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Diane is a perfectionist. She enjoys searching the internet for the hottest events from around the world and writing an article about it. The details matter to her, so she makes sure the information is easy to read and understand. She likes traveling and history, especially ancient history. Being a very sociable person she has a blast having barbeque with family and friends.

Donald Trump told a bikers’ rally in Washington DC that illegal immigrants in the US often get better care than the nation’s military veterans.

“We’re not going to allow that to happen any longer,” he said.

The Republican presidential nominee did not provide any evidence for his assertion.

In 2015, Donald Trump sparked anger by attacking the military record of Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war.

Donald Trump said John McCain was only considered a hero because he was a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War.

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He then added: “I like people who weren’t captured.”

Since then Donald Trump, who never served in the military, has tried to repair the damage by frequently honoring veterans at his rallies and holding fundraising events for them.

The billionaire’s latest comments came at the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally on Sunday, which was dedicated to remembering POWs and those missing in action.

Despite previous criticism, many in the crowd cheered Donald Trump.

He was speaking ahead of the June 7 California primary.

Donald Trump is running unopposed in California after his Republican rivals pulled out and he reached the number of delegates needed to secure the nomination. It has yet to be formalized.

Vladimir Putin has visited Mount Athos, one of Orthodox Christianity’s holiest sites.

The Russian president joined celebrations at the monastery of St Panteleimon to mark 1,000 years of Russian monks at Mount Athos, in northern Greece.

Vladimir Putin was accompanied by the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill.

Mount Athos is an all-male Orthodox enclave of 20 monasteries. Women have been banned for over 1,000 years.Vladimir Putin visits Mount Athos

Greece and Russia are both largely Orthodox Christian countries and have close religious ties.

Vladimir Putin traveled to the peninsula by boat, as there is no road access, and held talks with Greece’s President Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

As he was welcomed at the enclave’s administrative centre, Karyes, Vladimir Putin said he was convinced that the Russian connection to Greece as well as to the holy Mount Athos “could only get stronger”.

After attending a service in Karyes, Vladimir Putin traveled on to the monastery of St Panteleimon, unaccompanied by the media.

It was Vladimir Putin’s second visit to the monastery; he traveled there in 2005 as the first Russian leader to visit the site.

Despite his background as a KGB officer in Communist times, when the Soviet state frowned on religion, Vladimir Putin has embraced his Orthodox faith and is believed to have a good relationship with Patriarch Kirill.

Donald Trump’s supporters have clashed with his and at a rally in San Diego, California.

Police declared a gathering outside San Diego’s convention centre unlawful and made 35 arrests, as stones and water bottles were thrown.

Donald Trump was in San Diego, near the Mexican border, to hold a rally ahead of the June 7 California primary.

The Republican has pledged to build a border wall to keep out illegal immigrants.

The skirmishes flared as the convention centre emptied following Donald Trump’s rally, and supporters and opponents met in the streets, jeering and heckling each other.Donald Trump San Diego rally

Dozens of riot police officers had been deployed to separate them.

Some protesters scaled a wall of the centre to throw water bottles at police.

After ordering the crowds to disperse, riot police then moved them away from the city’s Gaslamp Quarter.

San Diego’s population is about one-third Latino and hundreds of thousands of people cross the border with Mexico legally each day.

The San Diego Police Department said that 35 arrests had been made and there was no damage to property and no injuries reported.

Donald Trump tweeted to the police after the event: “Fantastic job on handling the thugs who tried to disrupt our very peaceful and well attended rally.”

The New York billionaire is running unopposed in California after his Republican rivals pulled out and he reached the number of delegates needed to secure the nomination. It has yet to be formalized.

On May 27, Donald Trump backed out of an offer to debate with Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, saying in a statement: “As much as I want to debate Bernie Sanders – and it would be an easy payday – I will wait to debate the first place finisher in the Democratic Party, probably Crooked Hillary Clinton, or whoever it may be.”

Bernie Sanders told reporters on the campaign trail that he hoped Donald Trump would change his mind.

“Well Mr. Trump, what are you afraid of?” the Vermont senator said, calling the Republican nominee a “bully”.

Donald Trump said the Democratic nominating process was “rigged” – and that Hillary Clinton and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Deborah Wasserman Schultz would not allow Bernie Sanders to win the nomination.

The latest opinion polls suggest Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by about four percentage points.

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President Barack Obama is set to arrive in Hiroshima and become the first serving US president to visit Japan’s city since the 1945 nuclear bombing.

Barack Obama flew into a US base nearby, after leaving the G7 summit.

He has said he will not be issuing an apology for the nuclear attack, but will honor all those who died in World War Two.

Barack Obama told Japanese media the visit would show that “even former adversaries can become the strongest of allies”.

The president wrote in the Asahi newspaper: “Hiroshima reminds us that war, no matter the cause or countries involved, results in tremendous suffering and loss, especially for innocent civilians.”Barack Obama North Korea sanctions

The world’s first nuclear bomb attack, on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, killed at least 140,000 people. Two days later a second nuclear bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, killing another 74,000.

Barack Obama will lay a wreath at the cenotaph, where an eternal flame remembers Hiroshima’s dead. He will be joined by bomb survivors living in the now thriving city.

Many in the US believe the use of the nuclear bomb, though devastating, was right, because it forced Japan to surrender, bringing an end to World War Two.

