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Russia Goes To The Polls In Presidential Election

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Russians are voting in an election that is likely to return Vladimir Putin for a fourth term as president. Voting began in the Russian far-east at 20:00 GMT on Saturday, and opened in Moscow nine hours later. More than 100 million people are eligible to vote. Exit polls are expected late on Sunday. Mr Putin is hoping for another six-year term and faces seven other ... Read More »

Syria War: Turkey-Backed Forces Oust Kurds From Heart Of Afrin

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Turkish-backed forces have taken full control of the centre of the Syrian-Kurdish city of Afrin. Fighters waved flags and tore down the statue of a legendary Kurdish figure after claiming the city centre on Sunday. The two-month Turkish-led operation aimed to rid the border region of a Kurdish militia that Turkey considers a terrorist group. Activists say 280 civilians have died, although this is denied ... Read More »

Sri Lanka Violence: Nationwide State Of Emergency Lifted

Sri Lanka has lifted a state of emergency imposed on 6 March in response to an outbreak of violence against Muslim communities. Two people were killed, nearly 450 Muslim-owned homes and shops damaged and 60 vehicles burnt in attacks in the central district of Kandy. Curfews and social media bans were brought in to try and quell tension. Violence has risen in the Buddhist-majority country ... Read More »

Tight Race For US House Pennsylvania Seat


A Democrat and a Republican are neck-and-neck in a Pennsylvania special House election viewed as a test ahead of November’s mid-term polls. The solidly Republican 18th congressional district race pits Democrat Conor Lamb against Republican lawmaker Rick Saccone. The two are competing to replace Tim Murphy, who resigned last October. But celebrations will be short-lived, as the winner will begin campaigning for a seat in ... Read More »

Rex Tillerson: Secretary Of State Fired By Trump In Russia Warning


Sacked US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has warned of Russia’s “troubling behaviour and actions” in a parting statement after being fired by President Donald Trump. He pointedly failed to thank Mr Trump or praise his policies. The former ExxonMobil chief had a series of public rifts with the White House after being appointed last year. Mr Trump officially fired Mr Tillerson via Twitter, naming ... Read More »

Stephen Hawking: Visionary Physicist Dies Aged 76


World renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76. He died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday, his family said. The British scientist was famed for his work with black holes and relativity, and wrote several popular science books including A Brief History of Time. At the age of 22 Prof Hawking was given only a few years ... Read More »

Stormy Daniels: Trump Lawyer Obtains Restraining Order


US President Donald Trump obtained a restraining order against an adult film actress to prevent her from speaking publicly about their alleged affair, legal documents show. Mr Trump’s personal lawyer obtained the order against Stormy Daniels in private arbitration proceedings last month. It bars her from sharing “confidential information” about their alleged relationship, US media report. Mr Trump says allegations against him are all false. ... Read More »

US Metal Tariffs: Mexico And Canada May Be Exempt

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Some countries may be exempt from US plans to impose tariffs on metal imports, the White House has announced. The exemptions – on national security grounds – included Canada, Mexico, spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. Reports, however, suggested the apparent softening of the US stance would last for only 30 days. US President Donald Trump has said steel products will face a 25% tariff, with 10% ... Read More »

Indian Wins Prestigious Pritzker Prize

Ninety-year-old Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi has won this year’s prestigious Pritzker Prize for his pioneering work in low-cost housing. He is the first Indian to receive the award, considered to be architecture’s highest honour. Doshi studied in Mumbai before travelling to Paris in the 1950s to work for the Franco-Swiss pioneer, Le Corbusier. He will be awarded $100,000 (£80,591) at a ceremony in Toronto in ... Read More »

Gary Cohn: Key Trump Economic Policy Adviser Resigns

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US President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser Gary Cohn is resigning, the White House has said. It is the latest in a series of high-profile departures from President Trump’s team. There has been speculation that Mr Cohn, a supporter of free trade, was angered by Mr Trump’s plans to impose tariffs on aluminium and steel imports. In a statement released by the White House, Mr ... Read More »

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