Liu Xiaobo: China rejects foreign criticism over dissident’s death

Liu Xiaobo: China rejects foreign criticism over dissident’s death

China has rejected international criticism for not allowing its most prominent critic, Liu Xiaobo, to be treated abroad for liver cancer. It said the case was an internal affair and that other countries were “in no position to make improper remarks”. The activist, who had been serving an 11-year prison term for “subversion”, died in a hospital in China aged 61. The Nobel Committee, which gave him the Peace Prize […]

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Oscar Pérez: Fugitive Venezuelan pilot reappears at vigil

Oscar Pérez: Fugitive Venezuelan pilot reappears at vigil

A rogue Venezuelan policeman who used a stolen helicopter to fire on government buildings has remerged at an opposition vigil. It was Oscar Pérez’s first public appearance since the attack. He has been on the run since the incident, with the government accusing him of terrorism and of working for foreign powers. Venezuela has been shaken by often violent protests in recent months and is in economic crisis. Video footage […]

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Spirits and selfies

Spirits and selfies

A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere in the world this week. Images courtesy of AFP, EPA, Getty Images and Reuters

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India alarm over rising tiger deaths

India alarm over rising tiger deaths

Wildlife activists have accused Indian authorities of a culture of secrecy around steadily rising tiger deaths. At least 67 tigers have died this year – many as a result of conflict with humans, including poachers, they say. “There is no transparency in these matters,” Theodore Baskaran, a former trustee of WWF-India, told the . India is home to 60% of the world’s tigers but they face increasing habitat loss and […]

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Brazil: Temer wins corruption charges reprieve

Brazil: Temer wins corruption charges reprieve

A congressional committee in Brazil has voted against recommending President Michel Temer be tried in the Supreme Court on corruption charges. The vote reduces the chances of the president appearing in the dock. But it is non-binding and still needs to be approved by the full parliament. The public prosecutor has said he will instigate new corruption charges. Earlier ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said he would seek re-election […]

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