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Kenya bans night and dawn classes

  Kenya’s Education Minister Ezekiel Machogu has banned early morning and late evening studies in schools, saying “we don’t want to subject the kids to strain – kids should sleep for nine hours”. Mr Machogu directed that classes in both private and public primary schools be held between 08:00 and …

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California gunman found dead after killing 10

  California police have identified the gunman suspected of killing 10 people in a ballroom dance studio near Los Angeles as Huu Can Tran, 72, who was later found dead in a white van. He had a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was declared dead at the scene, LA County Sheriff …

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Russia orders Estonian ambassador to leave country

  The Estonian ambassador in Russia has been ordered to leave the country by 7 February after the Kremlin accused the country of “Russophobia”. In a statement, the Russian foreign ministry said Estonia had “purposefully destroyed” relations with Moscow. Margus Laidre is the first ambassador Russia has expelled since invading …

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Brazil Supreme Court includes Jair Bolsonaro in riot probe

  Brazil’s Supreme Court has agreed to include right-wing former president Jair Bolsonaro in its investigation into the storming of government buildings in Brasília. It is the first time that Mr Bolsonaro has been named among those potentially responsible for the 8 January riots. It comes days after Mr Bolsonaro …

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Benin: presidential camp wins majority in Parliament

  President Patrice Talon’s camp won the majority of seats in parliament, the country’s Constitutional Court said on Thursday, after a vote marking the return of the opposition after a four-year absence. Sunday’s election, which took place peacefully, served as a key test for this small West African country, chaired …

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Benin counts ballots after calm parliamentary vote

Observers and members of Benin’s electoral commission check the number of votes cast at a polling station in Cotonou. By Yanick Folly (AFP) Benin’s electoral officials were tallying ballots Tuesday from a parliamentary vote seen as a key test of democracy in the West African state. Final results from Sunday’s …

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Bodies of 28 people shot dead found in Burkina Faso

The authorities in Burkina Faso have launched an investigation into the circumstances of the deaths of 28 people whose bodies were found in the north-western town of Nouna. In a statement, the government said the killings were discovered on the night of 30 December and condemned the “unacceptable violence”. The …

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