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- Armenia PM resigns in face of protests – Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sarksyan resigned after 11 days of protests. The opposition, several leaders of which have been arrested, objected to Sarksyan taking the role of prime minister, after serving 10 years as president. Thousands of demonstrators continued to gather despite the arrival Monday of unarmed soldiers.
- U.S. offers path to sanctions relief – The U.S. Treasury Department eased sanctions against aluminum group Rusal. The department said the sanctions could be removed entirely if Oleg Deripaska, an ally of President Vladimir Putin, gives up his control of the company. Rusal was hit hard (Bloomberg) by targeted sanctions imposed against Russian oligarchs, officials, and major companies on April 6. Read more and contribute to WikiTribune‘s coverage of the sanctions and Deripaska.
- Paraguay elects new president – Paraguay elected Mario Abdo Benítez as its new president. His father had been an aide to the country’s former dictator. Center-right candidate Abdo Benítez beat another conservative opponent by four percentage points. Incumbent Horacio Cartes, who will enter the Senate, sparked riots last year by trying to change the constitution to remove the limit of only one five-year-term per president.
South Korea turns off propaganda – In the build up to high-level talks between the two Koreas, the South has stopped broadcasting propaganda from its border network of loudspeakers. The dozens of speakers play everything from K-pop music to news reports critical of the North. It can be heard by the North’s troops stationed along the border, as well as civilians in the area. North and South Korea are preparing for a summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the border-truce village of Panmunjom on April 27. Last week, Kim announced he would halt all nuclear and missile tests and shut down a nuclear test site in the pursuit of peace.
- France passes tough asylum laws – The French National Assembly passed a new immigration law that limit asylum. The law shortens application deadlines, doubles the time for which illegal migrants can be detained, and introduces a one-year prison sentence for those who enter France illegally. President Emmanuel Macron’s governing centrist party says the bill will speed up the process of claiming asylum. However, Human Rights Watch says shorter deadlines could negatively affect the “most vulnerable asylum seekers, who would be the ones most likely to miss the deadline.”
- Minister’s letter shows existing awareness of UK migrant scandal – A newly-revealed letter from a British minister in 2016 shows the Home Office was aware of the hostile treatment of the Windrush generation, The Guardian reports. The Windrush scandal has engulfed the UK. Commonwealth citizens, who were offered citizenship between 1948 and 1971, are now facing cuts to their healthcare and uncertainty over their residency. The Guardian says the letter was written by then-immigration-minister James Brokenshire to an opposition MP Kate Hoey. The letter shows awareness of the issue and of the case of Trevor Johnson. Johnson had arrived in Britain from Jamaica in 1971, and years later had been denied public services and threatened with deportation. British Prime Minister Theresa May, responsible for the “hostile environment” policies as home secretary, apologized last week for the threat of deportations.
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- A small but growing collection of self-consciously well-spoken right-wing young campaigners against multiculturalism, Generation Identity believe they have an intellectually coherent ideology behind their message of ethnic separatism. On a recent Saturday, WikiTribune tracked Generation Identity down to its first attempted conference in Sevenoaks, a small town in Kent 30 minutes south of London.
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- In every single state of America, a portion of the population doesn’t have access to broadband, and some have no access to the internet at all. In this piece for Vice Kaleigh Rogers dissects the issues related to slow or nonexistent Internet connection. It is more common in rural America, forcing residents in states like California, Michigan and West Virginia to find new ways to accomplish the most basic of tasks. – Charles Anderson
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