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17 May 2018

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  • Ecuador orders withdrawal of extra Assange security from embassy in London
    Reuters

    Ecuador orders withdrawal of extra Assange security from embassy in London

    The president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, ordered the withdrawal on Thursday of additional security assigned to the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has remained for almost six years. The Australian took refuge in the small diplomatic headquarters in 2012 to avoid sexual

  • Syria's Assad flies to Russia for talks with Putin: Kremlin
    Reuters

    Syria’s Assad flies to Russia for talks with Putin: Kremlin

    By Maxim Rodionov and Polina Devitt MOSCOW (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad flew to Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s summer residence on the Black Sea for talks on Thursday about the Syrian conflict, the Kremlin said, a visit that underscored Moscow’s status as Assad’s chief backer

  • Venezuela's Maduro gets support from Erdogan, Maradona ahead of vote
    Reuters

    Venezuela’s Maduro gets support from Erdogan, Maradona ahead of vote

    By Alexandra Ulmer and Corina Pons CARACAS/BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela (Reuters) – Venezuela’s diplomatically isolated president got a show of support from his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan and Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona on Thursday ahead of a weekend election widely decried as unfair

  • Christian Science Monitor

    For more US parents, paid family leave becomes reality

    It’s clear father and son share a strong bond – one that Alptekin attributes to being able to take time off work the first few weeks after Isa was born. It was, Alptekin recalls, a “pretty hectic” time, with its mountains of diapers and sleepless nights. Currently, California is one of four US states

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  • Christian Science Monitor

    The soft power of openness to other languages

    One type of “soft power,” however, is often overlooked: a generosity toward languages. In recent months, the island nation of Taiwan, which has been conquered by several foreign forces in recent history, is moving fast to embrace its language diversity. Last year, it gave “national status” to the mother

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Could power of the euro rein in Poland and Hungary where rule of law has not?

    The transformation of this commuter hub is just one of hundreds since Poland joined the European Union in 2004: 4 billion euros ($4.7 billion) in EU funds over the past decade have supported nearly 600 projects in Warsaw alone. In the period 2014 to 2020, the EU has earmarked 86 billion euros ($102 billion

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  • Christian Science Monitor

    How these women crochet sleeping mats for homeless people out of plastic bags

    On Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., women from Winter Valley senior housing in the Boston suburb of Milton, Mass., gather around a table to chat, snack on baked goods, and crochet. This particular group of about a dozen women has been meeting almost every week for more than a year, converting bags into six-foot-long

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  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 5:52 a.m. GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un have one big thing in common as they prepare for what would be the first ever U.S.-North Korea summit next month in Singapore: They both claim to deserve total credit. In a country where there is no Twitter but lots of fake news, North Koreans are getting a very

  • China first home-built aircraft carrier completes sea trials
    Associated Press

    China first home-built aircraft carrier completes sea trials

    BEIJING (AP) — China said Friday its first home-built aircraft carrier has completed five days of sea trials, putting it closer to joining its sister flattop in the country’s increasingly powerful fleet.

  • Honda, Kagawa named to Japan squad for Ghana friendly
    Associated Press

    Honda, Kagawa named to Japan squad for Ghana friendly

    TOKYO (AP) — Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa were named on Friday to Japan’s squad for an international friendly on May 30 against Ghana in Yokohama.

  • Growing tensions between Syrians and Turks in 'little Syria'
    AFP

    Growing tensions between Syrians and Turks in ‘little Syria’

    Some call it “little Syria” since it is impossible to walk down the main shopping streets in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep without hearing traders and passers-by speaking Arabic. The city of two million lies close to the Syrian border and has welcomed nearly 500,000 of the 3.5 million

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  • Turkey presence gets mixed welcome in Balkans
    AFP

    Turkey presence gets mixed welcome in Balkans

    In the cafes of Novi Pazar, a predominantly Muslim town in southern Serbia, Turkish football clubs Fenerbahce or Galatasaray stir more emotion than Belgrade’s Red Star or Partizan. It is just one sign of Turkey’s growing presence in the Balkans, where many have doubts over what their Ottoman-era

