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Emperor Naruhito ascends throne in Japan with 'sense of solemnity'

Japanese Emperor Naruhito formally took up his post on Wednesday a day after the abdication of his father, saying he felt a "sense of solemnity" but pledging to work as a symbol of the nation and the unity of its people.

Former Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko stepped down after three decades in their roles on Tuesday in a brief and simple ceremony, with Akihito thanking the people of Japan and saying he prayed for peace.

Leave my country alone, Sri Lanka president tells Islamic State

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said a foreign mastermind may have planned the Easter Sunday bombings, claimed by Islamic State, telling the militant group to "leave my country alone".

Sirisena also warned it may be possible Islamic State had launched a "new strategy" by targeting smaller countries, Sky New said on Wednesday.

Norwegian fishermen find whale wearing harness, prompting concern it is a Russian military spy

A group of Norwegian fishermen was left with more questions than answers after repeatedly being approached by a whale they believed to be a Russian spy.

While fishing off the coast of Ingoya — a small Norwegian village — last week, Joar Hesten told a local television station that a large white beluga whale swam up to his crew’s boat, wearing a harness around its body.

The whale had been following the boat for some time, tugging on loose straps hanging from the ship.

Breaking: Nigerian govt secures release of Zainab Aliyu

The Federal Government has secured the release of Zainab Aliyu, who was arrested in Saudi Arabia for alleged drug trafficking.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said that the government has been able to establish the innocence of Zainab and the second Nigerian involved in the case, Ibrahim Abubakar, will be released tomorrow to the Nigerian Mission in Saudi Arabia.

Boko Haram attacks Cameroon, kills four

Jihadists from Nigeria's Boko Haram killed at least four people and badly wounded four others in an attack on Kofia, a Cameroonian island on Lake Chad, an official source told AFP on Sunday.

The attackers also destroyed part of a military post and vandalised shops in the attack late Saturday, the source said, adding three civilians and one soldier were killed.

Kofia island is in the far north of Cameroon near the border with Chad.

"Cameroon and Chadian forces" were pursuing the assailants, the source said.

Oil falls after Trump presses OPEC to make up for Iranian sanctions

Oil prices fell on Monday, extending a slump from Friday that ended weeks of rallying, after President Donald Trump demanded that producer club OPEC raise output to soften the impact of U.S. sanctions against Iran.

Brent crude futures were at $71.59 per barrel at 0840 GMT, down 56 cents, or 0.78 percent, from their last close.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $62.93 per barrel, down 37 cents, or 0.58 percent, from their previous settlement.

Both benchmarks fell around 3 percent in the previous session.

Shell strikes big oil in Blacktip well of Gulf Of Mexico

Royal Dutch Shell's U.S. unit said on Wednesday that it had made one of its biggest oil discoveries in the Blacktip deepwater well in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Blacktip, operated by Shell and co-owned by U.S. oil giant Chevron Corp, Equinor ASA and Repsol, is the company's second material discovery in the Perdido Corridor, Shell's Upstream Director Andy Brown said.

"The Blacktip exploration well has encountered more than 400 feet (122 metres) net oil pay with good reservoir and fluid characteristics," the company said.

Atiku to UK govt: Killing of Briton does not reflect Nigeria’s character

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has told the UK Government not to use the killing of a British aid worker to judge Nigeria’s character.

Atiku while reacting to the killings condemned the atrocious actions of the attackers and the bad image it has portrayed to the international community.

“I want the government and people of the United Kingdom to know that these atrocious actions do not reflect Nigeria’s national character.

Bombs kill more than 200 in Sri Lankan churches, hotels on Easter Sunday

More than 200 people were killed and at least 450 injured in bomb blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, the first major attack on the Indian Ocean island since the end of a civil war 10 years ago.

The government declared a curfew in Colombo and blocked access to social media and messaging sites, including Facebook and WhatsApp. It was unclear when the curfew would be lifted.

iger attacks Kansas zoo keeper after 'error' brought two together

A rare Sumatran tiger attacked a worker at the Topeka Zoo in Kansas on Saturday, wounding the back of her head and neck before other staff members were able to coax the animal away with food, officials said.

The zoo keeper was alert and awake when she was rushed to a hospital, where she was listed in stable condition, city of Topeka spokeswoman Molly Hadfield said by phone.

The victim, the primary tiger keeper at the Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center, was in the predator's outdoor habitat when she was attacked, zoo director Brendan Wiley said at a news conference.

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