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April 19, 2015

A shipwreck off Libya may have left 700 dead.

  A fishing boat smuggling migrants to Europe went down over night in the Mediterranean. So far 49 survivors have been rescued and 20 bodies retrieved. If the number of deaths are as high as expected, this will mean that 1,500 migrants have died en route to Europe so far in 2015.
April 18, 2015

South Africa’s president will stay home to deal with anti-immigrant unrest.

  Jacob Zuma canceled a state visit to Indonesia in order to address growing anti-immigrant violence that has killed five and sent thousands more to refugee camps or back to their home countries. Many attribute the country’s xenophobia problems to the legacy of apartheid and isolation.
April 19, 2015

Two Cuban dissidents are running in local elections.

  An independent journalist and lawyer will face a member of the outlawed political party in pursuit of spots on the local council in Havana. Their election would be the first of its kind under Cuba’s single-party system.
April 18, 2015

A terror attack in Afghanistan kills 35.

  The suicide bombing targeted a bank in Jalalabad, where government officials collected their salaries. The Taliban denied responsibility for the explosion, and President Ashraf Ghani blamed groups linked to ISIL for the attack.
April 17, 2015

General Electric posts a first-quarter loss of $13.5 billion.

  The red ink was a spillover from a previously announced plan to sell off most of the company’s finance business; GE took $16 billion in charges related to the exit. GE is now set to refocus on its industrial arm; which turned in a 9% increase in profit.
April 17, 2015

ISIL claims responsibility for a bombing in Irbil.

  At least three people were killed and five injured in a suicide car bomb attack near the US consulate in the capital of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region. All consulate employees were safe, US authorities said. This was only the second bombing in Irbil, a city so far considered very safe.
April 17, 2015

Greece is on track to run out of cash by the end of the month.

  The country has to scour its public sector cash reserves for €2 billion ($2.16 billion) to pay pensions and wages to its civil servants, an unnamed finance ministry official told Reuters. That won’t leave enough to pay the €1 billion ($1.08 billion) IMF loan tranche due in May. The government denies the report.
April 17, 2015

Almost 9,000 people have fled anti-immigrant mobs in South Africa.

  Armed police have been deployed in the city of Durban to prevent further clashes, and charity groups are providing aid to those driven from their homes. Five people were killed in Durban, including one 14-year-old, in violent clashes on Thursday.
April 17, 2015
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April 17, 2015

A zebra chase unfolds on the streets of Brussels.

  Taking a cue from the runaway llamas of Arizona, three zebras decided to escape from captivity and send local police on a wild, well, zebra chase around Belgium’s capital. The animals fled a local ranch, Belgian media reported, and were caught eventually caught by the police.

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