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Garcia shot himself in the head on Wednesday to avoid arrest in connection with alleged bribes from Brazilian builder Odebrecht, in the most dramatic turn yet in Latin America's largest graft scandal. Friends, allies and leaders across the political spectrum paid homage to Garcia at the headquarters of his APRA party, one of Latin America's oldest political parties, and one which twice helped usher Garcia to the presidency. Vizcarra ordered flags to be flown at half mast at the country's Congress and other public buildings to honor the ex-President and former lawmaker.

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts:

The first official step in what will likely be a lengthy legal battle

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday called for progress on a stalled buffer zone deal around jihadist-dominated Idlib region ahead of fresh talks aimed at ending his country's eight-year war. Assad met envoy Alexander Lavrentiev from key ally Russia in Damascus to discuss the negotiations due April 25-26 in Kazakhstan. Iran and Russia are the major supporters of the Syrian regime, and along with rebel backer Turkey have sponsored repeated rounds of talks in the Central Asian nation.

The STAYUMBL license plate is notorious on the road and social media. Folks say the driver behind the wheel will speed up, cut people off and then slam on her brakes, sometimes causing a crash.

French President Emmanuel Macron is to outline a reform plan drawn up in response to nationwide protests next week after the key policy action was delayed by the Notre-Dame fire, the presidency said Friday. Macron will hold a press conference on Thursday at 6:00 pm (1600 GMT) to make the announcements. It was to have set out his recipe for ending five months of often violent "yellow vest" protests that have rocked France.

In a six-page decision rendered hours after a hearing on the matter, Judge Lawrence Knipel denied the parents' petition seeking to lift the vaccination order, imposed last week to stem the worst measles outbreak to hit the city since 1991. The judge sided with municipal health officials who defended the order as a rare but necessary step to contain a surge in the highly contagious disease that has infected at least 329 people so far, most of them children from Orthodox Jewish communities in the borough of Brooklyn. Another 222 cases have been diagnosed elsewhere in New York state, mostly in a predominantly ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Rockland County, northwest of Manhattan.

An associate pastor at Impact City Church in Pataskala, Ohio, invited abuse from youths, including spitting, slapping, and allegedly cutting.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday rejected a North Korean demand that he be replaced as President Donald Trump's top negotiator, as the United States and Japan vowed to continue to enforce tough sanctions on North Korea until it dismantles its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

The owners of restaurants and souvenir stores, flower stalls and gourmet food markets in an area known to residents simply as the "village", they have all been forced to close since Monday's devastating fire at the UNESCO World Heritage landmark. Few at the gathering Thursday morning in the Quasimodo cafe -- named after the hunchback in Victor Hugo's celebrated novel set at the cathedral -- seemed optimistic about the chances of re-opening in the near future. Police are letting only residents and business owners onto the River Seine island known as the Ile de la Cite where the cathedral stands, choking off the tourist traffic that is their lifeblood.

Sudan protesters 'to name transitional government'The transitional authority would replace the military junta which toppled President Bashir last week.

Egypt referendum: Voters urged to back extended Sisi termRights groups fear the referendum, which was organised in just a few days, won't be free or fair.

In pictures: Wearing fancy dress for big yams in NigeriaA festival celebrating this year’s planting season brings together thousands of people in Nigeria.

Libya crisis: Trump speaks to insurgent General HaftarMr Trump's call suggests he endorses General Haftar, unlike some of his allies.

Snakes force Liberian President George Weah out of officePresident George Weah is working from home after two black snakes were found in his office building.

South Africa hit by deadly Easter church collapseAt least 13 worshippers are killed when a wall collapses at the start of an Easter service.

Mali violence: PM and entire government resignsThe government has been under pressure after a massacre of herders in the centre of the country.

Libya crisis: PM Fayez al-Serraj condemns ‘silence’ of alliesFayez al-Serraj, whose troops face an insurgency, feels "abandoned" by his international allies.

Nigeria's top judge Walter Onnoghen to forfeit bank accountsWalter Onnoghen is convicted of not declaring his assets and is banned from public office for 10 years.

'Giant lion' fossil found in Kenya museum drawerThe bones of the huge creature belong to a new species which roamed east Africa 20 million years ago.

