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Group Calling Itself ‘the IRA’ Claims Responsibility for Letter Bombs Sent to the U.K.

A group calling itself the IRA has claimed responsibility for four parcel bombs sent to busy locations in the U.K. last week, local police forces said Tuesday morning.

The IRA, or Irish Republican Army, is an Irish dissident group that violently opposed British rule of Northern Ireland in the 20th Century. It has been in a cease fire since the 1990’s. But splinter groups, including one known as the New IRA are still active.

Macron warns of Chinese risk to African sovereignty

French President Emmanuel Macron warned on Tuesday of risks to the sovereignty of African countries from China’s increasing economic presence as he began a visit to the east of the continent.

Macron arrived in Djibouti looking to reassert French influence in a former colony on the Horn of Africa where China has built a military base and invested billions of dollars in infrastructure.

Hundreds surrender with Islamic State near defeat

Islamic State faced imminent defeat in its final enclave on Tuesday as hundreds of jihadist fighters and their families surrendered and the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said the battle was as good as over.

The besieged enclave of Baghouz is the last shred of territory held by the jihadists who have been driven from roughly one third of Iraq and Syria over the past four years.

Britain joins Boeing suspensions, investigators probe Ethiopia crash

Britain joined a growing wave of suspensions of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft around the world on Tuesday, escalating the global alarm after a crash in Ethiopia that killed 157 people in the second such disaster for the model in the past few months.

The decision by one of the industry’s most established regulators was the most serious setback yet for Boeing in the wake of Sunday’s crash and put pressure on regulators in the rest of Europe and the United States to follow suit.

Police close Temple Mount after firebomb attack

The police on Tuesday closed the entrances to the Temple Mount after violent clashes with dozens of Palestinians.

The clashes erupted shortly before 2 pm after a fire erupted inside a police post on the compound, also known as Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary). Police said the fire was caused by a firebomb.

DR Congo Bemba to sue ICC for $75m

Lawyers for the former rebel leader and Vice-President of DR Congo, Jean-Pierre Bemba, who was acquitted of war crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC) last year, are seeking nearly $75m (£57m) in damages.

They want compensation for what they say was his unlawful detention, legal fees and losses due to the alleged mismanagement of his assets seized by the court.

Ethiopian Airlines crash: FAA says Boeing 737 Max 8 is airworthy

The US Federal Aviation Administration has told airlines it believes Boeing’s 737 Max 8 model to be airworthy, after two fatal crashes inside six months.

An Ethiopian Airlines plane en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi crashed six minutes after take-off on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board.

Last Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria pounded in U.S-backed assault

Islamic State’s final enclave in eastern Syria was pounded with air strikes and artillery on Monday in a U.S.-backed assault aimed at wiping out the last shred of its territorial rule that once spanned a third of Syria and Iraq.

Fires raged after dark in the enclave at Baghouz near the Iraqi border as it was targeted with rockets and thick plumes of smoke rose from the area, Reuters TV footage showed. Heavy gunfire could be heard and flares lit up the night sky.

Brussels Jewish Museum murders: Mehdi Nemmouche jailed for life

A French-born jihadist, who spent a year fighting in Syria for the Islamic State (IS) group, has been given a life sentence for the murder of four people in an anti-Semitic attack in Belgium.

Mehdi Nemmouche, 33, opened fire with a Kalashnikov assault rifle and a handgun at Brussels’ Jewish Museum in May 2014.

Brexit: ‘Legally binding’ changes to EU deal agreed

Brexit: ‘Legally binding’ changes to EU deal agreed

Theresa May says she has secured “legally binding” changes to her Brexit deal, a day ahead of MPs voting on it.

But European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned if the deal was voted down there was “no third chance”.

Netanyahu Says Israel Is ‘Nation-State Of The Jewish People And Them Alone’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Arab citizens have equal rights under the law but that Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people  and only them. Soon after, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said Israel “has complete equality of rights for all its citizens.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is drawing criticism for saying that Israel is “the national state, not of all its citizens, but only of the Jewish people.” The comment prompted many people — including Israel’s president and the star of Wonder Woman to defend Israel’s Palestinian Arab minority.

The victims of the Ethiopia plane crash

A renowned undersea archaeologist, an MP’s entire family and a top Ugandan peacekeeper were among the victims of Sunday’s plane crash in Ethiopia, along with many people working with the United Nations on development, aid and the environment.
Here are some of their stories:

‘Cursed March 10’
Italian archaeologist Sebastiano Tusa, 66, spent years exploring the seabed off the Egadi islands near Sicily, finding Roman amphora in wrecks and according to Italian media reports, a bottle of wine dating back 1,000 years or more — believed to be the oldest in the world.
His great passion was the decisive Battle of Egadi between the Mediterranean powers of the Roman Republic and Carthage on March 10, 241 BC.

U.S.-backed Syrian force attacks Islamic State enclave

U.S.-backed Syrian forces launched an assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Sunday, aiming to wipe out the last vestige of its self-declared “caliphate” that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria.

While the Baghouz enclave represents the last shred of populated land held by the jihadists, the group is still widely seen as a big security threat operating in remote territory elsewhere and able to launch guerrilla attacks.

Post-mortem shows film-maker buried in shallow grave in Kew murder had been strangled


A film-maker whose body was discovered in a shallow grave in her garden had been strangled, a post-mortem examination has found.

The body of 34-year-old Laureline Garcia-Bertaux was found buried in Richmond upon Thames, south-west London, after she was reported missing from work.

Scotland Yard said that a post-mortem examination performed on Saturday gave a cause of death as “consistent with compression of the neck”, while toxicology tests are pending.

Police urged anyone who saw or communicated with the French national between March 2 and Wednesday, when her body was unearthed, to get in touch.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding, who leads the murder squad, said: “This may have been via phone calls, texts messages, WhatsApp or via any other social media platform.

“Laureline was known to local people as she walked her two dogs each day.”

Detectives are pursuing a number of leads and a crime scene remains in place.

A forensic officer talks to a policeman outside a forensics tent at a property where the body of Laureline Garcia-Bertaux was found in Kew, London Credit: Simon Dawson/Reuters

One of her friends, 27-year-old Daniel Hughes, said she had been due to meet with a “charismatic” vet for a coffee on March 3.

She was reported missing after failing to turn up for work at public relations company Golin.

Originally from Aix-en-Provence, France, the 34-year-old had worked with Dame Joan Collins on the 2018 short film Gerry, with the actress saying she was “shocked by the horrifying news” of her death.

Producer and actress friend Hester Ruoff described Ms Garcia-Bertaux as “an amazing individual” and said they had been due to start filming on a new movie next month.

BREAKING: Nigeria’s Professor Pius Adesanmi Killed In Ethiopian Airlines Plane Crash

Three different family members, plus a close friend of Adesanmi’s and a Canadian official, confirmed the sad development . Until his death, Adesanmi was a Professor of English at Carleton University.

Pius Adesanmi, popular Nigerian professor and columnist based in Canada, was on the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed in the early hours of Sunday,

 an Ethiopian Airlines flight between Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, crashed, killing 149 passengers and eight crew members aboard.

It has now emerged that Adesanmi, a native of Isanlu, in Yagba East Local Government area of Kogi State, was among the passengers.

Three different family members, plus a close friend of Adesanmi’s and a Canadian official, confirmed the sad development

Until his death, Adesanmi was a Professor of English at Carleton University

19 UN staff members killed in Ethiopian Boeing 737 MAX crash

19 United Nations staff members were among the 157 victims of the Ethiopian Airlines jet crash on Sunday, the UN Department of Safety and Security in Kenya said.