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May says to deploy armed forces after attack as threat level raised

Darren Staples/Reuters   By Kylie MacLellan and Michael Holden Soldiers will be deployed to key sites in Britain to boost security as the country raised its terror threat to the highest level of “critical” following a suicide attack in Manchester that killed 22 people, including children.

At least 22 killed in suspected suicide attack at Ariana Grande concert in Britain

Andrew Yates/Reuters   By Jon Super At least 22 people were killed and 59 wounded in an explosion at the end of a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande in the English city of Manchester on Monday, in what two U.S. officials said was a suspected suicide bombing.

A year in office, Taiwan’s Tsai seeks Beijing’s goodwill to help curb anti-China sentiment

Tyrone Siu/Reuters   By J.R. Wu Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen is signalling she needs more give and take from China to rein in hardliners on an island China considers its own, officials say, but Beijing is unlikely to budge months before its five-yearly Communist Party Congress.

US and Turkish leaders put best face on ties amid tensions

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters By Ayesha Rascoe Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday his country would not accept Syrian Kurdish fighters in the region but stopped short of directly criticizing a U.S. decision to arm them.

Merkel and Macron agree to draw up roadmap to deeper EU integration

Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters   By Paul Carrel and Michel Rose German Chancellor Angela Merkel and new French President Emmanuel Macron agreed on Monday to draw up a roadmap to deeper European Union integration and opened the door to changing the bloc’s treaties to facilitate ambitious reform.

Indian bags Green Nobel prize

GEP photo   By Jose Kalathil Indian activist, Prafulla Samantara, 65, has won the Goldman Environmental Prize, also known as the Green Nobel, for his efforts in scuttling a mining conglomerate’s mega project in Odisha state. The only Asian among the six international awardees, Samantra, is the convener of the National Alliance of People’s Movements.

Addressing the dire needs of displaced Rohingyas from Myanmar to Bangladesh

AFP photo   By Sheuli Akter Since October 2016, an estimated 74,000 Rohingya people from Myanmar have arrived in Cox’s Bazar District, some 292 km southeast of Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka.

Taiwan seeks participation in WHA

  By Jose Kalathil Taiwan has sought participation in the World Health Assembly 2017, to be held from May 21 to 31, the registration of which ends today.

Macron stretches lead as French presidential campaign enters final day

Benoit Tessier/Reuters   By Mathieu Rosemain and Andrew Callus Independent centrist French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron extended his lead in the polls over his far-right rival Marine Le Pen on Friday, the final day of a tumultuous election campaign that has turned the country’s politics upside down.

French voters sceptical Macron and Le Pen have answers on key issues

Robert Pratta/Reuters   By Matthias Blamont A week before the decisive second round in France’s presidential election, many voters are sceptical that either of the two candidates can solve chronic unemployment or tackle security concerns, a poll published on Sunday found.

Thousands trapped by fighting in South Sudan as aid agencies pull out

Siegfried Modola/Reuters   By Katy Migiro Tens of thousands of South Sudanese have fled their homes and are now trapped under intense sun without food, water or medical care, aid agencies said after fierce fighting forced them to pull out of the region.

Sarkozy camp eyes power sharing role under France’s Macron

Benoit Tessier/Reuters   By Emmanuel Jarry France’s centre-right party, seeking to rebound after the defeat of its presidential candidate, said it could share power with Emmanuel Macron if he is elected, as pollsters predict, on May 7.

Leaders brief Congress at White House on North Korea threat

Carlos Barria/Reuters   By Kanwal Abidi Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Marine Corps General Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, briefed members of Congress at the White House earlier on the review President Donald J. Trump ordered of U.S. policy […]

Macron and Le Pen trade accusations in French election race

Lionel Bonaventure/Reuters   By John Irish France’s two presidential candidates traded barbs on Tuesday with centrist Emmanuel Macron accusing far-right rival Marine Le Pen of promoting hatred, while she labelled him as the “candidate of the oligarchy.”

Hollande urges French to reject Le Pen in presidential run-off vote

Christian Hartmann/Reuters   By Bate Felix and John Irish France’s outgoing president, Francois Hollande, on Monday urged people to back centrist Emmanuel Macron in a vote to choose his successor next month and reject far-right leader Marine Le Pen, whose place in the run-off represented a “risk” for France.