Jimmy Carter has visited Hiroshima, but after the end of his presidency.

A US ambassador attended the annual commemoration for the first time in 2010.

Donald Trump has reached the number of delegates needed to secure Republican presidential nomination.

On May 26, in North Dakota, Donald Trump thanked 15 unbound delegates from the state who he said “got us right over the top”.

Donald Trump defeated 16 other Republican contenders and according to the Associated Press has 1,238 delegates, one more than needed.

Republicans will finalize their nomination at a convention in July.

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While Donald Trump has the required amount of delegates, his nomination by a divided GOP is not yet secured.

Unbound delegates in the party are free to support the candidate of their choice.

If his nomination is confirmed, Donald Trump will face former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who are vying for the Democrat nomination.

On May 25, Donald Trump suggested going against Bernie Sanders in a TV debate in California before the state’s primary on June 7.

Bernie Sanders agreed to the debate in a tweet, saying: “Game on.”

On May 26, Donald Trump said: “The problem with debating Bernie? He’s going to lose.”

The New York billionaire also threw a barb in Hillary Clinton’s direction, saying: “Here I am watching Hillary fight and she can’t close the deal. That should be such an easy deal to close.”

Earlier, President Barack Obama said that world leaders “had good reason to be rattled” by Donald Trump, whose proposals he said were “either ignorance of world affairs or a cavalier attitude”.

In response to that, Donald Trump told reporters in North Dakota that rattling leaders of other countries was a “good thing”.

“[President Barack Obama] knows nothing about business,” Donald Trump said.

“Many of the countries in our beautiful world have been absolutely abusing us and taking advantage of us.

“We’re going to have great relationships with these countries but if they’re rattled in a friendly way that’s a good thing, not a bad thing.”

A Donald Trump rally in New Mexico has been hit by violent protests with demonstrators throwing burning T-shirts and bottles and clashing with police.

Riot police fired smoke grenades into the crowd. Protesters also interrupted Donald Trump’s speech at the rally in Albuquerque.

Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, wants a wall to be built along the border with Mexico.

New Mexico is the most Hispanic state in the US.

The protesters had gathered outside the Albuquerque Convention Center, with banners that read “Trump is Fascist” and “We’ve heard enough”.

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According to the Albuquerque Journal, as the rally got under way, the crowd grew angry – throwing stones at police and trying to set fire to Trump T-shirts they had stolen from a seller.

In a series of tweets, Albuquerque police said bottles and rocks had been thrown at officers and police horses, and damage to a Convention Center window may have been caused by a pellet gun.

Speaking to a crowd of 4,000 people, Donald Trump was typically robust in his response to the protesters.

“How old is this kid?” he asked of one that disrupted the rally, adding: “Still wearing diapers.”

To others, the Republican candidate said: “Go home to mommy.”

Albuquerque is the first stop of Donald Trump’s tour of New Mexico.

Republican Governor Susana Martinez has been critical of Donald Trump’s attacks on immigrants and has not yet said if she will support his candidacy for the presidential election.

Susana Martinez and other senior members of the local Republican party stayed away from Tuesday’s rally.

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Three North Korean workers at a state-run restaurant overseas have defected, South Korea has confirmed.

According to South Korea’s Unification Ministry, the North Koreans had “broken away”, but refused to comment further. It said they would now come to South Korea.

The defectors had been in China but were currently in a third country in South East Asia, says Yonhap News Agency, citing an unidentified source.North Korea restaurant workers defection

This would be the second restaurant defection this year.

Last month, a group of 13 North Koreans workers defected to South Korea from a restaurant in Ningbo, China.

Pyongyang has accused Seoul of abducting them, but South Korea strongly denies this.

North Korea runs some 130 restaurants in other countries, a vital source of income.

Workers at the North Korean restaurants are usually chosen for their loyalty to the communist country’s leadership.

Independent Alexander Van der Bellen has won Austria’s presidency after beating the Freedom Party’s Norbert Hofer by just 31,000 votes among the 4.64 million cast in May 22 election.

The victor accepted there was a “rift” but said: “We are two sides of the same coin. Together we make up Austria.”

Far-right Norbert Hofer had run on a Eurosceptic, anti-immigration platform.

If Norbert Hofer had won, he would have become the first far-right head of state of a EU nation.Alexander Van der Bellen wins Austria presidency

In his victory speech, Alexander Van der Bellen, a pro-EU candidate backed by the Greens, said he accepted that many people believed that they were not being heard.

Austria’s newly-elected president said: “We need a different culture of dialogue and a political system which deals with people’s fears and anger.”

Alexander Van der Bellen, 72, said he would “work towards winning the trust of Norbert Hofer’s voters” and try to be “a non-partisan president for all the people in Austria”.

He added: “There’s been a lot of talk about this country’s rifts. But I think you can also interpret the split as a sign that we are two sides of the same coin and each side is as important as the other.”

Austria’s Chancellor Christian Kern said the vote was “worryingly close… and therefore it is of particular importance to us that… no voter feels like they have lost.”

Mainstream European politicians expressed relief at the result. Many nations have seen a surge in nationalist and anti-immigration parties amid the migrant crisis and economic uncertainty.

The Austrian presidency is largely a ceremonial post. But the president can dissolve the lower house of parliament and call elections without the need for permission from the ruling party.

Norbert Hofer said on his Facebook page it was a “sad day” but added: “Please don’t be disheartened. The effort in this election campaign is not wasted, but is an investment for the future.”

