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Malians awaits presidential run-off results

Malians are waiting for results after a tense presidential run-off in which an election official was killed and around hundred polling stations were forced to close due to the security threat from Islamist militants.

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Trump signs defense policy bill with watered-down China measures

United States (US) President, Donald Trump, signed a $716 billion defense policy bill on Monday that authorises military spending and includes watered-down controls on US government contracts with China's ZTE Corp and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.

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Tunisia's President announces draft inheritance equality bill

Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi on Monday announced plans to submit a draft bill to parliament equalising inheritance rights between men and women.

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Cameroon opens probe after abuse video in conflict region

The government of Cameroon said Monday it would open an investigation over a new video that emerged on social media appearing to show summary killings by troops in a troubled region.

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Merkel to host Putin for talks on Syria, Ukraine, energy

Russian President, Vladimir Putin, will visit German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday to discuss the Syrian and Ukraine conflicts, energy issues and other foreign policy issues, Berlin announced.

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Taliban militants overrun Afghan army base

Taliban militants overran large parts of an army base in northern Afghanistan, killing at least10 soldiers, wounding 15 and capturing dozens more in fighting over the past two days, officials said on Tuesday.

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Cuba begins public debate on modernising Cold War-era constitution

Cuba on Monday began a rare public discussion to overhaul its Cold War-era constitution, a process the government is calling participatory democracy at its best and opponents are branding a fraud.

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Amnesty launches external probes after second staff suicide

Rights group Amnesty International said on Monday it will conduct "full and independent external inquiries" into the suicides of two of its staff in the last three months.

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Hundred security forces killed in fight for Afghan city

At least 100 security forces have been killed in the ongoing struggle to push the Taliban from the embattled Afghan city of Ghazni, a government minister said Monday, four days after the fighting began.

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Disputed Zimbabwe election behind us: Mnangagwa

Zimbabwe President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, on Monday called for the country to move on from its disputed election, despite his victory being challenged in court over alleged fraud and his inauguration delayed.

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