Russia says not yet served with Democrat lawsuit over alleged collusion with Trump campaign

Russia has not been officially notified about the U.S. Democratic Party’s lawsuit over the results of the 2016 presidential election in the United States, the foreign ministry said on Saturday.

Nicaragua government open to negotiating reforms as protest death toll rises to 9

Nicaragua’s government says it is willing to negotiate over controversial social security reforms that have prompted protests and deadly clashes this week.

Verne Troyer, known for role in Austin Powers, dead at 49

Verne Troyer, the actor known for his role as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers films, has died at the age of 49.

Chemical weapons inspectors in Syria reach Douma, get samples

A team of inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) visited a site in Douma, Syria, on Saturday to collect samples as it tries to determine whether chemical weapons were used there on April 7, the agency said.

Shawn Mendes, Sting, Shaggy to perform at Queen’s birthday

Queen Elizabeth is marking her 92nd birthday with a Saturday night concert in London featuring singers such as Sting, Tom Jones, Shaggy and Canadian Shawn Mendes.

Obamas, Clintons attend Barbara Bush funeral

Several former U.S. presidents are among the 1,500 mourners who have gathered at a Houston church for the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush, who died on Tuesday at the age of 92.

‘New phase of misery’ feared for Rohingya refugees during Bangladesh’s monsoon season

Aid workers in Bangladesh are ramping up preparations in the weeks leading into monsoon season, amid warnings that at least 200,000 Rohingya refugees are at direct risk of being forced out of camps by flooding or landslides.

India seeks death penalty for rape of girls under 12

India’s government has decided to hand down the death penalty for people convicted of raping girls under the age of 12 to combat crimes against women.

Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 92nd birthday

Queen Elizabeth will attend a special concert on Saturday as the world’s oldest and longest-reigning monarch celebrates her 92nd birthday.

France’s Macron fights his Trump-like approval rating by joining the fray: Don Murray

President Emmanuel Macron’s ambitious goals for reforming France and the European Union haven’t changed, but after seeing his approval rating plummet to Donald Trump-like levels, his approach certainly has.

Avicii, EDM producer and DJ, dead at 28

Avicii, the Grammy-nominated electronic dance DJ who performed sold-out concerts for feverish fans around the world and also had massive success on U.S. pop radio, died Friday. He was 28.

Leaders approve Prince Charles to succeed Queen as Commonwealth head

Prince Charles was approved to succeed Queen Elizabeth as head of the Commonwealth during a meeting of the group’s heads of government in the British town of Windsor.

Hungarian scientist exposed to Ebola, WHO says

The World Health Organization says it has co-ordinated shipment of an experimental Ebola vaccine and drugs to treat a laboratory scientist in Hungary who was exposed to the potentially deadly disease earlier this month.

Swedish Academy probe finds ‘unacceptable behaviour,’ leaks of Nobel winners

The Swedish Academy said names of some previous Nobel literature laureates had been leaked in advance, and pledged to redraw the ancient rules governing how it functions, amid a sexual misconduct scandal and mass exodus of members that has cast a shadow on the secretive Nobel group.

Democratic Party alleges conspiracy in suit naming Trump team, Russia and Wikileaks

The Democratic Party filed suit against Russia, WikiLeaks and President Donald Trump’s campaign on Friday, charging that they conspired to disrupt the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign, a court filing showed.

Syria government appears poised to gain more Damascus ground from rebels

Insurgents in the last area outside Syrian government control near Damascus agreed on Friday to withdraw, but the army’s bombardment continued pending a full surrender deal, state media and a war monitor reported.

Nicaragua protests over pension reform turn deadly, leaving 3 dead

Police in Nicaragua say that a police officer, protester, and pro-government activist have been killed in clashes over a planned social security reform.

Karolyis, U.S. gymnastic leaders for decades, say they were unaware of sex abuse

Former USA Gymnastics women’s national team coordinator Marta Karolyi and her husband Bela tell NBC they were unaware of the abusive behaviour by a former national team doctor now serving decades in prison.

Gaza officials say 4 killed by Israeli troop gunfire in border protests

A Gaza man was killed on Friday by Israeli troops firing from across the strip’s border, health officials say, as hundreds of Palestinians flocked to the frontier for the fourth weekly protest.

Students marking Columbine anniversary call for gun control in walkouts across U.S.

Thousands of students across the United States are marking 19 years since the massacre at Columbine High School today by walking out of classes, in a show of unity intended to put pressure on politicians to enact tighter gun restrictions.

Basque separatist group ETA apologizes to victims ahead of dissolution

The Basque militant group ETA has apologized for the harm caused to victims and their relatives during its half-century, violent campaign to create an independent state in northern Spain and southwest France.

Arsene Wenger ends 22-year run at Arsenal

Arsene Wenger is leaving Arsenal after 22 seasons in charge against the backdrop of growing disillusionment from fans as the team struggles to compete for the Premier League title.

50 members of migrant caravan that prompted threats from Trump reach U.S. border

A group of 50 Central American migrants who set out from southern Mexico in late March have reached the U.S. border, having endured the long journey despite threats by U.S. President Donald Trump to secure the border with National Guard personnel.

19 years on, these Columbine survivors are parents — and they’re reaching out to the Parkland teens

A national school walkout begins Friday in the United States, on the 19th anniversary of Columbine and in the wake of February’s shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

‘Like calling the next door:’ Direct phone line between leaders of North Korea and South Korea established

North Korea and South Korea have installed a telephone hotline between their leaders as they prepare for a rare summit next week aimed at resolving the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang.

Alabama executes oldest U.S. inmate in modern times

Alabama has executed the oldest U.S. inmate to be put to death in modern times, an 83-year-old man convicted of a federal judge’s mail-bomb slaying.

Rudy Giuliani joining Trump’s Russia probe legal team

​Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, a one-time federal prosecutor, is joining U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal legal team, Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said in a statement on Thursday.

‘People refer to us as Switzerland’: King of Swaziland changes country’s name

Swaziland’s King Mswati III, Africa’s last absolute monarch, said Thursday he was officially renaming the country as the Kingdom of eSwatini.

Israel celebrates 70th anniversary as Palestinians mark ‘Catastrophe’

Waving Palestinian flags and wearing T-shirts proclaiming Jerusalem to be “the eternal capital of Palestine,” thousands of Israel’s Arab minority turned out on Thursday for a rally to commemorate a war lost 70 years ago.

North Korea wants guarantee of security in return for ‘complete denuclearization’

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