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Political party helps Georgians dodge the draft

Political party helps Georgians dodge the draft

Political party helps Georgians dodge the draft By News from Elsewhere… …as found by BBC Monitoring Image copyright AFP Image caption Conscription was reintroduced in Georgia at the end of 2016 A Georgian political party has created a religious organisation to help men avoid conscription into the armed forces. According to a report in the […]

IMF meeting drops anti-protectionism pledge

IMF meeting drops anti-protectionism pledge

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Financial leaders have been meeting in Washington Global finance leaders from the IMF and World Bank have dropped a pledge to fight trade protectionism from the closing note of their spring meetings. An IMF statement said members would “work together” to reduce global trade and current account imbalances “through […]

Kuki Gallmann shot and wounded at Kenya conservation park

Kuki Gallmann shot and wounded at Kenya conservation park

Image copyright AFP Image caption A luxury safari lodge owned by Ms Gallmann was burned down last month Renowned Italian-born conservationist Kuki Gallmann has been shot and injured in an ambush at her conservation park in northern Kenya, Kenyan media say. The author of the best-selling memoir I Dreamed of Africa was airlifted to hospital […]

North Korea 'detains American citizen'

North Korea 'detains American citizen'

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tension is high following a massive military parade and missile test An American citizen has been detained in North Korea as he tried to leave the country, South Korean media say. The man was identified only by his surname, Kim. He becomes the third American to be detained by the […]

Saudi Arabia's King Salman reverses public sector pay cuts

Saudi Arabia's King Salman reverses public sector pay cuts

Image copyright Reuters Image caption King Salman has issued a raft of decrees Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has reinstated bonuses and special allowances for civil servants and military personnel that had been cut last September as part of austerity measures when oil revenues were low. The king fired his civil service minister and put him […]

Chelsea semi-final win shows league title pedigree – Shearer analysis & highlights

Chelsea semi-final win shows league title pedigree – Shearer analysis & highlights

The way Chelsea beat Tottenham in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final showed why they are going to win the Premier League title too. As usual, Antonio Conte’s side were dogged and resilient – and the manager’s game plan worked perfectly. They were content to soak up Spurs’ pressure and possession and, when they went up the […]

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman reverses public sector pay cuts

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman reverses public sector pay cuts

Image copyright Reuters Image caption King Salman has issued a raft of decrees Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has reinstated bonuses and special allowances for civil servants and military personnel that had been cut last September as part of austerity measures when oil revenues were low. The king fired his civil service minister and put him […]

Syria war: US ground troops kill ‘leading IS member’

Syria war: US ground troops kill ‘leading IS member’

Image copyright AFP Image caption At any one time it is estimated there are around 500 members of US special forces in Syria US troops have targeted and killed a leading member of the so-called Islamic State (IS) group in a commando raid in Syria, military officials say. The attack took place near the town […]

France votes for new president amid high security

France votes for new president amid high security

Image copyright AFP / Getty Images Image caption About 50,000 police and 7,000 soldiers are being deployed across the country Voters are going to the polls in France to choose their next president, amid high security following a deadly attack on Paris police three days ago. About 50,000 police and 7,000 soldiers are being deployed […]

General election 2017: Labour wants four new bank holidays

General election 2017: Labour wants four new bank holidays

Image copyright PA Image caption Jeremy Corbyn says more bank holidays would help working people spend time with loved ones A Labour government would seek to create four new UK-wide bank holidays, Jeremy Corbyn says. The holidays would be on each nation’s patron saint day – St David’s Day on 1 March, St Patrick’s Day […]

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