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WSJ.com: World News: Sweden Ends Probe Against WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

Swedish prosecutors are to discontinue a probe into alleged rape targeting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

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Reuters: World News: Angola opposition demands answers about dos Santos’ health
Reuters: World News: Churches warn South Africa becoming a ‘mafia state’
Reuters: World News: Afghan women break ground with TV station launch
AP Top News at 6:38 a.m. EDT: Thailand’s chunky monkey on diet after gorging on junk food
Reuters: World News: Sudan’s al-Bashir will not attend Saudi summit for ‘special reasons’
Reuters: World News: Trump under pressure to assure NATO allies he has their back
NYT > Home Page: New York Today: New York Today: How Safe is Times Square?
Reuters: World News: Merkel says Britain to be treated fairly, but will pay Brexit price
Top Stories – Google News: Google I/O 2017: Here’s what we learned – ZDNet
Top Stories – Google News: New footage shows Erdogan watching Washington brawl – CNN
1. Podcasts from mikenova (14 sites): Hourly News Summary: NPR News: 05-19-2017 6AM ET
NYT > World: Sweden Drops Investigation of Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Founder
Reuters: World News: Philippine ties with EU set for ‘rollercoaster ride’: minister
1. Podcasts from mikenova (14 sites): Audio | The Guardian: Pinocchio and the Field of Miracles, read by Andrew Scott Travel folktales for kids podcast
Reuters: World News: UK police say WikiLeaks’ Assange will be arrested if he leaves Ecuador’s embassy
WSJ.com: World News: Sweden Ends Probe Against WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange
WSJ.com: World News: Iran’s Presidential Election Exposes Family Divides
Reuters: World News: Czech president to accept nomination of new finance minister: spokesman
NYT > Home Page: Sweden Drops Investigation of Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Founder
NYT > Home Page: Julian Assange, Saudi Arabia, Jean-Michel Basquiat: Your Friday Briefing
Top Stories – Google News: Syria condemns US-led attack on pro-Assad forces – BBC News
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Reuters: World News: Angola opposition demands answers about dos Santos’ health

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Angola’s opposition called on the government on Friday to reveal the state of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos’ health amid reports that Africa’s second-longest ruler is seriously ill at a hospital in Spain.

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Reuters: World News: Churches warn South Africa becoming a ‘mafia state’

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The influential South African Council of Churches has warned corruption is turning South Africa into a “mafia state” under a government that intimidates whistleblowers, local media reported on Friday.

Reuters: World News

Reuters: World News: Afghan women break ground with TV station launch

KABUL (Reuters) – A new TV channel dedicated to women is set to begin broadcasting in Afghanistan, the first of its kind in a country whose media industry, like many areas of society, remains dominated by men.

Reuters: World News

AP Top News at 6:38 a.m. EDT: Thailand’s chunky monkey on diet after gorging on junk food

BANGKOK (AP) — A morbidly obese wild monkey who gorged himself on junk food and soda left behind by tourists has been rescued and placed on a strict diet of lean protein, fruits and vegetables….

AP Top News at 6:38 a.m. EDT

Reuters: World News: Sudan’s al-Bashir will not attend Saudi summit for ‘special reasons’

CAIRO (Reuters) – Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will not attend a gathering in Saudi Arabia on Saturday where U.S. President Donald Trump is scheduled to make his first international trip, state news agency SUNA said on Friday.

Reuters: World News

Reuters: World News: Trump under pressure to assure NATO allies he has their back

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Standing in front of a memorial made of remnants of the World Trade Center, U.S. President Donald Trump will have a powerful symbolic opportunity in Brussels next Thursday to make clear how he really feels about NATO.

Reuters: World News

NYT > Home Page: New York Today: New York Today: How Safe is Times Square?

Friday: Gauging reactions to the deadly crash, weekend events, and Brooklyns newest museum.

