• Arrests at London climate-change protests top 1,000
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    Arrests at London climate-change protests top 1,000

    The number of environmental campaigners arrested during eight days of direct action in London topped 1,000 on Monday, police said, adding that Waterloo Bridge, one of the sites blockaded by the protests, had re-opened to traffic. Climate group Extinction Rebellion has targeted sites in central London

  • Myanmar’s top court to rule on jailed Reuters journalists' appeal
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    Myanmar’s top court to rule on jailed Reuters journalists' appeal

    Myanmar's Supreme Court will rule on Tuesday on an appeal of two Reuters journalists imprisoned for breaking a colonial-era official secrets law, in a case that has raised questions about the country's transition to democracy. Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, have spent more than 16 months

  • Russia's Putin, North Korea's Kim on track to meet by end of April: Kremlin
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    Russia's Putin, North Korea's Kim on track to meet by end of April: Kremlin

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia' President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are on track to meet by the end of April, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday. Last week the Kremlin said that Kim Jong Un would travel to Russia this month, announcing the first Russia-North

  • Christian Science Monitor

    North Macedonia’s election: a victory for Western diplomacy?

    The newborn Republic of North Macedonia is unique in a part of the world where nationalist strongmen, religious extremists, and organized criminals are amassing ever greater influence. “We are the most successful story in the region,” says Bujar Osmani, deputy prime minister for European affairs. Less

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Why frustrated Ukrainians may elect a comedian as president

    Election billboards across Ukraine feature a stern-jawed incumbent President Petro Poroshenko facing off with his main opponent in second-round voting for the presidency this Sunday. Ukrainians seem ready to overwhelmingly elect a political novice, a comedian whose main claim to fame is that he played

  • Christian Science Monitor

    After Mueller report, the pressure shifts to Congress

    One day after the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s much-anticipated report, the focus is shifting to Capitol Hill, with many observers suggesting it’s now Congress’s duty to pick up where the special counsel left off. “That’s their duty,” agrees John Yoo, a former Department of Justice deputy

  • Christian Science Monitor

    When saying no to a president saves democracy

    Few Americans will read the public portions of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. Congress will now decide if the president did obstruct justice. Mr. Mueller praises some of those around Mr. Trump for standing up for rule of law.

  • Populists expected to gain seats in May's EU elections
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    Populists expected to gain seats in May's EU elections

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament is predicting that nationalist, populist and anti-migrant groups will make significant gains in the May 23-26 EU elections but says it thinks mainstream parties will keep control over the assembly.

  • Reuters

    Five Indian party workers on post-election break among dead in Sri Lanka

    BENGALURU/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - At least five workers from an Indian political party on a break after working on India's general election were among some 290 people killed in bomb attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, a government official said. Another two from a seven-member group from the party

  • Danish billionaire loses three children in Sri Lanka blasts
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    Danish billionaire loses three children in Sri Lanka blasts

    Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen lost three of his four children in the Easter day attacks in Sri Lanka, a spokesman for his clothing retail group Bestseller said on Monday. Danish media have reported that Holch Povlsen, his wife Anne and their four children were in Sri Lanka on vacation at the

  • Comic who vowed to unite Ukraine wins votes in east and west
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    Comic who vowed to unite Ukraine wins votes in east and west

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Political mandates don't get much more powerful than the one Ukrainian voters gave comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who as president-elect faces daunting challenges along with an overwhelming directive to produce change.

  • Final day of Egyptian referendum to extend Sisi's rule
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    Final day of Egyptian referendum to extend Sisi's rule

    Egyptians voted for a third and final day Monday on constitutional changes that could keep President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in power until 2030, amid reports of people actively being encouraged to go the polls. Sisi, who become president in 2014 and was re-elected in 2018 after eliminating all serious

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 2:30 p.m. GMT

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan officials failed to heed warnings from intelligence agencies about the threat of an attack by a domestic radical Muslim group that officials blame for Easter Sunday bombings which killed more than 200 people, the country's health minister said Monday. The coordinated

  • Children sickened in Pakistan after polio vaccinations
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    Children sickened in Pakistan after polio vaccinations

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Hundreds of school children in Pakistan were taken to hospitals Monday complaining of nausea and vomiting after being given polio vaccinations, officials said.

