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May, 28, 2016

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Some of the country's top writers are protesting Donald Trump's way with words.
 
In a dark, smoke-filled mine shaft, a group of South African rescue trainees heave and gasp after crawling through a narrow steel pipe -- but commands shouted by an instructor urge them onwards.
 
A leading Israeli rights group said Wednesday it will stop seeking investigations of Israeli soldiers suspected of abusing Palestinians, arguing that internal military probes have failed to deliver justice and effectively help whitewash half a century of occupation.
 
A woman and her daughter protect themselves with a blanket aboard the rescue ship "Aquarius" on May 25, a day after a rescue operation of migrants and refugees off the Libyan coast. The Aquarius is a former North Atlantic fisheries protection ship now used by humanitarians SOS Mediterranee and Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders), which patrols to rescue migrants and refugees trying to reach Europe crossing the Mediterranean sea aboard rubber boats or old fishing boats.
 
Christie's auction house has been fined £3,250 (US$4,750, 4,270 euros) for selling a piece of elephant ivory without the correct documentation, London police said Tuesday.
 
Nearly a year after the brutal shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a Charleston, South Carolina, church, the U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday its intent to seek the death penalty against the man facing federal hate crime charges in the killings.
 
U.S.-backed Syrian fighters and Iraqi forces pressed twin assaults against the Islamic State group on Wednesday, in two of the most important ground offensives yet against the jihadists.
 
Giant joint
A man smokes from a giant joint during a demonstration in favor the legalization of Marijuana, in Santiago, Chile on Sunday, May 22.
 
A suicide bomber targeted a minibus carrying court employees in Kabul during morning rush hour Wednesday, killing 11 people, Afghan and U.N. official said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
 
Religious belief is no excuse for refusing to shake a teacher's hand, Swiss regional authorities ruled Wednesday, reversing one school's controversial decision to grant exemptions for Muslim pupils wary of touching the opposite sex.
 
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