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World headlines: May 28, 2015

South African president won't repay country for palatial home; wineries start pairing fitness classes and wine tastings; and Germany's famous Autobahn is blocked by a fighter jet

National Spelling Bee ends in tie for second year in a row

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National Spelling Bee ends in tie for second year in a row
Doug G. WareNATIONAL HARBOR, Md., May 29 (UPI) -- For the second consecutive year, the Scripps National Spelling Bee crowned co-champions Thursday when judges finally ran out of words to test them with.

Asian migrant crisis: Myanmar rejects responsibility for Rohingya refugees

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Myanmar has refused to accept responsibility for South-East Asia's migrant crisis as the country faces a barrage of criticism for its decades-long persecution of Rohingya Muslims.

New World Trade Center tower remains nearly 40 percent empty

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New World Trade Center tower remains nearly 40 percent empty
Doug G. WareNEW YORK, May 28 (UPI) -- More than 13 years after the old World Trade Center was destroyed, a shiny new tower stands in its place, but the building remains more than a third unoccupied.

Michael Jackson's former home Neverland Ranch on sale for $100m

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Property on 2,700 acres in Santa Ynez Valley, California, features train station, six-bedroom house, 50-seat movie theater and a pair of lakes Continue reading...


​Historic ending to Scripps National Spelling Bee

For the second year in a row, spelling contest ends in an unexpected way and makes history in several different ways

Prophet Muhammad drawing contest planned outside Phoenix mosque

Law enforcement officers are on alert in Phoenix, where a man is organizing a rally outside a mosque on Friday and asking participants to draw ... more

Owner takes dying dog on "bucket list" trip

After a veterinarian gave a dog named Poh a terminal diagnosis, his owner decided to take his best friend on a "bucket list" road trip ... more

Prophet Muhammad drawing contest planned outside Phoenix mosque

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The man organizing a rally on Friday outside a Phoenix mosque is asking participants to draw cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. As CBSN's Kristine Johnson ... more

Friendship Forms After Former Bully Apologizes

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A conversation with his daughter about bullying inspired Louie Amundson to apologize to ChadMichael Morrisette for bullying him in high school.
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Middle-aged are riskier drinkers than young adults, study finds

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Those in middle age are more likely than young adults to exceed alcohol limits and develop serious health problems, finds charity Drinkaware Middle-aged Britons are ... more

US likely to boost defence aid to Israel in wake of Iran nuclear talks – reports

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Existing $3bn package may rise to $3.7bn after the existing deal expires in 2017, says unnamed US officialUS defence aid to Israel is likely to ... more

Amnesia researchers use light to restore 'lost' memories in mice

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Study challenges understanding of how memory functions, with researchers finding past memories could simply be ‘lost’ rather than ‘erased’Researchers have gained new understanding on the ... more

'Missing link' in shark evolution found in 380m-year-old Australian fossil

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Fossilised skeleton found in Kimberley shows sharks once had bone cells within cartilage, suggesting a sophisticated evolutionary pathA 380m-year-old fossil found in Western Australia has ... more

'Abortion video tutorial' ads shock Chile amid debate on easing ban

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Video by campaign group shows a pregnant woman throwing herself down stairs in a bid to terminate her pregnancyThe video shows a woman climbing a ... more
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World Briefing: Switzerland: Scientists Find the Secret to the Holes in Swiss Cheese: Hay Dust

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The mystery of Swiss cheese and its disappearing holes has been solved: The milk is too clean.

Jobs, Not Welfare, Lure Immigrants to U.K.

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Changing the welfare system to discriminate against foreigners may not reduce immigration, writes Stephen Fidler.

Another Huge Statue in Russia? Not Rare, but Hugely Divisive

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Another Huge Statue in Russia? Not Rare, but Hugely Divisive
Plans for an 82-foot-tall statue in Moscow honoring the nation’s patron saint, St. Vladimir, have exposed a fierce contest over faith and identity.

David Cameron Presses E.U. for ‘Better Deal for Britain’

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The British prime minister, on a trip to Europe. is warning that Britain may leave the European Union if it cannot win policy changes.

Putin Declares Soldiers’ Deaths and Wounds Secret, in War and Peace

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Political opponents insisted that President Vladimir V. Putin’s latest decree was the result of Russian troops’ clandestine involvement in Ukraine fighting.

