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China, US assert rights after exchange over South China Sea

May 22, 2015
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Seattle Post Intelligencer    

"China said Thursday it is entitled to keep watch over airspace and seas surrounding artificial islands it created in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, following an exchange in which its navy warned off a U.S. surveillance plane. The United States said its aerial patrolling was in accordance with international law and 'no one in their right mind' would try to stop it." (05/21/15)

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Puerto Rico: House narrowly approves sales tax increase

May 22, 2015
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Minneapolis Star Tribune    

"Legislation that would increase Puerto Rico's sales tax from 7 percent to 11.5 percent squeaked by late Thursday with the minimum amount of votes needed in the U.S. territory's House of Representatives. The measure also would create a new 4 percent tax on professional services amid a push to generate more revenue during an economic crisis." (05/21/15)

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US presses Israel on talks for Middle East nuclear-free zone

May 22, 2015
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Parkersburg News and Sentinel    

"The United States has sent a top official to Israel amid an effort to revive talks on a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons, a central issue of a landmark treaty review conference that some fear will end Friday without progress on global disarmament. The State Department confirmed that the assistant secretary of state for international security and nonproliferation was in Israel to discuss the issue." (05/22/15)

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Haiti: Son of former Honduras president arrested

May 22, 2015
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ABC    

"The son of former President Porfirio Lobo was arrested in Haiti in an apparent anti-drug operation carried out by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Haitian authorities, the ex-president and the Honduran government confirmed Thursday. Fabio Lobo Lobo, 43, was arrested Wednesday night in Haiti and taken to New York to appear before a judge, according to a statement from the Honduran government. Lobo was arrested by Haitian authorities with the support of the DEA." (05/21/15)

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German spy chief says mistakes made in cooperation with NSA

May 22, 2015
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Seattle Post Intelligencer    

"Germany's foreign spy chief said Thursday that his agency made mistakes in its dealings with U.S. counterparts, but warned that probes intended to shed light on possible wrongdoing could threaten intelligence cooperation with allies. Gerhard Schindler told German lawmakers that the foreign intelligence agency BND, which he heads, failed for years to properly check lists of targets it receive from the U.S. National Security Agency." (05/21/15)

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Yemen: Houthi leader says they back UN peace talks in Geneva

May 21, 2015
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Fort Dodge Messenger    

"The United Nations set the date for peace talks on Yemen for next week in Geneva, while the Saudi-led coalition on Wednesday bombed Shiite rebels [sic] in at least five of the country's northern provinces. In a positive sign, the leader of the rebels [sic] known as Houthis backed the talks In Switzerland, saying they were the 'only solution' for the conflict roiling his country." (05/20/15)

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US secrecy in trade, terror riles EU watchdog

May 21, 2015
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Winona Daily News    

"The U.S. government's restrictions on access to documents and its insistence on secrecy are undermining trust in trans-Atlantic trade talks and anti-terror data exchanges, the European Union's transparency watchdog said Wednesday. Discussions between the 28-nation EU and the U.S. to create a trade pact that would account for nearly half the global economy have dragged on since their launch in 2013, with the issue of secrecy prompting growing concern in Europe." (05/20/15)

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Nigeria: 579 soldiers and officers on trial

May 21, 2015
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Winona Daily News    

"Nearly 600 Nigerian officers and troops faced charges before a court-martial Wednesday, the army said. An unprecedented number of soldiers is believed to be on trial for alleged offenses related to the ongoing fight against an Islamic uprising in the northeast. Army spokesman Col. Sani Usman said 579 officers and troopers are before two courts-martial taking place in Abuja, the capital, to ensure a 'quick dispensation of justice, discipline and professionalism.'" (05/20/15)

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Mexico: Local police tied to killing of mayoral candidate

May 20, 2015
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ABC News    

"The top prosecutor in a western Mexican state says his investigation has tied the local police chief, his deputy and another underling to the killing last week of a mayoral candidate. Michoacan state Attorney General Jose Martin Godoy Castro said in a statement Wednesday that the three knew about a plan to attack Enrique Hernandez, a mayoral candidate in Yurecuaro." (05/20/15)

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Algeria: Army kills 21 who allegedly planned to hit capital

May 20, 2015
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Roanoke Times World    

"An Algerian official says that security forces have killed 21 armed Islamic extremists who were meeting in a forest to plan an attack on the Algerian capital. The official said that two others were captured in the assault Tuesday on the group meeting in the Boukram forest in Boumerdes, some 20 kilometers from Algiers. A dozen Kalashnikovs, three rocket launchers and dozens of homemade bombs were recovered." (05/19/15)

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Mexico: 13 people missing after vigilantes withdraw

May 20, 2015
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Tuscaloosa News    

"Thirteen people have been reported as having gone missing during vigilantes' brief occupation of a violence-wracked city in southern Mexico, a human rights official said Tuesday. The disappearances added to confusion surrounding the takeover of the city of Chilapa by so-called 'community police' earlier this month." (05/19/15)

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Venezuela’s No. 2 denies any involvement in drug trafficking

May 19, 2015
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ABC News    

"The powerful leader of Venezuela's congress is fiercely denying any involvement in the drug trade. National Assembly chief Diosdado Cabello said Tuesday that he would never do anything that could hurt the South American country's young people." (05/19/15)

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Guatemala: Molina vows to stay in office despite protests

