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Man arrested after boy falls from balcony at Minnesota’s Mall of America

(Reuters) - A 5-year-old boy suffered life-threatening injuries on Friday after being thrown or pushed by an apparent stranger from a third-floor balcony at Minnesota’s Mall of America, and a man who fled the scene has been charged with attempted homicide, police said. The child was rushed to a hospital after officers and passersby provided aid at the scene, Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts said. His condition was not immediately known. Shortly after the incident, police arrested a 24-year-old man inside the mall, one of the state’s leading tourist attractions, after he had fled the scene, Potts said. The suspect, Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, who is from the…

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Sudanese police: 16 killed by stray bullets at protests and sit-ins

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - At least 16 people were killed, and 20 injured by stray bullets at protests and sit-ins on Thursday and Friday, a Sudanese police spokesman said in a statement on Saturday. Government buildings and private property were also attacked, spokesman Hashem Ali added. Hundreds of thousands of protesters filled the streets of Khartoum on Friday. Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz; Editing by Sandra MalerOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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Factbox: Leading Sudanese security figures

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Officers who ousted President Omar al-Bashir from three decades in power have announced that a military council will run Sudan for a transitional period lasting up to two years, followed by elections. But one day after Bashir’s overthrow, Awad Ibn Auf, Bashir’s defense minister and vice president, stepped down as the council’s head, and he said the council’s deputy head, Kamal Abdelmarouf al-Mahi, was also relieved of his position.Ibn Auf said that, after consultations, he chose Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan Abdelrahman as the new head of the council. No other members on the council were known other than its head and deputy head.…

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S&P 500 closes near record high as earnings season begins in earnest

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks closed near record highs on Friday after the largest U.S. bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co, soothed worries that the first-quarter earnings season would dampen Wall Street’s big rally back from last year’s slump. FILE PHOTO: Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., April 9, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File PhotoThe S&P 500 is now within a percent of September’s record closing high, and the S&P 500 Total Return Index, which includes reinvested dividends, in fact regained record levels, recovering ground lost after a punishing sell-off in the closing months of the year which brought…

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Chevron CEO proves dealmaker with $33 billion offer for Anadarko

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Chevron Corp’s proposed $33-billion deal for Anadarko Petroleum Corp vaults the company into top ranks of the world’s biggest oil companies and cements its chief executive, Mike Wirth, as a dealmaker. FILE PHOTO: Chevron's Michael Wirth speaks at Gastech, the world's biggest expo for the gas industry, in Chiba, Japan April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Toru HanaiThe merger, the sixth largest energy acquisition by value, propels Chevron two spots to the second-largest major by oil output, behind Exxon Mobil Corp, according to research firms Drillinginfo and Wood Mackenzie. The deal announced on Friday comes less than three months after Wirth bought Pasadena Refining System Inc, the…

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China data, JPMorgan results lift stocks, riskier assets

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Global stocks rose on Friday after JP Morgan’s results kicked off the U.S. corporate earnings season in style, while signs of stabilization in China’s economy helped riskier assets amid talk that the growth outlook worldwide is better than thought. FILE PHOTO: Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., April 9, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File PhotoChinese data showed exports rebounded in March, lifting U.S. and euro zone bond yields to three-week highs and helping offset weaker imports and reports of another cut to German growth forecasts. Investors are looking for signs of a Chinese economic recovery…

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U.S. has two months to finalize extradition case against WikiLeaks’ Assange

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors have just under two months to present British authorities with a final and detailed criminal case to justify the possible extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a U.S. government official said on Friday. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen in a police van after he was arrested by British police outside the Ecuadorian embassy, in London, Britain April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Henry NichollsThe official, who asked for anonymity when discussing the case, said U.S. authorities had already sent Britain a provisional arrest warrant regarding Assange’s extradition to the United States. But within 60 days from Thursday, when British police bundled Assange out of…

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Ecuador holding Swedish programmer linked to Assange in custody

CARACAS (Reuters) - Ecuador said on Friday it is holding a programmer linked to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in custody pending possible charges of interfering in private communications, a day after ending Assange’s seven-year asylum in its London embassy. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen in a police van, after he was arrested by British police, in London, Britain April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Henry NichollsInterior Minister Maria Paula Romo said prosecutors could file charges against Ola Bini, who she said lives in Ecuador and had visited Assange in the London embassy a dozen times. President Lenin Moreno in recent weeks had accused WikiLeaks and Assange of violating his…

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Man hospitalized after lighting jacket on fire outside White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man in a wheelchair-type electric scooter lit his jacket on fire outside the White House fence on Friday and was hospitalized with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries, the U.S. Secret Service said. Secret Service officers responded to the incident on the north side of the executive mansion, extinguished the fire and provided first aid, the agency said on Twitter. The Secret Service closed Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House to pedestrian traffic, and a nearby block of 17th Street was closed as well. At least portions of the White House complex were locked down. News video showed emergency medical…

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Sudan defense minister steps down as head of transitional military council

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan’s Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf said on Friday that he is stepping down as head of the country’s transitional military council, a day after former president Omar al-Bashir was overthrown in a coup. Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan will be the new head of the transitional military council, Ibn Auf said in a speech broadcast on state television on Friday. Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz; Writing by Hesham Hajali; Editing by Hugh LawsonOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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