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French president revives political duo with his ex

FOR STORY SLUGGED FRANCE PRESIDENT'S EX BY SYLVIE CORBET - In this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 French President Francois Hollande, left, French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal and French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, right, attend a plenary meeting of a French-Italian summit entitled "Economy, Investment and Finance"during a French-Italian summit at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Segolene Royal is the French presidents ex-partner and mother of his four children, who is a prominent government minister, and she is increasingly appearing alongside President Hollande during important official functions. (Jacques Demarthon/Pool Photo via AP, FILE)PARIS (AP) A new person has been appearing more and more often alongside French President Francois Hollande on official visits abroad and in high-level meetings at the Elysee Palace: Segolene Royal, the president's ex-companion and mother of his four children.

Mon, 25 May 2015 11:24:59 -0400
Houthis suffer first serious setback in south Yemen fighting: residents

Houthi militant walks past a government building destroyed by a recent Saudi-led air strike in Yemen's northwestern city of SaadaBy Mohammed Mukhashaf and Mohammed Ghobari ADEN/CAIRO (Reuters) - Local Sunni Muslim militia ejected Shi'ite Houthi rebels from much of the southern Yemeni city of Dalea on Monday, residents and combatants said, inflicting the first significant setback on the Iranian-backed rebels in two months of civil war. Dalea had been a bastion of southern secessionists in Yemen before the Houthis took widespread control of the city in arch, after having seized the capital Sanaa in the north in September, toppling President Abd-Rabbu Mansour, and then thrust into the center and south of the Arabian Peninsula country. After two months of fighting in which much of Dalea has been destroyed, Sunni fighters on Monday turned the tide by seizing a key military base and the main security directorate in the city, militia sources and local residents said.

Mon, 25 May 2015 11:23:07 -0400
Australia makes its mark on global coffee culture

Coffee maker and cafe owner Sasa Sestic, from Canberra, is the second Australia coffee maker to winthe World Barista Championship in the competition's 15th yearAustralia is world-renowned for its love of beer. Sasa Sestic, from the capital Canberra, is the second coffee maker from Down Under to win the World Barista Championship in the competition's 15th year which drew national champions from some 50 countries. Young, driven and keen to shake up the coffee scene, Sestic, like many of his Australian peers, is helping to shape global tastes in the brown beverage.

Mon, 25 May 2015 11:22:46 -0400
The Latest: Cotton wad and all, Kyrgios brings character

Australia's Nick Kyrgios plays with a pice of cotton shoved up his nose against Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Monday, May 25, 2015 in Paris, (AP Photo/Michel Euler)PARIS (AP) 5:14 p.m.

Mon, 25 May 2015 11:18:44 -0400
Flooding in Texas and Oklahoma leaves at least three dead

Residents of hard-hit San Marcos city were ordered to evacuate their homes in the early morning as the flood waters rose menacingly around them, following torrential rain that turned normally bone-dry streets into meandering riversRescuers searched Monday for at least 12 people missing in spectacular flash flooding in Texas and Oklahoma that also left at least three dead. The raging waters destroyed hundreds of homes and sent cars floating down streets, rolling and bobbing like giant toys. In the Texas city of San Marcos, residents were ordered to evacuate their homes as flood waters rose menacingly around them, following torrential rain that turned streets into meandering rivers.

Mon, 25 May 2015 11:18:36 -0400
Russia plans to use prison labor for 2018 World Cup

MOSCOW (AP) Russian authorities want to use prison labor to drive down the costs of holding the 2018 World Cup.

Mon, 25 May 2015 11:15:17 -0400
South African rhino survives horrific attack by poachers

In this photo taken Friday, May 22, 2015 and supplied by Saving the Survivors, a rhino named Hope, stands in her pen in the Eastern Cape province, treated with a dressing where her horns used to be. Poachers had darted the rhino with a tranquilizer and then hacked off its horns while it was sedated, leaving the animal with a horrific wound covering much of its face. (Suzanne Boswell Rudham/Saving the Survivors via AP)JOHANNESBURG (AP) The rhino's rescuers gave her a name: Hope.

Mon, 25 May 2015 11:15:14 -0400
Rolling Stones kick off 'Zip Code' stadium tour in San Diego

Mick Jagger performs at The Rolling Stones Zip Code Tour opening night at Petco Park on Sunday, May 24, 2015, in San Diego. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)SAN DIEGO (AP) The Rolling Stones launched their "Zip Code" North American tour in San Diego on Sunday with more than two hours of music.

