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London's Big Ben to fall silent for £29M repairs

For most of the last 157 years, the great bell known as Big Ben has sounded the hour in London, its reassuring and sonorous gong pealing out over the Thames, part of the sonic landscape of the city.

Ecuador quake death toll rises to 350

The number of people killed in a powerful earthquake that struck Ecuador over the weekend has risen to about 350, the government has said.

Obama regrets aftermath of Gaddafi's ousting

US President Barack Obama has said failing to prepare for the aftermath of the ousting of Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi was the worst mistake of his presidency.

Wyoming falls for Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders has officially won Wyoming in a blowout, meaning the Vermont senator has now won 8 of the last 9 contests.

At approximately 4:38 Eastern Time, CNN declared Sen. Sanders the winner in a landslide, with 56 percent of the vote to Hillary Clinton’s 43. Sanders will add a majority of the Cowboy State’s 14 pledged delegates to his current haul of 1,088 pledged delegates to Hillary Clinton’s 1,302. However, despite Sanders’ overwhelming support from Wyoming Democrats, its 4 Democratic superdelegates aligned with Hillary Clinton before caucuses even began.


 

Wyoming is just the latest of a series of wins in the West, having already won Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Washington, Hawaii, Alaska, and possibly flipping Nevada, assuming his county delegates come to the state Democratic convention in May. According to the Sanders campaign, Bernie Sanders has cut Clinton’s delegate lead by 101 since March 15.

Turnout was larger than expected, according to Twitter users on the ground. One photo posted showed bleacher rows full of seats marked for Bernie Sanders, with just a small handful of Hillary Clinton supporters in the adjacent bleachers. Another photo of a caucus at a hockey rink also showed Sanders supporters outnumbering Clinton supporters 2-1:

Wyoming was already seen as friendly territory to Sanders, who only campaigned once in the stateby holding his Wisconsin victory rally in Laramie, where approximately 3,000 supporters attended. While Wyoming may be the least populated state in the US, it’s pivotal in the Democratic primary, as Wyoming Democrats have picked the eventual nominee nearly 89 percent of the time.

The Wyoming caucus marks the 17th victory for Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary (AK, CO, HI, ID, KS, ME, MI, MN, NE, NH, OK, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY, Democrats Abroad), while Hillary Clinton has won 18 primaries and caucuses (AL, AZ, AR, FL, GA, IL, IA, LA, MA, MS, MO, NV, NC, OH, SC, TN, TX, VA).

Sanders’ hot streak adds to the momentum building for his campaign leading up to delegate-rich New York, where 291 total delegates are at play. Both Clinton and Sanders will meet next Thursday for a debate in Brooklyn, where Sanders grew up and where Clinton’s campaign headquarters is located. Following the debate, Sanders will travel to the Vatican to discuss economic justice and environmental sustainability with Pope Francis. Hillary Clinton will hold a fundraiser in Hong Kong with Gary Gensler, a former Goldman Sachs partner who serves as her campaign’s Chief Financial Officer.

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Four men linked to Brussels airport bombing charged with terror offences

Four of six men arrested on Friday over last month's attacks in Brussels have been charged with terror offences.

The four include key suspect Mohamed Abrini, who was also wanted in connection with the attacks in Paris that killed 130 people last November.


 

The prosecutors could not confirm whether Abrini was the "man in the hat", the third bomber seen in a video clip in the Brussels airport attacks.

The attacks on the airport and a metro station left 32 people dead.

Officials believe those who carried out the Brussels and the Paris attacks were part of the same network backed by so-called Islamic State.

Abrini, 31, had previously not been directly linked to the Brussels bombings. His fingerprints and DNA were found in two "safe houses" in Brussels, as well as in a car used during the Paris attacks, investigators say.

Besides Abrini, those charged on Saturday were named as Osama K, Herve BN, and Bilal EM.

They are all accused of "participating in terrorist acts'' linked to the Brussels bombings. Two other people arrested on Friday have been released.

Osama K - identified in media reports as Swedish national Osama Krayem - was the man seen with the suicide bomber at Malbeek metro station just before the attack on 22 March, investigators say.

They also say that he bought bags used by the two bombers who struck at Zaventem airport on the same day.

Osama K is believed to have entered Greece from Syria with migrants last year, using a fake Syrian passport. Prosecutors believe he was driven from Germany to Belgium by Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam in October.

Abrini, a Belgian national of Moroccan origin, is thought to have been filmed at a petrol station with Abdeslam two days before the attacks in Paris.

Herve BM, described as a Rwandan national, and Bilal EM are both suspected of having offered assistance to Abrini and Osama K.

Also on Saturday, heavily armed police carried out a search in the Etterbeek area of Brussels. The target was a flat which police believe may have been used as a safe house by the militants.

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