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Senate GOP leader McConnell refuses to say if Trump is qualified to be president

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WASHINGTON -- Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, refused to say Sunday whether he thinks his party's presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump, is qualified to be president of the United States.

"Look, I'll leave that to the American people to decide. You know, he won the Republican nomination fair and square," ...Read more

Clinton continues to lead Trump in two new polls

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WASHINGTON -- Two new polls continue to show Hillary Clinton leading the presidential race against Donald Trump, although the surveys differ on the size of her margin.

Clinton holds a 12-point lead, 51 percent to 39 percent, in the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll, which shows roughly two in three Americans saying the wealthy businessman is...Read more

5 stabbed as neo-Nazis, counterprotesters clash in California capital

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- At least five people were stabbed, with some injured critically, during clashes between rallying neo-Nazis and counterprotesters at the state Capitol in Sacramento on Sunday, fire officials said.

Five patients were taken to hospitals with stab wounds, said Chris Harvey, public information officer of the Sacramento Fire ...Read more

Ultra-Orthodox Israeli gets life sentence for 2015 gay-parade stabbings

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TEL AVIV, Israel -- An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man was sentenced to life in prison on Sunday for stabbing a 16-year-old girl to death and injuring others at last year's gay pride parade in Jerusalem.

The court said Yishai Schlissel was motiviated by "blind fanaticism" and that "this man should never again walk free in the streets of Jerusalem."

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British parties in turmoil after anti-EU vote

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LONDON –– The turmoil engulfing British politics worsened as the country's biggest parties descended into chaos after last week's national vote to leave the European Union.

Senior Labour Party lawmaker Hilary Benn was fired after calling on Jeremy Corbyn to quit as party leader, triggering the resignation of seven other members of Corbyn's ...Read more

Iraq takes full control of Fallujah from Islamic State, military says

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BAGHDAD -- The western Iraq city of Fallujah has been retaken by government forces after more than five weeks of fighting there against Islamic State, a senior Iraqi commander said Sunday.

The chief of counterterrorism forces in Fallujah, Abdel-Wahab al-Saadi, said government troops recaptured Fallujah's northern district of al-Julan, the ...Read more

Among U.S. allies, Japan may be one of the most anxious about a Trump presidency

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BEIJING -- Is Japan gaga for Donald Trump? That was the impression created by a spellbinding YouTube video that went viral last week.

Featuring a blue-haired woman in a babydoll dress cooing over posters of the Republican presidential candidate, "Japan Supports Donald Trump for World President 2016" is set to an infectious synth-pop track and ...Read more

Analysis: Could Tom Steyer beat the odds in California gubernatorial race?

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LOS ANGELES--This seems an inauspicious time for someone to try to break one of the longest streaks in California politics: the unsuccessful run of extremely rich men and women trying to vault themselves into high office.

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have ridden the bloody feud between elites and non-elites to multiple victories this year. ...Read more

At least 24 dead in West Virginia flooding

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WASHINGTON -- At least 24 people have died in floods stemming from heavy rainfall in West Virginia, emergency officials said Saturday.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency and said it could be the worst flooding the state has seen in 100 years.

President Barack Obama issued a disaster declaration to free up federal funding for ...Read more

Trump and Clinton continue to struggle with unfavorable views

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When it comes to policy and their visions for America, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton offer stark contrasts.

Yet with less than five months until election day, both are finding some commonality in an area that's not ideal: They're not well-liked.

More than candidates in past elections, Trump and Clinton are struggling to make voters like ...Read more

'Catastrophic humanitarian emergency' at Nigerian refugee camp

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More than 1,200 people living in a camp for internally displaced people in northeastern Nigeria have died from starvation and sickness during the last year in what is becoming "a catastrophic humanitarian emergency," according to the medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders.

The camp, located in a hospital compound in the ...Read more

At least 14 killed as gunmen storm Somalia hotel

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa-- In the Somali capital, the Shabab extremist group has a deadly effective method of spreading terror: A suicide bomber detonates a car at the entrance to a hotel popular with government members, then gunmen swarm in, killing guests, taking hostages and posting snipers on the rooftop to fire on arriving security forces...Read more

German leader says talks on British EU exit needn't be nasty

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LONDON -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel Saturday urged her fellow European Union leaders to react cautiously to Britain's vote to leave the EU, breaking with fellow European leaders who seek a swift and decisive divorce with Britain.

"It should not take ages, but I don't think there's any reason to get a cramp now pushing for a short time ...Read more

17 die in attack on hotel in Somalia

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MOGADISHU, Somalia -- At least 17 people were killed and 20 people were wounded Saturday in an attack on a hotel in the Somalian capital Modadishu, police and medical officials said. The Islamist militant group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility.

A car bomb Saturday afternoon outside the heavily guarded Naasa Hablood hotel, which is popular ...Read more

3-year-old held alone in immigration detention

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WASHINGTON -- A 3-year-old boy from El Salvador was held for several days at a Pennsylvania family detention center without his mother, said the mother and boy's attorney.

The boy had been held at the Berks County Residential Center from Wednesday until Saturday when immigration lawyers interceded on his behalf. He was there alone while his 21-...Read more

2.1 million Britons join online petition urging 2nd vote on leaving EU

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LONDON –– More than 2.1 million people joined an online petition by Saturday urging the government to hold a second referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union.

The petition to Parliament said the government should "implement a rule that if the remain or leave vote is less than 60 per cent, based a turnout less than 75 per cent...Read more

Investment advisers weigh in on Britain's exit from EU

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Britain's vote to leave the European Union is evidence we're living in an increasingly uncooperative world, Los Angeles money manager Jeffrey Gundlach said. That's why he's betting on gold, short-term bonds and other assets seen as safe havens, rather than on stocks.

Gundlach, chief executive of DoubleLine in Los Angeles, said in February that...Read more

Scotland to talk with EU about protecting its place in bloc

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LONDON -- Scotland's government will open talks with the European Union after Britain's vote to leave the bloc, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Saturday.

"Cabinet agreed that we will seek to enter into immediate discussions with the EU institutions and other EU member states to explore all possible options to protect Scotland's place in the...Read more

EU founders pressure Britain to leave quickly

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BERLIN –– Top European diplomats called on Britain Saturday not to delay its exit from the European Union, saying that negotiations must start as soon as possible and Prime Minister David Cameron should step down sooner than planned.

Britain must invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty "as soon as possible" to trigger talks on Britain's ...Read more

Experts examine debris that might be from Malaysian airliner lost in 2014

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Experts are examining a piece of debris found in Tanzania that is suspected to be part of the Malaysia Airlines plan that disappeared in 2014, the Malaysian transport minister said on Saturday.

The debris is so far the biggest fragment linked to the Beijing-bound jet said Liow Tiong Lai.

"If it is confirmed that the ...Read more