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Italy‘s 5-Star defends academic record of prime minister candidate

ROME (Reuters) - A little-known law professor, put forward by the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and far-right League as their prime ministerial candidate, was accused on Tuesday of inflating his international academic credentials.

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Catharsis for Malaysia graft buster recounting threats endured over scandal

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian anti-graft agent Mohd Shukri Abdull‘s eyes welled with tears on Tuesday as he recalled death threats and how he was branded a traitor, while nearby, officers took a statement from the main target of his investigation, ex-premier Najib Razak.

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Texas mulls school safety days after mass shooting

SANTA FE, Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott is set to begin a three-day series of discussions with educators and law enforcement officials on improving school safety on Tuesday, days after a teenager killed 10 people at a Houston-area high school.

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Venezuelans buy bus tickets out after Maduro wins re-election

CARACAS (Reuters) - Betsabeth Casique saved for eight months for bus tickets out of Venezuela for herself and her three children. At 1.4 million bolivars each, they are worth what she earns in a month working as a nurse.

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Mexican truckers travel in fear as highway robberies bleed economy

PUEBLA, Mexico (Reuters) - Glancing constantly at his rear view mirror, truck driver "El Flaco" journeys the highways of Mexico haunted by the memory of when he was kidnapped with his security detail by bandits disguised as police officers two years ago.

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Robots fight weeds in challenge to agrochemical giants

YVERDON-LES-BAINS, Switzerland/CHICAGO (Reuters) - In a field of sugar beet in Switzerland, a solar-powered robot that looks like a table on wheels scans the rows of crops with its camera, identifies weeds and zaps them with jets of blue liquid from its mechanical tentacles.

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As U.S. shrinks refugee operations, new arrivals in Kansas town lose a lifeline

GARDEN CITY, Kansas (Reuters) - In his first whirlwind weeks in the United States, Wimber Htoo, 23, racked up a list of accomplishments. He learned to use the bus, applied for a social security card and obtained a state ID, all new experiences for Htoo, a member of the Karen minority who fled Myanmar as a teenager for a refugee camp in Thailand.

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From Burkina to Zimbabwe, U.S. aid cuts squeeze family planning services

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - The Marie Stopes Ladies who drive from village to village in the remote north of Burkina Faso offering free contraception, advice on family planning, sexual health and sometimes abortion, may have to stop work in June.

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China, U.S. near deal on ZTE reprieve; Beijing cuts auto tariffs

BEIJING (Reuters) - Washington neared a deal to lift its ban on U.S. firms supplying Chinese telecoms gear maker ZTE Corp, sources said on Tuesday, and Beijing announced tariff cuts on car imports, further easing trade tensions between the world‘s two largest economies.

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Gender, guns, partisan infighting define state nominating contests

(Reuters) - Voters in several states are casting ballots on Tuesday for candidates who could make U.S. political history.

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Canada granting refugee status to fewer illegal border crossers

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada is rejecting more refugee claims from people who crossed the border illegally as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau‘s government seeks to dissuade, block and turn back thousands more, according to new data obtained by Reuters.

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Ousted Malaysian government accused of covering up state fund scandal

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The government of ousted Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak deceived parliament over the finances of state fund 1MDB and suppressed an investigation by intimidating and purging anti-corruption agents, officials said on Tuesday.

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Tesla‘s Musk admits Model 3 braking issue, promises fix

(Reuters) - Tesla Inc‘s Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk admitted late on Monday there was a braking issue with the Model 3 sedan, pointed out by Consumer Reports, and said it can be fixed with a firmware update that the electric car maker will be rolling out in a few days.

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Minibus bomb causes heavy casualties in southern Afghan city

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A minibus packed with explosives blew up in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Tuesday causing dozens of casualties, officials said, as fighting continued across the country during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

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U.S. bolsters Asia ballistic missile defense as Trump-Kim summit nears

YOKOSUKA, Japan (Reuters) - The USS Milius, one of the U.S. Navy‘s most advanced guided missile destroyers, arrived in Japan on Tuesday to reinforce defenses against any ballistic missile attacks by North Korea, or anyone else in East Asia.

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Tesla‘s Musk admits Model 3 braking flaw, promises fix

(Reuters) - Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said late on Monday that the braking issue on Tesla Inc‘s Model 3 sedan, pointed out by Consumer Reports, can be fixed with a firmware update which the electric car maker will be rolling out in a few days.

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China slashes auto import tariffs in boost to BMW, Tesla

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China will steeply cut import tariffs for automobiles and car parts, opening up greater access to the world‘s largest auto market amid an easing of trade tensions with the United States.

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Trump wants more from EU to lift tariffs: EU trade chief

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe‘s proposals to open its markets wider to U.S. products including cars appear not to have persuaded Washington to lift the threat of import tariffs on EU steel and aluminum, the bloc‘s trade chief said on Tuesday.

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Texas leaders want more screening and more guns to prevent more shootings

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas political leaders are considering installing airport-style security at public schools and screening students for mental health issues as alternatives to gun control to thwart a repeat of last week‘s deadly shooting at a Houston-area high school.

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Foreign media arrive in North Korea, suggesting nuclear shutdown on track

BEIJING (Reuters) - About two dozen journalists from Western and Chinese news organizations arrived in North Korea on Tuesday to witness the closure of its nuclear test site, an indication that the shutdown will go ahead amid renewed diplomatic uncertainty.

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U.S. reinforces East Asia ballistic missile defense as Trump-Kim summit nears

YOKOSUKA, Japan (Reuters) - The USS Milius, one of the U.S. Navy‘s most advanced guided missile destroyers, arrived in Japan on Tuesday to reinforce defenses against any ballistic missile attacks by North Korea, or anyone else in East Asia.

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Commander says Iran‘s people will punch U.S. Secretary of State in the mouth

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A senior Iranian military commander poured scorn on U.S. threats to tighten sanctions on Tuesday, saying the Islamic Republic‘s people would respond by punching U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the mouth.

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Lava creeps onto geothermal plant site on Hawaii‘s Big Island

PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) - Molten lava from the erupting Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii‘s Big Island crept onto a geothermal power plant site on Monday, as workers rushed to shut down the facility to prevent the uncontrollable release of toxic gases.

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Iranian people will punch U.S. Secretary of State in the mouth - Iranian commander

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Iranian people will punch the U.S. Secretary of State in the mouth in response to a new American plan to pressure Iran, a senior Revolutionary Guards commander said on Tuesday.

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