  • Sudan teen's death penalty puts spotlight on women's rights
    AFP

    Sudan teen’s death penalty puts spotlight on women’s rights

    When a Sudanese teenager was sentenced to death last week for killing her husband, who had allegedly raped her, activists knew that a new fight had begun for women’s rights in Sudan. Noura Hussein, 19, received the sentence for the “intentional murder” of the man her father had forced

  • Netanyahu basks in victories, but graft probes still loom
    AFP

    Netanyahu basks in victories, but graft probes still loom

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has basked in recent victories from the US withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal to opening its embassy in Jerusalem, giving him respite from graft probes breathing down his neck. US President Donald Trump granted Netanyahu’s long-sought wish on May 8 when

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  • Indonesia seeks death for cleric accused of ordering attacks
    Associated Press

    Indonesia seeks death for cleric accused of ordering attacks

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian prosecutors on Friday demanded death for radical Islamic cleric Aman Abdurrahman who is accused of ordering attacks including a January 2016 suicide bombing and gun attack in the capital Jakarta that killed four civilians and four attackers.

  • Reuters

    Thailand’s junta targets opposition for criticizing election delays

    Thailand’s military government has accused opposition members of flouting a ban on political activity, among other charges, after they criticized it for reneging on promises to restore democracy and protect basic rights, police said on Friday. Police said the junta, formally known as the National

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  • Niger drone video shows US forces fighting for their lives
    Associated Press

    Niger drone video shows US forces fighting for their lives

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Dramatic new drone video of the Niger ambush that killed four American soldiers shows U.S. forces desperately trying to escape and fighting for their lives after friendly Nigerien forces mistook them for the enemy.

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  • Investigators probe cause of school bus crash that killed 2
    Associated Press

    Investigators probe cause of school bus crash that killed 2

    MOUNT OLIVE, N.J. (AP) — Investigators are working to determine why a school bus taking a group of fifth-graders on a field trip collided with a dump truck and tipped over on a busy New Jersey highway, killing a student and a teacher.

  • Associated Press

    Former Australian junior middleweight boxer Troy Waters dies

    SYDNEY (AP) — Former junior middleweight world title boxing contender Troy Waters has died following a long battle with leukemia, his family said Friday. He was 53.

  • Trump dampens chances of trade deal with China
    AFP

    Trump dampens chances of trade deal with China

    US and Chinese officials face a new round of tough trade talks on Friday as President Donald Trump discounted chances of a deal, but Beijing extended a potential olive branch. Trump met with a Chinese delegation headed by Vice Premier Liu He on Thursday as talks aimed at easing frictions between the

  • Germany loses Holocaust reminder as survivors dwindle
    AFP

    Germany loses Holocaust reminder as survivors dwindle

    Renowned for its relentless confrontation of its Nazi past, Germany’s culture of remembrance faces new 21st-Century challenges as survivors of World War II and the Holocaust disappear and far-right politics reemerges. “This is my birth certificate, with the Nazi swastika on the bottom,”

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  • Empty stomachs drive Venezuela soldiers to desert in droves
    Associated Press

    Empty stomachs drive Venezuela soldiers to desert in droves

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — With Venezuela’s government bankrupt amid hyperinflation, hunger and discontent are penetrating the barracks, raising doubts about the armed forces’ continued loyalty to President Nicolas Maduro.

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  • Associated Press

    Ecuador orders removal of extra security at London embassy

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno has ordered the immediate withdrawal of extra security assigned to the country’s embassy in London where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has resided since 2012.