Alexander Van der Bellen is the first environmental activist to become Austrian president.

Austria is voting in a presidential runoff poll that could elect the EU’s first far-right leader, Norbert Hofer.

Freedom Party’s Norbert Hofer faces 72-year-old independent Alexander Van der Bellen, backed by the Greens.

Norbert Hofer, 45, topped the first vote but fell well short of an outright majority. The runoff is expected to be close.

For the first time since World War Two, both the main centrist parties were knocked out in the first round.

The refugee crisis has become the key issue.

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In 2015, 90,000 people claimed asylum in Austria, equivalent to about 1% of the Austrian population, and the Freedom Party has run a campaign against immigration.

While the presidency is a largely ceremonial post, the president has powers to dismiss the government – something Norbert Hofer has already threatened to do.

A Norbert Hofer victory could be the springboard for Freedom Party success in the next parliamentary elections, scheduled for 2018.

Polls opened at 07:00 and close at 17:00, with projected results expected shortly afterwards.

However, postal ballots, which could be crucial if the result is close, will only be tallied on May 23.

In the first round, Norbert Hofer secured 35% of the votes, while Alexander Van der Bellen polled 21%.

At his final election rally on May in Vienna, Norbert Hofer sought to hammer home his message that refugees needed to integrate.

The presidents of the European Commission and the European Parliament, Jean-Claude Juncker and Martin Schulz, have both expressed concern that Norbert Hofer could win.

Alexander Van der Bellen told his final rally in Vienna that it was likely to be a close race.

“I think it could be on a knife edge – 50-50 who will win, so this time, as with previous votes, but more than ever for this important election, every vote will count,” he said.

At a news conference, he said: “As you know, I am 72 years old and I’ve experienced how Austria rose from the ruins of World War Two, caused by the madness of nationalism.”

Norbert Hofer and Alexander Van der Bellen had engaged in a TV debate earlier in the week, described as “political mud-wrestling” by commentators.

The Social Democrats and the People’s Party have governed Austria for decades, either alone or in coalition.

At the last general election in 2013, they together won just enough votes to govern in a “grand coalition”.

Incumbent President Heinz Fischer, 77, could not run again after two terms in office.

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Mexico has authorized the extradition of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to the US to face charges including smuggling and murder.

El Chapo Guzman’s lawyers have 30 days to appeal and even if it proceeds it could be months before he is sent north.

He was recaptured in January, six months after escaping through a tunnel from his maximum-security prison cell.

Earlier in May the Mexican authorities transferred El Chapo Guzman to a prison near the US border.El Chapo Guzman Altiplano prison

Mexican officials denied the move to Ciudad Juarez, just across the border from El Paso, Texas, was a precursor to extradition.

El Chapo Guzman faces charges from seven US federal prosecutors. He is also accused of money-laundering, and arms and drugs possession.

The drug lord’s lawyer, Juan Pablo Badillo, told Reuters news agency he would file “many” legal challenges in the coming days.

Mexico’s foreign ministry has said the US has guaranteed El Chapo Guzman will not face the death penalty if the extradition goes ahead.

Born to a farming family, El Chapo Guzman went on to become head of the Sinaloa cartel, at one point thought to be responsible for a quarter of all drugs entering the US via Mexico.

Before his escape in 2015, El Chapo Guzman had already fled prison, going on the run for more than a decade.

Body parts, personal belongings of passengers and debris from missing EgyptAir plane have been found in the Mediterranean Sea, Greek and Egyptian officials say.

Flight MS804 was en route from Paris to Cairo with 66 passengers and crew when it vanished on May 19.

Seats and luggage has also been retrieved by Egyptian search crews.

The debris was discovered about 180 miles north of Alexandria, the Egyptian military said.

European Space Agency (ESA) satellites spotted an oil slick in the area where the flight had vanished but the organization said there was no guarantee it was from the missing plane.EgyptAir MS804 debris

The search is now focused on finding the plane’s flight recorders, the Associated Press news agency reports.

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has expressed his “utmost sadness and regret” at the crash.

Military units from Greece, Egypt, France and the UK have been taking part in a search operation near the Greek island Karpathos.

Greece said radar showed the Airbus A320 had made two sharp turns and dropped more than 25,000ft before plunging into the sea.

Egypt says the plane was more likely to have been brought down by a terrorist act than a technical fault.

However, there has been “absolutely no indication” so far as to why the plane came down, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on May 20.

Three investigators from the French air accident investigation bureau, along with a technical adviser from Airbus, have joined the Egyptian inquiry.

The missing plane was forced to make an emergency landing in 2013 after the pilot noticed the engine overheating, but an official report said defect was repaired.

In France, the focus is on whether a possible breach of security happened at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.

After last year’s attacks in the French capital, some airport staff had their security clearance revoked over fears of links to Islamic extremists.

Turkish lawmakers have voted a controversial bill that will strip them of their immunity from prosecution.

However, pro-Kurdish lawmakers say this is essentially a move to expel opposition members from parliament.

The new law is seen as targeting the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) as well as the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP).

Turkey has led an offensive against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), accused of being a terror group.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses the HDP of being the PKK’s political arm, and has called for pro-Kurdish MPs to face terrorism charges.

This vote could be a first step towards making that happen.

