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Inquiry begins into London’s Grenfell Tower blaze

WASHINGTON POST - 6 min 39 sec ago
An inquiry into last year’s devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in west London is set to begin with two weeks of tributes to the 71 people who died.

Syrian army resumes offensive in south Damascus: state TV

REUTERS - 12 min 45 sec ago
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army resumed its offensive against Islamic State militants in south Damascus on Monday after a short ceasefire to allow women, children and old people leave, state television said.

Inflation outlook may be revised in early June — Russian Central Bank official

TASS [Russian State News] - 14 min 46 sec ago
Kseniya Yudaeva added that it would remain at the current 3-4% range

Sante Fe school shooting: Suspect 'was rejected' by victim Shana Fisher

BBC - 17 min 39 sec ago
Shana Fisher endured "months of problems" over the suspected killer's advances, her mother says.

US, China putting trade war on hold after progress in talks

AP - 25 min 38 sec ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China are pulling back from the brink of a trade war after the world's two biggest economies reported progress in talks aimed at bringing down America's massive trade deficit with Beijing. 2018-05-20T18:51:00-04:00 2018-05-20T22:51:23-04:00

Inquiry into London's Grenfell fire to hear bereaved speak of lost loved ones

REUTERS - 32 min 28 sec ago
LONDON (Reuters) - People who lost family and friends in the Grenfell Tower fire, which killed 71 people in London last year, will pay tribute to their loved ones at the start of hearings at a public inquiry into the causes of the disaster.

Abbas, 83-year-old Palestinian leader, still in hospital

AP - 40 min 38 sec ago
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian president's condition has seen a "clear improvement" after he was taken to hospital with a fever, an Arab lawmaker in Israel's parliament with close ties to Mahmoud Abbas said on Monday. 2018-05-21T00:33:00-04:00 2018-05-21T04:33:21-04:00

Malaysia in suspense ahead of Najib's visit to anti-graft agency

REUTERS - 45 min 19 sec ago
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Amid mounting suspense in Malaysia, former leader Najib Razak is expected to give a statement to an anti-graft agency on Tuesday explaining what he knew about $10.6 million transferred into his bank account from a unit of a state fund he founded.

Italy's 5-Star, League to seek president's backing on government, PM

REUTERS - 47 min ago
ROME (Reuters) - Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and League parties will seek the backing of the president on Monday for a prime minister to lead a government whose plans to jack up spending were roiling financial markets.

Verdict to be delivered in family ax murder trial

WASHINGTON POST - 47 min 39 sec ago
A South African man accused of murdering three members of his family with an ax arrived in court on Monday morning to hear the verdict in his case.

Putin submits Kudrin’s candidacy for Accounts Chamber head to State Duma

TASS [Russian State News] - 50 min 22 sec ago
The State Duma Council earlier nominated four candidates representing each of the parliamentary factions

Could illegal mines in Ghana lead to an increase in chocolate prices?

BBC - 54 min 34 sec ago
There's a warning that cocoa plantations in Ghana are being turned into illegal gold mines.

In North Korea nuke site closing, spectacle trumps substance

AP - 55 min 39 sec ago
TOKYO (AP) — Foreign journalists will be allowed to journey deep into the mountains of North Korea this week to observe the closing of the country's Punggye-ri nuclear test site in a much-touted display of goodwill before leader Kim Jong Un's planned summit with President Donald Trump next month. 2018-05-21T00:21:00-04:00 2018-05-21T04:21:03-04:00

Moon enters talks with Trump with driver's seat at stake

AP - 55 min 39 sec ago
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — For a few months, everything seemed to be clicking for South Korean President Moon Jae-in as he pieced together crucial nuclear negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea following a year of intense animosity. 2018-05-21T00:16:00-04:00 2018-05-21T04:16:08-04:00

Australian state government proposes protecting wild horses

WASHINGTON POST - 1 hour 7 min ago
An Australian state government has decided to legally protect rather than kill thousands of wild horses, infuriating scientists who argue the feral species is doing severe environmental damage to the country’s iconic Snowy Mountains alpine region.

