World News Digest

12 die of cholera in NE Nigeria, say official

Twelve people have died of cholera in northeast Nigeria’s Adamawa state, the health commissioner said on Wednesday, in the latest outbreak of the disease in the region.

AGENCIES, May 24 2018

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Macedonia ex-PM sentenced to jail for power abuse

Macedonia’s former prime minister Nikola Gruevski was sentenced Wednesday to two years in jail by a Skopje court for abuse of power over the purchase of a luxury Mercedes.

AGENCIES, May 24 2018

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Germany sees jump in Brits taking citizenship

The number of Britons who have obtained German citizenship has shot up dramatically since Britain’s decision to quit the European Union, official data showed on Wednesday. “A link with the upcoming Brexit is obvious — in the two years 2016 and 2017, a total of 10,358 Britons acquired German citizenship, more than twice as many as in the period spanning 2000 to 2005,” said German statistics office Destatis. In 2015, 622 Britons were naturalised in Germany, while the number soared three-fold to reach 2,865 in 2016.

AGENCIES, May 24 2018

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Rohingya refugee sent to PNG by Australia dies

A Rohingya refugee from Myanmar died on Tuesday after jumping from a bus on a remote Papua New Guinea island, almost five years after he was sent there by Australia, officials said.

May 23 2018

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Saudi Arabia jet’s distress landing injures 53 people

A Saudi Arabian Airlines Airbus A330 jet made an emergency landing in the western Red Sea city of Jeddah, injuring 53 people, aviation officials said on Tuesday.

May 23 2018

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Calls for restraint as Bangladesh drug war claims 11 more lives

Bangladesh police on Tuesday shot dead nearly a dozen more alleged drug dealers officials said, as its no-holds barred offensive drew accusations of murder from rights groups and opposition parties.

May 23 2018

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Indian policemen killed in Maoist bombing

Maoist rebels killed six policemen on Sunday with a roadside bomb in a remote forest in eastern India, where the guerrillas have been waging an insurgency for decades.

AGENCIES, May 22 2018

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Italy’s populist parties to name future PM pick

Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and the far-right League party prepared on Monday to present their pick for future premier of the country’s new populist government to end more than two months of deadlock after inconclusive elections.

May 22 2018

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Nipah virus kills at least three in India

A virus mainly carried by fruit bats which has spread across Asian nations has killed at least three people in southern India and caused panic in one district, officials said on Monday.

May 22 2018

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Italy warned against breaking EU commitments

The stability of the eurozone will be at stake if a populist new government in Italy fails to keep its financial commitments, French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire warned on Sunday.

AGENCIES, May 21 2018

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Ex-India diplomat jailed for spying for Pakistan

An Indian diplomat convicted of passing state secrets to Pakistan’s intelligence services has been jailed for three years, her lawyer said on Sunday. Madhuri Gupta was found guilty in a New Delhi court on Friday of “spying and wrongful communication of information” while posted to the Indian embassy in Islamabad.

AGENCIES, May 21 2018

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BJP accused amid tense govt talks in Karnataka

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party hit back on Wednesday against charges it tried to bribe opposing lawmakers to change sides after an election in a south Indian state left no group with a majority.

AGENCIES, May 17 2018

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Italy draft govt deal proposes exit from euro

Leaving the euro, renegotiating EU treaties and writing off 250 billion euros of Italian debt are some of the measures proposed in a draft government agreement between Italy’s rebellious Five Star Movement (M5S) and far-right League party, published on the Huffington Post website.

AGENCIES, May 17 2018

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