Calling the move “historic” as lawmakers voted, Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a crowd in his hometown of Rize: “My people do not want to see guilty lawmakers in this parliament.”Turkey and Russia tensions

Critics also say the move aims to strengthen the ruling AK Party and consolidate support in the assembly for the executive presidential system Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to implement.

HDP co-leader Selahattin Demirtas said the move was a blow against the people’s will and could not be accepted as democratic.

Selahattin Demirtas said his party would challenge the decision at Turkey’s top court.

The bill was backed by 376 lawmakers in the 550-seat legislature, which means it will become law directly without being put to a referendum.

It now needs to be ratified by the president.

Some 138 lawmakers, the vast majority from the two opposition parties, could be at risk of prosecution.

Violent scuffles marred parliamentary debates this month, with frustrated lawmakers exchanging fisticuffs and kicks.

Today’s vote was not without incident as CHP lawmakers walked out in protest.

Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said she would raise concerns over the state of democracy in Turkey when she met President Recep Tayyip Erdogan next week.

Angela Merkel, who has led the push to conclude a refugee deal with Ankara, has been criticized by human rights groups for turning a blind eye to violations in Turkey in return for co-operation.

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International teams are continuing to search for EgyptAir plane that disappeared over the Mediterranean.

Military units from Greece, Egypt, France and the UK are taking part in the operation near the Greek island Karpathos.

Flight MS804 was en route from Paris to Cairo with 66 passengers and crew when it vanished on May 19.

Greece said radar showed the Airbus A320 had made two sharp turns and dropped more than 25,000ft before plunging into the sea.

Egypt says the plane was more likely to have been brought down by a terrorist act than a technical fault.

Most of the people on board Flight MS804 were from Egypt and France. A Briton was also among the passengers.

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So far, no wreckage or debris from the aircraft has been found.

Initial reports on May 19, based on Egyptian officials’ comments that wreckage had been found, later proved unfounded.

Greece’s lead air accident investigator Athanasios Binis said items including lifejackets found near Karpathos were not from the Airbus A320.

“An assessment of the finds showed that they do not belong to an aircraft,” he said.

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ordered the country’s civil aviation ministry, army-run search-and-rescue centre, navy and air force to take all necessary measures to locate the wreckage.

The French air accident investigation bureau has dispatched three investigators, along with a technical adviser from Airbus, to join the Egyptian inquiry.

In France, the focus is on whether a possible breach of security happened at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport.

Security was already tight, and under review, after last November’s attacks by ISIS in Paris.

Since then, some airport staff have had security clearance revoked over fears of links to Islamic extremists.

Flight MS804 left Paris at 23:09 local time on May 18 and was scheduled to arrive in Cairo soon after 03:15 local time on May 19.

On the plane were 56 passengers, seven crew members and three security personnel.

According to Greek aviation officials, air traffic controllers spoke to the pilot when he entered Greek airspace and everything appeared normal.

They tried to contact him again at 02:27 Cairo time, as the plane was set to enter Egyptian airspace, but “despite repeated calls, the aircraft did not respond”. Two minutes later it vanished from radar.

Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos told reporters: “The picture we have at the moment on the accident as it emerges from the Greek air force operations centre is that the aircraft was approximately 10-15 miles inside the Egyptian FIR [flight information region] and at an altitude of 37,000 feet.

“It turned 90 degrees left and then a 360-degree turn toward the right, dropping from 37,000 to 15,000 feet and then it was lost at about 10,000 feet.”

Egypt’s Aviation Minister Sherif Fathi said: “Let’s not try to jump to the side that is trying to identify this as a technical failure – on the contrary.

“If you analyze the situation properly, the possibility of having a different action, or having a terror attack, is higher than the possibility of having a technical [fault].”

Hillary Clinton has won the Kentucky primary while her opponent Senator Bernie Sanders won in Oregon.

The former secretary of state remains the front-runner in the Democratic race to secure the nomination in July, with a significant delegate lead.

However, Bernie Sanders again resisted pressure to drop out of the race, saying he was “in until the last ballot is cast”.

Hilalry Clinton only narrowly won Kentucky. With most of the votes counted she was less than 0.5% ahead.

Alison Lundergan Grimes, chairwoman of the Kentucky State Board of Elections, told CNN that unofficial results confirmed that Hillary Clinton would narrowly win the state’s primary contest.

Shortly afterwards, Hillary Clinton tweeted: “We just won Kentucky! Thanks to everyone who turned out. We’re always stronger united.”

In the Republican race, Donald Trump won the party’s only contest on May 17 in Oregon, which was no surprise as he was the only candidate left in the race.

The Kentucky Democratic primary will award 60 delegates to go to the party’s convention in Philadelphia while Oregon’s primary will award 74.Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton row

Pressure is rising on Bernie Sanders, a senator from Vermont who has historically been an independent, not a Democrat, to drop out of the race.

However, he said he still has a path to the Democratic nomination.

Speaking at the California rally, Bernie Sanders recognized his campaign’s “steep hill to climb” but called for his supporters to remain hopeful and “take our fight into the convention” in July.

Senior party figures are pressing Bernie Sanders to do more to bring his supporters into line, after some of them disrupted a state convention in Nevada last weekend.

Majority leader Harry Reid said the Vermont senator faced a “test of leadership”.

Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz described Bernie Sanders’ response to the violence as “anything but acceptable”.