Turkey's ruling AK Party submitted a second petition to cancel and re-run Istanbul elections it lost three weeks ago, citing thousands of ballots cast by people it said were ineligible to vote due to previous government decrees, state-run Anadolu news agency said on Saturday.

Sudan's attorney general has asked the country's intelligence and national security agencies to lift the immunity of a number of their officers suspected of killing a teacher who died in custody after protests in February, state news agency SUNA said.

Egyptians voted on Saturday in a three-day referendum on constitutional changes that could allow President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to stay in office until 2030 and boost the role of the powerful military.

So many migrants have stopped in the southern Mexican town of Mapastepec in recent months that longstanding public sympathy for Central Americans traveling northward is starting to wane.

Clashes broke out between dozens of demonstrators and police in Paris on the 23rd Saturday of yellow-vest protests after authorities warned that rioters could return to the French capital to spark a new wave of violence.

The Thai navy on Saturday boarded the floating cabin of a fugitive U.S. citizen and his Thai girlfriend, both prominent members of the "seasteading" movement who possibly face the death sentence for setting up their offshore home.

Sudan's attorney general on Saturday ordered the formation of a committee to oversee investigations into crimes involving public funds, corruption and criminal cases related to recent events, the state news agency SUNA said, citing a statement from the attorney general.

More than 750 climate change activists blocking roads at some of London's most famous landmarks have been arrested over the last six days, police said on Saturday, up from a Friday total of 682.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met senior officials from his strongest ally Russia in Damascus on Friday and Saturday to discuss upcoming peace talks, renting out Tartus port and trade between the two countries, state media in Syria reported.

Twenty-seven more people have been found dead from a boat accident on Lake Kivu in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo last week, bringing the total death toll to 40, interim interior minister Basile Olongo told Reuters on Saturday.

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IN THE CONTROL room of Scatec Solar in Cape Town Johan Badenhorst gazes at the six monitors on the wall. The screens display the status of the firm’s 16 plants in 11 countries. The three in South Africa are doing nicely, producing enough energy to power 93,000 homes. Problems are rare, says Mr Badenhorst, Scatec’s senior control officer, before correcting himself: once a bird dropped a tortoise on a solar panel, smashing the glass. Such issues, while upsetting for tortoises, are minor compared with those faced by Eskom, the state-owned utility that supplies 95% of South Africa’s electricity. At least one-third of its power stations are broken or shut for maintenance. Over recent months the talk of the country has been of “load-shedding”: a euphemism for blackouts because Eskom cannot meet demand. March was the worst-ever month for load-shedding, when Eskom regularly took 4,000-megawatts (MW) off the grid, about one-eleventh of its total capacity (45,561MW), or enough to power 3m homes. Further failures could have severe consequences. “Eskom is the greatest systemic risk to the South African economy,” says Colin Coleman, the boss for sub-Saharan Africa of Goldman Sachs, a bank. Goldman reckons power cuts could reduce GDP growth by 0.9 percentage points, about half the rate of official growth forecasts. Eskom also...

IN A COUNTRY of crusty old warlords, Raya al-Hassan is challenging stereotypes. A decade ago she was appointed Lebanon’s finance minister, the first woman in the Arab world to hold such a post. In January she broke new ground, becoming the first female interior minister in the region. As such, she commands a force of over 40,000 police officers, including the elite counterterrorism brigade known as the Panthers. The ministry’s website features a photo of her leading a pack of female cadets. Ms Hassan seems intent on weakening the men who fought Lebanon’s civil war of 1975-90 and who have remained in power ever since. She has called on them to remove the roadblocks around their enclaves. She plans to visit Dahiya, Beirut’s Shia-dominated southern suburb, to ensure that Hizbullah, the main Shia party-cum-militia, complies. If Ms Hassan, a Sunni Muslim by upbringing, is concerned about her safety, she doesn’t show it. She has removed many of the walls around her ministry, jettisoned her predecessor’s big motorcade and cut his large security retinue. Women hail Ms Hassan as a role model for taking on the patriarchy. Parliament has only six female members (out of 128). In the previous government even the women’s affairs minister was a man. The interior ministry only began admitting women into its forces in 2012. But three of...

