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Thursday, May 24

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'Disappointed' and 'deeply concerned': World leaders confused after Trump cancels North Korea summit

Los Angeles Times

President Trump’s cancellation of a June 12 meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has left many international leaders confused as they attempt to understand what comes next in discussions about nuclear disarmament.

In canceling the North Korea summit, Trump found an exit from an increasingly risky meeting, analysts say

Los Angeles Times

As recently as Wednesday afternoon, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted that “all across the administration” preparations were steaming along for a historic summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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Investigators say Russian missile downed MH17 over Ukraine in 2014. Moscow calls conclusions 'fakes'

www.latimes.com

An international group of investigators said Thursday that its four-year probe found “legal and convincing evidence” that the missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine belonged to the Russian army.

Burkina Faso breaks ties with Taiwan in fresh blow to island, boost to China

www.latimes.com

Burkina Faso gave notice Thursday that it planned to establish diplomatic relations with China, leading Taiwan to break ties with the tiny West African nation and leaving just one country in Africa — Swaziland — in Taipei’s camp.

21

Five takeaways from Trump's decision to cancel talks with North Korea's Kim Jong Un

www.latimes.com

President Trump on Thursday canceled his June 12 meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but he signaled that the two could still meet.

13

There is only one gun store in all of Mexico. So why is gun violence soaring?

Los Angeles Times

The only gun shop in all of Mexico is behind a fortress-like wall on a heavily guarded military base.

Wednesday, May 23

20

Injury U.S. consulate worker in China suffered after odd sounds is similar to Cuba case, Pompeo says

A U.S. government employee stationed in China has suffered health problems “very similar” to those that afflicted several American and Canadian envoys in Cuba and led to a still-ongoing diplomatic row, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said…

Indian court stops construction at copper plant after 11 killed in protests

A court in India on Wednesday ordered a stop to the expansion of a copper plant in the southern city of Tuticorin, a day after police killed 11 protesters upset about pollution caused by the factory.

Tuesday, May 22

13

How air pollution, a dying river and swarms of defecating insects threaten the Taj Mahal

India’s most famous poet, Rabindranath Tagore, once wrote that the Taj Mahal stood on the banks of the river Yamuna “like a teardrop suspended on the cheek of time.”

04

Trump hits Venezuela over criticized presidential election

Los Angeles Times

President Trump took steps Monday to punish Venezuela for what his administration called a fraudulent presidential election Sunday in the once-oil-rich country now devastated by economic and social crises.

In his first major policy speech, Pompeo calls for global anti-Iran coalition

Los Angeles Times

The Trump administration, two weeks after it withdrew from an international arms control deal that curbed Iran’s nuclear ambitions, called Monday for a new global coalition to force the Islamic Republic to capitulate to a long list of…

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South Korea's President Moon heads for Washington to help keep Kim and Trump summit alive

Three weeks ago, South Korean President Moon Jae-in triumphantly celebrated a successful inter-Korean summit — a precursor, it seemed, for a historic sit-down between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump.

Monday, May 21

17

Does Pope's reported comment to a gay man may indicate new level of acceptance?

Los Angeles Times

Pope Francis has reportedly told a gay man that “God made you that way and loves you as you are,” apparently pushing the pontiff’s acceptance of homosexuality to a new level.

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As demand for Nigerian art booms abroad, a homegrown movement looks to inspire domestic collectors too

www.latimes.com

Late last year, a family in north London contacted the Bonhams auction house and asked one of its experts on African art to come see a painting that might solve a decades-old mystery.

06

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro reelected amid boycott by opposition groups

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro won reelection Sunday in a vote marred by an opposition boycott and a victory that critics viewed as illegitimate.

Sunday, May 20

23

Taiwan's president pledges more security amid concerns about China

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen vowed Sunday to step up security as citizens worry about the growing military and diplomatic strength of China, which resents Tsai for opposing its bid to unify the two sides.

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Family of Pakistani girl killed in Texas school shooting begs U.S.: 'Please make sure this doesn't happen again'

Sabika Sheikh spoke to her 9-year-old sister on the phone from suburban Houston on Friday, counting down the days before she would complete her high school exchange program and return to the family home in Karachi, Pakistan.

A royal wedding for the 21st century: Prince Harry weds Meghan Markle amid calls for social justice

Until Meghan Markle came along, it's unlikely that anyone would associate the words "royal wedding" with the phrase "ringing call for social justice."

Saturday, May 19

23

'I've got pins and needles!' The commoners take in the royal wedding

“It’s all a fairy tale!” came the excited cry from a woman inside the Prince Harry pub in Windsor as images of Meghan Markle being driven to meet her royal groom flashed on the television.

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As despair continues to engulf Venezuela, voters go to the polls

Mariana Leal won’t be voting in Sunday’s presidential election because she believes the fix is in for President Nicolas Maduro to win reelection. Besides, the physical therapist from Caracas has something better to do: pack for her…

03

2,000 Colombians evacuated, tens of thousands more put on alert amid fears of dam collapse

www.latimes.com

After the evacuation of 2,000 residents at risk from floodwaters in northwest Colombia, tens of thousands more were put on alert Friday as engineers struggled to contain the damage at a giant hydroelectric dam project that its owners…

Palestinians vow to press on with border protests in Gaza as U.N. calls for inquiry

www.latimes.com

Thousands of Palestinians protested along the Gaza Strip’s eastern border Friday, vowing to press on with a seven-week campaign to reclaim ancestral homelands in what is now Israel.

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Chile's bishops offer to resign en masse over sex-abuse coverup

Los Angeles Times

All 33 Roman Catholic bishops in Chile offered to resign Friday after meeting with Pope Francis in the wake of a sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the Latin American country.

More than 100 are feared dead in jetliner crash in Cuba

Los Angeles Times

More than 100 people were feared killed Friday when a Boeing 737 passenger jet on a domestic flight in Cuba crashed shortly after takeoff from Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, officials and news reports said.

Friday, May 18

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As Ebola outbreak threatens nine African countries, new vaccine is main hope for preventing a major epidemic

www.latimes.com

Hopes of containing a growing outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo are pinned on an experimental vaccine that was tested in 2015 during a major outbreak of the disease.

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Not a love match: Anti-monarchists remind Britain that not everyone adores the royal family

Los Angeles Times

How about a lovely set of Meghan-and-Harry tea towels? Mmm, no thanks. Champagne celebration in front of the telly? Pass. A jaunt to join the crowds outside Windsor Castle? Don’t think so.

18

Prince Charles will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle

www.latimes.com

Meghan Markle has asked Prince Charles to walk her down the aisle when she marries Prince Harry on Saturday, Kensington Palace has announced.

02

Sorry, but a wedding — no matter how royal — will not create 'Princess Meghan'

It’s shouting into the head winds of romantic swoonery, but Saturday’s wedding will not create “Princess Meghan.”

Thursday, May 17

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Ukraine arrests journalist for Russian news agency, ramping up tension with Kremlin

www.latimes.com

Authorities in Ukraine have arrested a journalist with a Kremlin-funded news agency who they said “justified” Crimea’s annexation, “supported” pro-Russian separatists and now faces up to 15 years in jail for treason.