  • Hawaii volcano spews 6 mile-high plume of ash, could blow again
    Reuters

    Hawaii volcano spews 6 mile-high plume of ash, could blow again

    By Terray Sylvester PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) – Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano spewed ash nearly six miles (9 km) into the sky on Thursday and scientists warned this could be the first in a string of more violent explosive eruptions with the next possibly occurring within hours. “This has relieved

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  • Cash-stuffed designer handbags seized in raids on Malaysia's Najib
    AFP

    Cash-stuffed designer handbags seized in raids on Malaysia’s Najib

    Dozens of designer handbags stuffed with cash and jewellery were seized during Malaysian police raids on luxury properties linked to ex-prime minister Najib Razak on Friday, as a corruption probe gathered pace. Officers removed Hermes, Birkin and Louis Vuitton bags as part of a trove whose value they

  • Pacquiao says Matthysse bout to be 'basis' for retirement call
    AFP

    Pacquiao says Matthysse bout to be ‘basis’ for retirement call

    Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao says the outcome of his July bout against Argentine Lucas Matthysse will likely determine whether he will hang up his gloves after a storied career. “I am not saying it will be the last, but it will be the basis for (me) to think about (whether) to continue

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  • Pregnancy of southern white rhino at US zoo could save subspecies
    AFP

    Pregnancy of southern white rhino at US zoo could save subspecies

    A southern white rhino at a California zoo has been impregnated through artificial insemination, researchers announced on Thursday, in what could prove a major step in saving a nearly extinct close relative. The rhino called Victoria was inseminated in March at the San Diego Zoo and the embryo will

  • The Latest: Indonesia prosecutors seek death for cleric
    Associated Press

    The Latest: Indonesia prosecutors seek death for cleric

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on the trial of radical Indonesian cleric Aman Abdurrahman (all times local):

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean
    Associated Press

    AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

    This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean published in the past week.

  • Caps' Backstrom returns, expects to be back to normal soon
    Associated Press

    Caps’ Backstrom returns, expects to be back to normal soon

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nicklas Backstrom did so well on faceoffs with an injured hand he even surprised himself.

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 3:46 a.m. GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un have one big thing in common as they prepare for what would be the first ever U.S.-North Korea summit next month in Singapore: They both claim to deserve total credit. In a country where there is no Twitter but lots of fake news, North Koreans are getting a very

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  • Asian stocks marginally higher on backdrop of US-China talks
    Associated Press

    Asian stocks marginally higher on backdrop of US-China talks

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were marginally higher on Friday as U.S. and Chinese officials held a new round of talks seeking to avert a trade war between the world’s two largest economies.

  • Kashmir nomads wonder what place they have in today's India
    Associated Press

    Kashmir nomads wonder what place they have in today’s India

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Along a bustling road set amid a series of new McMansions in Kashmir’s main city, a half-dozen extended families are camped in an open field in shelters of burlap and plastic. To an outsider, they look like refugees.

  • Students leading Nicaragua protests demand transition government
    AFP

    Students leading Nicaragua protests demand transition government

    Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s time is up and he should step aside to allow a transitional government to take over, a representative of university students spearheading protests against the veteran leader told AFP. Victor Cuadras, a 25-year-old student in chemical engineering, is one of the

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  • Associated Press

    Alex de Minaur gets Australian wild card for Roland Garros

    SYDNEY (AP) — Tennis Australia said Friday that Alex de Minaur has been given Australia’s reciprocal wild card into the French Open starting on May 27.

  • Chinese mass-indoctrination camps evoke Cultural Revolution
    Associated Press

    Chinese mass-indoctrination camps evoke Cultural Revolution

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — Day after day, Omir Bekali and other detainees in far western China’s new indoctrination camps had to disavow their Islamic beliefs, criticize themselves and their loved ones and give thanks to the ruling Communist Party.

  • China's mass indoctrination camps evoke Cultural Revolution
    Associated Press

    China’s mass indoctrination camps evoke Cultural Revolution

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — Hour upon hour, day upon day, Omir Bekali and other detainees in far western China’s new indoctrination camps had to disavow their Islamic beliefs, criticize themselves and their loved ones and give thanks to the ruling Communist Party.

