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15 May 2018

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  • Novartis ditches lawyer as head rolls over Trump lawyer deal
    Reuters

    Novartis ditches lawyer as head rolls over Trump lawyer deal

    Novartis General Counsel Felix Ehrat will leave the Swiss drugmaker over his role in a $1.2 million contract it struck with the lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump, saying on Wednesday the pact was legal but an error. The $100,000-per-month contract with Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s Essential

  • Maduro vows economic change for Venezuela's 'rebirth' before vote
    Reuters

    Maduro vows economic change for Venezuela’s ‘rebirth’ before vote

    By Vivian Sequera CARACAS (Reuters) – Widely blamed for Venezuela’s unprecedented economic crisis, President Nicolas Maduro vowed on Tuesday to make “great changes” in the OPEC nation reeling from hyperinflation and shortages if re-elected this weekend. The 55-year-old leftist, however

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  • Malaysia's Anwar walks free after royal pardon, meets Mahathir
    Reuters

    Malaysia’s Anwar walks free after royal pardon, meets Mahathir

    By Joseph Sipalan and Tom Westbrook KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Jailed Malaysian reformist Anwar Ibrahim was granted a full pardon on Wednesday and walked free from a hospital in Kuala Lumpur, capping dramatic changes in the Southeast Asian country since the government was ousted in an election upset last

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Gaza and Jerusalem: Assessing the real costs of ‘low-cost’ US diplomacy

    President Trump has boasted to spirited applause at political rallies over recent weeks that his good sense as a businessman allowed him to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem for a fraction of the billion-dollar cost diplomats predicted. As if to underscore the low cost of the move, the 800

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  • Christian Science Monitor

    The peace in learning to discern the news

    In recent years, more American high schools have begun to teach “media literacy,” especially during an era of “fake news.” More news outlets now offer truth checks on public statements. One 2003 study of an 11th-grade class on media literacy found students were better able to recognize “the complex

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  • Christian Science Monitor

    A worker strike puts Nigeria’s health-care flaws in spotlight

    When the presidential jet roared down the runway at the international airport in Nigeria’s capital last week, it was leaving on a familiar mission. The country’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, was bound for London, where he regularly travels for medical treatment. Since taking office in 2015, in fact

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  • Christian Science Monitor

    A new push on immigration roils the midterms – and House Republicans

    Two months ago, after passing an enormous spending bill to fund the government, Congress seemed all but done for the year – ready to wrap things up in Washington and focus on winning reelection at home. To supporters of the maneuver, it represents a boost for small-d democracy – and the potential to

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  • Reuters

    Turkey expels Israeli consul in spat over Gaza violence

    Turkey has ordered the Israeli consul general in Istanbul to return to Israel “for some time”, a Turkish Foreign Ministry official said on Wednesday, in a diplomatic spat which follows the killings of 60 Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces. Turkey has been among the most vocal critics

  • Reuters

    Malaysia’s Anwar says to give full support to PM Mahathir

    Malaysian leader Anwar Ibrahim said on Wednesday that he would give full support to the government led by former rival Mahathir Mohamad, but would not immediately be part of it. “I have given my assurance, I am here as a concerned citizen to give complete support to manage the country on the understanding

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 7:05 a.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Wednesday canceled a high-level meeting with South Korea and threatened to scrap a historic summit next month between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over military exercises between Seoul and Washington that Pyongyang has long claimed

  • Australian stores limit baby formula as China demand hits stocks
    AFP

    Australian stores limit baby formula as China demand hits stocks

    One of Australia’s biggest supermarket chains said Wednesday some stores were moving baby formula behind counters and restricting sales as it emerged customers were clearing shelves and selling it online in China for more than double the price. Coles’ decision to take the milk product off aisles

  • Associated Press

    Australia says some Comm Games athletes seeking new visas

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian Border Force says it is aware some foreign athletes have remained in the country beyond the extent of their visas for the Commonwealth Games, and confirmed several of them have applied to stay longer.

  • U.S. Northeast storms kill two, snarl transport, cause power outages
    Reuters

    U.S. Northeast storms kill two, snarl transport, cause power outages

    (Reuters) – Powerful storms carrying high winds, torrential rain and hail slammed heavily populated parts of the U.S. Northeast on Tuesday, knocking over trees that killed two people, snarling transport and causing widespread power outages. An 11-year-old girl was killed on Tuesday afternoon when strong

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  • In Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega bends to Catholic Church
    Associated Press

    In Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega bends to Catholic Church

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — On a recent Sunday, Managua’s auxiliary Roman Catholic Bishop Silvio Baez talked to those gathered for Mass about love and its many forms.

