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Saudis welcome Trump with gold medal, receive arms package

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Riyadh, May 21 (AP) - President Donald Trump basked in Saudi Arabia's lavish royal welcome Saturday as he left behind, at least temporarily, the snowballing controversies dogging him in Washington. Trump rewarded his hosts with a $110 billion arms package aimed at bolstering Saudi security and a slew of business agreements.
"That was a tremendous day, tremendous investments in the United States," Trump said during a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef.
The visit to the kingdom's...
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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,"...
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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.
Trump...
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