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MTN's relationship with Nigeria's authorities is strained

Africa

Lawmakers in Nigeria's upper house of parliament have decided to investigate an allegation that mobile phone giant MTN illegally transferred nearly $14bn (£11bn) out of the country between 2006 and 2016, Reuters news agency reports.

There have been clashes between students and police at Johannesburg's Wits University

Africa

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has said that students who destroy property during protests against a rise in tuition fees will go to court.

Oil is a major foreign exchange earner for Nigeria

Africa

Nigeria's lower house of parliament is planning to set up a committee to look into allegations that $17bn (£13bn) worth of crude oil had been stolen during the last administration, the Reuters news agency reports.

Lecturer charged with insulting president on WhatsApp

Africa

A Tanzanian lecturer has been charged with insulting President John Magufuli in a WhatsApp message, reports Reuters news agency.

Many survivors have been detained after being rescued

Africa

Survivors from a boat which capsized off the Egyptian coast last Wednesday have told the BBC that hundreds of people may have drowned.

The abduction of the girls from their school dormitories led to a global campaign to secure their freedom

Africa

Nigeri's president has called for the UN to mediate with militant Islamist group Boko Haram to secure the release of schoolgirls it is holding captive.

Mahdi said he regretted his actions and asked for forgiveness

International News

The International Criminal Court has sentenced an Islamist militant who destroyed ancient shrines in Timbuktu to nine years in jail.

A German privacy regulator has ordered Facebook to stop collecting and storing data of German users of its messaging app WhatsApp and to delete all data that has already been forwarded to it.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Marxist rebel leader Timochenko used a pen made from a bullet on Monday to sign an agreement ending a half-century war that killed a quarter of a million people and made their nation a byword for violence.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

International News

An adviser to U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign said on Sunday that Trump will meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday during the United Nations General Assembly, just as Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, is also scheduled to do.

The Syrian government has never bombed its own people, says President Assad's spokeswoman

International News

A US-backed rebel group in the divided northern city of Aleppo said the initiative had "practically failed".

(CNN)A one-year-old boy in Texas died this week in the back his mother's car, becoming the 30th child in the United States this year to succumb to heatstroke while left behind in a car seat, according to the advocacy group KidsAndCars.org.

As in many of other hot-car-related deaths, the Texas mother, an attorney, thought she had dropped her son off at daycare before she went to work, according to police in Dayton, a city about 30 miles northeast of Houston.

The baby was still in the rear-facing seat when she showed up at the day care center to pick him up, according to the police report.

The Dayton Police Department said Friday it is conducting a full investigation.

 

Can hot car deaths be prevented?

"Our society if so busy today, there is so much going on with parents running from here to there," US Rep. Tim Ryan said Thursday as he sponsored legislation requiring car makers to address the problem of children left in vehicles.

Under the Hot Cars Act of 2016, all new passenger vehicles would need to be equipped with technology to alert drivers if a child is left in the backseat.

"When we have a technology to solve a problem, then we have to push it out into the private sector," Ryan said.

This summer, General Motors said it will install a warning a tone and reminder message in the speedometer of all 2017 Acadias that says "Look in Rear Seat." GM plans to introduce the feature on other four-door GM models in the future.

"We have no current requirement for cars to have this simple feature that will save lives of children across the US. This is inexcusable," Ryan tweeted.

 

'Walking around like zombies'

According to KidsAndCars.org, 37 children die each year because they were trapped in a hot vehicle.

Parents need reminders that a child is in the backseat, because stress and sleep deprivation can cause the brain of a parent to revert to habits and forget plans they may have made to drop children off at day care, says Dr. David Diamond, a psychologist and neuroscientist at the University of South Florida who has studied fatal memory errors involving children in cars for the past 12 years.

"What's very clear to me is that these children were not forgotten by parents that were reckless with regard to care for their children," he said.

Education alone will not solve the problem, because young parents are sleep-deprived, said Janette Fennell, the founder of KidsAndCars.org.

"We're walking around like zombies," she said. "Car companies must step up to protect their most vulnerable passengers."

 

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The world's largest radio telescope has began operating in southwestern China, a project which Beijing says will help humanity search for alien life.

Trump and Clinton on stage

America

 

Donald Trump’s freewheeling approach spun wildly out of control in the first presidential debate as he was forced on the defensive during a chaotic clash with Hillary Clinton.

Nahed Hattar was facing trial for posting a cartoon on his Facebook account [Al Jazeera]

Middle East

A gunman has shot dead prominent Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar outside a court where he was facing charges for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam.

Protests in Turkey's predominantly Kurdish areas broke out over the suspension of teachers with alleged links to PKK

Europe

Turkish authorities have dismissed almost 28,000 teachers and suspended about 9,500 others over alleged links to "terrorism" as part of a crackdown following the failed military coup in July.