Category: International news

Tanzania bans fake nails, eye lashes in parly

Lawmakers in Tanzania have been banned from entering parliament with fake nails and eye lashes. Tanzanian lawmakers will no longer be able to come and go as they please and dressed as they want in carrying out their duties in parliament. Speaker of the Tanzania Parliament Job Ndugai told the media he had imposed the ban after Deputy Health Minister Faustine Ndugulile had raised concerns about the health risks posed by fake nails and eye lashes. “The ban would also apply to visitors to parliament,” he said. Apart from by fake nails and eye lashes, Tanzanian lawmakers are also prohibited...

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Annan burial set for tomorrow in Ghana

The body of the former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan will lie in state today at the International Conference Centre in Ghana’s capital, Accra, to allow fellow Ghanaians to pay their last respects. It arrived at the city’s international airport yesterday evening from Switzerland ahead of his official burial ceremony tomorrow. Diplomats, government officials, traditional leaders and other dignitaries will also pay their last respects. Mr Annan, the first Sub-Saharan African to become UN Secretary-General, died on 18 August aged 80 after a short...

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Monster typhoon hits Japan

Reports say Japan has been hit by one of the strongest typhoons in 25 years, with officials warning more than a million people to evacuate their homes. Typhoon Jebi made landfall in western areas, bringing heavy rain and reports of winds up to 172km/h (107 mph). In Osaka Bay it swept a tanker into a bridge and in Kyoto parts of the train station roof came down. There are no reports of casualties and the storm is expected to weaken as it continues to move across the country. The storm made landfall on Shikoku Island around noon on Tuesday...

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Trump raps prosecutions of Republicans

US President Donald Trump has accused Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the justice department of damaging the re-election chances of two Republican representatives by prosecuting them. The move to file charges against the men jeopardises “easy wins” in the mid-term elections, Mr Trump tweeted. One is accused of insider trading and the other of campaign violations. The tweet has sparked fresh criticism that Mr Trump is illegally seeking to interfere with the justice system. It is highly unusual for sitting presidents to lash out against attorneys general and to try to bring political considerations to bear on prosecution decisions....

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New Zealand PM defends $50,000 flight

Reports say New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has defended a decision to have a plane make an extra flight so she can spend less time away from her baby. Ms Ardern, who still breastfeeds her baby, is headed to the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru for a day on Wednesday. The air force plane that dropped her deputy Winston Peters there on Monday is being sent back to New Zealand to pick her up. The round trip will cost taxpayers an estimated NZ$80,000 ($52,873; £41,173). “I weighed this up. I even went to the extent of checking whether...

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