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Schoolchildren in cultural costumes with a flag of Nigeria at the 55th anniversary celebrations - Kaduna, Nigeria, 1 October 2015

Schoolchildren in cultural costumes with a flag of Nigeria at the 55th anniversary celebrations – Kaduna, Nigeria, 1 October 2015 In our series of letters from African journalists, novelist and journalist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani considers the greatest challenge facing Nigeria as Africa’s most populous nation marks 60 years of independence from the UK. Short presentational … Read more

Apple rolling out gender-neutral Santa Claus, other emojis

Apple rolling out gender-neutral Santa Claus, other emojis

A gender-neutral Santa Claus is coming to town. In an apparent continuation of their digital-diversity campaign, Apple debuted the new Santa emoji with the iOS 14.2 beta release Wednesday, Emojipedia reports. The non-binary Saint Nick is part of a batch, approved by the Unicode Consortium, of 117 emoticons, many of which aim to make online … Read more

Senate passes spending bill to avoid midnight government shutdown

Senate passes spending bill to avoid midnight government shutdown

The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a spending bill to prevent a partial government shutdown at midnight. The Republican-led Senate voted 84-10 to pass the spending bill, which extends federal agency funding until Dec. 11, avoiding a bitter partisan fight ahead of the Nov. 3 election. The Democrat-controlled House already passed the bill in a … Read more

Trump’s Helsinki summit with Putin was ‘soul crushing’ for Mueller’s team and showed them Russia had won a ‘servile’ American president, new book says

Trump's Helsinki summit with Putin was 'soul crushing' for Mueller's team and showed them Russia had won a 'servile' American president, new book says

US President Donald Trump (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak to the media during a joint press conference after their summit on July 16, 2018 in Helsinki, Finland. Chris McGrath/Getty Images President Donald Trump’s 2018 summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki was “soul crushing” for the special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, according … Read more

Young Afghan female mountaineer plans next summit

Young Afghan female mountaineer plans next summit

KABUL – Eighteen-year old Fatima Sultani gazes at the peak of a mountain near Afghanistan’s capital Kabul after completing a morning climbing session, considering her next challenge. She and her team of nine young Afghan mountaineers, including three women, are hoping to climb Afghanistan’s Mir Samir mountain and after that travel to Nepal to summit … Read more