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Spellers from Texas, N.Y. state battle to tie in U.S. Spelling Bee

News: Scripps National Spelling BeeBy Ian Simpson NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) - Nihar Janga, a fifth-grader from Austin, Texas, and Jairam Hathwar, a seventh-grader from Painted Post, New York, were named co-champions of the U.S. Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday after battling 25 rounds head to head. The late-night duel twice saw Nihar, 11, fail to capitalize on mistakes by Jairam, 13, and claim the title outright. "I'm just speechless," Jairam told reporters after the contest that was televised on cable network ESPN and repeatedly saw the audience in a hotel ballroom burst into cheers.



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Nigeria militants blow up gas, oil pipelines -community leader

By Tife Owolabe YENAGOA (Reuters) - Militants attacked crude oil and gas pipelines operated by Nigeria's state oil firm in the Niger Delta, a community leader said on Friday, in an attack claimed by the Niger Delta Avengers, which has been targeting energy facilities for weeks. "Another crude pipeline was attacked yesterday Thursday night near Batan oil field in Warri," said Eric Omare, spokesman for the Ijaw Youth Council, which represents one of the largest ethnic groups in the vast delta in southern Nigeria. "There were two simultaneous attacks on (state oil firm) PPMC and NNPC pipelines," he said, referring to the marketing arm of the NNPC.
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World's largest hedge fund in line for government aid

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) ? A Connecticut commission is expected to approve a $22 million loan and grant package to help the world's largest hedge fund upgrade its offices.
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The Latest: UK ready to deploy 5th ship off Libya

Migrants carry their belongings as they leave from a makeshift camp during a police operation at the Greek-Macedonian border near the northern Greek village of Idomeni, Thursday, May 26, 2016. Greek police continue to evacuate the sprawling, makeshift Idomeni refugee camp where more than an estimated 8,400 people have been living for months. (Yannis Kolesidis/ANA-MPA via AP)GENEVA (AP) ? The Latest on Europe's response to the migrant crisis (all times local):



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Village where children climb cliffside ladder may get stairs

In this May 14, 2016 photo, children wearing their school backpacks climb on a cliff using a bamboo ladder on their way home from school in Zhaojue county, southwest China's Sichuan province. A village in China's mountainous west where schoolchildren must climb an 800-meter (2,625-foot)-high bamboo ladder secured to a sheer cliff face may get a set of steel stairs to improve it's safety. (Chinatopix via AP) CHINA OUTBEIJING (AP) ? A village in China's mountainous west where schoolchildren must climb an 800-meter (2,625-foot)-high bamboo ladder secured to a sheer cliff face may get a set of steel stairs to improve safety.



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Russia announces 'unprecedented' military boost on disputed Kurils

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visits Iturup island, one of the Kurils, in August 2015Russia's defence ministry said Friday it was taking unprecedented measures to upgrade its military facilities on the far-eastern Kuril islands claimed by Japan. Colonel-General Sergei Surovikin, commander of the eastern military district, announced the launch of "unprecedented measures to develop military infrastructure in the area", the ministry said in a statement. Russia has military bases on the Kuril Pacific archipelago, while Japan claims four of the islands in a dispute that has simmered since World War II, preventing the countries ever signing a peace treaty.



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Obama makes history with Hiroshima visit

US President Barack Obama places a wreath at the cenotaph in the Peace Momorial park in Hiroshima on May 27, 2016Barack Obama paid moving tribute to victims of the first atomic bomb Friday and called for a world free of nuclear weapons, during a historic and emotional visit to Hiroshima. "71 years ago, death fell from the sky and the world was changed," Obama said of a bomb that "demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself". "Why did we come to this place, to Hiroshima?



