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The ‘clone’ candidate for president?

[ad_1] Two of the candidates in next month's Ukrainian presidential election have the same surname and initials. The widespread suspicion is that Yuriy V Tymoshenko is what's known as a clone candidate, planted maliciously to steal votes from confused people who really want to vote for the former prime minister, Yulia V Tymoshenko. Jonah Fisher reports from Kiev. [ad_2] Source link
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Afghanistan: The children caught in conflict

[ad_1] War photographer Andrew Quilty travelled with the charity Save the Children across Afghanistan, capturing portraits of children whose lives have been devastated by conflict in the country.Across a series of portraits, the children describe stories of losing loved ones, physical injuries from mines, and having to flee their homes because of the fighting.Despite continuing violence in their country, the children also reveal hope and determination for the future, with
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Rio state takes over running of Brazil’s iconic Maracanã stadium

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Maracana stadium has a capacity of around 78,000 Rio de Janeiro state says it is taking over the running of Brazil's Maracanã stadium, cancelling the contract of a private consortium.Governor Wilson Witzel said the decision would take effect on 17 April but would not disrupt football matches.Rio's state assembly earlier said it would investigate the contract of the Consorcio Maracanã, saying there
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Michael Wernick: Trudeau loses top civil servant in crisis

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Top Canadian public servant Michael Wernick to resign Canada's top public servant has announced he will step down over his handling of a political crisis that has embroiled PM Justin Trudeau. Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick said "recent events" led him to conclude he must retire before the upcoming general election. He had faced calls for his resignation over claims he acted in a
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Russia human rights: Chechnya court jails Memorial activist

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Oyub Titiev says his case was "fabricated" A court in Russia's Chechnya republic has sentenced a prominent rights activist to four years in jail for possessing illegal drugs.Oyub Titiev, who heads the regional branch of rights group Memorial, said the case was "politically motivated".Amnesty International said the court verdict was "an affront" to justice.In recent years, Memorial has investigated alleged abuse by Chechen
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Koffi Olomidé guilty of rape of 15-year-old girl

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Koffi Olomidé , pictured in 2012, was sentenced in absentia Koffi Olomidé, one of Africa's most popular singers, has been found guilty of the statutory rape of one of his former dancers when she was 15.He was handed a two-year suspended jail sentence by a court in France in absentia, as he failed to turn up.The ruling means the Congolese star only faces arrest
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Áurea Vázquez Rijos: Beauty queen jailed for husband’s murder

[ad_1] Image copyright Ramón ‘Tonito’ Zayas / GFR MEDIA Image caption Áurea Vázquez Rijos in custody in Puerto Rico A Puerto Rican woman has received a life prison sentence for hiring a hitman to murder her wealthy Canadian husband 14 years ago.Áurea Vázquez Rijos, who fled to Europe after the killing, professed her innocence as a judge read the sentence.Vázquez Rijos had fled to Italy and Spain after watching her
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Gaza economic protests expose cracks in Hamas’s rule

[ad_1] Image copyright Facebook Image caption Images shared online show recent clashes between protesters and Hamas security forces In Gaza, it is no surprise to hear complaints about the terrible living conditions - after all, the World Bank describes a local economy in "free fall" with 70% unemployment among young people.However, what has been extraordinary in recent days is that large crowds of Palestinians have been turning out on the
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Uganda food aid halted over poisoning fears

[ad_1] Image copyright WFP Image caption Laboratory tests are to confirm whether the "super cereal" gave people food poisoning A fortified porridge given to refugees and malnourished Ugandans has been removed from distribution over fears it may have killed an elderly woman.Nearly 200 other people were also hospitalised after the product, called super cereal, was delivered to them."There is a potential link but of course we need to be certain,"
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Two dead in record flooding in US Midwestern states

[ad_1] Image copyright Nebraska DOT Thawing snowpack and heavy rains have brought historically high flooding to several Midwestern states and have led to thousands of evacuations.Two people have died, including one man who officials say was trying to rescue strangers from freezing flood waters. Record-breaking flooding in at least five states has led to emergency declarations. Several communities have been cut off from outside help.It follows a "bomb cyclone" winter