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Swedish Court Finds Man At Center Of Nobel Prize Scandal Guilty Of Rape

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Swedish Court Finds Man At Center Of Nobel Prize Scandal Guilty Of Rape

A Swedish court found Jean-Claude Arnault, at the center of a scandal that has rocked the body that awards the Nobel literature prize, guilty of rape and sentenced him to two years’ jail on Monday.

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Arnault, 72, had been charged with two counts of rape in Stockholm. The court acquitted him of one.

The crisis forced the Swedish Academy to cancel this year’s literature prize, which would have been announced this month, and prompted some of its 18 members to quit.

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New Zealand: 49 Killed In Mass Shooting At Two Mosques In Christchurch

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New Zealand: 49 Killed In Mass Shooting At Two Mosques In Christchurch

49 persons have been killed and 20 seriously injured in two mass shootings at mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.

Forty-one were killed at the al Noor mosque. Seven died at the Linwood mosque, and one person died at the hospital.

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Police say four persons, including three men and one woman, have been taken into custody. They do not believe there are any other suspects but said it was still an open investigation.

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Police said a male, in his late 20s, has been charged with murder and will appear at the Christchurch court Saturday morning local time.

In a social media post just before the attack, an account that is believed to belong to one of the attackers posted a link to an 87-page manifesto that was filled with anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim ideas and explanations for an attack. The manifesto was not signed.

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Britain Votes In Favor Of Delaying Brexit

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British Parliament Vote In Favor Of Delaying Brexit

Britain’s parliament has voted in favour of delaying by three months, UK’s departure from the European Union pending approval of Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal within a week.

MPs in the house of commons voted four hundred twelve to two hundred two on Thursday in Favour of a government motion proposing pushing the UK’s exit from the bloc beyond the scheduled March the 29th date.

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The motion said the government would seek a “one-off extension” until June the 30th “for the purpose of passing the necessary EU exit legislation,” provided May’s widely maligned deal wins parliament’s approval by Wednesday next week.

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If May fails to win parliamentary approval for her deal by march 20, the Brexit delay could be extended beyond three months. Twice now, British legislators have overwhelmingly rejected her EU divorce deal.

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Israel Launches Gaza Air Attacks After Rockets Fired At Tel Aviv

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Israel Launches Gaza Air Attacks After Rockets Fired At Tel Aviv

Israel launched air attacks on Gaza hours after rockets were fired aimed at Tel Aviv.

This has raised fears of a major escalation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Explosions were heard in the Gaza strip early on Friday and Palestinian witnesses said Israeli planes bombed Hamas security positions.

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A Gaza Palestinian security source told AFP news agency about 30 raids targeted positions held by the military wing of Hamas and its ally Islamic jihad, causing significant damage.

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Local Palestinian agencies reported a woman and her husband were both injured in the southern city of Rafah, but did not provide further details.

Israeli military said it was attacking “terror sites” in Gaza, hours after it said two rockets were launched from the enclave in the Tel Aviv area.

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