THERE IS NOT much to see for the first 500km south of Oman’s capital, Muscat, as the highway slices through the Hajar mountains and down a barren coast. Then it hits Duqm, a sleepy fishing village that is being transformed into a mega-port. The government’s hope is to capture a share of the shipping trade between Asia, Africa and Europe. And there, in the middle of nowhere, a consortium of Chinese firms wants to invest $10bn to build a 1,000-hectare industrial zone. “Petrochemicals, glass, solar panels, car batteries—they want to attack all these markets,” says Reggy Vermeulen, the port’s CEO. For decades the Middle Kingdom saw the Middle East as a petrol station. About half of China’s oil came from Arab states and Iran. Little went in the other direction. In 2008 the region got less than 1% of China’s net outbound foreign direct investment (FDI). Skip ahead a decade and Chinese money is everywhere: ports in Oman, factories in Algeria, skyscrapers in Egypt’s new capital. Last year it pledged $23bn in loans and aid to Arab states and signed another $28bn in investment and construction deals (see chart). ...

ALTHOUGH IT IS guarded by high walls and a thick metal door, a nightclub in Kano hardly bothers to conceal its existence. Disco lights flash out on the surrounding streets. Pop music is pumped carelessly into the night air. Young men and women sip beer and sway to the rhythm, seemingly unconcerned that, under Islamic law, such depravity is punishable by whipping. Between 1999 and 2002 a dozen states in Nigeria’s mostly Muslim north, including Kano state (the capital of which is also called Kano), adopted penal codes based on sharia. At first these states strove zealously to enforce the new rules. Many recruited religious police forces, called the Hisbah, to confiscate alcohol and arrest adulterers (who are occasionally sentenced to death by stoning, but are never actually stoned) to ensure that citizens did not sin. Many northern politicians, while eager to appear pious, are not really committed to stamping out booze and fornication, perhaps because so many voters want to be left to their own vices. When budgets are tight, they find they don’t need so many morality police. “The government is not serious about sharia,” grumbles a cleric. Kano is still socially conservative, but residents say it feels less stifling than it was. In Sabon Gari, a neighbourhood full of Christian migrants from Nigeria’...

A FEW YEARS before he became president, Donald Trump’s family probably did business with associates of Iran’s ideological armed force, the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). An article published in the New Yorker in 2017 says a tower bearing the Trump name in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku, was built by a company with links to the Guards. But on April 8th his administration blacklisted the force. Officials hailed the move as the first time America had branded a national army a terrorist outfit. “If you are doing business with the IRGC, you will be bankrolling terrorism,” Mr Trump said. The IRGC is Iran’s most powerful institution. It can field 180,000 troops, has the country’s best weapons and has bullied its way into vast swathes of the economy. It answers directly to the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, not the president, Hassan Rouhani. Within hours of America’s designation the Guards duly declared that America’s central command, which has 200,000 personnel in the Middle East and Central Asia, was a terrorist organisation. America first branded Iran a sponsor of terror in 1984. It then designated the Quds Force (the IRGC’s unconventional-warfare arm that operates across the Middle East) a terrorist organisation in 2007. But a few years later America’s armed forces and the Quds Force...

THIS WAS supposed to be a rare moment of cautious optimism in Libya. On April 4th António Guterres, the UN’s secretary-general, arrived in Tripoli, the capital, to prepare for a peace conference which, he hoped, would lead to long-delayed elections later this year. But hours after he arrived Khalifa Haftar, the warlord who controls much of the country, launched an offensive to seize the city. At times his self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) has reached within 10km or so of Tripoli’s centre. Dozens have been killed. Flights were suspended after General Haftar’s jets bombed the city’s only functioning airport. The conference has been cancelled. “The UN is deeply engaged in negotiations for peace,” Mr Guterres said later. “We’re not always successful, I must confess.” The general had long threatened to take Tripoli. Until now he was posturing. No one is quite sure why he chose this moment to move on the capital. Whatever his reasons, his offensive is starting to look like a big miscalculation. He would have entered the conference in an enviable position, holding most of Libya’s land and oil wells. Instead the LNA is now bogged down on several fronts. The general risks losing not only the battle for Tripoli but many of his other gains as well. He may have been encouraged by his recent romp through southern Libya, seized...