Moon enters talks with Trump with driver's seat at stake

AP - 1 hour 7 min ago
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — For a few months, everything seemed to be clicking for South Korean President Moon Jae-in as he pieced together crucial nuclear negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea following a year of intense animosity. 2018-05-21T00:04:00-04:00 2018-05-21T04:04:53-04:00

Russia’s FSB shuts down extremist group in Crimea

TASS [Russian State News] - 1 hour 12 min ago
The group was created by aide to Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada MP

Italy’s 5-Star, League to see president about government on Monday: statement

REUTERS - 1 hour 15 min ago
ROME (Reuters) - Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the far-right League party will meet with President Sergio Mattarella on Monday, when they are expected to seek his backing for their prime minister candidate.

Temporary ceasefire in Damascus militant pocket: Syrian state media

REUTERS - 1 hour 35 min ago
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A temporary humanitarian ceasefire is in place to allow women, children and the elderly to evacuate the Islamic State-held area of al-Hajar al-Aswad in south Damascus, Syrian state media said on Monday citing a military source.

Syrian government to resume anti-IS offensive in Damascus

WASHINGTON POST - 1 hour 37 min ago
Syrian state TV says that government forces are to resume their offensive against the Islamic State group in the south of the capital, after evacuating a group of civilians from the area.

Janet rails against domestic abuse in awards speech

BBC - 1 hour 40 min ago
"Women will no longer be controlled or abused," says the star as she accepts the Billboard Icon award.

Indonesia’s most volatile volcano erupts again

WASHINGTON POST - 1 hour 46 min ago
Indonesia’s most volatile volcano has spewed smoke and ash in the latest of several eruptions in less than two weeks.

Abbas, 83-year-old Palestinian leader, still in hospital

AP - 1 hour 48 min ago
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian president's condition has seen a "clear improvement" after he was taken to hospital with a fever, an Arab lawmaker in Israel's parliament with close ties to Mahmoud Abbas said on Monday. 2018-05-20T23:16:00-04:00 2018-05-21T03:16:39-04:00

Moon enters talks with Trump with driver’s seat at stake

WASHINGTON POST - 2 hours 7 min ago
For a few months, everything seemed to be clicking for South Korean President Moon Jae-in as he pieced together crucial nuclear negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea following a year of intense animosity.

Police question Thai politicians who criticized junta

WASHINGTON POST - 2 hours 7 min ago
Supporters of eight prominent Thai politicians who criticized the country’s ruling junta shouted “fight, fight” as the group arrived at a Bangkok police station for questioning.

Deadly Nipah virus claims victims in India

BBC - 2 hours 8 min ago
Nipah is "top of the list" of 10 priority diseases the WHO has identified for the next major outbreak.

‘You can’t appease tyrants and bullies’: Mexican candidates take hard line on Trump

WASHINGTON POST - 2 hours 9 min ago
In their second debate, Mexico’s presidential candidates competed over how to confront Trump.

Abe to discuss cooperation in resolving North Korea issue during visit to Russia

TASS [Russian State News] - 2 hours 11 min ago
Japan’s government announced earlier that Abe would make a visit to Russia on May 24-27

Maduro wins Venezuela election challengers call illegitimate

AP - 2 hours 16 min ago
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Embattled socialist incumbent Nicolas Maduro won Venezuela's presidential election by a landslide in a disputed vote marred by irregularities and mass absenteeism that led his main rivals to call for a re-run to prevent a national social crisis from exploding. 2018-05-20T22:59:00-04:00 2018-05-21T02:59:26-04:00

Moon enters talks with Trump with driver's seat at stake

AP - 2 hours 16 min ago
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — For a few months, everything seemed to be clicking for South Korean President Moon Jae-in as he pieced together crucial nuclear negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea following a year of intense animosity. 2018-05-20T23:05:00-04:00 2018-05-21T03:05:12-04:00

Transgender people in Iran face discrimination despite fatwa

WASHINGTON POST - 2 hours 19 min ago
Nahal smokes yet another cigarette on her mother’s balcony overlooking Tehran, one of the few peaceful places the 19-year-old transgender woman has in Iran, where her identity can bring harassment and prying, judging eyes on the street.

