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Flamanville reactor blast: No nuclear risk, say officials

An explosion and fire have occurred at the Flamanville nuclear plant on France's northern coast but there was no nuclear risk. Five people reported feeling unwell but none were seriously injured. Flamanville has two nuclear reactors. A third one under construction is the model for a new reactor in the UK. The cause of the blast was not immediately known.

Kenyan closure of Dadaab refugee camp blocked by high court

The High Court in Kenya has blocked the government's bid to close the largest refugee camp in the world. A directive to shut the Dadaab camp and forcibly repatriate about 260,000 Somali refugees living there was issued last year. The deadline for its closure had been extended until May, but a high court judge ruled the decision was tantamount to an act of group persecution. The government had argued it was an issue of security.

Supreme Court pick says Trump attack on judges 'demoralizing'

Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court has described the president's attacks on the judiciary as "demoralizing" and "disheartening". Neil Gorsuch's comments were made to a Democratic senator and confirmed by his spokesman.


The US Ambassador says Sri Lanka has the potential to become the next Asian Economic Giant.

Acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Ambassador Bruce Wharton says the United States will continue to stand with Sri Lanka as a friend and partner.


Court questions whether US travel ban is anti-Muslim.

An appeals court has questioned whether President Donald Trump's travel ban discriminates against Muslims. The executive order temporarily banned entry for all refugees and visitors from seven mainly Muslim countries, until it was halted last week. Judge Richard Clifton asked whether it could be discriminatory if it affected only 15 percent of the world's Muslims. He is one of three judges on the appeals court in San Francisco, which will make its ruling later this week.

Dakota Access Pipeline to win US Army permit for completion

The US Army has informed Congress that it will grant permission to complete the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline near tribal territory. The notice comes a month after Donald Trump formally backed the project in one of his first acts as US president. Thousands of predominantly Native American protesters have boycotted the 3.8 billion US dollar pipeline's construction in the state of North Dakota. (BBC)

Suicide bomber kills many at Kabul's Supreme Court.

At least 20 people have been killed in a suicide bombing at Afghanistan's Supreme Court in Kabul. Another 45 people were injured. The number of casualties is expected to rise.
The bomber targeted the car park of the court compound, reports say. The injured are being ferried to hospitals.
There was no immediate claim for the attack, which follows a number of deadly bombings by the Taliban and other militants in recent months.

French ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy ordered to stand trial.

A French judge has ordered ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy to stand trial in an illegal campaign finance case. Mr Sarkozy faces accusations that his party falsified accounts in order to hide 18 million euros of campaign spending in 2012. Mr Sarkozy has repeatedly denied that he was aware of the overspending. He lost the 2012 race to Francois Hollande, and failed in his bid to run again in this year's upcoming presidential election.

Speaker Bercow says Trump should not speak in Parliament.

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow would be "strongly opposed" to US President Donald Trump addressing the Houses of Parliament during his state visit to the UK, he has said. Mr Bercow told MPs that "opposition to racism and sexism" were "hugely important considerations".


States urges retention of temporary block to Trump’s travel ban.

Restoring President Donald Trump's ban on immigrants from seven mainly Muslim countries would "unleash chaos again", lawyers for two US states argue.


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