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ISIS militants riot in Tajikistan prison, 32 dead
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Three prison guards and 29 inmates have been killed in a high-security prison in Tajikistan after convicted Islamic State militants started a riot, the Central Asian nation's Justice Ministry said on Monday.


Anti-money laundering staff at Deutsche Bank flagged Trump, Kushner transactions: NYT
RELIGION-HANUKKAH/USA

Anti-money laundering specialists at Deutsche Bank AG recommended in 2016 and 2017 that multiple transactions involving entities controlled by U.S. President Donald Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, be reported to a federal financial crimes watchdog, the New York Times reported on Sunday.


Day-long lines for gasoline form in oil-rich Venezuela
Venezuela Gasoline Lines

U.S. sanctions on oil-rich Venezuela appear to be taking hold, resulting in long lines for fuel in the South American nation's second-largest city, Maracaibo. Some drivers said they'd had to wait almost 24 hours to fuel up.


Tweet from Trump: 'If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran'
Donald Trump immigration speech

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday that it will be the "official end of Iran" if the country threatens the United States again. The inflammatory tweet comes as relationship between Washington and Tehran has become increasingly strained, raising concerns about a potential U.S.-Iran conflict.


B.C. pilot Patrick Forseth among 5 killed in Honduran plane crash
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Five foreigners, including Canadian pilot Patrick Forseth, died on Saturday when a private plane crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from Roatán island, a tourist destination on the Caribbean Sea coast of Honduras.


Modi poised to return to power in India with bigger majority, exit polls show
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to return to power with an even bigger majority in parliament after a mammoth general election that ended on Sunday, exit polls showed. Official results are expected on Thursday.


Bomb hits tourist bus near Egypt's Giza Pyramids, wounds 17
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A roadside bomb hit a tourist bus on Sunday near the Giza Pyramids, wounding at least 17 people including tourists, Egyptian officials said.


Another royal wedding — but not so much pomp
Britain Royal Wedding

There was a wedding in Windsor on Saturday, but there wasn't the pomp and pageantry — or controversy — to rival the other royal nuptials that have played out in the same place over the past year.


