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Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Indian prime minister, dies at 93

Atal Bihari Vajpayee, India's tenth prime minister, died Thursday in New Delhi at the age of 93. /
African migrants in disbelief as Israeli law cuts their salaries

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — African migrants in Israel have been detained, threatened with deportation and faced hostility from lawmakers and residents. Since last year, they face another burden: a de facto 20 percent salary cut that has driven them further into poverty. Israel’s roughly 35,000 African migrants and the groups that support them ...

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John Smyth, Christian Camp Leader Accused of Beatings, Dies at 77

He left Britain after an inquiry found he had brutally beaten young men at elite camps. But he was never prosecuted and went on to open similar camps ...

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Former Prime Minister of India, Dies at 93

As India’s leader from 1998 to 2004, Mr. Vajpayee ended a long moratorium on nuclear tests but also eased tensions with Pakistan and built closer ...

Aretha Franklin, the 'Queen of Soul,' dies at 76

She was able to shift seamlessly from thunderous gospel chord progressions to propulsive R&B beats to bouncy jazz riffs.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Indian prime minister, dies at 93

Atal Bihari Vajpayee, India's tenth prime minister, died Thursday in New Delhi at the age of 93.

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee, prime minister who made India a nuclear power, dies at 93

He shocked the world in May 1998 with five underground nuclear tests, prompting international sanctions, rattling neighbors and setting off an arms race with archrival Pakistan.

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Israel Eases Restrictions on Gaza Imports After Days of Relative Calm

Moving to stabilize a shaky cease-fire with the Hamas-governed enclave, the Israelis lifted the five-week ban on all goods other than food, medicine and humanitarian equipment.

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Former Trump Campaign Manager Says Bloomberg Is 2020 Threat

President Donald Trump's former campaign manager says Democrats need to nominate a Washington outsider to compete in 2020. Corey Lewandowski says former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg would instantly become a serious challenger to Trump if he ran as a Democrat. Lewandowski, now an adviser to Vice President Mike Pence's Great America ...

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Palestinian mail blocked by Israel arrives eight years late

Letters and packages from as far as 2010 arrive in the West Bank after they are released by Israel.

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Israel to reopen Gaza cargo crossing if calm holds

Israel shut Kerem Shalom for all but humanitarian deliveries in retaliation for Palestinian attacks.

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Tesla directors: 'No formal proposal' to take company private

A special committee is being formed to discuss any plans by founder Elon Musk to take the firm private.

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Talk on Hong Kong Independence Goes Ahead, Despite Criticism

Officials had criticized the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong for hosting a talk by the founder of a party the government wants to ban. /
Bozoma Saint John tapped to fix Papa Johns after CEO spews n-word

  In an attempt to revamp it’s tarnished image Papa Johns is reportedly tapping into the marketing talents of Bozoma Saint John to help the pizza chain get back into the good graces of the consumers after the disgraced CEO and founder found himself in hot water for using the n-word. —Police admit to framing […] The post ...

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WWE wrestler Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart dies aged 63

The 63-year-old was tag team partner with his brother-in-law Bret Hart. His daughter is also a wrestler.

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Bui Tin, Colonel Who Accepted South Vietnam’s Surrender, Dies at 90

He had a prominent role in the Vietnam War’s final moments, but he later fled the country and became an unlikely critic of its ruling Communist Party.

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Muthuvel Karunanidhi, 94, Screenwriter Turned Politician, Dies

India’s longest-serving legislator, he challenged the caste system’s hold on his country, first in cinema and later in politics.

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British tourist, 23, dies after Ibiza 'fight'

Authorities in the resort of San Antonio are investigating the death, the Foreign Office say.

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Nobel winner VS Naipaul dies at 85

The Nobel laureate died surrounded "by those he loved" at his home in London, his wife confirms.

Colombia recognizes Palestine as sovereign state

Colombian President Iván Duque is facing a diplomatic row with Israel in his first week in office after the outgoing government in Bogota recognized Palestine.

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US Citizen Indicted for Trying to Join Islamic State

A U.S. federal grand jury has indicted a U.S. citizen for attempting to join the Islamic State group. The grand jury in Chicago charged Faress ...

Israel and Hamas exchange fire in sudden Gaza escalation

Israel launched scores of air strikes on Gaza after Hamas militants fired rockets into its territory, prompting warnings over the risks of escalation.

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Israel and Hamas Trade Blows Again. Was That a Negotiating Tactic?

Experts on both sides of the lines said Israel and Hamas might be trying to improve their negotiating positions for a truce by letting their guns ...

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Takeshi Onaga, Critic of U.S. Bases as Okinawa Governor, Dies at 67

A conservative who defied Japan’s ruling party, he opposed not just the relocation of a Marine base on the island but the entire American military ...

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Gaza air strikes ‘kill woman and child’ after rockets hit Israel

Israel's military says it was targeting Hamas sites after they fired dozens of rockets at Israel.

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Willow Creek: Church leaders quit over sexual misconduct scandal

Leaders at one of the US's biggest megachurches resign amid allegations made against its founder.

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