  • Windsor residents split on royal wedding hoopla
    AFP

    Windsor residents split on royal wedding hoopla

    As Windsor gears up for Saturday’s royal wedding, some local residents are loving the party buzz, while others are sick of the whole shebang. The streets are lined with barricades, armed police are on patrol and even more tourists than usual are packing the historic town’s pavements. People

  • Associated Press

    Rebels release England-bound former captain Nic Stirzaker

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Melbourne Rebels have released former captain Nic Stirzaker, who will leave the Super Rugby team to play in England for Bristol.

  • Putin to meet Merkel to talk Iran and Ukraine
    AFP

    Putin to meet Merkel to talk Iran and Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Friday, as Moscow and Europe make rare joint efforts to save the Iran nuclear deal. The pair’s first face-to-face meeting in a year will take place less than a week before French President

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  • Biggest eruption at Hawaii volcano since it became more active
    AFP

    Biggest eruption at Hawaii volcano since it became more active

    Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted from its summit early Thursday, shooting a huge plume of ash miles into the sky and prompting authorities to urge area residents to take cover. The Hawaii Volcano Observatory said the explosion within Kilauea’s Halemaumau crater — the biggest since the volcano

  • Trump says 'animals' comment refers to criminals, Mexico protests
    Reuters

    Trump says ‘animals’ comment refers to criminals, Mexico protests

    By James Oliphant and Anthony Esposito WASHINGTON/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was referring to criminal gangs when he called some illegal immigrants “animals,” a term the Mexican government labeled as unacceptable and which drew rebukes on social

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  • Right-winger Duque keeps lead in poll for Colombia election
    Reuters

    Right-winger Duque keeps lead in poll for Colombia election

    Right-wing candidate Ivan Duque kept his lead over rivals ahead of Colombia’s May 27 presidential election, with 35 percent of voters saying they planned to back him, a survey by YanHaas showed on Thursday. Support for Duque, a protégé of former President Alvaro Uribe, fell 3 points from the last

  • AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia
    Associated Press

    AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

    Muslim men perform an evening prayer marking the first eve of the holy month of Ramadan on the Indonesian island of Bali.

  • Hundreds of designer handbags, jewelry, cash seized from former Malaysian PM's condo
    Reuters

    Hundreds of designer handbags, jewelry, cash seized from former Malaysian PM’s condo

    Malaysian police seized 284 boxes containing designer handbags and dozens of bags filled with cash and jewelry from a private residence linked to former prime minister Najib Razak on Friday morning. The items were carted out of a luxury condominium during pre-dawn hours, and included “jewelry,

  • Ex-boyfriend of blast victim arrested on explosives charge
    Associated Press

    Ex-boyfriend of blast victim arrested on explosives charge

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Spa owner Ildiko Krajnyak was opening a package that had piled up with mail during her recent trip to her native Hungary when it exploded.

  • Leftist's lead grows ahead of Mexico presidential vote: poll
    Reuters

    Leftist’s lead grows ahead of Mexico presidential vote: poll

    Mexican left-wing presidential frontrunner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador extended his lead to 19 percentage points in May, according to the latest poll published by Ipsos on Thursday. The survey, taken between May 11 and May 15, showed Lopez Obrador, a former Mexico City mayor, had 43 percent of support

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  • Philippine senators: Supreme Court set 'dangerous precedent'
    Associated Press

    Philippine senators: Supreme Court set ‘dangerous precedent’

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — More than half of the Philippine Senate asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to review its decision to oust its chief justice, calling the ruling a “dangerous precedent” that infringed on constitutional powers of Congress to impeach senior officials.

  • Reuters

    China seeks investigation into University of Southern California abuse accusations

    The Chinese government has expressed “deep concern” over published reports that a University of Southern California gynecologist was allowed for years to treat students, many of them from China, despite accusations of sexual abuse and harassment. The Los Angeles Times reported this week that

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  • Judge denies bail for Hong Kong businessman in bribery case
    Associated Press

    Judge denies bail for Hong Kong businessman in bribery case

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge rejected bail on Thursday for a prominent Hong Kong businessman awaiting trial in a United Nations-linked bribery conspiracy, saying evidence in a prosecution that could result in decades in prison was strong enough to make him want to flee.