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Eurovision 2019's Israel Location Draws Controversy
Eurovision came to a close Saturday night in Tel Aviv, amid controversy over the song contest's location in Israel. A Dutch singer won, meaning next year's event will take place in the Netherlands.
Elham Pourtaher, Iranian In The U.S., On Daily Life In Iran Amid Rising Tensions
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro asks Elham Pourtaher, an Iranian studying in the U.S., about daily life in Iran and rising tensions between the two countries.
Measles Outbreak In The Philippines
The Philippines is now dealing with one of the worst measles outbreaks in the world. Since January, the country has had more than 33,000 cases. More than 450 people have died.
Previewing The European Parliament Elections
It's been five years since the last election, and since then there has been a surge in populist right-wing parties that are looking to change the European Union from within.
Deported After Living In The U.S. For 26 Years, He Navigates A New Life In Mexico
After losing protections under the DACA program, Gilberto Olivas-Bejarano was deported to his birth country. In the Mexican city of León, far from his former life, he says he has much to offer.
In France, The #MeToo Movement Has Yet To Live Up To Women's Hopes
"The excuse we hear in France is that we have the French seduction type. ... It's in our culture and our tradition and blah, blah, blah," says a former member of Parliament.
The Colonial Roots Of Pimiento Cheese
A Filipina American discovers her favorite cheesy snack has a bloody origin story.
A Photographer's Search For The Vanishing Stars Of Bengali Folk Theater
Ten years after leaving his childhood home in West Bengal, photographer Soumya Sankar Bose returned to find that stars of Jatra, a popular local form of folk theater, were fading from public view.
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Manchester Airport fixes power issue that led to flight delays
Britain's Manchester Airport said on Monday it had fixed a fuel supply problem at the airport caused by a power issue, which led to flight delays on Sunday.
Australia's conservative coalition secures parliamentary majority
Australia's conservative coalition secured an outright parliamentary majority on Monday following a shock election victory, allowing Prime Minister Scott Morrison to progress his legislative agenda without the support of independe
Australia's pollsters to review incorrect election forecasts
Australia's industry body for market research launched a review on Monday into how opinion pollsters had wrongly predicted an opposition victory in Saturday's general election.
Loyalty of Italy's League to coalition partner unreasonable: cabinet secretary
League's loyalty to Italian coalition partner M5S is unreasonable and can't last for ever, cabinet secretary Giancarlo Giorgetti said on Monday.
Islamic State militants riot in Tajik prison, 32 killed
Three prison guards and 29 inmates have been killed in a high-security prison in Tajikistan after convicted Islamic State militants started a riot, the Central Asian nation's Justice Ministry said on Monday.
Winning during economic slowdown, Australia's Morrison must halt rot
Surprisingly retained by Australians in a national election over the weekend, Prime Minister Scott Morrison's center-right government now needs to find a fast way out of a worrying slowdown in an economy that has been recession-fr
Australian banks rally as conservative election win eases fears of new curbs
Australian bank shares posted their biggest rally in a decade on Monday as a surprise conservative election win eased regulation fears, though a housing downturn and strict rules baked in since a misconduct inquiry could temper lo
Huawei CFO house arrest contrasts with Canadians detained in China
Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou described her house arrest in Vancouver as "restricted to a limited space" even as she spent her past six months in a six-bedroom, multi-million dollar Canadian home.
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Vietnam, EU Eye Trade Alternative to US
Vietnam and Europe could be swapping more pomelo fruit and Portuguese cheese soon if a new trade deal comes into effect, linking two regions that have been looking for an alternative to the trade tensions brought on by the United States. The European Parliament is scheduled to discuss the trade deal on May 28, after years of negotiations between Vietnam and the European Union. The deal is significant not only because it facilitates exports, like tropical fruit, but also as it lays out...

US Senator Convening Meetings to Warn Business, Academia of China Threat
U.S. Senator Mark Warner said on Sunday that he has been organizing meetings between U.S. intelligence officials and the country's business and academic communities to urge caution in their relationships with China. "I have been convening meetings between the intelligence community and outside stakeholders in business and academia to ensure they have the full threat picture and hopefully, make different decisions about Chinese partnerships," Warner said in a...

The Man Behind the Morehouse College Surprise
Robert Smith shocked the students at the historically black, all-male Morehouse College Sunday when he announced during his commencement address that he would be paying off student debts of all 400 graduates. Here is a look at the man behind the gift, estimated to be worth $40 million. Early life Robert F. Smith was born and raised in a mostly African American, middle-class neighborhood in Denver, Colorado. Both his parents were teachers who had earned Ph.Ds. While attending East...

US Ambassador to China Visiting Tibet This Week
U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad was scheduled to visit Tibet this week, a U.S. embassy spokesperson said, the first visit to the region by a U.S. ambassador since 2015, amid escalating trade tensions between Washington and Beijing. The visit follows passage of a law in December that requires the United States to deny visas to Chinese officials in charge of implementing policies that restrict access to Tibet for foreigners, legislation that was denounced by China. "This...

Women Honored at Cannes as Gender Parity Drive Draws Scrutiny
Movie stars including Salma Hayek and Eva Longoria celebrated the role of women in cinema at a glitzy gala in Cannes on Sunday, amid a drive to promote gender equality in the industry that is still falling short of what many campaigners hoped for. Cannes' film festival, the world's most important cinema showcase, last year signed a pledge to get an equal number of men and women in its top management by 2020 that is gradually gathering momentum at similar European and U.S....

Brazil Officials: 11 Killed in Bar Shooting
Gunmen killed at least 11 people in a bar in northern Brazil on Sunday, officials said. The shooting took place in the city of Belem, the public safety department of northern Para state said. There was no immediate word on the motive of the shooting. The attackers fled but the news website G1 quoted police as saying one was wounded and is in police custody. The fatalities are six women and five men, G1 said. Seven men carried out the shooting after arriving on a motorcyle and...

