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Saudi prepares for hajj as Gulf tensions persist

Saudi prepares for hajj as Gulf tensions persistMore than 2.5 million Muslims will on Friday begin the annual hajj pilgrimage in the Islamic holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, against a backdrop of tensions in the Gulf. Crowds of worshippers have already begun to gather in Mecca in the days ahead of the hajj, the focal point of the Islamic calendar. The pilgrims will undertake religious rites that have remained unchanged since the founding of Islam 14 centuries ago.



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Hong Kong leader declares extradition bill 'dead,' but protesters persist

Hong Kong leader declares extradition bill 'dead,' but protesters persistHong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam declared an extradition bill 'dead' after pressure. Yet protesters remain resolute in their demands.



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U.S. lobbying probes persist though Mueller investigation over

U.S. lobbying probes persist though Mueller investigation overIn a sign that evidence from Mueller’s 22-month investigation may yet ensnare more prominent Washington figures, federal prosecutors in Washington cited a former U.S. congressman “working for the government of Ukraine” in charges filed Thursday against former Obama administration official Greg Craig. Craig pleaded not guilty on Friday to lobbying violations and making false statements. The former congressman is not named in Craig’s indictment, but other filings by his former law firm cite identical work done for the firm by Vin Weber, a lobbyist with Mercury Public Affairs, who was a U.S. representative from Minnesota from 1981 to 1993.



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Experts warn Midwest flood risk may persist for months

Experts warn Midwest flood risk may persist for monthsST. LOUIS (AP) — Even as floodwaters receded in hard-hit places in in the Midwest, experts warned Saturday that with plenty of snow still left to melt in northern states, the relief may only be temporary.



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Pakistan ex-PM banned in one seat as election bias claims persist

Pakistan ex-PM banned in one seat as election bias claims persistBy Asif Shahzad ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A Pakistani election tribunal disqualified outgoing Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday from running in his home constituency, dealing the latest blow to the party of ousted leader Nawaz Sharif. The ruling follows the arrest by an anti-corruption body of another member of Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) after he was named to contest a seat. In the case of Abbasi, an election commission tribunal ruled that he did not declare an accurate value of his assets in his nomination papers.



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Kīlauea volcano: Lava flow encroaches on geothermal plant as explosive eruptions persist

Kīlauea volcano: Lava flow encroaches on geothermal plant as explosive eruptions persistAs the eruption at Hawaii's Kīlauea volcano continues to evolve, the multitude of dangerous threats to residents are showing no signs of subsiding.



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Spanish prosecutor to appeal verdict in gang rape case, protests persist

Spanish prosecutor to appeal verdict in gang rape case, protests persistBy Sonya Dowsett MADRID (Reuters) – State prosecutors said on Friday they would appeal a ruling that cleared five men of the gang rape of a teenager at a bull-running festival two years ago, a verdict that has prompted anguished soul-searching and angry protests across Spain. The men, who had recorded video of the attack on their mobile phones and laughed about the incident afterwards on a Whatsapp group, were convicted with the lesser crime of sexual abuse and sentenced to nine years in jail. Shaken by the scale of protests against the court ruling, the Spanish government said on Friday it would consider revamping the criminal code to ensure that sex crimes were punished more harshly.



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Central California wildfire grows as hot, dry conditions persist

Central California wildfire grows as hot, dry conditions persist(Reuters) – A damaging wildfire burning on California’s scenic central coast was expected to expand on Sunday afternoon, with higher temperatures, lower humidity and high winds working against efforts to contain it, officials said. By Sunday morning the so-called Whittier Fire burning near Santa Barbara was 36-percent contained, a reversal since Friday, when the blaze was 50-percent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, said. Cal Fire bumped up the number of dwellings to 17 damaged by the fire after getting a closer look at the affected area.



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