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Survivors of tornado that leveled Missouri city look back
A sky-darkening storm was working its way into southwest Missouri around dinnertime on a Sunday evening, zeroing in on the city of Joplin.
 
Vin Diesel, Chanel spark cultural backlash in Cuba
"Fast and Furious." U.S. cruise ships. A star-studded private celebration of Chanel. The triple tsunami of global capitalism that pounded socialist Cuba this month has spawned a fierce debate about the downside of detente with the United States. Artists, writers and intellectuals who believe deeply in Cuba's opening to the world are questioning their government's management of an onslaught of big-money pop culture.
 
International concerns are mounting over the economic and political crisis in Venezuela, where the military on Saturday wrapped up two days of exercises ordered by embattled President Nicolas Maduro.
 
Grammy award-winner Caetano Veloso added his voice to a growing numbers of artists and musicians rejecting Brazil's interim government, holding a concert in a building occupied by protesters.
 
Bolivia on Saturday braved criticism from Christian churches to enact a gender identity law allowing transsexual and transgender people to change their name, sex and photo on official and private documents.
 
A Florida neighborhood watchman has sold for US$250,000 the gun he used to kill unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, auctioneers said.
 
Alberta officials on Saturday lifted mandatory evacuation orders in some areas north of Fort McMurray, where a raging wildfire has forced the evacuation of more than 80,000 people and the closure of oil sands operations.
 
Protests go south in Chile
A detained woman shouts anti-government slogans at riot police, during a protest turned violent near Congress, where President Michelle Bachelet was presenting the state-of-the-nation report, in Valparaiso, Chile, Saturday, May 21.
 
Obama departs on trip to Vietnam, Japan
Barack Obama departed Saturday on a trip to Vietnam and Japan that will include the first visit to Hiroshima, site of the world's first nuclear attack, by a sitting US president.
 
Man with gun shot outside White House: officials
A U.S. Secret Service officer shot a man with a gun who approached a checkpoint outside the White House and refused to drop his weapon, the Secret Service said.
 
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