  • N. Korea unlikely to return to talks with South over drills
    Associated Press

    N. Korea unlikely to return to talks with South over drills

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea strongly criticized South Korea over ongoing U.S.-South Korean military exercises on Thursday and said it will not return to talks with its rival until Seoul resolves its grievances.

  • School bus torn apart in dump truck collision, killing 2
    Associated Press

    School bus torn apart in dump truck collision, killing 2

    MOUNT OLIVE, N.J. (AP) — A school bus taking children on a field trip to a historic site collided with a dump truck on Thursday, ripping the bus apart and killing a student and a teacher.

  • Trump promises N.Korea's Kim can stay in power
    AFP

    Trump promises N.Korea’s Kim can stay in power

    US President Donald Trump tried to put his summit with Kim Jong Un back on track Thursday, offering the North Korean leader guarantees of staying in power if he abandons nuclear weapons. “It could very well be that he’s influencing Kim Jong Un,” Trump said, citing a recent meeting between

  • China rejects appeal on behalf of Nobel Prize winner's widow
    Associated Press

    China rejects appeal on behalf of Nobel Prize winner’s widow

    BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday rejected an appeal from dozens of writers and artists for the release from house arrest of the widow of Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo.

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  • Associated Press

    Priest extradited from Philippines pleads guilty to 2 counts

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest accused of molesting two boys in North Dakota in the 1990s has pleaded guilty to two counts of felony gross sexual imposition.

  • The Latest: Jailed Utah man not among inmates transferred
    Associated Press

    The Latest: Jailed Utah man not among inmates transferred

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on Venezuela’s presidential election amid an economic and political crisis (all times local):

  • Associated Press

    PayPal gains bigger in-store presence with $2.2B acquisition

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — PayPal is buying financial services startup iZettle for $2.2 billion to expand its digital payment service into thousands of brick-and-mortar stores in Europe and Latin America.

  • San Juan's mayor says island not ready for hurricane season
    Associated Press

    San Juan’s mayor says island not ready for hurricane season

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, said Thursday that the island remains in desperate need of help eight months after Hurricane Maria and isn’t ready for the hurricane season that begins in June.

  • Egypt's Sisi orders Gaza border opened for Ramadan: Twitter account
    Reuters

    Egypt’s Sisi orders Gaza border opened for Ramadan: Twitter account

    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered on Thursday that the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip be opened for the whole of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, he said on his official Twitter account. Sisi’s Twitter account said the opening of the crossing would “alleviate the burdens

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  • Reuters

    Gawker site finds bidder after court approves settlement with billionaire Thiel

    The co-founder of New York-based marketing firm Didit is interested in buying gossip website Gawker Media LLC out of bankruptcy after a U.S. judge on Thursday approved a settlement with the investor Peter Thiel, whose funding of a lawsuit against Gawker forced it to close in 2016. A bid by Kevin Lee

  • Baker promises 'ethereal' taste for royal wedding cake
    Associated Press

    Baker promises ‘ethereal’ taste for royal wedding cake

    LONDON (AP) — The wedding cake for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will have an “ethereal” taste and an unusual display.

  • Venezuela opposition figures in jail protest
    AFP

    Venezuela opposition figures in jail protest

    Dozens of Venezuelan opposition prisoners have taken over part of a prison run by the feared intelligence services days ahead of elections, a rights group said Thursday. The United States expressed “serious concerns” over the standoff with Venezuelan authorities after an American man among

  • Reuters

    China’s steel mills turn trash into cash as policy reshapes strategy

    By Muyu Xu and Josephine Mason BEIJING (Reuters) – Steel mills in China are spending big on equipment that shreds cars and other junk metal for use as raw material, as government demands to make smoke-stack industries cleaner continues to reshape heavy manufacturing. Investing in scrap-processing equipment

