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Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly to Ease Divorce Restrictions

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DUBLIN — Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to ease restrictions on divorce, taking another step toward liberalizing a Constitution that was once dominated by the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. Official figures released this weekend showed that 82 percent of voters in referendum on...read more

What to Watch For in the European Parliament Election Results

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BRUSSELS — With more than 400 million Europeans across the 28 countries of the European Union entitled to vote in the European Parliament elections that end on Sunday, the poll is, next to India, the largest democratic exercise in the world. But since these elections began 40 years ago, w...read more

Pope Francis Says Abortion, Even of a Sick Fetus, Is Like Hiring a ‘Hitman’

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ROME — Pope Francis said Saturday that abortion was always unacceptable, regardless of whether a fetus is fatally ill or has pathological disorders. He also urged doctors to help women bring to term even pregnancies likely to end in the death of a child at birth or soon after. “Is it legi...read more

Campaign Aims to Keep Judge’s Copy of ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ in U.K.

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LONDON — The paperback is not in the best condition. Sotheby’s, which sold it at auction, notes that the spine is chipped, the pages are starting to come loose and an old paper clip has left a rust mark on the cover. It’s also full of pencil underlinings, with a separate note giving page ...read more

Youth’s Video Takes Aim at Merkel’s Party in Run-Up to European Elections

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BERLIN — For years, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany has been fighting to expand the digital skills of the nation’s work force and to get more youths engaged in politics. This past week, a young, blue-haired German YouTuber known as Rezo showed how unsettling the right combination of d...read more

Calls for Canadian zoo to be shut down after deer die in stampede

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A controversial theme park in Canada is facing renewed criticism following the deaths of three animals in recent weeks, triggering fresh calls from activists for the attraction to be shut down. Officials at Marineland, which sits on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls in Ontario, said that t...read more

Dozens of Venezuelan prisoners killed in clashes with police

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Twenty-nine detainees were killed and 19 police officers were wounded during a confrontation in a police cell block in north-western Venezuela. The incident, which took place in the town of Acarigua in the state of Portuguesa, was described by state official as a failed escape attempt, bu...read more

Trump agrees with North Korean leader Kim on Biden: White House

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Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign stop in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., May 18, 2019. REUTERS/Mark Makela (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agree on their assessment of for...read more

Subpoenas for Trump financial records on hold pending appeal: court filing

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump reacts as he speaks at the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride event after the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo WASHINGTON ...read more

Trump retweets doctored video of Pelosi to portray her as having 'lost it'

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, engaged in personal attacks on House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, retweeted a heavily edited video that falsely claimed the Democratic leader had difficulty speaking to reporters. In a Twitter posting late on Thursday, the Repu...read more

Iraq sentences three French citizens to death for joining Isis

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An Iraqi court has sentenced three French citizens to death after they were found guilty of joining Islamic State, a court official said. Captured in Syria by a US-backed force fighting the jihadists, they are the first French Isis members to receive death sentences in Iraq, where they we...read more

Sajid Javid condemned for ‘criminalising’ fighters against Isis

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More than 40 international volunteers – a third of them British – who fought in Syria against the Islamic State terror group have written to the home secretary, Sajid Javid, to condemn his plans to prosecute UK citizens who remain in the country. Four British families whose sons or daughter...read more

Sajid Javid should not be allowed to criminalise the British heroes of Rojava | Observer letters

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Just two months ago the whole world celebrated Islamic State’s defeat as a military force. That victory was led by the women of the YPJ (women’s protection units), along with the other Kurds, Arabs and Christians of north-east Syria – the democratic, female-led, autonomous region more common...read more

Sudan, Algeria, Libya: new Arab spring stalls as Trump looks away

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There was a time, not so very long ago, when the US was held up as a model for other nations to emulate. That time has passed. Last week witnessed more gratuitous international hooliganism by the Trump administration. Its latest depredations include extra-territorial bullying of trade and bu...read more

Refugee jailed for smuggling injured niece into UK reunited with family

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A man who brought his baby niece to the UK from a French refugee camp after she sustained serious burns has been released from detention and reunited with his family. Najat Ibrahim Ismail, 32, an Iraqi Kurd, faced three attempts by the Home Office to put him on a plane to Iraq in recent w...read more

Driverless Metro: trains and doors get stuck after Berejiklian unveils $7.3bn project

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About 42,000 commuters have used Sydney’s new driverless northwest Metro in its first three hours of operation after it was officially opened on Sunday morning. But users took to Twitter to report large crowds at Chatswood station, trains stuck at Macquarie University and Macquarie Park s...read more

Scott Morrison dumps Melissa Price as environment minister as new-look ministry revealed

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Scott Morrison has unveiled his new-look ministry, breaking his commitment to retain Melissa Price as environment minister and replacing her with Sussan Ley. Morrison said Price had “asked for a new challenge” and would now serve as defence industry minister. Ley will be one of a record ...read more

Climate protesters stage 'die-in' at Queensland Museum's dinosaur exhibit

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Around 250 environmental activists have laid down among the dinosaurs at the Queensland Museum on Sunday, in the first large Extinction Rebellion event in Brisbane. Protesters, many dressed as endangered animals, laid on the floor of the museum’s Lost Creatures exhibit amid fossils and dino...read more

Courtney Herron: woman murdered in Melbourne park died from 'horrendous bashing'

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Courtney Herron, a 25-year-old woman of no fixed address, has been identified as the victim of “a horrendous bashing” on Friday night that occurred before she was found dead in Royal Park in Parkville, Melbourne, Victoria police say. The latest victim of violence directed at a young woman a...read more

Snake mistake: CSIRO says it's a myth that Australia is home to world's deadliest species

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The popular suggestion that Australia is home to the world’s deadliest snakes is largely a myth, with the risk of bites and death far greater across Asia, Africa and South America, the nation’s science agency has said. Herpetologist Ruchira Somaweera from the Commonwealth Scientific and I...read more
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ALGIERS (Reuters) - An Algerian prosecutor investigating graft has referred two former prime ministers and five former ministers to the supreme court, Ennahar TV reported citing a statement from the prosecution. Reporting by Omar Fahmy, Hamid Ould Ahmed and Lamine Chikhi; writing by Maher C...read more
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TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday played golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and presented a trophy to the winner of a sumo tournament, turning to personal diplomacy for the second day of a Japan visit shadowed by tough trade talk. Trump is unhappy with...read more
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LONDON (Reuters) - The prospect of a “no deal” Brexit was fast becoming the central battle of the race to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday, as environment minister Michael Gove became the latest candidate to declare. May said on Friday she was quitting over her failure to delive...read more
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KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Three people were killed and five others injured on Sunday in two separate explosions in the Nepali capital, Kathmandu, but the cause of the blasts was unclear, police said. Police official Shyam Lal Gyawali said: “We have three fatalities in two incidents of explosion...read more
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DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland’s Green Party will consider playing a role in the country’s next government, pushing to overhaul environmental policy, if its surge in this week’s local and European elections is repeated in the next parliamentary poll, its leader said. The Greens were left bruise...read more
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