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  • US could sanction Putin personally if Russia invades Ukraine, Biden says

    Mr Biden said there would be "enormous consequences" for the world if Russia made a move on the nation, which sits on its south-western border.His comments came as other Western leaders repeated warnings that Russia would pay a heavy price...

  • At least eight killed in crush at Cameroon stadium

    Videos showed screaming fans being crushed at an entry gate to the Olembé stadium in the capital Yaoundé.Witnesses described chaotic scenes outside the ground as thousands of fans struggled to get access.Two boys, aged eight and 14, are among the...

  • Burkina Faso military says it has seized power

    The announcement was made on state television by an army officer, who said both the government and parliament had been dissolved.Mr Kaboré's whereabouts are unclear, but the officer said that all those detained were in a secure location.The coup...

  • Tonga tsunami: Anxious wait for news after Tonga cut off

    The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai volcano erupted on Saturday, about 65km (40 miles) north of the capital Nuku'alofa.The eruption, which was heard as far away as the US, caused waves higher than a metre to crash into Tonga.There have not yet been...

  • Djokovic to be deported after losing Australia visa appeal

    Judges rejected his appeal after the government cancelled the unvaccinated player's visa for a second time this month on public health grounds.The decision has ended the 34-year-old's hopes of defending his Australian Open title and winning a...

  •  Australia cancels Djokovic's visa

    The decision by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke on "health and good order" grounds means he could be deported.However, the 34-year-old Serbian can still launch another legal challenge to remain in Australia.The men's tennis number one...

  • Burkina Faso soldiers held over alleged coup plot

    Among those arrested is Colonel Mohamed Emmanuel Zoungrana - a well-known former army commander who has reportedly been critical of the government.The justice ministry on Tuesday said an investigation on the matter had begun.The last coup in Burkina...

  • WHO urges cancelling some holiday events over Omicron fears

    "An event cancelled is better than a life cancelled," said WHO head Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, adding that "difficult decisions" must be made."In some cases, that will mean cancelling or delaying events" he said.His...

  • UK removes all 11 countries from red list

    Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe are on the list.The red list was reintroduced in late November as a precaution after the emergence of the Omicron variant.But Health...

  • Vaccines should work against Omicron variant, WHO says

    It comes as the first lab tests of the new variant in South Africa suggest it can partially evade the Pfizer jab.Researchers say there was a "very large drop" in how well the vaccine's antibodies neutralised the new strain.But the...

  • US urges citizens to leave Ethiopia immediately

    A senior US official urged American citizens to leave Ethiopia immediately, saying that Washington had no plans to organise a mass evacuation, as it did in Afghanistan.The US and the African Union have been pressuring the Ethiopian government and...

  • FW de Klerk dies at 85

    De Klerk, who was also a key figure in the transition to democracy, had been diagnosed with cancer this year.He was head of state between September 1989 and May 1994.In 1990, he ordered Nelson Mandela's release from prison, leading to historic...

  • Zimbabwean boxer dies after fight

    Super bantamweight Zimunya, 24, died on Monday, having collapsed during a professional non-title bout on Saturday.It is the first time a boxer has died in Zimbabwe from injuries sustained in the ring.Lawrence Zimbudzana, the general secretary of the...

  • Sudan army seized power to prevent civil war - coup leader

    He added that the deposed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was being kept at the general's house "for his own safety" and would be allowed home soon.Protests are continuing for a second day in the capital, Khartoum, with roads, bridges and...

  • Nobel Literature Prize 2021: Abdulrazak Gurnah named winner

    The Swedish Academy praised Gurnah for for his "uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism".The prize is awarded by the Swedish Academy and is worth 10 million Swedish crowns ($1.14m / £840,000).Gurnah, 73,...

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