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WHO reports major funding gap for fight against Zika

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GENEVA -- Member nations have so far donated only 13 per cent of the money required to respond to the Zika virus outbreak in the first half of this year, the World Health Organization reported Monday.

The United Nations agency said it has received $2.3 million of the requested $17.7 million.

Overall, U.N. bodies, including WHO, had appealed ...Read more

Israeli parliament approves addition of hard-line party to government

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TEL AVIV, Israel -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu succeeded in expanding his government, as the Israeli Cabinet and parliament on Monday voted in favor of a hard-line opposition party joining the government.

The addition of the Israel Beiteinu party of outspoken hawk Avigdor Lieberman, passed by 55 votes to 43 in the Knesset, with one ...Read more

Congress considers bills to restrict welfare for Cuban immigrants

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A bill to restrict welfare for Cuban immigrants would save the U.S. government $2.45 billion over the next decade, congressional analysts estimate.

The proposed legislation, introduced by U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo and Sen. Marco Rubio, both Florida Republicans, would make most Cuban immigrants ineligible for refugee ...Read more

New generation of veterans in Congress

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WASHINGTON –– There are still fewer veterans in Congress than in past decades, but the drawn-out wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have given rise to a new generation on Capitol Hill.

Last year, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, and Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., started a bipartisan caucus to help post-9/11 veterans transition to civilian life, and to ...Read more

Family of kidnapped California teenager hold vigil after search is called off

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Family and friends of missing teenager Pearl Pinson held a prayer vigil, saying they still believe she is alive even after authorities suspended a search for her.

The vigil in Vallejo, Calif., came a day after officials ended a search in a remote area of Sonoma County around the Russian River.

Rose Pinson, Pearl's sister, told NBC-TV Bay Area:...Read more

Military plans for Guantanamo prison for after Obama leaves office

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Military leaders are thinking about whether they will need a wheelchair lift, widen some cell doors and add ramps for geriatric captives in the Guantanamo three or four years from now.

None of the 80 prisoners are now in wheelchairs and most are in their 30s or 40s. The oldest is 68. But briefings by senior military here made it that they are ...Read more

Former president of Chad sentenced to life for crimes against humanity

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JOHANNESBURG -- A court in Senegal sentenced former Chadian President Hissene Habre to life in prison after finding him guilty of crimes against humanity and torture committed during his eight-year rule.

The Extraordinary African Chambers, an court operating under an African Union mandate, made the announcement Monday in Senegal's capital, ...Read more

College sets up courses to explore Clementa Pinckney's legacy

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WASHINGTON -- To honor the memory of South Carolina state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, his alma mater is going beyond just establishing a scholarship.

Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington is establishing a new track of study for students to follow footsteps of the pastor, killed with eight others by a white supremacist while leading a Bible ...Read more

Motive of Mexican soccer star's abduction remains a mystery

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MEXICO CITY -- Federal and state authorities in Mexico were conducting a massive search Sunday for a star Mexican soccer player kidnapped in the crime-ridden northern border state of Tamaulipas.

Officials confirmed that Alan Pulido -- who plays professionally in Greece and was a member of Mexico's 2014 World Cup squad in Brazil -- was abducted ...Read more

Corporate America is not sold on Trump

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WASHINGTON -- Even as the Republican establishment and leading conservative groups are starting to warm to Donald Trump, a large and important segment of the Republican base has been conspicuously quiet: corporate America.

Wall Street and the nation's business community have historically been dependable backers of the Republican Party, whose ...Read more

California Latino Republicans fear loss of more votes from their community

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LOS ANGELES -- Latino leaders in California working to mend the GOP's relationship with their community were filled with dread, not joy, as Donald Trump clinched their party's nomination for the presidency.

The businessman's campaign, staked on a hard-line approach and incendiary rhetoric about illegal immigration, threatened to unravel the ...Read more

Mystery of missing girl deepens as law enforcement calls off search in remote area

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The mystery over the whereabouts of a missing 15-year-old San Francisco Bay Area girl deepened after authorities called off an extensive search along the Russian River in Sonoma County, Calif.

Pearl Pinson was abducted on Wednesday in Vallejo while walking to a school bus stop near her home. Authorities think Pearl is injured, based on witness ...Read more

Libertarians hope voter frustration with Trump, Clinton will create 'perfect storm'

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The blockbuster Broadway musical "Hamilton" served as a surprisingly apt soundtrack to the Libertarian Convention this weekend, where party faithful gathered in Orlando to pick a presidential ticket.

Gary Johnson, who won the top slot Sunday, opened and closed his speeches to the delegates with a pair of songs from the musical,...Read more

Trump speaks to veterans at motorcyclists' rally in Washington

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WASHINGTON –– Donald Trump Sunday promised better health care, a stronger military and new donations to veterans causes as he spoke at the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally..

"We're not winning now ... we certainly don't win for our veterans," the presumptive Republican nominee said to thousands of motorcyclists gathered at the ...Read more

Sanders stresses importance of California primary

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders Sunday called California the "big enchilada" in his attempt to overtake Hillary Clinton and claim the Democratic presidential nomination.

Asked on NBC's "Meet the Press" about his chances of winning, Sanders acknowledged that he needed to do very well in the June 7 primary.

"What I want to do, and I think we ...Read more

Egypt court sentences 8 to death in alleged Brotherhood plot

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CAIRO –– An Egyptian military court Sunday sentenced eight people to death for plotting violence and assassinations on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Eighteen others got lengthy prison sentences.

The verdict was issued almost a year after the military released a video showing a number of the defendants making confessions. Relatives said...Read more

Researchers collect brains to study battle-related disorders

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Brain scientists in Washington state are asking the families of armed services members to consider one last contribution.

Researchers at the University of Washington and the local Veterans Affairs health care system have begun collecting the donated brains of service members to examine for possible dementia and other disorders linked to ...Read more

17 die in fire at home for elderly in Ukraine

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MOSCOW –– At least 17 people were killed when a fire broke out at a privately run home for the elderly outside the Ukrainian capital Kiev, authorities said Sunday.

Eighteen people were rescued from the building, five of whom were injured, two of them seriously, Ukrainian emergency services chief Nikolai Chechyotkin said, according to Russia...Read more

Schwarzenegger not ready to endorse Trump, warns of extremes

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WASHINGTON ––– Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is not ready to endorse Donald Trump for president.

"I will make an announcement before the election, you can be sure of that. But I will do it my way. Which is always an unusual way," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Schwarzenegger said he was convinced that both parties need...Read more