  • Officials seek 'wiggle room' in NAFTA talks as US deadline lapses
    AFP

    Officials seek ‘wiggle room’ in NAFTA talks as US deadline lapses

    Mexican and Canadian officials on Thursday appeared to brush off the passage of an informal deadline set by the US Congress to reach a deal on revamping a continent-wide trade pact. Paul Ryan, the speaker of the US House of Representatives, likewise said there was “wiggle room” as Thursday

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  • Mexico arrests fourth suspect in film students' killing
    AFP

    Mexico arrests fourth suspect in film students’ killing

    Mexican authorities said they arrested a fourth suspect Thursday in the killing of three film students who were abducted, tortured and dissolved in acid, an episode that triggered outrage in a crime-weary nation. The suspect, identified only as Miguel Angel “N,” was found hiding out in the

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  • The Latest: Congo announces 11 new confirmed Ebola cases
    Associated Press

    The Latest: Congo announces 11 new confirmed Ebola cases

    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Latest on Congot (all times local):

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  • Reuters

    Venezuela’s Maduro plans to bring in Colombians to vote for him: Santos

    President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government has been giving Venezuelan identification cards to Colombians in order to transport them over the border to vote for him in Sunday’s presidential elections, the Colombian government said on Thursday. The diplomatic relationship between the neighboring

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  • Peso crisis highlights fragility of Argentina's economy
    AFP

    Peso crisis highlights fragility of Argentina’s economy

    Argentina appears to have resolved, at least in the short term, the crisis over the peso and its depreciation by taking drastic action — but analysts warn the policy is untenable over time. To sustain the Argentinian peso, the Central Bank raised its benchmark interest rate up to 40 percent and injected

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  • Man United expects FIFA to cash in from streaming platforms
    Associated Press

    Man United expects FIFA to cash in from streaming platforms

    Manchester United expects FIFA’s $12 billion Club World Cup plans to spur competition between streaming platforms and produce a broadcasting windfall.

  • Reuters

    New U.S. sanctions hit at Hezbollah-linked financier, companies

    By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States sought on Thursday to further choke off funding sources for Iranian-backed Hezbollah, imposing sanctions on its representative to Iran, as well as a major financier and his five companies in Europe, West Africa and the Middle East. The U.S

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  • Italian populists say on verge of reaching govt deal
    AFP

    Italian populists say on verge of reaching govt deal

    Italy inched closer towards ending more than two months of political deadlock on Thursday as anti-establishment leader Luigi Di Maio said he was confident an agreement would be reached on forming a coalition government with the far-right. Di Maio said earlier in that all outstanding matters had been

  • Correction: Cyberattack Fighter-Detained story
    Associated Press

    Correction: Cyberattack Fighter-Detained story

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — In a story May 16 about a court hearing for a cybersecurity expert accused of creating software to steal banking passwords, The Associated Press reported erroneously that FBI agents contradicted each other in testimony about when they showed Marcus Hutchins his indictment. It was the

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  • Associated Press

    Miguel Angel Jimenez leads Regions Tradition

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Miguel Angel Jimenez matched the course record with an 8-under 64 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Regions Tradition, the first of the PGA Tour Champions’ five major championships.

  • Associated Press

    Brazil charges 11 with planning to set up Islamic State cell

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian prosecutors have charged 11 people with planning to set up a cell of the Islamic State extremist group in Latin America’s biggest country and recruit sympathizers to carry out terrorist attacks in Brazil.

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  • Associated Press

    Detry in seven-way tie for lead at Belgian Knockout

    ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) — Home favorite Thomas Detry was involved in a seven-way tie for the lead after the first day of the inaugural Belgian Knockout on Thursday.

