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IMF's Christine Lagarde goes on trial in France

IMF Lagarde on trial in FranceChristine Lagarde, the IMF chief, has gone on trial in France for negligence over a large state payment to a businessman in 2008 while she served as the country's finance minister.

Lagarde has denied the charges of negligence, and has argued she was acting "in the state's interest" in approving a $425m payout to Bernard Tapie, the former owner Adidas, following the sale of the sportswear company.


Dozens Feared Dead After Church Collapses During Service In Nigeria

Church sollapse in NigeriaAt least ten people were killed and some 15 wounded when a church collapsed during a service in southern Nigeria on Saturday, a resident and police said.

State news agency NAN said on its website there had been 60 “victims” of the collapse in the southern city of Uyo in Akwa Ibom state without clarifying whether they had been killed or wounded.


Cairo: 25 killed by bomb blast at St Mark's Cathedral

Coptic Church bombed in EgyptA bomb blast has killed at least 25 people during Sunday mass inside a Cairo church near the main Coptic Christian cathedral, according to Egyptian state TV .

The explosion ripped through St Peter's Church at around 10:00am local time, wounding at least another 49 people, according to Egyptian health ministry cited on state TV.


Colombia's Juan Santos receives Nobel Peace Prize

Santos accepts Peace PrizeColombian President Juan Manuel Santos has accepted the Nobel Peace Prize of 2016 at a ceremony in the Norwegian capital, Oslo.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee decided to award the prize to Santos for his resolute efforts to bring the country's more than 50-year-long conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to an end.


U.N. reports thousands trapped in Aleppo, hundreds missing

Thousands trapped in AleppoHundreds are missing after crossing from the rebel-held eastern area of Aleppo, Syria, to the government-controlled area, a United Nations spokesman said Friday.

Another approximately 100,000 still in the eastern end of the city are in jeopardy as Syrian government troops have pushed their way eastward into areas formerly held by opposition groups, Rupert Colville, spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in Geneva, Switzerland.


South Korea's parliament votes to impeach President Park Geun-hye

S Korean president to be impeachedSouth Korea's National Assembly legislature has voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye over a corruption scandal that has lasted for months and led to massive protests.

The unicameral parliament voted 234 to 56 on Friday to remove Park -- meaning members of her ruling Saenuri Party voted against her. South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn will step in as interim president.


Woman described as Canada's Rosa Parks to appear on banknote

Viola DesmondA black woman often described as Canada's Rosa Parks for her 1946 decision to sit in a whites-only section of a Nova Scotia movie theater will be the first woman to be celebrated on the face of a Canadian banknote.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Thursday that Viola Desmond will grace the front of the $10 bill when the next series goes into circulation in 2018.


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