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Surprise resignation for Tunisia vote chief

By AFP Tuesday 9 May, 2017 President of Tunisia’s electoral body, Chafik Sarsar, holds a press conference on April 3, 2017, in Tunis   Tunisia’s election chief Chafik Sarsar resigned Tuesday for being unable to work “independently and impartially” just months before the country is due to hold its first post-revolution municipal elections. “According to the oath we took” in ...

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Putin urges world to fight terror as Russia marks WWII victory

Tuesday May 9, 2017 Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking at the Victory Day military parade which was held at Moscow’s Red Square to commemorate the World War II anniversary. Putin used the occasion to call for a concerted fight against terrorism. PHOTO: REUTERS   MOSCOW (AFP) – President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday (May 9) warned Russia could defeat any aggressors ...

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Macron wins French presidency, to sighs of relief in Europe

REUTERS Sun May 7, 2017 By Sudip Kar-Gupta   | PARIS     Emmanuel Macron was elected president of France on Sunday with a business-friendly vision of European integration, defeating Marine Le Pen, a far-right nationalist who threatened to take France out of the European Union. The centrist’s emphatic victory, which also smashed the dominance of France’s mainstream parties, will bring huge relief to ...

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Swedish royal guard under attack from aggressive terns

      A royal guard stands with the Swedish flag during a celebration of King Carl Gustav’s 71st birthday at the royal palace  CREDIT: MICHAEL CAMPANELLA/GETTY   By David Millward 7 MAY 2017 For centuries the Swedish royal family have been able to rely on their guards for protection. But the royal guards are seeking official approval to tackle ...

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Tanzania bus crash: Dozens of pupils killed in Arusha

By ALJAZEERA Saturday, 6 May 2017 Bus veers off road and plunges into Arusha region river, resulting to the death of 29 pupils, two teachers and a driver. At least 29 schoolchildren have been killed in a bus crash in northern Tanzania, along with two teachers and the vehicle’s driver, according to police and school officials. A minibus veered off ...

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Doubts over Saudi order said to ease control on women

AFP, Friday 5 May 2017     Saudi women no longer need a man’s consent to carry out certain activities, local media reported on Friday, but activists said the royal order does not go far enough. Saudi Arabia has some of the world’s tightest restrictions on women, and is the only country where they are not allowed to drive. Under ...

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US military member killed in Somalia, 1st death since 1993

  By ABDI GULED, ASSOCIATED PRESS MOGADISHU, Somalia — May 5, 2017     FILE – In this Oct. 30, 2009 file photo, al-Shabab fighters sit on a truck as they patrol in Mogadishu, Somalia. The U.S. military said Friday, May 5, 2017 that a service member has been killed in Somalia during an operation against the extremist group al-Shabab ...

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Ex-Guinea minister convicted of laundering bribes

Wed May 4, 2017 By Brendan Pierson | NEW YORK   A former Guinea government minister was convicted on Wednesday of laundering $8.5 million in bribes that U.S. prosecutors say he took in exchange for helping a Chinese conglomerate secure mining rights. Jurors in federal court in Manhattan convicted Mahmoud Thiam, 50, of one count of money laundering and one count of ...

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