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All Ugandan cows are to receive birth certificates to allow them to be more easily traced in order to comply with European Union (EU) regulations. Countries producing food for the European market must provide proof of its traceability, said Mr Vincent Ssempijja, the minister for agriculture, animal industry and fisheries, on Tuesday. He said products …

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Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu says the country will not change its laws on homosexuality in exchange for donor aid. According to the state-owned Daily Mail, Mr Lungu made the remarks when outgoing Swedish Ambassador to Zambia, Henrik Cederin, and European Union head of delegation Alessandro Mariani visited him at the state house. The president was …

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A Turkish diplomat was among two people killed in an attack in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Irbil. The victims are thought to be Turkey’s deputy consul general in the city, along with a civilian. Turkey has already vowed to retaliate. The diplomat was among a group of people eating at a restaurant when gunmen …

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A US judge has sentenced Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to life in prison plus 30 years. Guzmán, 62, was found guilty of 10 charges, including drug trafficking and money laundering, by a federal court in New York in February. He escaped a Mexican jail through a tunnel in 2016, but was later …

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The number of drug-related deaths in Scotland soared to 1,187 last year, according to official statistics. The figure is 27% higher than the previous year, and the highest since records began in 1996. The number of drug-related deaths in Scotland has more than doubled since 2008, when there were 574 deaths. It means the country’s …

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  Six tourists have been killed and at least 30 other people injured in a violent storm that swept across a region of northern Greece. Gale-force winds, heavy rain and hailstorms lashed Halkidiki, near the city of Thessaloniki, late on Wednesday, officials say. A Czech couple died when their caravan was blown away, and two …

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Iranian boats tried to impede a British oil tanker near the Gulf – before being driven off by a Royal Navy ship, the Ministry of Defence has said. HMS Montrose, a British frigate escorting the tanker British Heritage, was forced to move between the three boats and the tanker, a spokesman said. He described the …

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  Sir Kim Darroch has resigned as UK ambassador to the US, as a row over leaked emails critical of President Trump’s administration escalates. The US president had branded him “a very stupid guy” after emails emerged where the ambassador had called his administration “clumsy and inept”. Theresa May said Sir Kim’s departure was “a …

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  France has denied breaching a UN arms embargo after four of its anti-tank missiles were found on a base loyal to a rogue Libyan general. The country’s defence ministry says the “unusable” US-made Javelin missiles were never intended to be passed to any group, and were due to be destroyed. However, they were discovered …

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  Jeremy Corbyn has challenged the next Tory leader to hold another referendum before taking Britain out of the EU, saying Labour will campaign for Remain. Mr Corbyn says the party will take this position to stop “no deal or a damaging Tory Brexit”. But he does not say what he would do if he …

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