• India's opposition Congress backs Gandhi after poll defeat
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    AFP

    India's opposition Congress backs Gandhi after poll defeat

    Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi, scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, offered to resign Saturday after his Congress party was trounced in a second straight national election but the gesture was rejected, party officials said. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi triumphantly accepted pledges of allegiance from members of allied parties after his second landslide win, Congress leaders licked their wounds at a special meeting in New Delhi. "Party President Rahul Gandhi offered his resignation but it was unanimously rejected by the members of Congress Working Commission," Randeep Surjewala, a party spokesman, told reporters.

  • 51 attorneys general call on Betsy DeVos to cancel up to 42,000 disabled veterans' student debts
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    USA TODAY

    51 attorneys general call on Betsy DeVos to cancel up to 42,000 disabled veterans' student debts

    In April last year, DeVos announced a new partnership between the Departments of Education and Veterans Affairs that would match borrowers in the Department of Education's records system with disabled veterans in the Department of Veterans Affairs records system. People deemed eligible for loan discharges would be mailed a letter including an application for "totally and permanently disabled" (TPD) status. Under the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, if student borrowers die or become permanently disabled, they are eligible to have their loans forgiven, so a successful granting of TPD status would allow for the complete discharge of student loans.

  • US sanctions on Iran felt in Iraqi Shiite tourist districts
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    Associated Press

    US sanctions on Iran felt in Iraqi Shiite tourist districts

    For years, Karar Hussein has sold sweets in his shop near the entrance to one of Shiite Islam's holiest shrines, accepting whatever currency was offered to him by his clients, many of them religious tourists from neighboring Iran. Hussein and many other shop owners in Baghdad's northern Shiite holy neighborhood of Kadhimiya have seen sales drop sharply over the past year since President Donald Trump began re-imposing sanctions on Iran, home to the largest number of Shiite Muslims around the world. The value of Iran's currency, the rial, has decreased almost fourfold, pushing the price of nearly everything beyond the reach of ordinary Iranian consumers in Iran and abroad.

  • 102-year-old woman facing eviction gets offer of help from Schwarzenegger
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    KFSN – Fresno

    102-year-old woman facing eviction gets offer of help from Schwarzenegger

    A 102-year-old woman is being evicted from her Ladera Heights home of nearly 30 years - but friends like former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and local officials are vowing to help her.

  • Germany in push to resurrect Afghan talks with Taliban
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    Reuters

    Germany in push to resurrect Afghan talks with Taliban

    Germany, a leading donor and member of the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan, has been talking with the Taliban and the Afghan government in an effort to restart peace talks to end 18 years of conflict, officials said. While the Taliban have been talking with U.S. officials since October about a withdrawal of international troops, they have so far refused formal talks with the Western-backed government, which they dismiss as a "puppet" regime. Berlin's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Markus Potzel, has visited Kabul for talks with the Afghan government and met Taliban officials in Doha at least twice this month.

  • AD PRO's 20 Favorite Furnishings from ICFF
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    Architectural Digest

    AD PRO's 20 Favorite Furnishings from ICFF

    Miss New York's International Contemporary Furniture Fair? Senior style and market editor Benjamin Reynaert shares his favorite new products that launched at the fair Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • Violence and disruption against abortion clinics at highest rates since 1999
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    The Independent

    Violence and disruption against abortion clinics at highest rates since 1999

    Violence and disruption against abortion clinics in the US increased to its highest levels since the 1990s last year, a report by the National Abortion Federation has found. The increase in violence was attributed, at least in part, to president Donald Trump and his administration's rhetoric. “Anti-choice individuals and groups have been emboldened by the rhetoric of president Trump, vice president Pence, and other elected officials and we are seeing this play out in more instances of activities meant to intimidate abortion providers and disrupt patient services,” said Dr Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, who serves as interim president and CEO of NAF.

  • Eating Way Too Much Rice Almost Doomed Japan's Imperial Navy
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    The National Interest

    Eating Way Too Much Rice Almost Doomed Japan's Imperial Navy

    After the war, the Emergency Beriberi Investigative Committee investigated the disease's devastation of Japanese ranks. In August 1882 in Incheon Bay near Seoul, four Japanese warships were locked in a tense stand-off with two Chinese warships that had brought troops to quell a revolt on the Korean peninsula. On paper, the Japanese flotilla outnumbered the Chinese, but the hulls of the Japanese ships hid a deadly secret.

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    Reuters

    RPT-Hong Kong protestors demand China be held to account for 1989 Tiananmen crackdown

    Thousands of protesters marched through central Hong Kong on Sunday as part of annual demonstrations demanding that China be held accountable for its democracy crackdown in and around Tiananmen Square three decades ago. Human rights groups and witnesses say that hundreds, perhaps thousands, died in the bloodshed as Chinese tanks rolled into Tiananmen Square and soldiers fired on student-led democracy protesters, beginning on the night of June 3, 1989. The Tiananmen crackdown is a taboo subject in China and authorities have refused to accept full accountability or release the death toll.

