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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 […]

'More revolution'

'More revolution'

Image caption Canal Caribe has young presenters and modern sets Slick new graphics, drum and bass theme music and young presenters: at least in its presentation, Cuba’s latest state television channel is a break with the past. Called Canal Caribe, it is an attempt to stand out from the stiffly presented, heavily scripted newscasts that […]

Happy Days actress Erin Moran dies at 56

Happy Days actress Erin Moran dies at 56

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Erin Moran also starred in a spin-off series Joanie Loves Chachi US actress Erin Moran, best known for playing Joanie in 1970s sitcom Happy Days, has died, aged 56. Police said a emergency team in Indiana responded to a call on Saturday afternoon and found her dead. The cause […]

Ecuador fines media for not publishing a story

Ecuador fines media for not publishing a story

Image copyright AFP / Getty Images Image caption The ruling affects some of the country’s biggest news outlets Ecuador has fined seven media companies for not publishing a story that it deemed of public interest. The state’s media watchdog said the press had a duty to cover a story about the supposed offshore dealings of […]

France prepares to vote for new president amid high security

France prepares to vote for new president amid high security

Image copyright AFP / Getty Images Image caption Extra police have been deployed to protect voters France is preparing to vote in presidential elections on Sunday, amid high security after a fatal assault on a Paris policeman three days ago. About 50,000 police and 7,000 soldiers are being deployed around the country after Thursday’s attack […]

Beaten by a mob

Beaten by a mob

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The mob killing has shocked many in Pakistan The brutal mob killing of a university student who was accused of committing blasphemy has caused outrage in Pakistan. The country has strict and controversial blasphemy laws – which human rights groups say are often used to unfairly target religious minorities or […]

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