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Murder trial delayed over defence claims of prosecutor misconduct

SAN DIEGO — A judge in the court-martial of a decorated Navy Seal charged with war crimes in Iraq said on Wednesday the trial would start at least a few days late as lawyers on both sides grappled over allegations that prosecutors illegally snooped on the defence. The timing of the trial …

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Thai king crowned in day of pomp and centuries-old splendour

BANGKOK — To the boom of cannons, pipes and chants, King Maha Vajiralongkorn was crowned on Saturday in a ceremony governed by centuries-old rituals, vowing a righteous reign and calling for “national security” and “happiness” in a remarkable display of royal power. Starting at the auspicious time of 10:09am (03:09 …

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UK’s May presses Labour to reach Brexit deal, but leaks jeopardise talks

By David Milliken and William James LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday stepped up calls for Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to agree a cross-party deal to leave the European Union, following poor results for both parties in local elections on Thursday. The parties have been in …

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Silvio Berlusconi leaves hospital after bowel operation

ROME — Former Italian prime minister and media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi, 82, was released from hospital on Monday after undergoing an operation for a bowel obstruction. “I’m fine, I had quite a fright,” the billionaire told journalists as he left the San Raffaele hospital in Milan. “Many things have happened …

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Germany to agree to Brexit delay but France sets conditions as May arrives in Paris

PARIS/BERLIN — Germany and other European Union powers will accept Prime Minister Theresa May’s request for another delay to Brexit, but French President Emmanuel Macron will seek to limit Britain’s influence as it grapples with its departure. In a sign of just how far the three-year Brexit crisis has sapped …

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Afghanistan floods kill 32, worsen already desperate situation

HERAT, Afghanistan — Flash floods have killed at least 32 people in western Afghanistan, destroyed homes and swept through makeshift shelters that housed displaced families, a government official said on Saturday. Flooding caused by heavy rains started spreading on Thursday and left a trail of devastation across seven provinces, said …

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Slovaks choose change, elect woman president against graft

WARSAW/BRATISLAVA — The election of Zuzana Caputova as Slovakia’s first female president was greeted on  Sunday as a vote for change, with the anti-graft activist expected to provide a check on a government tarnished after last year’s murder of a journalist. The 45-year-old environmental lawyer’s clear victory on Saturday over the ruling …

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Trump declares US census ‘meaningless’ without citizenship question

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK — US President Donald Trump on Monday injected himself into one of the most consequential cases of the current Supreme Court term, saying the nation’s 2020 census would be “meaningless” without adding a citizenship question to the questionnaire. The comment on Twitter came ahead of an expected ruling …

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Muslims return to Christchurch mosque as New Zealand works to move on

Mosque handed back to Muslim community on Saturday after it was taken over by police for investigations CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — Muslims prayed at Christchurch’s main mosque on Saturday for the first time since a white supremacist massacred worshippers there as New Zealand sought to return to normality after the …

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Disease fears mount for Africa cyclone survivors

BEIRA, Mozambique — Disease is threatening to aggravate the already dire conditions facing millions of survivors following the powerful tropical cyclone which ravaged southern Africa 10 days ago, officials warned on Sunday. Cyclone Idai smashed into Mozambique’s coast unleashing hurricane-force wind and rain that flooded swathes of the poor country …

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