  • Spain's Socialists score big in EU polls
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    AFP

    Spain's Socialists score big in EU polls

    Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez was the big winner of European elections in Spain on Sunday with his ruling Socialists coming first, a result he will likely use to wield more influence in the bloc. With Spain the only major EU country where the Socialists topped the polls, Sanchez has emerged as the big hope for European social democrats. "We are going to be the biggest social democrat delegation, and that's a source of pride for us, it's an opportunity, but also an enormous responsibility," a radiant Sanchez told reporters.

  • India's president appoints Modi as premier for 2nd term
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    Associated Press

    India's president appoints Modi as premier for 2nd term

    India's president on Saturday appointed Narendra Modi as the prime minister, soon after newly elected lawmakers led by Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party chose him as their leader following a thunderous victory in national elections. President Ram Nath Kovind said in a tweet that he also asked Modi to forward the names of those to be appointed as ministers in his government, and the date for swearing-in for his second five-year term as prime minister. Modi and some leaders of his alliance met the president earlier on Saturday.

  • Barr Will Get to Bottom of FBI, DOJ ‘Corruption,’ Sanders Says
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    Bloomberg

    Barr Will Get to Bottom of FBI, DOJ ‘Corruption,’ Sanders Says

    Attorney General William Barr is likely to consult with the intelligence community on how best to handle classified material related to the Russian investigation as he seeks out “corruption at the FBI and the DOJ,” the top White House spokeswoman said. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, in defending President Donald Trump's moves to declassify intelligence, said on NBC's “Meet the Press” Sunday without citing evidence that people within the agencies “were specifically working trying to take down the president, trying to hurt the president. The president wants transparency, and he's given the attorney general the ability to put that transparency in place, make those decisions,”' Sanders said.

  • Lifestyle
    BGR News

    10 deals you don’t want to miss on Saturday: 4K TV for $199, $25 true wireless earbuds, Apple Watches, more

    The weekend is here but the daily deals are just as good as they have been all week long. Highlights from today's roundup include a 43-inch 4K TV with built-in Fire TV for just $199.99 (and discounts up to $70 on the 50-inch and 55-inch models), AirPods 2 for just $139.99 (order now to lock in the deal and they'll ship when they're back in stock), another pair of awesome true wireless earbuds for only $25.49 if discounted AirPods 2 are still too pricey, all-time low prices on Apple Watch Series 3 models from $199 and Series 4 models from $349, deep discounts on SanDisk Ultra microSD cards, renewed Philips Hue white LED bulbs for $10 each when you buy a 4-pack, a fantastic compact Vizio sound bar for just $79, and a $20 Alexa smart speaker that's just as good as a $50 Echo Dot.

  • Rescuers search for survivors after Oklahoma tornado kills at least two
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    Reuters

    Rescuers search for survivors after Oklahoma tornado kills at least two

    The tornado that hit El Reno on Saturday night was the latest in a barrage of violent weather that is expected to continue after pounding the Central Plains states last week with deadly tornadoes, high winds, drenching thunderstorms and widespread flooding. In addition to the two fatalities, 29 people suffered minor to critical injuries in the El Reno twister and hundreds more were displaced, the city's mayor said. People have absolutely lost everything." Rescue workers searched the debris field that had been a mobile home park and an Americas Best Value Inn motor lodge where the tornado did its worst damage in the community about 25 miles (40 km) west of Oklahoma City.

  • Two journalists released in Libya: TV channel
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    AFP

    Two journalists released in Libya: TV channel

    Two Libyan journalists held by an armed group for more than three weeks have been released, the television channel they work for said Saturday. "We congratulate the press world for the release of our two colleagues, Mohamad al-Gurj and Mohamad al-Chibani, who were kidnapped by Haftar's forces on May 2 while they were covering the assault on Tripoli," said the private channel Libya al-Ahrar, which is based in Turkey. The capital's southern suburbs have been the target of an offensive launched April 4 by Khalifa Haftar, military strongman of an eastern administration aimed at seizing Tripoli from an internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA).

  • Pope Francis likens abortion in any scenario to ‘hiring a hitman’
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    The Independent

    Pope Francis likens abortion in any scenario to ‘hiring a hitman’

    Pope Francis has compared having an abortion to hiring a hitman and said the procedure can never be condoned, even when the foetus is gravely sick. Speaking at a Vatican-sponsored anti-abortion conference, he urged doctors and priests to support families to carry all pregnancies to full term. The pontiff said that the matter was not a religious issue but a human one.

  • Scouted: These Portable Bluetooth Speakers Have a 4.9-Star Average Rating — and Are On Sale Right Now
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    The Daily Beast

    Scouted: These Portable Bluetooth Speakers Have a 4.9-Star Average Rating — and Are On Sale Right Now

    The folks at one of Scouted readers' favorite electronics brands Anker has repackaged their extremely highly rated Bluetooth speakers into a perfect Father's Day gift — and marked down the price by 23%. The Soundcore Flare portable speakers, which play multi-directional sound and sync to each other for custom style surround sound, are $50 right now (that's the lowest price they've ever been) and come with a limited edition travel case. The enhanced bass, all-around 360-degree sound, and LEDs that phase, pulse, and shine in sync with your music, got reviewers to rate the Flares 4.9 stars, on average — a rare occurrence to be that well-liked.

