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Bergdahl defense can access classified information: ruling

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl leaves the courthouse after an arraignment hearing for his court-martial in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, December 22, 2015. Continue reading

Malia Obama to take gap year before entering Harvard in 2017

FILE – In a Thursday, April 7, 2016 file photo, President Barack Obama jokes with his daughter Malia Obama as they walk to board Air Force One from the Marine One helicopter, as they leave Chicago en route to Los Angeles. The White House announced Sunday, May 1, 2016, that Malia Obama will take a year off after high school and attend Harvard University in 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) More WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s daughter Malia will take a year off after graduating high school in June before attending Harvard University in 2017, the president and his wife said Sunday in a long-awaited announcement. Continue reading

Protesters quit Baghdad’s Green Zone after unprecedented breach

Iraqi protesters climb over a concrete wall surrounding the parliament after breaking into Baghdad’s heavily fortified “Green Zone” on April 30, 2016 (AFP Photo/Haidar Mohammed Ali) More Baghdad (AFP) – Protesters were withdrawing from Baghdad’s Green Zone on Sunday after breaking into the fortified area and storming Iraq’s parliament in an unprecedented security breach the day before. The move, which lessens the pressure on politicians in Baghdad, came as rare bombings in the south killed 33 people and wounded dozens. “The protest organising committee announces the withdrawal of the demonstrators from the Green Zone,” it said in a statement, citing respect for a major Shiite pilgrimage as the reason for their departure. Continue reading

Rare IS group bombings in southern Iraq kill 33

A woman and child enter the general hospital in Samawa, 230 kms south of Baghdad, on February 19, 2004 (AFP Photo/Kazuhiro Nogi) More Najaf (Iraq) (AFP) – The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for rare attacks in Iraq’s deep Shiite south on Sunday, twin suicide car bomb blasts in the city of Samawa killing at least 33 people. Continue reading

‘Obama out’: The best, worst and most awkward moments from the 2016 White House Correspondents Dinner

President Barack Obama delivered what will be his final White House Correspondents’ Association dinner speech as commander-in-chief on Saturday night, as celebrities, politicians, beltway insiders and the White House press corps were toasted and roasted at the annual black-tie gala. And it seemed no one — inside or outside the Washington Hilton — was off limits. Below, a roundup of some of the best moments from the so-called “nerd prom” — including plenty of presidential zingers Continue reading

Trump gets outside help for potential GOP convention battle

FILE – In this April 27, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures during a campaign stop in Indianapolis. Trump has a Plan B on campaign money, and it involves the sort of outside groups that he has called “corrupt.” While the political newcomer might lock up the Republican presidential nomination in the next six weeks of voting, he and his allies are simultaneously mounting a public pressure campaign in case he falls short and finds himself at a contested convention this summer in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File) More WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump has a Plan B if he’s faced with a contested convention, and it involves the sort of outside groups that he’s called “corrupt.” While the billionaire businessman might lock up the Republican presidential nomination in the next five weeks of voting, he and his allies are simultaneously undertaking a parallel effort in case he falls short. Continue reading

Sources: Death toll from bombings in southern Iraq rises to 32

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Two suicide car bombs claimed by Islamic State killed at least 32 people and wounded 75 others in the center of the southern Iraqi city of Samawa on Sunday, police and medics said. The first blast was near a local government building and the second one about 60 meters (65 yards) away at a bus station, police sources said. The death toll was expected to keep rising. Continue reading

Kate’s new photos of Princess Charlotte mark 1st birthday

View photos In this undated handout photo released on Sunday, May 1, 2016 by Kensington Palace, Britain’s Princess Charlotte poses for a photograph, at Anmer Hall, in Norfolk, England. The princess will celebrate her first birthday on Monday. Continue reading

Obama out: President closes out his run as comedian-in-chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama performed his brand of sharp-tongued comedy at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner for the last time — wrapping up with “Obama out” and dropping the mic while the crowd cheered. Obama’s performance Saturday night proved he hasn’t lost a step. Continue reading

Iran’s new parliament has more women than clerics

After the second round of elections in Iran a record 17 women will become lawmakers in the 290-seat parliament — one more than the number of clerics, which has hit an all time low (AFP Photo/Atta Kenare) More Tehran (AFP) – Iran’s new parliament will have more women than clerics when its members are sworn in this month, a first in the Islamic republic and a sign of the country’s evolving politics. Continue reading