US Senate seat in Utah, while taking a dig at President Donald Trump. In a Facebook campaign video, he lamented that Washington was sending “a message of exclusion” to immigrants. A vocal critic of Mr Trump, Mr Romney is seen as a

Romney launches comeback with Trump blast

Image copyrightReutersImage caption Mitt Romney lost his race to oust President Barack Obama in 2012 Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has announced he is running for a US Senate seat in Utah, while taking a dig at President Donald Trump. In a Facebook campaign video, he lamented that Washington was sending “a message of exclusion” to immigrants. A vocal critic of Mr Trump, Mr Romney is seen as a