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Oxfam scandal: Boss urges victims to come forward

Oxfam scandal: Boss urges victims to come forward

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Oxfam's most senior figure is urging victims of abuse to come forward as she promised "justice" and announced an independent commission to "root out" sex offenders.Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam International's executive director, offered an apology over a sex and prostitution scandal that she described as "a stain" on the charity.A series of allegations, first published by The Times a week ago, has seen senior Oxfam workers accused of soliciting prostitutes while overseeing aid operations around the world.The charity has also come under fire for its initial response after concerns about sexual exploitation were raised years ago, although it has denied covering up allegations in Haiti in 2011.Posting on Twitter, Ms Byanyima said: "I am inviting anyone who has been a victim of abuse to come forward...
Olympics women's hockey rivalry heats up between US, Canada

Olympics women's hockey rivalry heats up between US, Canada

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Watch out world -- the U.S. and Canadian women’s hockey teams have the Winter Olympics' most intense rivalry. With National Hockey League (NHL) players not taking part in the games in South Korea and a lot of rosters filled out with unfamiliar players, all eyes will turn to the ladies who are expected to meet in the gold medal game. The atmosphere was electric at Kwandong Hockey Centre on Thursday morning for a preliminary round contest as the two teams battled on the ice until the final horn. Canada held on for a 2-1 win. The play got physical, as expected considering the history of the two teams on the ice. The game ended with fans of both teams holding their breath at the scrum in front of the net, with the U.S. players desperately trying to put one past Canadian goalie Geneviève L
Florida shooting: At least 17 dead in high school attack

Florida shooting: At least 17 dead in high school attack

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceAt least 17 people are dead after a 19-year-old man opened fire at a high school campus in Parkland, Florida.The suspect was Nikolas Cruz, a former student at the school who had been expelled. He escaped with fleeing students but is now in police custody.As the attack unfolded students were forced to hide as police swooped in on the building.It is the deadliest school shooting since 26 people were killed at Connecticut school Sandy Hook in 2012.It is the sixth school shooting incident this year so far that has either wounded or killed students.What we know about the suspectCelebrities call for 'policy and change'Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told reporters Mr Cruz killed three people outside the school, before entering the building and kill...
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma resigns

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma resigns

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceSouth Africa's embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned from his office with immediate effect.He made the announcement in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday evening.Earlier, Mr Zuma's governing ANC party told him to step down or face a vote of no confidence in parliament.The 75-year-old has been under increasing pressure to give way to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC's new leader.Mr Zuma, who has been in power since 2009, faces numerous allegations of corruption.His resignation came at the end of a long speech in which he said he disagreed with the way the ANC had acted towards him.He said he did not fear a motion of no-confidence, adding: "I have served the people of South Africa to the best of my ability."'Disciplined A...
South Africa Zuma: Gupta family home raided by police

South Africa Zuma: Gupta family home raided by police

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South Africa's elite police unit have raided the home of the controversial Gupta family as the investigation into so-called state capture continues.Three arrests have been made, including one Gupta brother, local media report. Police say two other people are expected to hand themselves in.The Gupta family have been accused using their friendship with President Jacob Zuma to wield enormous political influence for their business interests.They all deny the allegations.Africa Live: For all the latest on the Guptas and Zuma, as it happensThe raid on the Gupta's walled compound in Johannesburg comes as Mr Zuma faces increased pressure to resign, in part because of links to the Guptas.He is expected to respond later today to a formal request from the African National Congress (ANC) to step down....