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Puerto Rico Will Default on Government Development Bank Debt

Governor of Puerto RicoPuerto Rico's governor will make a televised speech on Sunday ahead of an expected default on $422 million of debt due on Monday, as the U.S. territory's economic crisis enters its most dire stretch yet.

The Government Development Bank, Puerto Rico's primary fiscal agent, is expected to skip at least the principal portion of its payment to hedge funds, credit unions and other bondholders.

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Albinos in Malawi face ‘total extinction,’ UN expert warns

Malawi albinos hunted downAn African country’s albino population faces complete extinction as killers hunt down the endangered group for their mythological “powers.”

Malawi’s small population of people with albinism — less than 10,000 — could be completely wiped out as the crisis continues, with 65 deaths recorded by police since late 2014, the United Nations revealed.

“Persons with albinism, and parents of children with albinism, constantly live in fear of attack,” Ikponwosa Ero, the UN’s expert on albino people said. “Many do not sleep peacefully and have deliberately restricted their movement to the necessary minimum.”

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Bowe Bergdahl defense can access classified information, court rules

Bow Bergdahl Lawyers for U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who faces a potential life sentence for desertion while serving in Afghanistan, should have access to classified material to prepare his defense, a military appeals court has ruled.

Legal proceedings against Bergdahl, which had been halted pending a resolution of the classified material issue, can now resume, according to a ruling on Thursday by the United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals that was made public late on Saturday by Bergdahl's attorney, Eugene Fidell.

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10 Indonesian hostages in Philippines released by Abu Sayyaf terror group

Indonesian hostages releasedTen Indonesian hostages held since March by the Islamist extremist group Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines were released Sunday, Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced.

He said the prisoners were in "good condition" and were likely to arrive in Jakarta on Sunday night. The Indonesian government is seeking the release of four other sailors, the government said.

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West Point set for female dean, first in school's 200-year history

West Point set for female dean, first in school's 200-year historyPresident Barack Obama has nominated the first female dean at West Point.

Col. Cindy Jebb, who has been the academy's social studies department head, would succeed Brig. Gen. Tim Trainor in the post. The school has not had a female dean in its 216-year history.

"I am honored to have been nominated to serve as the dean of West Point," Jebb said in a news release. "Should Congress confirm my nomination, I will be privileged to lead a team of professionals who are dedicated to academic excellence in support of our mission to graduate leaders of character."

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Protests disband after IS group carries out 2nd Iraq bombing

Iraq car bombingsAnti-government protesters disbanded at least temporarily Sunday from the heavily fortified Green Zone they had stormed a day earlier after the Islamic State group carried out its second major attack in Iraq in as many days - a pair of car bombs that killed more than 30 people.

The country's political crisis intensified Saturday when hundreds of supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr tore down walls and poured into the zone that is home to the seat of the Iraqi government and most foreign embassies. Loudspeaker announcements on Sunday evening urged protesters to leave peacefully. When the call came, hundreds calmly packed up and left, carrying flags and overnight bags away with them.

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CIA Director: Missing 9/11 Report Pages Contain ‘Inaccurate’ Information

BrennanCIA Director John Brennan on Sunday defended the government’s decision to withhold 28 pages of the 9/11 Commission Report, telling NBC the classified pages contain “inaccurate” information that could be used to tie Saudi Arabia to the 9/11 terror attacks.

“This chapter was kept out because of concerns about sensitive methods [and] investigative actions,” Brennan told “Meet The Press” host Chuck Todd, adding that at the time these findings were issued, in 2002, the investigation into 9/11 was still underway.

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ADL Asks Trump to Dump ‘America First’ Slogan Reminiscent of WWII Anti-Semitism

ADL asks Trump to dump America First sloganThe Anti-Defamation League called on Donald Trump to abjure the term “America First,” noting its unsavory World War II-era association with anti-Semitism.

“The undercurrents of anti-Semitism and bigotry that characterized the America First movement – including the assumption that Jews who opposed the movement had their own agenda and were not acting in America’s best interest – is fortunately not a major concern today,” the ADL said in an April 28 statement.

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Train derails in Washington, D.C., hazardous waste leaking

train derails in DCA CSX freight train derailed outside Washington, D.C., Sunday morning and at least one of the overturned cars is leaking hazardous material.

The hazardous material reportedly leaking is sodium hydroxide, a chemical used in household products such as soap and detergents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the chemical, which is commonly known as lye, can cause skin and eye irritations and breathing problems.

CSX said no injuries have been reported.

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