The leader of Venezuela’s opposition, Henrique Capriles, has urged the army to choose whether it is “with the constitution or with [President Nicolas] Maduro”, after a state of emergency was declared.

President Nicolas Maduro has announced a 60-day emergency, giving soldiers and police wider powers to deal with the country’s spiraling economic crisis.

Henrique Capriles said the decree gave the president unconstitutional powers.

The opposition leader called on Venezuelans to ignore it and take to the streets on May 18.

He told reporters: “We, Venezuelans, will not accept this decree. This is Maduro putting himself above the constitution.

“To impose this, he’d better start preparing to deploy the war tanks and military jets.”

“And I tell the armed forces: The hour of truth is coming, to decide whether you are with the constitution or with Maduro,” Henrique Capriles said.

He said the opposition was not calling for a military coup, but instead seeking a legal and constitutional way of ousting Nicolas Maduro through a recall referendum.

The state of emergency is in place for 60 days and can be renewed for another 60.

Venezuela's Supreme Court has rejected Henrique Capriles’ appeal against April's contested presidential election result

Venezuela’s Supreme Court has rejected Henrique Capriles’ appeal against April’s contested presidential election result

The decree was rejected by the opposition-held National Assembly late on May 17, but Nicolas Maduro had indicated that he would not abide by their decision.

At a press conference with foreign journalists in Caracas, Nicolas Maduro said the National Assembly had “lost political validity.

“It’s a matter of time before it disappears,” he added.

Nicolas Maduro also said that the opposition had missed the deadline for the referendum and falsified signatures.

Opposition politicians began the process two weeks ago by handing in a petition signed by 1.85 million people, well above the 1% of voters on the electoral roll needed to kick-start the process.

Venezuela’s constitution says that a referendum will be called to decide if the president remains in power if a second petition is signed by at least 20% of the electorate, or nearly four million people.

However, the government has already made it clear that the referendum will not go ahead.

Nicolas Maduro accused the United States of leading a plot to deploy foreign troops in his country, and force him from office.

He told foreign journalists that a US military plane entered Venezuelan air space twice last week without authorization.

Politicians and media from outside the country have been trying to sow chaos in Venezuela to justify intervention, he said.

“This whole campaign, has a centre. There is an axis: Madrid, Miami and Washington,” he said.

“But there is a centre of planning, of direction, lobbying, strength and funding. That centre is located in Washington.”

Nicolas Maduro promised to fight back and to do everything in his power “to continue winning the battle for internal peace”.

He also made reference to the recent suspension of Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff to face an impeachment trial.

Nicolas Maduro described the process as a coup, backed by foreign powers.

Venezuela is facing a serious economic crisis, with high inflation and shortage of many basic goods.

Nicolas Maduro accuses Venezuela’s elite of boycotting the economy to achieve its political goals.

The opposition blames the mistaken policies of Nicolas Maduro and his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, for the crisis.

South African opposition lawmakers have been ejected from parliament after trying to interrupt President Jacob Zuma’s speech.

Security officers were ordered to forcibly remove the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) lawmakers as a brawl broke out in the parliament on May 17.

Two months ago, a court ruled Jacob Zuma violated the constitution by failing to pay back public money used on his mansion.

It is the second brawl in parliament this month.South Africa parliament fight

Security guards were ordered by the speaker to eject the people who were being disruptive.

Guards surrounded the EFF lawmakers who were dressed in their trademark red boiler suits.

Objects, including bottles of water and a hard hat, were thrown as the guards tried to wrestle the lawmakers out of the chamber.

The EFF has denounced Jacob Zuma as an “illegitimate” ruler who should step down.

South Africa’s highest court, the Constitutional Court, ruled that Jacob Zuma had violated the constitution when he failed to repay government money used to upgrade his private home in the rural area of Nkandla.

In a second case, at the end of April, a court said that Jacob Zuma should be charged with corruption.

The case is related to a multi-billion dollar arms deal the government negotiated in 1999.

Jacob Zuma denies any wrongdoing, and says he will continue to “shepherd” the nation. His term is due to end in 2019.

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro won’t be ousted by a referendum because there will be no referendum, Vice-President Aristobulo Isturiz has said.

Two weeks ago, opposition politicians began the process by handing in a petition signed by 1.85 million people.

However, Aistobulo Isturiz said the opposition had “acted too late, had done it wrong and had committed fraud”.

Members of the opposition have previously warned the referendum may be hard to push through, as they alleged that the National Electoral Council (CNE) is staffed by government loyalists.

Nicolas Maduro has announced that three air force generals have been arrested for plotting an uprising against his government

Nicolas Maduro has announced that three air force generals have been arrested for plotting an uprising against his government

Many Venezuelans blame President Nicolas Maduro for the economic crisis the country is experiencing.

Venezuela’s economy contracted by 5.7% last year and is expected to shrink further this year. Inflation is at 180%, according to official figures, and there are shortages of medicines and basic food items.

On May 13, Nicolas Maduro declared a state of emergency to “denounce, neutralize and overcome the external and foreign aggressions against our country”, which he blames for Venezuela’s economic problems.

Nicolas Maduro did not specify what powers the state of emergency would give him except to say it would offer Venezuelans “fuller, more comprehensive protection”.

On May 2, opposition politicians handed in 80 boxes containing 1.85 million signatures to the CNE, well above the 1% of voters on the electoral roll needed to kick-start the process.