  • US says no more sanctions waivers for importing Iranian oil
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    US says no more sanctions waivers for importing Iranian oil

    The Trump administration said Monday that it will no longer exempt any countries from U.S. sanctions if they continue to buy Iranian oil, stepping up pressure on Iran in a move that primarily affects the five remaining major importers: China and India and U.S. treaty allies Japan, South Korea, Turkey

  • Survivor of Sri Lanka bombing fears returning to church
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    Survivor of Sri Lanka bombing fears returning to church

    NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — St. Sebastian's Church in Sri Lanka's Negombo city was packed when Nilantha Lakmal arrived with his wife and three daughters for Easter Mass.

  • Reuters

    Iran says ready for U.S. waivers end, as Guards threaten to shut Hormuz

    Tehran is prepared for a U.S. decision to end waivers granted to buyers of Iranian crude, an Iranian oil ministry source said on Monday, as the Revolutionary Guards repeated their threat to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz, Iranian media reported. The United States will fail to cut Iranian oil exports

  • The Latest: Oil prices rise after US oil sanctions decision
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    The Latest: Oil prices rise after US oil sanctions decision

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. sanctions on countries importing Iranian oil (all times local):

  • Homeless activists outside Notre Dame demand 'a roof too'
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    Homeless activists outside Notre Dame demand 'a roof too'

    PARIS (AP) — Dozens of public housing advocates protested outside the gutted Notre Dame in Paris Monday to demand that France's poorest be remembered after donors pledged $1 billion to rebuild the cathedral and its destroyed roof.

  • Qatar opens Gaza artificial limb, rehab center after delays
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    Qatar opens Gaza artificial limb, rehab center after delays

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Qatar opened the first prosthetic hospital and a disability rehab center in the Gaza Strip on Monday, overcoming obstacles that delayed the much-needed project in the besieged Palestinian enclave.

  • Reuters

    Ugandan police disperse backers of lawmaker with presidential ambitions

    Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has built support since becoming a member of parliament two years ago. Many young Ugandans have been drawn to him by his criticism of President Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled for more than three decades. Wine has said he plans to run for president in 2021

  • Mali's Keita names finance minister as new PM
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    Mali's Keita names finance minister as new PM

    Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita appointed finance minister Boubou Cisse as prime minister on Monday, days after the government resigned following pressure to respond to the vigilante massacre of about 160 Fulani herders which shocked the nation. Mali’s former prime minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga

  • Reuters

    Team Zelenskiy: behind the scenes in Ukraine election win

    Zelenskiy, an actor with no political experience, defeated incumbent President Petro Poroshenko by a landslide on Sunday, as voters backed his promise to root out corruption and up-end the status quo. Also in Zelenskiy's orbit are individuals linked to Ukrainian tycoon Ihor Kolomoisky, who owns

  • Ukraine enters uncharted waters after comedian wins presidency
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    Ukraine enters uncharted waters after comedian wins presidency

    Volodymyr Zelenskiy's win was a bitter blow for incumbent Petro Poroshenko and presents a riddle for investors, the West and Russia who wonder what approach he will take on everything from relations with Moscow to the domestic banking sector. Zelenskiy, 41, will take leadership of a country on the

  • Sofia Kenin helps US beat Switzerland 3-1 in Fed Cup
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    Sofia Kenin helps US beat Switzerland 3-1 in Fed Cup

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Sofia Kenin and Sloane Stephens won matches to give the United States a 3-1 victory over Switzerland on Sunday in a Fed Cup World Group playoff.