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Posted: Mon-May-2018



Unscrupulous leaders can manipulate the political environment, making it more likely that they will win future contests and gain false legitimacy.

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These are the Texas school shooting victims and their stories
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Friends and family members of the eight students and two substitute teachers fatally shot on Friday fondly remembered their loved ones, using such words as hardworking, funny and loving.

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Kayakers take Kinder Morgan protest offshore in U.S.
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More than 200 kilometres south of where the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is slated to end, environmental groups in the U.S. took to the water on Sunday in Seattle to add their voices to the ongoing opposition to the project.

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Mexican charter firm in Cuba plane crash subject of 2 safety complaints
APTOPIX Cuba Plane Crash

The Mexican charter company whose 39-year-old plane crashed in Havana had been the subject of two serious complaints about its crews' performance over the last decade, according to authorities in Guyana and a retired pilot for Cuba's national airline.

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Texas school shooting victim had spurned suspect's advances, girl's mother says
School Shooting Texas

A teenage boy charged with shooting and killing eight students and two teachers had been spurned by one of his victims after making aggressive advances, her mother says.

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Wynne: 'It's a tough election, there's no doubt about that'
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It's day two of the May long weekend and all of the Ontario party leaders are making moves around the province. Kathleen Wynne gets questioned on spending a lot of time in Mississauga, an area that leaned strongly Liberal in 2014.

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Hawaii reports first serious injury from volcano as lava threatens escape routes
HAWAII-VOLCANO/

A stream of lava threatened to block a key Hawaii highway on Sunday that serves as an escape route for coastal residents, while the first known serious injury was reported from fresh explosive eruptions from the Kilauea volcano.

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Cougar kills mountain biker, injures another near Seattle
Fatal Cougar Attack

Washington State officials said it was only the second cougar-related fatality in the state in the last 94 years.

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Venezuela's Maduro declared election winner amid illegitimacy claims
Venezuela Presidential Election

Venezuela's leftist leader Nicolas Maduro won a new six-year term on Sunday, but his main rivals disavowed the election alleging massive irregularities in a process critics decried as a farce propping up a dictatorship.

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Congo Ebola deaths rise to 26
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Congo's health ministry says there is one new death from Ebola, bringing to 26 the number of deaths from the deadly outbreak in Equateur province in the country's northwest.

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Teenage cellist wows royal wedding guests
Sheku Kanneh-Mason Harry Meghan royal wedding

Young British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason was thrust into the global limelight on Saturday, heard by millions as he played at the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

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China vows to 'significantly increase' U.S. imports
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U.S.-China trade talks have produced a commitment by Beijing to "significantly increase" its purchases of American goods and services, according to a joint statement Saturday from the rival economic powers trying to lower trade tensions.

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Coalition led by anti-U.S. cleric wins Iraq election
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​A political bloc led by populist Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, a long-time adversary of the United States who also opposes Iranian influence in Iraq, has won the country's parliamentary election, the electoral commission has announced.

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Meghan's wedding dress, Prince Harry's military uniform and what the guests wore
Prince Harry and Meghan leave St. George's Chapel

Wedding guests came dressed in all styles and colours as the bride won praise from fashion experts for choosing simple beauty over "old-fashioned fairytales."

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Authorities name all 10 victims killed in Texas high school shooting
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The Galveston County medical examiner's office has released the names of the two teachers and eight students who were killed in the mass shooting Friday at a Texas high school.

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After delighting crowds, newlyweds Meghan and Prince Harry celebrate at private reception
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, now officially the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, were beaming as they departed for an evening reception hours after their wedding ceremony at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.

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U.S. bishop's fiery 'love' speech highlight of royal wedding
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In contrast to the muted style of sermon the Royal Family is used to, the head of the Episcopal Church in the U.S. stole the show during Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding as he spoke passionately on the theme of love.

