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A damaged mosque on the island of Kos.

International News

A 6.7 magnitude earthquake rocked the Greek Island of Kos in the early hours of Friday, killing at least two people and injuring scores more, officials say.

Mayor George Kyritsis told CNN Greece that at least two people -- a Swedish and a Turkish national -- have died.

Protesters and police clashed in several cities across Venezuela

International News

Millions of Venezuelans have joined a general strike called by the opposition as pressure mounts on President Nicolás Maduro to cancel elections for a new constituent assembly.

Clashes between police and protesters killed at least three people. More than 300 others were reportedly arrested.

Mr Prasad said he felt normal and awake on the operating table

International News

An Indian musician played the guitar on the operating table to help doctors treat involuntary muscle spasms in his fingers.

Abhishek Prasad was asked to play every time doctors "burnt" a circuit in his brain to treat what is commonly known as "musician's dystonia".

Former US football star and actor OJ Simpson has been granted parole after nine years in a Nevada prison.

Former Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki.

International News

Othaya MP Mary Wambui has assured Kenyans that former President Mwai Kibaki is in good health and relaxing at home following reports that he had been admitted to hospital.

Speaking during the UhuruToExpress meetings in Nyeri on Thursday, Ms Wambui said she was with Mr Kibaki in the morning and could confirm that he is fit.

Washington's police posted fliers of the missing teenagers on its Twitter account

International News

Six teenagers from Burundi taking part in a robotics competition in the US have been reported missing, police say.

Four boys and two girls - aged from 16 to 18 - disappeared during the First Global Challenge tournament in Washington DC.

Three Kenyan men sentenced to death for stripping woman

Africa

Three Kenyan men who stripped and attacked a woman in a bus have been sentenced to death by a magistrate in the capital, Nairobi. The death sentence was imposed after the three were convicted of robbery with violence, a Star newspaper reporter told the BBC.

“A bus driver Nicholas Mwangi, conductor Meshack Mwangi and petrol station attendant Edward Ndung’u were found guilty of robbery with violence and assault by the Nairobi Chief Magistrate, Francis Andayi,” the Daily Nation newspaper has reported.

Thousands of Malians have taken to the streets to protest against a planned referendum on constitutional changes that would give extra powers to President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, create new regions and recognise the Tuareg's ethnic homeland.

The government of Mali has delayed the vote, which was originally planned for last week, but still plans to go ahead with it this year.

Voters in the Republic of Congo go to the polls on Sunday in legislative elections, the first since violence-marred presidential polls last year which returned Denis Sassou Nguesso to power.

While no fresh violence is expected, opposition parties have cried foul, as over two million voters are expected to cast their ballots in the first round of polling to elect National Assembly members as well as local councils.

More than 30 people are missing after a boat belonging to an elite Cameroonian military unit sank off the country's coast on Sunday, according to the president's office.

The logistics boat belonging to the Rapid Intervention Brigade, which has fought the Nigeria-based armed group Boko Haram in recent years, was carrying 37 people when it capsized early on Sunday morning, the Cameroonian presidency said in a statement.

• Mr François Pujolas —French Ambassador

Africa

The Embassy of France in Ghana has started a new programme to modernise and extend the teaching and learning of the French language in Ghana, the French Ambassador, Mr François Pujolas, announced this during a reception to mark this year’s French National Day at the residency in Accra.

Beyond this programme, the embassy is working on pilot bilingual classes with the Ministry of Education, the Ambassador stated.

President Buhari is "recuperating fast" in London, where he has been treated since May

Africa

President Muhammadu Buhari is "recuperating fast" and will return home "very soon",  says Nigeria's acting head of state Yemi Osinbajo. He made the announcement at a press conference yesterday morning, after visiting Mr Buhari at the London hospital where he is being treated for an unspecified illness.

Mr Osinbajo, now back in Nigeria, said he had discussed a wide range of issues during the hour-long meeting, a BBC report said.

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Thirty-five people have died of measles across Europe in the past 12 months, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, warning that vaccination remains crucial to stopping the spread.

In the most recent case, a 6-year-old died in Italy on June 22. The boy's doctor confirmed that he had not been vaccinated against measles and died of the disease.

Another measles death and over 3,300 cases of measles have been reported in Italy alone since June 2016.

Palestinians have called for a "day of rage" on Tuesday, when Trump visits the West Bank

Middle East

Israeli forces have shot and injured at least 11 Palestinian protesters who staged a general strike in the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the besieged Gaza Strip in support of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

US President Donald Trump's son has said he did not tell his father about a meeting with a Russian lawyer who said she could help his election campaign.

Donald Trump Jr told Fox News the meeting was "just a nothing" but he should have handled it differently.

He released emails showing he had welcomed an offer to meet the lawyer, who allegedly had Kremlin ties and material damaging to Hillary Clinton.

The US and South Korea have held a ballistic missile drill after North Korea tested long-range missile experts believe may reach Alaska. Self-restraint was "all that separated armistice and war" and could be changed at any time, the two allies said.