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Norse history

March 31, 2016 - SCOTLAND

Delegates from the UK, Finland, Canada and US discuss Norse place names and witchcraft at Firth and Fjords, a conference on the history of coastal areas.

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Charges over shooting of Jamar Clark possible

March 31, 2016 - UNITED STATES

Prosecutors says they will decide by the end of the month whether to press charges over the fatal shooting by police of a 24-year-old black man, Jamar Clark, who died in November 2015.

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New York concert now tribute to David Bowie

March 31, 2016 - UNITED STATES

Originally planned to celebrate Bowie’s work, when the singer was still living, the Carnegie Hall event will now feature contributions from a range of artists to commemorate the English rock star’s life. Bowie, who died on Jan 10 this year, was widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in pop culture.

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President Thein Sein steps down

March 31, 2016 - MYANMAR

Former military ruler Thein Sein is due to step down as president, and President-elect Htin Kyaw will take over. It appears that the leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD), Aung San Suu Kyi, will be running the country from behind the scenes.

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The Independent newspaper ends print version

March 26, 2016 - UNITED KINGDOM

The final Independent appears on newsstands, one of the first national newspapers in the world to end its print version under pressure from the internet. Launched in 1986, an online version will remain.

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Court delivers trial judgment on former Bosnian leader Radovan Karadzic

March 24, 2016 - THE NETHERLANDS

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) at the Hague deliver its judgment on the former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, who was charged with committing offences including genocide in Bosnia’s 1992-95 war. One of the highest ranking officials to be tried by the ICTY, he is expected to receive a life sentence.

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Colombia, FARC guerrillas set date for deal to end half-century of armed conflict

March 23, 2016 - COLOMBIA

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the leader of Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) rebels, Rodrigo Londoño, pledged to end the country’s decades-long internal conflict by the March date. If an agreement is signed in Havana, Cuba, on the March date, it will be submitted to a referendum by the Colombian people.

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US president makes historic trip to Cuba then heads farther south

March 21, 2016 - CUBA, ARGENTINA

United States President Barack Obama plans a trip to Cuba Mar 21-22, the first visit in 88 years by a sitting US president, then stops off in Buenos Aires over Mar 23-24 to meet with recently-elected President Mauricio Macri. He travels to Havana almost empty-handed: the Republican-controlled US Congress is hostile to Cuba’s demands for reparations and the return of Guantanamo. President Raul Castro, meanwhile is unlikely to move on US demands without concessions from Washington.

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