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Middle East states dominate list of top executioners in 2020 – Amnesty

image copyrightNurPhotoimage captionAn exhibition calling for an end to executions in Iran took place in London in OctoberFour of the world's five top executioners in 2020 were Middle East states, Amnesty International says. Iran, Egypt, Iraq and Saudi Arabia accounted for 88% of the 483 reported executions worldwide, according to a report by the human…
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Idriss Déby: Chad's future rocked by president's battlefield death

By Paul MellyAfrica Programme, Chatham Houseimage copyrightAFPimage captionShortly before his death Idriss Déby campaigned for a sixth term in officeDying from wounds suffered as he directed the fight-back against rebels who had swept south across the Sahara from their Libyan safe haven, Chad's President Idriss Déby Itno was a soldier to the last.The manner of…
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Drought-hit Taiwan rations water to protect tech

By Cindy SuiBBC Newsimage copyrightReutersimage captionIn parts of Taiwan affected by water rationing, residents have been storing water in their bathtubsTaiwan is supposed to be one of the rainiest places in the world - its climate is subtropical in the northern and central regions, and tropical in the south. Typhoons are common in summer and…
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Germany conservatives: Armin Laschet backed by Merkel party in chancellor race

image copyrightReutersimage captionArmin Laschet is the recently elected CDU leader, and current premier of North Rhine-WestphaliaArmin Laschet has won the backing of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party to run as a centre-right candidate to succeed her in September's elections.Christian Democrat (CDU) leader Mr Laschet was supported by 77.5% of the party's executive board members.His rival…
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The Ugandan mum who was once ashamed of her gay son

By Mary GoodhartThe Comb podcast, BBC Africaimage copyrightAFPimage captionIn Uganda, gay sex can be punishable by life imprisonmentWhen Rita heard rumours that her son was gay she refused to believe it. At the time, she thought that homosexuality was an abomination - a "problem" that happened elsewhere, not in Uganda. When she finally realised the…
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Redonda: The Caribbean island transformed into an eco haven

By Gemma HandySt John's, Antiguaimage copyrightShanna Challengerimage captionRedonda is Antigua and Barbuda's lesser known third islandThere are no resorts, no beaches, no amenities, and its contribution to the national GDP is practically zero. Yet the mile-long rocky isle of Redonda in the Caribbean Sea is deemed one of the most valuable spots in the region.Virtually…