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UK was given details of contacts between Trump and Moscow

In December the UK government was given reports by former M16 officer Christopher Steele on possible collusion between Trump camp and the Kremlin

The UK government was given details last December of allegedly extensive contacts between the Trump campaign and Moscow, according to court papers.

Reports by Christopher Steele, a former M16 officer, on possible collusion between the the Trump camp and the Kremlin are at the centre of a political storm in the US over Moscow’s role in getting Donald Trump elected.

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Ben Obumselu obituary

My father, Ben Obumselu, who has died aged 86, was a leading literary critic, a key figure in the Biafran war and, later, an influential political adviser in Nigeria. A combination of scholarship and political engagement informed much of his life.

He was among a formidable generation of university graduates in the mid-1950s poised to lead Nigeria at independence in 1960. At Ibadan University, where he studied English and classics, he was the first president of the National Union of Nigerian Students. Like his contemporaries, the writers Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka and Chris Okigbo, he was a protege of the pioneering professor of English Molly Mahood.

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Un juzgado de Salamanca autoriza Berkeley a continuar con la tala de encinas para la mina de uranio
El Juzgado de lo Contencioso Administrativo número dos de Salamanca ha permitido que la empresa australiana Berkeley continúe con la tala de encinas en el municipio salmantino de Retortillo, dentro de las labores previas para la explotación de una mina de uranio, que será la más grande de Europa.El auto judicial se ha notificado este viernes a las partes y confirma que la tala de arbolado «había sido aprobada por todas las autoridades relevantes», por lo que el proyecto continuará, ha anunciado Berkeley a través de una nota informativa.A través de un comunicado, el director general de Operaciones de Berkeley, Francisco Bellón, ha mostrado su satisfacción con la decisión judicial, ya que se demuestra que la empresa «cuenta con todos los permisos necesarios para realizar los trabajos que se están llevando a cabo en la actualidad».«Estamos muy satisfechos con el firme apoyo que estamos recibiendo de todas las partes interesadas, desde la UE a los diversos niveles de Gobierno y la comunidad local, tal y como demuestra el creciente número de solicitudes de empleo e inscripciones en los cursos de formación, que ya han superado la capacidad prevista», ha agregado.Por su parte, fuentes de la organización ecologista Equo han reconocido a Efe su pesar por esta decisión judicial, lo que hará que el daño que se está haciendo sea «irreparable».Las mismas fuentes del partido ecologista han señalado que «si finalmente la mina no se hace, nadie compensará esas encinas centenarias», y han mostrado también su indignación por que la empresa Berkeley insista en su idea de que «ambientalmente la zona va a quedar mejor que antes».El auto judicial acredita que Berkeley cuenta con la Declaración de Impacto Ambiental para permitir la retirada del suelo vegetal en las superficies afectadas para el desarrollo de la zona de Retortillo Sur, zona de escombreras y área de lixiviado.
Piden 4 años de prisión para 2 mujeres por agredir a la alcaldesa de Granátula
La Audiencia Provincial de Ciudad Real juzga los próximos 2, 3 y 4 de mayo a dos mujeres para las que el Ministerio Fiscal pide 4 años de prisión por un delito de agresiones contra la que fuera alcaldesa del municipio de Granátula de Calatrava (Ciudad Real), María del Carmen Estévez.Según el escrito de conclusiones previas del fiscal consultado este viernes por Efe, los hechos se remontan al 5 de enero de 2010, día en el que en el Ayuntamiento de Granátula de Calatrava se debatió una moción de censura.La agredida, María del Carmen Estévez, se convirtió en alcaldesa del municipio después de que, con el voto a favor de varios ediles, prosperara una moción de censura contra el que hasta entonces había sido alcalde del municipio, el socialista Fabriciano Gómez.A la salida del pleno, en las inmediaciones del Ayuntamiento, se encontraba S.C.G. que, con la clara intención de menoscabar el principio de autoridad y la integridad física de la alcaldesa, le lanzó diversas monedas a la cabeza.La alcaldesa sufrió lesiones consistentes, según informe médico forense, en contusión en región témpora-parietal izquierda, lesiones que requirieron para su sanidad, de una primera asistencia facultativa que tardaron en curar siete días.Por otro lado, también se juzgará a L.G.M., que según el fiscal, guiada con el mismo ánimo de atentar contra el principio de autoridad, el 1 de abril de 2010 propinó a la alcaldesa, como consecuencia de su actuación en un pleno, un fuerte codazo en el brazo izquierdo sin llegarle a causar lesión.
El «Viña Rock» 2017 espera la llegada de 200.000 personas
Villarrobledo acoge desde este viernes el Viña Rock 2017, que celebra la XXII edición del festival más multitudinario del país, un certamen en el que los organizadores esperan superar los 200.000 asistentes del año pasado. Por el recinto pasarán durante este fin de semana 140 bandas y artistas procedentes de diferentes ciudades españolas.Soziedad Alkoholika, Kase.O, Mala Rodríguez, The Toy Dolls, Talco, 7 Notas 7 Colores, La Pegatina, Sôber, Boikot, Amparanoia, Non Servium, Banda Bassotti, Tierra Santa, Lendakaris Muertos, Txarango, Narco, Def con Dos, Avalanch, Hora Zulú, Mägo de Oz, Inconscientes, The Real McKenzies, Obús, Canteca de Macao, Poncho K, Russkaja, El Último ke Zierre, Miguel Campello, Los de Marras, Sínkope, Mamá Ladilla, Sexy Zebras, Cero a la Izquierda… Serán muchos los artistas que pasen por los diferentes escenarios.El Viña Rock 2017, aseguran los responsables del certamen se ha convertido en «el festival más grande e importante de España y un referente para el panorama musical». Este año los asistentes podrán disfrutar de la actuación de más 140 bandas en diez escenarios.El festival puede tener un impacto económico de más de 15 millones de euros y generar 1.400 puestos de trabajo. Asimismo, señalan que un año más, Viña Rock mantiene su compromiso con el medio ambiente mediante el desarrollo de una campaña de recogida selectiva de residuos para el reciclaje gracias a Ecoembes y Ecovidrio.Entre los aspectos más destacados del festival también figura el Viña Grow, «una feria cannábica 100% legal y la más grande que se está desarrollando en Europa», que ha asegurado la organización «se ha convertido en una de las grandes palancas de Viña Rock».Fiesta de bienvenidaEl certamen comenzó este jueves con la fiesta de bienvenida que este año ha contado con los conciertos de Riot Propaganda, Capitán Cobarde, The Locos, Sonido Vegetal, Serial Killerz y The News.Por otro lado, la organización ofrece la posibilidad de adquirir abonos (que andan por los 70euros) y el glamping (las tiendas de campaña premontadas).