  • EPA moves to undo Obama-era chemical disaster rules
    Reuters

    EPA moves to undo Obama-era chemical disaster rules

    By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took steps on Thursday to roll back and delay Obama-era rules aimed at improving safety at chemical plants, which had come in response to a 2013 explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas that killed 15 people. EPA Administrator

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  • Putin meets Assad, calls for 'political process' on Syria
    AFP

    Putin meets Assad, calls for ‘political process’ on Syria

    Russian President Vladimir Putin held a rare meeting with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad on Thursday and said the “military success” in Syria allowed for a large-scale “political process” leading to the withdrawal of foreign forces and the reconstruction of the country. A day after

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  • Associated Press

    Russell ready for 3rd, possibly last, featherweight defense

    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Gary Russell Jr. will make just the third defense of his WBC featherweight title in 25 months against unbeaten challenger Joseph Diaz on Saturday night.

  • Associated Press

    US Coast Guard ends search for missing cruise ship crewman

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it has ended the search for a cruise ship crew member who apparently went overboard in the Caribbean Sea.

  • Trump says 'animals' comment refers to criminals, Mexico protests
    Reuters

    Trump says ‘animals’ comment refers to criminals, Mexico protests

    By James Oliphant and Anthony Esposito WASHINGTON/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was referring to criminal gangs when he called some illegal immigrants “animals,” a term the Mexican government labeled as unacceptable and which drew rebukes on social

  • Guatemala's new top prosecutor begins term amid graft probes
    Associated Press

    Guatemala’s new top prosecutor begins term amid graft probes

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Maria Consuelo Porras began work as Guatemala’s new chief prosecutor Thursday, taking over responsibility for corruption investigations that have already landed a number of officials in prison.

  • Friend of Paris knife attacker handed charges in rampage
    Associated Press

    Friend of Paris knife attacker handed charges in rampage

    PARIS (AP) — A close friend of the young man who carried out a deadly knife attack in Paris before being killed by police last weekend was handed preliminary charges Thursday as a leading suspect in the rampage.

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  • Associated Press

    Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar

    The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

  • Trump rages at 'witch hunt' as Mueller probe enters year two
    AFP

    Trump rages at ‘witch hunt’ as Mueller probe enters year two

    Donald Trump fumed at a “witch hunt” investigation into his campaign’s dealings with Russia Thursday, as special counsel Robert Mueller’s secretive probe entered its second year. “Congratulations America, we are now into the second year of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History

  • Fabregas says Chelsea must banish 'regret in our head'
    Associated Press

    Fabregas says Chelsea must banish ‘regret in our head’

    LONDON (AP) — Chelsea produced a lackluster Premier League title defense this season and the last thing the players want is to sign off the campaign, and in all probability Antonio Conte’s reign as manager, with a second consecutive FA Cup final defeat.

  • Markle's dad too ill for wedding but mom has tea with royals
    Associated Press

    Markle’s dad too ill for wedding but mom has tea with royals

    WINDSOR, England (AP) — Ending days of speculation, Meghan Markle said Thursday that her father will not be able to attend her wedding to Prince Harry due to health problems. The news came as British military personnel rehearsed for a gala procession through Windsor that will follow Saturday’s ceremony

  • Southgate happy to let England stars off the leash
    AFP

    Southgate happy to let England stars off the leash

    England manager Gareth Southgate wants his players to enjoy their time off before and during the World Cup in Russia despite the potential for criticism of his management. Southgate named a youthful 23-man squad on Wednesday and his given those not involved in the FA Cup or Champions League finals a

  • Associated Press

    El Kaabi included in Morocco World Cup squad

    RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco coach Herve Renard included Ayoub El Kaabi, Nabil Dirar and Younes Belhanda in his 23-man World Cup squad on Thursday but omitted Southampton midfielder Sofiane Boufal.

  • Kane leads US into semis, Canada knocks out Russia
    Associated Press

    Kane leads US into semis, Canada knocks out Russia

    HERNING, Denmark (AP) — Captain Patrick Kane scored two goals to lift the United States to a 3-2 win over the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals of the ice hockey world championship on Thursday while Canada beat Russia 5-4 in overtime.

