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NewsPlexus Media June 19, 2019

Sharer of New Zealand mosque shooting video gets 21 months
A Christchurch businessman who shared a video of worshippers being slaughtered at a New Zealand mosque was sentenced on Tuesday to 21 months in prison. Philip Arps had earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing the video, which was livestreamed on Facebook by a gunman on March 15 as he began killing 51 people at two mosques. Christchurch District Court Judge Stephen O'Driscoll said that when questioned about the video, Arps had described it as "awesome" and had shown no empathy toward the victims.
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NewsPlexus Media June 19, 2019

IAAF claims Olympic champion Semenya is 'biologically male'
The governing body of track argued in court that Olympic champion Caster Semenya is "biologically male" and that is the reason she should reduce her natural testosterone to be allowed to compete in female competitions, according to documents released publicly for the first time on Tuesday and which provide new insight into a bitter legal battle.
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NewsPlexus Media June 19, 2019

Egypt's ousted President Morsi buried after courtroom death
Egypt's first democratically elected president, Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi, was buried under heavy security early on Tuesday, a day after his dramatic collapse and death inside a Cairo courtroom, his family and a member of his defense team said. Morsi's family attended funeral prayers in the mosque of Cairo's Tora prison, followed by the burial at a cemetery in the Egyptian capital's eastern district of Nasr City.
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NewsPlexus Media June 19, 2019

Boris Johnson builds lead in race to be UK prime minister
Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson increased his lead in the race to become Britain's next prime minister Tuesday in a Conservative Party vote that eliminated one of his rivals and enabled upstart candidate Rory Stewart to defy expectations by remaining in the contest. Johnson, a flamboyant former foreign secretary, won 126 of the 313 votes cast by Conservative lawmakers in their second-round of balloting. The vote left five contenders vying to be the Tory leader who will succeed Theresa May as prime minister.
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NewsPlexus Media June 19, 2019

Quake shakes NW Japan, causes 21 injuries and minor damage
A powerful earthquake jolted northwestern Japan late Tuesday, causing minor injuries to 21 people and a brief evacuation of coastal homes until the risk of a tsunami passed. Store floors were littered with goods that fell off shelves, and roofs of homes showed bare spots where tiles had shaken loose. But business was returning to normal Wednesday morning, with trains mostly running as usual and electricity restored to thousands of homes that lost power temporarily.
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NewsPlexus Media June 19, 2019

Americans make up Mexico’s largest demographic of immigrants
They come for the tacos. Or the music. Or the nightlife. They stay to live a less-expensive lifestyle or to retire in a casita in the sand. American immigrants living the Mexican dream can have the same hopes and goals of the Mexican immigrant in the United States: to get a little ahead or to start a new life. There may be more Americans living south-of-the-border than previously noticed.
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NewsPlexus Media June 19, 2019

Aging grand hotel highlights the ethnic division in Cyprus
With Italian chandeliers still hanging in the lobby, the Ledra Palace Hotel in Cyprus still manages to hold onto a flicker of its old majesty despite the shell craters and bullet holes that scar its sandstone facade. It's been 45 years since the pitter-patter of glitterati high-heels on the hotel's floors was replaced by the thud of soldiers' combat boots.
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NewsPlexus Media June 16, 2019

Paris zoo gives orangutan Nenette a 50th birthday party
Nenette, one of the world's oldest Borneo orangutans in captivity, has celebrated her 50th birthday at a zoo in Paris, where she has lived almost all her life. Birthday cake, wrapped boxes and visitors singing "Happy Birthday" were part of the party held Sunday for Nenette at Menagerie, a zoo in the Jardin des Plantes gardens.
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NewsPlexus Media June 16, 2019

11 killed, 25 hurt as explosions rock Somalia's capital
A pair of explosions rocked Somalia's capital and left 11 people dead, the country's police chief said Saturday, as the al-Qaida-linked extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility. Another 25 people were wounded, Gen. Bashir Abdi Mohamed told reporters in Mogadishu. He said the first car bomb went off near a security checkpoint for the presidential palace and was responsible for nine deaths.
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NewsPlexus Media June 16, 2019

Meghan and Harry release Father's Day photo of baby Archie
Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex have released a photograph of their 6-week-old son Archie for Father's Day. The sepia-toned photo, posted Sunday on the royal couple's Instagram feed, shows the baby cradled in Harry's arms and clutching his father's finger.
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NewsPlexus Media June 16, 2019

