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Africa Correspondent, ITV News.

Only the Strong Survive - Carolina Panorama Newspaper: Editorial Opinion — My grandfather, the grandson of a slave, was never allowed to read, write, count or spell. It was against the law to teach slaves to read or write. Many were viciously beaten, starved, shackled, tortured, frightened or had hands, fingers, ears and toes amputated when caught trying to read or write.

Mosul Dam 'in complete control of Kurdish forces' — US President Barack Obama has said Iraqi and Kurdish forces have retaken Mosul Dam from Islamist militants with America's help. The US had carried out airstrikes against Islamic State fighters who had taken control of the dam on July 7th.

Rocket warning sirens in Israel with Gaza ceasefire nearing end — Israeli police say a rocket fired from Gaza has landed in Israel about an hour before the current ceasefire was due to end. Negotiations were earlier ongoing with representatives from both sides in Cairo. A 72-hour pause was scheduled to end at 9pm UK time.

More than 100 killed in Gaza and Israel as fighting intensifies — It has been deadliest day so far with more than 100 killed in Gaza and Israel as fighting there intensifies. Fighting against Hamas militants in Gaza has left at least 87 people dead and forced thousands to flee their homes, Palestinian health officials reported.

Israel launches ground offensive in Gaza as air strikes continue — Israel has launched a ground offensive in Gaza with residents reporting heavy shelling in the area. Palestinian officials say 235 Palestinians have been killed since Israeli forces began their operation 10 days ago.

Israel to begin ground offensive in Gaza — Mark Regev, chief spokesman of the Israeli Prime Minister told ITV News the airstrikes that killed four children yesterday were a "terrible mistake" and an "operational failure". Mr Regev said he did not think any Israeli officer would deliberately target children, and that there were legitimate targets nearby.

ITV's Hart Island documentary: New York's secret graveyard — The trench is broad and deep. Pale brown earth has been freshly turned, ready for another row of coffins. I have stood with grief-stricken relatives at the sites of mass graves before - during Pakistan's war with the Taliban and in the aftermath of a tsunami in the South Pacific.

Kerry warns Putin over Ukraine ahead of Russia meeting — US President Barack Obama has spoken to German Chancellor Angela Merkel about the situation in Ukraine and discussed a potential resolution to the crisis, a senior Obama administration official said. The official reiterated that Obama would not attend a G8 summit scheduled for Sochi in June unless there is a Russian reversal in the crisis.

Arrest over killing of Surrey family in the Alps — National Police are currently searching the house of the man arrested as part of the investigation into the deaths of four people in 2012, in village near Chevaline. The French prosecutor has said the man is not a suspect at this time but is being questioned because he resembles an e-fit and was in the area at the time of the killings.

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Jul 21, 2016

#AIDS2016 Sir Elton says Prince Harry can take AIDS fight into future. 'You share your mother's compassion'

Jul 21, 2016

#AIDS2016 Sir Elton says young people being left out of fight against AIDS. 'That must end now,' he says

Jul 21, 2016

#OscarPistorius South African prosecutors to appeal against 6 year murder sentence as 'shockingly too lenient".

Jul 21, 2016

Elton John tells #AIDS2016 that AIDS is biggest cause of adolescent death in Africa, 2nd biggest in world as whole

Jul 21, 2016

Prince Harry tells #AIDS2016 of mother's role in breaking down stigma of HIV but says disease still urgent crisis

Jul 06, 2016

Fifty murders a day in South Africa, but surely no murderer has faced such intense attention. 

Jul 06, 2016

Hi Suzanne. Fat fingers, hurry and auto spell account for many spelling errors. Judge took into account time served, so 6 yrs it is.

Jul 06, 2016

#OscarPistorius I'm told the prosecution team are considering whether to appeal against six year sentence.

Jul 06, 2016

#OscarPistorius Reeva's mum and dad have just left court with no comment to question of whether they are happy with sentence

Jul 06, 2016

#OscarPistorius defence team tell me no appeal. Reflect I think what they will consider a pretty good result

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