THE CRY rippled through the crowd in the early hours of April 11th, accompanied by the beating of drums and blasts on whistles: “It has fallen. We have won.” And, so it appears, they have. Almost exactly 30 years after Omar al-Bashir seized power in a bloodless coup, shunting aside his democratically elected predecessor, the man who did so much to wreck Sudan has himself been toppled. His fall marks the culmination of four months of almost ceaseless protests against one of Africa’s longest-ruling tyrants. “In spite of all hurdles and hardships, it is over,” said Ahmed Elyas, an engineer in Khartoum who was in the crowd. “We won.” As The Economist went to press tens of thousands of demonstrators—encamped outside the main army compound in central Khartoum since April 6th—waited on an announcement from the generals as the army moved troops onto the streets and state radio and television played patriotic music. Yet even amid the jubilation it was unclear whether this was a coup that would lead to another military strongman stepping in, or a revolution that would put civilians in charge. Initial reports were contradictory. Some suggested that the army was trying to form an interim administration led by Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf, the defence minister, who has had sanctions placed on him by America for...

AFTER MONTHS of heated campaigning, Israeli voters decided to change very little. With most of the votes counted the prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has won a fifth term in office in an election on April 9th. His Likud party tied with Blue and White, a centre-left party led by Benny Gantz, a former army chief. Both had about 27% of the vote. But the right-wing and religious bloc, of which Likud is a part, won a combined 53%. That will give it a majority, probably with 64 seats in the 120-member Knesset (parliament), the same number it holds now. With several parties perched close to the 3.25% threshold to enter the Knesset, the results are still fluid. (Two have demanded a recount.) But Mr Gantz does not appear to have a viable coalition, nor a way to stop Mr Netanyahu from forming one. As with the previous election, in 2015, early exit polls suggested that Mr Netanyahu had been weakened. His rival rushed on stage to declare victory soon after voting stopped. “A historic day”, Mr Gantz declared, telling supporters he would form the next government. While he made promises, Mr Netanyahu made phone calls. He received pledges of support from the ultra-Orthodox parties and a far-right grouping, enough to bring him within striking distance of a majority. There were no signs of consternation as hundreds of Likud...

“I REALISED QUITE early on that I was gay,” says Soly, a 25-year-old chef from Tehran. As a young boy, he would strut about the house in his mother’s high heels and developed crushes on male cartoon characters. But after he was expelled from school for wearing eye-liner, his parents took him to a psychologist who offered a different explanation. “He told me I was transgender and had to change my sex.” Attitudes towards sexuality can be rigid in Iran. A conservative former president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, once declared that the country didn’t have any gay people. So it seems an unlikely hub for sex-reassignment surgery. But the procedure has been permitted since the mid-1980s, when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini met a trans woman called Maryam Khatoon Molkara, who had been thrown into a psychiatric institution and forcibly injected with male hormones. Moved by her story, he issued a fatwa allowing the procedure, which a cleric later compared to changing wheat into bread. Today the government even helps with the cost. But the regime’s encouragement of sex-change surgery is related to its intolerance of homosexuality, which is a capital offence. Gay Iranians face pressure to change their sex regardless of whether they want to, say activists and psychologists in Iran. Therapists tell patients with same-...

IT IS SIMPLY called “the villa”. Its white walls have no markings and an official permit is pending. For its founders, though, the low-key opening of the Arab world’s first new synagogue in generations signals the dawn of a Jewish revival. Standing near the beach-front in Dubai, the synagogue offers Hebrew classes and kosher catering and has just acquired a rabbi. “The promise of our community is the rekindling of a Judeo-Islamic tradition,” says Ross Kriel, president of the new Jewish Council of the Emirates. That may sound unduly hopeful in the Arab world, which uprooted its 800,000 Jews in the decades after the creation of Israel. But, surprisingly, Arab leaders from Morocco to Iraq are repeating the message. In February Egypt’s president, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, said he would build new synagogues if the country’s Jews returned. His government is restoring the Eliyahu Hanavi synagogue in Alexandria (pictured), once the Middle East’s largest. It is also cleaning up the vast Jewish cemetery, flooded with sewage, in southern Cairo. And for the second time under Mr Sisi, Egyptian television has scheduled a soap-opera about Jews to run during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. It tells of a soldier’s steamy affair with a Jewish woman. Others in the Gulf are following Dubai’s lead. “I feel more comfortable wearing a...