83-year-old Palestinian leader still in hospital after fever

WASHINGTON POST - 2 hours 19 min ago
The Palestinian president remains in hospital after being taken there with a fever following a minor ear procedure.

Venezuela's Maduro wins re-election

BBC - 2 hours 20 min ago
Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro wins re-election in a vote marred by an opposition boycott.

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

WASHINGTON POST - 2 hours 28 min ago
A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:

Transgender people in Iran face discrimination despite fatwa

WASHINGTON POST - 2 hours 28 min ago
Nahal smokes yet another cigarette on her mother’s balcony overlooking Tehran, one of the few peaceful places the 19-year-old transgender woman has in Iran, where her identity can bring harassment and prying, judging eyes on the street.

Japan, Russia to hold two-plus-two meetings of foreign, defense ministers in 2018 — media

TASS [Russian State News] - 2 hours 28 min ago
The previous "two-plus-two" meeting took place in Tokyo in March 2017

Ebola outbreak: Experimental vaccinations to begin in DR Congo

BBC - 2 hours 39 min ago
Some 4,000 vaccines will be used to stop an outbreak that has killed at least 25 people.

Japanese climber dies on eighth attempt on Everest: official

REUTERS - 2 hours 42 min ago
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A Japanese climber, who lost nine fingertips to frostbite in a previous expedition, died on Monday during an attempt to climb Mount Everest, an official said, the second person to die on the world’s highest mountain during the current climbing season.

Militants’ munition depots found in Syria’s Homs province

TASS [Russian State News] - 2 hours 54 min ago
Weapons produced in NATO member states were found in the depots

Nepal official says 2 foreign climbers died on Mount Everest

WASHINGTON POST - 3 hours 9 min ago
A Nepal mountaineering official says two foreign climbers have been reported dead on Mount Everest.

Russian agency offers fake restaurant reviews ahead of World Cup

REUTERS - 3 hours 16 min ago
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian marketing agency has offered to help restaurants in cities hosting the soccer World Cup use fake reviews to bump up ratings on review site TripAdvisor, the agency's owner has confirmed.

Mexican rivals attack leftist in second debate, Trump hovers over exchanges

REUTERS - 3 hours 21 min ago
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The chasing pack of Mexican presidential candidates attacked front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in a second televised debate on Sunday without landing major blows in exchanges that often returned to fraught relations with the United States.

Bulgarian president plans to invite again Putin for official visit

TASS [Russian State News] - 3 hours 35 min ago
Such visit will create favorable conditions for the development of bilateral cooperation, Rumen Radev said

Thai police declare no-go zones for anti-junta march

REUTERS - 3 hours 37 min ago
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai police declared Bangkok's Government House and surrounding streets a no-go zone for Tuesday's planned opposition march marking four years since a May 22, 2014, coup, warning protesters not to defy a junta ban on public gatherings.

US relations under Trump dominate Mexico presidential debate

AP - 3 hours 52 min ago
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's turbulent relationship with the U.S. government under President Donald Trump dominated the country's second presidential debate Sunday. 2018-05-20T21:18:00-04:00 2018-05-21T01:18:35-04:00

India police extract 106 cocaine capsules from woman's stomach

BBC - 3 hours 53 min ago
Indian police said they extracted the cocaine capsules from her stomach over the course of a week.

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern takes stage as hologram

BBC - 3 hours 57 min ago
Jacinda Ardern followed in the virtual footsteps of Princess Leia by being beamed in to a tech event.

Italy draws its battle lines with Europe

WASHINGTON POST - 4 hours 19 min ago
The prospect of an all-populist ruling coalition sparks fear across the continent.

Saudi air defenses destroy ballistic missile fired from Yemen

REUTERS - 4 hours 22 min ago
DUBAI (Reuters) - ‮Saudi air defenses‬ ‮intercepted‬ and destroyed ‮a ballistic missile‬ fired by Yemen's Houthi movement over the southern city of Jazan, the Saudi-led coalition said on Monday.