  • New Singapore anti-terror law can order media blackout
    Associated Press

    New Singapore anti-terror law can order media blackout

    SINGAPORE (AP) — A new law that gives the police special powers during terrorist attacks, including widely banning journalists and members of the public from reporting on the scene, took effect in Singapore on Wednesday.

  • Bangladesh opposition leader Zia granted bail
    AFP

    Bangladesh opposition leader Zia granted bail

    Bangladesh’s 72-year-old opposition leader Khaleda Zia was granted bail on corruption charges Wednesday after her lawyers argued her health was at risk, paving the way for her to be released from jail. Bangladesh has for years been locked in an epic showdown between Zia, who has served as prime

  • Associated Press

    Rescuers search for survivors after Indian ferry capsizes

    HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Rescuers were searching for survivors Wednesday after a river ferry capsized in heavy winds in rural south India, leaving anywhere from 10 to 40 people missing.

  • Gulf Arab states rebuke Israel, but alliances inch closer
    Associated Press

    Gulf Arab states rebuke Israel, but alliances inch closer

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Arab states resoundingly condemned the killing of more than 50 Palestinians in this week’s Gaza protests, just as they have after previous Israeli violence going back decades — but behind the scenes fears over Iran have divided Arab leaders, with some willing to

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  • Associated Press

    Small plane crashes in Nepal’s mountains, killing 2 pilots

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A small plane flying in bad weather in Nepal’s mountainous northwest crashed Wednesday, killing both pilots on board, officials said.

  • Associated Press

    Official: Government troops push back Taliban from west city

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Security forces pushed back an attack by Taliban insurgents Wednesday and took control of Farah city in western Afghanistan, officials said.

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  • Japan's economy contracts in Jan-March, as spending lags
    Associated Press

    Japan’s economy contracts in Jan-March, as spending lags

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s longest straight period of expansion in nearly three decades ended in the first quarter of this year as the economy shrank at an annualized rate of 0.6 percent.

  • Haas succeeding but not expecting to win in F1 anytime soon
    Associated Press

    Haas succeeding but not expecting to win in F1 anytime soon

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Gene Haas had a lot to learn when he decided to venture into Europe with a new Formula One team.

  • Nicaragua's Ortega to attend crisis talks with opposition
    AFP

    Nicaragua’s Ortega to attend crisis talks with opposition

    Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega was on Wednesday set to attend long-awaited crisis talks with the opposition after nearly a month of violence that has left scores dead, officials said. “Tomorrow, from 10 in the morning, once the national dialogue is opened by the bishops, our president will

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  • Reuters

    Last missing Polish miner found dead: JSW

    Rescuers searching for Polish miners trapped almost a kilometer underground since a tunnel collapsed 11 days ago have found the body of the last missing man, taking to five the death toll in the incident, coal company JSW said on Wednesday. “The (last) miner’s body was trapped under one of

  • Bangladesh Supreme Court upholds bail for opposition leader
    Associated Press

    Bangladesh Supreme Court upholds bail for opposition leader

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh’s Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a High Court’s decision to grant bail to opposition leader and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, who was jailed for five years on a corruption conviction.

  • Venezuela crisis cuts deep at children's hospital
    AFP

    Venezuela crisis cuts deep at children’s hospital

    Eight-year-old Luisito is awaiting surgery for a brain tumor, a daunting prospect at the best of times — but this is Venezuela, and the hospital, typically, has little medicine or functioning equipment. The hospital doesn’t have one. Following surgery, the wound on his back worsened, for lack

  • North Korea threatens to cancel US summit over drills
    Associated Press

    North Korea threatens to cancel US summit over drills

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Wednesday canceled a high-level meeting with South Korea and threatened to scrap a historic summit next month between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over military exercises between Seoul and Washington that Pyongyang has long claimed

  • On the edge: the forgotten poor left by Colombia's war
    AFP

    On the edge: the forgotten poor left by Colombia’s war

    They live in shantytowns that overlook Bogota — hundreds of families who fled the bloodshed in rural Colombia during decades of civil war for the relative safety of the country’s cities. A year and a half after the government signed a peace deal with the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia

  • Associated Press

    China says military exercises intended to threaten Taiwan

    BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese government spokesman said Wednesday that the country’s military exercises around Taiwan are intended as a direct threat to the self-governing island’s government over moves Beijing sees as cementing its independence from the mainland.

