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  • Abe to become first Japanese PM to visit Pearl Harbor
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    Abe to become first Japanese PM to visit Pearl Harbor

    By Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Pearl Harbor this month with U.S. President Barack Obama, becoming his country's first leader to travel to the site of the Japanese attack 75 years ago that drew the United States into World War Two. "This

  • French PM Valls launches presidential bid, quits government
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    French PM Valls launches presidential bid, quits government

    By Christian Hartmann EVRY, France (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls declared on Monday that he would seek the Socialist Party's nomination for next year's presidential election and said he was quitting the government to focus on campaigning. Although opinion polls bill Valls as

  • Kerry says Iran nuclear deal has made world safer, rejecting Trump criticism
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    Kerry says Iran nuclear deal has made world safer, rejecting Trump criticism

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday Iran's nuclear agreement with world powers last year had made the world safer, rejecting U.S. President-elect Donald Trump references to the pact as a "disaster" and "the worst deal ever negotiated". "The region is safer,

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Child porn on government devices: A hidden security threat

    Daniel Payne, director of the Pentagon's Defense Security Service, admitted this spring to encountering “unbelievable” amounts of child pornography on government computers.

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    'Trump effect' topples Italy's PM – and could shake Europe further in 2017

    In Italy, a coalition of opposition parties, spearheaded by the anti-immigrant right wing Northern League and the populist Five Star movement, earned an unexpectedly convincing victory Sunday over Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in a referendum, defeating his plans for constitutional reform and forcing

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Why the EU can’t let a crisis go to waste

    In March, the European Union plans to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its founding document, the Treaty of Rome. As the EU struggles with multiple cracks and crises – which now include instability in Italy after a Dec. 4 vote revealed strong anti-EU feelings – the Union needs reminders of its original

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Among black men, a spark of support for Donald Trump

    The 30-something long-haul truck driver from Covington, Ga., says he watches America roll by his truck window every day and feels that much of its potential remains untapped. Persistent wealth, income, and education gaps continue to devastate the black working class in America, he says. Exit polls

  • Associated Press

    Correction: Israel-Palestinians story

    SAO PAULO (AP) — In a story June 11 about the FIFA Congress, The Associated Press reported erroneously that performer Mohammed Assaf wore a Muslim headscarf. Assaf's black and white headscarf is a symbol of Palestinian nationalism.

  • Reuters

    Brazil's Supreme Court removes indicted head of Senate

    SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's Supreme Court decided on Monday to remove the president of the Senate, Renan Calheiros, who was indicted last week by the top court on charges of embezzlement, a court spokesman said. Justice Marco Aurelio de Mello took up an injunction against Calheiros based on a

  • Brazil supreme court suspends Senate leader
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    Brazil supreme court suspends Senate leader

    Brasília (AFP) - Brazil's supreme court on Monday suspended the Senate's powerful speaker, Renan Calheiros, ahead of him going on trial for alleged corruption.

  • Associated Press

    How the Dow Jones industrial average finished Monday

    U.S. stocks resumed their climb Monday as investors bought stocks that stand to benefit from economic growth, like banks, as well as technology companies, which have been mostly left out of a post-election ...

  • India's filmstar politician dies after prolonged illness
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    India's filmstar politician dies after prolonged illness

    Jayalalithaa Jayaram, the chief minister of south India's Tamil Nadu state and one of the country's most popular political leaders, has died after a prolonged illness, hospital authorities announced late Monday night. "It is with indescribable grief, we announce the sad demise of our esteemed

  • Reuters

    Ex-coup leader, DEA fugitive wins Haitian Senate seat

    By Makini Brice PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - A former Haitian coup leader wanted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for alleged cocaine trafficking and money laundering has won election to Haiti's Senate, according to preliminary results released by the electoral council. Guy Philippe defeated

  • Bank stocks help Dow to another record; tech stocks recover
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    Bank stocks help Dow to another record; tech stocks recover

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks resumed their climb Monday as investors bought stocks that stand to benefit from economic growth, like banks, as well as technology companies, which have been mostly left out of a post-election rally. The Dow Jones industrial set another record high.

  • Associated Press

    Mexico president creates 4 new protected biological reserves

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's president signed decrees creating four new biological reserves and five other protected areas Monday, setting aside about 160 million acres (65 million hectares) for environmental conservation.

  • New Zealand man latest to claim Prince as father
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    New Zealand man latest to claim Prince as father

    A New Zealand man is the latest person to say he is pop icon Prince's heir after a judge dismissed a series of other claims, court documents showed Monday. A lawyer for the administrator in charge of Prince's estate agreed to arrange genetic testing on Max Stacey McCormack, but made no secret

  • Israeli legislators advance revised bill to legalize settlements
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    Israeli legislators advance revised bill to legalize settlements

    By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's parliament gave initial approval on Monday to a revised bill that would legalize Israeli settlement homes built on private Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank. The proposed law has already drawn sharp international condemnation and strained relations

  • Brazil's government proposes setting retirement age at 65
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    Brazil's government proposes setting retirement age at 65

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's government is proposing fixing the minimum retirement age at 65 as part of an overhaul to a pension system many say is unsustainable.

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 9:32 p.m. GMT

    COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — The Myanmar soldiers came in the morning, the young mother says. They set fire to the concrete-and-thatch homes, forcing the villagers to cluster together. When some of her neighbors tried to escape into the fields, they were shot. After that, she says, most people

  • Indian actress-turned-politician Jayaram Jayalalithaa dies
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    Indian actress-turned-politician Jayaram Jayalalithaa dies

    CHENNAI, India (AP) — Jayaram Jayalalithaa, the hugely popular south Indian actress who later turned to politics and became the highest elected official in the state of Tamil Nadu, died Monday. She was 68.

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    Argentina prosecutor: Priests abused at least 22 children

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — At least 22 children were sexually abused by two priests at a school for youths with hearing disabilities in Argentina, an investigating prosecutor said Monday.

  • Russia, China veto UN resolution demanding Aleppo truce
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    Russia, China veto UN resolution demanding Aleppo truce

    Russia and China on Monday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling for a seven-day ceasefire in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo. The vote marked the sixth time that Russia blocked a council resolution on Syria since the conflict began in March 2011, and the fifth time that China did so.

  • Reuters

    Manuel Valls, a tough-talker with French presidential ambitions

    By Ingrid Melander PARIS (Reuters) - When two journalists published the book 'A President Shouldn't Say That' which quotes Francois Hollande disparaging judges, insulting footballers and revealing state secrets, Prime Minister Manuel Valls could not hide his "shame" and "anger

  • IMF releases another $618 mn loan installment for Iraq
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    IMF releases another $618 mn loan installment for Iraq

    The IMF on Monday announced the release of the second installment of a loan for Iraq, despite continued financial difficulties with low oil prices and the fight against the Islamic State group. "The economic policies implemented by the Iraqi authorities to deal with the shocks facing Iraq -- the

  • Senior Gambia opposition figures freed on bail
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    Senior Gambia opposition figures freed on bail

    Gambian opposition leader Ousainou Darboe, who was jailed in July for taking part in a protest, was freed on bail with 18 others Monday, days after a shock opposition election win. Ousainou and the others took part or were picked up near a demonstration in April over the death in custody of Solo Sandeng