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11:33 29/03/2016
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20:30 World
Kuki Gallmann's Kenya safari lodge burned down

It is the latest attack in the drought-stricken Laikipia region by suspected herders, who have been invading private property in search of fresh grazing.

20:09 World
Insurer Lloyd's of London confirms new Brussels subsidiary

The 329-year-old insurance market confirmed the plan as it released its latest annual results.

19:28 World
Cannes Film Festival poster sparks airbrushing row

Its organisers are accused of slimming down an archive image of the Italian actress Claudia Cardinale featured on the event's official poster.

19:05 World
Christopher Nolan and Sofia Coppola urge fans to watch films in cinemas, not on Netflix

As studios reckon with the rise of streaming, the two directors ask audiences to watch their movies on the big screen, where they’re ‘meant to be seen’.

18:41 World
Ivanka Trump to take unpaid federal job as her father's assistant

Ms Trump took the step to deflect criticism from ethics experts.
Source: Independent

18:06 World
Train derailment in northern India injures 25

The Mahakoshal Express was traveling from Jabalpur city in central India's Madhya Pradesh to the capital, New Delhi, when it derailed at about 2 a.m. in Uttar Pradesh state.

17:45 World
Brexit may not push Scots toward independence, survey suggests

The survey by NatCen, a respected social research organization, found that 93 percent of Scots favored maintaining free trade with the EU, compared with 88 percent in Britain as a whole.

17:24 World
Sharks, sandbags and surfing: Cyclone Debbie brings floods to Queensland

Northeastern Australia is still dealing with the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie, which swept across the Queensland coast on Tuesday, causing widespread damage with winds up to 185 kph (114 mph).

16:38 World
Cristiano Ronaldo bust draws mirth after Madeira airport unveiling

Eight months after the four-time world player of year held the Euro 2016 trophy aloft after Portugal's 1-0 win over France in Paris, the Aeroporto da Madeira in Funcal is now the "Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport."
Source: CNN

16:16 World
Paraguay fears dictatorship as president moves to amend constitution

After months of behind-the-scenes preparations, a senator steamrolled through the changes that could allow Horacio Cartes to be re-elected in 2018.

14:44 World
American Airlines pilot dies on Dallas-Albuquerque flight

The Boeing 737-800 was two miles from landing when the captain declared a medical emergency, an Albuquerque airport spokesman confirmed.

13:41 World
Swimming figures dip in and out of water by Sonia Alins

A haunting tension emerges not only from the clever split view created by utilizing translucent paper to mimic water, but also from the slightly ambiguous situation of the figures.

13:28 Armenia
With the support of the AGBU intensive English language courses were conducted for the Human Rights Defender’s Office members at the American University of Armenia

Development of English communication skills will enable the staff to explore and implement international best experience in their work and ensure active cooperation with international organizations, involving in various international working groups. The Ombudsman highly appreciates the AGBU’s support and important role of the American University of Armenia in the trainings of Ombudsman’s staff.
Source: Human Rights Defender’s Office

12:43 World
US state department official charged with accepting bribes from Chinese spies

Candace Claiborne faces prison time for lying to FBI about receiving thousands of dollars in gifts and cash in exchange for information she claims was ‘unclassified’.

12:02 World
Texas church bus crash: 13 killed, 2 injured in collision with pickup truck

All of the victims who died were senior adults who attended First Baptist Church of New Braunfels, Texas, including the driver.
Source: FoxNews

11:38 World
George Michael: Private funeral for singer

In the statement, they thanked his fans for "their many messages of love and support" following the funeral, thought to have been held in London.

11:16 World
Academy bans cellphones for PwC accountants after Oscars fiasco

After the biggest flub in Oscars history saw La La Land wrongly named best picture, accounting firm in charge of balloting faces new backstage protocols.

10:47 World
Ryan opposes Trump working with Democrats on healthcare

Carrying out those reforms with Democrats is "hardly a conservative thing," Ryan said, according to interview excerpts released on Wednesday.

10:26 World
Toyota recalls 2.9 million vehicles globally over airbags

The Japanese automaker said that the latest recalls were part of a wider recall of airbags which use inflators made by Takata Corp (7312.T) ordered by global transport authorities last year.

10:00 World
Cambodian opposition figure sentenced again

Opponents of Prime Minister Hun Sen accuse him of using defamation cases and other tactics to marginalize rivals ahead of local elections in June and a general election next year.

