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N Korea marks military anniversary with firing drill

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Nuclear-armed North Korea on Tuesday marked a military anniversary with a conventional firing drill, reports said, as the South announced joint naval exercises with a U.S. aircraft carrier in the flashpoint region. Speculation had mounted that Pyongyang could carry out a sixth nuclear test or another missile launch to mark… Read

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Arkansas carries out first double execution in U.S. since 2000

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The southern U.S. state of Arkansas, rushing to execute several inmates before a lethal drug expires at the end of the month, put to death Monday two prisoners, the attorney general said. Jack Jones was executed for raping and killing Mary Phillips, 34, in 1995 and trying to murder her… Read

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27 people killed in bus-trailer truck collision in Kenya

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Kenyan police say 27 people have been killed in a collision between a passenger bus and a trailer truck. Police say the accident took place along the major road linking two of Kenya's biggest cities, capital Nairobi and the port of Mombasa. Leornard Kimaiyo, the police chief in the Kambu… Read

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Macron vs Le Pen: Opposing styles and visions for France

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They could hardly be more different: Pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron is facing anti-immigration, anti-EU Marine Le Pen in France's presidential runoff May 7. Here's a look at just a few of the ways the two candidates diverge: EUROPE Macron is fierily promoting common European ideals of peace, prosperity and freedom.… Read

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Trump pushes Democrats on border wall as government shutdown looms

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U.S. President Donald Trump pressed Democrats on Monday to include funds for his promised border wall with Mexico in spending legislation as lawmakers worked to avoid a looming shutdown of the federal government. The battle offers the Republican president, whose approval ratings have slid since he took office, a chance… Read

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U.S.-backed forces enter major jihadist-held Syria town

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A U.S.-backed alliance of Arab-Kurdish forces entered the key jihadist-held town of Tabqa on Monday as they pursued their campaign against the Islamic State group in northern Syria. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have set their sights on Tabqa and the adjacent dam as part of their broader offensive for… Read

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Ivanka Trump heads to Berlin for women's conference

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Ivanka Trump's advocacy for women and girls will take her to a women's conference in Berlin Tuesday, in an international outing she hopes will build global support for investment in women's economic empowerment programs. An unpaid adviser to President Donald Trump, the first daughter will spend Tuesday in Berlin at… Read

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Trump to sign orders on oil drilling, national monuments

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President Donald Trump will sign executive orders this week aimed at expanding offshore oil drilling and reviewing national monument designations made by his predecessors, continuing the Republican's assault on Democratic President Barack Obama's environmental legacy. The orders could expand oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans and upend public… Read

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Sirens and silence as Israel remembers Holocaust

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Israelis stood silent and sirens rang out for two minutes on Monday as the country held its annual remembrance of the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Drivers exited their cars and buses ground to a halt, while students at schools marked the two minutes of silence that began… Read

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Macron appears set for Elysee in runoff with Le Pen

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Centrist Emmanuel Macron took a big step towards the French presidency on Sunday by winning the first round of voting and qualifying for a May 7 runoff alongside far-right leader Marine Le Pen. Though Macron, 39, is a comparative political novice who has never held elected office, new opinion polls… Read