Frenchman Pagenaud Takes 1st Indianapolis 500 Pole
Simon Pagenaud turned a stressful weekend into an unforgettable celebration. Pagenaud earned his first career Indianapolis 500 pole with a four-lap average of 229.992 mph, edging three-time pole winner Ed Carpenter and Spencer Pigot on Sunday. He is the first Frenchman to win the Indy 500 pole in 100 years. Carpenter, also the team owner, will start second while Pigot, the fastest qualifier Saturday, completes the front row and Chevrolet sweep of the top three spots. Pagenaud will...

Trump Attacks Fox News in Latest Sign of Strain
President Donald Trump criticized Fox News again Sunday in the latest hint that he is souring on what has been his favorite and most faithful news outlet. As part of a flurry of afternoon tweets, Trump took the conservative network to task for interviewing Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana. "Hard to believe that @FoxNews is wasting airtime on Mayor Pete, as Chris Wallace likes to call him. Fox is moving more and more to...

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Fighting Ebola When Mourners Fight the Responders
An Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo — the second-largest in history — is escalating in part because locals don’t trust health workers and government officials.
European Elections Will Gauge the Power of Populism
A new scandal in Austria that led to the collapse of the coalition government there served as a reminder that Russia has deep ties to many populist parties.
ISIS Prisoners Riot at Tajikistan Prison, Leaving Dozens Dead
The Justice Ministry said the violence broke out at a prison near the capital when militants armed with knives killed three guards and several prisoners.
India’s Narendra Modi Appears Headed for Re-election, Exit Polls Show
Mr. Modi, one of India’s most powerful and divisive leaders in decades, seems to have emerged relatively unscathed from complaints about joblessness and distress on farms.
News Analysis: It Was Supposed to Be Australia’s Climate Change Election. What Happened?
On Saturday, in a result that stunned most analysts, voters re-elected the conservative coalition that has long resisted plans to sharply cut down on carbon emissions and coal.
Austrian President Calls for Elections in September
Alexander Van der Bellen said continuity was essential after the far-right vice chancellor resigned over a video showing him promising favors to a woman who claimed ties to a Russian oligarch.
Polls Are Closed in India’s Election: What Happens Next?
The polls closed on Sunday in the world’s biggest election. Here’s what to look out for until the results are announced on Thursday.
belarus dispatch: Want to Relax? Try the Spa in a Salt Mine in Belarus
To some, the suggestion of a visit to the salt mines evokes grim memories of prison camps. But allergy sufferers swear by the health benefits.
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Google restricts Huawei's use of Android
New US restrictions were placed on the Chinese tech giant last week over cyber-security fears.
US president says war would be 'end' of Iran as tensions rise
The US president issues a stern warning as tensions rise between Washington and Tehran.
Austin Eubanks: Columbine school shooting survivor found dead
Austin Eubanks, who became an advocate for fighting addiction, died at his Colorado home aged 37.
What's at stake in the EU elections
Europe is preparing for a key test of democracy with elections to the European parliament later this week.
Four things to expect from the week ahead
Europe heads to the polls and the fate of the Iron Throne is finally decided.
Volodymyr Zelensky: Comedian to be sworn in as Ukrainian president
Political novice Volodymyr Zelensky, elected by a landslide last month, will start his new job.
Australian finds gold nugget with detector
The 1.4kg nugget was found by a man using a metal detector in a Western Australian gold field.
French life support fight nears end
Vincent Lambert's case has been central to a national debate about artificial life support.
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Goodnight, and good luck
A valedictory note from Al Jazeera America on what we tried to bring to the online news landscape

A long road to reintegration for Rwandan ex-combatants
Despite programs aimed at helping former fighters recover and rebuild, many struggle to find their place in society

The Cabula 12: Brazils police war against the black community
Brazil's anti-police movement continues to fight for the soul of Cabula, even as death threats intensify

Nevada governor says he doesn't want Supreme Court consideration
Republican Brian Sandoval, reportedly under consideration by Obama for the nation's top court, says he's not interested

Elegy for a website where Native voices mattered
AJAM reported on tribal communities and offered coverage on Indian Country that few could match

As thousands enter Europe, EU flails in anti-smuggling efforts
Why did Frontex, the EU border agency, abruptly cancel a successful anti-smuggling pilot program in Greece?

