29 Apr 2019

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7:16 pm on 29 April 2019

Socialists secure victory in Spain

Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sanchez addresses supporters outside of the Spanish Socialist Workers’s Party headquarters.

Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sanchez addresses supporters outside of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party headquarters. Photo: AFP

Spain's governing Socialists have secured victory in the country's third election in four years, but have fallen short of a majority.

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez's party polled 29 percent and will need the help of other parties to form a government.

For the first time since military rule ended in Spain in the 1970s, a far-right party is set to enter parliament.

The party, Vox, opposes multiculturalism, feminism and unrestricted migration.


Sri Lanka bans face-coverings

21293717 - woman in a burqa on the streets of egypt

Photo: 123RF

Sri Lanka has banned all kinds of clothing that cover the face and prevent identification, such as niqabs and burqas, a week after the Easter bombings that left more than 250 people dead.

Meanwhile Indian security forces have raided the homes of two people in the southern state of Kerala in connection with the bombings which targetted Christian worshippers in churches as well as people in some of Colombo's largest hotels.

Officials say documents and mobile phones were seized.

The two men are suspected to have had contacts with the militants behind the attacks, as well as Islamic State in Syria.

- Reuters

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  • Sri Lanka attacks: Face coverings banned after Easter bloodshed
  • California synagogue shooter acted alone

    San Diego Sheriff deputies look over the Chabad of Poway Synagogue after a shooting.

    Chabad of Poway Synagogue, the scene of the shooting Photo: AFP

    A 19-year-old man accused of opening fire on Sabbath worshippers in a deadly shooting rampage at a Southern California synagogue is believed to have acted alone.

    The gunman walked into the suburban San Diego synagogue on the last day of the week-long Jewish holiday of Passover and killed one woman and wounded three other people, using an assault-style rifle.

    He then fled in a car before calling police to hand himself in, and has apparently claimed to have drawn inspiration from the Christchurch mosque killings.

    - Reuters

    Read more:

  • US synagogue shooting: Claims Christchurch attacks were inspiration
  • Indonesian election takes fatal toll

    More than 270 election workers in Indonesia have died, mostly of fatigue-related illnesses, caused by long hours of work counting millions of ballot papers by hand.

    Indonesia's General Elections Commission said more than 1800 other staff have fallen ill.

    About seven million people have been helping count and monitor the vote, the largest-ever one-day general election.

    Staff at polling stations were expected to work through the night in sweltering conditions.

    The elections were the first time the country of 260 million people combined the presidential vote with national and regional parliamentary ballots, in order to save money.

    Thousands flee floodwaters in eastern Canada

    More than 6500 people have been forced from their homes near Montreal in eastern Canada after rising floodwaters breached a dyke.

    The barrier protecting Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac gave way after heavy rain, causing a surge of water to crash through the area.

    Heavy rains and snowmelt across Quebec have pushed up river levels to 100-year highs.

    The neighbouring provinces of Ontario and New Brunswick have also been hard-hit and more rain is on the way.

    - BBC

    Final Avengers film breaks box office

    The final film in the Avengers franchise, Endgame, has broken box office records at the close of the first weekend since its release.

    It's the fastest a film has ever passed the $US1 billion mark.

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