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  • Water mismanagement leaves India's Silicon Valley parched
    Associated Press

    Water mismanagement leaves India’s Silicon Valley parched

    BANGALORE, India (AP) — India’s Silicon Valley is bracing for yet another thirsty summer.

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  • Malaysia's Anwar rejoins political fray after release from jail
    AFP

    Malaysia’s Anwar rejoins political fray after release from jail

    Jailed Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim walked free on Wednesday after receiving a royal pardon, paving the way for his return to national politics as the presumptive successor to Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad following a stunning election upset. Anwar emerged from a Kuala Lumpur hospital — where

  • North Korea says may reconsider summit with Trump, suspends talks with South
    Reuters

    North Korea says may reconsider summit with Trump, suspends talks with South

    By Christine Kim and Josh Smith SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea threw next month’s unprecedented summit between Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump into doubt on Wednesday, threatening weeks of diplomatic progress by saying it may reconsider if Washington insists on unilateral denuclearization

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  • Associated Press

    Indonesian police shoot dead four sword-wielding men who attacked a police headquarters in Sumatra, killing one officer

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police shoot dead four sword-wielding men who attacked a police headquarters in Sumatra, killing one officer.

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  • Indonesia police shoot dead four men after attack on Riau HQ
    Reuters

    Indonesia police shoot dead four men after attack on Riau HQ

    By Fransiska Nangoy JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian police shot dead four men on Wednesday after they used samurai swords to attack officers at Riau police headquarters in Pekanbaru, Sumatra, a police spokesman said. The men had driven their car into the police yard before getting out to stage the

  • Timeline of recent events on the Korean peninsula
    Associated Press

    Timeline of recent events on the Korean peninsula

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — After a few months of rapprochement, North Korea abruptly called off scheduled high-level talks with South Korea on Wednesday and warned the U.S. that a planned summit with President Donald Trump could be at risk. A look at developments on the Korean peninsula:

  • The Latest: Japan defends US-S. Korea military drills
    Associated Press

    The Latest: Japan defends US-S. Korea military drills

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on North Korea’s threat to cancel the summit with the United States (all times local):

  • Malaysia's reformist icon Anwar freed, given royal pardon
    Associated Press

    Malaysia’s reformist icon Anwar freed, given royal pardon

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s reformist icon Anwar Ibrahim was freed from custody Wednesday after receiving a royal pardon, transforming a political prisoner into a prime minister-in-waiting following his alliance’s stunning election victory.

  • HHS considering housing immigrant children at military bases
    Associated Press

    HHS considering housing immigrant children at military bases

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Health and Human Services Department is considering housing at military bases those children picked up crossing the U.S. border illegally either alone or after being separated from their parents by the government, according to two U.S. officials.

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  • Ash cloud from Hawaii volcano sparks red alert for aviation
    Reuters

    Ash cloud from Hawaii volcano sparks red alert for aviation

    By Terray Sylvester PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) – Explosions intensified on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano on Tuesday, spewing ash and triggering a red alert for aircraft for the first time since the latest eruption began 12 days ago. Ash and volcanic smog, or vog, as it is called, rose to 12,000 feet (

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  • US firms seek tariff relief as US and China try to mend rift
    Associated Press

    US firms seek tariff relief as US and China try to mend rift

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Corporate America is seeking relief from President Donald Trump’s threatened tariffs on at least $50 billion in Chinese goods as negotiators seek to prevent a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies.

  • NKorea moves, weak Japan GDP data pull Asian shares lower
    Associated Press

    NKorea moves, weak Japan GDP data pull Asian shares lower

    Share prices fell Wednesday in Asia after losses in technology and health care companies snapped an eight-day winning streak for the Dow Jones industrial average. North Korea’s cancellation of talks with South Korea and weaker than expected Japanese economic growth weighed on sentiment.

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  • Trump Indonesia project gets Chinese government partner
    Associated Press

    Trump Indonesia project gets Chinese government partner

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Chinese government-owned company has signed on to build a theme park in a vast development in Indonesia that also features a Trump hotel and condos, a deal that stands to benefit President Donald Trump’s company just as top Chinese envoys head to Washington for trade talks.

