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Maduro wins Venezuela’s presidential election, calls for dialogue with opposition

CARACAS, May 20, 2018 : Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday secured a second six-year term in the election and called on opposition groups to solve the country’s political crisis through dialogue. President of the National Electoral Council (CNE) Tibisay Lucena announced late Sunday that Maduro was reelected by a wide margin, garnering over 5.8 million votes. Over 8.6 million ...

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Palestinian president Abbas remains in hospital: officials

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories, May 21, 2018 : Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas remained in hospital Monday, a spokeswoman said, a day after being admitted with complications following an ear operation. A spokeswoman for the Istishari Arab Hospital near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank said the 83-year-old was doing well but there was no timeframe for his discharge as yet. Abbas’s ...

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Texas mom marched after Parkland, then her town was next

Santa Fe, May 21 : She stood at her bedroom door for five minutes Saturday morning trying to work up the courage to turn the knob and re-enter a world she worried would never feel safe or whole again. Then she crept down the hallway, toward the front porch where she stood the morning before to watch police cars screaming ...

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Stars urge Indonesia to ban ‘brutal’ trade in dog meat

Jakarta, May 21 : International stars of acting, music and sports have signed a letter urging Indonesia’s president to ban what they say is a brutal trade in dog and cat meat for human consumption. The appeal comes after Indonesian campaigners against animal cruelty and Humane Society International in January exposed markets on the island of Sulawesi where dogs were ...

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3 high school seniors die in crash weeks before graduation

Yoncalla, May 21 : School officials say three senior girls were killed in a car crash on Interstate 5 in western Oregon, just weeks before graduation. Eagle Point High School said on its Facebook page that Luciana Tellez, Giselle Montano and Esmeralda Nava died Saturday night after their car was struck nearly head-on by a wrong-way driver in Yoncalla. Oregon ...

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Nepal’s only int’l airport to remain open for 21 hours from Monday

KATHMANDU, May 21, 2018 : The Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Nepal’s only international airport, will remain open for 21 hours a day starting from Monday, extending opening hours by two and half hours a day, TIA authority said. Until Sunday, TIA remained open for 18 hours 30 minutes a day. The TIA authority said that it extended the opening hours ...

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Trump, Moon discuss N. Korea’s threat to scrap summit

SEOUL, May 20, 2018 : US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday discussed North Korea’s recent threats to cancel its unprecedented summit with Washington, Seoul’s presidential office said. After weeks of warm words and diplomatic backslapping, Pyongyang abruptly threatened to pull out of the planned summit next month because of US demands for “unilateral nuclear ...

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Iraq’s al-Sadr, promising reform, is constrained by Iran

Baghdad, May 20 : Iraq’s Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric whose political coalition beat out Iran’s favored candidates to come in first in national elections, says he wants to form a government that puts Iraqis first. The electoral commission announced early Saturday that the militant-turned-populist preacher, who has long spoken out against both Iranian and U.S. influence in Iraq, ...

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Maduro favored as Venezuelans vote amid crisis

Caracas, May 20 : Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is expected to win a second six-year term in Sunday’s election, despite a deepening crisis that’s made food scarce and inflation soar as oil production in the once wealthy nation plummets. More than 1 million Venezuelans have abandoned their country for a better life abroad in recent years, while those staying behind ...

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Sri Lanka marks end to civil war as a divided nation

Colombo, May 20 : Sri Lanka commemorated the ninth anniversary of the end of its civil war as a divided nation, with minority Tamils calling for an international investigation into alleged wartime atrocities and the government defending soldiers from allegations. President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday presided over a war memorial ceremony in the capital, Colombo. He said even though some ...

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