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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Says Voters Rejected Extremism

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Moderate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said his re-election shows voters reject extremism and want more links with the outside world. After avoiding a run-off with a 57% outright victory over his main rival, Mr Rouhani said he respected the opponents’ right to criticise him. Mr Rouhani, 68, supports the landmark deal to curb Iran’s nuclear programme. The decisive victory ...

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Royals And Celebrities Graced Pippa Middleton’s Wedding

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Guests including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have attended the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews. Miss Middleton, 33, who is the younger sister of the duchess, married 41-year-old Mr Matthews at St Mark’s Church in Englefield, Berkshire. The bride was accompanied by her father, Michael, as they arrived shortly after 11:15 BST for the 45-minute ceremony. The ...

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GREY Group chooses Centrespread as its lead agency in Nigeria

GREY, Adweek Global Agency of the Year 2015, is re-entering Nigeria with immediate effect, having appointed Centrespread, one of Nigeria’s largest independent advertising communications groups as its affiliate in that market. The Centrespread Group, which operates from offices in Lagos and Abuja, will rebrand as Centrespread GREY, re-establishing the global advertising giant as a leader in providing creative and effective ...

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Both Macron And Le Pen Claim Debate Success In French Election

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The two French presidential candidates have each claimed success in “exposing” their rival in the final TV debate ahead of Sunday’s second-round run-off. Centrist Emmanuel Macron and the far-right’s Marine Le Pen traded insults for more than two hours, arguing over terrorism, the economy and Europe. Mr Macron appeared to cement his position as the front-runner. French pundits, newspapers and ...

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Somali Minister Abas Abdullahi Sheikh killed in Mogadishu

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Somalia’s security forces have shot dead a 31-year-old government minister after mistaking him for a militant Islamist, officials have said. He was killed in his vehicle near the presidential palace in the capital, Mogadishu, the officials added. The president has cut short his visit to Ethiopia following Abas Abdullahi Sheikh’s killing, state radio reports. He grew up in a refugee ...

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Afghan warlord returns to Kabul after peace deal

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Veteran warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has returned to the Afghan capital, eight months after signing a peace deal with the government. Mr Hekmatyar, an Islamist warlord accused of numerous atrocities, leads Hezb-e-Islami, the country’s second largest militant group. Under the deal, he has agreed to accept the constitution and abandon violence. Some see the deal as a step forward for Afghanistan ...

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Ghana President Leaves Togo For Burkina Faso

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is expected to depart Togo for Burkina Faso today, Thursday, 4 May, as part of the first phase of his tour of countries in the ECOWAS sub-region. Mr Akufo-Addo’s tour began with a trip to Togo on 2 May where he sought to deepen Ghana’s bilateral relations with Togo, introduced himself as the new Ghanaian ...

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Le Pen Accused Of Plagiarising Fillon In France Election

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French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has been accused of plagiarising defeated rival François Fillon in a speech she delivered on Monday. Several sections of her speech in Villepinte, north of Paris, appear to repeat almost word-for-word comments Mr Fillon made in an address on 15 April. An official of her National Front party said she had made a “nod” ...

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Race Attack In Fresno; California Gunman Kills 3

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Three white men were killed and another wounded when a black gunman opened fire in Fresno, California, in a suspected race attack, police have said. Kori Ali Muhammad shot 16 rounds in 90 seconds in the shooting spree on Tuesday, said Police Chief Jerry Dyer. He shouted “God is greatest” in Arabic when arrested but this was a hate crime ...

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Anti-Zuma protests across South Africa

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Protesters are marching in cities across South Africa including Cape Town, Durban, and the capital, Pretoria calling for the removal of President Jacob Zuma. The protests come after Mr Zuma’s sacking of a respected finance minister, which led to the country’s credit rating being cut to junk status. The move added pressure to South Africa’s already embattled economy. But supporters ...

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