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- Trump looking for decisive blow against Cruz in Indiana showdown
By Emily Flitter BEDFORD, Ind. (Reuters) - Republicans voting in Indiana's primary election on Tuesday might give New York billionaire Donald Trump an almost unstoppable advantage in his turbulent journey toward the party's presidential nomination. The real estate mogul holds a double-digit polling lead in the Midwestern state over his main rival, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. Fresh off a sweep of five Northeastern states last week, Trump wants a win in Indiana to put him within reach of the 1,237 delegates required to lock up the Republican nomination before the party's convention in July.
- Cruz unleashes fury at Trump over Lee Harvey Oswald comment
Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz lashed out at rival candidate Donald Trump on the day of Indiana's primary on Tuesday, calling him a pathological liar, narcissist and bully after the front-runner linked Cruz's father to John F. Kennedy's assassin. "I'm going to tell you what I really think of Donald Trump. This man is a pathological liar.
- Clinton vows to support U.S. coal regions while embracing cleaner energy
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday said the United States must move toward a cleaner energy future but not forget those who work in the coal industry. "We've got to both move toward a clean energy future ... but we also have to remember who turned on the lights and powered the factories and provided the energy that we needed to build our country," Clinton said, speaking from West Virginia in an interview with MSNBC.
- Indiana puts Donald Trump’s evangelical support to test
By James Oliphant INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - Donald Trump's success in the race for the White House may well depend on the support of Republican evangelicals suspicious of the front-runner's more liberal side as he discloses his social views. A New York businessman who has never held public office, Trump has had some success with evangelicals in states such as South Carolina. Trump, 69, has taken stances on Planned Parenthood family clinics and gay and transgender rights that raise Christian conservative concerns, including in such states as Indiana where they make up a high proportion of voters.
- Party faithful: Inside look at the California GOP convention Hundreds of protesters surrounded the Hyatt Regency in a normally sleepy suburb of San Francisco. Some even attempted to charge through police barricades into the lobby. The source of their frustration: Donald Trump.
- What Colorado has learned from legalizing marijuana so far ER visits are up, and heavier use among young adults reported, but the decreased stigma surrounding recreational pot blunts findings.
- Bernie Sanders: ‘I appreciate Bill Clinton being my psychoanalyst. It’s always nice.’ Bernie Sanders rebutted former President Bill Clinton's contention that he's questioning Hillary's qualifications because she's a woman, saying the Clinton campaign is going negative because of Sanders' momentum in the primaries.
- Marine Corps dog who lost leg in Afghanistan awarded gallantry medal The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals awarded a 12-year-old U.S. Marine Corps dog named Lucca the prestigious Dickin Medal.
- Spate of police officers fatally shot is ‘very chilling’ Virginia state trooper Chad Dermyer, a Marine veteran and father of two, is the 16th law enforcement officer to be killed by a gunman this year — a 129 percent increase over the first three months of 2015. “The numbers are very chilling,” said Jim Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police.
- Donald Trump Calls Indiana Town 'Importantville' in Final Push
On the eve of the now-crucial Indiana primary, Donald Trump sought to let his final crowd in the state know how important their votes are in this election. Trump's campaign closed out the Hoosier State as it has in so many states, sidestepping the latest controversial comment, mired in a barrage of omnidirectional attacks, fending off flimsy alliances and, in spite of it all -- or perhaps because of it all -- remaining supremely confident. In his last address to the people of Indiana, Trump’s remarks were almost a "best of" compilation: He brought up rival Ted Cruz’s birther status, decried the media, hit "low-energy” Jeb Bush and reaffirmed his plans to build a wall.
- Colorado Supreme Court Rules Against Municipal Laws Limiting Fracking
The Colorado Supreme Court ruled today against two cities' attempts to limit fracking, saying the legislation passed by the cities of Longmont and Fort Collins are "invalid and unenforceable" because they conflict with existing state laws. In 2012, voters in the city of Longmont passed a ban on fracking, while in November 2013, Fort Collins voters passed a five-year moratorium on fracking to give the city time to study health and safety impacts of the process, according to court documents.