Guatemalans choose president amid distrust, flight to US
Guatemalans voted for a new president Sunday following an electoral process that generated widespread disillusion and distrust, and came as tens of thousands were fleeing poverty and gang violence to seek a new life in the United States. Voters are choosing between 19 candidates for a four-year presidential term that begins in January 2020. The winner needs an absolute majority, making an August runoff between the two top vote-getters likely. More than 8.1 million citizens of the Central American nation will also be eligible to vote for the vice president, congressional representatives and mayors
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NewsPlexus Media June 16, 2019

South America blackout leaves tens of millions without power
A massive blackout left tens of millions of people without electricity in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay on Sunday after an unexplained failure in the neighboring countries' interconnected power grid. Authorities were working frantically to restore power, but a third of Argentina's 44 million people were still in the dark by early evening. Voters cast ballots by the light of cellphones in gubernatorial elections in Argentina. Public transportation halted, shops closed and patients dependent on home medical equipment were urged to go to hospitals with generators.
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NewsPlexus Media June 16, 2019

Peru shut down one of the world’s largest illegal gold mines. But at what cost?
For more than a decade, authorities turned a blind eye to the sprawling illegal gold mine in southeastern Peru that had become a national embarrassment but fueled the local economy. The area, known as La Pampa, stretches across 40 square miles of what used to be old-growth Amazon forest. Now it’s a desertlike wasteland, gouged with toxic mud pits. It’s a place where some 30,000 to 40,000 people dug through the muck in 24-hour shifts looking for gold to feed the bullion and jewelry markets of Miami and Europe. It was a place ruled by criminal gangs and warring clans, where workers toiled under slavelike conditions and police rarely entered.
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NewsPlexus Media June 16, 2019

Hong Kong’s leader apologizes as crowds demand her resignation
Hong Kong was once again the scene of enormous peaceful demonstrations Sunday, a day after the territory’s chief executive bowed to public pressure by suspending a contentious extradition bill viewed as a challenge to the city’s autonomy. Organizers estimate 1.9 million people attended the demonstrations, which is about a quarter of the city’s population and nearly double the number of people who demonstrated the previous Sunday. Police estimates put the crowds at 338,000.
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NewsPlexus Media June 16, 2019

Tankers struck near Strait of Hormuz; US blames Iran
The U.S. blamed Iran for suspected attacks on two oil tankers Thursday near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, denouncing what it called a campaign of "escalating tensions" in a region crucial to global energy supplies. The U.S. Navy rushed to assist the stricken vessels in the Gulf of Oman off the coast of Iran, including one that was set ablaze. The ships' operators offered no immediate explanation on who or what caused the damage. Each was loaded with petroleum products, and one ship burned for hours, sending up a column of thick, black smoke.
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NewsPlexus Media June 16, 2019

Putin fires police officers involved in journalist's case
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday dismissed two senior police officers involved in the arrest of an investigative journalist on drug charges that were later dropped for lack of evidence, in a case that provoked national outrage. The arrest of Ivan Golunov on drug-dealing charges he rejected as sham drew an unprecedented show of solidarity, with three top national newspapers publishing front pages demanding his release.
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NewsPlexus Media June 16, 2019

Boris Johnson takes strong lead in race for next UK leader
The flamboyant, divisive Boris Johnson took a commanding lead Thursday in the contest to become Britain's next prime minister, winning by far the largest share of support in the first round of voting by Conservative Party lawmakers. Johnson, a former foreign secretary and leading Brexit campaigner, secured 114 of the 313 votes cast by Conservatives in the House of Commons, a ballot that reduced the field of candidates from 10 to seven. His successor as foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, trailed with 43 votes, followed by Environment Secretary Michael Gove with 37.
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NewsPlexus Media June 14, 2019

Perfectly preserved head of Ice Age wolf found in Siberia
Russian scientists have found the furry head of an Ice Age wolf perfectly preserved in the Siberian permafrost. The head of a wolf, which died 40,000 years ago, was discovered in the Russian Arctic region of Yakutia.
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NewsPlexus Media June 14, 2019

Hong Kong quiet now, but prospect of new protest looms large
Hong Kong authorities were bracing Friday for more protests by demonstrators trying to prevent Beijing-appointed Chief Executive Carrie Lam from pushing through a bill that would allow suspects from the territory to be tried in mainland Chinese courts. As of Friday afternoon, nearly 30,000 people had signed a petition protesting the use of force by police during violent clashes with protesters earlier in the week.
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NewsPlexus Media June 14, 2019