New Orleanians see tourism bias in post-Katrina public transport
While 62 percent of transportation has been restored, locals say bus service has been left behind

The cancer cluster of Piketon, Ohio
How the legacy of the Cold War poisons people still

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Eurovision 2019's Israel Location Draws Controversy
Eurovision came to a close Saturday night in Tel Aviv, amid controversy over the song contest's location in Israel. A Dutch singer won, meaning next year's event will take place in the Netherlands.
Elham Pourtaher, Iranian In The U.S., On Daily Life In Iran Amid Rising Tensions
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro asks Elham Pourtaher, an Iranian studying in the U.S., about daily life in Iran and rising tensions between the two countries.
Measles Outbreak In The Philippines
The Philippines is now dealing with one of the worst measles outbreaks in the world. Since January, the country has had more than 33,000 cases. More than 450 people have died.
Previewing The European Parliament Elections
It's been five years since the last election, and since then there has been a surge in populist right-wing parties that are looking to change the European Union from within.
Deported After Living In The U.S. For 26 Years, He Navigates A New Life In Mexico
After losing protections under the DACA program, Gilberto Olivas-Bejarano was deported to his birth country. In the Mexican city of León, far from his former life, he says he has much to offer.
In France, The #MeToo Movement Has Yet To Live Up To Women's Hopes
"The excuse we hear in France is that we have the French seduction type. ... It's in our culture and our tradition and blah, blah, blah," says a former member of Parliament.
The Colonial Roots Of Pimiento Cheese
A Filipina American discovers her favorite cheesy snack has a bloody origin story.
A Photographer's Search For The Vanishing Stars Of Bengali Folk Theater
Ten years after leaving his childhood home in West Bengal, photographer Soumya Sankar Bose returned to find that stars of Jatra, a popular local form of folk theater, were fading from public view.
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Egypt tourist bus struck by roadside bomb near pyramids, 17 wounded

A tourist bus struck a roadside bomb on Sunday near the Giza pyramids, wounding at least 17 people, including tourists, Egyptian officials said.

The officials said the bus was traveling on a road close to the under-construction Grand Egyptian Museum, adjacent to the Giza pyramids.

The bus was carrying...


Rocket explodes near U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

A rocket crashed Sunday in the Iraqi capital's heavily fortified Green Zone, landing less than a mile from the sprawling U.S. Embassy, an Iraqi military spokesman said.

The apparent attack in central Baghdad, which Iraq's state-run news agency said did not cause casualties, came amid heightened...


Switzerland voters approve tighter gun laws

Swiss voters on Sunday approved a measure to tighten the Alpine nation's gun laws, bringing the country in line with many of its European partners despite the objections of local gun owners.

Switzerland's public broadcaster said more than 63% of voters nationwide agreed to align with European Union...


Pregnant women, other vulnerable asylum seekers are returned to Mexico to await hearings

When Enma Hernandez crossed the Rio Grande here illegally about two weeks ago and approached Border Patrol agents seeking asylum, she told them she was eight months pregnant.

Hernandez, 26, said she had fled Guatemala hoping to join her husband and 2-year-old daughter in Miami. Instead, U.S. immigration...


Smog chokes Mexico City as fires fan pollution

A smoky haze that has blanketed this capital for the past week is fraying nerves, spurring health worries and generating criticism of elected officials.

Authorities ordered Mexico City schools closed Thursday and Friday and urged people to stay indoors, as the photochemical miasma enveloping the...


