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It's sad that President Trump and his Twitter outbursts are still dominating the headlines. In a week of Britain's big budget announcement and Republican hypocrisy over emails, here are five stories from around the world that should be on your radar. 


A stampede of 120 diners left a single restaurant in Spain without paying. The group had apparently been celebrating a baptism in the north-western town of Bembibre. Following the ceremony they went to El Carmen restaurant, but as dessert was being served the group left the restaurant en masse. 

Restaurant owner Antonio Rodriguez said that the diners had paid a deposit of £770 for their meal, but that they owed him an extra 2,000 Euros to cover the cost of their food and drink. He told BBC News that "it was something they had planned and they left in a stampede". He has little hopes of being repaid. 


Over 110 people have died in only two days as a drought has hit the south-west of Somalia. So far, the death toll has been announced for the region of Bay alone. The Prime Minister, Hassan Ali Haire, announced the sombre news last weekend. Some of the deaths were linked to cholera, according to local news agencies. They reported that the disease had killed dozens in the town of Awdinle. The death rates for cholera, most often caused by bacterial infection from contaminated and unclead drinking water, are fairly high. 

There are fears that the drought will lead to a full-scale famine. President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo declared that the country was in a state of national disaster last Tuesday, and experts are linking it to El Nino. The phenomenon often affects the Horn of Africa relatively strongly, and can also manifest in excess flooding. 

Somalia's last large famine lasted for two years. It ended in 2012 and killed 260,000 people.


Early last week, a law was passed in Bangladesh that allows child marriages in unspecified 'special circumstances'. The law previously, and still, states that the legal age for marriage is 18 for girls and 21 for boys. The law passed on February 27 allows children to be married at younger ages than this, providing parental consent and agreement from a court, but it does not state that the consent of the child concerned is necessary for this to be possible. 

Bangladesh has one of the highest rates of child marriage. According to UNICEF, 66% of girls are married before the age of 18, with half of these becoming wives before they've reached 15 years old. UNICEF suggest that the payment of a dowry is one of the most common reasons for illegal child marriage, and also notes the high pregnancy rates of teenage girls because of this. 


The United States saw its second high-profile racist shooting last week when a Sikh man was shot near Seattle, Washington. The victim is alive but wounded. Reports say that the attacker approached the man in his driveway, and told him repeatedly to 'go back to your country' before he was shot in the arm. 

The victim has since been released from hospital, but the attacker, described as a '6-foot tall white man with a stocky build' has not yet been identified or apprehended. 

Last month, an Indian engineer was shot and killed in a Kansas bar in a racially motivated attack. Two others were injured. 


A crocodile was stoned to death by visitors at a zoo in the Tunisian capital Tunis last week. The zoo posted some grim photographs of the crocodile's injuries to their Facebook page following what they denounced as a "savage" act. Present in the images were bloodied rocks and a paving slab, suggesting that these were the instruments used to kill the animal. 

The stones thrown at the crocodile's head led to internal haemorrhaging. A vet at the zoo told AFP that rocks are also often thrown at other animals, including lions and hippos. He went on to say that there was only so much staff could do to protect the 150 species in Belvedere. 

Last year, the zoo gained notoriety on social media after a series of viral images showed masses of litter within the zoo. Officials then blamed visitors for the mess. 

On Friday, Tunisia's local affairs and environment ministry announced that Belvedere Zoo is to temporarily close so that officials can carry out maintenance and set up new measures to monitor and control the flow of visitors. 

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