- Cruz Says He Still Has a Path to the Nomination if He Loses Indiana Primary
With Indiana primary voters headed to the polls in less than 24 hours, Ted Cruz said he will “absolutely” have a path to victory even if he loses the next GOP presidential nominating contest. It’s gonna be up to the people of Indiana,” Cruz told ABC News while campaigning in Osceola, Indiana. A NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll released Sunday showed Donald Trump 15 percentage points ahead of Cruz and John Kasich in the Hoosier state.
- The Latest: Clinton turns focus to Trump
- Once a Clinton stronghold, Appalachia now Trump country
ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — When President Bill Clinton rolled into the small Appalachian town of Ashland, Kentucky, in 1996, cheering crowds lined the streets. Local boy-turned-country music star Billy Ray Cyrus performed a special version of his hit, "Achy Breaky Heart" before nearly 20,000 supporters at a riverfront re-election rally.
- Islamic State fire kills American in combat in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) — A U.S Navy SEAL was killed Tuesday by fire from the Islamic State group outside the IS-held city of Mosul, and Defense Secretary Ash Carter acknowledged it as a "combat death" as the U.S. expands its role in the northern part of Iraq.
- Viewer's Guide: Cruz, Sanders want campaign boost in Indiana
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders are all-in for Indiana as they try to stave off the growing aura of inevitability surrounding their opponents. But Donald Trump says his general election race against Hillary Clinton has "sort of already started." Clinton may not say as much, but she largely agrees. On what could be a pivotal night for Cruz, Trump is strongly favored in the state's GOP primary. Sanders and Hillary Clinton are in a tighter race on the Democratic side.
- Indiana voters get their say in high-stakes primary
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Voters in Indiana are in the spotlight in a big way. That's because the delegate math going into Tuesday's primary means Indiana represents one of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's last chances to stop Donald Trump's march to the 1,237 delegates the billionaire businessman needs to clinch the GOP nomination outright and avoid a contested convention. The stakes are not as high on the Democratic side. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton already has a commanding lead in the delegate race. It's not impossible for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to catch up, but Indiana could make it much harder.
- Auditors criticize Pentagon for wasting property and ammunition The Defense Department is a star in the GAO’s annual report on misspent federal funds
- Iceland’s first lady linked to offshore investments Records in Panama Papers and Swiss Leaks probes tie the wife of Iceland President Olafur Grimsson to offshore companies and accounts.
- Trump watch, Panama Papers and media in crisis Our CEO's update on the week in news from Public Integrity
- Rousseff vows Brazil crisis won't mar Olympics as flame arrives
Brasília (AFP) - Embattled President Dilma Rousseff greeted the Olympic flame in Brazil on Tuesday, promising not to allow a raging political crisis, which could see her suspended within days, to spoil the Rio Games. "We are experiencing political instability. The flame, which arrived in a small lantern from the ancient Greek site of Olympia, via Switzerland, was transferred to Brazil's Olympic torch featuring waves of tropical colors.
- IS kills US Navy SEAL in Iraq attack
The Islamic State group broke through Kurdish defences in northern Iraq on Tuesday and killed a US Navy SEAL deployed as part of the US-led coalition against the jihadists. The attack came as the United Nations said that fighting with IS in northern Iraq could displace another 30,000 people, adding to millions who have already fled their homes. The fighter from the special operations force was at least the third coalition member killed by enemy fire in Iraq since IS overran swathes of the country in 2014.
- French minister defends contested labour reform
French Labour Minister Myriam El Khomri staunchly defended the government's contested labour reform bill on Tuesday as it finally reached parliament after sparking two months of mass protests. The government says the bill is designed to unlock France's rigid labour market and cut stubbornly high unemployment of around 10 percent -- the issue that has dogged Socialist President Francois Hollande's four years in power. In a passionate defence of the reform, the 38-year-old El Khomri said it was "necessary" and "fair".