  • After upset Iraqi vote, US prepares to embrace a former foe
    Associated Press

    After upset Iraqi vote, US prepares to embrace a former foe

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    Reuters

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    Reuters

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    Associated Press

    Trump responds to European criticism about reliability

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    AFP

    O’Reilly the hero as Canada beat Olympic champs Russia

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    Associated Press

    Portugal heads to Russia with 13 players from Euro 2016 win

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    Associated Press

    Payet left out of France World Cup squad

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    AFP

    Colombia suspends extradition of FARC leader to US

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    Reuters

    U.S. urges Venezuela to release U.S. citizen after prison riot

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    Markets Right Now: Stocks end a choppy day slightly lower

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    De Villiers and Moeen inspire Bangalore to victory

    BENGALURU, India (AP) — Kane Williamson’s 81 off 42 balls proved in vain as Royal Challengers Bangalore won a run-fest against Sunrisers Hyderabad to keep its Indian Premier League playoff bid alive on Thursday.

  • Reuters

    DBRS says 5-Star, League plans could threaten Italy’s credit rating

    Ratings agency DBRS warned on Thursday that economic proposals by the anti-establishment parties that are trying to form a coalition government could threaten Italy’s sovereign credit rating. “Developments in recent days have been disappointing,” the co-head of DBRS’ sovereign ratings

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    Reuters

    Italian parties agree government program, say no threat to euro

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  • Trump: Countries not meeting NATO obligations will be 'dealt with'
    Reuters

    Trump: Countries not meeting NATO obligations will be ‘dealt with’

    By James Oliphant and Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that NATO members that do not contribute fully to the group would be “dealt with,” and singled out Germany as a country he said was not doing enough. At a Cabinet meeting attended by the

  • Fear casts shadow over Burundi vote on extending president's rule
    Reuters

    Fear casts shadow over Burundi vote on extending president’s rule

    Burundians stood in long lines on Thursday to vote in a referendum that could let President Pierre Nkurunziza stay in power to 2034, deepening fears of political repression and ethnic conflict in the heart of Africa’s Great Lakes. Nearly half a million people have fled since Nkurunziza, a 54-year-old

  • Syria's Assad meets with Putin in Russia
    Associated Press

    Syria’s Assad meets with Putin in Russia

    MOSCOW (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad made a surprise visit to Russia to meet President Vladimir Putin on Thursday at his summer residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

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    Nearly 5,000 evacuated in Colombia after troubles at dam

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Nearly 5,000 people living along a river in northern Colombia have been evacuated from their homes following flooding at a nearby dam.

  • Pope's Chile abuse summit ends amid signs heads will roll
    Associated Press

    Pope’s Chile abuse summit ends amid signs heads will roll

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday ended his emergency summit with Chile’s bishops by thanking them for their “full willingness” to do whatever it takes to recover from a sex abuse and cover-up scandal that has discredited the church.

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  • Brazil's wealthy farm belt backs Trump-like presidential candidate
    Reuters

    Brazil’s wealthy farm belt backs Trump-like presidential candidate

    By Ana Mano and Anthony Boadle CAMPO NOVO DO PARECIS, Brazil (Reuters) – A right-wing Brazilian presidential candidate who compares himself to Donald Trump is attracting support across Brazil’s farm belt, where the fiery former paratrooper may secure the funding needed for his bid to run Latin America

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  • Saudi, UAE oil ministers voice 'concerns' over price swings
    AFP

    Saudi, UAE oil ministers voice ‘concerns’ over price swings

    The Saudi and Emirati energy ministers voiced concerns on Thursday over oil price fluctuations, saying they were determined to maintain output, the Saudi oil ministry said. In a phone call, Saudi Arabia’s Khaled al-Faleh and the United Arab Emirates’ Suheil al-Mazrouei “voiced their concerns

  • Reuters

    Factbox – Far-right Brazilian candidate thrives on controversy

    (Reuters) – Brazilian right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro has stirred controversy with comments denigrating women, gay, black and indigenous people that have landed him in court but not erased his early polling lead in the country’s October election. The following are among Bolsonaro

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