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US President Joe Biden answers questions about Israel after speaking about the Special Counsel report in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on February 8, 2024 in a surprise last-minute addition to his schedule for the day. - A long-awaited report cleared President Joe Biden of any wrongdoing in his mishandling of classified documents February 8, but dropped a political bombshell by painting the Democrat as a "well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory." The report removed a legal cloud hanging over Biden as he seeks reelection in a contest expected to be against Donald Trump -- who is facing a criminal trial for removing large amounts of secret documents after he lost the White House, then refusing to cooperate with investigators. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP)

Biden admin plans $1 bn in new arms for Israel despite Rafah threat

US President Joe Biden’s administration informed Congress on Tuesday of a $1 billion weapons package for Israel, official sources told AFP, a week after threatening to withhold some arms over concerns of
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View of a bus that plunged into a ravine, leaving 13 people dead, on a rural road in northern Andes in Ayacucho region, Peru, on May 14, 2024. (Photo by Cinthya Carbajal / AFP)

Bus accident in Peru leaves at least 16 dead

At least 16 people were killed Tuesday in Peru when a bus rolled off a ledge in the mountainous Ayacucho region, authorities said. [ad] The bus was carrying more than 40 passengers
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(FILES) Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, arrives for a meeting with French President at the Elysee Palace in Paris on July 1, 2021. Melinda Gates said on May 13, 2024 she was leaving the philanthropy mega foundation that she established with her ex-husband, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. "After careful thought and reflection, I have decided to resign from my role as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation," she wrote in a statement posted on social media, adding the resignation would become effective on June 7. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / AFP)

Melinda Gates to leave Gates Foundation, keeps $12.5bn for her work

Philanthropist Melinda French Gates announced Monday she was leaving the nonprofit foundation she established with her ex-husband Bill Gates — an organization that has become one of the most influential in the
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Sung Kook (Bill) Hwang, the founder and head of a private investment firm known as Archegos exits the Manhattan federal courthouse in New York City April 27, 2022. — Reuters pic

Archegos founder goes on trial for fraud, market manipulation

The trial of Archegos founder Bill Hwang for alleged securities fraud and market manipulation opened in New York on Monday, focused on the fund’s spectacular 2021 implosion that cost large banks billions
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(FILES) In this March 16, 2024, image courtesy of the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, surgeons perform the world’s first genetically modified pig kidney transplant into a living human. - The first living patient to receive a genetically modified pig kidney transplant has died, the US hospital that carried out the procedure said in a statement issued late on May 11, 2024. (Photo by Michelle ROSE / Massachusetts General Hospital / AFP)

First patient to get gene-edited pig kidney transplant dies

The first living patient to receive a genetically modified pig kidney transplant has died two months after the procedure, the US hospital that carried it out said.
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Former US President and 2024 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives to speak during a campaign rally in Wildwood, New Jersey, on May 11, 2024. - Trump indicated Saturday that he is not considering his former Republican rival Nikki Haley for vice president. The 77-year-old real estate tycoon, who hopes to return to the White House, has everyone guessing about whom he will pick as his running mate in the November vote. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP)

Trump, reciting songs and praising cannibals, draws yawns and raises eyebrows

Former US president Donald Trump raised eyebrows among his no-nonsense New Jersey crowd at a rally Saturday when he recited a 1963 soul song in its entirety and referenced a fictional cannibal
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This handout photo taken and released by Jacob Anderson shows the northern lights or aurora borealis during a solar storm over the National Monument of Scotland in Edinburgh on May 10, 2024. - The most powerful solar storm in more than two decades struck Earth on May 10, triggering spectacular celestial light shows in skies from Tasmania to Britain -- and threatening possible disruptions to satellites and power grids as it persists into the weekend. (Photo by Handout / Jacob Anderson / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / JACOB ANDERSON" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

First ‘extreme’ solar storm in 20 years brings spectacular auroras

The most powerful solar storm in more than two decades struck Earth on Friday, triggering spectacular celestial light shows from Tasmania to Britain -- and threatening possible disruptions to satellites and power
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This handout picture released by the Israeli army on April 4, 2024 shows Israeli troops operating in the Gaza Strip amid continuing battles between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. (Photo by Israeli Army / AFP) / === RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / ISRAELI ARMY' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS == - === RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Handout / Israeli Army' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS == /

US slams Israel’s use of American weapons in Gaza

The United States has issued a stunning criticism of Israel's use of American weapons in the Gaza war, after Israeli forces intensified operations around the southern city of Rafah, where more than
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US President Joe Biden speaks about healthcare during an event at the John Chavis recreation center on March 26, 2024 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Biden says Trump ‘won’t accept’ result of election

Donald Trump will refuse to accept the results if he loses the US election this year, Joe Biden said Wednesday.
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Former US President Donald Trump speaks to the press at the end of the day of his trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments linked to extramarital affairs, at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City, on May 7, 2024. - Stormy Daniels, the porn actress at the heart of Trump's hush money trial, was due to testify against the ex-president May 7, US media said, in a blockbuster moment in the courtroom drama rocking the scandal-plagued Republican's attempt to recapture the White House. (Photo by Win McNamee / POOL / AFP)

Stormy Daniels back in the Trump trial hot seat

Stormy Daniels is to return to the witness stand on Thursday at Donald Trump's historic hush money trial for another round of expected tough grilling by attorneys for the former president.
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