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Top women’s rights campaigner to be honored with London statue

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AFP
Mon, 2017-04-03 03:00
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LONDON: Britain for the first time is honoring a woman with a statue in Parliament Square: Suffragist Millicent Fawcett, a leader of the campaign to win women the right to vote.
British Prime Minister Theresa Mays calls Fawcett an inspiration in the battle against the injustices of today. May said Sunday: “It is right and proper that she is honored in Parliament Square, alongside former leaders who changed our country.”
The statue will be erected as part of celebrations marking the centenary of the People Act of 1918, which gave some women the right to vote. Equal voting rights came a decade later.
Parliament Square in London, in the shadow of the Palace of Westminster, includes statues of some of the world’s most important figures, including Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi.

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Heavy rain halts search for missing in Indonesia landslide

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The Associated Press
Mon, 2017-04-03 03:00
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PONOROGO, Indonesia: Incessant rains Sunday halted the search for at least two dozen people missing after a landslide swept into a village on Indonesia’s main island of Java.
Four excavators working under cloudy skies dredged the mud, sand and rocks, pilling the debris up to 20 meters (66 feet) high.
Chief of staff of the local army, Lt. Col. Jemz Ratu Edo, said two bodies were discovered before the search was suspended due to heavy rain. One body had been found Saturday.
The landslide hit some 23 houses and farmers harvesting ginger in Banaran village in East Java province’s Ponorogo district.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesman for Indonesia’s Disaster Mitigation Agency, said 27 people were missing, while the local army chief, Lt. Col. Slamet Sarijanto, said that according to villagers, 38 people were buried by the landslide.
Rescuers from the disaster agency along with soldiers, police officers and volunteers are searching for the missing. Access to the site was hampering the effort.
The landslide — measuring 800 meters (half a mile) long and 20 meters (66 feet) high, according to Nugroho — overturned vehicles, shattered and buried buildings, and left a massive scar on a hillside where lush vegetation had been torn away.
Seasonal rains cause frequent floods in Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago nation, where many of the country’s 256 million people live in mountainous areas or fertile, flood-prone plains near rivers.
Indonesian authorities destroyed 81 foreign ships over the weekend after seizing the vessels for fishing illegally in the country’s waters.
The world’s largest archipelago nation has taken a tough stance against illegal fishing since President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo took office in 2014.
Authorities have sunk 317 foreign vessels since then, including the most recent.
The ships were blown up at sea in 12 locations around the archipelago on Saturday. The most destroyed in one area was 26 in Natuna on the edge of South China Sea and 10 in the nearby seaport of Tarempa.
Most of the vessels were from Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand.

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France offers $1bn to strike-hit French Guiana

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AFP
Mon, 2017-04-03 03:00
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CAYENNE: France Saturday announced €1 billion ($1.07 billion) aid for strike-hit French Guiana, as representatives of the Guianese told visiting ministers the South American territory should be given “special status.”
The vast South American territory, which is administered as a region of France, has been in the grip of labor unrest for the past 10 days.
“The government has heard the aspirations and demands of the Guianese,” French Interior Minister Matthias Fekl said at a joint press conference with Overseas Territories Minister Ericka Bareigts.
Fekl earlier listed a series of “firm decisions” to a delegation of around 50 Guianese.
The commitments, mostly for “emergency measures” but some of which run for 10 years, total some €1.085 billion, according to Bareigts.
The proposals include investments in health, education and infrastructure, and the deployment of extra police and construction of a prison.
The delegation swiftly described the proposals as “unsatisfactory” but Bareigts said “adjustments” could be envisaged.
Asked about a possible rejection of the proposals by the Guianese, Fekl said he wanted “life to gradually return to normal.”
The collective behind the strikes Saturday called for a “special status” for the territory in talks with Bareigts.
“With another system, we could decide for ourselves what is good for us,” rather than “asking permission for everything” from France, collective member Davy Rimane told AFP.
In a referendum in January 2010, French Guiana voted firmly against autonomy.
“But this crisis is the expression of the failure of this referendum,” said Gauthier Horth, another member of the collective.
Striking workers have set up barricades on several roads and forced the postponement of the launch of an Ariane rocket carrying a Brazilian telecoms satellite. Workers in several sectors, including the energy giant EDF and public hospitals, have launched protests demanding pay raises and improved public safety and health coverage.

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Burkina troops tried for arms depot raid claim tortured

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AFP
Mon, 2017-04-03 03:00
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OUAGADOUGOU: Some 20 Burkinabe soldiers on trial at a military tribunal over a failed raid on an arms depot last year have said they were tortured to extract their confessions.
Almost all of them said they had suffered beatings, humiliation and food deprivation at the police camp where they were held after their arrest following the raid in January 2016, for which they have been on trial since Tuesday.
“When I was arrested on Jan. 25, 2016, I was abused by police officers from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.,” Sergeant Ollo Stanislas Poda said on Saturday.
“I was beaten with a wet rope, threatened with an (automatic pistol), handcuffed and suspended from a table to make me talk.”
Like him, most of the soldiers being prosecuted for “military conspiracy” said they had been physically abused and subjected to inhumane treatment.
“If you arrest someone like my client on Jan. 21, 2016, and eventually it is on March 16 — 52 days later — that you present him to an investigating judge and in the meantime he was detained, we are posing the question about what has been done to him during all this time,” said Issouf Kabre, lawyer for soldier Kam Ollo Bienvenu.
The soldiers, including about 10 members of the former elite presidential guard (RSP) of ousted leader Blaise Compaore, are also accused of “removing military equipment by breaking and entering.”
The arms were allegedly to be used to attack Ouagadougou military prison to release former RSP head Gen. Gilbert Diendere and other soldiers jailed for their alleged involvement in a failed coup in September 2015.
The coup bid was thwarted by street protesters and support from the army, which attacked the plotters’ barracks.

