The United Kingdom increases its global education fund by 50%

The United Kingdom increases its global education fund by 50%

The UK is increasing its support for a global education fund for developing countries by 50% to £75m per year. International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt made the announcement at a global conference in Senegal, as part of a new emphasis on targeting aid at education projects. Ms Mordaunt said supporting...

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South Africa’s Jacob Zuma agrees to resign with immediate effect

South Africa’s Jacob Zuma agrees to resign with immediate effect

Following heightened pressure from within his own party, Jacob Zuma has agreed to step down as South Africa’s president. In a televised statement, Zuma promised to resign with immediate effect but he said that he disagreed with the ANC’s decision. Following negotiations with the current ANC leader, Cyril Ramaphosa, Zuma...

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UK’s iconic Bangkok embassy sold for £420 million

UK’s iconic Bangkok embassy sold for £420 million

In its largest ever sale of Foreign Office property, the UK government announced last month that it had sold its iconic Bangkok embassy for £420 million. Nestled inside the heart of Bangkok, the sales of the UK Embassy is part of government plans to raise money to renovate other embassies...

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Controversial Holocaust law causes rift between Poland and Israel

Controversial Holocaust law causes rift between Poland and Israel

The Polish Senate has approved a controversial bill that would prohibit accusing the Poles of being complicit in the Nazi Holocaust. In addition, it would make it illegal to describe the Nazi death camps in Poland, such as Auschwitz, as being Polish, with penalties ranging from fines to up to...

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Canadian national anthem to become gender-neutral

Canadian national anthem to become gender-neutral

A bill to make Canada’s national anthem gender-neutral has passed the country’s senate. The words “true patriot love in all thy sons command” will be changed to “true patriot love in all of us command.” Before becoming law, it must receive ‘royal assent’ from the governor general before becoming law....

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Ramaphosa holding direct talks with President Zuma on transition of power

Ramaphosa holding direct talks with President Zuma on transition of power

Talks began on Tuesday night between South Africa’s ruling-party leader Cyril Ramaphosa and Jacob Zuma relating the latter’s “position as president,” said Ramaphosa. In an emailed statement on Wednesday, Ramaphosa added: “the discussions were constructive and lay the basis for a speedy resolution of the matter in the interests of...

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EU to take Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic to court

EU to take Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic to court

The European Union’s executive will sue Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic in the bloc’s top court for their refusal to host asylum-seekers. The three member states will be taken to the European Court of Justice in the latest in a long-running battle between Brussels and its eastern capitals over...

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Rohingya death toll estimated at 6,700

Rohingya death toll estimated at 6,700

While Myanmar’s official figure is 400, the Medecins Sans Frontiere, also known as Doctors Without Borders, has stated that at least 6,700 Rohingya have been killed since August. The mostly Muslim minority have been suffering as a result of a military crackdown. Although the Myanmar army denies it, there have...

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Saudi Arabia will allow cinemas in 2018

Saudi Arabia will allow cinemas in 2018

Saudi Arabia’s ministry of culture and information has said it will lift the three-decade ban on commercial cinemas and start issuing licences with plans to open the first cinemas in March 2018. This news comes as part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s new social and economic reform programme which recently...

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The Capital of Israel: Jerusalem or Tel Aviv?

The Capital of Israel: Jerusalem or Tel Aviv?

US President Donald Trump campaigned on his ability to make a deal. Peace in the Middle East was the “ultimate deal.” He has asserted with hubristic overconfidence that he will broker a peace deal between Palestine and Israel. Recently he announced that the US embassy would be relocated from Tel...

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