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Court rules Obamacare is unconstitutional

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP A federal judge in the US state of Texas has ruled that a key part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare, is unconstitutional. A coalition of 20 states argued the entire law had been invalidated by a change in tax rules last year which eliminated a penalty for not having health insurance. President Donald Trump said the ruling was great news for
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Australia recognises West Jerusalem as Israeli capital

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption The status of Jerusalem has long been a highly contested issue Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed that his government will recognise West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. However, he said Australia's embassy would not move from Tel Aviv, until a peace settlement was achieved.He added Australia also recognised the aspirations of the Palestinians to a state with a capital in East
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Yemen war: Can ceasefire deal finally bring peace?

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption The war has pushed millions to the brink of starvation A ''forgotten war'' is now in the eyes of the world. Beyond all expectations, a week of talks, brokered by the UN at a postcard-perfect Swedish castle, took Yemen a step closer to its elusive peace.''Our collective achievements this week were a significant step forward," UN special envoy Martin Griffiths told the Security Council
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DR Congo elections: Why do voters mistrust electronic voting?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty/JOHN WESSELS Image caption A fire broke out at one of the main electoral commission warehouses in Kinshasa. The Democratic Republic of Congo is heading to the polls on 23 December to elect a new president for the first time since 2001. Current President Joseph Kabila is stepping down and, as polling day nears, concerns about the running of the election in this vast country - nearly
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North Korea’s high-tech pursuits: Propaganda or progress?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption North Korea has touted its latest technological advancements with much fanfare North Korea often flaunts its military hardware but of late, it appears to be making progress in developing civilian technologies - or at least is claiming to be.As with most things in the country, it is difficult to verify these claims, but it is significant to note the importance being given to
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How Putin’s Russia turned humour into a weapon

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption When Vladimir Putin became president, he did not see the funny side of a TV satire show In the dying days of the Soviet Union, Russians used humour to escape the bleak reality of economic stagnation, food shortages and long queues. Political satire flourished on TV in the form of latex puppets during the 1990s, but it was quickly slapped down when Vladimir
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Nigerian military lifts Unicef ban after ‘spy’ row

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The Nigerian military has been battling Islamists in the country's north-east Nigeria's military has revoked its earlier decision to suspend activities of the UN children's agency Unicef in the north-east of the country.The military said this came after "extensive deliberations" during emergency talks with Unicef officials.Earlier on Friday, the army had accused the agency of spying for Islamist militants in the restive region.Millions
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Black Lives Matter co-founder Opal Tometi on her Nigerian inspiration for the movement

[ad_1] In the second episode of Diaspora Diaries, we speak to the co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Opal Tometi. Opal was born in Phoenix, Arizona, in the US to Nigerian parents. She grew up hearing Yoruba and Esan spoken at home - and says her first trip to Nigeria as a teenager, changed her life. BBC Africa's Daniel Henry travelled to Washington DC to find out how those experiences led
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Migrant caravan: US to investigate after child dies in custody at border

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Migrants have tried to climb border fences to gain entry into the US An investigation has been launched after a seven-year-old girl died while in the custody of the US Border Patrol.The Guatemalan child, named as Jakelin Caal Maquin, was detained last week after crossing the US-Mexico border with her father, officials say.It was earlier reported that she died of dehydration, but border
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Trump names new acting chief of staff

[ad_1] Trump announces Mick Mulvaney to be acting chief of staff replacing John Kelly who leaves by the end of year This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version.You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. [ad_2]