Opposition politicians say the authorities are trying to stall the process and have called on their supporters to march to the offices of the CNE on May 18 to demand they verify the signatures so the process can go ahead.

The timing of a potential recall referendum is key because the outcome could be radically different depending on when it is held.

Under Venezuela’s constitution, if President Nicolas Maduro were to be removed by a recall referendum in his last two years in office, he would be replaced by his Vice-President, Aristobulo Isturiz.

However, if Nicolas Maduro were to be recalled before that, new elections would be triggered.

The opposition sees it as essential to have new elections rather than have Aristobulo Isturiz take over power, as he is seen as a loyal member of Nicolas Maduro’s Socialist Unity Party.

For new elections to be held, the recall referendum would have to go against Nicolas Maduro before January 10, 2017.

Donald Trump has called on Muslims to work with the police and “turn people in”.

In an interview with the British channel ITV, the presumptive Republican nominee said he was not anti-Muslim, but “anti-terror”.

Donald Trump was reacting to remarks by UK PM David Cameron that he was “stupid, divisive and wrong” in calling for Muslims to be banned from the US.

The billionaire made the call last year, when he was not the GOP’s front-runner.

Donald Trump insisted that when he called for an immediate temporary ban on Muslims being allowed into America, there had been criticism only from politicians. Millions of people from all over the world had called in, he said, saying “Donald Trump is right”.

Asked whether he would re-phrase those comments in the light of the controversy they caused, Donald Trump said: “It got people thinking. Whether it’s good for me or bad for me, I don’t really care.”

“Something very bad” was going on that people pretended didn’t exist, Donald Trump said.

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The world had a tremendous problem with radical Islamic terror, he said.

“If you look at it world-wide, the world is blowing up. And it’s not people from Sweden that’s doing the damage, okay?”

It is up to Muslims to turn in people they suspected of extremism, he added.

“They have to work with the police. They’re not turning them in. If they’re not playing ball, it’s not going to work out.”

Referring to David Cameron’s criticism, Donald Trump also said it looked like he was not going to have a good relationship with the UK prime minister.

Donald Trump also criticized the new Mayor of London Sadiq Khan for calling him “ignorant”.

The Republican is one of the least politically experienced nominees in US history, having never held elected office.

Many senior Republicans have refused to back Donald Trump. All other Republican rivals have dropped out of the campaign.

In a speech to supporters in Venezuela’s capital Caracas, President Nicolas Maduro has threatened the seizure of factories that have stopped production, and the jailing of their owners.

Nicolas Maduro said Venezuela had to recover the means of production, to counter its deep economic crisis.

On May 13, the president introduced a new, nationwide state of emergency.

Meanwhile, opposition protesters have been rallying in Caracas to push for a recall vote to eject Nicolas Maduro from power.

The Venezuelan leader said the state of emergency was needed to combat foreign aggression, which he blamed for the country’s problems.

Nicolas Maduro said military exercises would take place next weekend to counter “foreign threats”.

Venezuela has the world’s largest oil reserves but its economy has been severely hit by falling global oil prices. The country’s economy contracted by 5.7% last year and its official inflation rate is estimated to be topping 180%.

There are severe shortages of food, medicines and basic goods which Nicolas Maduro argues are due to business leaders and the US waging an economic war against his government.Nicolas Maduro imposes visas for Americans

The threat to seize closed factories came after Venezuela’s largest food and beverage company, the Polar Group, halted production of beer, blaming government mismanagement for stopping it importing barley.

The Polar Group’s billionaire owner, Lorenzo Mendoza, is a fierce critic of President Nicolas Maduro.

Nicolas Maduro told supporters at the Caracas rally: “We must take all measures to recover productive capacity, which is being paralyzed by the bourgeoisie.

“Anyone who wants to halt [production] to sabotage the country should get out, and those who do must be handcuffed and sent to the PGV [Venezuelan General Penitentiary].

“We’re going to tell imperialism and the international right that the people are present, with their farm instruments in one hand and a gun in the other… to defend this sacred land.”

On May 13, President Nicolas Maduro declared a full-blown state of emergency, expanding the state of “economic emergency” he had announced in January.

In an address to the nation, Nicolas Maduro said the measures would be in place for three months but would likely be extended over 2017.

The president did not specify if there would be limits to other constitutional rights but he said the decree would provide “a fuller, more comprehensive protection for our people.”

A previous state of emergency was implemented in states near the Colombian border in 2015.

It suspended constitutional guarantees in those areas but did not suspend guarantees related to human rights.

Venezuela’s Minister for Communication and Information Luis Jose Marcano said the state of emergency would allow the government more resources to distribute food, basic goods and medicines.

Luis Jose Marcano added that it also created “mechanisms for the security forces to be able to guarantee public order needed because of the threats by armed groups”.

The opposition has collected and submitted a petition with 1.8 million signatures in favor of a referendum on Nicolas Maduro, but the National Electoral Board (CNE) has so far not verified them.

The verification process was supposed to take five days but 12 days have already elapsed.

Opposition activists say authorities are not letting them proceed to the next stage when they must collect another four million signatures.

Addressing the crowds on May 14, opposition leader and former presidential candidate Henrique Capriles said: “We want a country without queues, where we can find medicines. We want change.”

Henrique Capriles described Venezuela as a “time bomb that can explode at any given moment”.

According to the Venezuelan Constitution, if a referendum is held before the end of the year, a recall vote against Nicolas Maduro would trigger new elections.