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Who is Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the Santa Fe shooting suspect?
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The Texas high school student who allegedly opened fire on his classmates on Friday has been described as a quiet and unassuming teenager who enjoys sports and showed few if any warning signs of violent behaviour.

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Trump moves to ban funding for clinics offering abortion services
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While the White House is billing its proposal targeting abortion providers as something that would "improve women's health," pro-choice advocates say the plan to strip funding from some family planning clinics only serves to harm the most marginalized women in the U.S.

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Frustrated Parkland students urge lawmakers to 'do something' after Texas school shooting
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Survivors of the high school massacre in Parkland, Fla., are vowing to support Texas students caught up in the latest deadly school shooting, saying tighter gun laws were needed to stop further bloodshed.

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3 survivors 'critical' after Cuba plane crash kills more than 100
Cuba Plane Crash

The only three survivors of Cuba's worst aviation disaster in three decades are clinging to life a day after a passenger jet crashed in a fireball on the outskirts of Havana, killing 110 people.

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Venezuela's Leftist Leader Nicolas Maduro Re-Elected Amid Allegations Of Irregularities
The State Department has already announced that the U.S. will not recognize the election result. ... read more


Cuba Confirms 110 Killed In Country's Deadliest Plane Crash Since 1989
The three Cuban women who survived the crash were in critical condition, a hospital official said. ... read more


Cuba Plane Crash Reportedly Kills Over 100
The plane went down shortly after takeoff from Havana's Jose Marti airport. ... read more


Trump Reassures North Korea, But Threatens 'Total Decimation' Without A Deal
The president assured Kim Jong Un he can stay in power if he gives up his nuclear arsenal. ... read more


Ex-Russian Spy Sergei Skripal Discharged From UK Hospital After Poisoning Incident
Britain has accused Russia of being behind the nerve agent attack, but Russia has denied any involvement. ... read more


Italy Looks To Befriend Russia As Populist Parties Try To Form Government
HuffPost Italia obtained a document that shows what Italy's next government could look like. ... read more


Researchers Uncover Secret Pages In Diary Of Anne Frank
The entry, concealed by pasted brown paper, mentions "dirty jokes," sex and puberty. ... read more


Chemical Weapons Likely Used In Syria, Watchdog Finds
The attack in February left 11 people in need of emergency treatment. ... read more


North Korea Threatens To 'Reconsider' Trump Summit, Cancels South Korea Talks
Pyongyang condemned recent joint military exercises conducted by the United States and South Korea, calling the drills an "intentional provocation." ... read more


Hundreds In Israel And Beyond Protest Killings Of Palestinians On Gaza Border
Israeli military forces killed some 60 Palestinian demonstrators on Monday. ... read more


Palestinian Family Says 8-Month-Old Died From Israeli Tear Gas In Gaza Protest Crackdown (GRAPHIC)
Sixty people were killed during Monday's clashes, which took place during the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. ... read more


Sichuan Airlines Co-Pilot Sucked Halfway Out Of Broken Windshield
A cockpit windshield detached at 32,000 feet. "The next thing I know, my co-pilot had been sucked halfway out of the window.” ... read more


Populist Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr Likely To Win Iraq's Parliamentary Election
Sadr has led two uprisings against U.S. forces in Iraq and is one of the few Shi’ite leaders to distance himself from Iran. ... read more


Even The Bottom Of The World's Deepest Ocean Trench Is Not Safe From Plastic Bags
A plastic bag was found at a depth of almost 36,000 feet in the Mariana Trench. Scientists say it's the world's deepest known piece of plastic trash. ... read more


Israeli Forces Kill Dozens Of Palestinians As Protests Intensify Over U.S. Embassy In Jerusalem
In Gaza, Palestinian protests quickly turned into bloodshed. ... read more


U.S. To Open New Embassy In Jerusalem, But Other Nations Prefer To Wait For Peace Deal
Major powers worry that the U.S. move could inflame Palestinian unrest in the occupied West Bank and on the Gaza Strip border. ... read more


