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Malaysia's Mahathir announces top cabinet picks, bars former PM from leaving

Malaysia's Mahathir announces top cabinet picks, bars former PM from leaving

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad announced his top cabinet picks on Saturday and barred his predecessor, Najib Razak, from going overseas, saying there was enough evidence to investigate his links to a multi-billion-dollar scandal. Immigration...

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Time travelers invited to Stephen Hawking send-off

Time travelers invited to Stephen Hawking send-off

LONDON (Reuters) - Stephen Hawking’s family have invited time travelers to his memorial service, seeking to tackle one of the curiosities that eluded the British physicist during his extraordinary life. The world’s most recognizable scientist died in March aged 76 after a lifetime...

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Italy court lifts ban on Berlusconi running for public office: report

Italy court lifts ban on Berlusconi running for public office: report

An Italian court has lifted a ban on three-time former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi running for elected office, Italy's media reported Saturday, clearing the way for yet another political comeback. The decision comes as the leaders of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S)...

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Iraq reopens airspace as elections proceed without incident

Iraq reopens airspace as elections proceed without incident

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered the reopening of the nation's airspace and resumption of air traffic on Saturday, state television reported. The shutdown had come into effect at midnight on Friday as a security measure ahead of the voting which started on Saturday morning....

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Daesh attacks kill 6 in Iraq’s Kirkuk

Daesh attacks kill 6 in Iraq’s Kirkuk

At least six people were killed in militant attacks on a number of security checkpoints in the northern Kirkuk province on Saturday, according to an Iraqi security officer. Daesh militants attacked security checkpoints manned by Iraqi police and pro-government Hashd al-Shaabi fighters...

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Iran minister on diplomatic tour to save nuclear deal

Iran minister on diplomatic tour to save nuclear deal

Iran's foreign minister was due to leave Saturday for a whirlwind diplomatic tour as world leaders scramble to salvage something from the wreckage of a key nuclear deal after Washington withdrew. Mohammad Javad Zarif's tour starts two days after unprecedented Israeli strikes in Syria...

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In inter-planetary first, NASA to fly helicopter on Mars

In inter-planetary first, NASA to fly helicopter on Mars

NASA said on Friday it will send a small helicopter to Mars as part of the U.S. space agency's 2020 mission to place a next-generation rover on the Martian surface, marking the first time such an aircraft will be used on another world. The remote-controlled Mars Helicopter, designed to...

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Iraqi polls open in first elections since victory over Daesh

Iraqi polls open in first elections since victory over Daesh

Polls opened across Iraq on Saturday in the first national election since the declaration of victory over Daesh (ISIS). After weeks of official campaigning, no clear front-runner has emerged as Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi faces stiff competition from political parties with closer...

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19 dead in fighting between Myanmar army, rebels: military

19 dead in fighting between Myanmar army, rebels: military

 At least 19 people were killed Saturday in northern Myanmar when ethnic rebels attacked security force posts in restive Shan State, army and local sources told AFP, the most deadly flare-up in recent years as fighting in the borderlands intensifies. Rights defenders say clashes in...

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Defeated Malaysian leader, wife barred from leaving country

Defeated Malaysian leader, wife barred from leaving country

 Malaysia's Immigration Department said Saturday that former scandal-ridden Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife are barred from leaving the country, shortly after he announced plans for a short holiday. A leaked flight manifesto shows Najib and his wife Rosmah Mansor were due...

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Feel-good Egyptian leper film charms Cannes

Feel-good Egyptian leper film charms Cannes

Freshman director A.B. Shawky said piecing together financing for a feel-good road movie about an Egyptian leper and his orphan friend was the least of his troubles getting his film to Cannes. The newcomer’s debut feature “Yomeddine” is going toe-to-toe with his ex-professor Spike Lee and...

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US Ambassador gives first glimpse of new Jerusalem embassy compound

US Ambassador gives first glimpse of new Jerusalem embassy compound

Viewers were given a sneak preview of the compound housing what will be the new American Embassy in Jerusalem Friday, when the U.S. Ambassador to Israel posted footage of preparations for the opening ceremony. Ambassador David Friedman put on the 'U.S. Embassy Jerusalem' Facebook page a...

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Israeli fire kills Palestinian, wounds 170 in border protest: Gaza medic

Israeli fire kills Palestinian, wounds 170 in border protest: Gaza medic

Israeli troops killed one Palestinian and wounded at least 170 protesters in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical workers said, bringing to 44 the number killed during a six-week protest at the Gaza-Israel border. The man killed was protesting east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza, medics...

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Top Trump aide says protected immigrants need path to citizenship

Top Trump aide says protected immigrants need path to citizenship

 Immigrants from Honduras, Haiti, El Salvador and other countries who were given protected status to live in the United States should have a path to citizenship, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told National Public Radio Friday. Kelly said many of those with temporary...

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Trump to address Jerusalem embassy opening by video: official

Trump to address Jerusalem embassy opening by video: official

President Donald Trump will address around 800 U.S. and Israeli dignitaries at the ceremonial opening of the American embassy in Jerusalem by video Monday, a senior official said. It was not immediately clear from the senior administration official's comment, on a background call to...

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AP sources: WH aide dismisses McCain view, says 'he's dying'

AP sources: WH aide dismisses McCain view, says 'he's dying'

WASHINGTON (AP) - A White House official dismissed Sen. John McCain's opposition to President Donald Trump's CIA nominee, saying "it doesn't matter" because "he's dying anyway," two people in the room told The Associated Press. Kelly Sadler was discussing McCain's opposition to Trump's...

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Chatter grows about Trump's Nobel Peace Prize prospects

Chatter grows about Trump's Nobel Peace Prize prospects

(AP) — Barack Obama won it.  So did Jimmy Carter, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. Now, President Donald Trump's supporters are pushing for him to be the next U.S. leader to win the Nobel Peace Prize — a move that's being met by smirks and eye rolls in Europe, where Trump...

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Gazans rally near Israel border in blockade-busting campaign

Gazans rally near Israel border in blockade-busting campaign

(AP) — Gaza activists burned tires near the sealed border with Israel on Friday in a seventh weekly protest aimed at shaking off a decade-old blockade of their territory. Israeli soldiers fired tear gas volleys from the other side of the border fence. The protest came just three days...

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