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Kosovo PM Haradinaj visits wives of abducted Turkish teachers

Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj has paid a visit to the wives of six Turkish teachers who on March 29 were said to have been abducted and flown to Turkey by Turkey’s notorious National Intelligence Organisation (MİT) by collaborating with Kosovar groups in its intelligence units. Haradinaj reportedly expressed his regrets over the incident, saying that his government would take ...

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White House criticises China for $3bn tariffs on US imports

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The White House has criticised China after it imposed retaliatory tariffs against the US on a range of goods, including pork and wine. Beijing has introduced duties of up to 25% on 128 American imports following President Donald Trump’s decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminium. China said the move was intended to safeguard its interests and balance losses ...

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Winnie Mandela dies aged 81

Nomzamo Winifred Madikizela-Mandela‚ a stalwart in the fight against apartheid‚ has died at the age of 81. Her PA‚ Zodwa Zwane‚ confirmed the struggle veteran’s death on Monday afternoon. She said the family would be issuing a statement later in the day. Born in Bizana in the Eastern Cape in 1936‚ she moved to Johannesburg to study social work after ...

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New Ethiopia PM seeks Eritrea dialogue

Ethiopia’s new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, has pledged his readiness to resolve disputes with neighbour Eritrea. Speaking on state television after his swearing-in ceremony, Mr Ahmed called for an end to “years of misunderstandings”. “I call on the Eritrean government to take the same stand,” he said. The two countries have had poor relations since a two-year border war, which ...

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Defunct China space lab comes down over South Pacific

China’s defunct Tiangong-1 space lab mostly broke up on re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere above the South Pacific, Chinese and US reports say. It re-entered the atmosphere around 00:15 GMT on Monday, China’s Manned Space Engineering Office said. Tiangong-1 was launched in 2011 to carry out docking and orbit experiments. It was part of China’s efforts to build a manned space ...

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China hits back with tariffs on US imports worth $3bn

US wine is among the produce affected by China's retaliatory tariffs

China has imposed tariffs of up to 25% on 128 US imports, including pork and wine, after US President Donald Trump raised duties on foreign steel and aluminium imports in March. The tariffs affecting some $3bn (£2.1bn) of imports kick in on Monday. Beijing said the move was to “safeguard China’s interests and balance” losses caused by new US tariffs. ...

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Botswana swears in new president after former leader’s resignation

Botswana has inaugurated Mokgweetsi Masisi as its fifth president, in a ceremony designed to highlight a smooth transition of power in one of Africa’s strongest democracies. The ex-vice president took over on Sunday from Ian Khama, who stepped down after his term limit – 10 years – was reached. Elections are scheduled for next year. In his first address to the nation, ...

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South Korea military on the hunt for Nigerian pirates off Ghana’s coast

South Korea has deployed a warship to the sea off Ghana after three South Korean sailors were kidnapped by pirates who have now been identified as Nigerians. The 500t Marine 711 with about 40 Ghanaian and three South Korean sailors was boarded by the Nigerian pirates on 26 March. The pirates seized the three South Koreans and escaped on a ...

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China space lab to fall on earth on Monday

China space lab to fall on earth on Monday

Debris from a defunct Chinese space station is seen crashing to Earth on Monday, scientists monitoring it say. China’s space agency said the station will re-enter the atmosphere in the next 24 hours – in line with European Space Agency (ESA) predictions. The Tiangong-1 was part of China’s ambitious space programme, and the prototype for a manned station in 2022. ...

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Russian govenor quites over Kemerovo fire

The long-serving governor of the Russian region where a shopping mall fire left dozens of people dead has resigned. Aman Tuleyev said stepping aside from governing Kemerovo was “the right, conscious and only true decision” following the disaster. He announced the move in a video address posted on the regional administration’s website. Last month’s fire killed more than 60 people, ...

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