Taiwan approves same-sex marriage in a first for Asia

Taiwanese leaders have long tried to stand out from their political rival China so the rest of the world would not confuse the two ethnically Chinese societies. Almost 20 years ago, to bolster its democracy and tolerance for social activism — both weak in China — Taiwan encouraged LGBTQ rights...


Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in Jerusalem: ‘I support the embassy being here’

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti spent five days in Israel this week, chairing a visiting bipartisan delegation of American mayors.

The trip, co-sponsored by the nonpartisan American Jewish Committee’s Project Interchange and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, aimed to boost U.S.-Israel relations at...


India’s lower-caste Dalits, who helped elect Modi, now threaten to oust him

In 2014, Mukesh Kumar, like much of India’s underclass, had pinned his hopes on Narendra Modi, who became prime minister after his party won elections in a landslide.

Today, Kumar regrets voting for him.

“In five years there should have been so much progress, but nothing has changed,” said Kumar,...


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Readers write: New Monitor design

Readers write: New Monitor designI just received the newly formatted April 22 & 29 Weekly Print Edition. The articles were clearly separate but came together as a whole message. And more: I could clearly isolate each article as I read it, which made my reading experience very efficient. I have been a subscriber since 1972 and have found each iteration of the Monitor to be an advance.



Trump lowered tensions with Iran: why he had to step in

Trump lowered tensions with Iran: why he had to step inAs Venezuela appeared last month to be on the brink of a momentous political shift, President Donald Trump’s national security team assured him that indeed the strife-torn South American country was about to take the turn to new leadership the administration had been encouraging for months. Now it’s tensions with Iran that have surged to their highest levels yet under the Trump administration.



Abortion wars: In Louisiana, softer tone paves way for sharp restrictions

Abortion wars: In Louisiana, softer tone paves way for sharp restrictionsMost Saturdays, college freshman Taylor Gautreaux rolls out of bed just after 6 a.m., puts on something carefully neutral – no slogans or religious symbols – and drives about 45 minutes from her dorm in Hammond, Louisiana, to Baton Rouge. On those mornings, Ms. Gautreaux joins a group that gathers just outside the property lines of Delta Clinic, a squat brick building off Goodwood Boulevard on the city’s west side. Other times women have already lined up, waiting for one of the last three abortion clinics in the state to open its doors.



Food aid for hungry North Koreans?

Food aid for hungry North Koreans?For a young leader – with a nuclear arsenal at the ready – North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has enjoyed the high prestige of meeting an American president twice in the past year, not to mention summits with the heads of Russia, China, and South Korea. The United Nations estimates 40% of North Koreans will suffer severe food shortages in coming months, a result mainly of bad weather as well as too much spending on armaments. The last time North Korea saw mass famine was in the mid-1990s.



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Landlords to challenge Seattle's fair housing law
Seattle’s Fair Chance Housing Ordinance prevents landlords from checking prospective tenants' criminal histories.
Trump faces crises around the world. Why aren't Democrats talking foreign policy?
Some experts believe it's an area where President Donald Trump is particularly weak and say it should be part of the debate.
We have a winner! The internet reacts to the 'Game of Thrones' finale
If you're trying to avoid spoilers, stop scrolling!
Philanthropist pledges millions to clear Morehouse grads' student debt
The Vista Equity Partners founder told 396 new alum of the historically black college that he'll payoff their school loans.
Buttigieg attacks Fox News hosts at Fox News town hall
The South Bend mayor and Democratic presidential contender had been criticized by some in his own party for participating in the event.
Deutsche Bank employees reportedly flagged suspicious transactions involving Trump and Kushner
Tammy McFadden, a former Deutsche Bank employee, said she reviewed transactions that involved Kushner's company and Russians in the summer of 2016.
Brooks Koepka hangs on to win the PGA Championship
Koepka held off Dustin Johnson to once again hoist the Wanamaker Trophy.
Trump calls Justin Amash 'loser' after GOP lawmaker said president's conduct was 'impeachable'
"Justin is a loser who sadly plays right into our opponents hands!" Trump tweeted.
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Police: Black transgender woman Muhlaysia Booker fatally shot
A transgender woman who was attacked last month by a group of men in Texas was fatally shot over the weekend, police said.

