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NZ Parliament In Lock Down After Security Threat Ahead Of Budget

 New Zealand's parliament was in lock down on Thursday after a security threat, but the annual 2016 budget would proceed as planned.

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Amber Heard Files For Divorce From Johnny Depp

 Actress Amber Heard has filed for divorce from husband Johnny Depp after just 15 months of marriage, several media outlets reported on Wednesday.

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French Labour Clash Escalates, Public Fear Impact On Euro 2016

Striking French CGT labour union employees sit near a barricade to block the entrance of the fuel depot of the SFDM company near the oil refinery of Donges, France, May 25, 2016 in protest over proposed new labour laws. REUTERS/STEPHANE MAHE

The stand-off between France's government and a hardline union over labour reforms worsened on Wednesday as the country mobilised strategic oil stocks for the first time in 6 years and employers warned the protests were starting to hurt the economy.

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Church Slaying Families Accept Pursuit Of Death Penalty

COLUMBIA, S.C.  — The husband of a woman gunned down at a historic black church in Charleston with eight other people said Wednesday he won't be at peace until the man charged in the slayings is put to death.

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EgyptAir Flight MS804: Airline To Contract French, Italian Companies For Black Box Search

EgyptAir will contract two foreign companies, one French and one Italian, to help search for the black boxes of its plane that crashed in the Mediterranean, its chairman says.

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Naming Of New Taliban Chief Seen Dimming Obama's Hopes For Afghan Peace Talks

Taliban new leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada is seen in an undated photograph, posted on a Taliban twitter feed on May 25, 2016, and identified separately by several Taliban officials, who declined be named. Social Media via Reuters

The selection of a hard-line cleric as the new Taliban chief on Wednesday all but dashes U.S. President Barack Obama's hopes for opening peace talks before he leaves office, one of his top foreign policy goals, current and former U.S. defense and intelligence officials said.

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Colombia Rebels Free Three Journalists

BOGOTA: The Colombian rebel group ELN freed a prominent Spanish-Colombian journalist and two local TV reporters Friday after holding them for days.

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Vietnamese-Born Al-Qaeda Recruit Sentenced To 40 Years In US

NEW YORK: A US judge sentenced a Vietnamese-born graphic designer who plotted to carry out a suicide attack at London's Heathrow airport after training with Al-Qaeda in Yemen to 40 years in prison on Friday.

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'El Chapo' Appeals Extradition To US

MEXICO CITY: Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has appealed the government's decision to extradite him to the United States to face narcotics and murder charges, officials and his lawyers said Friday.

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Marcos Threatens Legal Action After Philippine Election Loss

MANILA: Ferdinand Marcos's son threatened legal action Saturday to reverse his narrow defeat in recent Philippine elections, which analysts said had been the family of the late dictator's best chance to regain the presidency.

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