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Trailblazing US Congresswoman Louise Slaughter Dies At 88

Louise Slaughter, a trailblazing Democratic US lawmaker who rose to become the first female chair of the House Rules Committee, died Friday after suffering a concussion in a fall, her office announced.   She was 88.   Slaughter, who was first elected to Congress in 1986 in western New York, was the House’s oldest sitting

Four countries to exit list of least developed nations

A UN expert committee has announced that four countries could soon “graduate” from the ranks of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable nations. The four countries are: Bhutan, Kiribati, Sao Tome and Principe and the Solomon Islands, according to Jose Ocampo, chair of the Committee for Development Policy (CDP). Mr. Ocampo said the countries had

Suspect stabs witness in court, shot dead

A gang member on trial was shot dead when he launched himself onto a witness in an attempt to stab him.   Siale Angilau, a member of the Tongan Crips gang, was filmed grabbing a pen or pencil before running towards the witness, another gang member.   Court footage shows the witness sinking out of

Breaking: Germany’s veteran Chancellor Angela Merkel has been re-elected by German parliament for her fourth term

Germany’s veteran Chancellor Angela Merkel has been re-elected by parliament for her fourth term, ending half a year of grinding coalition talks and political paralysis. German lawmakers voted on Wednesday to re-elect Merkel as chancellor for a fourth, and likely final, term that may prove her most challenging yet as she leads a fragile coalition

US warns Nigeria over loans from China

The United States Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, on Thursday warned African countries about receiving loan facilities from the Chinese government. Tillerson advised that loans from China should be weighed carefully and admitted that Washington was not trying to keep Chinese investment away from African continent. On Tuesday, Tillerson said China “encouraged dependency, utilised corrupt