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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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Bombs Kill Over 200 In Sri Lankan Churches, Hotels On Easter Sunday

More than 200 people were killed and at least 450 injured in bomb blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, the first major attack on the Indian Ocean island since the end of a civil war 10 years ago. Seven people were arrested and three police officers were killed during a security forces raid on a house in the Sri Lankan capital several hours after the attacks, many of which officials said were suicide bomb explosions. The government declared a curfew in Colombo…

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Sudan Protests Leaders To Name Transition Govt On Sunday

The leaders of Sudan’s protest movement say they will name members of a transitional authority on Sunday, to replace the current military junta. Following months of protests, the army ousted long-standing leader Omar al-Bashir last week. But the protesters want the military to hand power to a civilian authority. To back up their demands, huge crowds once again gathered outside the military headquarters on Friday, chanting: “Freedom, peace and justice”. Thousand of people gathered in the centre of the capital, Khartoum, after Friday prayers in the biggest protests since Mr…

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Church Building Collapses During Easter Service Killing 13, Injures Many

At least 13 people have died and many were injured when a wall collapsed in South Africa at the start of an Easter service at a Pentecostal church. Emergency services said that 29 people were rushed to hospital after the collapse in the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal. Local officials have blamed the tragedy on heavy rainfall in the area around eMpangeni on Thursday night. Local reports said some people had been sleeping when the brick wall fell. The wall at the front of the Pentecostal Holiness Church collapsed at the…

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Ex-President Of Peru Commits Suicide To Avoid Arrest

Peru’s former president Alan Garcia died in a hospital in Lima on Wednesday, hours after shooting himself in the head to avoid arrest in connection with a bribery probe, authorities said on Wednesday. Garcia, who had six adult children, was 69. A skilled orator elected president twice, first as a firebrand leftist and then as a champion of foreign investment and free trade, Garcia had been dogged by allegations of corruption in recent years that he had repeatedly denied. Garcia was one of nine people a judge had ordered to…

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Africa Making Progress In Using STI To Achieve SDGs

………..But More Still Needs To Be Done The Africa Regional Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Forum was one of the pre-events of the fifth session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD 5) that took place Tuesday at the Palais des Congrès de la Palmeraie in Marrakech, Morocco. The session raised opportunities for scaling up actions considering the role of STI in accelerating efforts to achieve the SDGs under review by ARFSD5. These SDGs are: SDG 4 (quality education); SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth); SDG 10…

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African Union Threatens Sudan With Suspension

The African Union has given the new military authorities in Sudan 15 days to hand over to a civilian government or risks suspension from the body. Sudanese protesters are continuing to demand that the transitional military council running the country hands over to a civilian-led administration. On Monday the African Union (AU) called on Sudan’s military to transfer power to a civilian led political authority within 15 days or face suspension from the AU. Last Thursday President Omar al-Bashir was overthrown by the military following months of protests. The following…

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French Billionaire François-Henri Pinault Pledges €100m To Rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral

A French billionaire has pledged a whopping €100 million (£86 million) to help the reconstruction work for Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral after it was ravaged by a fire. François-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of Kering, which owns Gucci, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Tomas Maier and a bunch of other brands, has dedicated the massive funds to ensure the beautiful cathedral can be restored to it’s former glory. Pinault is also married to film star Salma Hayek, making the pair a bona fide power couple. In a statement obtained by Le…

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