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AP Explains: Israel’s parliamentary elections

AP Explains: Israel's parliamentary electionsIsrael is holding the country’s 21st parliamentary elections on Tuesday, with over 6.3 million people eligible to cast ballots in a vote largely seen as a referendum on long-seated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu is seeking his fourth consecutive term and fifth overall, including an earlier stint in the 1990s. With another victory, Netanyahu will secure a place in history later this year as the longest-serving prime minister, surpassing Israel’s founding father David Ben-Gurion.



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AP Explains: Long reach of Iran's Revolutionary Guard

AP Explains: Long reach of Iran's Revolutionary GuardDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's Revolutionary Guard, designated a "foreign terrorist organization" by the Trump administration on Monday, evolved from a paramilitary, domestic security force with origins in the 1979 Islamic Revolution to a transnational force that has come to the aid of Tehran's allies in the Mideast, from Syria and Lebanon to Iraq.



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AP Explains: What's next in Venezuela's political stand-off?

AP Explains: What's next in Venezuela's political stand-off?CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A previously little-known Venezuelan congressman, Juan Guaidó, leaped to the front stage of Venezuela's political conflict early this year by declaring himself interim president in a bid to force the removal of President Nicolas Maduro.



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It was getting out of hand – Pope explains ring kissing mystery

It was getting out of hand - Pope explains ring kissing mystery“It was a simple question of hygiene,” Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti told reporters on Thursday after he asked the pope directly. Gisotti explained that there were many people in line and the pope did want to spread germs as one person after another repeatedly kissed his hand at short intervals. “He likes to embrace people and be embraced by people,” Gisotti said.



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NASA explains why it didn’t have enough space suits for an all-female spacewalk

NASA explains why it didn’t have enough space suits for an all-female spacewalkThis was supposed to be a history-making week for NASA, with the first all-female spacewalk originally planned to take place on Friday. Unfortunately, a last-second swap has led to one of the expected participants, Anne McClain, being replaced with fellow ISS inhabitant Nick Hague.NASA's explanation was that McClain wouldn't have a space suit available to her for the spacewalk due to sizing, since Christina Koch will be wearing the medium-sized suit that McClain wore during her previous spacewalk last week. This left a lot of people scratching their heads. After all, NASA says there's two of every size of space suit on board the ISS, so why can't both McClain and Koch wear the same sized suits? Speaking with CNN, NASA representatives offered a deeper explanation.The lengthy discussion reveals some of the quirks of life aboard the International Space Station, as well as some insight into how human bodies change once they are in space.While still back on Earth, McClain had trained in both the large and medium sized suits. Originally, NASA was planning on having McClain wear the larger sized suit while Koch would wear the medium rig. However, during McClain's recent spacewalk it became clear that the medium sized suit fit her body better in space, which left NASA in a bit of a pickle.NASA has two of each size of space suit on the ISS, but only one of them is fully outfitted and ready to use at any given time. The other suits, which are considered backups, can't be pulled out and used immediately, and they must be prepped for use in space.NASA's Brandi Dean explains it like this:> We do our best to anticipate the spacesuit sizes that each astronaut will need, based on the spacesuit size they wore in training on the ground, and in some cases (including Anne McClain's) astronauts train in multiple sizes. However, individuals' sizing needs may change when they are on orbit, in response to the changes living in microgravity can bring about in a body. In addition, no one training environment can fully simulate performing a spacewalk in microgravity, and an individual may find that their sizing preferences change in space.Training in various space suits on Earth can't adequately predict what suit will fit you better in space, and in this case the time crunch between the two spacewalks has forced NASA to replace McClain with Hague. It's obviously a bummer for McClain, but nobody wants to be floating around in space in a suit that doesn't fit.



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Former white supremacist explains what leads people to the extreme right

Former white supremacist explains what leads people to the extreme rightA former neo-Nazi skinhead has attempted to pinpoint exactly how white supremacists are radicalised to commit violent attacks against minorities similar to the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand that killed at least 51 people last week. The co-founder of Life After Hate, a nonprofit organisation aimed at helping people leave white supremacist groups, was asked on CNN if stationing armed guards at houses of worships could effectively prevent white supremacists from committing a heinous attack like Christchurch. While Mr Picciolini agreed ‘vulnerable places need to be protected,’ he said more priority should be placed on the forums and sources where men and women are often radicalised by white supremacist ideology.



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AP Explains: How to verify North Korea's nukes

AP Explains: How to verify North Korea's nukesHANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The success of this week's second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hinges largely on whether Kim proves he's truly committed to denuclearization.



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AP Explains: Can Trump declare emergency to build his wall?

AP Explains: Can Trump declare emergency to build his wall?WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump will declare a national emergency and take other executive action to allow construction of the president's long-promised southern border wall, after bipartisan congressional negotiations provided less than a quarter of the $ 5.7 billion Trump wanted to start building more than 200 miles of wall.



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AP Explains: Venezuela's humanitarian aid standoff

AP Explains: Venezuela's humanitarian aid standoffCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido declared himself Venezuela's interim president last month, vowing to oust President Nicolas Maduro from power and end the once-wealthy nation's deepening political and humanitarian crisis.



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AP Explains: Cucuta, Colombia _ The gateway into Venezuela

AP Explains: Cucuta, Colombia _ The gateway into VenezuelaCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido is moving ahead with plans to try to bring in humanitarian aid through the Colombian border city of Cucuta, where the U.S. government will transport and store food and medical supplies destined for Venezuela.



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