2 injured in flurry of bombings in Thailand’s south

WASHINGTON POST - 4 hours 29 min ago
Thai authorities say suspected Muslim insurgents set off small bombs at about two dozen location in the country’s deep south, wounding two women.

China launches relay satellite for far side moon landing

WASHINGTON POST - 4 hours 29 min ago
China has launched a relay satellite as part of a groundbreaking program to land a probe on the far side of the moon this year.

Philippines expresses 'serious concern' over Chinese bombers in disputed South China Sea

REUTERS - 4 hours 38 min ago
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines expressed "serious concerns" over the presence of China's strategic bombers in the disputed South China Sea and its foreign ministry has taken "appropriate diplomatic action", the spokesman of President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday

Venezuela's re-elected Maduro faces foreign backlash

REUTERS - 4 hours 42 min ago
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's socialist leader Nicolas Maduro faced fresh international censure on Monday after re-election in a vote foes denounced as a farce cementing autocracy in the crisis-stricken OPEC nation.

Thailand wearies of junta rule, election promise still vague

WASHINGTON POST - 5 hours 19 min ago
Four years after seizing power, Thailand’s junta has a singular success it never hoped for: uniting a politically divided nation in growing dissatisfaction with the thin-skinned rule of the generals.

Kiev Liverpool fan opens home ahead of Champions League final

BBC - 5 hours 28 min ago
Yuriy is one of the local fans embarrassed about hotel prices in the city ahead of the Champions League final.

Exercising regularly 'can keep heart and arteries young'

BBC - 5 hours 31 min ago
Four to five sessions a week are needed to stop the main arteries to the heart from furring up.

Abuses pushed Malaysia's debt over 1 trillion ringgit says Mahathir

REUTERS - 5 hours 36 min ago
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia is saddled with over 1 trillion ringgit ($251.70 billion) in debt, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Monday, blaming the previous government led by former protege Najib Razak who now faces domestic graft investigations.

Maduro declared winner in disputed Venezuela election

AP - 5 hours 41 min ago
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan officials declared socialist leader Nicolas Maduro the easy winner of Sunday's presidential election, while his leading challenger questioned the legitimacy of a vote marred by irregularities and called for a new ballot to prevent a brewing social crisis from exploding. 2018-05-20T19:28:00-04:00 2018-05-20T23:28:11-04:00

The Latest: Maduro celebrates re-election, urges dialogue

AP - 5 hours 55 min ago
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on Sunday's presidential election in Venezuela (all times local): 2018-05-20T19:25:00-04:00 2018-05-20T23:25:04-04:00

2nd Mexican presidential debate starts with US relationship

WASHINGTON POST - 5 hours 59 min ago
Mexico’s second presidential debate started Sunday night with all four candidates insisting that mutual respect must be the basis for their country’s relationship with the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

Maduro declared winner in disputed Venezuela election

WASHINGTON POST - 5 hours 59 min ago
Venezuelan officials declared socialist leader Nicolas Maduro the easy winner of Sunday’s presidential election, while his leading challenger questioned the legitimacy of a vote marred by irregularities and called for a new ballot to prevent a brewing social crisis from exploding.

Venezuela's Maduro re-elected amid outcry over vote

REUTERS - 6 hours 4 min ago
CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela's leftist leader Nicolas Maduro won a new six-year term on Sunday, but his main rivals disavowed the election alleging massive irregularities in a process critics decried as a farce propping up a dictatorship.

