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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 approval to conduct three test launches from a remote peninsula in the South Pacific nation. Rocket Lab is planning the first launch of its Electron rocket sometime from Monday, depending on...
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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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President’s scandal has Brazilians pondering new govt

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Rio De Janeiro, May 20 (AP)- Many Brazilians are already looking ahead to the likelihood of a new govern-ment after two days of corruption allegations battered President Michel Temer and produced a stream of calls for him to quit despite his defiant vow to stay in office.
Temer's administration...
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Iranians turn out in large numbers for closely watched vote

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Millions of Iranians voted late into the night Friday to decide whether incumbent President Hassan Rouhani deserves another four years in office after securing a landmark nuclear deal, or if the sluggish economy demands a new hard-line leader who could return the country to a more confrontational...
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