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Maduro declared winner in disputed Venezuela presidential election

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MARACAIBO, Venezuela -- Embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro won the right to rule the shattered nation through 2025, after the government said he convincingly won an election Sunday that dozens of nations, including the United States, are calling a sham.

Electoral authorities said Maduro had won 67 percent of the vote versus the 21 ...Read more

Al Gore urges graduates 'to reclaim the integrity of American democracy'

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Speaking to 2018 graduates at the University of Maryland on Sunday, it wasn't until 19 minutes into a 22-minute speech that former Vice President Al Gore mentioned President Donald Trump's name.

But his address nonetheless marked a commencement ceremony that pushed graduates to fight what both Gore and university President ...Read more

US is putting new tariffs on hold while negotiating with China, Mnuchin says

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration carefully stepped back Sunday from a looming trade war with China, saying that it would refrain for now from applying major tariffs on Chinese goods in the wake of Beijing's promise to ramp up purchases of American products to reduce the trade deficit.

"We're putting the trade war on hold," Treasury ...Read more

Voice recorder found at plane-crash site in Cuba

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As Cubans grieved over one of the worst air crashes in the island's history, investigators hoped that the recovery of one of the recorders from a leased Boeing 737 would yield clues to what caused the 39-year-old aircraft to fall from the sky and explode in a yucca field.

The cockpit voice recorder was recovered in good condition, Transport ...Read more

Populist parties in Italy back single candidate for prime minister

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ROME –– Italy's anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the far-right League party have agreed to support a single candidate for prime minister, clearing a major hurdle as they enter the homestretch in their attempt to form a new government.

The parties have agreed on the government program, the cabinet and the prime minister, League ...Read more

Trump says he'll order inquiry into informant in Russia investigation

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said on Twitter Sunday that he will order an investigation into whether law enforcement "infiltrated or surveilled" his presidential campaign "for political purposes," escalating an already extraordinary clash between the president and the Justice Department.

The decision could lead to a new level of ...Read more

Catalonia crisis threatens Spain's budget

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MADRID –– Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy faces a resurgent confrontation with Catalonia over the regional government's choice of leaders, threatening passage of his 2018 budget.

Rajoy's government left open the option of vetoing a slate of senior officials proposed by regional chief Joaquim Torra Saturday, saying it's a provocation ...Read more

U.S. puts tariffs against China 'on hold,' Mnuchin says

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WASHINGTON –– The Trump administration has decided not to impose tariffs on Chinese products for now, after progress between the two nations on trade issues in two days of talks, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.

"We're putting the trade war on hold, right now," Mnuchin said on "Fox News Sunday."

President Donald Trump has threatened...Read more