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Reuters: World News: Merkel says Britain to be treated fairly, but will pay Brexit price

BERLIN (Reuters) – Britain would be treated fairly by the European Union after it quit the bloc, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday, but Brexit would nonetheless have its price.

Reuters: World News

Top Stories – Google News: Google I/O 2017: Here’s what we learned – ZDNet


ZDNet
Google I/O 2017: Here’s what we learned
ZDNet
Google served up a bevy of announcements, technologies and goodies for developers, but it also highlighted a much larger strategy where the search giant still organizes the world’s information, but also begins creating systems that’ll add context

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Top Stories – Google News: New footage shows Erdogan watching Washington brawl – CNN


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New footage shows Erdogan watching Washington brawl
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(CNN) New video footage has emerged that shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan looking on as Turkish security officials beat up protesters outside the country’s embassy in Washington earlier this week. Erdogan, who met with US President …

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NYT > World: Sweden Drops Investigation of Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Founder

The decision does not mean that Mr. Assange, who has been living in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, is in the clear.

NYT > World

Reuters: World News: Philippine ties with EU set for ‘rollercoaster ride’: minister

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines’ relations with the European Union, a top source of investment, could be a “rocky, rollercoaster ride” after the country’s president declined a big aid package over conditions tied to human rights, the foreign minister said on Friday.

Reuters: World News

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Reuters: World News: UK police say WikiLeaks’ Assange will be arrested if he leaves Ecuador’s embassy

LONDON (Reuters) – British police said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange would still be arrested if he leaves the Ecuadorean embassy in London after Swedish prosecutors said on Friday they would drop a preliminary investigation into an allegation of rape against him.

Reuters: World News

WSJ.com: World News: Sweden Ends Probe Against WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

Swedish prosecutors are to discontinue a probe into alleged rape targeting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

WSJ.com: World News

WSJ.com: World News: Iran’s Presidential Election Exposes Family Divides

Irans presidential election is exposing stark divides, sometimes even within families, as the countrys voters face a pivotal choice between the moderate incumbent, Hassan Rouhani, and hard-liner Ebrahim Raisi, who is close to Irans clerical establishment.

WSJ.com: World News

Reuters: World News: Czech president to accept nomination of new finance minister: spokesman

PRAGUE (Reuters) – Czech President Milos Zeman does not have objections to former Microsoft executive Ivan Pilny becoming the new finance minister and the appointment can be expected next week, the president’s spokesman said on Twitter on Friday.

Reuters: World News

NYT > Home Page: Sweden Drops Investigation of Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Founder

The decision does not mean that Mr. Assange, who has been living in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, is in the clear.

NYT > Home Page

NYT > Home Page: Julian Assange, Saudi Arabia, Jean-Michel Basquiat: Your Friday Briefing

“Untitled, a 1982 painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat, sold for $110.5 million at Sothebys on Thursday night.

NYT > Home Page

Top Stories – Google News: Syria condemns US-led attack on pro-Assad forces – BBC News


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Syria condemns US-led attack on pro-Assad forces
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Syria has condemned air strikes by the US-led coalition on pro-Syrian government forces near the Jordan border. Syria said the strikes killed “a number” of people, destroyed some “material” and were a “blatant attack on forces fighting terrorism”. The

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Lieberman Is a Finalist for F.B.I. Director, Trump Says
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Trump says appointment of special counsel ‘hurts our country terribly’ – CNBC
U.S. Warplanes in Syria Hit Pro-Government Militia Convoy
Germany investigates military students suspected of far-right links: paper
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Donald Trump’s problem isn’t Democrats and the media, it’s friendly fire – USA TODAY
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Rosenstein Says He Knew Trump Planned to Fire Comey Before Writing Memo – New York Times
Trump: FBI inquiry into Russia links ‘hurts US terribly’ – BBC News
Trump Says He’s Close to Choosing FBI Director – New York Times
Donald Trump Says Joe Lieberman Is His Top Choice For FBI Director – HuffPost
Donald Trump’s Approval Rating in Swing Counties and Election Strongholds Show How Unpopular He Is – Newsweek
Chaffetz to resign, raising doubts about Trump probe
Trump flatly denies telling Comey to end Flynn investigation – CBS News
Is Donald Trump a witch? – Washington Post (blog)
Trump, dogged by questions at home, makes first trip abroad
Senator Wants A List of Trump Business Associates; Mnuchin Wants A Note – NPR
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Comey, Unsettled by Trump, Is Said to Have Wanted Him Kept at a Distance – New York Times
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Lieberman Is a Finalist for F.B.I. Director, Trump Says

