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Libya civil war: UN envoy Salamé says foreign intervention must end

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Mr Salamé said foreign intervention has created a “vicious cycle” of violence in Libya

The UN's Libya envoy Ghassan Salamé has called on foreign powers to stop interfering in Libya's civil war.
On the eve of peace talks in Berlin, Mr Salamé said foreign support of proxy groups in the conflict had created a “vicious cycle” of violence.
But Mr Salamé told the BBC that he was optimistic about the negotiations.
It comes after nine months of conflict between the powerful General Khalifa Haftar and the UN-backed government in the capital Tripoli.
A truce was announced earlier this month between Gen Haftar and the Government of National Accord (GNA).

But both sides blame each other for reported breaches of the agreement, and attempts to broker a lasting ceasefire broke down last week at a summit in Moscow.
On Saturday, forces loyal to Gen Haftar blocked oil exports from several major Libyan ports. The move is a damaging blow to the country&#..

FBI arrests three more members of right wing extremist group ‘The Base’

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From left: Jacob Kaderli, Michael Helterbrand and Luke Austin Lane

Three more alleged members of a US neo-Nazi hate group have been arrested in Georgia, authorities say, in what appears to be a national operation.
The arrests came on the same day that three suspected members of the same group were detained in Maryland and Delaware.
All six men are reported members of white supremacist group The Base.
One of the three was a Canadian army reservist who had been missing for several months after fleeing Canada.
Patrik Matthews is believed to have illegally crossed into the US after his alleged affiliations with The Base were discovered. He was arrested alongside two others in the Maryland and Delaware operation.

The FBI said Mr Matthews and two others planned to travel to a pro-gun rally on Monday in Richmond, Virginia. Virginia governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency on Wednesday ahead of the rally, to block attendees from ..

Cheetah smuggling out of Ethiopia ‘fuelled by exotic pets demand’

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Cheetahs are trafficked from the Horn of Africa to the Gulf states

A growing demand for exotic pets in Saudi Arabia and the UAE is fuelling the smuggling of cheetahs in Ethiopia, a top Ethiopian wildlife official has told the BBC.
Every month, at least four cheetahs were smuggled to the Gulf nations, Daniel Pawlos said.
Smugglers sell the animals for more than $10,000 (£7,600) to wealthy families.
Only 7,100 cheetahs are left in the wild, at least 90% of them in Africa.
Cheetahs are an endangered species, according to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites).

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Ethiopians were being financially lured into capturing and selling cheetah cubs, said Mr Pawlos, who is the director of Ethiopian Wildlife Development and Protection Authority.
They are paid between 10,000 to 15,000 Ethiopian birr ($3..

Fake drugs: How bad is Africa’s counterfeit medicine problem?

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Government officials taking away fake drugs in Abidjan, Ivory Coast

The proliferation of fake medicines in Africa is a public health crisis that can no longer be ignored, according to a UK charity.
The Brazzaville Foundation is organising a meeting of seven African countries, in Togo, this week, to combat the problem.
Congo, Niger, Senegal, Togo, Uganda, Ghana and The Gambia will discuss measures to clamp down on trafficking in fake medicines.
But how big a problem is counterfeit medicine in Africa, and what impact does it have?
How many counterfeit drugs are there?

Globally, the trade in counterfeit pharmaceuticals is worth up to $200bn (£150bn) annually, with Africa among the regions most affected, according to industry estimates.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says 42% of all fake medicines reported to them between 2013 and 2017 were from Africa.
The European region and the Americas (North and South) accounted for 21% each.
Bu..

What my great-granddad, Nelson Mandela, would make of 2020 South Africa

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Pumla Mandela (centre) with Newsbeat reporters Nesta and Roisin

“It was the moment I realised 'wow … my grandfather was Nelson Mandela'!”
Pumla is recalling the day, in 2013, when she read a poem at her great-grandfather's memorial service.
The former South African president is – for most of the world – a symbol of triumph over oppression. But for 26 year-old Pumla he was also family.
She sat down with Radio 1 Newsbeat to share memories of the man many South Africans still call Madiba – a word in the Xhosa language that means “father”.

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People across South Africa lit candles to mark Nelson Mandela's funeral in 2013.

The poem Pumla read at the memorial said, “you are lodged in our memories, you tower over the world like a comet.”

But, as you might expect, most of her lasting memories are more low key.
“He was the man who was always reading newspapers or that we'd have lunch with with.
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My great-granddad, Nelson Mandela, would be ‘unhappy’ with 2020 South Africa

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“It was the moment I realised 'wow … my grandfather was Nelson Mandela'!”
Pumla is recalling the day, in 2013, when she read a poem at her great-grandfather's memorial service.
The former South African president is – for most of the world – a symbol of triumph over oppression. But for 26 year-old Pumla he was also family.
She sat down with Radio 1 Newsbeat to share memories of the man many South Africans still call Madiba – a word in the Xhosa language that means “father”.

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People across South Africa lit candles to mark Nelson Mandela's funeral in 2013.

The poem Pumla read at the memorial said, “you are lodged in our memories, you tower over the world like a comet.”

But, as you might expect, most of her lasting memories are more low key.
“He was the man who was always reading newspapers or that we'd have lunch with with.
“I'd be having conversations with my youn..