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Freedom Caucus

Image copyright White House Image caption This photo of Mike Pence meeting with the Freedom Caucus drew attention to the group’s lack of diversity. A group of about three dozen men stopped President Trump’s healthcare bill cold. Who are they, and how much power do they have? President Donald Trump’s first major legislative push came […]

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Top of the class

Manenberg in Cape Town, South Africa, is infamous for its high crime rate, but it is now being associated with academic excellence, writes the BBC’s Mo Allie. Looking from the outside at The Leadership College (TLC) with its basic structure and its small classrooms, surrounded by sandy waste ground, it is hard to imagine that […]

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A mother's nightmare

After an emergency caesarean, Victoria Vigo found she had been sterilised – despite not having given her consent. Like many others who endured the same treatment, she is demanding justice. “I wanted to have more children, but that choice was taken away from me without my permission – that was my decision to make not […]

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'Trumplomacy'

Image copyright Reuters Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has casually dropped a loaded phrase into the confusion about President Trump’s plan for defeating the Islamic State Group. The US, he said last week, would work to establish “interim zones of stability” in Syria to allow refugees to return home. His words brought to mind the […]

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US parents sue to call baby girl Allah

Image copyright ACLU Image caption The parents fear that without a birth certificate their daughter’s US citizenship will be questioned A couple in the US state of Georgia who were banned from naming their daughter Allah are taking legal action. The state Department of Public Health has refused to issue the 22-month-old with a birth […]