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Czech Republic, Finland, Russia name final World Cup rosters

PRAGUE (AP) ? The Czech Republic will have to do without Jaromir Jagr at the World Cup of Hockey in September.
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Country music takes over Baton Rouge this weekend

NEW ORLEANS (AP) ? Country music fans descend on Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for the Memorial Day weekend to hear some of the hottest performers in the genre including Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Eric Church as part of the 2016 Bayou County Superfest.
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Biometric data of over 100 UK terrorism suspects lost - watchdog

Mistakes by British police and security services have meant the fingerprint and DNA records of more than 100 terrorism suspects have been lost, Britain's biometrics watchdog said on Friday. Biometrics Commissioner Alastair MacGregor said that between October 2013 and March 2016, the records of some 810 people had been deleted before national security checks had been carried out to see whether they should have been kept. Of these, MacGregor said that in at least 108 cases, the biometric data would have been retained because of security concerns.
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Savchenko: I could run for president if Ukrainians want it

Ukrainian jailed pilot Nadezhda, center, speaks to the media upon her arrival at Boryspil airport outside Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Russia has released jailed pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, as part of a swap for two Russian servicemen imprisoned in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)MOSCOW (AP) ? Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko who came home earlier this week after two years in Russian custody said on Friday would run for president if that's what Ukrainians desire.



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Japan's oldest elephant dies, aged 69

Hanako, which means "Flower Child" in Japanese, became something of a cause celebre last year following an international campaign to improve the ageing pachyderm's cramped living conditionsJapanese animal lovers were mourning the death of the country's oldest elephant, Hanako, on Friday, who passed away "quietly" aged 69 after triggering protests over her captivity. Hanako, which means "Flower Child" in Japanese, became something of a cause celebre last year following an international campaign to improve the ageing pachyderm's cramped living conditions. According to Guinness World Records, the oldest known elephant was Lin Wang, an Asian elephant who lived until the grand old age of 86 and died in 2003 at Taipei Zoo.



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Man United hires Mourinho as manager on 3-year deal

FILE- In this Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 file photo, former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho smiles as he attends a group photo session pitchside as a guest of FIFA Presidential Candidate Gianni Infantino at Wembley Stadium in London. Manchester United has announced Friday, May 27, 2016, they have hired Jose Mourinho as its new manager, entrusting one of soccer?s most successful coaches to restore the fortunes of England?s most prestigious club, (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)MANCHESTER, England (AP) ? Manchester United hired Jose Mourinho as its third manager in three years on Friday, entrusting the highly successful Portuguese coach with the job of restoring the status of England's most prestigious club.



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Global economy is 'urgent priority': G7

US President Barack Obama (right) speaks with OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria at the G7 summit in Japan on May 27, 2016Ise-Shima (Japan) (AFP) - Pumping up the world economy is an "urgent priority" G7 leaders said Friday, as they warned there could be dire global consequences if Britain decides to leave the EU. Wrapping up their meeting in rural Japan, the leaders endorsed a pick-and-mix approach to dealing with the malaise that has lingered since the financial crisis erupted in 2008. "Global growth is our urgent priority," the G7 said in a final statement.



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Emptied Romanian village lives again as haven for battered women

Valentina (L), 42, holds her baby in the courtyard of her home in Concesti village, a haven for victims of domestic violenceIt has become a safe haven for women and children fleeing domestic violence. The novel scheme was dreamt up by the village of Concesti in the far northeast, one of Romania's poorest regions, where 12 families have already arrived in the six months since it started.



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Obama at Hiroshima: 'Death fell from the sky'

Obama at Hiroshima: 'Death fell from the sky'HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) ? Barack Obama on Friday paid tribute to the 140,000 people killed by the world's first atomic bomb attack and sought to bring global attention to his unfulfilled vision of a world without nuclear weapons, as he became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima.



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The last tackle powder puff football game avoids the sack

In this May 25, 2016 photo, Jupiter High senior Caitlin Walsh participates in a drill during a practice at the school in Jupiter, Fla. The nation's last tackle powderpuff football game, which will be played at the Florida school Friday night. (AP Photo/Terry Spencer)JUPITER, Fla. (AP) ? The senior and junior girls at Florida's Jupiter High School scoffed when administrators, fearing for their safety, canceled a 50-year tradition ? what may be the nation's last tackle powder puff football game. The girls say they don't need protection ? many have already had sports injuries ? and are willing to take the risk.