France’s Macron appears set for Elysee in runoff with Le Pen

Benoit Tessier/Reuters   By Sybille de La Hamaide and Matthias Blamont Centrist Emmanuel Macron took a big step towards the French presidency on Sunday by winning the first round of voting and qualifying for a May 7 runoff alongside far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

Macron urges French to get rid of old generation as race tightens

Christian Hartmann/Reuters   By Michel Rose Presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron urged French voters on Monday to turn the page on the last 20 years and bring a new generation to power, as he stepped up attacks against resurgent far-left and conservative rivals six days before voting day.

French presidential race tightens further

Regis Duvignau/Reuters   By Adrian Croft and Elizabeth Pineau Polls showed France’s presidential election campaign tightening further on Wednesday as financial markets fretted about the rising popularity of a far-left candidate who wants to put France’s European Union membership to a vote.

University researcher jailed for calling Ugandan President ‘a pair of buttocks’

AFP photo   By Gloria Nakiyimba Makerere University researcher and LGBT sympathizer Dr. Stella Nyanzi has been charged and remanded to jail for calling Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni ‘a pair of buttocks’.

France’s Macron clashes with Le Pen, polls sees him as having best programme

Pascal Rossignol/Reuters   By Michel Rose and Ingrid Melander Centrist Emmanuel Macron kept his position as favourite to win France’s presidential election after a televised debate on Tuesday night in which he clashed sharply with his main rival, Marine Le Pen, over Europe, just 19 days before the election.

Israeli cabinet approves first West Bank settlement in 20 years

Ronen Zvulun/Reuters   By Maayan Lubell Israel’s security cabinet on Thursday approved the building of the first new settlement in the occupied West Bank in two decades, even as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu negotiates with Washington on a possible curb on settlement activity.

Meat sellers go on indefinite strike in Indian state

Shailesh Andrade/Reuters   By Jose Kalathil Meat sellers and butchers across Uttar Pradesh (UP), an Indian state with the largest population of 204.12 million, earlier this week launched an indefinite strike against an ongoing crackdown on illegal and mechanised slaughterhouses in the state.

French Socialist candidate livid as ex-PM Valls defects to Macron

Philippe Wojazer/Reuters   By Michel Rose and Sudip Kar-Gupta Former Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Wednesday he would vote for Emmanuel Macron in France’s presidential election, becoming the biggest Socialist Party name to turn his back on its official candidate and support the centrist instead.

Five dead, around 40 injured in Parliament ‘terrorist’ attack

Richard Pohle/Reuters   By Toby Melville and William James Five people were killed and about 40 injured in London on Wednesday after a car ploughed into pedestrians and a suspected Islamist-inspired attacker stabbed a policeman close to Britain’s parliament.

Prison break in Bukavu, DRC

Erick Bukulu   By Byobe Malenga Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo town of Bukavu have launched a man-hunt for 20 hardcore prisoners who escaped from a detention centre on Monday.

IFRC launches emergency appeal for Myanmar refugees in Bangladesh

AP photo   By Sheuli Akter Thousands of people who have sought refuge in south eastern Bangladesh, having fled violence in the northern area of Rakhine State in neighbouring Myanmar are now living in unplanned and overcrowded settlements where living conditions are extremely poor.

Senior Ugandan Police Officer Gunned Down

Bukedde photo   By Gloria Nakiyimba Ugandans are still reeling from the chilling murder of senior Police officer, Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Felix Kaweesi. Kaweesi was shot several times on Friday morning by armed gun men who were moving on a motorcycle commonly known as “boda boda” in Uganda.

Women and child migrants raped, beaten and detained in Libyan ‘hellholes’

Daniel Etter/WPPF/Reuters   By Lin Taylor Women and children making the dangerous journey to Europe to flee poverty and conflicts in Africa are being beaten, raped and starved in “living hellholes” in Libya, the United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.

Acrimonious election campaign deepens Northern Ireland deadlock

Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters   By Ian Graham Acrimonious campaigning ahead of Thursday snap elections in Northern Ireland has increased antagonism between pro-British unionists and Irish nationalists and exacerbated fears devolved power may revert to London for the first time in a decade.

Moonlight wins Best Picture Oscar after major onstage gaffe

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters   By Jill Serjeant African-American coming-of-age tale “Moonlight” won the Oscar for best picture on Sunday, beating favourite “La La Land” after an embarrassing onstage gaffe over the announcement.