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Iran reformists sweep Tehran municipal council election

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Tehran, May 22 (AP)- Candidates backing reform of Iran's clerically overseen government swept municipal elections in Tehran, taking all 21 local council seats in the country's capital while moderate President Hassan Rouhani won a second term in office, authorities said on Monday.
Their win in Friday's election marks the first time reformists have gained total control of Tehran's municipal council since such votes began in the Islamic Republic in 1999. Iranian media also reported similar big...
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Indonesia police arrest dozens in raid on Jakarta gay sauna

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Jakarta, May 22 (AP) - Indonesian police detained dozens of men including several foreigners in a weekend raid on a gay sauna in the capital, another sign of growing hostility to homosexuality in the world's most populous Muslim nation.
Police spokesman Argo Yuwono said 141 men were detained for...
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Philippine official downplays alleged China war threats

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Manila, May 22 (AP) - The Philippines' top diplomat sought Monday to downplay President Rodrigo Duterte's pronouncement that Chinese President Xi Jinping told him China would go to war with Manila if it insists on drilling for oil in the disputed South China Sea, saying they were not threatening...
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3 foreign climbers dead, 1 missing near top of Mount Everest

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Kathmandu, May 22 (AP) - Three climbers have died on Mount Everest and another is missing in a busy and tragic weekend on the world's highest mountain, officials and expedition organizers said Monday.
An American climber died near the summit and an Indian climber is missing after heading down...
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At refugee camp, Haley vows Trump's US won't abandon Syrians

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Zaatari Refugee Camp, May 22 (AP) - His skull and jaw wrapped in bandages, the young Syrian refugee stared nonchalantly into a small black box at a supermarket in this sprawling, dust-swept refugee camp. The box scanned his iris to identify him, charged his account and sent him on his way.
If the...
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