May 19, 2015
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ABC News    

"Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina has said he will stay in office through his full term ending in January 2016 despite massive protests against government corruption. Perez Molina responded Monday to protests that drew 50,000 people into the streets on Saturday, many of them calling for his resignation." (05/18/15)

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EU approves military plan to target traffickers

May 19, 2015
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Biloxi Sun Herald    

"European Union nations on Monday approved plans for a naval operation to go after the trafficking networks that send thousands of migrants across the Mediterranean toward Europe and NATO said it is ready to help out if needed. Two diplomats told the AP the plan was approved by European foreign and defense ministers at meeting in Brussels." (05/18/15)

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Burundi: Army thrust into new role in quelling protests

May 19, 2015
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Danbury News Times    

"Burundi's army was deployed on Monday for the first time to quell street protests, putting the military into a precarious position amid persistent demonstrations against the president's bid for a third term. Confronting hundreds of demonstrators, two groups of soldiers almost opened fire on each other as the result of a dispute on whether to use lethal force against the protesters, sharply illustrating the military's difficult position." (05/18/15)

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Haiti: Justice ministry grants appeal of abuse case against US citizen

May 19, 2015
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Greenfield Daily Reporter    

"Haitian justice authorities are making plans for a new criminal trial against a U.S. citizen who has been accused of physically and sexually abusing boys in an orphanage that he has run for decades in the impoverished Caribbean country, a top government official and lawyers said Monday. Michael Geilenfeld, an Iowa native and a former member of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity group, opened the St. Joseph's Home for Boys in the Haitian capital in 1985." (05/18/15)

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Yemen: Saudi-led coalition resumes war on Houthis

May 18, 2015
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Altoona Mirror    

"Saudi-led coalition airstrikes targeting Shiite rebels [sic] resumed early Monday in the southern port city of Aden after a five-day truce came to a close following talks on the war-torn country's future that were boycotted by the rebels [sic]. Coalition airstrikes hit rebel [sic] positions and tanks in several neighborhoods of Aden after the cease-fire expired at 11 p.m. on Sunday, Yemeni security officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media." (05/17/15)

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Protesting Macedonians demand government’s resignation

May 18, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Tens of thousands of protesters gathered Sunday in the center of the Macedonian capital to demand the resignation of conservative Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski. Zoran Zaev, leader of the opposition Social Democrats and the keynote speaker in the rally, claimed that more than 100,000 attended the incident-free rally." (05/17/15)

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Burundi: Rival forces fight over key sites in capital

May 15, 2015
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Bismarck Tribune    

"Gunfire and explosions rang out Thursday as military forces backing an attempted coup against President Pierre Nkurunziza battled troops loyal to him over key sites in Burundi's capital, while his office reported he had returned to the country. Weeks of turmoil in this impoverished Central African country boiled over Wednesday when an army general announced that Nkurunziza was being ousted." (05/14/15)

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Israel: Government sworn in after rocky start

May 14, 2015
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Spartanburg Herald Journal    

"Israel's new government got off to a rocky start Thursday night, as a swearing-in ceremony was delayed and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was heckled by Arab lawmakers, indicating a tough road ahead for the narrow coalition. Almost two months after winning Israel's election, Netanyahu was supposed to have presented his new Cabinet to parliament followed by a celebratory swearing-in ceremony." (05/14/15)

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Guatemala: Congress picks new VP in wake of customs scandal

May 14, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Guatemala's congress selected a successor Thursday for the vice president who resigned over a widening customs corruption scandal that implicated her top aide. Lawmakers picked Alejandro Maldonado Aguirre, a constitutional judge who has also been a Cabinet minister, ambassador and political leader, from three nominees submitted by President Otto Perez Molina." (05/14/15)

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Afghan police: Guesthouse siege ends with five dead, six wounded

May 14, 2015
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Danville Register & Bee    

"Gunmen stormed a guesthouse in the Afghan capital as it hosted a party for foreigners, and authorities said five people, including an American, were killed during an hourslong siege that ended early Thursday morning. Six people were wounded and 54 hostages rescued. Kabul Chief of Police Abdul Rahman said the attack began at 8:30 p.m. local time Wednesday, when gunmen opened fire at the restaurant of the Park Palace Hotel." (05/13/15)

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Rights group: China police use torture despite legal reforms

May 14, 2015
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Omaha World    

"Police abuse of criminal suspects to extract confessions in China is a serious problem despite measures to reform the legal system, such as moves to exclude evidence obtained through torture, Human Rights Watch said in a report Wednesday. The report says that police have found ways around the rules by torturing detainees outside of official detention facilities, using methods that leave no visible injuries and taping confessions later." (05/13/15)

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Burundi: Not clear if coup succeeded or where is president

May 14, 2015
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Iron Mountain Daily News    

"Burundi's capital was quiet Wednesday night but it was not clear who was in charge after a tumultuous day in which thousands of people celebrated an attempted coup against President Pierre Nkurunziza. The military is divided between those supporting Nkurunziza and those backing the coup, said a senior military official who insisted on anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press." (05/13/15)

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Syrian migrants tricked by smugglers, return to Greece

May 14, 2015
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Lebanon Daily News    

"Police in northern Greece say 93 Syrian migrants were released from locked cargo train carriage, after being tricked by smugglers into traveling in the wrong direction. The migrants, including 18 children, were discovered Wednesday at the border town of Idomeni and told police they had boarded the train just over the frontier in Macedonia after paying smugglers 500 euros ($570) each to travel north to Serbia." (05/13/15)

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