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That is the fundamental question Turkish voters will decide in Sunday’s vote on whether to expand the powers of the presidency.

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Trump welcomes jailed Utah man home after return from Venezuela
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An American jailed in Venezuela on weapons charges nearly two years ago has been released after a U.S. senator pressed for his freedom in a surprise meeting with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

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North Korea unclear about trusting U.S. after denuclearization, says South Korean leader
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reaffirmed his commitment to "complete" denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and to a planned meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Sunday.

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Astronaut Alan Bean, 4th man on the moon, dies at age 86
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Former Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean, who was the fourth man to walk on the moon and later turned to painting to chronicle the moon landings on canvas, has died. He was 86.

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Ireland votes overwhelmingly to repeal country's abortion ban
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Final results from a historic referendum show that Irish voters have overwhelmingly supported repealing their country's constitutional ban on abortions and having Parliament enact new legislation.

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Trump lawyer's selling of access to president unveils the murky world of lobbying
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The actions of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen have provided a peek into the murky world of buying access to the president, lobbying and the rules governing the practice.

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Powerful cyclone lashes Oman and Yemen; 5 dead, 30 missing
Oman Cyclone

Cyclone Mekunu blew into the Arabian Peninsula early Saturday, drenching arid Oman and Yemen, cutting off power lines and leaving at least five people dead and more than 30 missing.

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Maritime organization approves two-way shipping routes in Bering Strait
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The International Maritime Organization has approved two-way shipping routes into the Arctic Ocean through the Bering Strait.

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Real Madrid captures 3rd straight Champions League title
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Real Madrid won its third consecutive Champions League title with a 3-1 victory over Liverpool in Kyiv on Saturday. Gareth Bale scored a brace for Los Merengues, including the go-ahead scissor-kick after entering as a substitute.

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Tears, cheers and defiance follow Weinstein rape charges
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From the tremendous relief and tears of complainants to the stern defence of his lawyer, reactions were swift on Friday after disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein surrendered to police in New York City to face sexual assault and rape charges.

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Mysterious wolf-like creature shot and killed in Montana
Wolf Like Animal Shot

A rancher in central Montana shot a wolf-like animal after it was spotted in a pasture with livestock, but a closer look prompted state wildlife officials to take DNA samples to determine what type of animal it was.

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The weird zigzags of a ship trying to navigate the U.S.-China trade war
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The travels of an 80,000-tonne shipment of an obscure American feed crop symbolize everything wrong with Trump's trade fight with China.

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Freeman says he used jokes and compliments to make women feel 'at ease'
Morgan Freeman Accusations

Morgan Freeman says he likes to compliment people to make them feel at ease around him, but that he has never sexually assaulted women.

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Fear and suspicion hinder Congo medics in Ebola battle
Congo Ebola

Health officials say they are working hard to get out accurate information about the deadly hemorrhagic fever but are facing significant mistrust.

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White NAACP leader who pretended to be black is charged with welfare fraud
NAACP Leader-Racial Questions

A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unravelled after she was exposed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud.

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Trump's withdrawal from North Korea summit weakens optimism in South
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The idea of peace on a peninsula still technically at war has started to feel so real that there’s a boom in property sales inside the demilitarized zone, writes Saša Petricic.

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Harvey Weinstein charged with rape in NYC
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Harvey Weinstein was charged Friday with rape and another sex felony in the first prosecution to result from the wave of allegations against him that sparked a national reckoning over sexual misconduct.

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Vehicle hits 3 pedestrians in downtown Portland, Ore.
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A hit-and-run driver struck three women walking on a sidewalk in downtown Portland, Ore., seriously injuring two of them, police said Friday.

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Helicopters prepare for evacuation as Kilauea's 3rd lava flow enters ocean
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Two U.S. Marine Corps helicopters are on standby transport people from a district near Hawaii's Kilauea's lava flow, as an intensified volcanic eruption entered its fourth week.

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'Once-in-a-generation decision' for Ireland as country votes in abortion referendum
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Supporters say repealing a 35-year-old amendment to Ireland's constitution that enshrined a ban on abortions in law simply acknowledges reality. But in a predominantly Catholic country, voting to repeal in Friday's referendum is still controversial.

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Trump had to 'face the music' that U.S., North Korea worlds apart on nuclear deal
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Donald Trump's decision to scrap a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may have been a case of the president finally realizing his deal-making skills couldn't bridge the gap between the U.S. and North Korea on denuclearization.

