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Brazil's leader mounts defense to save his presidency

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Rio De Janeiro, May 21 (AP) - Fighting to save his job amid a mushrooming corruption scandal, Brazilian President Michel Temer told the nation Saturday that an incriminating audio recording of him had been doc-tored.
"That clandestine recording was manipulated and doctored with (bad) intentions," Temer said at a news confer-ence in capital of Brasilia.
Temer said he had filed a petition with the Supreme Federal Tribunal, the country's highest court, to suspend the corruption investigation...
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Iran's president trounces hard-liner to secure second term

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Iran's moderate President Hassan Rouhani trounced a hard-line challenger to secure re-election Saturday, saying his country seeks peace and friendship as it pursues a "path of coexistence and interaction with the world."
Friday's election was widely seen as a referendum on the 68-year-old...
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New Zealand space launch has nation reaching for the stars

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Wellington, May 21 (AP) - New Zealand has never had a space program but could soon be launching commer-cial rockets more often than the United States.
That's if the plans of California-based company Rocket Lab work out.
Founded by New Zealander Peter Beck, the company was last week given official...
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President Trump, Saudi King Salman meet in Riyadh

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Riyadh, May 20 (AP) - President Donald Trump opened his first trip abroad since taking office, touching down Saturday in Saudi Arabia for a visit aimed at building stronger partnerships to combat terrorism in the region and moving past the controversies engulfing his young administration.
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US pitches plan to Russia to avoid armed conflict in Syria

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Washington, May 20 (AP)- The United States has proposed to Russia a plan for managing an increasingly com-plex battlefield in Syria's main oil-producing region, where U.S.-backed forces fighting Islamic extremists are in conflict with Russian-backed Syrian forces.
Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford...
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