20:30 World
Ahmed Kathrada funeral: South Africa's Zuma asked to stay away

Mr Kathrada called on Mr Zuma to resign last year after he became mired in a series of corruption scandals.

19:43 World
Row after Norway Muslim group appoints spokeswoman in full-face veil

The culture minister, Muslim MPs and other Muslim organisations have condemned the Islamic Council of Norway's move.

19:05 World
Russian billionaire with business ties to former Trump campaign manager willing to testify before Congress

Oleg Deripaska, a natural resources tycoon said to be close to President Vladimir Putin, offers to appear before US government to explain professional relationship with Paul Manafort.

18:41 World
White House proposes $18bn in domestic cuts to pay for US-Mexico border wall

Medical research, infrastructure and community grants all set to be defunded if budget approved - a far cry from President's election pledge that neighbour would be billed for construction.
Source: Independent

18:27 World
Bastian Schweinsteiger’s arrival in Chicago was bonkers as fans flooded airport

O’Hare International Airport in Chicago was a madhouse as fans and journalists alike crowded the international arrivals terminal to catch a glimpse of the Fire’s newest Designated Player.

17:45 World
Study shows that cats aren't all jerks, most prefer human contact over food

The researchers isolated the subjects for two hours before testing them with options of rewards with 19 of the cats going straight to their beloved owners for some nuzzles and rubs before going for the other options.

17:00 World
Environmental groups vowing to fight Trump climate actions

Trump, who has called global warming a "hoax" invented by the Chinese, said during his campaign that he would kill Obama's climate plans and bring back coal jobs.

16:38 World
EU blocks $28 billion LSE, Deutsche Börse merger

The announcement has been expected after the LSE in late February rejected demands by the European Commission, the bloc's antitrust authority, to sell its stake in its Italian trading platform MTS SpA, all but dashing the merger's chances of EU approval.

15:01 World
Toshiba's Westinghouse files for US bankruptcy

The US firm has struggled with hefty losses that have thrown its Japanese parent into a crisis, putting the conglomerate's future at risk.

14:44 World
Indonesian man's body found inside python - police

In the search for the 25-year-old, police told BBC Indonesian that they had found a huge snake they suspected had swallowed the man.

14:26 World
Aircraft hangars, radar installed on artificial islands

The new facilities will further establish China's military dominance over the highly contested region, experts told CNN, and could help China establish a controversial Air Defense Identification Zone in the area.

14:02 World
Hillary Clinton makes most political remarks since losing election

During her keynote address at the annual conference hosted by the Professional BusinessWomen of California, Clinton spoke largely about women's equality and peppered in criticism of President Donald Trump and the Republican Party.

13:41 World
UK government rejects Scotland's bid for second independence referendum

It was reacting to a vote in the Scottish parliament earlier backing First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's bid for an independence vote.

12:43 World
EU leads attacks on Trump's rollback of Obama climate policy

Europe poised to take baton from US as leader in global efforts to fight climate change, with America’s commitment to Paris accords at risk.

12:29 World
Nearly extinct tigers found breeding in Thai jungle

Hope for critically endangered cats as only 221 Indochinese tigers, which once ranged across much of Asia, are thought to remain in Thailand and Myanmar.

11:38 World
Finding the perfect visual asset for your next creative project can seem like a daunting endeavor

With an endless stream of possibilities it can be difficult to find the image or video that truly stands out and speaks to your audience in a unique way.

11:15 World
Mexican man cleared in sexual assault of schoolgirl because he didn't enjoy it

Diego Cruz, 21, one of four privileged youths dubbed ‘Los Porkys’ who abducted and vaginally penetrated the teenager, did so without ‘carnal intent’ a judge ruled.

10:47 World
Scottish parliament votes for second independence referendum

MSPs pass motion to give Nicola Sturgeon the authority to begin negotiations with UK parliament on breakaway vote.

10:26 World
Vote to repeal U.S. broadband privacy rules sparks interest in VPNs

VPNs cloak a customer's web-surfing history by making an encrypted connection to a private server, which then searches the Web on the customer's behalf without revealing the destination addresses.

10:00 World
Army assesses damage after storm 'absolutely smashes' north Australia

No deaths were reported after Debbie tore a trail of destruction through Australia's northeast on Tuesday as a category four storm, one rung below the most dangerous wind speed level, before being gradually downgraded to a tropical low.

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