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Paris attacks suspect gets 20-year sentence in Brussels trial

  • A Belgian judge on Monday sentenced Salah Abdeslam, the prime surviving suspect in the 2015 Islamic State attacks on Paris, to 20 years in prison over a shootout with police in Brussels in 2016.
  • Abdeslam's co-defendant Sofien Ayari also received a 20-year term for attempted terrorist murder.
  • While his lawyer argued Abdeslam, 28, should be acquitted because of a procedural error, prosecutors had charged him with attempted murder over the Brussels shootout in March 2016, days before his arrest, and called for a jail term of 20 years.

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Pompeo’s War Record in Question Ahead of Secretary of State Confirmation

  • The CIA has confirmed that Mike Pompeo, that agency’s current director and current nominee for Secretary of State, was not deployed in the first Gulf War, despite widespread statements that he served in that conflict.
  • Former CIA officer Ned Price found a series of news reports, including from the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, and the L.A. Times, that referred to Pompeo serving in the Gulf War. Get CEO Daily, Fortune’s newsletter for leaders.
  • But Pompeo’s apparent failure to correct widespread false claims adds another wrinkle to an already contentious confirmation process.
  • The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is not expected to recommend Pompeo’s confirmation in a Monday vote, which would be the first time such a vote has gone negative in the century-plus that the review process has been in place.

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Why has Turkey’s president called early elections?

  • SINCE the start of the year, the question on the minds of many Turks was not whether President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (pictured, left) would call early presidential and parliamentary elections, but when.
  • So what does Mr Erdogan hope to achieve by marching Turks to the polls for the sixth time in four years, and for the second time under emergency law?
  • The currency rebounded on news of the snap election, a sign that investors expect Mr Erdogan and his Justice and Development (AK) party to cruise to a win and reduce stimulus spending.
  • The June elections will mark the first time Turkey votes for president and parliament on the same day.
  • Hours after he announced the early elections, his MPs approved the extension of emergency law for another three months.

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Home prices just took the biggest jump in four years

  • The median price of a home sold in March surged 8.9 percent compared with March 2017, according to Redfin, a real estate brokerage.
  • The supply of homes for sale was down 11.9 percent in March, compared with a year ago.
  • The number of new listings in March dropped 5.6 percent annually, although part of that may have been due to the Easter holiday falling early this year.
  • Building permits, an indicator of future construction, declined 5.5 percent for the month and are barely 2 percent higher compared with a year ago.
  • Builders are banking on continued, strong demand for rental apartments, as homebuyers struggle to find affordable homes.
  • The supply situation is acute in Washington, D.C., where inventory fell 22 percent in March annually, according to Long & Foster Real Estate.

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