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Today โ€” March 23rd 2019Reuters World News

About 60 Fulani herders killed in apparent ethnic attack in Mali: mayor

Gunmen killed about 60 Fulani herders in central Mali on Saturday, a local mayor said, in one of the deadliest such attacks in a region reeling from worsening ethnic and jihadist violence.

Passengers airlifted from cruise ship stranded off Norway

Rescue helicopters were evacuating people from a cruise ship which suffered engine failure on Saturday in windy conditions off the west coast of Norway, police and rescue workers said.

Factbox: Italy signs deals worth 2.5 billion euros with China

Italy signed a preliminary accord with China on Saturday that makes it the first country of the Group of Seven industrialized nation to join the Chinese Belt and Road infrastructure project.

Wheat fields and underpants: Brexit satire lampoons British leaders on huge march

Thousands of anti-Brexit protesters on Saturday displayed a sometimes bizarre array of placards to lampoon British leaders and Brexit with references to everything from fields of wheat to ornithology.

Cruise ship stalled off Norway, passengers evacuated

Rescue helicopters were evacuating people from a cruise ship which suffered engine failure on Saturday in windy conditions off the west coast of Norway with about 1,300 passengers and crew onboard, Norwegian police and rescue workers said.

Islamic State 'caliphate' defeated, yet threat persists

U.S.-backed forces proclaimed the capture of Islamic State's last territory in Syria on Saturday, eliminating its rule over a self-proclaimed "caliphate", but the jihadists remain a threat from sleeper cells around the world.

About 60 Fulani herders killed in apparent ethnic attack: mayor

Armed men killed about 60 Fulani herders in central Mali on Saturday in an apparent ethnically motivated attack, the local mayor said.

Al Shabaab attack on Somali ministry in Mogadishu kills at least 15

Somalia's al Shabaab stormed a government building on Saturday, detonating a suicide car bomb in the heart of the capital Mogadishu with at least 15 people, including an assistant minister, killed during the ensuing gun battle.

Bulgarian justice minister resigns over real estate deal

Bulgarian Justice Minister Tsetska Tsacheva resigned on Saturday following media reports that she and three other ruling center-right GERB party politicians have bought luxurious apartments at below market prices, the government's press office said.

Cruise ship adrift off Norway to evacuate 1,300 passengers

A cruise ship has suffered engine failure in windy conditions off the west coast of Norway and its 1,300 passengers will be evacuated, Norwegian police said on Saturday.

Islamic State 'caliphate' defeated, but threat persists

U.S.-backed forces proclaimed the capture of Islamic State's last territory in Syria on Saturday, eliminating its rule over a self-proclaimed "caliphate", but the jihadist group remains a threat from sleeper cells around the world.

Al Shabaab attack on Somali government building ends with at least 15 dead

Somalia's al Shabaab stormed a government building on Saturday, detonating a suicide car bomb in the heart of the capital Mogadishu with at least 15 people, including an assistant minister, killed during the ensuing gun battle.

South African tax workers to strike over pay dispute

Workers in South Africa's tax-collecting agency intend to strike next week after talks on wage increases failed but a further round might still avert the action, the agency said.

Gun fight between Somalia security forces and Al Shabaab ends, leaving 15 dead

A gun battle between Somalia's security forces and Islamist group Al Shabaab's fighters in the capital Mogadishu on Saturday has ended, leaving 15 people dead, police said.

Pope accepts resignation of Chilean cardinal accused of covering up abuse

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati as archbishop of Santiago, the highest-ranking member of the Catholic Church in Chile, who has been caught up in the country's sex abuse scandal.

Italy signs deals with China worth 2.5 billion euros, more to come: Di Maio

Italy signed deals worth 2.5 billion euros ($2.8 billion) during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Rome, Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Saturday, adding that the value of the contracts could rise to 20 billion.

Security tops agenda as Iraqi PM visits Egypt in first foreign trip

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi sought Egypt's support for efforts to tackle Islamist militants in the region during a visit to Cairo on Saturday, his first trip abroad since taking office in October.

Hundreds of thousands march in London to demand new Brexit referendum

Hundreds of thousands of people opposed to Britain's withdrawal from the European Union marched through central London on Saturday to demand a new referendum as the deepening Brexit crisis risked sinking Prime Minister Theresa May's premiership.

SDF will keep fighting Islamic State sleeper cells

U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) formally announced the destruction of Islamic State's control of land in eastern Syria on Saturday but said it would continue its military and security campaigns against jihadist sleeper cells.

'Yellow Vests' march in Paris as troops join police to prevent trouble

French "yellow vest" demonstrators began their 19th consecutive weekend of protests against President Emmanuel Macron's government on Saturday as military units were deployed to help police clamp down on any trouble.

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