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W.H.O. Rescinds ‘Good-Will Ambassador’ Appointment for Mugabe

Photo Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s president, in 2016. Credit Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/Associated Press After days of scathing criticism around the globe for naming Zimbabwe’s leader, Robert Mugabe, a “good-will ambassador” for health, the leader of the World Health Organization said on Sunday that he had rescinded the title. In a statement, the …

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Putin rival leaves jail as Kremlin race heats up

Russian opposition leader and anti-Putin campaigner Alexei Navalny declared “I’m out” after he was released from a detention centre in Moscow. The 41-year-old lawyer, who plans to run in next year’s presidential election, was freed after serving a 20-day jail term for organising protests against the country’s leader. Mr Navalny …

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Robert Mugabe's WHO appointment condemned as 'an insult'

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Critics say health services have collapsed under Mr Mugabe’s rule The choice of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe as a World Health Organization (WHO) goodwill ambassador has been criticised by several organisations including the British government. It described his selection as “surprising and disappointing” given his …

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Middle East Feud Looms Over Jailing of Egyptian Woman

Mr. Qaradawi is one of the Arab world’s most popular televangelists. For years, his regular appearances on “Shariah and Life” on Al Jazeera attracted tens of millions of viewers. His popularity stemmed from his folksy, religiously inflected guidance on a wide range of subjects, from oral sex and the morality …

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British jihadi's fate 'could deter others'

Community leaders from the home town of jihadi Abu Sa’eed Al Britani say evidence suggesting he was imprisoned by Islamic State could deter other young Muslims from travelling to Syria. Sky News has found his name scrawled on a wall of a prison in the recently liberated town of Raqqa, …

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Czech election: Billionaire Babis wins by large margin

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Babis and his colleagues celebrated their poll-topping performance Populist billionaire candidate Andrej Babis and his party have won the Czech Republic’s general election. Mr Babis, 63, is the country’s second-richest man and campaigned on an anti-establishment and Eurosceptic platform. With all votes counted, his …

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WHO 'rethinking' Mugabe ambassador post

The World Health Organisation says it is now “rethinking” its decision to make Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe a goodwill ambassador. Director general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he was thinking again in light of the controversy caused by the announcement. He wrote on Twitter: “I’m listening. I hear your concerns. …

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Japan goes to the polls in snap election

Image copyright EPA Image caption Millions of Japanese are voting on Sunday Japan is heading to the polls a month after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called a snap election in the face of the rising threat from North Korea. Voting opened at 07:00 local time on Sunday (22:00 GMT Saturday). …

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Spain Will Remove Catalonia Leader, Escalating Secession Crisis

Fueled by economic grievances and a distinct language and culture, aspirations for an independent state in Catalonia have ebbed and flowed for generations. But the current confrontation has presented a vexing quandary not only for Spain but the entire European Union, pitting demands for self-determination against the desire to preserve …

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