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Mourinho-Guardiola rivalry set to rekindle in England

MADRID (AP) ? The rivalry between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola is about to be renewed.
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Japanese Prime Minister Abe says Obama's visit to Hiroshima opens new chapter of reconciliation for US and Japan

HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) ? Japanese Prime Minister Abe says Obama's visit to Hiroshima opens new chapter of reconciliation for US and Japan.
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French vessel containing black box probes arrives to EgyptAir search zone

A pilot looks out of the cockpit during a search operation by Egyptian air and navy forces for the EgyptAir plane that disappeared in the Mediterranean Sea, in this still image taken from videoA French vessel carrying specialist probes designed to detect black box pinger signals has arrived to the search area where an EgyptAir jet is believed to have crashed last week, sources on the investigation committee said on Friday. ALSEAMAR, a subsidiary of French industrial group Alcen, is providing equipment that includes three of its DETECTOR-6000 systems, designed to pick up black-box pinger signals over long distances up to 5 km (3 miles), according to the company's website. The French company will conduct a deepwater search in "four or five" areas within the 5 kilometer search zone believed to contain the two black boxes, with the possibility of expanding the search zone should no signal be detected, the source said.



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Obama visits Hiroshima to ponder 'terrible force unleashed'

Obama lays a wreath at a cenotaph at Hiroshima Peace Memorial ParkBy Minami Funakoshi HIROSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - Barack Obama became the first incumbent U.S. president to visit Hiroshima on Friday, laying a wreath at the site of the world's first atomic bombing in a gesture Tokyo and Washington hope will showcase their alliance and invigorate efforts to end nuclear arms. The two governments hope Obama's tour of Hiroshima, where an atomic bomb killed thousands instantly on Aug. 6, 1945, and some 140,000 by the year's end, underscores a new level of reconciliation and tighter ties between the former enemies. "We come to ponder the terrible force unleashed in a not-so-distant past," Obama said after laying a wreathe at a peace memorial.



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HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) ? Obama at Hiroshima says world has shared responsibility to ask how to prevent such suffering from happening again.
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Hollande defiant in face of French industrial unrest

Striking workers are evacuated by riot police as they block the access to an oil depot near the Total refinery of Donges, western France, on May 27, 2016A defiant French President Francois Hollande vowed to "stand firm" over a controversial labour law, hitting back Friday at unions which urged workers to step up a wave of industrial action. The latest war of words between the government and unions came as France reels from fuel shortages, transport disruption and violent demonstrations, two weeks to the day that it begins hosting the Euro 2016 football championships. "I will stand firm because I think it is a good reform," Hollande told reporters at a G7 summit in Japan.



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Cyber firms say Bangladesh hackers have attacked other Asian banks

Photo illustration of the SWIFT logoBy Dustin Volz and Jeremy Wagstaff WASHINGTON/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Hackers who stole $81 million from Bangladesh's central bank have been linked to an attack on a bank in the Philippines, in addition to the 2014 hack on Sony Pictures, cybersecurity company Symantec Corp said in a blog post. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has blamed North Korea for the attack on Sony's Hollywood studio. A senior executive at Mandiant, the cybersecurity company investigating the Bank Bangladesh heist, also told Reuters the hackers had recently penetrated banks in Southeast Asia.



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Obama lays wreath at Hiroshima peace park on historic visit

Barack Obama, the first incumbent U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, laid a wreath at the site of the world's first atomic bombing on Friday, a symbolic gesture that Tokyo and Washington hope will highlight their alliance and breathe life into efforts to abolish nuclear arms. The atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, killed thousands of people instantly and some 140,000 by the year's end. The city of Nagasaki was hit by a second bomb on Aug. 9, 1945 and Japan surrendered three days later.
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GM recalls 2.2 million cars in China

In this Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 photo, a worker arranges engine blocks at the General Motors assembly plant in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. General Motors Co.'s main Chinese joint venture is recalling 2.2 million cars to deal with insufficient corrosion resistance on crankcase valves. The recall was ordered after Shanghai-GM received complaints about engine damage, according to the country's product quality regulator. The automaker is a joint venture between GM and state-owned Shanghai Automotive Industries Corp. (Chinatopix via AP) CHINA OUTBEIJING (AP) ? General Motors Co.'s main Chinese joint venture is recalling 2.2 million cars to deal with insufficient corrosion resistance on crankcase valves.



