North Korea ‘executed four officials’ after failed US summit, report claims

By Laura Mowat |Yahoo News| North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered the execution by firing squad of four foreign ministry officials after the failure of his Hanoi summit with Donald Trump, a report has claimed. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives at the railway station in the Russian far-eastern city of Vladivostok, Russia. (REUTERS) The officials were reportedly executed after the February talks between North Korea and the US came to an end without any deal being made. Pyongyang had accused the four officials of selling information to Washington…

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South Africa floods: Death toll after Durban rains rises to 60

Floods and mudslides in the South African city of Durban and the wider KwaZulu-Natal province have killed at least 60 people, officials say. The rains have led to landslides destroying property and roads A six-month-old baby and a young child are among the dead. More than 1,000 people have been displaced according to President Cyril Ramaphosa who has flown into the region to visit the affected areas. Southern and eastern parts of the country have been badly hit by torrential rain in the last few days. Related Articles More flooding…

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Chris Maroleng ‘devastated’ by dismissal from SABC…. vows to fight for his job

Fired SABC chief operations officer Chris Maroleng has vowed to fight back and challenge his dismissal outside the public broadcaster’s disciplinary process. Chris Maroleng A devastated Maroleng revealed that he will take the fight for his job to the CCMA. The SABC board announced that Maroleng’s contract had been terminated with immediate effect after he was found guilty in an internal disciplinary hearing. In a short statement, the public broadcaster said: “The SABC board met on Tuesday April 23. After due consideration of the findings and recommendations of a disciplinary…

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Another cyclone expected to hit Mozambique on Thursday

By Manuel Mucari and Tanisha Heiberg |Reuters| Another tropical cyclone is expected to make landfall on Mozambique’s coast on Thursday, just over a month after a more powerful storm struck the Mozambican port city of Beira further south and killed hundreds of people. Hundreds of thousands of people are in need of food, water and shelter after Cyclone Idai battered Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi Weather forecasters say Cyclone Kenneth will bring heavy rainfall, strong winds and waves of several metres to the southern African nation, which is still reeling from…

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Mass funerals mark Sri Lanka’s day of mourning

Six weeks ago, Jude Fernando threw a party to welcome his sister and her three young children home to Sri Lanka. Now, after the Easter Sunday bombing of the nearby Church of Saint Sebastian, he is holding a wake. His mother lies in a polished wooden coffin, her portrait on display among white chrysanthemums. Next to her, dressed in a favourite outfit and lying on a silky white cushion with fairy lights flashing in green, is the tiny body of his nephew. Related Articles “I had only had the chance…

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US ‘border militia training to assassinate Obama’ – FBI

The suspected leader of a New Mexico militia group allegedly boasted of plans to assassinate former President Barack Obama, the FBI has said. Larry Mitchell Hopkins, who also goes by the alias Striker (left), speaking with a militia member Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, and his group United Constitutional Patriots, also plotted to target Hillary Clinton and billionaire George Soros, according to a tip received by the FBI. It is unclear when he allegedly made these comments, which were included in court papers released this week. His lawyer has denied the…

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UAE woman Munira Abdulla wakes up after 27 years in a coma

A woman from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who was seriously injured in a traffic accident in 1991 has made a seemingly miraculous recovery after emerging from a 27-year-long coma. Munira Abdulla, who has woken from a 27-year-long vegetative state, Munira Abdulla, who was aged 32 at the time of the accident, suffered a severe brain injury after the car she was travelling in collided with a bus on the way to pick up her son from school. Omar Webair, who was then just four years old, was sitting in…

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Sudan army ‘will not attack protesters’

The head of Sudan’s military transitional council has told the BBC the army will not use force against protesters who want it to leave power. Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan said he would be willing to give up power in days (Picture by EPA) Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan spoke as African leaders extended their ultimatum for the military to organise a return to civilian rule. The army had warned it would remove protesters camped outside its headquarters in the capital, Khartoum. President Omar al-Bashir was ousted from power on…

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Sri Lanka Easter bomb blasts were revenge for Christchurch attack – minister

By Sanjeev Miglani and Shihar Aneez |Reuters| Devastating Easter bombings in Sri Lanka were retaliation for attacks on mosques in New Zealand, a Sri Lankan official said on Tuesday, as Islamic State claimed responsibility for the coordinated blasts that killed 321 people. Sri Lanka Easter bomb blasts Islamic State’s claim, issued on its AMAQ news agency, came shortly after Sri Lanka said two domestic Islamist groups, with suspected links to foreign militants, were believed to have been behind the attacks at three churches and four hotels, which wounded about 500…

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Comedian Zelensky wins Ukraine’s presidential vote

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Comic Volodymyr Zelensky has won Ukraine’s presidential runoff vote, defeating incumbent President Petro Poroshenko with more than 73 percent of the vote against about 25, according to official preliminary results. Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky wins Ukraine’s presidential vote Poroshenko conceded defeat on Sunday at a press conference minutes after the exit polls were announced, saying he would help the new president prepare for the role between the official announcement of the election results and his inauguration. “Next month, I will leave the office of the head of state. This is the…

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