Aides are urging the president to take more time, and he appears increasingly likely to wait to announce his choice until he returns from a nine-day trip abroad.

Fact Check: Trump Is Contradictory on Comey and Misleading on Russia – New York Times


New York Times
Fact Check: Trump Is Contradictory on Comey and Misleading on Russia
New York Times
In a joint news conference with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, Mr. Trump denied there was any collusion between his campaign and Russian officials, explained why he had fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director and trumpeted his legislative …
Trump’s divisive unity pleaPolitico
Trump: Russia inquiry distracts from running the US ‘really, really well’ as it happenedThe Guardian

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Trump says appointment of special counsel ‘hurts our country terribly’ – CNBC


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Trump says appointment of special counsel ‘hurts our country terribly’
CNBC
President Donald Trump said Thursday he thinks the appointment of special counsel for the Russia investigation is bad for the United States. “I believe it hurts our country terribly, because it shows we’re a divided, mixed-up, not-unified country
Hitting special counsel, Trump calls Russia probe ‘greatest witch hunt’ in US historyUSA TODAY
Donald Trump condemns special counsel for Russia probeAljazeera.com
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U.S. Warplanes in Syria Hit Pro-Government Militia Convoy

Pentagon officials said the convoy ignored a warning strike after it got close to a base where American and British forces are training Syria militias.

Germany investigates military students suspected of far-right links: paper

BERLIN (Reuters) – German investigators are investigating four students at a military university in Munich on suspicion of far-right links, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Thursday, fuelling concerns that extremist networks have taken hold in the Bundeswehr.

Why Joe Lieberman Might Make Sense for Donald Trump – U.S. News & World Report


U.S. News & World Report
Why Joe Lieberman Might Make Sense for Donald Trump
U.S. News & World Report
The former Democrat, who has emerged as a front-runner to lead the FBI, has defended some of Trump’s controversial positions and is senior counsel at the law firm Trump employs. By Gabrielle Levy, Political Reporter | May 18, 2017, at 3:21 p.m.. MORE.

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Internet Begs to Differ After Trump Says ‘No Politician’ Has Been Treated Worse – NBCNews.com


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Internet Begs to Differ After Trump Says ‘No Politician’ Has Been Treated Worse
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President Lincoln was assassinated. Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years. And Julius Caesar? He was stabbed by fellow politicians. The internet raced to fact-check President Trump after he told graduates at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Wednesday that …

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Trump Says He’s Close to Choosing new FBI Director – New York Times


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Trump Says He’s Close to Choosing new FBI Director
New York Times
… During a brief photo opportunity with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia in the Oval Office, the president said he’s very close to choosing a new F.B.I. director. The Justice Department appointed Robert S. Mueller III, a former F.B.I

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Putin is having fun with Trump’s troubles but he may not push the joke too far – CNBC


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Putin is having fun with Trump’s troubles but he may not push the joke too far
CNBC
Russian President Vladimir Putin had fun in recent days at the expense of the United States but don’t expect him to be a permanent thorn in President Donald Trump’s side. Trump’s White House has faced chaos since last week, when the president fired …
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Trump: Joe Lieberman Is Top Pick for FBI Director – NBCNews.com


