Sri Lanka. The toll of suicide attacks against churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka at Easter further increased Wednesday to 359 deaths. At least 500 people were wounded in the attacks, which are among the deadliest since September 11, 2001, and have been claimed by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group. Our article summarizing everything you need to know about them.
Sudan. The protest movement in Sudan has once again escalated pressure on military leaders on Wednesday calling for a "one million march" of people demanding a swift transfer of power to a civilian administration. The Association of Sudanese Professionals (SPA), the spearhead of the movement unleashed on 19 December, which led to the dismissal on 11 April of President Omar al-Bashir, has been demanding since the departure of the Transitional Military Council that succeeded him head of state.
Scotland. The Scottish government has announced the introduction of a bill to hold a new referendum on Scottish independence by 2021, Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Wednesday. The head of the Scottish National Party (SNP) hopes this text will be voted by the end of the year.
Kim-Putin. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived on Wednesday morning at the Russian border crossing in Khasan, where he was greeted by Far Eastern Development Minister Alexander Kozlov. On Thursday, he will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok.
Our Lady. A bill has been presented for the restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris, giving "The possibility for the government to make an order for development or derogation" necessary for"Facilitate the completion of the work", according to the minutes of the Council of Ministers. This bill, which aims to allow a restoration in five years, goal set by President Emmanuel Macron, should allow the government to override obligations on public procurement and heritage protection laws.
Ascoval. The commercial chamber of the District Court of Strasbourg has deliberated May 2 its decision on the takeover of the steel mill Ascoval of Saint-Saulve (North). Only one candidate remains in the running, British Steel, said the spokesman of the Inter Bruno Kopzinski after the hearing.
End of life. The Council of State has validated the medical decision to interrupt the treatment of Vincent Lambert, quadriplegic in a vegetative state for ten years, whose case has become the symbol of the debate on the end of life in France. At the end of January, the administrative court of Châlons-en-Champagne had validated this procedure of stopping the care, qualifying their maintenance of "unreasonable obstinacy". His parents have lodged an appeal with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
Far right. The dissolution of the ultra-strong movement "Social Bastion, accused of calling for hatred, discrimination and violent actions, was pronounced Wednesday in the Council of Ministers, announced the Ministry of the Interior. President Emmanuel Macron pledged in late February to dissolve this group identity, born in Lyon in 2017. This decision was taken "to put an end to the repeated abuses committed" on the sidelines of rallies of road, said the ministry in a statement.
Media. Marc-Oliver Fogiel has announced that he will be leaving RTL after eleven years of broadcasting to become managing director of BFM TV. The journalist "Will have the mission to continue the development of BFMTV and bring to the channel its great experience, its rigor, its vision of information, its acute sense of responsibility and its managerial qualities", a statement from the Altice group, owner of the television channel and also Release.
Yellow vests. Eric Drouet, figure of the yellow vests, announced this Wednesday morning his intention to "Take a break". "All is not finished but I am at the end of my strengths (sic)"he writes. He denounces "threats" made against his family. The road driver Melun, prosecuted for non-declaration of Parisian demonstrations, had been sentenced at the end of March to 2,000 euros fine, 500 of which suspended.
Disappearance. Dick Rivers, a French rock'n'roll figure of the 1960s, died in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday at the age of 74, the day of his birthday, following a cancer, announced his manager on Twitter. Born in Nice in 1945, Hervé Forneri (his real name) had chosen his pseudonym in reference to a character played by Elvis Presley in the film Loving You.