- Trump eyes knockout blow against Cruz in Indiana
Indiana voters cast their ballots in key US presidential primaries Tuesday, with Republican Donald Trump hoping to knock out his rivals and Hillary Clinton seeking to further cement her status as the Democrats' presumptive pick. The latest contest in the 2016 race for the White House is seen as a day of reckoning for the movement to "stop Trump" led by his closest rival Ted Cruz. "I don't think he's got the temperament to be president," Trump said of Cruz in an interview with Fox News after polls opened.
- EU's Tusk urges Greek debt deal 'very soon'
EU President Donald Tusk urged the eurozone on Tuesday to swiftly close talks on fresh reform measures from debt-hit Greece, saying it would help global economic stability. "I urge finance ministers to reach an agreement very soon," Tusk told reporters as he entered talks in Brussels with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker. Eurozone finance ministers are due to meet on May 9 to try to seal a deal on the first review of Greece's June 2015 bailout, talks on which have been stuck since the end of last year.
- Solitary confinement doubles in Israeli jails: UN panel
The use of solitary confinement in Israeli jails nearly doubled between 2012 and 2014, a UN panel investigating the Jewish state over a raft of alleged violations of prisoners' rights said Tuesday. In its first review of Israel since 2009, the UN committee against torture questioned an Israeli delegation over multiple reports of potentially illegal conduct by security agents, especially with respect to Palestinian prisoners. Lead questioner Jens Modvig said the UN committee had "received reports that the use of solitary confinement in Israeli jails has doubled between 2012 and 2014," with the number of people held in isolation jumping from 390 to 755 over the period.
- UN Security Council demands protection of hospitals in war zones
The UN Security Council on Tuesday demanded that hospitals and clinics be protected in war zones, in a resolution that draws attention to the rise in attacks on medical workers in conflicts worldwide. Less than a week after air strikes on a hospital in the Syrian battleground city of Aleppo killed at least 30 people, the council unanimously adopted the measure that strongly condemned the targeting of health facilities and recalled that such attacks are war crimes. French Ambassador Francois Delattre said it was a "major resolution" that sent a strong warning that there can be "no impunity" for the perpetrators of attacks on medical facilities.
- German 'jihadist' goes on trial accused of Syria war crimes
A suspected German jihadist went on trial Tuesday for war crimes in Syria after appearing in photographs holding the severed heads of two victims of the conflict. At the first trial in Germany for war crimes committed in Syria's five-year conflict, Aria Ladjedvardi, 21, told the court he "didn't want to be in" the incriminating pictures, and that he "could not imagine that they would be circulated on social media". Prosecutors have accused Ladjedvardi of a war crime as he had treated the unidentified victims "in a degrading and humiliating manner".
- 'Carlos the Jackal' must face trial for 1974 attack: appeal court
Carlos the Jackal, once one of the world's most wanted militants, must face trial for a deadly 1974 grenade attack in Paris, France's highest appeals court ruled Tuesday. The 66-year-old Venezuelan, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, has been held in French jails since 1994 after he was tracked down in Sudan following a series of attacks and murders in France. Court papers showed the judge rejected his appeal against being put on trial on charges of premeditated murder for his alleged role in the grenade attack on a pharmacy in an upmarket district of Paris that killed two and injured 34.
- Germany's 'sharia police' members to face trial: court
A group of German radical Islamists will face trial for forming "sharia police" street patrols that told people to stop drinking, gambling and listening to music, a court said Tuesday. The ultra-conservative Muslim group around German Salafist convert Sven Lau sparked public anger with their vigilante patrols in 2014 in the western city of Wuppertal. A city court last December said the group would not face charges -- but a higher court has now overturned that decision, announcing that eight members of the group could face trial, without setting a date.
