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Saudi Prince Unveils Sweeping Plans to End “Addiction” to Oil

The powerful young prince overseeing Saudi Arabia’s economy unveiled ambitious plans aimed at ending the kingdom’s “addiction” to oil and transforming it into a global investment power.

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the world’s top oil exporter expects state oil company Saudi Aramco to be valued at more than $2 trillion ahead of the sale of less than 5 percent of it through an initial public offering (IPO).

He added that the kingdom would raise the capital of its public investment fund to 7 trillion riyals ($2 trillion) from 600 billion riyals ($160 billion).

On Election Eve for Five States, Trump Rips Cruz and Kasich

Republican Donald Trump, on the eve of primary elections in five states that he is expected to sweep, launched blistering attacks on rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich for their 11th-hour joint effort aimed at denying him the party’s presidential nomination.

Canada PM Condemns “Cold-Blooded Murder” of Hostage in Philippines

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the execution of a Canadian hostage by Abu Sayyaf militants in the Philippines, calling it “an act of cold-blooded murder.”

Suspected Islamists Kill Bangladeshi Gay Rights Activist Working for US Embassy

Suspected Islamist militants hacked to death a leading Bangladeshi gay rights activist employed by the US embassy and his friend in an apartment in Bangladesh’s capital on Monday, police said.

Bangladesh Bank Hackers Compromised SWIFT Software, Warning Issued

Attackers who stole $81 million from Bangladesh central bank probably hacked into the software from SWIFT financial platform that is at the heart of the global financial system, say security researchers at British defense contractor BAE Systems.

In Europe, Obama Shows Support for His Closest Allies

President Barack Obama spent the past four days in Europe visiting his two oldest and closest foreign political allies, spending considerable political capital on issues close to their hearts.

The time and energy put into the visits to London and Germany signaled Obama’s affection and trust for two leaders who have stood with him through his toughest economic and foreign policy decisions.

But the trip also highlighted Obama’s concerns about the shaky global economy and the ripple effects of the conflict in Syria – priorities he wants to work on before his term ends next January.

Yemeni Forces Seize Main Oil Terminal From Al-Qaeda

Yemeni government forces and their Emirati allies took back control of the country’s largest oil export terminal from al-Qaeda, security officials said, a day after routing militants from their nearby stronghold.

Day 4 of Investigation Into Slayings of Eight Ohio Family Members

The investigation into the execution-style slayings of eight family members at four homes in rural Ohio stretched into its fourth day as authorities said autopsies had been completed on all of the victims.

Venezuela Court Blocks Another Opposition Tactic to Oust Maduro

Venezuela’s Supreme Court shot down one of the opposition’s main tactics to oust socialist leader Nicolas Maduro while ruling that any constitutional amendment to reduce presidential term cannot be retroactive.

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