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U.S. Navy Warships Sail Near Contested South China Sea Islands
The two vessels sailed close to the Paracel Islands on Sunday -- a move likely to anger Beijing. ... read more


South Korean President Meets North Korea's Kim Jong Un To Talk Trump Summit
The two met to pave the way for a summit between North Korean and the U.S. ... read more


Irish Voters Set To Liberalize Abortion Laws In Landslide, Exit Poll Signals
Vote counting will begin Saturday. ... read more


Thousands Travel Home To Ireland To Vote On Abortion Access
Just try to read these #HomeToVote tweets without crying. ... read more


Trump Suggests North Korea Summit Could Still Happen
He had canceled the planned June 12 summit less than a day earlier. ... read more


North Korea Still Open To Talks After Trump Cancels Summit
Trump’s announcement came after repeated threats by North Korea to pull out of the summit over what it saw as confrontational remarks by U.S. officials. ... read more


2 Men Detonate Bomb Inside Indian Restaurant Near Toronto, Authorities Say
Fifteen people were taken to the hospital, three of them with critical injuries. ... read more


How Kim Jong Un ‘Baited’ Trump Into Canceling The North Korea Summit
Trump’s slapdash attempt at negotiations has left the U.S. isolated from its Asian allies. ... read more


South Korea Responds To Trump's Sudden Cancellation Of Kim Jong Un Summit
"We are attempting to make sense of what, precisely, President Trump means." ... read more


Investigation Finds Russian Missile Shot Down Flight MH17
It's not clear who was operating the missile that hit the plane over eastern Ukraine in 2014, killing 298 people. ... read more


North Korea Demolishes Tunnels At Nuclear Test Site, Reports Say
North Korea has conducted all six of its nuclear tests at the Punggye-ri site. ... read more


North Korea Threatens Again To Call Off Trump Summit, Warns Of ‘Nuclear Showdown’
A top Pyongyang official lambasted "political dummy" Mike Pence and cautioned the U.S. against making "ignorant" remarks. ... read more


Far-Right And Anti-Establishment Parties Set To Form Italy's New Government
Italy is on track to have one of the most radical and populist governments in all of Europe. ... read more


Survivor Of Rwandan Genocide To Be Country's First Female Neurosurgeon
Dr. Claire Karekezi says the genocide is what made her understand that "we cannot count on anyone but ourselves." ... read more


Trump And The American Far Right Stoke Hate In Canada
Hate crimes have increased, extremist groups are growing, and two mass killings shocked the country. ... read more


Mark Zuckerberg Extends Facebook Apology Tour With European Gig
He was warned he might be "the genius that created a digital monster that is destroying our democracies." ... read more


Australian Archbishop Convicted Of Covering Up Child Sex Abuse
Archbishop Philip Wilson knew about the abuse of four boys dating back to the 1970s and did nothing. ... read more


Commander Says Iran’s People Will Respond To Pompeo's Threats With A Punch In The Mouth
A senior Iranian military commander poured scorn on U.S. threats to tighten sanctions. ... read more


Far-Right Mob Attacks 75-Year-Old Liberal Greek Mayor
"It was organized fascists who attacked me as a person and as a mayor," Yannis Boutaris said. ... read more


Iran Says Europe's Support For Nuclear Deal Isn't Enough After America's Withdrawal
“We have to preserve this agreement so we don’t have to negotiate a new agreement,” the EU's energy chief said. ... read more


Irish abortion referendum: Ireland overturns abortion ban
The Republic of Ireland votes to overturn its abortion ban with 66.4% backing reform of the constitution. ... read more


Two French teenagers charged over Despacito YouTube hack
Two 18-year-olds are charged over a hack that targeted the Latin hit and other pop songs on YouTube. ... read more


Syria war: Russians killed in militant raid in Deir al-Zour
At least four military personnel died in the attack in Deir al-Zour province, Moscow says. ... read more


France wine auction: 1774 Vin Jaune fetches record price
A bottle of Vin Jaune dating back to 1774 sells for €103,700 at auction in eastern France. ... read more


Michel Platini: No criminal charges, claims ex-Uefa president
Ex-Uefa president Michel Platini says he has been told he will not face any criminal charges following a corruption investigation. ... read more


YouTube stars 'might encourage kids to eat more calories'
Social media stars Zoella and Alfie Deyes feature in a study into the protection of children online. ... read more


Spanish rapper on the run after 'terror lyrics' prison sentence
Valtonyc's sentence for glorifying terrorism raises debate about freedom of speech in Spain. ... read more


MH17: Russia 'liable' for downing airliner over Ukraine
Australia and the Netherlands say they will hold Russia accountable for downing flight MH17. ... read more


Champions League final: Liverpool fans' anger after Kiev flights cancelled
Liverpool fans had paid up to £2,000 for trips to Kiev to watch their team take on Real Madrid. ... read more


UK 'go it alone' warning over sat-nav
The UK will build its own sat-nav system if the EU shuts it out of Galileo, the chancellor says. ... read more


France 'probes China spy ring': Two ex-agents reported held
Two former intelligence agents are suspected of passing state secrets to China, French media report. ... read more


GDPR: US news sites unavailable to EU users under new rules
The LA Times is among many sites blocked to European users over new EU rules on using personal data. ... read more


Real Madrid fans celebrate Champions League victory
Madrid parties after the local team wins the Champions League cup against Liverpool. ... read more


Irish abortion referendum: 'We made history'
Supporters of the Yes campaign react to the overwhelming vote to overturn the abortion ban. ... read more


Fierce blaze in Bordeaux, France, forces evacuations
Buildings are evacuated in a residential area of the French city as fire erupts at a car dealership. ... read more


Irish abortion referendum: How it all unfolded
The Republic of Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to overturn the abortion ban by 66.4% to 33.6%. ... read more


