15 burned bodies found at Algeria gas plant – source

ALGIERS,  (Reuters) – Algerian special forces today found 15 burned bodies at the desert gas plant attacked by al Qaeda-linked fighters, a source familiar with the unfolding hostage crisis there said.

An investigation was in progress to try and identify the bodies, which were found after the Algerian army launched an operation to free dozens of foreign and Algerian workers at the gas plant. There was no immediate indication of the circumstances in which those found today had died.

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Britain’s Carillion collapses after banks pull the plug

LONDON,  (Reuters) – Carillion collapsed yesterday when its banks pulled the plug, triggering Britain’s biggest corporate failure in a decade and forcing the government to step in to guarantee public services from school meals to roadworks.

Trump blames U.S. Senator Durbin for blowing immigration deal

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump yesterday blamed Senator Dick Durbin for blowing up talks on a deal to help immigrants brought to the country illegally as children and said the Democratic lawmaker misrepresented his comments about Haiti and African countries.“Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting,” Trump said in a post on Twitter, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that gave legal protection to the young immigrants known as “Dreamers.” Durbin has said Trump used the term “shithole” when speaking about Haiti and African countries during the meeting about immigration policy at the White House last week.

Indian state to criminalise sex buyers to choke demand

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Sri Lanka reimposes women alcohol ban days after it was lifted

COLOMBO,  (Reuters) – Sri Lanka reimposed a decades-old law banning the selling of alcohol to women and preventing women from working in liquor stores on Monday – just days after it was lifted.

Ugandan lawyers seek to quash Museveni “president for life” law

KAMPALA, (Reuters) – Uganda’s leading lawyers sought yesterday to overturn a law that critics say would allow incumbent leader Yoweri Museveni to effectively become president for life.

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