  • Senate panel poised to recommend Gina Haspel's confirmation
    Associated Press

    Senate panel poised to recommend Gina Haspel’s confirmation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s pick to be the next CIA director appears headed for confirmation as Gina Haspel picks up Democratic support and is expected to get a nod from the Senate intelligence committee.

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  • Reuters

    North Korea says may reconsider summit with United States: KCNA

    North Korea said it may reconsider holding a summit with the United States if Washington continues to unilaterally insist on North Korea giving up its nuclear program, the North’s state media said on Wednesday. Citing first vice minister of foreign affairs Kim Kye Gwan, North Korea’s central

  • Associated Press

    Steve Corica new head coach of A-League’s Sydney FC

    SYDNEY (AP) — Former Australia midfielder Steve Corica was named the new head coach of Sydney FC in the A-League on Wednesday.

  • For Pentagon, South Korea drills became a crucial but quiet endeavor
    Reuters

    For Pentagon, South Korea drills became a crucial but quiet endeavor

    By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Before North Korea’s condemnation of U.S.-South Korea military drills, even U.S. policy wonks who follow every twist and turn of events on the Korean peninsula probably did not know much about them. The Pentagon made a point of keeping the annual exercises

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  • Highway overpass collapses in India, killing 18 people
    Associated Press

    Highway overpass collapses in India, killing 18 people

    LUCKNOW, India (AP) — A highway overpass being built in north India collapsed, killing 18 people when an immense concrete slab slammed down onto the crowded road below, officials said Wednesday.

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  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 3:58 a.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Wednesday canceled a high-level meeting with South Korea and threatened to scrap a historic summit next month between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over military exercises between Seoul and Washington that Pyongyang has long claimed

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  • Iran's Syria intervention gets cinematic treatment
    AFP

    Iran’s Syria intervention gets cinematic treatment

    While Iran’s presence in Syria raises global fears of an all-out conflict with Israel, one cinematic version of its intervention has been a Tehran box office triumph. Released for the Persian new year at the end of March, “Be Vaght-e Cham” (“Damascus Time”) pulled in almost 1.4

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  • Associated Press

    Tana Umaga reappointed as Blues coach

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Former All Blacks captain Tana Umaga will continue as head coach of the Auckland-based Blues for another year despite his team winning only three of its first 11 matches in Super Rugby this season.

  • Guatemala: New details given in graft probe of president
    Associated Press

    Guatemala: New details given in graft probe of president

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Investigators revealed new details Tuesday night of a probe against Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales relating to purported illicit campaign financing, saying the material is sufficient to again seek to have his immunity from prosecution lifted.

  • South Korea's Son set for a quick turnaround for World Cup
    Associated Press

    South Korea’s Son set for a quick turnaround for World Cup

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Son Heung-min had a long, tough season with Tottenham in the Premier League, needing painkillers to get through the last few games.

  • Syrian entrepreneurs thrive in Turkey, boost economy
    AFP

    Syrian entrepreneurs thrive in Turkey, boost economy

    In the Turkish city of Gaziantep, home to around half a million Syrians who fled the civil war south of the border, hundreds of Syrian businesses are thriving in a boost both for the displaced community and their host country. Over 3.5 million Syrians are registered in Turkey, far more than in any other

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  • Heart surgery to keep Markle's father from attending royal wedding
    AFP

    Heart surgery to keep Markle’s father from attending royal wedding

    Meghan Markle’s father will not be able to walk her down the aisle at her wedding to Prince Harry after all, as he will undergo heart surgery Wednesday, celebrity website TMZ reported him as saying in the latest dramatic U-turn just days before the big occasion. Thomas Markle told TMZ he was due

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  • Associated Press

    Australia upholds Nauru decision to reject 3 refugee claims

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s highest court on Wednesday rejected the refugee claims of two Pakistani and a Nepalese asylum seeker because they could find somewhere safe in their homelands to live.