15 Chinese Accused of Using Test-Taking Impostors for College Entrance Exams

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The indictment sketches a scheme in which individuals are accused of paying impostors using fake Chinese passports to take college entrance exams at testing sites ... more

World Briefing: South Korea: Health Officials Confirm Two More Cases of MERS Virus

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The number of people confirmed to have contracted Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, increased to seven on Thursday.

Anthony C. Yu, Translator of the Saga of a Chinese Pilgrimage, Dies at 76

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Anthony C. Yu, Translator of the Saga of a Chinese Pilgrimage, Dies at 76
Professor Yu’s four-volume tale of a monk and his entourage, including the Monkey King, is based on a work from 1592.

Dalai Lama Urges Aung San Suu Kyi to Help Myanmar’s Rohingya

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Dalai Lama Urges Aung San Suu Kyi to Help Myanmar’s Rohingya
The Dalai Lama criticized the leader of Myanmar’s democracy movement for not addressing the country’s harsh treatment of its Rohingya minority.

Arrest Opens Window on China’s Role in Designer Drug Market

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Arrest Opens Window on China’s Role in Designer Drug Market
A major manufacturer of “spice,” a lethal synthetic, shows the trouble a country with a large, poorly regulated pharmaceutical sector can bring.

A Region’s Strongmen Are Facing a Hard Fall

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A Region’s Strongmen Are Facing a Hard Fall
A case in which 14 senior sports officials and executives across the Americas have been charged offers a glimpse into the sort of deals that ... more

World Briefing: Suriname: Despite Checkered Past, President Seems Set for New Term

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President Desi Bouterse, a former military leader convicted in 1999 in the Netherlands of drug trafficking, appeared to be on course for a second term ... more

World Briefing: Mexico: Michoacán Killings Prompt Human Rights Inquiry

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The National Human Rights Commission has opened an investigation into the killing of 42 people last week in a confrontation with the federal police.

World Briefing: Brazil: After 30-Year Search, Police Arrest Italian Mob Boss

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The suspect, Pasquale Scotti, 56, was arrested in Recife in an operation involving Brazil’s federal police and Interpol, according to a police statement.

After a Political Reversal in Alberta, ‘Anything Seems Possible’

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After a Political Reversal in Alberta, ‘Anything Seems Possible’
With national elections expected in the fall, a sweeping victory this month by the left-leaning New Democrats in Alberta, a bastion of conservative voting, may ... more

World Briefing: Syria: Insurgent Coalition Pushes Assad’s Forces From a Stronghold

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Insurgents seized one of the last Syrian government positions in the northern province of Idlib on Thursday night.

World Briefing: Yemen: Amnesty Says Antiaircraft Fire by Houthis Has Killed Many Civilians

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Antiaircraft munitions fired by Yemen’s Houthi rebels have killed or maimed scores of civilians in Sana.

U.N. Resolves to Combat Plundering of Antiquities by ISIS

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A resolution adopted unanimously by the General Assembly amounted to the broadest international condemnation so far to the cultural destruction wrought by the Islamic State.

ISIS Alternates Stick and Carrot to Control Palmyra

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ISIS Alternates Stick and Carrot to Control Palmyra
Islamic State militants have alternated between terrorizing residents and courting them, and has taken over institutions, including in the ancient city of Palmyra.

Chimpanzees in Liberia, Kept for New York Blood Center Research, Face Uncertain Future

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Chimpanzees in Liberia, Kept for New York Blood Center Research, Face Uncertain Future
After years of using a colony of chimpanzees in Liberia for biomedical research, the New York Blood Center has withdrawn funding for them, prompting outrage ... more

California senators scrutinize response by operator of broken oil pipeline

The response time to detect and stop an oil spill that fouled sand and dirt on parts of the California coastline last week came under ... more
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Jeb Bush earned millions in juggling act as corporate adviser

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After serving as Florida's governor, Bush served on the boards of or as an adviser to at least 15 companies and nonprofits

Chris Christie backs away from Common Core

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Two years ago, the New Jersey governor endorsed the controversial program, but now Christie is directing the state to consider new education standards

Psychoactive substances ban will 'end brain research' in Britain, experts warn

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David Nutt, former government chief drugs adviser, says banning of legal highs has already been destructive to Parkinson’s and anti-smoking research Continue reading...

Labour has lost its cultural connection with the people it claims to represent

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From SNP to Ukip, this election was a decisive vote against the metropolitan liberalism of London, the Labour party’s new heartland Continue reading...