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Archive for May 2016

French state of emergency extended for three months

May 26, 2016 - FRANCE

A three-month state of emergency, imposed in November after attacks across Paris killed 130 people, was extended, controversially, to May. The French government is seeking to extend it to the end of July to cover the Euro 2016 football championship (Jun 10-10 Jul) and the Tour de France (Jul 2-24).

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Million Man March to honour Zimbabwe president

May 25, 2016 - ZIMBABWE

A so-called Million Man March of the the ruling ZANU-PF party to honour 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe will be held in Mashonaland East, but organisers fear it will be hijacked by factions within the party. One report says that an estimated US $10 million is being sought for the march. A fight is brewing that covers almost every aspect of the event, including who can attend.

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Inconvenient climate documentary aired 10 years ago

May 24, 2016 - UNITED STATES

The 10th anniversary of the release of An Inconvenient Truth – Al Gore’s controversial documentary on climate change – falls five months after world leaders agreed in Paris to act on the kind of planet-warming emissions the film highlighted a decade ago. The former United States vice-president’s message also provoked the lobby for climate-denial, support for which promises to spike again if he produces a sequel.

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Bell from sunken warship HMS Hood a centrepiece at 75th anniversary memorial

May 24, 2016 - UNITED KINGDOM

Germany’s Bismark shelled and sank HMS Hood, a warship thought to be invincible, during the Battle of the Denmark Strait on May 24, 1941.The bell from the Hood will make it back home to England in time for 75th anniversary memorial services for the 1,415 sailors who died. The bell will have the place of honour in the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth.

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