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Snapchat shares slide as growth slows

Shares in Snapchat’s owner have sunk after it reported disappointing growth in the first three months of the year. In its first results since floating, Snap said the number of daily active users rose just 5% to 166 million compared with the last three months of 2016. That was two million fewer than expected, but 36% higher than the same …

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Australian politician becomes first to breastfeed in parliament

Australian Senator Larissa Waters has become the first politician to breastfeed in the nation’s parliament. Ms Waters, from the left-wing Greens party, fed two-month-old daughter Alia Joy during a vote on Tuesday. The lower house last year joined the Senate in allowing breastfeeding, but no MPs in either house had done so. It followed a backlash in 2015 when Kelly …

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Mugabe takes medical leave

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has left Harare for Singapore for routine medical check-up, a report says. According to The Herald, Mugabe was expected back in the country at the weekend “in time for the burial of national hero, Retired Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku”, who died in South Africa last week. The 93-year-old was in the South East Asian city state …

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Trump fires FBI chief James Comey

President Donald Trump has fired the director of the FBI over his handling of the inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s emails, the administration says. The White House shocked Washington by announcing that James Comey “has been terminated and removed from office”. But Democrats said he was fired because the FBI was investigating alleged links between the Trump campaign and Russia. The …

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Jakarta governor Ahok found guilty of blasphemy

The outgoing governor of Jakarta has been sentenced to two years in prison for blasphemy and inciting violence. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as Ahok, was the first ethnic Chinese Christian to run Indonesia’s capital, and the case was seen as a test of the country’s religious tolerance. He was accused of insulting Islam by referring to a verse in the …

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South Africa’s threatens to cut electricity supplies to Zimbabwe in June

South Africa’s state-run power utility Eskom could cut supplies to neighbouring Zimbabwe by the end of this month if Harare fails to clear arrears, Zimbabwe’s state-run Herald newspaper reported on Monday. Such a move could trigger widespread power cuts in an economy already battling with a liquidity crunch but which hopes for faster growth this year after rains boosted crop …

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South Koreans vote for new leader after scandal

South Koreans are voting in a presidential election, called early after a huge corruption scandal brought down their former leader. Liberal Moon Jae-in is the clear front-runner with centrist Ahn Cheol-soo his nearest challenger. The election is being closely watched at a time of economic uncertainty and heightened tensions with North Korea. Mr Moon wants to increase contact with the …

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Beer made from human urine being brewed in Denmark

Due to its yellowish color and strong odor, beer has oftentimes been likened in jest to urine. However, one brewery in Denmark, has been taking the comparisons way too literally, as it is making beer using the said human waste. According to CBS news, local corporation Norrebro Bryghus is using the unconventional liquid in their malting process by fertilizing the …

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South Sudan child refugees top one million: UN

Nairobi (AFP) – War has now forced more than one million children to flee South Sudan and uprooted 1.4 million others within the country, the United Nations said on Monday. Children make up 62 percent of the 1.8 million people who have fled South Sudan for refugee camps in neighbouring Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda since civil war began in 2013, …

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