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PRITI PA­TEL: The Bri­tish over­seas aid min­is­ter re­signed after be­ing sum­moned back from a trip to Uganda and Ethiopia fol­low­ing rev­e­la­tions that she held 14 se­cret and unau­tho­rised meet­ings with Is­raeli of­fi­cials in Au­gust.

MARTHA O’DONO­VAN: The Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist who wasa ac­cused of in­sult­ing Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe was re­leased on bail by a Zim­bab­wean court. She is also ac­cused of plot­ting to top­ple him through her tweets.

SAAD HARIRI: The Le­banese prime min­is­ter re­signed dur­ing a trip to Saudi Ara­bia barely a year after his ap­point­ment, say­ing that his life was in dan­ger and ac­cus­ing Iran of “a strong de­sire” to de­stroy the Arab world.

WAHOME GAKURU: The gover­nor of Ny­eri County, Kenya, died in a road ac­ci­dent two months after he was voted into of­fice. He be­comes the sec­ond gover­nor to die in of­fice after Nder­itu Gach­agua, who died in Fe­bru­ary.

BARACK OBAMA: For­mer US pres­i­dent turned up for jury duty at a Chicago court­house, but was dis­missed with­out be­ing called on to serve. He be­comes the sec­ond pres­i­dent to show up for the ser­vice after Ge­orge W Bush.

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