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EgyptAir - terrorism more likely

EgyptAir Flight MS804, en route to Cairo, disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea Thursday morning, about three hours after it took off from Paris.
Officials confirmed the plane crashed, after reports that it swerved before plunging off the radar above the Mediterranean. While officials still have not confirmed the cause of the crash, Egypt’s aviation minister said the possibility of a terrorist attack is “stronger” than that of a mechanical failure.
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Venezuelan democracy waning

Venezuela’s opposition urged the public to defy a state of emergency President Nicolas Maduro has decreed over a nation sapped by food shortages and a collapsing economy.
The opposition-controlled National Assembly rejected the decree in a vote, saying it “deepens the severe disruption of constitutional and democratic order that Venezuela is suffering through”.
But the Supreme Court may overrule that, as it has other done with congressional decisions.
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HALF THERE: A roadside statue of Jesus Christ is submerged by floodwaters in Pugoda, about 35 kilometres from the capital Colombo yesterday. Heavy rains claimed three more lives in Sri Lanka raising weather-related deaths to 11 as more than 50 000 families were driven out of their flooded homes, officials said. PHOTO: NAMPA/AFP Read more about shot of the day

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No decision to prosecute Gordhan

The National Prosecuting Authority has denied that it received a docket from the Hawks for a decision on whether to prosecute Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan for his involvement in the SA Revenue Service’s (Sars) so-called “rogue unit”.
“As far as the so-called rogue unit matter is concerned, which is [being] investigated by the Hawks, our prosecutors are actually guiding that investigation,” NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku told News24 on Sunday.
“That matter is still under investigation. No decision has been taken whether to prosecute or not.”
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GETTING IT ON: Pole dancers perform on stage during a presentation for the Sexpo Sydney 2016 exhibition in Sydney on Friday. The annual " Sexpo" adult exhibition is an annual health, sexuality and lifestyle expo which ended yesterday. PHOTO: NAMPA/AFP Read more about shot of the day

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Killer puts gun on auction

The man who fatally shot unarmed US teen Trayvon Martin in 2012 is putting the killer weapon up for auction - with the bid starting at N$75 000.
George Zimmerman is selling the fireman as an "opportunity to own a piece of American history", saying he is "honoured and humbled to announce the sale of an American Firearm Icon".
In an interview with Orlando, Florida, TV station WOFL, Zimmerman said he had just gotten the pistol back from the US Justice Department, which took it after he was acquitted in Martin's 2012 shooting death.
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Tribesmen kill 6 in Darfur

An attack by armed tribesmen near a makeshift camp for displaced people in Sudan’s conflict-hit Darfur region killed six civilians, including two children, a resident and a UN official said Tuesday. A peacekeeper from the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur was also wounded in the Monday attack near the makeshift camp in Sortoni in North Darfur where tens of thousands of people have taken refuge from an upsurge in fighting this year between the army and ethnic minority rebels.
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Militia groups threaten S. Sudan’s new unity govt

Despite forming the transitional government of national unity (TGoNU) to end more than two years of civil war, South Sudan’s newly inaugurated leaders must prioritize security reforms and revamp the fragile economy to prevent the youngest country from plunging again into civil war, experts have said.
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Rouseff vows to fight

Brazil's embattled leftist President Dilma Rousseff vowed at a protest on Sunday to go down fighting ahead of what could be her final full week in power before impeachment.
Thousands of people attended May Day rallies organised by labour unions in cities across Latin America's biggest country, with Rousseff telling a crowd in the financial powerhouse Sao Paulo that she would "fight to the end".
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Italy to ID migrants at sea

Italy is to introduce the fingerprinting of migrants crossing the Mediterranean as soon as they are picked up by rescue boats, officials say.
The move could help to reduce mounting tensions between Italy and its EU partners over the large numbers of migrants who arrive in Italy but are not registered here and then travel on to northern Europe.
If they are not registered in Italy, neighbouring countries like Austria and France and popular destination states like Germany and Sweden do not have the option of sending them back to Italy.
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