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The West African nation of Mali voted in presidential elections on Sunday just 16 months after the country descended into chaos in the wake of a coup led by mid-ranking army officials.

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General Sisi accused of resembling a banana republic dictator in appeal for masses to back ‘terrorist’ crackdown

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King Philippe becomes the news monarch after his father announced plans to abdicate less than three weeks ago

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Belgium is set to welcome a new king as the current monarch, Albert, abdicates following a 20-year reign, handing over the throne to his son Philippe.

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A black and white Greek movie from the 60s may have been an unusual way to launch Greece's new “Public Television” channel — but with most of the staff from the former public broadcaster still on strike, it was the best they could do.

Morsi supporters protest in Nasr City, Cairo

Divisions – and defiance – take hold in former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s back yard

A group of village children scampered behind the coffin as it was driven past some mud-brick stables. Inside was the body of Dr Sayeed Abdel Salaam. Until last week he had been a 42-year-old government vet; a father-of-three who gave away much of his money to help local orphans, according to friends. Today he became a statistic – a battered and bloodied victim of the 30 June insurrection.

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi shout slogans and clash with riot police

'This will lead us back to square one': Muslim Brotherhood rejects plans for Egypt elections laid out by interim president Adly Mansour

Senior officials from Egypt’s ousted Muslim Brotherhood party have formally rejected plans laid out by interim president Adly Mansour for fresh elections next year.

Nelson Mandela remains in a critical but stable condition

Nelson Mandela remains in a critical but stable condition as he enters his second month in hospital.

Egypt unrest: Interim leader Adly Mansour seeks quick elections after bloodshed

Egypt’s interim head of state has set out a tentative timetable for new elections in a bid to curtail the bloodshed gripping the country.

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MPs are undermining public trust in democracy by failing to back tighter controls on lobbying, Parliament’s official sleaze watchdog has warned.

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