  • Mexican leftist frontrunner extends lead for presidency: poll
    Reuters

    Mexican leftist frontrunner extends lead for presidency: poll

    Mexican presidential frontrunner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador extended his lead to more than 12 points over his nearest rival ahead of the July 1 vote, according to a poll published on Tuesday. The survey by polling firm Consulta Mitofsky showed Lopez Obrador, running for the third time, had 32.6 percent

  • S.Africa's ousted Zuma poses problems for new president
    AFP

    S.Africa’s ousted Zuma poses problems for new president

    Three months ago, Jacob Zuma was ousted as president of South Africa, in a humiliating end to his nine-year rule. Zuma reluctantly resigned from office after the ruling ANC party turned against him as his legal troubles and corruption scandals mounted ahead of next year’s elections. “There

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  • Ex-French leader Sarkozy faces ruling on campaign finance trial
    AFP

    Ex-French leader Sarkozy faces ruling on campaign finance trial

    Former French leader Nicolas Sarkozy faces a hearing Wednesday on whether he must stand trial on charges of illicit financing of his failed 2012 presidential campaign, one of several legal inquiries which have dogged the rightwing politician since he left office. If an appeals court upholds a judge&

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  • North Korea threatens to cancel US summit: KCNA
    AFP

    North Korea threatens to cancel US summit: KCNA

    North Korea threatened Wednesday to cancel the forthcoming summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump if Washington seeks to push Pyongyang into giving up its nuclear arsenal. If the Trump administration “corners us and unilaterally demands we give up nuclear weapons we will no

  • Auckland Blues give under-fire Umaga another year
    AFP

    Auckland Blues give under-fire Umaga another year

    The struggling Auckland Blues gave coach Tana Umaga a 12-month contract extension Wednesday but made it clear he needs to turn around the Super Rugby club’s fortunes. Umaga’s team are again rooted to the bottom of the New Zealand conference after losing eight of their 11 matches this season.

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  • Ortega to attend opening of Nicaragua's national dialogue
    Associated Press

    Ortega to attend opening of Nicaragua’s national dialogue

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his powerful vice president and first lady, Rosario Murillo, say they will attend the opening of a national dialogue Wednesday that follows weeks of protests that have left dozens dead and weakened their Sandinista government.

  • Reuters

    Risk to Malaysian government if 1MDB defaulted on loans estimated in 2015 at $5.12 billion: report

    The Malaysian government’s exposure as of October 2015 if state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) defaulted on its loans was 20.3 billion ringgit ($5.12 billion) before interest, a declassified auditor’s report made available on Wednesday showed.

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  • US Justice Department, FBI probing Cambridge Analytica: report
    AFP

    US Justice Department, FBI probing Cambridge Analytica: report

    The US Justice Department and the FBI are investigating Cambridge Analytica, the British marketing analytics firm embroiled in the Facebook data scandal, and have questioned potential witnesses, The New York Times reported Tuesday. CA has vehemently denied exploiting data obtained from up to 87 million

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  • Mariners All-Star Cano suspended 80 games for drug violation
    Associated Press

    Mariners All-Star Cano suspended 80 games for drug violation

    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle already knew Robinson Cano would be out of the Mariners lineup for several weeks, the result of a broken bone in his right hand.

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  • Reuters

    South Korea says North’s decision to suspend inter-Korean talks ‘regrettable’

    North Korea’s decision on Wednesday to suspend a ministerial-level inter-Korean meeting is regrettable and is not in line with a historic declaration announced between the two Koreas in late April, South Korea’s unification ministry said. “North Korea’s decision to unilaterally postpone

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  • Safety, verification questions hang over North Korea's plan to close nuclear site
    Reuters

    Safety, verification questions hang over North Korea’s plan to close nuclear site

    By Josh Smith and David Brunnstrom SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Shutting down North Korea’s nuclear test site is trickier than it might seem. Nuclear material might be buried, but accessible enough to be dug up and reused in a weapon. Disarmament experts have raised many such scenarios after North

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  • Sanctions to intervention: US options after 'sham' Venezuela vote
    AFP

    Sanctions to intervention: US options after ‘sham’ Venezuela vote

    The United States, which in March 2015 labelled Venezuela “a national security threat,” has already imposed sanctions on dozens of officials and companies from the Socialist government in Caracas. Maduro and several other senior government officials have been targeted and accused of corruption

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  • EU leaders seek united front on Trump
    AFP

    EU leaders seek united front on Trump

    European Union leaders will try to forge a united response at a summit on Wednesday to US President Donald Trump’s shock decisions on the Iran nuclear deal and trade tariffs. The 28 leaders will also discuss the deaths of dozens of Palestinians in Gaza after Trump moved the US embassy to Jerusalem

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  • Associated Press

    Mexican radio journalist killed; 32nd in past 5½ years

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A radio news host was shot to death Tuesday in southern Mexico, bringing to at least 32 the number of Mexican journalists killed the past 5½ years.