Mon, 25 May 2015 11:13:03 -0400
Malaysia finds 139 grave sites in migrant trafficking camps

An abandoned migrant detention camp used by people-smugglers in a jungle near the Malaysia-Thailand, seen in a photo released by the Royal Malaysian PoliceMalaysian police said Monday they had found 139 grave sites and 28 abandoned detention camps used by people-smugglers and capable of housing hundreds, laying bare the grim extent of the region's migrant crisis. Thailand, meanwhile, deployed a helicopter carrier to serve as a temporary medical and processing centre as the United States offered to launch flights to locate vessels carrying migrants but abandoned by smugglers, with rights groups warning thousands of boat people may still be at sea. Malaysia's national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar announced the discovery of the grave sites and camps, but said it remained unclear how many bodies were buried in the inaccessible area of mountainous jungle along the Thai border.

Mon, 25 May 2015 11:11:32 -0400
Burkina Faso exhumes remains of former president Sankara in murder probe

The grave of former Burkina Faso president Thomas Sankara is seen in OuagadougouBy Mathieu Bonkoungou OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Authorities in Burkina Faso began exhuming the remains of former president Thomas Sankara on Monday in a bid to establish responsibility for a murder that has dogged the West African nation since 1987. Sankara's relatives have for years pressed for his body to be tested, saying they suspect it may not be that of the former president, who died in a coup that brought his former ally Blaise Compaore to power. Compaore fled after a popular uprising against his rule in October last year and was replaced by an interim government led by Michel Kafando who promised to authorise an exhumation.

Mon, 25 May 2015 11:09:50 -0400
Study: Europeans to suffer more ragweed with global warming

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2001 file photo, pollen on a ragweed plant in is seen Newark, N.J. A new study says global warming will bring much more sneezing and wheezing to Europe by mid-century. Its projected that ragweed pollen levels are likely to quadruple for much of Europe. But why? Warmer temperatures will allow the plants to take root more and carbon dioxide will make them grow more. Thats according to the study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. (AP Photo/Daniel Hulshizer, File)WASHINGTON (AP) Global warming will bring much more sneezing and wheezing to Europe by mid-century, a new study says.

Mon, 25 May 2015 11:08:19 -0400
Opposition leader says Burundi not ready for polls

Members of the Imbonerakure pro-government youth militia chase after opposition protesters, unhindered by police, in the Kinama district of the capital Bujumbura, in Burundi Monday, May 25, 2015. Protests continued in the capital Monday, with demonstrators saying they will continue until President Pierre Nkurunziza steps down at the end of his second term. (AP Photo/Berthier Mugiraneza)BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) Burundi is not ready for parliamentary or presidential elections next month because the government is curtailing freedoms including preventing the opposition from campaigning, a leading opposition candidate said Monday, as protests over President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in office continued in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura.

Mon, 25 May 2015 11:03:07 -0400
United Arab Emirates launches national space agency strategy

Emirati and other visitors visit the Space Museum during the launch of the UAE Space Agency strategic plan in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Monday, May 25, 2015. The agency on Monday laid out a strategic framework for a newly created space agency that aims to integrate various arms of the Gulf federation's burgeoning space industry. The announcement comes less than three weeks after the Dubai-based team behind a 2020 mission to Mars announced that its probe will circle the planet studying its atmosphere, including changes over time and how surface features such as volcanoes, deserts and canyons affect it. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) The United Arab Emirates on Monday laid out a strategic framework for a newly created space agency that aims to integrate various arms of the Gulf federation's burgeoning space industry.

Mon, 25 May 2015 10:59:16 -0400
Tornado kills 10 in Mexican border city of Ciudad Acuna

MEXICO CITY (AP) A tornado raged through the northern Mexico border city of Ciudad Acuna early Monday, killing at least 10 people, destroying homes and upending cars and other vehicles.

Mon, 25 May 2015 10:56:08 -0400
Congo soldiers clash with Rwandan rebels in transit camp

Congolese soldiers from FARDC receive instructions during their offence against the rebels from the FDLR in Kirumba village of Rutshuru territory in eastern Democratic Republic of CongoBy Aaron Ross KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese soldiers clashed with Rwandan Hutu rebels being held in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday, wounding at least six, as an agreement to move the rebels from one transit camp to another fell apart. Congolese troops were moving rebel officers from a camp in Kanyabayonga in North Kivu province, which is run jointly by the country's United Nation mission and Congo's army, to a larger camp in the northern city of Kisangani. From there they would be returned to Rwanda, or possibly to a third country.

Mon, 25 May 2015 10:50:50 -0400
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