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Senegal’s Dakar mayor in custody for fraud

The mayor of Senegal’s capital, Dakar, has been placed in custody for allegedly embezzling public money. A judge investigating $2.9m (£2.3m) in missing city funds has charged Khalifa Sall with fraud, criminal conspiracy and money laundering. He denies any wrongdoing and says his arrest is politically motivated. Mr Sall, who …

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China cuts growth target to 6.5%

The Chinese growth target for this year has been cut to around 6.5%, down from 6.5 to 7% last year, Premier Li Keqiang has announced. He was addressing the country’s rubber-stamp parliament, the National People’s Congress (NPC), which has gathered in Beijing for its annual session. The Chinese economy expanded …

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Zimbabwe bans the beating of children

Zimbabwe’s High Court has outlawed corporal punishment for children both at school and in the home. The ruling comes after a parent complained that her child in grade one, a class for six-year-olds, had deep bruises after a beating by a teacher. Linah Pfungwa said her daughter had been punished …

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