Donald Trump has denied posing as his own spokesman John Miller in the 1990s after an audio tape was published.

The Washington Post has obtained a 1991 phone conversation between a PR man calling himself John Miller, but sounding like Donald Trump, and a reporter.

However, the Republican presidential hopeful said the voice on the tape did not belong to him.

Reporters who covered Donald Trump’s early career say they regularly spoke to a Trump spokesman sounding exactly like him.

They would hear from the “spokesman”, named as John Miller or John Baron, when asking to interview Donald Trump.

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In response to the Washington Post story on May 13, Donald Trump made his denial on the Today Show saying: “No, I don’t know anything about it.

“You’re telling me about it for the first time and it doesn’t sound like my voice at all.”

“I have many, many people that are trying to imitate my voice and you can imagine that. This sounds like one of these scams, one of the many scams. It doesn’t sound like me.

“It was not me on the phone. And it doesn’t sound like me on the phone, I will tell you that. It was not me on the phone.”

However, in 1990, Donald Trump admitted in court he and one of his employees used the name “John Baron” in business dealings during a case about undocumented Polish workers constructing Trump Tower.

A lawyer for the workers said he received a call from someone named “Mr. Baron” who threatened to sue if he did not drop a lawsuit over withheld pay for the workers, the New York Times reported.

A reporter for People magazine contacted Donald Trump’s office in 1991 to interview him about the end of his marriage to Ivana Trump and his relationship with model Marla Maples.

The “media spokesman” called the reporter, Sue Carswell, back and began telling her about why Donald Trump had broken up with Marla Maples for Italian model Carla Bruni.

The man claiming to be John Miller said: “He really didn’t want to make a commitment.

“He’s coming out of a marriage, and he’s starting to do tremendously well financially.”

Once, John Miller slipped out of talking about Donald Trump in the third person in a conversation with Sue Carswell, but quickly corrected himself.

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have said they are “totally committed” to the GOP unity in a statement following their meeting.

Donald Trump and Paul Ryan are trying to find common ground after the House speaker said he could not endorse the presumptive Republican nominee.

Paul Ryan has said Donald Trump lacked conservative principles.

“We had a great conversation this morning,” they wrote in a joint statement.

“While we were honest about our few differences, we recognize that there are also many important areas of common ground.”

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Donald Trump and Paul Ryan said they would be having “additional discussions” but think they can unify the party and win the election.

At a press conference following the meeting, Paul Ryan said he was “very encouraged” by what he heard from Donald Trump.

Donald Trump arrived for the meeting at the Republican National Committee (RNC) headquarters in Washington amid protesters brandishing placards.

Afterwards, RNC chairman Reince Priebus, who mediated the talks in his office, said it was a success.

In December 2015, Paul Ryan harshly criticized Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the US.

Donald Trump said it was “not what this party stands for and more importantly it’s not what this country stands for”.

However, on May 11, Donald Trump appeared to soften, saying it was “just a suggestion”.

Paul Ryan, who ran as 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s vice president, clashes with Donald Trump on many issues, including religious freedom and trade.

He has remained popular on Capitol Hill, after being urged to take over as Speaker of the House of Representatives in the autumn.

Many who view him as a more electable figure than Donald Trump have urged him – in vain – to run for president.

However, more Republicans are throwing their support behind Donald Trump, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Donald Trump is one of the least politically experienced nominees in US history, having never held elected office.

That outsider status has appealed to voters who feel let down by Washington.

A recent Gallup Poll shows that two in three Republican-leaning voters view Donald Trump favorably.

Brazil’s suspended President Dilma Rousseff has condemned the move to impeach her as a “coup” and a “farce”, denying she has committed any crimes.

Dilma Rousseff, 68, was addressing the nation on TV for the first time since senators voted overnight to suspend her for budgetary violations and put her on trial.

She vowed to fight the “injustice” by all legal means.

Vice-President Michel Temer has now officially taken over as interim leader and has appointed a team.

Respected conservative Henrique Meirelles, who headed the central bank under leftist ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, becomes finance minister.Dilma Rousseff impeachment 2015

Michel Temer will serve while Dilma Rousseff’s trial takes place. It may last up to 180 days, which would mean Dilma Rousseff would be suspended during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, which start on August 5.

Brazil’s senators had voted to suspend her by 55 votes to 22 after an all-night session that lasted more than 20 hours.

Dilma Rousseff is accused of illegally manipulating finances to hide a growing public deficit ahead of her re-election in 2014.

In her TV speech, flanked by ministers at the presidential palace, Dilma Rousseff said that she may have made mistakes but had committed no crimes, adding: “I did not violate budgetary laws.”

She said: “What is at stake is respect for the ballot box, the sovereign will of the Brazilian people and the constitution.”

Branding the process “fraudulent” and saying her government was “undergoing sabotage”, Dilma Rousseff vowed to fight the charges against her and said she was confident she would be found innocent.

She accused the opposition of leading the impeachment because they had vehemently opposed all the advances she and her predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, had made for the Brazilian poor and lower middle classes.

After her speech, Dilma Rousseff left the presidential palace and shook hands with supporters lining the pathway.

In another speech outside Dilma Rousseff told supporters she could feel their “love and energy” on what she called a “tragic” day for the country.

Meanwhile, Michel Temer has nominated a 21-strong cabinet.

