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Theresa May To Seek Snap Election For 8 June

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to call a snap general election on 8 June.

US Strike Kill Dozens Of IS Militant

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A US military strike with a weapon known as the "mother of all bombs" (MOAB) killed 36 IS militants and destroyed their base, the Afghan defence ministry says. The most powerful non-nuclear bomb ever used by the US in combat was dropped on IS tunnels in Nangarhar province. No civilians were affected...

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Elected To The Prestigious American Academy Of Arts And Sciences

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The celebrated award-winning Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences - considered one of the highest honours for intellectuals in the US. She will be one of 228 new members to be inducted in October. Others named alongside her include mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani and...

Egypt Lawyer Gets 10-Year Sentence And Social Media Ban Over Facebook Posts

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The human rights group Amnesty International has condemned the jail term given to an Egyptian lawyer for criticising the government on Facebook. It called the conviction of Mohamed Ramadan a "blatant assault on freedom", and proof that anti-terror legislation was being used to silence critics. Ramadan was convicted, under a 2015 law,...

Zambia Opposition Leader Charged With Treason

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Zambia's opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has been formally charged with treason, the country's police chief says. He was arrested in connection with allegations that a convoy he was travelling in refused to give way to President Edgar Lungu's motorcade. "It has been established that the opposition leader disobeyed police orders to clear...

Malala Yousafzai Named Youngest UN Messenger Of Peace

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Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has been appointed a UN Messenger of Peace to promote girls education, more than four years after a Taliban gunman shot her in the head. At 19, Yousafzai is the youngest Messenger of Peace, the highest honour given by the UN for an initial period of two...

Syria War: Russian Officers 'Could Face Sanctions'

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G7 foreign ministers will attempt to agree a common position on the Syrian conflict, before the US secretary of state flies to Russia to try to persuade it to abandon its Syrian ally. Rex Tillerson will also meet officials from allied Middle Eastern countries before heading to Moscow. The UK has suggested...

China Navy Says It Foiled Pirate Attack On Ship Off Somalia

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China’s naval forces foiled an attack by pirates on a freighter in the Gulf of Aden, the navy said, but gave no word on arrests or other contact with suspects. The statement said 16 members of the Chinese special forces were lowered onto the Tuvalu-flagged ship OS35 by helicopter at dawn...

Egypt Declares 3-Month State Of Emergency After Church Bombings That Killed 44

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At least 44 people were killed in bomb attacks on two Egyptian Coptic churches on Palm Sunday that included the seat of the Coptic Pope.

Trump Seeks Options For Eliminating North Korea Nuclear Threat

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As a US strike group led by an aircraft carrier steamed toward the Korean peninsula Sunday, a senior official said President Donald Trump has asked to be provided with a range of options for eliminating the North Korean nuclear threat. The US naval move will certainly raise tensions in the region...

Oil Prices Jump After U.S. Missile Strike On Syria

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U.S. crude futures jumped more than 2% in early Friday trading after President Trump ordered the first direct American military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. They pared those gains later.   The strike, in which U.S. warships fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian government airbase, ramps...

Trump Launches Military Strike Against Syria

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The United States launched a military strike Thursday on a Syrian government target in response to their chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians earlier in the week.   On President Donald Trump's orders, US warships launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian government airbase where the warplanes that carried...

Trump: 'I now have responsibility' when it comes to Syria

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President Donald Trump has described the chemical attack that killed more than 70 people in Syria as a "heinous" act that had changed his views on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Speaking at a White House press conference, Trump said the attack had "crossed a lot of lines for me" and that it could...

US Cuts Women's Health Funding To UN

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The US cut funding for a UN program for women and girls, a move that critics said was based on faulty information, could lead to greater instability in the Middle East and hurt women around the world. The United States, as promised, has drastically cut funding to the United Nations' most...

Benin Parliament Rejects Single-Term Referendum

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Benin's National Assembly has narrowly rejected a proposal by President Patrice Talon to hold a constitutional referendum seeking to limit his successors to a single six-year term in office.  President Talon was elected a year ago, saying he wanted to shorten presidential terms to combat complacency. He needed the approval of...

Germany's Merkel Seeks To Limit Negative Impact Of Brexit

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The European Union should try to limit the fallout from Britain's decision to leave the European Union, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday, conceding that some damage was inevitable. "This is an incision for the European Union, it's an unfortunate event - Britain's decision," Merkel told a joint news conference...

Search Continues As 262 Landslide Victims Are Buried In Colombia

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Scores of decomposing cadavers were being released for burial on Monday as rescuers continued to search for victims of weekend flooding and landslides that devastated a city in southern Colombia, killing at least 273 people. Desperate families queued for blocks in the heat to search a morgue for loved ones who...

UN Food Agency Launches $250 Million Plan To End Hunger In Zimbabwe

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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday pledged $253 million to fund a five-year plan to end hunger in Zimbabwe, which is emerging from a devastating drought that left more than 4 million people in need of food aid last year. An El Nino-induced drought scorched crops and killed...

Putin Visits Train Explosion Scene In St. Petersburg

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Russian President Vladimir Putin late on Monday laid flowers at St. Petersburg’s Tekhnologichesky Institut metro station rocked by a blast earlier in the day, a TASS correspondent reported from the site. The president stepped out of his car in Moskovsky Prospekt Avenue with a bunch of scarlet roses and laid it...

Ghana, Japan Sign $58.4m Grant Agreements For Road And Health Infrastructure

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Ghana and Japan on Friday signed two grant agreements totalling $58.4 million, geared towards the improvement of international corridor roads and sector budget support to promote health service delivery. The signing of the agreements was initialled for Ghana by Madam Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, while...