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Trump: Joe Lieberman Is Top Pick for FBI Director
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WASHINGTON President Donald Trump said he is “very close” to choosing a new FBI director with at least one senior White House official putting the odds of a selection as early as this Friday at “better than 50-50”. Speaking to reporters at an off
Trump: Joe Lieberman is top contender for new FBI directorWashington Post
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Ailes’ political legacy: GOP control in divided America

NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Ailes is gone, but the world he created is not….
Donald Trump’s problem isn’t Democrats and the media, it’s friendly fire – USA TODAY


USA TODAY
Donald Trump’s problem isn’t Democrats and the media, it’s friendly fire
USA TODAY
Unlike the majority of stories that have dominated the news for the past few months stories that have often given Republican voters rationale to distrust journalists the allegation that Donald Trump shared highly classified information with

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Rosenstein Says He Knew Trump Planned to Fire Comey Before Writing Memo

Three Democratic senators said Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, told them in a briefing that he was aware of Mr. Trumps intention to dismiss the F.B.I. director.

Rosenstein Says He Knew Trump Planned to Fire Comey Before Writing Memo – New York Times


New York Times
Rosenstein Says He Knew Trump Planned to Fire Comey Before Writing Memo
New York Times
WASHINGTON Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, told senators on Thursday that he knew President Trumpplanned to fire James B. Comey as director of the F.B.I. before he wrote a memo outlining the reasons for his dismissal, according to …
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Trump: FBI inquiry into Russia links ‘hurts US terribly’ – BBC News


BBC News
Trump: FBI inquiry into Russia links ‘hurts US terribly’
BBC News
President Donald Trump says the decision to appoint a special counsel to oversee the inquiry into Russian influence on his election “hurts our country terribly”. He said the US was being made to look “divided, mixed up”, media reported. Earlier, he
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Trump Says He’s Close to Choosing FBI Director – New York Times


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Trump Says He’s Close to Choosing FBI Director
New York Times
… During a brief photo opportunity with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia in the Oval Office, the president said he’s very close to choosing a new F.B.I. director. The Justice Department appointed Robert S. Mueller III, a former F.B.I
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Donald Trump Says Joe Lieberman Is His Top Choice For FBI Director – HuffPost


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Donald Trump Says Joe Lieberman Is His Top Choice For FBI Director
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Donald Trump’s Approval Rating in Swing Counties and Election Strongholds Show How Unpopular He Is – Newsweek


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The places that loved Donald Trump in the 2016 election have begun to grow wary of the president, a new poll indicated Thursday. The latest survey from Monmouth University found that Trump’s approval rating has fallen in the counties that he won over …

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Chaffetz to resign, raising doubts about Trump probe

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rep. Jason Chaffetz announced Thursday he will resign from Congress next month, a move that calls into question the future of the House Oversight Committee's investigation he promised to lead about President Donald Trump's firing of the FBI director and his presidential campaign's ties with Russia….
Trump flatly denies telling Comey to end Flynn investigation – CBS News


CBS News
Trump flatly denies telling Comey to end Flynn investigation
CBS News
President Trump flatly denied Thursday during a joint press conference with Colombian President Juan Manual Santos that he told now-fired FBI Director James Comey to end an investigation into embattled national security adviser Michael Flynn. “No, no.
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Is Donald Trump a witch? – Washington Post (blog)


Washington Post (blog)
Is Donald Trump a witch?
Washington Post (blog)
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Senator Wants A List of Trump Business Associates; Mnuchin Wants A Note
NPR
At a Senate hearing Thursday, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, accused Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin of failing to answer his questions about President Trump’s business ties to people who might be violating money laundering and other U.S. laws.
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Comey Is Said to Have Become Unsettled by Interactions With Trump

James B. Comey, then the F.B.I. director, after being called on by President Trump at a White House ceremony in January. Mr. Comey told a friend that he had hoped Mr. Trump would not spot him at the event.

Comey, Unsettled by Trump, Is Said to Have Wanted Him Kept at a Distance – New York Times


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Comey, Unsettled by Trump, Is Said to Have Wanted Him Kept at a Distance
New York Times
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