On Anne Frank's 90th birthday, her friends meet students
For Jacqueline van Maarsen, attending Anne Frank's 13th birthday party in 1942 was a welcome distraction from the grim reality of life in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam during World War II. Enjoying movies and cookies at Anne's apartment meant "we didn't think about it at that moment," the 90-year-old Van Maarsen said Wednesday as she and another of Anne's friends met students from Amsterdam schools at an event to mark what would have been Anne's 90th birthday. The 13th birthday party was a fleeting relief for children already suffering from discriminatory, anti-Jewish regulations and forced to wear Star of David patches on their clothes.
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NewsPlexus Media June 14, 2019

Signs of ritual pot smoking found in ancient Chinese graves
Archaeologists have unearthed the earliest direct evidence of people smoking marijuana from a 2,500-year-old graveyard in western China. In a complex of lofty tombs in the Pamir Mountains — a region near the borders of modern China, Pakistan and Tajikistan — excavators found 10 wooden bowls and several stones containing burnt residue of the cannabis plant. Scientists believe heated stones were used to burn the marijuana and people then inhaled the smoke as part of a burial ritual.
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NewsPlexus Media June 14, 2019

Near-erasure of Cambodian opposition makes noodles a target
The bitter rivalry between Cambodian strongman Hun Sen and his self-exiled chief political rival Sam Rainsy has sometimes played out in deadly violence. But on Sunday, soup rather than blood was likely to be spilled. The two titans of Cambodian politics normally agree over nothing but made stunningly similar calls to their followers this past week. They both said all Cambodians should gather with their neighbors on Sunday and sit for a meal of num banh chok, a popular Cambodian rice noodle soup usually eaten at breakfast.
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NewsPlexus Media June 12, 2019

Chinese take to the seas in annual dragon boat races
People in China and several other parts of Asia competed Friday in annual dragon boat races, a tradition with roots dating back more than 2,000 years. The dragon boats are built in the shape of war canoes and ornately carved and painted with dragon heads and tails. The largest boats are up to 39 feet long and carry a crew of 46 paddlers.
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NewsPlexus Media June 10, 2019

Famed Indian climber nearly died on peak where missing team is presumed dead
To Manmohan Singh Kohli, who led the first Indian team to the peak of Mount Everest, modern mountaineering bears little resemblance to the expeditions he led decades ago. Operators’ tight schedules and climbers’ lack of experience has added risks, diminished the adventure and resulted in more casualties, including an expedition that went missing in the Indian Himalayas in late May.
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NewsPlexus Media June 10, 2019

US, Russia blame each other as ships nearly collide in Asia
The U.S. and Russia accused each other of unsafe actions on Friday after an American guided-missile cruiser and a Russian destroyer came within 165 feet of each other in the Philippine Sea. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters that the U.S. will file a formal diplomatic complaint about the incident and will have military to military conversations with the Russians. He added that the encounter will not deter the U.S. from conducting naval operations.
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NewsPlexus Media June 9, 2019

Spain: Unfinished Gaudí church gets permit after 137 years
Property owners have a new yardstick by way of Spain for measuring frustration over building permit requests they suspect got lost in a local government bureaucracy. Barcelona City Hall finally has issued a work permit for the unfinished church designed by architect Antoni Gaudí 137 years after construction started on La Sagrada Familia Basilica.
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NewsPlexus Media June 9, 2019

Mayor joins pride parade amid Poland's anti-LGBT campaign
The largest gay pride parade in central and eastern Europe brought tens of thousands of people to the streets of Warsaw on Saturday at a time when Poland's LGBT rights movement is the target of a government campaign depicting it as a threat. Diplomats from the United States, Canada and other Western countries continued a recent tradition of joining the festive Equality Parade to show support for a community experiencing leaps of progress and a backlash around the world.
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NewsPlexus Media June 9, 2019

Thousands pour into Colombia as Venezuela reopens border
Thousands of people crossed into Colombia on Saturday to buy food and medicine after Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro reopened a border between the countries that had been shut down for the past four months. Long lines of Venezuelans stood at two international bridges near the city of Cúcuta waiting to have their documents checked by Colombian officials, with some carrying children on their shoulders.
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NewsPlexus Media June 9, 2019