Iran's President Says Country Could Remain In Nuclear Deal Without U.S.
The U.S. withdrawal from the accord was a “violation of morals,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said. ... read more


At Least 11 Killed, Dozens Injured In Indonesia Church Bombings
Suicide bombers attacked three churches in Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city, on Sunday morning. ... read more


Knife Attack In Paris Leaves 1 Dead, Several Injured
The Islamic State claimed responsibility. ... read more


North Korea Plans To Dismantle Nuclear Test Sites By End Of May
President Donald Trump plans to hold a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12. ... read more


UK turns blind eye to dirty Russian money, say MPs
The City is being used as "a base for the corrupt assets" of President Putin's allies, MPs claim. ... read more


Thessaloniki mayor Yiannis Boutaris beaten up
The 75-year-old mayor of Thessaloniki is treated after being attacked by about a dozen people. ... read more


Nadal world number one after Italian win
Rafael Nadal survives a stunning fightback from world number three Alexander Zverev to win an eighth Italian Open. ... read more


Chelsea owner Abramovich experiences UK visa renewal 'delay'
A source close to the Chelsea owner says the renewal process is taking "a little longer than usual". ... read more


Özil and Gündogan meet German president after Erdogan photos row
The two players of Turkish origin stated that Germany was their country, President Steinmeier said. ... read more


Luc Besson: French film director accused of rape
The director of Leon and The Fifth Element has denied the allegation through his lawyer. ... read more


Cannes 2018: Japanese indie Shoplifters wins Palme d'Or
Runner-up to the coveted prize for best film was Spike Lee's anti-racism satire BlacKkKlansman. ... read more


German Cup final: Bayern Munich 1-3 Eintracht Frankfurt
Ante Rebic scores twice as Eintracht Frankfurt shock Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich to win a dramatic German Cup final. ... read more


Belgium migrants: Girl shot after police van chase
A two-year-old caught up in a Belgian police chase died from a gunshot to the face, officials say. ... read more


Italy populist government pact: What you should know
Anti-establishment Five Star and the League have a plan for governing but no PM yet. ... read more


Iceland PM on equal pay: It doesn't just happen by sitting and waiting
Iceland is the first country to force firms to prove they pay all employees the same. ... read more


Kiev Liverpool fan opens home ahead of Champions League final
Yuriy is one of the local fans embarrassed about hotel prices in the city ahead of the Champions League final. ... read more


Royal wedding 2018: How the world watched it
From Meghan's old school to ex-pats in Spain, millions of people were doing the same thing on Saturday. ... read more


Songbirds 'disappearing' from France
A study has found that France has lost a third of its songbirds over the past 15 years. ... read more


Pepe's story: How I survived Spanish flu
José Ameal is believed to be the oldest Spanish survivor of the pandemic which followed World War I. ... read more


Death of Hitler: How the world found out from the BBC
Karl Lehmann was working for BBC Monitoring when he heard German radio announcing the Nazi leader's death. ... read more


Four seasons under one roof in Milan
Four seasons park explores need for greener cities and looks at how climate change affects urban spaces. ... read more


Turning carbon dioxide into rock - forever
A high-tech solution being tested in Iceland gets rid of waste carbon dioxide by pumping it 1,000m underground. ... read more


Could you, like Meghan, halt your career for your partner?
Three people who uprooted their lives to Sweden and the United States share their stories. ... read more


What is left to agree in the Brexit Treaty?
From the Irish border to data protection to tax information, some key issues are still outstanding on the road to a deal. ... read more


Thousands turn out for service for Texas school shooting victim
"I want to learn the American culture, and I want America to learn the Pakistan culture, and I want us to come together and unite," she told her hosts. ... read more


Mueller could end Trump-related parts of Russia probe in September, Giuliani says
Giuliani said it was important to end the investigation "so we don't get into what I call 'Comey territory.'" ... read more