Irish abortion result a seismic shift
The vote for liberalisation marks a significant break away from the influence of the Catholic Church. ... read more


Coming home after 130 years
A family of Syrian refugees returns to the island that their great-grandparents fled 130 years ago. ... read more


France #MeToo: Standing up to street harassment
Women talk about their experiences of sexual harassment in public spaces and how they deal with it. ... read more


Vatican enters prestigious architecture event
The world's most prestigious architecture event touches on hot topics such as immigration and integration. ... read more


Fired up by Trump, dozens of Obama alums run for office
The groundswell of candidates with ties to the former president could fill state and federal legislatures with likeminded allies. ... read more


Kilauea eruption slows flow of Big Island tourist dollars
A Big Island tourism official says summer bookings are down 50 percent, thanks to fears over the eruption. ... read more


South Korea says Kim still committed to Trump summit, denuclearization
"Chairman Kim made clear once again his intentions to completely denuclearize the Korean Peninsula," South Korea's president said. ... read more


An Olympic baseball diamond was home. Now it's a memory.
Many migrants who reached Greece in the hope it would be an entry to the rest of Europe are now being forced to accept that their journey may end there. ... read more


Vast hidden canyons and mountain ranges discovered in Antarctica
The enormous size of the troughs took scientists by surprise. ... read more


American freed by Venezuela after two years in prison returns to U.S.
Joshua Holt said Saturday afternoon "thank you for the support, your prayers, and for never giving up and leaving us behind." ... read more


In blow to Catholic church, Ireland ends abortion ban
Ireland's Prime Minister described the result as the culmination of a "quiet revolution" in what was once one of Europe's most socially conservative countries. ... read more


Warriors dismantle Rockets to force decisive Game 7
Golden State Warriors dismantle Houston Rockets to force Game 7 in NBA Playoffs. ... read more


Spanish, not English, is the most all-American language
The language we speak is an increasingly common way to discriminate against American Latinos, and a totally ahistorical one. ... read more


Buddhist priest leads Japan's battle against banks backing nuclear, coal power
In the wake of Fukushima, Tomonobu Narita is at the forefront of a movement to withdraw money from banks that back environmentally harmful energy projects. ... read more


Alexa's latest privacy fail highlights risks of smart speakers
Worries crop up about privacy issues surrounding personal info captured by Amazon's virtual assistant and competitors' similar connected speakers. ... read more


There's a growing movement to ban plastic straws
Bans on plastic straws are starting to catch on. But a similar fight against plastic bags shows just how hard it is to regulate plastics. ... read more


Record-breaking NASA astronaut Alan Beam dies at 86
"We will remember him fondly as the great explorer who reached out to embrace the universe," NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said. ... read more


Congress sounds bipartisan alarm as Trump deals on ZTE
Members of both parties say the Chinese telecom giant poses a national security threat. ... read more


A shadowy Israeli firm is accused of trying to undermine the Iran deal
An NBC News investigation reveals a business intelligence company with governmental contracts and a special department for politically motivated work. ... read more


For these Latino Gold Star families, every day is Memorial Day
"My son used to say he wanted to die for one day and come back, so he could visit Papi in heaven," said the widow of a Marine Corps Staff Sergeant. ... read more


Inmates who learn trades are often blocked from jobs. That's changing.
Half the states bar ex-cons from getting the occupational licences they need to re-enter the workforce. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say it doesn't make sense. ... read more


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Fired up by Trump, dozens of Obama alums run for office
The groundswell of candidates with ties to the former president could fill state and federal legislatures with likeminded allies. ... read more


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Kilauea eruption slows flow of Big Island tourist dollars
A Big Island tourism official says summer bookings are down 50 percent, thanks to fears over the eruption. ... read more


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South Korea says Kim still committed to Trump summit, denuclearization
"Chairman Kim made clear once again his intentions to completely denuclearize the Korean Peninsula," South Korea's president said. ... read more


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An Olympic baseball diamond was home. Now it's a memory.
Many migrants who reached Greece in the hope it would be an entry to the rest of Europe are now being forced to accept that their journey may end there. ... read more


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Vast hidden canyons and mountain ranges discovered in Antarctica
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American freed by Venezuela after two years in prison returns to U.S.
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In blow to Catholic church, Ireland ends abortion ban
Ireland's Prime Minister described the result as the culmination of a "quiet revolution" in what was once one of Europe's most socially conservative countries. ... read more


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Warriors dismantle Rockets to force decisive Game 7
Golden State Warriors dismantle Houston Rockets to force Game 7 in NBA Playoffs. ... read more


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Spanish, not English, is the most all-American language
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Buddhist priest leads Japan's battle against banks backing nuclear, coal power
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Alexa's latest privacy fail highlights risks of smart speakers
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There's a growing movement to ban plastic straws
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Record-breaking NASA astronaut Alan Beam dies at 86
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Congress sounds bipartisan alarm as Trump deals on ZTE
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A shadowy Israeli firm is accused of trying to undermine the Iran deal
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For these Latino Gold Star families, every day is Memorial Day
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