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Emmanuel Macron inaugurated as France’s new President

Emmanuel Macron has been inaugurated as France’s new president at the Élysée Palace, a few days after an outstanding win against the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. In his first speech as President, Macron promised to reform and relaunch the embattled European Union during his time in office. The 39-year-old centrist takes over from President Francois Hollande, the Socialist whose …

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Pope Francis on special trip to Portugal’s Fatima shrine

Pope Francis is embarking on a high-profile pilgrimage to Fatima in central Portugal, a shrine where he plans to make two shepherd children saints. It is 100 years since the two – and a third child – reported seeing the Virgin Mary while tending sheep. The third is also on the way to sainthood. Portugal has boosted security and reimposed …

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South African lady killed and burnt by her boyfriend

A South African lady, Karabo Mokoena was declared missing on the 28th of April after she failed to return home. She was declared missing by her father, Tshepo Mokoena, after efforts to contact her proved abortive. Karbo was discovered to be dead as she has been killed and burnt by her missing boyfriend. After her burnt dead body was discovered, …

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Nicaraguan pastor jailed for woman’s exorcism death

An evangelical Nicaraguan pastor and four followers have been sentenced to 30 years for burning a woman to death in a so-called exorcism ritual. Vilma Trujillo, 25, died in February after being tied up and thrown on a fire. The group had denied killing her and said she was possessed by the devil. “The suffering that Trujillo was subjected to …

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Boeing halts test flight of new plane

Boeing has temporarily halted test flights of its new 737 MAX aircraft due to possible issues with the engine. The stoppage came days before the US plane maker was due to make its first delivery of the aircraft to a customer. But Boeing said it was sticking with plans to begin MAX deliveries this month, adding that production of the …

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Christopher ‘Big Black’ Boykin of ‘Rob & Big’ dead at 45

Christopher “Big Black” Boykin, the reality star who joined friend Rob Dyrdek on MTV’s “Rob & Big” in the 2000s, died Tuesday morning. He was 45. TMZ reported the news, which HuffPost confirmed with Boykin’s rep. No cause of death has been given at this time. Boykin rose to fame in 2006, getting up to ridiculous hijinks with Dyrdek on …

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CIA creates Korea Mission Centre focused on North

The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has announced the establishment of a Korea Mission Centre dedicated to dealing with North Korea. The Mission Centre will use all of the resources of the CIA and other US intelligence agencies to address ballistic and nuclear missile threats posed by North Korea, the CIA said on Wednesday. “Creating the Korea Mission Centre allows …

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Suspect in California drink-drive crash ‘deported 15 times’

A man charged in a drink-driving crash that seriously injured a California boy had been deported to Mexico 15 times in as many years, US officials say. Constantino Banda-Acosta, 38, drove his truck through a stop sign and hit a car carrying a family of three on their way home from a trip to Disneyland. They said they were one …

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Wall collapse kills guests at Bharatpur wedding

At least 22 people were killed at a wedding party in western India after a wall collapsed on the guests, police said. The guests had taken shelter from a storm under a tin shack that adjoined the wall when it collapsed late on Wednesday, local police officer Anil Tank told AFP news agency. “The wall and a tin shed attached …

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Australian soldier killed in training incident

An Australian soldier has died during a training exercise in the Northern Territory. The man was taking part in a “routine” activity at the time, the Department of Defence said. It did not give details of the incident. The army has suspended all training exercises involving combat brigades while it reviews safety procedures, officials said. It is the second death …

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