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Kenya insists on refugee camps closure despite court order

May 31, 2017 - KENYA

Kenya’s government continues to insist on the closure of the vast Dadaab refugee camp by the end of the month, despite a high court order to block the proposal. Generally described as the world’s biggest by numbers, Dadaab houses Somalis who have fled civil war in their home country.

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43rd G7 summit sees newcomers and possible contrarian views

May 26, 2017 - ITALY

The leaders of the Group of 7 (G7) nations meet in Taormina, Sicily. At least one newcomer to the group of major industrialized countries disdains traditional G7 aspirations as a matter of principle. Another newcomer, British Prime Minister Theresa May, might come seeking help.

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Legion of fans to celebrate Star Wars 40th birthday

May 25, 2017 - UNITED STATES

Strife out there in the Galaxy hooked Star Wars fans in their droves on May 25, 1977. Forty years later, they are still on the hook and the sequels keep coming. Lucasfilm, the company founded by Star Wars creator George Lucas, kicks off the anniversary celebrations in Orlando, Florida, on April 13-16.

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Lebanon hopes to vote for a new parliament

May 21, 2017 - LEBANON

The country will hold its first parliamentary elections since 2009 – if Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s 30-member national unity government can agree on how the vote will be conducted. As of Apr 11, the issue was unresolved.

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Venerable Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus folds up its big top

May 21, 2017 - UNITED STATES

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is ending The Greatest Show on Earth after a 146-year run, and its May performance in Uniondale, New York, is its last. The company lists declining ticket sales, particularly after its circus elephants were retired in 2015, among the reasons for closing.

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