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North Korean leader hails nuclear success in opening congress

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Paektusan Hero Youth Power Station No. 3 in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News AgencyBy James Pearson PYONGYANG (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday hailed the country's recent nuclear test and launch of a satellite into space, as he opened the first congress of the country's ruling Workers' Party in 36 years. Wearing a dark western-style suit and grey tie, the 33-year-old was flanked by his top military aide and the titular head of state in a massive hall packed with military and party delegates, according to footage on North Korean state television aired late on Friday. During the congress, Kim is expected to further consolidate his control over a country that has grown increasingly isolated over its pursuit of nuclear weapons, including its fourth nuclear test in January, which led to U.N. resolutions in March tightening sanctions.

Fri, 06 May 2016 10:55:02 -0400
Brazil's Rousseff vows to fight as Senate committee mulls trial

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff reacts during a launch ceremony of Agricultural and Livestock Plan for 2016/2017, at the Planalto Palace in BrasiliaBy Maria Carolina Marcello BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's President Rousseff vowed on Friday to resist her removal from office until the end, as a Senate committee met to vote on whether the leftist leader should be put on trial in the full chamber for breaking budget laws. The impeachment process is expected to lead to Rousseff's suspension from office next week, pending a trial that could last six months, during which Vice President Michel Temer will replace her as acting president. Only five of the 21 members of the upper house committee have said they will vote against sending Rousseff for trial, meaning her opponents comfortably have the majority they need to recommend the full Senate vote on Wednesday to try her.

Fri, 06 May 2016 10:54:18 -0400
Trump sharpens attack on Clinton as he seeks to unite party

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters in Charleston, West VirginiaBy Steve Holland CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Reuters) - Donald Trump is testing out themes to use against Democrat Hillary Clinton as the presumptive U.S. Republican presidential nominee tries to persuade disgruntled party loyalists to get behind his campaign. Some top leaders within his party - U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan among them - are still expressing reluctance to rally behind him but Trump is hoping to entice more support from Republicans by highlighting their common opponent. On Friday, Trump took aim at Clinton for her use of a private email server while U.S. secretary of state.

Fri, 06 May 2016 10:50:53 -0400
Turkey's Erdogan rebuffs EU on terrorism law; 'we're going our way, you go yours.'

Turkish President Erdogan makes a speech during his meeting with mukhtars at the Presidential Palace in AnkaraBy Nick Tattersall and Seda Sezer ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan told the European Union on Friday that Turkey would not make changes to its terrorism laws required under a deal to curb migration, and declared: "we're going our way, you go yours". The EU asked member states on Wednesday to grant visa-free travel to Turks in return for Ankara stopping migrants reaching Europe, but said Turkey still had to change some legislation, including bringing its terrorism laws in line with EU standards.

Fri, 06 May 2016 10:50:39 -0400
Bosses take bigger share of top British firms' profits

WPP founder and CEO Martin Sorrell speaks at the British chambers of Commerce annual conference in LondonThe average pay for chief executives of a company in the blue chip FTSE 100 index was 5.23 million pounds ($7.6 million)last year, down from 5.36 million in 2014, a Reuters examination of corporate filings shows. In 2005, CEO compensation, including pensions and share awards, was just 0.1 percent of pre-tax earnings, the Reuters analysis of annual reports over the period shows. Rapid growth in executive pay has long drawn criticism from some politicians and media headlines denouncing corporate "fat cats".

Fri, 06 May 2016 10:47:09 -0400
N. Korea's Kim hails 'magnificent' nuclear test at party congress

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has ruled the Communist state since 2011North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on Friday hailed the "magnificent" achievement of the country's nuclear test in January, saying it had demonstrated the country's "undefeatable spirit" in the face of foreign aggression.

Fri, 06 May 2016 10:54:56 -0400
So far, foreign reporters in Pyongyang see sights, but not main show

Workers chat during a government organised visit for foreign reporters to the Pyongyang 326 Electric Cable Factory in PyongyangBy Joseph Campbell PYONGYANG (Reuters) - On the first day of North Korea's biggest political gathering in 36 years on Friday, the closest visiting foreign journalists got to the action was across the street, hundreds of meters from the hall where the Seventh Workers' Party Congress was taking place. Inside the venue, an imposing stone hall the size of two soccer pitches, North Korea's 33-year-old leader Kim Jong Un was presumed to be kicking off an event where he is expected to outline his "Byongjin" policy of simultaneous pursuit of nuclear weapons and economic growth.