Strong winds delay retrieval of climbers' bodies in India
Retrieving the bodies of five climbers of an international team from a notoriously dangerous Himalayan mountain isn't immediately possible because helicopters are having difficulty operating due to strong turbulence, an Indian official said Saturday.
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NewsPlexus Media June 9, 2019

Mexico: Country has 'dignity intact' after US tariff deal
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he was reluctantly prepared to slap retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods if negotiators in Washington had failed to strike a deal, addressing a boisterous celebratory rally Saturday in the border city of Tijuana. The president's comments came shortly after his foreign minister and chief negotiator, Marcelo Ebrard, told the rally the country had emerged from the high-stakes talks that avoided U.S. tariffs on Mexico's exports with its "dignity intact."
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NewsPlexus Media June 9, 2019

D-Day at 75: Nations honor aging veterans, fallen comrades
Standing on the windswept beaches and bluffs of Normandy, a dwindling number of aging veterans of history's greatest air and sea invasion received the thanks and praise of a world transformed by their sacrifice. The mission now, they said, was to honor the dead and keep their memory alive, 75 years after the D-Day operation that portended the end of World War II.
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NewsPlexus Media June 9, 2019

Tens of thousands rally to demand Czech premier resign
Tens of thousands rallied in the Czech capital on Tuesday to demand the resignation of embattled Prime Minister Andrej Babis amid accusations he's in a conflict of interests over his former business empire. Babis, a populist billionaire, has already been under pressure after Czechs have rallied in great numbers in Prague and elsewhere in recent weeks. They are protesting the appointment of his new justice minister who they say might compromise the legal system at a time when prosecutors have to decide whether to indict Babis over alleged fraud involving European Union funds in a separate case.
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NewsPlexus Media June 9, 2019

Foe, now friend: Germans find place at D-Day sites in France
A vicious foe is now a trusted friend. The epitome of evil is now a cornerstone of postwar Europe. As the 75th anniversary of D-Day approaches, Germans are now welcomed instead of shunned and despised like the Nazis who came before them. Now, a soldier wearing the German flag on his shoulder can stroll under a star-spangled flag at the Normandy American Cemetery, symbolizing the mending that's occurred since allied nations fought their way onto French beaches held by Adolf Hitler's forces on June 6, 1944.
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NewsPlexus Media June 8, 2019

Too much Dolce Vita can get you banned from Rome
Exasperated by tourists who frolic in Rome's public fountains, vandalize its monuments and treat its landmarks as their own personal living rooms, the city famous for its artistic heritage and easy-going lifestyle has had enough.
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NewsPlexus Media June 8, 2019

Abortions are legal in Guam, but doctors won't perform them
Lourdes Leon Guerrero vigorously defended abortion rights as she campaigned to become the first female governor of Guam. She won, but now no doctors are willing to perform the procedure she fought so hard to defend.
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NewsPlexus Media June 8, 2019

Ethiopian PM visits Sudan in bid to mediate crisis
Ethiopia's prime minister urged "courage" as he met separately with Sudan's ruling generals and protest leaders on Friday in a bid to revive negotiations amid a crackdown on demonstrations that has killed more than 100 people since Monday.
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NewsPlexus Media June 8, 2019

Undone by Brexit, May steps down as Conservative leader
British Prime Minister Theresa May's time as Conservative Party leader ended Friday, not with a bang but a whimper.
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NewsPlexus Media June 6, 2019

In #MeToo era, Japanese woman slams #KuToo heels dress codes
Japanese women are saying, "No," to high heels in what's been dubbed the #KuToo movement, a play on the words for "shoes" and "agony" and allusion to the #MeToo hashtag. "This is about gender discrimination," said Yumi Ishikawa, 32, an actress and writer, who started the movement. "It's the view that appearances are more important for women at work than for men." Like makeup on a face, a girl's legs look better in heels, she said sarcastically, her feet in blue sneakers.
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NewsPlexus Media June 6, 2019

UN: 2 million Somalis could die of starvation amid drought
A United Nations emergency relief coordinator says more than 2 million men, women and children could die of starvation in Somalia by summer's end if international aid is not sent quickly to the drought-stricken African country. U.N. Undersecretary-General Mark Lowcock says about $700 million is needed after a rainless season that has killed both livestock and crops.
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NewsPlexus Media June 6, 2019

