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Florida school shooting: Nikolas Cruz confesses to police

The Police say the teenager accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school on Wednesday has confessed to the shooting. Nikolas Cruz, 19, said he arrived on campus and began shooting students before abandoning his weapon and escaping, according to a court document.He has appeared in court charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.The FBI has admitted it received a tip-off about him last year.The attack, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, is the deadliest US school shooting since 2012.

FBI had been warned about Florida gunman

The FBI has launched an investigation into a warning received about the teenager Nikolas Cruz, who has been accused of carrying out Wednesday's school shooting in Florida. Cruz has been produced before court and charged with murder. With 17 people killed, this is the deadliest US school shooting since 2012. Cruz, who had links with a white supremacist group, reportedly commented on YouTube last year, that he would be a "professional school shooter". A user alerted authorities to the post. However, The FBI has been unable to fully identify the person who posted it.

Cyril Ramaphosa set to become South Africa's President

Cyril Ramaphosa is due to become South Africa's President, after scandal-tainted leader Jacob Zuma resigned. Mr Zuma was under intense pressure from his own ANC Party, which told him to step down or face a No-Confidence Motion in parliament. Mr Zuma, who has been in power since 2009, faces numerous allegations of corruption.

Israel warns Iran after launching major raids in Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his country will defend itself "against any attack" after carrying out what appear to be its largest strikes on sites in Syria in decades. He warned that Israel's policy to defend itself against "any attempt to harm our sovereignty" was "absolutely clear". Israel launched raids against Iranian targets after saying it had intercepted an Iranian drone crossing the Syria-Israel border. Iran denies the allegation.

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Korean unity! - a historic handshake as Pyeongchang Olympics open

The two Koreas marched together and South Korea's President shared a historic handshake with Kim Jong Un's sister, as the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics opened in a spirit of intense rapprochement, yesterday. It cemented what has been a rapid improvement in Korean ties. Kim Yo Jong, the first member of the North's ruling dynasty to venture South since the Korean War, forms part of the highest level delegation ever to cross the border. At a glittering ceremony, North and South Korea brought the crowd to its feet, as they entered behind the blue-and-white Korean unification flag. The two Koreas last marched together at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

Indian Prime Minister to embark on a 4-day visit to Palestine, UAE and Oman.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a four-day visit to Palestine, the UAE and Oman, today. Mr Modi will reach Ramallah tomorrow morning, becoming the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Palestine. He will hold delegation-level talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, after which a number of MoUs are expected to be signed. The same day, Mr Modi will travel to Dubai where he will address the 6th World Government Summit, at which India has been extended 'guest of honour' status. On the final leg of his visit, he will attend an Indian Community Event at Muscat in Oman, on Sunday.

Bangladesh ex-Prime Minister guilty of corruption

Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia has been sentenced to five years in jail for corruption. The verdict was read out in a court in Dhaka, after police used tear gas to disperse thousands of her supporters. The sentence bars her from contesting in the parliamentary polls due this year.

Bill to end US aid to Pakistan moved in House of Representatives too.

The US House of Representatives joined the Senate yesterday in seeking to end US economic aid to Pakistan while the Trump administration has already suspended military aid. A bill introduced in the House said that non-defence aid to Pakistan should also end and the money set aside for this purpose should be invested in infrastructure

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Deaths confirmed amid rescue effort after Taiwan earthquake.

A strong earthquake in Taiwan has killed at least two people and injured more than 100 others, officials say. The powerful 6.4-magnitude tremor struck at last midnight about 20kilometers off the island's east coast.

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Maldives opposition calls for Indian intervention, as its President imposes Emergency Rule

An exiled former president of the Maldives has urged India to send an envoy, backed by military, to release political detainees, after the Government of Maldives imposed a State Of Emergency and arrested two senior judges. He also urged the United States to block financial transactions of incumbent President Abdulla Yameen's government. The Maldives plunged into crisis last week, after the Supreme Court delivered a shock ruling, quashing terrorism convictions against nine leading opposition figures, including the country’s exiled, first democratically elected president, Mohamed Nasheed. Having defied the court ruling, incumbent President Abdulla Yameen, ordered security forces to seize control of the court and arrest the chief justice. Since Yameen took power in 2013, his government has faced repeated questions over Freedom of Speech, the Detention of Opponents and the Independence of the Judiciary.

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