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The Lebanese female air force pilots breaking barriers

[ad_1] Most women serving in the Lebanese armed forces work are in administrative or logistical roles, but its top commander is trying to change this, the BBC's Eloise Alanna reports. Gen Joseph Aoun says bolstering women's roles is among his top priorities, with the ultimate aim of getting them into combat roles. Women are not allowed to work on the front line in the army, but there is no such
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Letter from Africa: Should MPs be sent back to school?

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Zimbabwe's speaker of parliament is nicknamed "the Headmaster" In our series of letters from African writers, Zimbabwean journalist-turned-barrister Brian Hungwe looks at whether politicians need better qualifications.Zimbabwe has one of the highest literacy rates in Africa. It is a country of learned people - the former President Robert Mugabe had no less than seven degrees.But the education appears not to have filtered down to
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Crossing Divides: Two Koreas divided by a fractured language

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Readers on either side of the Korean divide find different versions of their native language North Korean defectors who risk their lives escaping to the South face a language barrier in their new home because of the way vocabulary has evolved either side of the border.Having risked death by escaping through China - which hands back refugees it captures - defectors often find
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Proud Boys and antifa: When a right-wing activist met a left-wing anti-fascist

[ad_1] Image caption Proud Boy Rob Cantrall (left) and anti-fascist activist Luis Enrique Marquez Since the election of Donald Trump, extreme right-wing groups and left-wing activists have battled on American streets. It's happened in New York, Berkeley, Charlottesville and elsewhere. But one liberal enclave might be the epicentre of the fighting: Portland, Oregon, a progressive city in the Pacific north-west.Two activists who have been on opposite sides in the Portland
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Africa’s week in pictures: 1-7 March 2019

[ad_1] A selection of photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere this week: Image copyright AFP Image caption Cape Town's Pride parade brings carnival spirit to the city centre on Saturday Image copyright Gallo Images Image caption Linda Sokhulu, Kgomotso Christopher, Miranda Ntshangase and Penny Lebyane are among the stars at the South African Film and Television Awards Image copyright Gallo Images Image caption Choreographer Somizi Mhlongo also graced
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Paul Manafort: Ex-Trump campaign chief jailed for fraud

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP US President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort has been sentenced to 47 months in prison for tax and bank fraud.He was convicted last summer of hiding millions of dollars of income from his political consulting in Ukraine.He is due to be sentenced in another case next week related to his illegal lobbying.The charges stem from an inquiry into whether the Trump campaign colluded with
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Ilhan Omar: US House votes amid anti-Semitism row

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Ilhan Omar has faced repeated accusations of anti-Semitism The US House of Representatives has voted to condemn "hateful expressions of intolerance" amid a row over anti-Semitism.Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar has prompted sharp objections recently for frequently criticising Israel and pro-Israel lobbyists in Washington.Her Democratic party was split over how and whether to censure the freshman lawmaker.Speaker Nancy Pelosi has denied the resolution was made
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El Salvador: Three women jailed for abortions freed

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Alba Rodríguez was one of three women released on Thursday El Salvador's supreme court has freed three women jailed for 30 years after being accused of aborting their babies.The women say they suffered miscarriages but were convicted of aggravated homicide.They were welcomed by well-wishers and activists near the capital San Salvador on Thursday.Alba Rodríguez and María del Tránsito Orellana had both served nine years,
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German man sentenced to life for poisoning co-workers

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A security camera caught Klaus O putting a suspicious substance on a colleague's lunch A German man has been given a life sentence after poisoning his colleagues' lunches, leaving one man in a permanent vegetative state.The 57-year-old man, named only as Klaus O, was arrested last year after a security camera captured him placing a powder on a colleague's sandwich.Tests identified it as
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Brussels Jewish Museum murders: Mehdi Nemmouche guilty

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Nemmouche has not allowed himself to be photographed in the years since his arrest A French-born jihadist who spent a year fighting in Syria for the Islamic State group has been found guilty of the murder of four people in an anti-Semitic attack in Brussels in May 2014.Mehdi Nemmouche, 33, opened fire with a Kalashnikov assault rifle and a handgun at the city's Jewish