Jewish comedian Zelensky wins Ukranian presidential election by landslide – World News – Haaretz.com

Jewish comedian Zelensky wins Ukranian presidential election by landslide – World News – Haaretz.com

After an exit poll from Ukraine’s presidential election showed comedian Volodymyr Zelensky winning with 73 percent of the vote against incumbent Petro Poroshenko, Poroshenko on Sunday conceded he had been soundly defeated.
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He said he would be leaving office next month, but that he did not plan to quit politics altogether.
Zelensky was born in 1978 to Jewish parents in Krivyi Rih, a predominantly Russian-speaking industrial city in southern Ukraine. He left to pursue a career in show business; in 2003, he and two friends from his hometown founded the film studio Kvartal95 in the capital, Kiev.
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The studio became enormously successful throughout the post-Soviet world, and several of Zelensky’s Kvartal95 colleagues now play key roles in his campaign team.
The comedian would thus become Ukraine’s first Jewish president, making his country the only one outside of Israel to have both a Jewish president and prime minister; Volodymyr Groysman took the latter post in April 2016.
His rival Poroshenko has fought to integrate the country with the European Union and NATO, while strengthening the military which is fighting Kremlin-backed separatists in the east of the country.
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Close Pushing the use of the Ukrainian language and instrumental in establishing a new independent Orthodox church, the 53-year-old confectionary magnate casts himself as the man to prevent Ukraine again becoming a Russian vassal state.
But reforms crucial to keep foreign aid flowing have been patchy. Conflict in the eastern Donbass region has killed 13,000 people in five years and rumbles on despite Poroshenko’s promise to end it within weeks.
Frustration over low living standards and pervasive corruption has left the door open for Zelensky.
Zelensky has tapped into the anti-establishment mood, though his inexperience makes Western officials and foreign investors wary and skeptics question his fitness to be a wartime commander-in-chief.
Inviting comparisons with U.S. President Donald Trump and Italy’s Five-Star movement, his campaign has relied heavily on social media and comedy gigs of jokes, sketches and song-and-dance routines that poke fun at his political rivals.
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Extinction Rebellion: Hundreds of officers sent to help Met with protests – BBC News

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Teen activist Greta Thunberg addresses Extinction Rebellion rally A teenage climate change activist has told Extinction Rebellion protesters in London they are “making a difference”.
Greta Thunberg, 16, was greeted with chants of “we love you” as she took to the stage in front of thousands of people at the rally in Marble Arch.
A protest organiser said they planned “a week of activities” including a bid to prevent MPs entering Parliament.
More than 950 people have been arrested during the climate change protests and 40 people have been charged.
Ms Thunberg, a Swedish teenager who is credited with inspiring an international movement to fight climate change, told the crowd “humanity is standing at a crossroads” and that protesters “will never stop fighting for this planet”.
Addressing the crowd at about 19:30 BST, she said: “For way too long the politicians and people in power have got away with not doing anything at all to fight the climate crisis and ecological crisis.
“But we will make sure they will not get away with it any longer.” Image copyright AFP Image caption The Swedish teenager was greeted with loud cheers as she took to the stage
As of 19:00 on Sunday, a total of 963 people had been arrested during the climate change protests.
The Met Police said 40 people, aged 19 to 77, have been charged for “various offences including breach of Section 14 Notice of the Public Order Act 1986, obstructing a highway and obstructing police”.
Extinction Rebellion said it hoped to negotiate with the Mayor of London and the Met over continuing its demonstrations at Old Palace Yard in Westminster and leaving other sites.
Organisers said there would be a “people’s assembly” at Marble Arch on Monday afternoon to decide what will happen in the coming week. At the scene
By Dan Coles, BBC News
For much of the day there had been several hundred people at Extinction Rebellion’s Marble Arch site.
But the chance to hear from Greta Thunberg – something of a celebrity in the climate protest world – saw the numbers swell into the thousands. The crowd was bolstered by an influx from the Parliament Square location and their banners filled the air.
Greta Thunberg’s two-day journey to London by train was eagerly followed on social media and she got a huge cheer as she finally took to the stage.
Her speech was short and sweet, but the message was exactly what the crowd wanted to hear: “Keep going. You are making a difference.” Image copyright PA Image caption Hundreds of officers from other police forces have been sent to London to help the Met
Earlier, Extinction Rebellion member Farhana Yamin said the group had offered to “pause” protests and begin “a new phase of rebellion” to achieve “political aims”.
She said the move would show the group was an “organised and a long-term political force to be reckoned with”.