- Moscow hopes for truce 'within hours' as fighting rocks Aleppo
Russia said Tuesday it hoped a new ceasefire could be announced within hours for Syria's battered city of Aleppo, where fresh fighting left at least 16 dead including in rocket fire on a maternity hospital. As the city was struck by some of its heaviest reported clashes in recent days, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said efforts were underway to agree a freeze in the fighting. "I am hoping that in the near future, maybe even in the next few hours, such a decision will be announced," Lavrov told reporters after talks with the UN's Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura in Moscow.
- Spain to hold elections on June 26
Weary Spaniards will head to the polls for the second time in six months after King Felipe on Tuesday called fresh elections for June 26, which surveys suggest may result in yet another hung parliament. The king signed a decree dissolving parliament in the eurozone's fourth largest economy after political parties failed to agree on a coalition to install a new government following inconclusive December 20 elections. Spain has never had to repeat elections since the country returned to democracy following the death of long-time dictator General Francisco Franco in 1975.
- UN chief picks Mexican diplomat to head climate office
A veteran Mexican diplomat has been chosen to head the United Nations' newly upgraded climate office, UN chief Ban Ki-moon announced in a letter to France's environment minister. Ban said he will appoint Patricia Espinosa Cantellano "as the new UNFCCC Executive Secretary for a term of three years," referring to the body which oversaw the international negotiations in December leading to a historic climate pact. The letter, obtained by AFP, is dated April 28 and addressed to French minister Segolene Royal, whose country hosted the 195-nation climate talks.
- Air raids on IS Syria bastion kill 19 civilians: monitor
Heavy air strikes throughout the night on the Islamic State group's de facto Syria capital Raqa killed 19 civilians and 10 jihadists, a monitor said in a new toll Tuesday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights had first reported the air strikes on Tuesday morning and said 13 civilians and five IS fighters had been killed. The Britain-based monitor had no immediate word on whether the strikes were carried out by the Damascus regime, its ally Moscow or the US-led coalition battling IS.
- Corsican separatists 'to end military operations'
An underground separatist group in Corsica said Tuesday it would end "military operations", two years after the main militant movement on the French island laid down its arms. The so-called October 22 splinter group of the National Liberation Front of Corsica (FLNC) made the announcement during a night-time news conference at a location unknown to the six journalists present, in line with FLNC practice since it was formed in May 1976. A nationalist coalition -- including politicians campaigning for outright independence from the mainland -- scored an unprecedented victory in Corsica during French regional elections in December.
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- Nepal revokes Canadian's visa over tweets
Nepal on Tuesday revoked the visa of a Canadian who has worked in the country for four years, saying he violated the terms of his stay by posting comments on social media that could "incite conflict". The head of the immigration department said Robert Penner, a 37-year-old software developer, had two days to leave the country. "His working visa has been cancelled and he will return to his home country within two days," Kedar Neupane, chief of the immigration department, told AFP.
- Britain's Hammond, Cuba's Castro agree on debt restructuring
Visiting British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond reached an agreement on restructuring Cuban debt payments in a meeting with President Raul Castro, officials in Havana said. Neither the British embassy in Havana nor Cuban officials gave a figure for the debt, nor any further details on the agreement. In December, Cuba reached an agreement with its creditors in the Paris Club -- which include Britain, France, and Spain -- to pay $2.6 billion in debt unpaid to foreign creditors for the last 25 years.
- '3 dead, 17 wounded by rebel fire' on hospital in Syria's Aleppo
Rebel fire on a hospital in a government-controlled neighbourhood of Syria's second city Aleppo killed three women and wounded another 17 people on Tuesday, state media reported. The rockets hit Al-Dabbeet hospital in the Muhafaza district, state news agency SANA said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rebels had fired rockets and shells on government-controlled western districts of the city throughout the day.
- Israel Labour mulls break with UK party over anti-Semitism claims
Israel's opposition Labour party said on Tuesday that it was weighing severing ties with its British counterpart after fresh allegations of anti-Semitism in its ranks. More than 50 British Labour party members have been suspended in the past two months over comments deemed racist or anti-Semitic, according to The Daily Telegraph, including former mayor of London Ken Livingstone.