A man rests on a bench under cherry trees in bloom at a park in Tokyo. The cherry blossom season is a signal of the arrival of warmer weather in japan when locals and tourists visit parks to enjoy
A man rests on a bench under cherry trees in bloom at a park in Tokyo. The cherry blossom season is a signal of the arrival of warmer weather in japan when locals and tourists visit parks to enjoy "hanami" (flower viewing). Picture: BLOOMBERG
Confiscated ivory is moved to secure containers from a stockroom at the Kenya Wildlife Services in Nairobi. Kenya will burn 105t of confiscated ivory, almost all of the country's total stockpile, at the end of April. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/AFP/CAROL DE SOUZA
Confiscated ivory is moved to secure containers from a stockroom at the Kenya Wildlife Services in Nairobi. Kenya will burn 105t of confiscated ivory, almost all of the country's total stockpile, at the end of April. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/AFP/CAROL DE SOUZA
University students protest against the French government's plan to push through reforms to France's controversial labour laws, billed as an attempt to boost the failing economy before next year's presidential election. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/AFP/KENZO TRIBOUILLARD
University students protest against the French government's plan to push through reforms to France's controversial labour laws, billed as an attempt to boost the failing economy before next year's presidential election. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/AFP/KENZO TRIBOUILLARD
Panama Papers: Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting to discuss celebrating the 71st anniversary of its victory during World War 2. Russia says there is a plot to undermine Putin ahead of elections, under a suspected money laundering ring run by associates of Putin was uncovered in a leak of confidential documents. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/AFP/ALEXANDER ZEMLIANICHENKO
Panama Papers: Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting to discuss celebrating the 71st anniversary of its victory during World War 2. Russia says there is a plot to undermine Putin ahead of elections, under a suspected money laundering ring run by associates of Putin was uncovered in a leak of confidential documents. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/AFP/ALEXANDER ZEMLIANICHENKO

AFRICA

• A Rwandan military tribunal condemns two senior army figures to 20 years in prison for inciting rebellion.

• Uganda police end a six-week-long house arrest of an opposition leader only to re-arrest him hours later.

• The UN Security Council backs a resolution for the deployment of a UN police presence in Burundi to help quell violence.

• A second case of Ebola is confirmed in Liberia, months after the country was declared free of the disease.

• Thousands flee fighting in Brazzaville, Congo, following President Denis Sassou Nguesso’s re-election in a disputed poll.

ABROAD

• Boats carrying refugees deported from Greece arrive in Turkey in line with an EU plan to limit migration to Europe.

• A US judge approves a $20bn settlement over BP’s huge 2010 oil spill.

• Ecuador starts drilling for oil on the edge of a rainforest inhabited by two of the last tribes in the world living in isolation.

• Azerbaijan and Armenian authorities in the Nagorno-Karabakh region reach an agreement to end four days of fighting

• India fires foreign-funded health experts working inside the government, to reduce the influence of NGOs on policy.

• The governors of California and New York raise their states’ minimum wages to $15/hour, the highest in the US.

• Hackers release a database containing the personal information of 50m Turkish people.

• Thailand’s coup leaders give military officers sweeping powers to detain citizens.

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