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The New York Times reported March 30 that Comedy Central is expected to announce Trevor Noah as the next host of "The Daily Show." Noah, 31, is a South African comic who debuted on the program as senior international correspondent on December 4, 2014.
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Mar 30th, 2015
An airstrike in the area of the Mazraq refugee camp killed at least 21 people, humanitarian workers said. The camp has a large number of Horn of Africa migrants. The bombing targeted a military site, a humanitarian official said. Saudi Arabia has been striking suspected military targets in north Yemen and the capital.
Fighting between the Afghan military and the Taliban in southern Afghanistan cut off electricity in large areas, an official and residents said March 30. Electricity was a key goal of the U.S. counter-insurgency strategy in the south, a center of opium production. The military has been on the offensive there since February.
Ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy's right-wing UMP party and its allies dominated the second round of local elections on March 29. Based on exit polls, Le Monde reported they won at least 67 departments out of 101 in total, with 28 departments throwing out left-wing parties in favor of the right.
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Mar 30th, 2015
A court found Olmert guilty of fraud under aggravating circumstances and breach of trust. Olmert accepted bribes from U.S. businessman Morris Talansky in cash-stuffed envelopes containing hundreds of thousands of dollars without reporting it. The charges carry combined maximum sentences of 8 years in prison.
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