Africa Can Drive Investment to Reduce Poverty Despite Uncertain Times
WASHINGTON, April 28, 2017 - Despite the current volatile global economy, African economies are modestly rebounding and are expected to grow at a rate of 2.6% in 2017. However, to ensure that this...
Listening2Tajikistan: Survey of Wellbeing
In May 2015, the World Bank Poverty team rolled out the “Listening to Tajikistan” (L2T) survey to monitor the impact of emerging trends throughout the country at high frequency. The survey rapidly clarifies the severity of the economic downturn, the evolution of vulnerabilities, and household responses to risk and deprivation over time. It enables a focus on poorer and more vulnerable households, and generates evidence for targeted policy-making. Survey Results for May-September 2016 Results of the September 2016 round of high-frequency survey show that the monetary wellbeing of Tajikistan households is continuing to improve.  It is evidenced by the fact that for the period of May-September 2016 per capita real income, on average, rose by 6 percent compared to the same period last year. This increase in per capita income is driven by increases in specific income components, such as household remittance income, income from wages, as well as income from self-employment and agricultural activities.  An interesting aspect of remittances has been the fact that they did not rise at the equal rate for all. For instance, for the period of May-September 2016, the average remittance income of the bottom 40 percent of households rose by only 9 percent, compared to the same period last year, while for top 60 percent of households, remittance income rose by 14 percent. An increase in wages was observed as a result of official wage increases in July 2016, which affected the official minimum wage, public sector wages, students’ stipends/scholarships, and pensions.  Improved incomes from self-employment and agricultural activities could be explained by the fact that the economic downturn in Russia forced a large number of labor migrants to return to Tajikistan and engage in entrepreneurial and agricultural activities, if the opportunity arose.  Better harvest this year also played а role in improving income.  Despite improvements in income from agricultural activities and self-employment, the employment status of household members overall has not changed much, with the share of household members working staying roughly at 18 percent over the course of the L2T survey, since May 2015 through September 2016. Services such as water and electricity supply fared worse this year.  Both the May-September 2015 to May-September 2016 comparison and the September 2015-to-September 2016 comparison show that water disruptions were more frequent in 2016, at 10 and 4 percent, respectively. Similarly, electricity outages have been reported to have occurred more frequently this year. For example, the share of households to report any electricity outage outside electricity rationing schedule was higher by one-third in September 2016 in contrast to September 2015, namely at 50 percent.
Central Asia Knowledge Network: Building Partnerships for Regional Cooperation on Water and Energy
Overview Water and energy are crucial for economic, social and human development in Central Asia, but the region has faced difficulties for several years with regard to transboundary water and energy management. To help address these challenges, the World Bank has offered a multisector approach to regional collaboration, establishing what is known today as the Central Asia Knowledge Network program (henceforth referred to as “the Network”). Launched as part of the Central Asia Energy-Water Development Program (CAEWDP), the Network seeks to stimulate cooperation and knowledge exchange among local and regional institutions and practitioners in the area of water resource management, energy, and climate change. Regional networks and communities of practice have been established, and institutions equipped with cutting-edge knowledge and skills to build the capacity of government officials and other professionals. Serving as a platform for collaboration at both country and regional levels, the Network not only links cross-sectoral practitioners, academics and decision-makers, but also offers wide support for youth engagement through innovative outreach. Covering the five Central Asia countries of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and the Kyrgyz Republic, plus Afghanistan, the Network supports coordinated access to water management and climate knowledge for various stakeholders, and contributes to the World Bank Group’s operational projects in the region.Cross-Regional Knowledge Cooperation To effectively address sustainable energy-water development goals set for the Central Asia region, sole reliance on financial investment is not sufficient: investment and project finance have to be combined with generating and sharing knowledge, building cross-border, cross-sectoral partnerships, and offering programs to engage youth in solving regional water and energy challenges. The Network strives to achieve this by bringing together over 300 professionals with experience in water resource management across academia, and public and private sectors in Central Asia. These professionals exchange knowledge and experience by way of four interlinked communities of practice, workshops, joint research and analytical studies, competitions (such as Olympiads for students), training sessions (including Train-the-Trainer programs), and field work and visits. Four communities of practice located within the World Bank Group’s Collaboration4Development Platform comprise the Academic Network in Central Asia (which brings together representatives from 26 regional universities), the Regional Cross-Sectoral Working Group in Kazakhstan, the National Cross-Sectoral Working Group in the Kyrgyz Republic, and the Central Asia Youth Forum on Water. 
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