  • The Latest: Israeli military sends aid to Gaza
    Associated Press

    The Latest: Israeli military sends aid to Gaza

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (all times local):

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  • Skujins wins Stage 3 of Tour of California out of breakaway
    Associated Press

    Skujins wins Stage 3 of Tour of California out of breakaway

    SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — Toms Skujins was in a breakaway at the Tour of California a year ago when he crashed heavily on the descent, then woozily tried to remount his bike despite what turned out to be a concussion.

  • Pompeo ends US diplomatic hiring freeze
    AFP

    Pompeo ends US diplomatic hiring freeze

    America’s top diplomat, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, ended Tuesday a hiring freeze that contributed to the unpopularity of his dismissed predecessor. “We’re tremendously happy in the building as a result of that today,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters.

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  • Venezuela seizes Kellogg unit after company halts operations: Maduro
    AFP

    Venezuela seizes Kellogg unit after company halts operations: Maduro

    Venezuela’s government seized control Tuesday of the South American country’s Kellogg subsidiary after it halted operations, President Nicolas Maduro announced. Maduro said the company had been “handed over to the workers” to continue production after the US-based cereals manufacturer

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  • Cespedes out of Mets' lineup, could be headed to DL
    Associated Press

    Cespedes out of Mets’ lineup, could be headed to DL

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes was out of the lineup Tuesday night because of a strained right hip flexor and could be headed to the disabled list.

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  • 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' touches down in Cannes
    Associated Press

    ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ touches down in Cannes

    CANNES, France (AP) — The Han Solo spinoff “Solo: A Star Wars Story” touched down Tuesday at the Cannes Film Festival, bringing its cast and a full-sized Chewbacca to the French Riviera extravaganza.

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  • Will he or won't he? Presence of Markle's father in doubt
    Associated Press

    Will he or won’t he? Presence of Markle’s father in doubt

    LONDON (AP) — Thomas Markle spent a career in Hollywood, but nothing prepared him for this.

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  • As Mexico marks journalist Valdez's murder, another colleague killed
    AFP

    As Mexico marks journalist Valdez’s murder, another colleague killed

    Culiacán (Mexico) (AFP) – A Mexican journalist was murdered Tuesday, the fourth of 2018, as the country mourned acclaimed reporter and writer Javier Valdez on the first anniversary of his killing. Juan Carlos Huerta was shot dead as he left his home in a suburb of Villahermosa, the capital of the southern

  • Associated Press

    Astle added to New Zealand list of contracted players

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Leg spin allrounder Todd Astle has been included on New Zealand Cricket’s list of contracted players for the first time, at the age of 31.

  • North Korea casts doubt on Trump summit, suspends talks with South
    Reuters

    North Korea casts doubt on Trump summit, suspends talks with South

    By Josh Smith SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea on Wednesday threw into question an unprecedented summit between its leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump scheduled for next month, denouncing military exercises between South Korea and the United States as a provocation and calling off high-level

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  • Storms slam U.S. Northeast, snarling transport and causing power outages
    Reuters

    Storms slam U.S. Northeast, snarling transport and causing power outages

    The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning from Maryland to New Hampshire. There were nearly 50 reports of hail in states including Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut, it said. A tornado was spotted in Sullivan, in northern New York, but there were no reports of damage

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  • Associated Press

    Coffee shop worker refuses service to man who insults Muslim

    RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A California coffee shop worker refused to serve a customer who insulted a Muslim woman wearing a head covering in a confrontation recorded on video.

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  • UN sees 'serious threat' in region disputed by Sudans
    AFP

    UN sees ‘serious threat’ in region disputed by Sudans

    The United Nations Security Council warned Tuesday the lack of progress in the disputed Abyei region between Sudan and South Sudan was a grave threat to international security. The Security Counil issued the warning in a resolution that unanimously extended until mid-November the United Nations Interim

  • Judge blocks US from revoking man's deportation protection
    Associated Press

    Judge blocks US from revoking man’s deportation protection

    SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. government must stop asserting without evidence that a Mexican man it’s trying to deport has gang ties, a federal judge in Seattle ruled Tuesday.