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US government set to release hurricane season outlook

FILE- In this Oct.1, 2015 file photo, Craig Fugate, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), right, talks about the status of Hurricane Joaquin as it moves through the eastern Bahamas as Rick Knabb, Director of the National Hurricane Center, left, participate in a media briefing at the National Hurricane Center. The U.S. government is set to release its forecast for how many hurricanes and tropical storms are expected to form over Atlantic and Caribbean waters in the next six months. It?s an annual reminder from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that coastal living comes with significant risks. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)MIAMI (AP) ? The U.S. government will release its forecast Friday for how many hurricanes and tropical storms are expected to form over Atlantic and Caribbean waters in the next six months.



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G7 told to act on antibiotics as dreaded superbug hits U.S.

British Prime Minister David Cameron walks as he arrives at a family photo with other world leaders during the last day of the Group of Seven (G7) summit meetings in Ise Shima, JapanBy Kylie MacLellan and Ben Hirschler ISE-SHIMA, Japan/LONDON (Reuters) - Britain told the G7 industrial powers on Friday to do more to fight killer superbugs as the United States reported the first case in the country of a patient with bacteria resistant to a last-resort antibiotic. U.S. scientists said the infection in a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman "heralds the emergence of truly pan-drug resistant bacteria" because it could not be controlled even by colistin, an antibiotic reserved for "nightmare" bugs. In Japan, British Prime Minister David Cameron said leading countries needed to tackle resistance by reducing the use of antibiotics and rewarding drug companies for developing new medicines.



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G7 vows growth efforts as Japan's Abe warns of global crisis

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a news conference during the G7 Ise-Shima Summit in ShimaBy Tetsushi Kajimoto ISE-SHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - The Group of Seven industrial powers pledged on Friday to seek strong global growth, while papering over differences on currencies and stimulus policies and expressing concern over North Korea, Russia and maritime disputes involving China. G7 leaders wrapped up a summit in central Japan vowing to use "all policy tools" to boost demand and ease supply constraints. "Global growth remains moderate and below potential, while risks of weak growth persist," they said in a declaration.



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China says extremely dissatisfied with G7 statement on South China Sea

China is extremely dissatisfied with a statement by Group of Seven (G7) leaders on the contentious South China Sea, where Beijing is locked in territorial disputes with several southeast Asian countries, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday. Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the remarks at a regular briefing. China's increasingly assertive stance in the region has sparked concern from the United States and its Asian allies.
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Japanese swoon over Canada's 'hunky PM' Trudeau

In Japan, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been dubbed "ikemen shusho", Japanese for "hunky PM"Ise-Shima (Japan) (AFP) - From the country that gave the world "Bieber Fever," Canada's "other Justin" -- heartthrob Prime Minister Justin Trudeau -- has made quite a splash on his visit to Japan for the G7 summit. Japanese media and his growing legions of female fans have been swooning over the 44-year-old PM, who celebrated his 11th wedding anniversary earlier this week by taking the day off to go on a romantic date with wife Sophie at Tokyo's Meiji Shrine. Social media lit up, many users reposting photos of Canada's first couple strolling hand in hand through the shrine's pristine gardens, proving that even politicians have a soft side.



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Nigeria minister wants Delta grievances addressed as Chevron attacked

Nigerian Oil Minister Emmanuel Ibe Kachiwku speaks during an interview with Reuters in AbujaBy Ulf Laessing and Tife Owolabi LAGOS/YENAGOA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigeria's government needs to address grievances in the oil-producing Niger Delta, its oil minister said on Thursday, hours after a Chevron source said a militant attack had forced it to shut its onshore operations in the restive region. A militant group called the Niger Delta Avengers, which has told oil firms to leave the Delta before the end of May, said late on Wednesday that it had blown up the Chevron's facility's mains electricity feed. A company source told Reuters that "all activities in Chevron are grounded" onshore while oil industry sources said roughly 90,000 barrels per day (bpd) of Escravos were gone due to the latest attack and another on Chevron's offshore facilities earlier this month.