Temple memorial set ablaze to honor Parkland school shooting victims
Some 8,000 people gathered before a plywood temple memorial and watched it burn in a gesture of symbolic healing following last year's Florida school shooting.

Temple of Time set ablaze
Some 8,000 people gathered before a plywood temple memorial and watched it burn in a gesture of symbolic healing following last year’s Florida school shooting.

Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard scores 36 despite apparent leg injury
Toronto star forward Kawhi Leonard appeared to suffer a leg injury after finishing a layup in the first half of the Raptors' Game 3 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Migrants won't be sent to South Florida, Trump tells governor
Thousands of migrants who entered the country illegally will not be sent to Florida, the governor said Sunday.

Kawhi Leonard, Toronto Raptors defeat Milwaukee Bucks in double overtime
The Toronto Raptors avoided a disastrous 3-0 hole and earned a series-saving win over the Milwaukee Bucks in double overtime Sunday night in Game 3.

(Spoiler alert!) 'Game of Thrones' ends; Westeros has a new ruler
"Game of Thrones" ended its eight-season run Sunday.

Sophie Turner, Emilia Clarke reflect on 'Game of Thrones' as series winds down
Several stars of "Game of Thrones" took to social media Sunday to mark the end of their beloved medieval fantasy drama.

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Google blocks Huawei access to Android updates after blacklisting

Reported move could hit Huawei Technologies’ ability to run phone operating system

Google has suspended Huawei’s access to updates of its Android operating system and chipmakers have reportedly cut off supplies to the Chinese telecoms company, complying with orders from the US government as it seeks to blacklist Huawei around the world.

In a fresh blow to Huawei, Google said it was complying with Donald Trump’s executive order and was reviewing the “implications”, after Reuters initially reported the story.

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Trump lashes out at Justin Amash after Republican talks of impeachment

As Donald Trump opened fire on Justin Amash, the Michigan representative who became the first Republican in Congress say he had engaged in “impeachable conduct”, Mitt Romney declined to join the fight.

Related: Justin Amash becomes first Republican to back Trump impeachment

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Theresa May prepares 'bold' last-ditch offer to MPs on Brexit bill

Prime minister will ask her cabinet to sign off on concessions this week

Theresa May will ask her cabinet to sign off a package of Brexit concessions this week, as she gears up for one last bid to win over MPs and salvage something concrete from her troubled premiership.

With the Conservatives on course for a drubbing in Thursday’s European elections, the prime minister hopes the results will focus the minds of her own MPs and persuade them to support the long-awaited withdrawal agreement bill (WAB).

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Europe's Greens ready to be kingmakers in EU elections

Green candidates, on course for their best showing, could play a big role in a divided parliament

Europe’s Greens are on course for their strongest showing to date in next week’s European elections – and could find themselves kingmakers in a newly fragmented EU parliament.

“We’ll be at the table,” said Bas Eickhout, an MEP from the Netherlands and a co-candidate of Europe’s Green parties for European commission president. “We have a good chance to determine the new majorities. And we will have our demands, on green issues, social issues, and the rule of law.”

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Turkey insists on right to drill for energy reserves off Cyprus

Dispute likely to escalate after Nicosia said it would seek to arrest anyone caught drilling

Tensions over energy resources in the eastern Mediterranean have risen sharply after Turkey said it would “exercise its sovereign rights” to drill off Cyprus in flagrant defiance of warnings from western allies.

As the dispute over potential gas reserves intensified, Ankara insisted its state-of-the-art drilling ship, the Fatih, and its support vessels would begin operations in waters viewed by the EU as being within the island’s exclusive economic zone.

