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S. Africa's president has survived rape trial, corruption charges and bids to oust him

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JOHANNESBURG -- South African President Jacob Zuma, a political survivor, beat a weekend bid to topple him by members of the governing African National Congress party.

It was the second failed attempt to oust him since November.

But that's not all. He has survived multiple no-confidence votes in Parliament, a rape trial, corruption charges, a ...Read more

Italy moves toward early elections as voting rules deal nears

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ROME -- The path is beginning to clear for Italians to head back to the polls as the country's main political parties near a deal on a new electoral law.

Italy's biggest parties are considering a proportional system similar to the German model with a 5 percent cut-off for smaller parties, and lawmakers are due to discuss a first draft of the ...Read more

Colombia extends guerrilla disarmament deadline

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BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombia's largest guerrilla group will have an additional 20 days to hand over its weapons and an additional two months to reintegrate into society amid delays and foot-dragging in implementing a historic peace deal.

In a televised address late Monday, President Juan Manuel Santos said the additional time was needed to ...Read more

Brooklyn teen arrested in Miami parking space argument that left 2 dead

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MIAMI -- What started as an argument over a parking space in South Beach ended with a police chase and two dead men, including one shot and killed by Miami Beach police, marking a harsh turn for the Memorial Day weekend that in recent years has been relatively low-key.

On Monday evening, police identified one of the suspects as 19-year-old ...Read more

Antibiotic of last resort re-engineered to kill resistant bacteria

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SAN DIEGO -- The frightening spread of antibiotic-resistant superbugs threatens to return medicine to the pre-antibiotic era, with the return of deadly infectious diseases long thought vanquished.

Each year, more than 2 million people in the United States get antibiotic-resistant infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and ...Read more

Texas' legislative session ends amid protests, tension

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AUSTIN, Texas -- With the sound of protesters roaring in the background, the Texas Legislature ended its regular session Monday with ceremony and speeches, a near fistfight on the House floor and a lingering sense of tension as Gov. Greg Abbott acknowledged that he will announce his decision about a special session later this week.

Shouting ...Read more

Calif. officials investigate accident at new water park

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DUBLIN, Calif. -- Three of the six slides at a new $43 million water park in the San Francisco Bay Area were closed Sunday as city and state officials investigate after a boy was launched from a three-story water slide, landing on the concrete exit next to the ride, at The Wave's grand opening Saturday.

The slide from which the boy fell, the ...Read more

Trump honors fallen troops as White House grapples with Kushner report

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump stuck to a traditional script in his first public appearance since returning from Europe and the Middle East as the White House deals with revelations of son-in-law Jared Kushner's outreach to Russian officials.

Trump, paying tribute Monday to the nation's military dead at a Memorial Day ceremony in ...Read more

French president offers Putin better relations but is firm on sanctions, Syria

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PARIS ––French President Emmanuel Macron called for improved relations with Russia as he held his first meeting with Vladimir Putin but staked out tough positions on sanctions and the civil war in Syria.

Macron said after meeting with Putin Monday that fighting terrorism is the main priority for the two nations but said Russian-led efforts ...Read more

Tiger Woods Arrested For Suspicion of DUI

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Golfer Tiger Woods was arrested on suspicion of DUI early Monday morning in Jupiter, Florida.

According to various media reports, Woods was held in a local jail for a few hours and later released.

No further information about the incident and what led to Woods' arrest has been made available. Woods has a residence in Jupiter, Florida.

Philippines says battle with Islamic State fighters is nearly over

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MANILA, Philippines –– Philippine forces said they were in control of most of Marawi, the southern city where almost 100 people were killed and 60,000were displaced after fighting in the past week between the military and extremists linked to Islamic State.

"Our ground commanders have assured that the end is almost there," Brig. Gen. ...Read more

Trump's awkward overseas moments came with democratically elected leaders

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GIARDINI NAXOS, Italy -- President Donald Trump returned late Saturday from his first overseas trip as president, clearly more welcomed by the Muslims he proposed barring from the United States than by allies in Europe whose priorities and values have long been parallel with U.S. ideals.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi praised Trump ...Read more

169 dead in Sri Lanka floods; waters recede

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka –– Relief workers continued to help flood and landslide victims Monday as the number of weather-related deaths rose to 169, officials said, adding that water levels are now receding.

Over 100 others are remained missing after five days of severe weather across the country, the Disaster Management Center said.

The ...Read more

Biomedical research would be hit by Trump's proposed budget

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President Donald Trump's proposed fiscal 2018 budget includes cuts in biomedical programs that would cripple life science research and industry, experts say.

"It's a horrendous proposal," said Dr. Eric Topol, a cardiologist-geneticist with Scripps Health in San Diego. "Every way you look at it, it spells trouble."

The proposed cuts would come ...Read more

Liquor lobby warns tourists of Utah's strict alcohol rule

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As the summer tourism season kicked off this Memorial Day weekend, Utah found itself under attack -- with no immediate reprieve in sight.

The American Beverage Institute launched a full-page ad in Nevada's largest newspaper last week depicting a woman's mug shot with the words, "Utah: Come for vacation, leave on probation," printed in bold ...Read more

Not-so-high anxiety: States move fast to protect pot industry

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WASHINGTON -- If a whiff of uneasiness hung over the trade show that drew thousands of marijuana entrepreneurs here this month, it wasn't because they were just around the corner from a White House that has threatened to shut them down.

They had bigger worries, like sorting out the legitimate business ventures from the hype among row upon row ...Read more

Memorial Day: The number of Americans who have died in battle since the Revolutionary War

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It originated as Decoration Day in May 1868, an annual commemoration in which the graves of the war dead were decorated with flowers.

At the time, Maj. Gen. John A. Logan, who served in the Mexican-American War and the Civil War, declared that Decoration Day should be observed in May because flowers would be in bloom all across the country.

As...Read more

North Korea launches ballistic missile into Sea of Japan

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SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea fired another ballistic missile from its eastern coast early Monday morning, South Korean and U.S. authorities have separately confirmed.

The Joint Chief of Staff, or JCS, of the South Korean army said that the projectile was "assumed to be a missile of the Scud series" and had a flight distance of 280 miles.

...Read more

Israel angers Palestinians by meeting at holy site

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TEL AVIV, Israel -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took the unusual step Sunday of convening his Cabinet at a sensitive Jerusalem holy site, spurring howls of protest by Palestinians who claim the area where it is located for the capital of a future state.

The special session marking the 50th anniversary of Israel's capture of East Jerusalem...Read more

Trump returns to an increasingly troubled White House and criticism from allies

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WASHINGTON -- Whatever respite President Donald Trump may have received from his nine-day overseas trip came to an abrupt end Sunday as administration allies sought to beat back allegations about his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, while the leader of Europe's most powerful nation suggested the U.S. was no longer a reliable ally.

"The era in which ...Read more

 

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