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Europe wary as Italy moves toward populist govt

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Rome, May 21 (AP) - Italy edged toward its first populist government Monday as the president convened the leaders of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League in what could be a final consultations, 11 weeks after elections left the country with a hung parliament.
The prospect of a 5-Star-League government weighed heavily on markets and on Italy's European allies. The cost of borrowing to fund Italy's persistently high public debt rose to the highest levels in nine...

Abbas, 83-year-old Palestinian leader, still in hospital

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Jerusalem, May 21 (AP) - The Palestinian president's condition has seen a "clear improvement" after he was taken to hospital with a fever, an Arab lawmaker in Israel's parliament with close ties to Mahmoud Abbas said on Monday.
Abbas was hospitalized on Sunday with a fever, just days after...

British royal family thanks those who celebrated wedding

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London, May 20 (AP) - The royal family, blessed with fantastic weather and a buoyant public mood at the royal wedding, has thanked people who attended or watched Prince Harry marry Meghan Markle.
The family tweeted its thanks late Saturday night while Harry and his bride were attending a private...

Macedonian PM says Greece agrees to discuss proposed name

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Skopje, May 20 (AP) - Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said Saturday he is ready to go ahead with a new name for his country in order to solve a decades-long name dispute with Greece and pave the way for full integration of the small Balkan country into the European Union and NATO.
But Greek...

Malaysia’s reformist icon Anwar freed, given royal pardon

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Kuala Lumpur, May 16 (AP) - Malaysia's reformist icon Anwar Ibrahim was freed from custody Wednesday after receiving a royal pardon, transforming a political prisoner into a prime minister-in-waiting following his alliance's stunning election victory.
Anwar, 70, was convicted of sodomy in 2015 in...

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