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  • Markle's father says heart procedure puts him out of British royal wedding
    Reuters

    Markle’s father says heart procedure puts him out of British royal wedding

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) – The father of American actress Meghan Markle said on Tuesday he could not attend his daughter’s wedding to Britain’s Prince Harry on Saturday because he needed a heart procedure. Thomas Markle, who lives in Mexico, was quoted as telling Los Angeles-based

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  • New PGA Tour schedule still has a few moving parts
    Associated Press

    New PGA Tour schedule still has a few moving parts

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jay Monahan might have been overly ambitious when he said he hoped to have next year’s PGA Tour schedule ready to announce at The Players Championship. The commissioner is not in a big rush, and there remain a few moving parts.

  • Reuters

    5-Star, League want ECB to forgive 250 bln euros of Italy debt –draft

    By Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) – The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and far-right League plan to ask the European Central Bank to forgive 250 billion euros ($296 billion) of Italian debt, according to a draft of a coalition program the parties are working on. The 39-page document, obtained by Huffington

  • Reuters

    Arab ministers to meet over ‘Israeli aggression on Palestinians’: news agency

    The Arab League will hold a meeting of foreign ministers on Thursday at the request of Saudi Arabia to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, Egypt’s state news agency, MENA, reported on Tuesday. Palestinians buried the dead on Tuesday from the bloodiest day in Gaza in years, after Israeli forces

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  • EU, Cuba build ties in face of US pressure
    AFP

    EU, Cuba build ties in face of US pressure

    The EU and Cuba signed a renewable energy deal on Tuesday, a step towards normalising relations in defiance of Washington’s continuing hardline stance on Havana. As it scrambles to save the Iran nuclear deal after US President Donald Trump ditched it last week, the EU sought to add substance to

  • Macron's party seen outperforming French rivals in 2019 EU elections - poll
    Reuters

    Macron’s party seen outperforming French rivals in 2019 EU elections – poll

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    AFP

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  • Reuters

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    Associated Press

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    Reuters

    U.S. imposes sanctions on Iran central bank governor

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    Reuters

    EU says Cuba could help broker government-opposition dialogue in Venezuela

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  • Israeli forces kill two Palestinians near border as Gaza buries dead
    Reuters

    Israeli forces kill two Palestinians near border as Gaza buries dead

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    AFP

    UN extends African peace mission in Somalia

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  • Associated Press

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    MIAMI (AP) — A Florida man has pleaded guilty to illegally shipping firearms to Brazil, many of them concealed in water heaters and other large appliances.

  • Associated Press

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    MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine’s state security agency raided offices of two Russian state-owned media outlets in the Ukrainian capital Tuesday and leveled treason accusations against a journalist, a move that drew sharp criticism from the top trans-Atlantic security and rights group.

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  • Associated Press

    Aston Villa reaches Championship playoff final

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  • Associated Press

    Merkel allies in Bavaria push through tough policing law

    BERLIN (AP) — Bavaria’s governing party has pushed through a law that significantly expands police powers in the southern German state, even as critics warn it puts civil liberties at risk.

  • Reuters

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  • Bosnia families bridge ethnic divide, demand justice for dead sons
    Reuters

    Bosnia families bridge ethnic divide, demand justice for dead sons

    By Maja Zuvela SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Two grieving fathers from across Bosnia’s ethnic divide called on Tuesday for justice for sons they believe were killed in separate murders covered up by the police. David Dragicevic, 21, an ethnic Serb student, was found in a river in March a week after he went

  • Associated Press

    The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

    App Store Official Charts for the week ending May 13, 2018:

  • Italy M5S leader says govt deal would be 'bomb' for establishment
    AFP

    Italy M5S leader says govt deal would be ‘bomb’ for establishment

    The leader of Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S), Luigi Di Maio, said Tuesday that if his party can strike a coalition deal with the far-right League a “bomb” will hit a political system fearful of change. The two parties have been locked in talks to reach a coalition

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  • Reuters

    North Korea will join ‘efforts for a total ban on nuclear tests’

    North Korea will join international efforts to ban nuclear tests, its ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Han Tae Song, told the Conference on Disarmament on Tuesday. North Korea, which is believed to have tested six nuclear weapons, has said it will dismantle its only known nuclear test site

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  • As Gaza death toll rises, Israeli tactics face scrutiny
    Associated Press

    As Gaza death toll rises, Israeli tactics face scrutiny

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s high-tech military is coming under scathing international criticism for its use of live fire that killed scores of Palestinian protesters across a border — even if the protesting Gazans were burning tires, launching fiery kites into Israeli farms and in some cases trying

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