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Archbishop Desmond Tutu re-admitted to hospital

South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu was hospitalised Tuesday with a persistent infection just a week after being discharged following treatment for the same ailment, his foundation said.
“Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has been re-admitted to a hospital in Cape Town.... He was discharged from hospital last Tuesday, and re-admitted this afternoon after expressing renewed discomfort. His doctors considered it prudent for him to return to hospital for observation,” a statement by the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation said.
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Men due in court for killing Zimbabwe’s ‘Cecil the lion’

Two men were due to appear in a Zimbabwean court on poaching charges yesterday after a wealthy American dentist killed a beloved lion just outside a national park, sparking criticism around the world.
‘Cecil the lion’, a popular attraction among international visitors to Hwange National Park, was lured beyond the reserve’s boundaries by bait and killed earlier this month.
The hunter was identified as Walter Palmer, a dentist and experienced trophy hunter from Minnesota, who allegedly paid $50,000 for the hunt.
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Turkey pounds PKK as parliament meets in emergency session

Turkey's military campaign -- which the government says was it was forced to carry out after a series of attacks blamed on Islamic State (IS) jihadists and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants -- has inflamed tensions in Turkey after its inconclusive June elections.
The strikes were initially aimed at IS jihadists but were rapidly expanded to include bombing of camps of PKK militants at their stronghold in the mountains of northern Iraq.
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Migrants: 48hrs of mass attempts to UK

Migrants rushed to the tunnel linking France and England repeatedly for a second night yesterday and one man was crushed by a truck in the chaos, deepening tensions surrounding the thousands of people camped in this northern French port city of Calais.
Eurotunnel said it had blocked more than 37,000 such attempts by migrants to reach Britain since January.
There were conflicting numbers of people involved yesterday, ranging from 150 to as many as 1,200. But French authorities and the company agreed there had been about 2,000 attempts on each of two successive nights.
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Malaysian probe into fund scandal stalls after PM sacks deputy

A Malaysian parliamentary investigation into a graft scandal at a state investment fund embroiling Prime Minister Najib Razak has been put on hold as cracks in the ruling party appeared to widen yesterday.
The allegations of extensive graft at the debt-laden fund are the biggest threat to Najib’s credibility since he took office in 2009 and could threaten the grip his United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) has kept on politics since independence in 1957.
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Shot of the day

DIRE STRAITS: Migrants wait for a train heading to Serbia at the Gevgelija railway station, on the Macedonian-Greek border on Tuesday. The migrants, among them children and elderly people, are trying to cross Macedonia and Serbia and enter the EU via Hungary, a country that will finish building its anti-migrant fence on its southern border with Serbia by August 31, ahead of a previous November deadline. Read more about Shot of the day

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Nigeria's Niger Delta amnesty back on track, new boss named

Nigeria has appointed a new boss for the amnesty scheme for ex-Niger Delta oil rebels, in a move seen by observers as an attempt to put back on track the programme which doused militancy in the oil-rich region.
Violence caused by militants in the region from 2006 to 2009, including kidnappings and attacks on oil installations, played havoc with oil production in Africa's largest oil producer, which dropped from 2.6 million barrels per day to a low of about one million.
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Syria ‘doubts Turkey’s intentions in anti-IS effort’

Syria’s foreign ministry said yesterday it was sceptical about Turkish efforts to fight the Islamic State group, in its first official reaction since Ankara began air strikes against the jihadists.
“It is better late than never, but are Turkish intentions to fight the terrorists of Daesh (IS), Al-Nusra Front, and Al-Qaeda-linked groups genuine?” the ministry asked in a letter to the United Nations.
The ministry said Syria “rejects the Turkish regime’s attempt to paint itself as a victim that is defending itself”, accusing Ankara of supporting “terrorist” groups.
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Nigeria’s Buhari in Cameroon seeks closer partnership against Boko Haram

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari began a two-day visit to Cameroon on Wednesday in a bid to soothe fractious ties between the West African neighbours and strengthen cooperation against Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
Buhari’s first visit to Cameroon since his election in March comes as the militant group, which has sworn allegiance to Islamic State, has launched a fresh wave of attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
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Turkey gives formal approval to United States to use air base

The Turkish government has given its formal approval for the United States to use the Incirlik air base in southern Turkey for raids against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, a foreign ministry official said yesterday.
“The cabinet has signed the decree,” the official told AFP, without specifying when the authorisation was given. “The (Incirlik) air base can be used (by the US against IS) anytime.”
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