India government steps up farm support, gives tax relief in pre-election budget

India’s government pledged 750 billion rupees ($10.56 billion) to support poor farmers and reduced the tax burden for the middle class on Friday, as it looked to rally support from voters with the final budget before a general election. source

Modi’s promised handout to Indian farmers gets lukewarm response

“Peanuts” was how one rural politician described a 6,000 rupee ($84) yearly handout to small farmers promised in Friday’s budget as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tries to secure the support of rural voters in a forthcoming election. source

Boko Haram killed at least 60 people in attack on Monday in Nigeria: Amnesty

Boko Haram killed at least 60 people in an attack on Monday on the northeast Nigerian town of Rann, Amnesty International said on Friday. source

Judges set to rule on release of Ivory Coast politician Gbagbo

International Criminal Court judges were set to rule on Friday on terms of release for former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, two weeks after he was acquitted on atrocities charges source

‘Farewell to Facebook’, bids Germany’s retiring Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel took another step in her stage-managed exit from politics on Friday, posting a video to announce the closure of her Facebook page after stepping down as head of her party. source

Four die in first clash of Libyan force’s southward push

At least four Libyan soldiers were killed on Friday when forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar fought for hours with a local armed group as they sought to expand south, military officials said. source

Modi’s populist budget to weigh on next Indian government: economists

The pre-election budget of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, including handouts for farmers and tax cuts for the lower middle class, is likely to weigh on whoever forms the next administration, economists warned on Friday. source

U.S. suspends compliance on weapons treaty with Russia, may withdraw in six months

The United States will suspend compliance with the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia on Saturday and formally withdraw in six months if Moscow does not end its alleged violation of the pact, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday. source

U.S. to notify Russia on Saturday of intention to pull out of INF treaty: official

The United States, through a written document, will notify Russia officially on Saturday of its intention to withdraw from the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a senior Trump administration official said on Friday. source

Germany: World will be less secure without INF weapons treaty

Russia is not prepared to restore confidence in the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Friday after the United States decided to suspend compliance with the accord. source

German Jews angry at plan for sausage museum on site of former Nazi camp

Germany’s Jewish community is angry at plans to build a museum celebrating a local sausage delicacy on the site of a facility where the Nazis held Jews before sending them to the Buchenwald concentration camp in the eastern state of Thuringia. source

At fresh protests, Sudan police fire tear gas at demonstrators

Sudanese police fired tear gas on Friday at hundreds of protesters in Omdurman, across the Nile from Khartoum, witnesses said, in the latest of more than a month of anti-government demonstrations. source

Brazilian top court judge reopens probe into Bolsonaro’s son

A Brazilian Supreme Court justice reopened a probe on Friday into suspicious cash payments involving President Jair Bolsonaro’s son Flavio, reviving an investigation that has dogged the president’s first few weeks in office. source

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