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Brazil bar 'massacre': 11 people reportedly killed by group of gunmen

Authorities unable to explain why seven attackers converged on bar in northern city of Belém and then started shooting

A group of gunmen have killed 11 people in a bar in Brazil, according to media reports, with state officials confirming only at “a massacre” had occurred.

The G1 news website reported police reported that seven gunmen were involved in the attack in Belém city in the northern state of Pará, which also wounded one person, who is now in police protection.

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Billionaire pledges to pay student debt for 2019 class at historic black US college

Robert Smith makes pledge to eliminate students’ debt estimated at $40m at Morehouse, Martin Luther King’s alma mater

Delivering the commencement address at Morehouse College in Atlanta, the alma mater of Martin Luther King Jr, the billionaire technology investor and philanthropist Robert F Smith made a surprise announcement: his family would wipe out the student debt of the entire class of 2019.

Related: $1.5tn in debt: student loan crisis shatters a generation's American dream

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Indian elections: Modi on track for decisive victory, exit polls suggest

Voting has officially ended in country’s marathon six-week ballot

India’s prime minister and his allies are on track to decisively win a second term, according to exit polls released after voting officially ended on Sunday night in the country’s marathon six-week elections.

Sampling by six pollsters showed Modi’s Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) and its coalition winning between 287 and 336 seats. The final tally each survey predicted varied but were uniformly well above the 272 seats needed to form government in India’s lower house. Two surveys showed the ruling coalition falling short – by between five and 30 seats.

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Faced with their own demise, Europe’s social democrats are moving left
The plight of Germany’s oldest political party reflects a broader identity crisis for parties across the West — including America’s Democrats — that present themselves as champions of workers, unions and social democracy, but have
U.S.-style polarization has arrived in India. Modi is at the heart of the divide.
Bitter political divisions are relatively new in the world’s largest democracy, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is hoping to retain power as a weeks-long voting process draws to a close today.
Exit polls in India indicate victory for Modi and the BJP
Official results are to be released Thursday, but the polls suggest Prime Minister Narendra Modi would win reelection in the world’s largest democracy.
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Foreign tourists hurt in bus blast near Egypt's pyramids
At least 17 people have been injured in a blast targeting a tourist bus in Egypt.

Trump enters row over state-led abortion crackdown
US President Donald Trump has waded into the row over strict new abortion laws introduced by some US states arguing he is "strongly pro-life".

Google deals Huawei major blow by cutting Android licence
Google has dealt a major blow to Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei by blocking the firm from using critical apps and services like Gmail and YouTube on its range of smartphones, according to reports.

Brits could be banned from Syrian terror hotspots
Hard-hitting new security powers that would ban British citizens from designated terrorist hotspots are set to be introduced across large parts of northern Syria.

Columbine shooting survivor found dead aged 37
A survivor of the Columbine High School shooting has been found dead at his home in Colorado 20 years after the attack.

Final votes cast in world's biggest general election
Voters in India have gone to the polls in the final stage of the world's biggest general election to decide whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi returns for a second term.

Assange's belongings 'to be handed to US' - WikiLeaks
Julian Assange's belongings from his time living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London will be handed over to US prosecutors, WikiLeaks has claimed.

House explosion kills one person and injures two others
One person has died and two more have been injured after a house exploded in Indiana.

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Game of Thrones Didn’t Have to End This Way
There's no question that Bran and his sassy council are better news for the people of Westeros than Cersei, Joffrey, the Mad King, Robert Baratheon—or, in all likelihood, Daenerys. But as a viewer, I shrugged.
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison Set to Form Majority Government
His conservative coalition was returned to power in a stunning result Saturday
Al Jazeera Suspends Two Journalists Over Holocaust Video
The broadcaster deleted the video and accompanying posts
The Significance of Brienne’s Tribute to Jaime in the Game of Thrones Finale
Much of the Game of Thrones finale revolves around the importance of stories and who gets to tell them. “There’s nothing in the world more powerful than a good story,” Tyrion says while advocating for Bran to bec

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