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Three climbers die on Everest descent; two people still missing

Three climbers dead on Mt. Everest descentThree climbers who were among scores who scaled Mount Everest over the weekend died on their descent and two more are missing, a Nepalese official said on Monday.

The first clear weather conditions of the spring climbing season were Friday and Saturday, but a windstorm swept the higher altitudes of the mountain by Saturday afternoon, said Gyanendra Shrestha of Nepal's mountaineering department.

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TPP trade deal moving forward without U.S.

TPP moves ahead without USAsia-Pacific trade ministers on Sunday settled to move forward with the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement despite U.S. President Donald Trump abandoning the deal.

The ministers from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Malaysia, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam met as part of a Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, or APEC, event.

After Trump scrapped the deal in January, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull suggested China could be a replacement.

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Trump: Fight against terror a 'battle between good and evil'

Trump speech in saudi arabiaPresident Donald Trump called on Middle Eastern leaders to combat a "crisis of Islamic extremism" emanating from the region, casting the fight against terrorism as a "battle between good and evil," not a clash between the West and Islam.

Trump's address Sunday was the centerpiece of his two-day visit to Saudi Arabia, his first stop overseas as president. During a meeting of more than 50 Arab and Muslim leaders, he sought to chart a new course for America's role in the region, one aimed squarely on rooting out terrorism, with less focus on promoting human rights and democratic reforms.

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China jailed, killed at least 18 CIA sources over two years: report

China kailed or killed 18 CIA sources over two yearsThe Chinese government worked to weaken CIA spying operations by killing or imprisoning more than a dozen informants over two years, The New York Times reported Saturday.

American officials told the newspaper that the intelligence breach lasted from 2010 through the end of 2012, essentially undoing the spy network that had been built over many years.

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Russian officials bragged they could use Flynn to influence Trump, sources say

Flynn and RussiaRussian officials bragged in conversations during the presidential campaign that they had cultivated a strong relationship with former Trump adviser retired Gen. Michael Flynn and believed they could use him to influence Donald Trump and his team, sources told CNN.

The conversations deeply concerned US intelligence officials, some of whom acted on their own to limit how much sensitive information they shared with Flynn, who was tapped to become Trump's national security adviser, current and former governments officials said.

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Chinese firm promises Trump approved green cards on behalf of Kushner company

Jared and the ChineseA Chinese immigration firm is reportedly touting its work with the real estate company owned by the family of President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner to reassure clients that their U.S. visas will be approved.

The New York Times reported on Friday that Kushner Companies is connected with the firm, Qiaowai, that is scouting Chinese investors to help finance a pair of luxury apartment buildings in Jersey City as part of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program.

The EB-5 program offers visas in exchange for a $500,000 investment in a U.S. business. The vast majority of visas approved under the program go to Chinese investors.

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Hassan Rouhani wins Iran's presidential election in a landslide

Rouhani wins Iran election in a landslideIran's reformist President Hassan Rouhani has decisively won the country's presidential election, according to official results, fending off a challenge by principlist rival, Ebrahim Raisi.

With all of votes in Friday's poll counted, Rouhani was re-elected with 57 percent, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmanifazli said on Saturday.

"Of some 41.2 million total votes cast, Rouhani got 23.5 ... and won the election," Rahmanifazli said in remarks carried live by state TV.

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