04 May 2016

Spain hunts ‘mafia-linked’ Russians including state officials

“A top Spanish judge has issued international arrest warrants for 12 Russians suspected of organised crime, including high-ranking state officials. “ Source: Spain hunts ‘mafia-linked’ Russians including state officials – BBC News

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04 May 2016

No end in sight to election mess in struggling Haiti

“Senate leader Jocelerme Privert took office as Haiti’s caretaker president with one real task: Quickly untangle a political stalemate blocking presidential and legislative runoff elections.” Source: No end in sight to election mess in struggling Haiti

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04 May 2016

Mexico: 3 kidnapped Americans freed in northern border state

“Three American citizens abducted last month in the northern state of Tamaulipas, across the border from Texas, were rescued by Mexican police in a confrontation in which a suspected kidnapper was killed, authorities said Tuesday.” Source: Mexico: 3 kidnapped Americans freed in northern border state

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04 May 2016

Kenya: Police disrupt alleged plot by extremist medics

“Kenyan police have disrupted a cell of extremist medics linked to the Islamic State group suspected of plotting a biological attack on Kenya and recruiting university students to join the group in Libya and Syria, Kenya’s police chief said Tuesday” Source: Kenya: Police disrupt alleged plot by extremist medics

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04 May 2016

More than 300 million Indians suffer from a crippling drought

“Relentless drought coupled with a record-breaking heat wave and bad farming practices in the western state of Maharashtra have slashed farm output and driven farmers to desperation. This year is the worst in decades, officials say, because most farmers are also burdened by years of accumulated debt as they continue

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04 May 2016

West Africa pirates switch to kidnapping crew as oil fetches less

“Pirate gangs in West Africa are switching to kidnapping sailors and demanding ransom rather than stealing oil cargoes as low oil prices have made crude harder to sell and less profitable, shipping officials said on Tuesday.” Source: West Africa pirates switch to kidnapping crew as oil fetches less | Top

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04 May 2016

Three ICRC workers kidnapped in DRC

“Armed men kidnapped three workers for the International Committee of the Red Cross in restive eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday, the aid agency said. The employees – who a local official said were of Congolese nationality – had been sent to work in Rutshuru in the south of

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04 May 2016

N. Korean shipyard work paves way for new class of ballistic subs

“North Korea has made progress upgrading a shipyard that will allow it to build a new class of ballistic submarines, a Washington-based monitoring group says.” Source: N. Korean shipyard work paves way for new class of ballistic subs – Pacific – Stripes

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04 May 2016

Car Bomb Attack in Southeast Turkey Kills 1, Wounds 6

“Turkey’s state-run news agency says a soldier was killed and six others were wounded in a car bomb attack against their outpost in southeastern Turkey.” Source: Car Bomb Attack in Southeast Turkey Kills 1, Wounds 6 – ABC News

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04 May 2016

Turkey on verge of completing EU visa deal work: minister

“Turkey is on the verge of completing the necessary work to secure visa-free travel for Turkish citizens to the European Union, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday after parliament passed new legislation overnight.” Source: Turkey on verge of completing EU visa deal work: minister | Reuters

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