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    Reuters

    Huawei founder says he would oppose Chinese retaliation against Apple- Bloomberg

    Huawei Technologies' founder and Chief Executive Ren Zhengfei told Bloomberg https://bloom.bg/2HT7DUY that retaliation by Beijing against Apple Inc was unlikely and that he would oppose any such move from China against the iPhone maker. When asked about calls from some in China to retaliate against Apple, Ren said that he would "protest" against any such step if it were to be taken by Beijing. "That (Chinese retaliation against Apple) will not happen first of all and second of all, if that happens, I'll be the first to protest," Ren said in the interview with Bloomberg.

  • AP Explains: What lies ahead for UK after May's resignation
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    Associated Press

    AP Explains: What lies ahead for UK after May's resignation

    British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced she will step down as leader of the Conservative Party on June 7, starting a process that will lead to a Conservative Party leadership contest and a new British prime minister who will lead the government during the Brexit process. HOW CAN THERE BE A NEW PRIME MINISTER WITHOUT A NEW ELECTION? Under Britain's parliamentary system, a party in power can change its leader in a variety of ways, and can choose its new leader by following its own party rules.

  • Rouhani says Iran could hold referendum on nuclear programme as tensions with US rise
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    The Telegraph

    Rouhani says Iran could hold referendum on nuclear programme as tensions with US rise

    Iran's president Hassan Rouhani has suggested that the Islamic Republic could hold a public referendum on its nuclear programme, in the wake of rising tensions in the Persian Gulf. "Article 59 of the Constitution (referendum) is a deadlock breaker ... and could be a problem-solver at any junction," the semi-official news agency ILNA quoted Rouhani as saying late on Saturday. The statement followed Mr Rouhani's public dressing-down by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for his handling of the country's fast-unravelling nuclear deal.

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    USA TODAY

    Trump lawyers and House Committees reach an agreement that prevents Trump's financial records from being made public -- for now

    President Donald Trump's financial records from two banks will not have to be turned over for now, according to a new court filing with the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. At the end of April, Trump sued Deutsche Bank and Capital One to prevent them from supplying information to congressional investigators related to subpoenas from the House Intelligence and Financial Services Committee. Federal judges upheld the subpoenas in later rulings, saying that they related to a "legitimate legislative purpose" of congressional oversight According to the filing, "the parties have reached an agreement regarding compliance with and enforcement of the subpoenas during...

  • Immaculate 1992 Land Rover Discovery 200tdi Will Cost You $17k
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    motorious

    Immaculate 1992 Land Rover Discovery 200tdi Will Cost You $17k

    Buying a first-generation Land Rover Discovery used to be cheap. The Land Rover Discovery has endured hard times in the used car marketplace. As the Range Rover Classic has quickly become one of the most desirable, sought after and expensive collector cars on the planet, those of more rational or 'peasant status' have turned to the humbled Discovery in search of everyday practicality with up-coming collector car status.

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    Reuters

    Auburn radio announcer, wife die after car crash

    Auburn radio announcer Rod Bramblett and his wife, Paula, died from injuries sustained in a car crash Saturday night near the campus. The Lee County Coroner's Office confirmed Sunday morning that Rod Bramblett died from a severe closed head injury at Birmingham's UAB Hospital, where he had been airlifted. Paula Bramblett, who was 53, died of internal injuries at the East Alabama Medical Center.

  • Air New Zealand orders eight Boeing long-haul jets
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    AFP

    Air New Zealand orders eight Boeing long-haul jets

    Air New Zealand said Monday it had ordered eight Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft in what it described as a "multi-billion dollar investment". It said the first of the wide-bodied, long-range aircraft would be delivered from 2022-27, replacing the airline's ageing complement of eight 777-200 jets. Air New Zealand said it had secured a "significant discount" on the $US2.7 billion list price of the eight new aircraft but would not be publicly releasing how much it was paying.

  • Jayme Closs kidnapping: Jake Patterson jailed for life for killing girl’s parents and keeping her prisoner
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    The Independent

    Jayme Closs kidnapping: Jake Patterson jailed for life for killing girl’s parents and keeping her prisoner

    The kidnapper of 13 year-old Jayme Closs has been jailed for life after she told the judge she wanted him “locked up forever” for murdering her parents and keeping her prisoner for 88 days. Jake Patterson, 21, targeted the teenager after spotting her getting on a school bus in a rural area of Wisconsin while he was driving to work at a cheese factory. After two aborted attempts to kidnap her, he dressed up in black clothing, armed himself with his father's shotgun and drove to her home in Barron in the early hours of 15 October.