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Niger President Issoufou says will not seek third term

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AFP
Mon, 2017-04-03 03:00
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NIAMEY: Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou said Saturday that he would not amend the constitution to allow him to seek a third term after his second and final mandate ends in 2021.
“One of my greatest ambitions is to organize free and transparent elections in 2021 and pass the baton to another Nigerien whom the Nigeriens will have chosen,” the president said in an interview on state television on the occasion of the first anniversary of his inauguration for his second mandate on April 2, 2016.
The constitution of Niger limits the president to two terms of five years. Issoufou, 65, was re-elected in March last year following the end of his first term, albeit in elections boycotted by the opposition.
“Me, I am a democrat at heart (…) I don’t have the arrogance to think that I am an irreplaceable providential man,” the head of state said.
According to Issoufou “Niger needs strong democratic institutions,” and for this there needed to be alternations in power.
If he succeeds, he will be the first democratically elected president of the vast West African country to ensure a peaceful transition of power to a new head of state.
His predecessor Mamadou Tandja was overthrown in 2010 by a military coup for having modified the constitution in order to remain in power at the end of his two legal five-year terms.
Niger, one of the poorest countries in the world but rich in uranium, has never experienced a real democratic transfer of power since its independence in 1960.
The democratic process begun in 1993 has often been interrupted by military coups.
In recent years, Niger has been hit by attacks from Boko Haram militants, whose insurgency has spilled over from neighboring Nigeria, but despite its porous borders the country is an island of stability in a troubled area.

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Weekly Trading Forecasts for Major Pairs (April 3 – April 7, 2017)

Here’s the market outlook for this week: Content courtesy of Tallinex Limited https://www.tallinex.com‌

EURUSD

Dominant bias: Bearish

Last week saw this pair climb, testing the resistance line at 1.0900 before dropping by almost 250 pips. Price closed near the support line at 1.0650, which will be breached, testing the other support lines at 1.0600 and 1.0550. The outlook for this pair and other EUR pairs is bearish for this month, although there will be visible rally attempts.

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Euro is a “knife in the ribs” of the French says Le Pen

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Reuters
Sun, 2017-04-02 18:52
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PARIS: French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen told a political rally on Sunday that the euro currency which she wants France to ditch was like a knife in the ribs of the French people.
The leader of the euroskeptic and anti-immigrant National Front (FN) also told the rally in the city of Bordeaux that the forthcoming election for president could herald a “change in civilization.”
Encouraged by the unexpected election of Donald Trump in the United States and by Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, Le Pen hopes to profit from a similar populist momentum in France, though opinion polls suggest she will lose the May 7 run-off.
“We are at the mercy of a currency adapted to Germany and not to our economy. The euro is mostly a knife stuck in our ribs to make us go where others want us to go,” Le Pen said to loud cheers and applause.
Reiterating her anti-globalization and anti-immigration views, she declared: “We do not want France to be open to all commercial and human flows, without protection and borders.”
A government under Le Pen’s presidency would take France out of the euro zone and bring back a national currency, hold a referendum on its EU membership and slap taxes on imports and on companies hiring foreigners.
Le Pen says she would curb migration, expel all illegal migrants and restrict certain rights now available to all residents, including free education, to French citizens.
She hit out at her two main opponents in the French election, independent centrist Emmanuel Macron and conservative candidate Francois Fillon, saying they belonged to “the same system“
“The system is panicking because it sees people are waking up,” she said.
Opinion polls forecast Le Pen will do well in the April 23 first round of the presidential election only to lose the May 7 run-off to centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron.
But the high number of undecided voters means the outcome remains unpredictable and motivating people to go to the polling stations will be key for the leading candidates.

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Robbers blow up armored vehicle to steal cash cargo in South Africa

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STUART GRAHAM | AP
Sun, 2017-04-02 20:30
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JOHANNESBURG: South Africa police are hunting for a gang of armed robbers who blew up an armored cash-in-transit truck in busy traffic in Johannesburg, escaping with an undisclosed amount of money.
Police spokesman Lungelo Dlamini said Sunday that police recovered the two vehicles used in the heist and are hunting for the suspects but no arrests have been made.
The robbers, traveling in a BMW and a Mercedes-Benz, shot out the tires of the armored truck shortly before noon on Saturday as it was traveling toward Johannesburg’s international airport, according to police.
“The guards were forced out of the vehicle before the suspects blew their cash van up with explosives,” the police said in a statement. “The suspects took an undisclosed amount of money in cash boxes and one of the guard’s firearms. They fled from the scene in two vehicles.”
A video by a passerby shows a gridlock of traffic around the truck as cars turn away to escape the attack. The truck is hit by an explosion soon after.
Paramedics treated a motorist at the scene for minor injuries caused by flying debris that landed on a vehicle after the explosion, according to a statement from ER24, an emergency rescue service that responded to the incident.
Last month a shipment of cash was stolen from Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport. A gang disguised as policemen stole at least 1.8 million dollars in cash that was about to be loaded onto a South African Airways plane bound for London.
At least eight robbers, all of them wearing police uniforms, drove to the plane in an unmarked police van and two high powered vehicles and held up security guards as the money, in various currencies and packed in bags, was being loaded onto the airplane at around 7:45 p.m. on March 8.

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