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* US police on alert ahead of possible Trump arrest

Mar 21 (BBC) Police in major US cities are preparing for potential unrest in case ex-President Donald Trump is arrested this week as part of a hush-money inquiry. Authorities in New York, Washington DC and Los Angeles are ramping up their law enforcement presence.
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* South African corruption investigator shot dead

Mar 20 (BBC) A South African accountant who was investigating high-level corruption cases has been shot dead along with his son. Cloete Murray, 50, was the liquidator for Bosasa, a company implicated in numerous government contract scandals. He also worked as a liquidator for firms
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* Southern Ecuador earthquake kills at least 12

Mar 19 (BBC) At least 12 people have died after a powerful earthquake struck the southern coast of Ecuador. Buildings have been damaged in several cities following the 6.7 magnitude quake, which hit at around midday local time (17:00 GMT).
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* Australia plans to buy 220 cruise missiles from US

Mar 17 (BBC) The US State Department has approved the sale of some 220 cruise missiles to Australia in a deal valued at $895m. The proposed sale, which requires sign-off from Congress, includes Tomahawk missiles and technical support. The missiles will be used by the Virginia-class submarines Australia will acquire from the US under the Aukus defence pact.
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* Saudi Arabia releases US man jailed over tweets

Mar 21 (BBC) Saudi Arabia has released a US citizen from prison more than a year on from his conviction over tweets critical of the government. Saad Ibrahim Almadi, 72, who also has Saudi citizenship, was arrested in November 2021 when he arrived in Riyadh to visit his family.
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* Pakistan police enter Lahore property of ex-PM Imran Khan

Mar 19 (Reuters) - Pakistani police on Saturday entered the property in Lahore of former Prime Minister Imran Khan, officials from his political party said, as he was arriving in the capital Islamabad for a court appearance.
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* ICC issues war crimes arrest warrant for Putin for alleged deportation of Ukrainian children

Mar 18 (CNN) — The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian official Maria Lvova-Belova for an alleged scheme to deport Ukrainian children to Russia. The court said there “are reasonable grounds to believe that Mr. Putin bears individual criminal responsibility” for the alleged crimes
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* India pilots grounded for coffee cup in cockpit

Mar 17 (BBC) A private Indian airline has grounded two of its pilots for allegedly having coffee and sweets inside the cockpit of a flight mid-journey. The incident came to light after a purported photo of an open cup placed on the control panel of a SpiceJet aircraft went viral earlier this week.
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