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IWPG hosts Talks with Influential Women to find a Solution for Peace

Cape Town, South Africa – The South African Branch of International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) held their 4th Conversation for peace on the 12th July, 2016 at the Center for the Book. This was a congress of distinguished women who sought the steps to achieve peace actively. This dialogue allowed women from different professions and communities to gather – to ...

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Melania Trump convention speech similar to Michelle Obama’s from 2008

Aspiring first lady Melania Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention on Monday contained a section strikingly similar to that delivered at the Democratic convention in 2008 by the woman she hopes to succeed in the role. A Trump campaign official suggested the similarity to Michelle Obama’s speech may have been the result of an error by her team of ...

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Philippine leader laments alleged drug links of some Chinese

The Philippines’ crime-fighting president says he plans to ask Chinese officials why some Chinese citizens who visit his country are allegedly involved in illegal drugs. President Rodrigo Duterte, who has vowed to end crime within six months of taking office on June 30, also said late Sunday that he would not hesitate to grant presidential pardons to law enforcers accused ...

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Turkey suspends 8,000 police officers

Turkish officials say that nearly 8,000 police officers were suspended, reportedly on suspicion of having links to the failed coup attempt at the weekend. Some 6,000 members of the judiciary and military, including generals, were detained in connection with the coup. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to purge state bodies of the “virus” that caused the revolt. The EU’s foreign ...

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Attack on Nice: Five held by French police

Five people believed to be linked to the man who killed 84 people in Nice are in police custody, the Paris prosecutor’s office says. Three arrests were made on Saturday and two on Friday, including the man’s estranged wife, Le Monde reported. Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel drove a lorry into crowds marking Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais on Thursday before he ...

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Qandeel Baloch: Pakistan social media celebrity ‘killed by brother’

Pakistani social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch has been killed by her brother in an apparent ‘honour killing’ in the province of Punjab, police say. Ms Baloch, 26, recently caused controversy by posting controversial pictures of herself on social media, including one alongside a Muslim cleric. Police say she was strangled to death. Cases of women being killed for ‘dishonouring’ their ...

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Turkey: Mass arrests after coup bid quashed, says PM

Some 2,839 soldiers, including high-ranking officers, have been arrested after an attempted coup that is now over, says Turkey’s PM Binali Yildirim. The attempted coup was a “black stain on Turkish democracy”, he said, with 161 civilians killed and 1,440 wounded. Those held include two army generals, Turkish media say. Explosions and firing were heard in key cities on Friday ...

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At least 35 killed in attack on Shia mausoleum north of Baghdad

Islamic State claimed a triple suicide attack on Thursday evening near a Shia mausoleum north of Baghdad, which killed at least 35 people and wounded 60 others, according to Iraqi security sources. The attack on the Mausoleum of Sayid Mohammed bin Ali al-Hadi reignited fears of an escalation of the sectarian strife between Iraq’s Shias and Sunnis. The Shia form a majority ...

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Hillary Clinton emails: State Department reopens investigation into ‘mishandling’ of ‘classified’ information

The US State Department has reopened its investigation intoHillary Clinton’s private email servers – a veritable thorn in the side her campaign – to determine whether she and top aides mishandled classified information. According to the Associated Press, the internal investigation will not result in criminal charges. Many of Ms Clinton’s top aides could have their security clearances revoked, which would all but dissolve ...

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Snipers kill five Dallas police, wound six during protest over black shootings

​Snipers operating from rooftops in Dallas killed five police officers and wounded six more in a coordinated attack during one of several protests across the country against the killing of two black men by police this week. Police described Thursday night’s ambush as carefully planned and executed and had taken three people into custody before a fourth died from what Dallas-based media ...

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