Australia in Europe’s Song Contest? In a word, yes.

May 22nd, 2015

In this May 20, 2015 photo Australias's Guy Sebastian performs the song 'Tonight Again' during a dress rehearsal of the Eurovision Song Contest in Austria's capital Vienna. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)VIENNA (AP) — For the first time in its 60-year history, the Eurovision Song Contest may be won by — Australia.


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Baltimore police charged over death

May 22nd, 2015

Baltimore’s top prosecutor announces revised charges, but the most serious charges – including second-degree murder – remain.

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Senators offer compromise on domestic surveillance changes

May 21st, 2015

In this image from Senate video, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and a Republican presidential contender, speaks on the floor of the U.S. Senate Wednesday afternoon, May 20, 2015, at the Capitol in Washington, during a long speech opposing renewal of the Patriot Act. Paul claimed he was filibustering, but under the Senate rules, he wasn’t. (Senate TV via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate intelligence committee is offering a compromise that would end bulk collection of phone records by the National Security Agency after a two-year transition period, leaving it up to the House to accept the deal or allow expiration of government surveillance powers June 1.


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US officers indicted in Gray case

May 21st, 2015

Baltimore’s top prosecutor announces revised charges, but the most serious charges – including second-degree murder – remain.

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Islamic State in control of Palmyra ruins, activists say

May 21st, 2015

This picture released on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 on the website of Islamic State militants, shows black columns of smoke rising through the air during a battle between Islamic State militants and the Syrian government forces on a road between Homs and Palmyra, Syria. Islamic State militants overran the famed archaeological site at Palmyra early on Thursday, just hours after seizing the central Syrian town, activists and officials said, raising concerns the extremists might destroy some of the priceless ruins as they have done in neighboring Iraq. (The website of Islamic State militants via AP)DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Islamic State militants overran the famed archaeological site at Palmyra early on Thursday, just hours after seizing the central Syrian town, activists and officials said, raising concerns the extremists might destroy some of the priceless ruins as they have done in neighboring Iraq.


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California oil spill ‘an emergency’

May 21st, 2015

A state of emergency is declared in southern California in the US after two oil slicks, stretching nine miles, formed off the coast.

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China factory index shrinks for 3rd month

May 21st, 2015

HONG KONG (AP) — A report says manufacturing in China shrank for the third month in a row in May as demand remained soft, raising the chances of further stimulus from Beijing.

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Bin Laden ‘focused on US to the end’

May 21st, 2015

In his final years alive, Osama Bin Laden urged his followers to remain focused on attacking the US, newly released documents show.

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Malaysia, Indonesia to accept boats in breakthrough on migrants

May 20th, 2015

Rohingya migrants sit in a boat as they're towed closer to land by fishermen, off the coast near the city of Geulumpang, in Indonesia's East Aceh district of Aceh province, on May 20, 2015Malaysia and Indonesia said Wednesday they would no longer turn away boatpeople, a breakthrough in the region's migrant crisis that came just hours after hundreds more starving people were rescued at sea. Earlier, Myanmar, whose policies toward its ethnic Rohingya minority are widely blamed for fuelling the human flow, also softened its line by offering to provide humanitarian aid to stricken migrants. Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand had sparked growing international outrage by driving off boats overloaded with exhausted and dying Rohingya as well as Bangladeshis.


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Record fines for currency market fix

May 20th, 2015

Five of the world’s largest banks are to pay fines totalling $5.7bn for manipulating the foreign exchange market, US officials say.

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