Égypte: un vote sans suspense pour renforcer Sissi aux dépens de la justiceUn peu plus de 60 millions d’Égyptiens sont appelés depuis samedi 20 avril à voter par référendum pour ou contre la révision constitutionnelle. Une réforme qui, si elle est confirmée par le vote populaire, prévoit de consolider et d’étendre les pouvoirs du président Abdel Fattah al-Sissi. Ce qui risque d'affaiblir la justice et l'opposition.

Foot/Angleterre: Mané seul Africain nommé pour le titre de joueur de l’annéeLe Sénégalais Sadio Mané, qui vit une belle saison à Liverpool, est le seul Africain nommé pour le titre de joueur de l’année du championnat anglais. Son coéquipier égyptien, Mohamed Salah, tenant du titre, ne fait pas partie de la liste des six joueurs désignés par l’Association des footballeurs professionnels.

Libye - G. Salamé: le plus inquiétant «c’est la division du Conseil de sécurité»En Libye, les forces loyales au gouvernement de Fayez el-Sarraj basé à Tripoli ont lancé une contre-offensive pour répondre à l'avancée des troupes du maréchal Haftar. Au moment où la Maison Blanche révèle l'existence d'un entretien téléphonique entre Donald Trump et le maréchal Haftar, le représentant spécial de l'ONU pour la Libye, Ghassan Salamé, se dit inquiet par les divisions extrêmes qui se sont encore illustrées, jeudi dernier, au Conseil de sécurité.

Référendum constitutionnel en Egypte: c'est parti pour 3 jours de voteEn Egypte, le vote pour le référendum d’amendement de la Constitution a commencé, ce samedi 20 avril, et durera trois jours. Quelque 61 millions d’électeurs sont appelés à se prononcer, en Egypte et à l’étranger, sur la prolongation du mandat présidentiel. Abdel Fattah al-Sissi pourra rester au pouvoir jusqu’en 2030 au lieu de 2022. Les amendements confèrent aussi à l’armée des pouvoirs accrus et réservent aux femmes 25 % des sièges du Parlement. Un référendum où le « Oui » est sûr de l’emporter et où la seule incertitude concerne le taux de participation.

Gabon: les retraités ne veulent pas revenir au paiement trimestriel des pensionsLes retraités gabonais sont en colère. À l’origine, un communiqué qui annonce le retour du paiement par trimestre des pensions, versées chaque mois depuis 2014, dès le mois de mai. Jeudi 18 avril, ils ont organisé un « sit-in » devant la caisse des retraites, mais sans trouver de bonne solution.

RDC: nouvelle attaque contre un centre de soin Ebola à Butembo, dans l'EstDans l'Est de la RDC, une nouvelle attaque a eu lieu ce vendredi avec pour cible le dispositif de riposte contre Ebola. Cela s'est passé au centre hospitalier universitaire de Butembo, où se tenait une réunion de coordination d'équipes travaillant sur la maladie à virus Ebola. Un médecin a été tué. Cette nouvelle agression fragilise le dispositif de lutte contre la maladie dans l'Est de la République démocratique du Congo.

Mali: Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta prend les affaires en main et reçoit à tour de brasAprès la démission du Premier ministre malien Soumeylou Boubèye Maiga, un nouveau pas vers la nomination de son remplaçant... Le président de la République prend lui-même les choses en main, en  tenant compte des nouveaux rapports de force.

Libye: la Maison Blanche annonce que Trump s'est entretenu avec HaftarLes Etats-Unis décident d’apporter leur soutien au maréchal Khalifa Haftar en pleine offensive contre Tripoli. Vendredi 19 avril, la Maison Blanche a annoncé que Donald Trump s’était entretenu par téléphone lundi avec l’homme fort de l’Est libyen. Un revirement de la position américaine qui marginalise le rival d’Haftar, Fayez al-Sarraj, seule autorité reconnue par l’ONU. 

Burundi: un commissaire menace publiquement d'éliminer des opposantsDans un enregistrement audio, on entend un responsable de la police menacer « d'éliminer » des membres du Congrès national pour la liberté (CNL) et leurs familles s'ils organisent des « réunions clandestines à leurs domiciles ».

RDC: qui sont et que veulent les ADF?Les ramifications et objectifs réels de ce groupe armé, l’un des plus meurtriers de l’est du Congo, restent entourés de mystère.