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Trump, Melania To Visit UK As Guests Of Queen Elizabeth

President Donald Trump of the United States will make a three-day state visit to the United Kingdom from 3 to 5 June, Buckingham Palace has announced. The president and First Lady Melania Trump will be guests of the Queen and attend a ceremony in Portsmouth to mark 75 years since the D-Day landings. He will also have official talks with the prime minister at Downing Street. Mr Trump previously met the Queen at Windsor Castle when he came to the UK in July 2018 on a working visit. The White…

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Sri Lanka: Death Toll Rises To 321, 500 Injured, IS Claims Attack

Sri Lanka has held its first mass funeral amid 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 321 with about 500 wounded, police said. A state of emergency is in effect to prevent further attacks. The Islamic State (IS) group claimed the attack on Tuesday via its news outlet. Sri Lanka’s government has blamed the blasts on local Islamist group National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ). The country’s prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, said the government believed…

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Comedian Wins Ukraine’s Presidential Election, Beats Incumbent

Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has won a landslide victory in the country’s presidential election, exit polls suggest. The polls give the political newcomer, who dominated the first round of voting three weeks ago, more than 70% support. Mr Zelensky, 41, challenged incumbent president Petro Poroshenko who has admitted defeat. The apparent result is being seen as a huge blow to Mr Poroshenko and a rejection of Ukraine’s establishment. “I will never let you down,” Mr Zelensky told celebrating supporters on Sunday. “I’m not yet officially the president,” he added. “But…

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Notre-Dame Cathedral: France Invites Architects To Submit Designs

France is to invite architects from around the world to submit their designs for a new spire to sit atop a renovated Notre-Dame cathedral. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told reporters they hoped for “a new spire that is adapted to the techniques and the challenges of our era”. The spire was completely destroyed in the blaze that tore through the 850-year-old Gothic building’s roof. The entire cathedral was minutes away from total destruction, officials say. However, much of the Parisian building – including its famed towers – survived, and thoughts…

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Assange: UK Allays Death Penalty Fears After Extradition

Julian Assange is expected to fight extradition to the United States over allegations he conspired with former army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to break into a classified government computer, while Sweden deliberates whether to reopen an investigation into rape and sexual assault allegations against him. Ecuador’s president, Lenín Moreno, was assured by two British foreign secretaries that Julian Assange would not be extradited to a country where he could face the death penalty, according to letters seen by the Guardian. The letters appear to back up Moreno’s claim that he had written assurances from Britain that Assange’s…

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Trump In Africa To Promote Women Employment With $50m

Ivanka Trump began a four-day tour of Africa on Sunday to promote a $50 million United States initiative aimed at encouraging women’s employment in developing countries. “Fundamentally we believe that investing in women is a smart development policy and it is a smart business,” White House adviser Trump said after drinking coffee and inhaling incense at a traditional Ethiopian ceremony in Addis Ababa. The Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) initiative aims to economically empower 50 million women by 2025. President Donald Trump, Ivanka’s father, has directed USAID to allocate…

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EU Countries To Share African Migrants Stranded At Sea

……Stranded In Mediterranean Sea For Almost Two Weeks Four European Union countries have agreed to take in 64 African migrants who were rescued after being stranded in the Mediterranean Sea for almost two weeks. The Alan Kurdi ship, operated by the German humanitarian group Sea-Eye, had been refused entry by Italy and Malta. Both countries had said it was Libya’s responsibility, Sea-Eye had claimed. But on Saturday the Maltese government announced that the migrants will be redistributed among Germany, France, Portugal and Luxembourg. “None of the migrants will remain in…

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Sudan Protesters Demand Civilian Rule Now, Shun Military Options

Leaders of the protests in the Sudanese capital Khartoum have called on supporters to stay in the streets two days after the military coup. They are demanding an immediate move to civilian rule after the army ousted long-time leader Omar al-Bashir, putting him in custody. The military wants to hold power for two years, followed by elections. It replaced its own leader in an apparent concession to the protesters but the change did not sway them. “We call on the armed forces to ensure the immediate transfer of power to…

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Wikileaks Co-Founder, Julian Assange Arrested In London

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Mr Assange took refuge in the embassy seven years ago to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault case that has since been dropped. The Met Police said he was arrested for failing to surrender to the court. Ecuador’s president Lenin Moreno said it withdrew Mr Assange’s asylum after his repeated violations of international conventions. But Wikileaks tweeted that Ecuador had acted illegally in terminating Mr Assange’s political asylum “in violation of international law”. Home Secretary…

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EU To Grant May A Brexit Delay, With Conditions

The European Union will grant Prime Minister Theresa May a second delay to Brexit at an emergency summit on Wednesday but leaders will debate a longer extension with conditions to prevent any future British leader jeopardising the bloc. In what was cast in London as a national humiliation, May dashed to Berlin and Paris on the eve of the summit to ask Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron to allow her to postpone a divorce that was supposed to have been Britain’s ‘liberation’ May had requested the EU defer Friday’s exit…

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