Celebrity chef Mario Batali under criminal investigation
Allegations of sexual misconduct against Batali were first reported in December. ... read more


4 girls advanced to National Geographic Bee's final — out of 54 students
"I want to show that we are just as capable," said one of the four girls competing in the geography contest. ... read more


Fewer people are getting married. Good.
This weekend, millions across the globe will watch as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wed. But, what if marriage isn't all it's cracked up to be? Fewer people are getting married than they were decades ago. Middlebury's Laurie Essig, author of the upcoming book, "Love, Inc." explains why that's a good thing. ... read more


Trump to demand DOJ review claims of FBI spy on campaign
Trump has been promoting a conservative theory about a possible FBI spy inside the campaign. ... read more


Asia Argento delivers searing speech at Cannes against Weinstein
"And even tonight, sitting among you, there are those who still have to be held accountable for their conduct against women," she added. ... read more


Can high-tech school security stop shootings?
The uncertainty over how to prevent school shootings — and the horrifying consequences of failing to do so — has created a business opportunity. ... read more


Venezuela's Maduro declared winner of second term amid severe crisis
The election comes during a deepening crisis that's made food scarce and inflation soar as oil production in the once wealthy nation plummets. ... read more


Scientists become first-time politicians in 2018 elections
Many first-time candidates with science, technology and engineering backgrounds say they are motivated to run by what they say is an attack on science by the Trump administration. ... read more


Company in Cuba plane crash had received serious safety complaints
The plane was barred from Guyanese airspace after authorities discovered that its crew had been allowing dangerous overloading of luggage on flights. ... read more


Two counties tell the tale of a growing education gap
The increasing importance of education on income, lifestyle and opportunity are on display in Pennsylvania. ... read more


Look inside the cabin of a hyperloop capsule
Mock-up of a futuristic transportation pod looks a bit like the cabin of an airliner, but with a crucial difference. ... read more


'Deadpool 2' feels surprisingly like 'The Avengers.' There's a reason for that.
"Deadpool 2" is ultimately a film about chosen families in much the same way that family drives "The Avengers" and "Guardians of the Galaxy." ... read more


In Texas, teachers' yells sent students scrambling for safety
"We weren't taking it really seriously until they started yelling at us," one student said of a fire alarm that turned out to be a mass shooting. ... read more


Bernie Sanders lashes out at Congress over gun control
The Vermont senator said legislators will need to stand up to the NRA to get something done. ... read more


Two pilots spend their life savings on a plane to rescue migrants
More than 600 migrants have died so far this year trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea. ... read more


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Do you have a story to share with us? Did you witness something you think should be reported? Reach out to our journalists by sending in your news tip. ... read more


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Thousands turn out for service for Texas school shooting victim
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Mueller could end Trump-related parts of Russia probe in September, Giuliani says
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Celebrity chef Mario Batali under criminal investigation
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4 girls advanced to National Geographic Bee's final — out of 54 students
"I want to show that we are just as capable," said one of the four girls competing in the geography contest. ... read more


Fewer people are getting married. Good.
This weekend, millions across the globe will watch as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wed. But, what if marriage isn't all it's cracked up to be? Fewer people are getting married than they were decades ago. Middlebury's Laurie Essig, author of the upcoming book, "Love, Inc." explains why that's a good thing. ... read more


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Trump to demand DOJ review claims of FBI spy on campaign
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Asia Argento delivers searing speech at Cannes against Weinstein
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Venezuela's Maduro declared winner of second term amid severe crisis
The election comes during a deepening crisis that's made food scarce and inflation soar as oil production in the once wealthy nation plummets. ... read more


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Company in Cuba plane crash had received serious safety complaints
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In Texas, teachers' yells sent students scrambling for safety
"We weren't taking it really seriously until they started yelling at us," one student said of a fire alarm that turned out to be a mass shooting. ... read more


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Bernie Sanders lashes out at Congress over gun control
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