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Thousands of miners in the north-eastern Chinese city of Shuangyashan staged protests over unpaid wages. The state-owned company they work for has suffered because of falling demand for its coal as China's economy slows.

Taiwan's president-elect, Tsai Ing-wen, named a former minister of finance, Lin Chuan, as the country's next prime minister. Ms Tsai and Mr Lin will take office on May 20th when President Ma Ying-jeou's term ends.

Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, and her European Union counterparts met to discuss a deal with Turkey, the main transit country for migrants making their way to Greece and beyond. Agreement is near, but controversial: Turkey must take back migrants from Greece; in return the EU must take an equal number from refugee camps in Turkey. In Germany anti-immigrant parties made significant gains in local elections.

A bomb in Ankara killed 37 people, the third attack in Turkey's capital within five months. A Kurdish militant group claimed responsibility for the attack. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president, called for terrorism to be redefined. There should be no difference, he said, between “a terrorist holding a gun or a bomb and those who use their position or pen to support terror”.

A shoot-out took place at a flat in Brussels, Belgium's capital, as police hunted for suspected terrorists. The raid was linked to the search for the remaining perpetrators of the Paris attacks last November by Islamic State, which killed 130 people. Four police officers were shot and wounded in the exchange of fire and one suspect, an Algerian living illegally in Belgium, was killed. Two other suspects escaped.

The introduction of a new tax on sugary drinks was the highlight of the British government's budget. A 330ml can of Coke exceeds by a sixth the recommended daily amount of sugar for a child. Although a similar tax in Mexico has had a noticeable effect on sales, research suggests the benefits in Britain may be bittersweet, as such drinks make up less than 20% of Britons' added-sugar intake..

Protesters in cities across Brazil demanded the impeachment of the president, Dilma Rousseff; at least 500,000 people took to the streets of S?o Paulo alone. Ms Rousseff's Workers' Party and its coalition allies are enmeshed in a bribery scandal and the country is going through the worst recession since the 1930s. But in a defiant mood, Ms Rousseff appointed Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, a former president, to her cabinet, meaning any charges he faces can be tried only in the supreme court.

America loosened restrictions on travel to, and transactions with, Cuba ahead of Barack Obama's visit. Americans will now be permitted to go to Cuba on their own, rather than as part of an organisation for educational purposes.

Colombia's president, Juan Manuel Santos, and the leader of the FARC guerrilla group, Rodrigo Londo?o, said they will miss a self-imposed deadline of March 23rd for signing a peace agreement. The postponement means that the deal will not be signed when Mr Obama is in Havana, where the peace talks are taking place.

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