Entertainment 

Black Panther: Brits are actually searching for flights to Wakanda

The futuristic African nation, which is the setting for Marvel’s latest superhero outing, does not actually exist – but it seems not everyone is aware of that. According to Kiwi.com, a flight booking website, hundreds of people have been searching for trips to Wakanda since Black Panther’s release. Of course if the country did exist, you probably wouldn’t be able to book a flight there since it’s supposed to be a secretive nation, hidden away in East Africa. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a map of Wakanda is shown in…

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Top Stories World 

AFRICA in CRISIS: Ethiopia PM QUITS in shock resignation leaving African nation leaderless

The PM resigned from the head position in Africa’s second most populous nation this afternoon after much speculation. The prime minister leads the nation under Ethiopia’s political system and Hailemariam’s decision to quit underscores the depth of division within the ruling coalition over how fast to pursue political openness. It was not clear who would replace Hailemariam, who also resigned as chairman of the ruling coalition that contains four parties representing Ethiopia’s ethnic groups and has governed the country since it defeated a military regime in 1991. “Unrest and a…

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Entertainment 

Black Panther: Where is Wakanda supposed to be located in Africa?

The latest Marvel movie is set in Wakanda, a secretive, isolationist African nation that is the most technologically advanced country in the world. The fictitious state is supposed to be the only nation on the continent to have never been colonised and managed to advance beyond the world, thanks to keeping out of wars and being rich in resources like vibranium –the stronger metal in the world. But where is it supposed to be? While its location has varied in the comics, the Marvel Cinematic Universe appears to place it…

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Science 

Deadly PLAGUE which TERRIFIED Romans and killed millions could RETURN to UK

The “plague” is a fungus called Berberis vulgaris which infects harvests of wheat and caused Romans to sacrifice their canines to appease the god of rust, which they thought was behind the infection. Wheat stem rust caused crop failures for thousands of years until farmers noticed a link between the outbreaks and barberry shrubs, which were planted as hedges and harvested for their berries – leading to campaigns in Europe and North America to remove the bushes. The last official outbreak of the plague was in the UK was 1955…

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Israel’s plan to deport thousands of migrants prompts soul-searching

TEL AVIV, Israel — Dawit Habtai wants Israelis to know one thing: he’s an asylum-seeker, not a criminal. “I only want to build my life here in Israel,” the 40-year-old Eritrean said. “I’m willing to pay taxes and only want the chance to build a life here.” Dawit Habtai David Copeland / NBC News Under plans unveiled by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, Habtai and tens of thousands of other Africans will soon be expelled from Israel. Habtai’s plight and that of other mainly Eritreans and Sudanese has triggered a…

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Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron’s immigration deal branded ‘a gift for human traffickers’

GETTY A riot broke out on an industrial estate near the site of the so-called jungle camp last week Full-scale riots broke out on an industrial estate near the site of the so-called Jungle camp last week with more than 100 migrants pelting police with rocks and stones.  The violence has raised tensions in the French port after residents felt the situation had been brought under control.  This week social workers and agencies trying to care for the migrants are expected to start selecting youngsters who will be sent to…

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Trump says he ‘deeply respects’ African people, Tillerson to visit region

In a letter to African regional leaders, President Donald Trump has said he “deeply respects” the people of Africa and that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will make an “extended visit” to the continent in March. The letter — a copy of which was obtained by NBC News — is dated Thursday and was sent ahead of the African Union summit this weekend in Ethiopia. The correspondence comes after Trump caused widespread outrage by reportedly referring to African nations as “shithole countries” in a bipartisan immigration meeting earlier this month.…

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Calais migrant numbers swell to near-Jungle levels after Macron demands UK accepts more

The influx has led to increased tensions in the sparse woods where the migrants sleep and sparked fears that a new shanty town like the notorious Jungle could spring up.  About 100 migrants clashed with police at a food distribution point close to the ferry port on Thursday night when the migrants threw stones at the officers who responded with tear gas. Charities said there had been 200 new arrivals since Mrs May announced the accelerated procedure after talks with French President Emmanuel Macron earlier this month. There are now…

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This Michelin chef came to the U.S. as a refugee. Now, he’s living the American Dream.

James Syhabout realized he had packed like his mother would. Before coming to New York for events celebrating the release of his first cookbook, “Hawker Fare: Stories & Recipes from a Refugee Chef’s Isan Thai & Lao Roots,” Syhabout had put the necessities into his suitcase — brass dowels used to make sesame lotus blossom cookies; shrimp paste; a batch of “jaew bong,” a dip made with Chinese pork floss, tamarind, burnt chili, and garlic; and his wooden mortar and pestle, large enough to fit a football. “My suitcase was…

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Lifestyle 

New Year’s Day: Top 10 facts about January 1

1. From the 12th century until Britain adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752, the official new year was not on January 1 but on March 25.  2. Officially in England, 1751 was the shortest year ever, lasting only from March 25 to December 31.  3. Scotland had changed its New Year’s Day to January 1 in 1600.  4. January is named for the two-headed god Janus who could look backward and forward, to the old year and the new, at the same time.  5. If you don’t want to be…

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