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Rouseff vows to fight

Brazil's embattled leftist President Dilma Rousseff vowed at a protest on Sunday to go down fighting ahead of what could be her final full week in power before impeachment.
Thousands of people attended May Day rallies organised by labour unions in cities across Latin America's biggest country, with Rousseff telling a crowd in the financial powerhouse Sao Paulo that she would "fight to the end".
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Italy to ID migrants at sea

Italy is to introduce the fingerprinting of migrants crossing the Mediterranean as soon as they are picked up by rescue boats, officials say.
The move could help to reduce mounting tensions between Italy and its EU partners over the large numbers of migrants who arrive in Italy but are not registered here and then travel on to northern Europe.
If they are not registered in Italy, neighbouring countries like Austria and France and popular destination states like Germany and Sweden do not have the option of sending them back to Italy.
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Trump sweeps five primaries

Billionaire Donald Trump swept all five presidential primaries held Tuesday, strengthening his grip on the Republican race, while Democrat Hillary Clinton distanced herself from rival Bernie Sanders with nearly as strong a showing.
Trump demolished his rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island - a stunning show of force by a candidate seen as a populist political saviour by millions despite being loathed by the party establishment.
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North Korea will test another missile

North Korea appears to be preparing a test-launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said, after what the United States described as the “fiery, catastrophic” failure of the first attempt.
On 15 April, the North failed to launch what was likely a Musudan missile, with a range of more than 3 000 km, meaning it could, if launched successfully, hit Japan and also theoretically put the US territory of Guam within range.
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Obama urged to expand Israel defence aid

A large majority of US senators urged President Barack Obama to expand defence-related aid to Israel by signing a "robust" commitment to help Washington's Mideast ally combat mounting security challenges.
Eighty-three of the chamber's 100 members signed the letter to the president highlighting the need to negotiate an enhanced memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Jewish state.
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Papa Wemba dies after collapsing on stage

The influential Congolese music star Papa Wemba died after collapsing on stage in Abidjan in Ivory Coast, media reports said yesterday.
Video from the concert shows the artist, who was 66, slumped on the floor as dancers continue to perform, unaware of what is happening. French broadcaster France 24 confirmed the death, quoting his manager. On the African music scene since 1969, Papa Wemba won a world music following with his “rumba rock”.
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Namibia to explain North Korea relations

President Hage Geingob says the only sanctions Namibia might have violated are the 2006 United Nations (UN) sanctions against North Korea.
In October 2006 the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1718, which prevented a range of goods from entering or leaving the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and imposed an asset freeze and travel ban on persons related to the country’s nuclear-weapons programme.
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Raul Castro calls for handover of power

Cuban President Raul Castro called for the handing over of power to the younger generation on Tuesday in an address at the closing of the seventh Congress of the Cuba’s Communist Party (PCC).
Castro signalled that he wants top leaders to retire at 70, starting from 2021, and that the next five years would be a transition period for creating a younger generation of leaders.
Castro, who was elected first secretary for a second term, thanked the PCC Congress but said the current congress would be the last led by the leaders of the 1959 Revolution.
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Trump, Clinton take New York primaries

Front-runners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton swept to victory with ease in Tuesday’s New York primary, with Trump bouncing back from a difficult stretch in the Republican contest and Clinton pushing closer to locking up the Democratic nomination.
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Retaking Mosul from ISIS

The United States will send Apache attack helicopters and more troops to Iraq, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said in Baghdad Monday, as the coalition weighs retaking second city Mosul from the Islamic State group.
President Barack Obama hailed the 2011 withdrawal of American troops from Iraq as a major accomplishment of his presidency, but the US has been steadily drawn back into the country since ISIS jihadists overran swathes of territory in 2014.
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