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Haiti Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigns

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Lafontant was accused of mishandling the fuel reforms The Prime Minister of Haiti, Jack Guy Lafontant, has resigned after days of violent protests against fuel price rises. In a speech in the lower house of Congress in the capital, Port-au-Prince, he said President Jovenel Mo├»se, had accepted his resignation. […]

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Taxing 'gossip' on the internet

Image copyright AFP Image caption The tax proved unpopular with internet users in Uganda, some of whom took to the streets to protest Claim: Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s decision to impose a tax on “gossip” on social media has led to drop in usage. Verdict: The tax has had a negative impact on access to […]

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Paid Off: TV show offers to pay off student debt

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHost Michael Torpey tells the BBC’s Jane O’Brien: “This is an unfair burden” In the world of TV game shows, people have had their lives changed by winning expensive cars or houses. In 2018 America, a new programme is offering a slightly different – but perhaps as […]

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Young Russians see lives changed by World Cup

Image copyright EPA Image caption Reaching the quarter finals of the World Cup was beyond the wildest dreams of most Russians Since the fall of communism young Russians have grown up viewing Moscow as a cosmopolitan capital. But nothing prepared them for the vibrant, colourful and multicultural experience of hosting the World Cup. Some 70% […]

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'Why I keep my vasectomy a secret'

Michael is one of the few African men to have had a vasectomy, but he’s ashamed. He tells the BBC how cultural beliefs in Africa make it impossible to talk about the procedure, which some experts believe could provide a solution to the continent’s rapid population growth. “I wanted it to be a gift to […]

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World Cup through the eyes of young Russia

The World Cup is coming to an end. It’s been an amazing month for Russia, with thousands of foreign fans travelling thousands of miles between the 11 host cities. Young Russians have been making the most of it all, but could hosting the biggest championship in the world bring more long-lasting changes to life in […]