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France unveils pro-business reform plan

  PARIS – French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe unveiled an ambitious programme of tax cuts and reduced public spending on Tuesday designed to boost investment and end the country’s reliance on state borrowing. Philippe put spurring entrepreneurship at the heart of his first policy speech to the National Assembly after …

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Zimbabwe’s unemployment rate at 90 percent: union

Zimbabwe’s largest workers union, the  Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions says the country’s unemployment rate is now at 90-percent. The unions said a change of leadership is the only solution to the country’s economic crisis. Addressing the workers day celebrations in Harare, Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said President …

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Labour beats UKIP in Stoke, lose Copeland to Tories

Britain’s Labour party on Friday beat UKIP to win a by-election in the Brexit bastion of Stoke-on-Trent, but suffered a historic defeat by the ruling Conservatives in a separate local vote. Labour clung on to its Stoke-on-Trent seat with Gareth Snell taking 7,853 votes to 5,233 for Paul Nuttall, leader …

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Russian black box found in Black Sea

Russian rescuers working round the clock have found the main black box from the Syria-bound military plane that crashed into the Black Sea with 92 people on board, authorities said Tuesday. The defence ministry said the box, which could provide vital clues as to why the Tu-154 jet crashed, was …

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Bahamian man gets 5 years for hacking celebrities

A Bahamian man was sentenced to five years in US prison on Tuesday for hacking into celebrities’ email accounts to steal unreleased film and television scripts, personal information and sexually explicit videos in order to sell them. Alonzo Knowles, who maintained a list of 130 celebrities’ emails and phone numbers, …

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UN calls for immediate ceasefire in Central African Republic

UN Integrated Multifaceted Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on Wednesday continued to patrol the streets of Bria in the Central African Republic (CAR) following clashes between elements of the Front populaire pour la renaissance de la Centrafrique (FPRC) and the Union pour la paix en Centrafrique (UPC) …

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