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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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Myanmar top court rejects Reuters journalists’ appeal

Myanmar’s top court has rejected an appeal by two Reuters journalists jailed on charges linked to their reports on the Rohingya. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were sentenced to seven years last September in a case condemned around the world. They had revealed that state security forces executed 10 …

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Tesla’s Elon Musk expects ‘robotaxis’ to start in US next year

Elon Musk, the chief executive of electric car company Tesla, has said he expects the firm to have self-driving “robotaxis” on the road by 2020. The entrepreneur made the pledge as he announced an improved microchip for its driverless vehicles. Mr Musk told investors he expected regulators to approve ride-hailing …

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Prince unfinished memoir set for release in 2019

The Beautiful Ones, an unfinished memoir by the pop star Prince, is due to be released in October. Fifty handwritten pages, which Prince submitted a month before his death, will form the basis of the book, which has been “newly envisioned” as a scrapbook of his life. It will also …

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Sri Lanka attacks: Mass funerals held as nation mourns

Sri Lanka has held its first mass funeral as the country marks a day of mourning for the victims of Sunday’s bomb blasts. The death toll from the attacks on churches and hotels has risen to 310 with about 500 wounded, police said. The country has observed three minutes of …

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Chelsea move into top four after draw with Burnley

Chelsea moved above Arsenal into fourth position in the Premier League as they were held by Burnley in a thrilling game at Stamford Bridge. With rivals Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United all losing over the weekend, Chelsea will be frustrated that they could not take full advantage – a win …

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John Singleton: Pioneering black filmmaker suffers stroke

Oscar-nominated director John Singleton – known for films including Boyz n The Hood and his remake of detective movie Shaft – is in intensive care after suffering a stroke. A family statement confirmed the influential film-maker fell ill in hospital on Wednesday. “John is currently in the ICU and under …

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Roman Polanski sues Oscars Academy after 2018 expulsion

Roman Polanski is suing the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after being kicked out of the organisation. The Pianist director was expelled from the Oscars body along with Bill Cosby in May last year. A lawyer for the fugitive filmmaker said he was expelled “without warning” and with …

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Innovative child malaria vaccine to be tested in Malawi

A large-scale pilot of what has been called the world’s first malaria vaccine to give partial protection to children has begun in Malawi. The RTS,S vaccine trains the immune system to attack the malaria parasite, which is spread by mosquito bites. Earlier, smaller trials showed that nearly 40% of the …

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Eminem is 11 years sober

Eminem is staying away from the venom. The real Slim Shady is 11 years sober and commemorated the occasion by posting a picture of a sobriety coin to Twitter and Instagram. “11 years – still not afraid,” the rapper wrote. Eminem posted a similar picture last year while he was …

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Gorillas pose for selfie with DR Congo anti-poaching unit

Two gorillas have been photographed posing for a relaxed selfie with the rangers who rescued them as babies. The image was taken at a gorilla orphanage in Virunga National Park, DR Congo, where the animals were raised after poachers killed their parents. The park’s deputy director told BBC Newsday that …

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Sri Lanka attacks: Death toll soars to 290

The death toll in Sri Lanka has soared to 290 after a wave of blasts hit churches and luxury hotels across the country on Sunday. Police said that 24 people have been arrested, but it is not yet known who carried out the attacks. About 500 people are injured and …

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‘We must forgive if we love Jesus’ – Isaac Odamtten

Mr Isaac Ashai Odamtten, a former Metropolitan Chief Executive of Tema has challenged the faithful to prove their respect for God Almighty by forgiving people who have offended them. “The gruesomeness that rings through the theme of Easter is God’s communication to us that love is sacrificial; it is not …

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Bayern extend lead at top to four points

Many Ghanaians have commended the National Chief Imam of Ghana for worshipping with Christians at the Christ the King Parish, in Accra, on Easter Sunday. Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu’s gesture is ahead of the celebration on his 100th birthday celebration, on Tuesday, April 23. “He is simply phenomenal – Sheikh …

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