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Friday, April 21, 2017

Iraq forces retake more areas in west Mosul
Iraqi forces retook two more neighbourhoods in west Mosul today, tightening the noose around jihadists holed up in the Old City, commanders said. "The forces completed the liberation of Al-Thawra neighbourhood," Sabah al-Noman, spokesman for the elite Counter-Terrorism Service, told AFP. An officer with federal police forces also deployed in west Mosul confirmed that the neighbourhood, which lies just west of the Old City, had been retaken from the Islamic State group.
    
Need to find innovative ways to reach poor: World Bank chief
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim today called for finding innovative ways to reach the poor as the global economy is facing challenges from fragility, accelerations in technology and rising aspirations. "In the midst of these crises, and with rising aspirations, we must change the way we work. We have to find new and innovative ways to reach the poor, and make the world more secure and stable. Last week at the London School of Economics, I outlined how we're working to change our approach," Kim said at a news conference here. "We have to start by asking whether the private sector can finance a project. If the conditions aren't right, we will work with our partners to de-risk that project or, if needed, de-risk entire countries or sectors," he said acknowledging that this will not be easy.

France's 11 presidential hopefuls stake out positions on TV
The 11 men and women hoping to be France's next president are appearing on national television seeking to sway voters in the nail-biting, unpredictable election campaign. The candidates will each have 15 minutes tonight to answer questions about their stances, along with a brief conclusion at the end, in a prime-time program on France 2. The four top candidates centrist Emmanuel Macron, far- right Marine le Pen, conservative Francois Fillon and far-left Jean-Luc Melenchon will be seeking to impress the 30 percent of French voters who are still undecided. The French presidential race's outcome is  uncertain just three days before Sunday's first-round vote.

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