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Schoolboy, 16, turns £150 into £61k in eight months by studying trading tips on YouTube for five hours a day

Sun Savers YOU TRADER Schoolboy, 16, turns £150 into £61k in eight months by studying trading tips on YouTube for five hours a day
The self-taught youngster, who lives in Walthamstow, East London, is thought to be the UK’s youngest foreign exchange trader By Patrick Knox 21st April 2019, 3:20 pm Updated: 21st April 2019, 3:34 pm A TEENAGER has made more than £60,000 in just a few months by playing the stockmarkets after learning tips online.
Edward Ricketts, 16, spent five hours a day watching YouTube videos on how to profit by buying and selling global currencies online. SWNS:South West News Service Inspired… Edward Ricketts spotted a Foreign Exchange Market trader boasting on Instagram about how much money he was making SWNS:South West News Service 3 Whizz kid… Edward has trained himself to recognise how world events impact on currencies
The business studies student’s career began after seeking advice from a successful trader who said he would never succeed without formal training.
To prove him wrong Edward set about teaching himself the tricks of the trade and what factors affect the currency markets.
In just eight months he has turned his £150 — savings from a summer job — into £61,000 by monitoring the money markets.
The teenager, who lives in Walthamstow, East London, with dad Oscar, a 54-year-old security guard, and two siblings, told the Mail on Sunday: “I keep up with the news because it makes a massive difference.
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So good is he now at currency deals, he has scores of clients who pay him £155 a time for his top tips.
To celebrate he plans to splash out on a £30,000 Mercedes A-class when he’s old enough to drive.
He also wants to take his family to America for a holiday of a lifetime.
The budding entrepreneur is aiming for a career in business and is keen to become a property development. SWNS:South West News Service 3 Edward turned his savings from a summer job into a small fortune
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Sri Lanka attacks: County under curfew after bomb attacks kill 200 – BBC News

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Three churches were targeted during Easter services
The air force said an improvised explosive device – a 6ft-long [1.8m] plastic pipe packed with explosives – had been found and disposed of near the airport in the capital, Colombo.
Police have not provided a breakdown of how many were killed and wounded at each location. What’s known about the attackers?
The government has urged people not to speculate about who could be behind the attacks and restricted access to social media in the aftermath of the bombings.
No information has been given on the identity of the 24 people arrested.
However, the BBC’s Azzam Ameen in Colombo says the bombers are thought to be part of a “radical extremist Islamist group” according to authorities.
Addressing reports that officials had had prior intelligence of forthcoming attacks, Mr Wickremesinghe said: “We must look into why adequate precautions were not taken. Neither I nor the ministers were kept informed.”
A top Sri Lankan official later told the BBC that the government and intelligence services should not be blamed.
Hemasari Fernando – who is also chief-of-staff to President Maithripala Sirisena, a political rival of Mr Wickremesinghe – said information received earlier this month was of only one or two possible attacks, and that he never expected anything of the magnitude of Sunday’s bombings. Who are the victims?
The vast majority of those killed are thought to be Sri Lankan nationals, including scores of Christians who died at Easter church services.
The ministry of foreign affairs says it believes 35 foreign nationals are among the dead.
They include three of the children of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen , a family spokesman confirmed to the BBC. Mr Povlsen owns the Bestseller clothing chain and holds a majority stake in clothing giant Asos.
Other international victims include: At least five British citizens – including two with joint US citizenship One Portuguese citizen and six Indian nationals Two engineers from Turkey , according to Turkish news agency Anadolu Two Chinese nationals, according to the China Daily Two Australians , Prime Minister Scott Morrison said One person from the Netherlands One person from Japan , according to Japanese media citing government sources Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Archbishop of Colombo: ”A very, very sad day for all of us” What is Sri Lanka’s recent history?
Sunday’s attacks were the deadliest in Sri Lanka since the end of the country’s civil war in 2009.
The war ended with the defeat of the Tamil Tigers, who had fought for 26 years for an independent homeland for the minority ethnic Tamils.
Between 70,000 and 80,000 people are believed to have died in the conflict.
The nation has seen some sporadic violence since. In March 2018 a state of emergency was declared after members of the majority Buddhist Sinhala community attacked mosques and Muslim-owned properties. Sri Lanka country profile Religion in Sri Lanka
Theravada Buddhism is Sri Lanka’s biggest religious group, making up about 70.2% of the population, according to the most recent census. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Christians are a small minority in Sri Lanka
It is the religion of Sri Lanka’s Sinhalese majority and is given primary place in the country’s laws.
Hindus and Muslims make up 12.6% and 9.7% of the population respectively.
Sri Lanka is also home to about 1.5 million Christians, according to the 2012 census, the vast majority of them Roman Catholic.
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