Maduro declared winner in disputed Venezuela election

AP - 6 hours 7 min ago
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan officials declared socialist leader Nicolas Maduro the easy winner of Sunday's presidential election, while his leading challenger questioned the legitimacy of a vote marred by irregularities and called for a new ballot to prevent a brewing social crisis from exploding. 2018-05-20T19:02:00-04:00 2018-05-20T23:02:15-04:00

Arrests of Sushchenko in Russia and Vyshinsky in Ukraine have nothing in common - diplomat

TASS [Russian State News] - 6 hours 13 min ago
Maria Zakharova stated, that Kirill Vyshinsky worked in Ukraine as an accredited correspondent, but Roman Sushchenko was not a journalist when he was entering Russia

Manila takes non-confrontational stand vs China in sea feud

WASHINGTON POST - 6 hours 18 min ago
The Philippine government is taking “appropriate diplomatic action” to protect its claims in the South China Sea but did not elaborate or name China in a non-confrontational policy to avoid problems.

Incumbent President Nicolas Maduro wins presidential election in Venezuela

TASS [Russian State News] - 6 hours 20 min ago
Over 90% of voting ballots have been processed, Maduro secured over 5.8 million votes

Venezuela keeps voting stations open amid light turnout

AP - 6 hours 22 min ago
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Voting centers across Venezuela's capital appeared largely empty during Sunday's presidential election, and authorities kept polling stations open past the official closing time while government officials offered assurances that millions turned out to vote early. 2018-05-20T15:53:00-04:00 2018-05-20T19:53:03-04:00

The Latest: Maduro declared winner in Venezuela's election

AP - 6 hours 37 min ago
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on Sunday's presidential election in Venezuela (all times local): 2018-05-20T18:34:00-04:00 2018-05-20T22:34:23-04:00

Saudi air defenses destroy a ballistic missile over Jazan: Saudi TV

REUTERS - 6 hours 38 min ago
CAIRO (Reuters) - ‮Saudi air defenses destroy‬ed‮ ‬ ‮a ballistic missile over‬ the southern city of Jazan, Saudi TV reported early on Monday.

Venezuela's Maduro wins presidential vote: election board

REUTERS - 6 hours 43 min ago
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro comfortably won re-election in a controversial vote on Sunday, the election board said, though his main rivals both declared the poll illegitimate due to alleged widespread irregularities.

Venezuela electoral council says Maduro re-elected in vote marred by opposition boycott, irregularities

WASHINGTON POST - 6 hours 49 min ago
Venezuela electoral council says Maduro re-elected in vote marred by opposition boycott, irregularities.

Maduro challenger calls Venezuela election 'illegitimate'

REUTERS - 6 hours 50 min ago
CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Henri Falcon, the main rival to Venezuela's leftist leader Nicolas Maduro in Sunday's controversial presidential election, said he would not endorse the widely condemned vote because of gross irregularities by the government.

Venezuela anti-government candidate Henri Falcon says presidential election marred by irregularities, lacks legitimacy

WASHINGTON POST - 7 hours 10 min ago
Venezuela anti-government candidate Henri Falcon says presidential election marred by irregularities, lacks legitimacy.

Venezuela anti-government candidate Henri Falcon says presidential election marred by irregularities, lacks legitimacy

WASHINGTON POST - 7 hours 10 min ago
Venezuela anti-government candidate Henri Falcon says presidential election marred by irregularities, lacks legitimacy.