Fri, 06 May 2016 10:46:39 -0400
Fanciful 'Boaty McBoatface' passed over for vessel name

LONDON (AP) Boaty McBoatface had captured the public's fancy but British officials said Friday the country's newest polar research vessel will be christened Sir David Attenborough, in honor of the prominent naturalist and broadcaster.

Fri, 06 May 2016 10:40:46 -0400
Canadian billionaire sells majority stake in Adriatic marina

TIVAT, Montenegro (AP) Canadian billionaire Peter Munk has sold his majority stake in Porto Montenegro, one of world's largest marinas for super yachts, to Dubai's sovereign wealth fund for a reported 200 million euros ($228 million).

Fri, 06 May 2016 10:36:35 -0400
Man who threw alligator now throwing self on mercy of court

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) The Florida man who threw an alligator through a drive-thru window is now throwing himself on the mercy of the court.

Fri, 06 May 2016 10:34:16 -0400
Scottish nationalists win, Corbyn hangs on in UK local polls

Scotland's First Minister and Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon leaves a polling station in Glasgow after voting on May 5, 2016Scottish nationalists won a third term in power but lost their outright majority Friday in one of a series of local and regional elections seen as a key test for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Britain's main opposition Labour Party came third in the vote for Scotland's devolved parliament but its candidate Sadiq Khan is expected to clinch victory in London to become the city's first Muslim mayor. Leftwinger Corbyn, under pressure from centrists in his party since taking power last year, insisted his party had "hung on" and surpassed expectations.

Fri, 06 May 2016 10:30:06 -0400
Syria denies targeting camps, U.N. condemns "murderous attacks"

A fireman douses burnt tents at a camp for internally displaced people near Sarmada in Syria's Idlib provinceBEIRUT/GENEVA (Reuters) - The Syrian military denied on Friday it had conducted air strikes on a camp near the Turkish border that killed at least 28 people, but a top U.N. official said initial reports suggested a government plane was responsible for the "murderous attacks". U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein said Thursday's attacks were almost certainly a deliberate war crime. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said women and children were among those killed in the attack on the camp near the town of Sarmada, which sheltered people fleeing the five-year civil war.

Fri, 06 May 2016 10:23:40 -0400
Evacuees begin exodus through fire-ravaged Canadian city

A Mountie surveys the damage on a street in Fort McMurray AlbertaBy Rod Nickel and Liz Hampton CONKLIN/LAC LA BICHE (Reuters) - Exhausted evacuees stranded north of the fire-ravaged Canadian oil town of Fort McMurray sped through the only route out on Friday, escorted by police, after the out-of-control blaze destroyed entire neighborhoods and forced 88,000 to flee. The fire enveloped Fort McMurray, burning some 210,000 acres (85,000 hectares) in the area, forcing mass evacuations on Tuesday and Wednesday, and threatening two oil sands sites south of the city. While the main fire turned southeast on Thursday, away from Fort McMurray, parts of the city still burned.

Fri, 06 May 2016 10:21:44 -0400
Kerry stars in Russian adaptation of Robert Burns poem

FILE - In this April 13, 2016 file photo, Secretary of State John Kerry presents the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, at the State Department in Washington. Kerry is scheduled to deliver the commencement address at Northeastern University. Kerry will speak to an expected audience of 25,000 students, family members and school officials at the graduation ceremony on Friday, May 6, 2016. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)MOSCOW (AP) The Russian foreign minister's spokeswoman has lightheartedly riffed on a poem by Robert Burns to comment on the frequent phone calls between her boss and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Fri, 06 May 2016 10:17:28 -0400
Murray blows past Berdych into Madrid semis

Andy Murray in action against Tomas Berdych at the Madrid Masters on May 6, 2016Defending champion Andy Murray continued his serene passage into the Madrid Masters semi-finals by sweeping past eighth seed Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-2 on Friday. Murray did not even face a break point for the second consecutive match as he adjusted to the indoor conditions caused by the unusually inclement weather in the Spanish capital to extend his winning record over Berdych to 8-6. "There were different conditions playing under the roof, I adjusted to them well and that was the most pleasing thing for me," said Murray.

Fri, 06 May 2016 10:16:57 -0400
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