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May 26

Macron tries to woo Putin during state visit

Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Russia) — France’s president Emmanuel Macron on Friday used a state visit to Russia to mount an energetic charm offensive on President Vladimir Putin. The two leaders rubbed elbows in a series of appearances at an economic forum in Saint Petersburg, but repeatedly stumbled on some of the stark disagreements that …

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May 26

Ireland overwhelmingly votes to repeal abortion ban, exit polls project

iStock/Thinkstock(DUBLIN) — Two major exit polls project that Irish voters have voted to repeal the country’s Eighth Amendment, passed by voters in 1983, which effectively bans abortions in the island nation. One poll, by The Irish Times, projected 68 percent in favor of repealing. Another, by RTE, showed a similar projection of 69.4 percent in …

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May 26

Brazilian grandparents convicted in high-profile Texas kidnapping case

iStock/Thinkstock(SAO PAULO) — A federal jury in Texas on Friday found a Brazilian couple guilty of helping their daughter kidnap a Houston doctor’s son and take him to Brazil, where the child remains, but declined to convict them of a related conspiracy charge. The split verdict came five years into Houston doctor Chris Brann’s campaign …

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May 26

How a Norwegian sound festival puts experimental music at the forefront

Sarah Hucal/ABC News(OSLO, Norway) — On a warm spring evening in Oslo, a series of brass notes — some electrifying, others solemn — are played by a dozen instrumentalists perched in various corners of the multi-story entryway of the Sentralen, a former savings bank turned cultural center. The performance is part of the two-day experimental …

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May 26

‘Pain au chocolat’ vs ‘chocolatine’: Pastry-name war heading to French Parliament

iStock/Thinkstock(PARIS) — Should one of the best known French pastries be called chocolatine or pain au chocolat? This is a debate that has been going on for decades in France. A group of right-wing French MPs are bringing the question to the French National Assembly as they are fighting to promote the term chocolatine. A …

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May 26

3 in stable condition after IED detonated at restaurant

iStock/Thinkstock(TORONTO) — Three people earlier listed in critical condition after an explosion a restaurant in Canada have been upgraded to stable condition, authorities confirmed to ABC News. At least 15 people were hurt around 10:30 p.m. local time when an improvised explosive device was detonated at Bombay Bhel Indian, according to authorities in Mississauga, a …

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May 26

South Koreans expect US-North Korea summit to take place ‘eventually’ despite cancellation

Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) — Many South Koreans were shocked when President Trump called off the June 12 summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Many also believe the historic summit could still happen. “Eventually, Kim Jong Un has no other choice but to come and meet Trump,” Kenneth Choi, an international …

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May 25

First photos purporting to show demolition of North Korean nuclear site unveiled

iStock/Thinkstock(SEOUL) — Photos released by North Korean state media purporting to show the demolition of North Korea’s nuclear test site earlier Thursday. At Thursday’s Pentagon briefing, Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said the U.S. is assessing the pictures of what happened. “We’re looking at pictures of it right now,” said McKenzie. “And we don’t have a …

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May 25

Pompeo blames North Korea for summit cancellation, but still hopeful it will happen

Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — The Trump administration is blaming North Korea for President Donald Trump canceling his summit with Kim Jong Un, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying the country’s recent rhetoric showed they were unprepared to meet. “We did not walk away from this,” Pompeo told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thursday. …

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May 25

President Trump cancels summit with North Korea

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump in a letter directly to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday announced that he is canceling the much anticipated nuclear summit, calling it a “truly sad moment in history.” “Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is …

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