UK Lawmakers: Russian 'Dirty Money' Flowing Through London Damages Britain

VOICE OF EUROPE - 7 hours 22 min ago
Russian money hidden in British assets and laundered through City of London financial institutions damages the government's efforts to take a tough stance against Moscow's aggressive foreign policy, a committee of lawmakers said on Monday. Britain's financial center has been a major beneficiary of the massive flight of Russian cash since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union, and London remains the Western capital of choice for the oligarchs and Russian officials who flaunt their wealth across Europe's most luxurious destinations. But Britain has led an international diplomatic backlash against Russia following the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in an English city -- an attack which the government blames on the Kremlin. Moscow has denied any involvement in the incident. A report by parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee said Russian money was undermining Britain's criticism of the Kremlin and supporting what it called a campaign by President Vladimir Putin "to subvert the international rules-based system." "The scale of damage that this 'dirty money' can do to UK foreign policy interests dwarfs the benefit of Russian transactions in the City," said committee chairman Tom Tugendhat. "There is no excuse for the UK to turn a blind eye as President Putin's kleptocrats and human rights abusers use money laundered through London to corrupt our friends, weaken our alliances, and erode faith in our institutions." Among its recommendations, the committee said Britain should work with international allies to make it more difficult for Russia to issue sovereign bonds, which are not subject to sanctions, via banks which are sanctioned -- a practice the report said undermined efforts to reign in Russian behavior . Russia has been accused of interfering in the 2016 U.S. election and of a series of cyber attacks around the world. It denies both. In April, the United States imposed major sanctions against 24 Russians, striking at allies of Putin in an aggressive move to punish Moscow for its alleged meddling. Prime destination  The British National Crime Agency said this month that potentially hundreds of billions pounds of money-laundering impacts Britain each year, and that it is a prime destination for Russians looking to legitimize the proceeds of corruption. "The use of London as a base for the corrupt assets of Kremlin-connected individuals is now clearly linked to a wider Russian strategy and has implications for our national security," the committee report said. After convincing dozens of countries, including the United States, to expel Russian diplomats in response to the use of a nerve agent on British soil in March, Britain has promised further measures to tighten sanctions against Russians. But the committee said more needed to be done domestically to tighten sanctions on individuals and at an international level to close loopholes that allow Russia to issue sovereign debt with the help of sanctioned entities. It recommended working with the EU and United States on a way to prohibit the purchase of Russian bonds which have been sold with the help of sanctioned banks, and a ban on European clearing houses making Russian debt available. "The size of London's financial markets and their importance to Russian investors gives the UK considerable leverage over the Kremlin," the report added. 

Philippines takes 'diplomatic action' after China lands bombers in South China Sea

REUTERS - 7 hours 36 min ago
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines is taking "appropriate diplomatic action" to assert its claims in the South China Sea after Chinese bombers landed on islands and reefs in the disputed region, the foreign ministry in Manila said on Monday.

British Foreign Secretary Honors Falklands Soldiers

VOICE OF EUROPE - 7 hours 38 min ago
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson laid a wreath to honor Argentine soldiers killed while fighting the British in the 1982 Falkland Islands conflict. Johnson, who is in Buenos Aires for a Group of 20 meeting, visited the Monument of the Fallen Soldiers on Sunday along with Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie. Argentina, which has claimed the South Atlantic islands since Britain established its rule in the 19th century, invaded them in 1982, sparking a two-month war that ended with Argentina's defeat and withdrawal from the archipelago. Johnson is only the second senior British official to pay tribute to the 255 British and 649 Argentine soldiers who died during the 74-day conflict. Prince Charles visited so at the same monument during a visit in 1999. Britain and Argentina are both keen to strengthen ties and recently held talks over fishing rights around the islands, 500 kilometers off Argentina's southern coast. The two nations don't even agree on a name for the islands, with Britain referring to them as the Falklands and the Argentines calling them Malvinas.  

The Latest: Venezuela opposition calls election a ‘farce’

WASHINGTON POST - 7 hours 50 min ago
The latest on Sunday’s presidential election in Venezuela (all times local):

Argentine foreign minister, US senior diplomat slam Venezuela elections as illegitimate

TASS [Russian State News] - 7 hours 56 min ago
Venezuelans went to polling stations on Sunday to elect the president for a six-year term

In North Korea nuke site closing, spectacle trumps substance

WASHINGTON POST - 8 hours 1 min ago
Foreign journalists will be allowed to journey to North Korea’s mountains this week to observe the official closing of the country’s nuclear test site in a public display of goodwill ahead of leader Kim Jong Un’s planned summit with President Donald Trump.

