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Sri Lanka attacks: Authorities face scrutiny over advance warnings

Scrutiny fell on rifts in Sri Lanka’s leadership on Monday after it emerged that authorities were warned about the group accused in Sunday’s bombings. Attacks on churches and hotels killed 290 people and wounded nearly 500. Security agencies had been watching the National Thowheed Jamath jihadist group, reports said, and …

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Algeria protests: Police detain top businessmen

Four billionaire brothers with links to ousted Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika have been detained by police, state TV reports. They are being held over a corruption investigation, it adds. A fifth top industrialist, Issad Rebrab, on Twitter denied reports he had also been arrested, saying he went to the police …

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Morocco protests: Thousands demand release of activists

Thousands of people have protested in Morocco’s capital Rabat, demanding the release of 42 activists who had rallied against corruption and unemployment. Sunday’s “march of the Moroccan people” was organised by political and civil rights groups, as well as the families of detainees. It comes weeks after a court upheld …

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Uganda’s Bobi Wine arrested

Police in Uganda arrested the popular opposition legislator and musician, Robert Kyagulanyi, more commonly known as Bobi Wine. News of Bobi Wine’s arrest was confirmed by a handler of his Twitter account, who said the youthful legislator had been ‘violently arrested’. Bobi Wine had been leading a procession of his …

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Congo Brazaville begins exporting Iron Ore

The grand arrival of the first train ferrying the first iron ore extracts in Congo Brazaville, mined in Mayoko district, 300 kilometres from the train central station in the economic capital, Pointe-Noire. One year later,and Congo has become one the iron exporting countries. About 23,000 tonnes of this material was …

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Sudan receives $3 billion from Saudi Arabia, UAE

Sudan has received a critical financial boost from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who on Sunday granted three billion dollars in support for the country that is transitioning from the 30-year-rule of deposed leader Omar al-Bashir. The oil-rich Gulf states pledged to inject $500 million into the Sudanese …

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Oil shoots above $65 on fears about Iran sanctions

US oil prices raced above $65 a barrel on Monday for the first time since Halloween after the White House pledged to deepen its crackdown on Iran. The Trump administration vowed to bring Iran’s oil exports to “zero” by removing the waivers that previously allowed some countries to buy crude …

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Brexit: Cross-party talks to resume

Talks between the government and Labour on Brexit will resume later as MPs return to Westminster following the Easter break. Cabinet ministers will meet senior opposition figures in an attempt to solve the impasse by finding a deal that could win the support of MPs. But some Tory MPs are …

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Donald Trump ‘set for June state visit to UK’

Buckingham Palace is expected to announce on Tuesday that US President Donald Trump will make a state visit to the UK in early June. The president was promised the visit by Prime Minister Theresa May after he was elected in 2016 – but no date was set. Downing Street did …

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Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg dies aged 98

Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg has died at the age of 98, his son Henri has said in a statement. He had recently been admitted to hospital suffering from a pulmonary infection, and passed away surrounded by his family, the statement said. Grand Duke Jean abdicated in favour of his …

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