Donald Trump has softened his stance on temporarily barring Muslims from travelling to the US.

Responding to remarks by newly elected London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Donald Trump told Fox News Radio the ban was “just a suggestion”.

Sadiq Khan has expressed concern that he would not be able to travel to the US under a Trump administration because of his Muslim faith.

The Republican presidential hopeful had offered to make an “exception” for Sadiq Khan.

Sadiq Khan refused Donald Trump’s offer, saying the New York businessman’s views were “ignorant” and would make the UK and the US “less safe”.

Donald Trump proposed a ban on Muslims entering the US after attacks in Paris killed 130 people last year.

The suggested ban has been widely criticized in the US and abroad but Donald Trump until now has stood by the proposal, saying it was needed to ensure US security.Donald Trump RNC conspiracy

Donald Trump said on May 11: “It’s a temporary ban. It hasn’t been called for yet.

“This is just a suggestion until we find out what’s going on.”

He has shifted positions in the past on a variety of issues only to change his stance days later.

Donald Trump has often given conflicting accounts on issues including his tax plan, abortion and transgender people accessing public toilets.

This flexibility has led to concerns among Republican Party leaders about his candidacy.

Top Republicans including House Speaker Paul Ryan have said they are not ready to support Donald Trump in the general election.

The billionaire will meet Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan and others on May 12 in an attempt to resolve differences.

Meanwhile, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican Mitt Romney – who ran against President Barack Obama in 2012 – separately raised questions about Donald Trump’s tax returns.

Donald Trump has so far refused to release his tax records – a common practice among presidential nominees. Hillary Clinton has posted her past eight tax returns on her website.

Mitt Romney said: “It is disqualifying for a modern-day presidential nominee to refuse to release tax returns to the voters, especially one who has not been subject to public scrutiny in either military or public service.”

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has won the West Virginia primary in the Democratic race for the presidential nomination.

Bernie Sanders still trails rival Hillary Clinton in the overall contest for delegates but this win keeps his slim hopes alive.

In a victory speech that also attacked Republican Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders said: “We are going to fight for every last vote.”

Donald Trump was declared the winner in West Virginia and in Nebraska.

The billionaire’s last remaining rivals dropped out last week but remained on the ballot.

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However, Donald Trump faces a huge task in trying to get the Republican party behind him, as doubts persist about his substance and style.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, the GOP’s highest-ranking elected official, has said he is unable to endorse Donald Trump because he lacks conservative principles.

With Donald Trump now the Republican presumptive nominee, it was the Democratic race that provided the focus for May 10 primaries.

Bernie Sanders’s victory in West Virginia, where Hillary Clinton convincingly beat Barack Obama in 2008, will prolong the Democratic contest.

In a speech delivered in Salem, Oregon, which holds its primary next week, Bernie Sanders vowed to fight on: “We have now won primaries and caucuses in 19 states and let me be as clear as I can be – we are in this campaign to win the Democratic nomination.”

Bernie Sanders also pointed to polls as evidence that he remained the best Democratic candidate to beat Donald Trump.

He turned his fire on Donald Trump for insulting women, Hispanics, Muslims, African Americans and veterans.

Despite his differences with Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders said, they had one common goal – defeating Donald Trump.

Exit polls in West Virginia suggested one-third of those who voted for Bernie Sanders would switch to Donald Trump in a general election between the two men.

Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte has won the Philippine presidential elections, following the withdrawal of his opponents.

Although the official result has not yet been declared, main rival Mar Roxas admitted defeat after polls gave Digong Duterte an unassailable lead.

The 71-year-old Maverick anti-crime candidate said he accepted the mandate with “extreme humility”.

Digong Duterte stirred controversy during campaigning with his incendiary comments.

He has credited his success to his tough stance on law and order.Digong Duterte wins Philippines presidency

Rodrigo Duterte’s record as the crime-crushing mayor of the southern town of Davao, once notorious for its lawlessness, earned him the moniker The Punisher and resonated with voters.

Other driving issues of the election campaign were pervasive corruption, as well as the poverty and inequality experienced by many Filipinos despite economic growth under outgoing President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino.

According to election officials, there was a record turnout at polling stations, with more than 81% of the 54 million registered voters casting a ballot. Senators and about 18,000 local officials including mayors are also being elected.

The PPCRV (Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting) poll monitor said that with 90% of the presidential ballots counted, Digong Duterte had more than 14.8 million votes – about 39%. The PPCRV is accredited by the election commission to monitor counting but its reporting does not represent an official tally.

Mar Roxas, a former interior minister and Digong Duterte’s closest rival, had 8.6 million votes.

As the extent of his lead became clear, Digong Duterte told AFP news agency: “It’s with humility, extreme humility, that I accept this, the mandate of the people.”

Mar Roxas accepted his rival’s win, saying: “There are many tears in the room. Let me tell you this is not a time for tears. For our country, we have had a peaceful, successful transfer of power.”

Another key rival, Senator Grace Poe, was the first to concede defeat, promising to “co-operate with the healing process” after a turbulent campaign.

In the election to be vice-president, Leni Robredo, a social activist, is currently slightly ahead of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, the son of a former dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Benigno Aquino is standing down as the constitution limits presidents to one six-year term.

As Digong Duterte rose in opinion polls ahead of voting, Beningno Aquino had tried to unite other candidates against him, warning his election could mean a return to dictatorship for the Philippines.