In North Korea nuke site closing, spectacle trumps substance

AP - 8 hours 1 min ago
TOKYO (AP) — Foreign journalists will be allowed to journey deep into the mountains of North Korea this week to observe the closing of the country's Punggye-ri nuclear test site in a much-touted display of goodwill before leader Kim Jong Un's planned summit with President Donald Trump next month. 2018-05-20T17:17:00-04:00 2018-05-20T21:17:36-04:00

In North Korea nuke site closing, spectacle trumps substance

AP - 8 hours 13 min ago
TOKYO (AP) — Foreign journalists will be allowed to journey to North Korea's mountains this week to observe the official closing of the country's nuclear test site in a public display of goodwill ahead of leader Kim Jong Un's planned summit with President Donald Trump. 2018-05-20T17:05:00-04:00 2018-05-20T21:05:31-04:00

Record Everest climber returns, already planning next trip

WASHINGTON POST - 8 hours 20 min ago
A Sherpa climbing guide who scaled Mount Everest for a record 22nd time last week returned from the mountain on Sunday and said he’s already planning his next trip.

Despite crisis and outcry, Maduro favored to win Venezuela vote

REUTERS - 8 hours 27 min ago
CARACAS/BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela's leftist leader, Nicolas Maduro, looked set to win re-election on Sunday in what appeared to be a poorly attended vote condemned by foes as the "coronation" of a dictator and likely to bring new foreign sanctions.

US, China putting trade war on hold after progress in talks

AP - 8 hours 29 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China are pulling back from the brink of a trade war after the world's two biggest economies reported progress in talks aimed at bringing down America's massive trade deficit with Beijing. 2018-05-20T11:37:00-04:00 2018-05-20T15:37:02-04:00

Kerry says civil discourse is under threat around the world

WASHINGTON POST - 8 hours 31 min ago
Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday warned that “true civil discourse” is under threat around the world while speaking to graduates at NYU Abu Dhabi, an event that the school blocked journalists from filming.

Kerry says civil discourse is under threat around the world

AP - 8 hours 43 min ago
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday warned that "true civil discourse" is under threat around the world while speaking to graduates at NYU Abu Dhabi, an event that the school blocked journalists from filming. 2018-05-20T16:35:00-04:00 2018-05-20T20:35:08-04:00

Sushi-making co-pilot, Nazarene pastors among Cuba victims

WASHINGTON POST - 8 hours 51 min ago
The co-pilot who loved to cook and was fond of inviting his colleagues over for sushi. An Argentine couple who had dreamed of vacationing in Cuba in their retirement. Evangelical pastors returning from a conference.

Cubans mourn plane crash dead, officials ID 20 bodies

WASHINGTON POST - 8 hours 51 min ago
At morgues and in church services, tearful Cubans on Sunday mourned loved ones who died in the country’s worst air disaster in three decades.

Company in Cuba plane crash had received safety complaints

WASHINGTON POST - 8 hours 51 min ago
The Mexican charter company whose 39-year-old plane crashed in Havana had been the subject of two serious complaints about its crews’ performance over the last decade, according to authorities in Guyana and a retired pilot for Cuba’s national airline.

Mexico presidency rivals tackle foreign policy in second debate

REUTERS - 8 hours 52 min ago
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican presidential front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador faces off with rivals in a second televised debate on Sunday night, one of the last major chances for them to attack his sizeable lead ahead of the July 1 election.

St. Petersburg Economic Forum expects about 15,000 participants this year - governor

TASS [Russian State News] - 8 hours 53 min ago
According to Georgy Poltavchenko, representatives of major companies from over 70 countries are also expected at the SPIEF, including from Great Britain

Boat adrift with two dozen African migrants rescued off Brazil coast

REUTERS - 8 hours 53 min ago
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A boat with two dozen migrants from West Africa was rescued off the coast of northern Brazil, officials from the state of Maranhão said on Sunday.

Company in Cuba plane crash had received safety complaints

AP - 9 hours 10 min ago
HAVANA (AP) — The Mexican charter company whose 39-year-old plane crashed in Havana had been the subject of two serious complaints about its crews' performance over the last decade, according to authorities in Guyana and a retired pilot for Cuba's national airline. 2018-05-20T16:12:00-04:00 2018-05-20T20:12:53-04:00

UK turns blind eye to dirty Russian money, say MPs

BBC - 9 hours 26 min ago
The City is being used as "a base for the corrupt assets" of President Putin's allies, says a report.

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