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Grasswire Weekly: April 2

A recap of the past week's stories on Grasswire and a round-up of what we were reading elsewhere.

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_89040126_024059366-1A delivery driver from Luton, England was found guilty of preparing to carry out terror attacks on U.S. troops at Royal Air Force bases in Suffolk, UK.



At least 20 people were killed and around 100 injured after 100 meters of partially built flyover collapsed on to a crowded street in Kolkata, India.

South Africa

A picture of President Jacob Zuma's private residence in Nkandla, some 178 kilometres north of Durban, on November 4, 2012.The Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Hellen Zille was prevented from inspecting roads around the property and attempt to enter President Zuma's compound.Zuma's private home will reportedly feature underground bunkers,a clinic,a fire station,a special quarter for police and a helipad.The estimated costs for the current upgrade is set to cost 30 million US dollars.The DA has called for an investigations to the funding and upgrading of the Zuma's residence.AFP PHOTO / RAJESH JANTILAL (Photo credit should read RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP/Getty Images)
President Jacob Zuma’s private residence in Nkandla. RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP/Getty Images)

South African President Jacob Zuma has been ordered to reimburse millions of dollars to the state because he used state money for luxurious extensions of his estate.


Some of the activists in court on Monday. Paulo Juliao/EPA
Some of the activists in court on Monday. Paulo Juliao/EPA

17 youth activists were sentenced to between 4 and 8 years’ imprisonment for rebellion after they organized a book reading in 2015


Attack in Lahore, Pakistan: Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images
Attack in Lahore, Pakistan: Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images

Local officials say 65 people were killed, and over 200 were injured after a reported suicide bombing in Lahore, Pakistan.

Brussels, Belgium

Riot police hold back far-right protestors on Place de la Bourse, Brussels. @emmamgc/Twitter
Riot police hold back far-right protestors on Place de la Bourse, Brussels. @emmamgc/Twitter

A week on from the deadly suicide bombings, we took an in-depth look at the Brussels attacks investigation: the arrests, the links to Paris and the suspects.

All our news stories about the Brussels attacks

Other stories from the past week

Virginia state trooper Chad Dermyer was killed and two women injured in a shooting at a Richmond Greyhound bus station. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague acquitted Serbian nationalist Vojislav Šešelj of crimes against humanity and war crimes. Microsoft set out its vision for the future of Windows at Build 2016. The National Living Wage become law in the UK on Friday. The U.S. Capitol complex and White House were briefly on lockdown Monday afternoon when one person was shot near the buildings. Communication with an X-ray astronomy satellite failed, according to Japan’s space agency. U.S. legislators prepared draft legislation to create a board to oversee the finances of the Commonwealth Of Puerto Rico

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