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Origin of key Clinton emails from report are a mystery

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a United Food and Commercial Workers International union Legislative and Political Affairs conference, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Las Vegas. Clinton was supposed to have turned over all work-related emails to the State Department to be released to the public. But an agency audit found at least three emails never seen before ? including Clinton's own explanation of why she wanted her emails kept private. (AP Photo/John Locher)WASHINGTON (AP) ? Since her use of a private email server was made public last year, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has insisted she turned over all work-related emails to the State Department to be released to the public.



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China's Zoomlion drops bid for US crane maker Terex

HONG KONG (AP) ? Chinese heavy equipment maker Zoomlion said Friday it's abandoning its takeover bid for U.S. crane maker Terex because it failed to reach a deal after months of talks.
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Navy investigating cause of training mission jet crash

Navy aviators involved in a crash exit a coast guard helicopter at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va. Two Navy jet fighters collided off the coast of North Carolina during a routine training mission on Thursday, sending several people to the hospital, officials said. (L. Todd Spencer/The Virginian-Pilot via AP) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDITRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) ? Four Navy aviators ejected from two fighter jets "at a high rate of speed" after their aircraft got into trouble in the air and plunged into the Atlantic Ocean off the North Carolina coast, one of the rescuers said.



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Brexit would be serious risk to global economic growth: G7 leaders

British Prime Minister David Cameron talks with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim as the attend a family picture during the last day of the Group of Seven (G7) summit meetings in Ise Shima, JapanBy Kylie MacLellan ISE-SHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - A British exit from the European Union would be a serious risk to global economic growth, Group of Seven leaders said in a summit declaration on Friday, as Prime Minister David Cameron urged voters to "listen to our friends" on the impact of Brexit. Brexit was not formally on the agenda at the two-day summit in Japan and despite both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande saying the issue had not been discussed, Cameron said "one or two people" had raised it. "A UK exit from the EU would reverse the trend towards greater global trade and investment, and the jobs they create, and is a further serious risk to growth," G7 leaders said, in the only reference to the vote in a 32-page declaration.



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Trump, Sanders explore staging unusual presidential debate

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at news conference in Bismarck, North DakotaBy Emily Stephenson BISMARCK, N.D. (Reuters) - Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders on Thursday explored staging an unconventional U.S. presidential debate that would sideline Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and create a television spectacle that could attract huge ratings. The two men - a billionaire and a democratic socialist - expressed interest in a one-on-one encounter in California even though Republican and Democratic presidential candidates traditionally do not debate each other until the parties have selected their nominees. "I'd love to debate Bernie," Trump told reporters in North Dakota, after he secured enough delegates to clinch the Republican presidential nomination.



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Greece hopes to rekindle Russia ties with Putin visit

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is believed to have requested Russian financial assistance last year, although Russian officials have publicly denied any approachCrisis-hit Greece hopes to re-energize relations with Moscow at a two-day visit by Russian leader Vladimir Putin that could bring badly-needed energy and trade breakthroughs, the government daily said Friday. "Putin visit reheats Greek-Russia relations," Avgi daily said, adding that the Russian leader is accompanied to Athens by six ministers. Putin, who was last in Greece in 2007, is expected to land in Athens around 1330 GMT and hold separate meetings with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.



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Colorado governor's book raises Clinton veep speculation

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper shows off his socks--one with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and the other with Republican candidate Donald Trump--before entering his former brewpub for a book signing event to mark the release of his autobiography Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Denver. Hickenlooper, who is term-limited, is doing book talk rounds this week, reviving speculation that he is positioning himself to join Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign ticket. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER (AP) ? John Hickenlooper, Colorado's term-limited Democratic governor, released a candid autobiography and is doing the book talk rounds this week, reviving speculation that he is positioning himself to join Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign ticket.



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Cameron says Britain must support Libya to thwart threat

AMCU President Mathunjwa speaks to striking mine workers in RustenburgISE-SHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday that Britain must support the Libyan government to help it to gain control over a country which in its present state "is a danger to us all". Speaking at a summit of the G7 industrial powers, Cameron said Britain, like other countries, was threatened by the flow of migrants through Libya, by the increasing number of people-smuggling gangs and the rise of Islamic State in the country.



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