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Obama arrives in Vietnam to start three-day visit

Obama arrives in VietnamU.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Vietnam on Sunday for a three-day trip aimed at strengthening defense and economic ties with a former enemy that has become a key focus of Washington's Asia "rebalance" strategy.

Obama's jet, Air Force One, arrived late in the evening in the capital Hanoi, where he will meet the communist country's leadership triumvirate of party chief, president and prime minister.


Austria may elect EU's first far-right head of state

Austria may elect extreme right wing PMAustria could elect the European Union's first far-right head of state, with support for Freedom Party (FPO) candidate Norbert Hofer buoyed by security and employment fears sparked by the refugee crisis.

Opinion polls suggest Sunday's presidential race between Hofer and former Greens leader Alexander van der Bellen will be close. A far-right victory would resonate throughout the 28-member bloc where refugee flows driven by conflict in the Middle East and Africa have become a major political issue.


Church of England 'could accept clergy in same-sex marriages' following historic vote in Scotland

Church of England could accept clergy in same sex relationshipsThe Church of England could accept clergy and church officials who are in same-sex marriages, it was suggested today after a historic vote in Scotland opened the door for change.

Officials south of the border are facing “increasing pressure” after the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland voted to extend the law that permits ministers to be in same-sex civil partnerships.


Data from EgyptAir Flight MS804 indicates in-flight fire

Egypt Air debrisData transmitted by EgyptAir Flight MS804 suggests that some kind of fire started aboard the missing jetliner before it dropped from radar screens, authorities said Friday. first reported Friday that the data shows smoke was detected in a bathroom near the cockpit. NBC News reported that it had confirmed the system alerts.


Unaoil Middleman Paid Millions To Influence Iraqi Officials Had U.S. Ties

Ubaio middleman paid millions for influence in IraqA middleman who received millions of dollars from Unaoil — a Monaco-based firm now at the center of an international bribery scandal — in return for improperly influencing officials in U.S.-occupied Iraq was also operating businesses in America.

He did all this under the nose of the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI — for years, without getting caught.

It’s a reminder just how difficult it is for law enforcement to detect and stop corruption.


Israel defense minister quits, warns of "extremist" takeover

Moshe Ya'alonIsrael's defense minister announced his resignation on Friday, saying the governing party had been taken over by "extremist and dangerous elements" and that he no longer trusted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following reports that he was to be replaced.

Moshe Yaalon's departure removes a strong voice of moderation in the Cabinet and deepens the rift between the security establishment and the hardline politicians.


Egyptian navy finds EgyptAir wreckage

Egyptian navy finds wreckageA sweep by Egypt's navy off the coast of Alexandria has recovered debris, a body part, and passenger belongings from the missing EgyptAir flight MS804.

Wreckage was found about 290km north of the Egyptian city on Friday, Egyptian state TV quoted the Egyptian military as saying.

The plane disappeared over the Mediterranean with 66 people on board early on Thursday.


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