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FILE - In this Friday, March 1, 2013 file photo, Chinese singer Song Zuying performs during the "Cultures of China, Festival of Spring" concert at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. China's military has dispatched ships and planes — even constructed new islands to assert its maritime claims. Now it's deploying a new set of tools to uphold Chinese sovereignty: Magicians, singers and actors. Famed singer of patriotic anthems Song headlined a tour of China's man-made islands in the South China Sea's Spratly islands this week, underscoring Beijing's confidence in asserting its increasingly dominant position in the disputed region. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
China military tries musical approach to image buildingChina's military has a bulging arsenal of ships, warplanes and missiles, but this week, music is its weapon of choice
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Refugees from Syria holds placards during a demonstration in the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. European Union countries that refuse to accept refugees under proposals to overhaul the EU's failed asylum laws could face large fines for each asylum seeker rejected. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
The Latest: EU moves to extend border controlsThe European Commission has proposed that Germany, Austria, Sweden, Denmark and Norway be allowed to keep border controls in place for six months more to help manage the flow of migrants
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FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2012, file photo, Elvis Presley fans visit his grave at Graceland, Presley's Memphis, Tenn., home. The operators of Graceland said the tourist attraction centered on the life and music of Elvis Presley has received its 20 millionth paid visitor Monday, May 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
Graceland, home of Elvis, receives 20 millionth paid visitorThe operators of Graceland say the Memphis tourist attraction centered on the life and music of Elvis Presley has received its 20 millionth paid visitor
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A Sotherby's  employee  holds Lesedi La Rona Diamond on May Tuesday  3, 2016 in New York City. The diamond the size of a tennis ball that is the largest discovered in more than a century could sell at auction for more than $70 million. Sotheby's says it will offer the Lesedi la Rona diamond in London on June 29.  (Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Sotheby's, via AP)
Diamond the size of a tennis ball could fetch $70 millionA diamond the size of a tennis ball that is the largest discovered in more than a century could sell at auction for more than $70 million
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Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign rally Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Trump, Clinton all but certain to face off in fall campaignOnce dismissed as fringe candidate, Trump is all but certain to be Republican presidential nominee
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Low oil prices, freight rates hit Maersk group's profitsDanish shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk first-quarter profit plunges to $224 million from $1.5 billion a year earlier, with all sectors showing a drop in performance except drilling and tanker shipping services
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Swiss defense chief says hackers targeted his ministrySwitzerland's defense minister says his department was targeted by hackers in January and is indicating that the motive was industrial espionage
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Georgia governor defies party politics with pair of vetoesGeorgia's Republican governor rejected the two top priorities of a legislature controlled by his own party this year, defying election year politics in a deep-red state
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Smoke fills the air as people drive on a road in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. At least half of a northern Alberta city was ordered evacuated Tuesday as a wildfire whipped by winds engulfed homes and sent ash raining down on residents. (Greg Halinda/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
Residents evacuated as fires threaten Canada oil sands townThe entire population of the Canadian oil sands city of Fort McMurray, Alberta, has been ordered to evacuate from a wildfire that officials say destroyed whole neighborhoods
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  • Virginia senator flies to Syria to shake Bashar Assad's hand - while airstrikes bombarded Aleppo

    As a veteran politician, Virginia Sen. Richard H. Black is no stranger to the grip- and-grin. But this was something extraordinary: a handshake with Syrian President Bashar Assad. National Post, Fri, Apr 29 2016 @ 04:58 PM
  • The Assad supporter who is also a Virginia state senator

    In a Nov. 10, 2007 file photo, Republican House of Representatives hopeful Dick Black speaks at a convention held by the Republican 1st District Congressional Committee in Milford, Va. American politics produces its share of useful dupes, but Dick Black, a Virginia state senator, may not be quite as useful as the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad supposes. The Washington Post, Fri, Apr 29 2016 @ 04:21 PM
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