'Woo-hoo!' At 97, D-Day veteran parachutes into Normandy
No murderous hails of gunfire this time. No D-Day objective that had to be taken, whatever the cost. This time, 75 years almost to the hour after he parachuted into Nazi-occupied France, Tom Rice again found himself floating down through Normandy's skies, now a grizzled 97-year-old thrilled as a little kid. "Woo-hoo!" the ex-paratrooper yelped after hitting the ground, carrying the memories of comrades lost in battle and on a new mission — of remembrance this time — for the ever-shrinking numbers who sacrificed so much in World War II.
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NewsPlexus Media June 6, 2019

Sudan protesters say 40 bodies pulled from Nile in capital
More than 40 bodies of people slain by Sudanese security forces were pulled from the Nile River in the capital of Khartoum, organizers of pro-democracy demonstrations said Wednesday, and new clashes brought the death toll in three days of the ruling military's crackdown to 108. The Sudan Doctors Committee, one of the protest groups, reported eight more deaths by late Wednesday and said at least 509 people had been wounded.
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NewsPlexus Media June 6, 2019

Cuba expects major economic damage from Trump measures
Drivers of classic cars, restaurateurs, tour guides and owners of bed-and-breakfasts are all saying the Trump administration's new restrictions on U.S travel to Cuba will be a severe blow to their businesses. The restrictions announced Tuesday eliminate U.S. cruise travel to Cuba. They also wipe out the most popular category of legal travel to the island, the group educational trips known as people-to-people travel.
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NewsPlexus Media June 6, 2019

Cuba restrictions hit cruise lines at the start of summer
The Trump administration's new restrictions on travel to Cuba will sting the cruise industry, taking away a new and increasingly popular destination at the start of the critical summer vacation season. Major cruise lines on Wednesday immediately began dropping stops in Cuba from their itineraries and hastily rerouting ships to other destinations including Mexico.
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NewsPlexus Media June 6, 2019

Prosecutors: Australian cardinal's convictions should stand
Australian prosecutors argued in court Thursday that child sex convictions against a Roman Catholic cardinal should not be overturned and said his accuser had been a compelling witness. Cardinal George Pell, 77, is the most senior Catholic to be convicted of child sex abuse and is appealing those guilty verdicts in the Victoria state Court of Appeal. He attended both days of the hearing, wearing a cleric's collar and occasionally taking notes.
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NewsPlexus Media June 4, 2019

NATO chief: Ready to welcome North Macedonia as 30th member
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance is ready to welcome North Macedonia as its 30th member, after the country ended a decades-long dispute with Greece.
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NewsPlexus Media June 4, 2019

Austria swears in first female chancellor, pledges stability
Austria swore in its first female chancellor Monday at the head of an interim government that will serve until after an election expected in September. The 69-year-old Brigitte Bierlein, previously the head of Austria's top court, will lead a Cabinet of non-partisan experts.
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NewsPlexus Media June 4, 2019

Future in doubt for Merkel's German govt after ally quits
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she won't run for a fifth term, but the departure of a top ally in her often-cantankerous coalition has raised new doubts about whether her government will even survive until the end of her current term in 2021. Here's a look at the political turmoil in Germany right now.
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NewsPlexus Media June 4, 2019

Indian air force pilots spotted five bodies Monday in the Himalayas near the border with China and Nepal while searching for eight climbers who went missing in an avalanche while attempting to chart a new route on India's second-highest mountain. Dr. Vijay Kumar Jogdande, a civil administrator in the northern state of Uttarakhand, said the bodies, which he believes are those of some of the missing climbers, were identified using high-resolution photographs taken from a military helicopter.
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NewsPlexus Media June 4, 2019

Missing Lewis Chessman found, could fetch $1M at auction
A chess piece purchased for a few pounds by an antiques dealer in Scotland in 1964 has been identified as one of the 900-year-old Lewis Chessmen, among the greatest artifacts of the Viking era.
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NewsPlexus Media June 4, 2019

EU migrant policy: Lawyers call it a crime against humanity
More than 40,000 people have been intercepted in the Mediterranean and taken to detention camps and torture houses under a European migration policy that is responsible for crimes against humanity, according to a legal document asking the International Criminal Court to take the case Monday. The request filed with the ICC alleges that European Union officials are knowingly responsible for migrant deaths on land and at sea, as well as culpable for rapes and torture of migrants committed by members of the Libyan coast guard, which is funded and trained at the expense of European taxpayers.
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