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BANGOR, Maine - Horror author Stephen King says Islamic State is a "rogue cult'' and that the group's bombings will eventually lead to its undoing.
 
King made the comments via his Twitter account on Tuesday morning in the aftermath of a suicide bombing attack at an Ariana Grande show on Monday night that left 22 people dead in Manchester, England.
 
King's tweet says Islamic State "has substituted superstition and murder for spirituality'' and "every bombing hastens the day when they will be no more.'' The tweet had been shared about 2,000 times by late morning.

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Swedish prosecutors have announced they are dropping the country's rape investigation of Julian Assange. The WikiLeaks founder, who has long denied the allegation, has been holed up at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012 to avoid Sweden's extradition request.

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LONDON - Prime Minister Theresa May has expressed "our deepest gratitude and good wishes'' to Prince Philip following the announcement of his impending retirement, and has thanked him for supporting his wife, Queen Elizabeth II.
 
Buckingham Palace has announced that Prince Philip will stop carrying out public engagements sometime between now and August.
 
The palace said Thursday that the 95-year-old Philip will continue heading numerous charitable organizations but will not play an active role attending engagements.

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CAIRO - Pope Francis has arrived in Egypt for a historic, two-day visit to show a united Christian-Muslim front against religious militancy.

The Catholic pontiff will hold a series of deeply symbolic meetings with Egypt's religious and political leaders and participate in an international peace conference organized by Al-Azhar, the world's primary seat of Sunni Islamic learning.

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BEIRUT - France's foreign minister is calling for an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting over a suspected chemical attack in Syria's rebel-held Idlib province.
 
Jean-Marc Ayrault condemned the "atrocious act" in a statement Tuesday, saying he is seeking the emergency meeting because of events of extreme gravity "that threaten international security."
 
Ayrault said Tuesday's attack caused "a large number of victims, including children." Opposition activists say the attack killed dozens of people and was among the worst in Syria's six-year civil war.
 

The "most beautiful candidate in Serbia" (self-proclaimed) arrives in the sleepy town of Kovavica at midday, a loudspeaker perched atop his aging car.

He's tall, blue-eyed and wearing his signature white suit, tie and shoes, his long hair in a man-bun.

His name is Ljubisa Beli Preletacevic, or just Beli for short. It means "the guy in white who switches his beliefs for political gain," says the candidate himself.

"I'm every bad politician rolled up into one young, strong man," he declares.

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LONDON - London's top anti-terror officer says two more "significant arrests" have been made in connection with the Westminster attack, in central and northern England. Nine people are currently in custody, while one has been released on bail.
 
Counter-terror chief Mark Rowley on Friday also identified the latest victim, who died in the hospital on Thursday, as 75-year-old Leslie Rhodes from Streatham, south London.
 

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LONDON -  London police say they are treating a gun and knife incident at Britain's Parliament "as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise.''
 
The Metropolitan Police says in a statement that the incident is ongoing. It is urging people to stay away from the area.
 
Officials say a man with a knife attacked a police officer at Parliament and was shot by officers.
 
There are also reports of a vehicle hitting pedestrians on nearby Westminster Bridge.

Arctic Climate Change
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As the sea ice in the Arctic continues to melt, large areas of water are opening up,and the prospect of an “artic passage” is drawing much interest from commercial shipping companies and from the governments and military forces of northern nations.

A group called the Arctic Council — dedicated to shaping a peaceful future for the region, is holding a high level meeting in Portland this week.

BANGOR, Maine - Maine trade experts have been anticipating the outcome of the so-called Brexit referendum for weeks. On Friday, the world woke up to the news that UK citizens had opted to leave the European Union.
 
"I think this took everyone by surprise. All of the companies that I've been talking to in the UK were pretty confident that there was not going to be an exit," says Janine Cary, president of the Maine International Trade Center.

The Moving Wall
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The midcoast town of Thomaston is expecting an influx of visitors this Memorial Day weekend…who will come to experience “The Moving Wall.” It’s a 252 foot, half- size replica of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington DC, and it’s on tour where Knox Museum serves as host.

Its called the Moving Wall — and for many visitors — its exactly that.

“It’s sad, he was looking for a lot of the guys that were in the service with him,” says Carol Michalski who is there with her husband, veteran Bob Michalski.

“If you see the name your remember him,” says Bob.

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Speaking in Maine takes us next to a recent presentation of the World Affairs Council of Maine. The speaker is Ribal al-Assad, founder and director of the Organization for Freedom and Democracy in Syria. His talk is titled “Syria, the Middle East, and the New Cold War: How Three Tiers of Conflict Created an Apocalypse.”

Introducing the speaker is Amy Holland, executive director of the World Affairs Council.

BANGOR, Maine — Maine’s two U.S. representatives are proposing new legislation that they say will help create jobs by updating regulations that cause American airports to lose business to Canada.

U.S. Reps. Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin say the measure would allow Cuban-bound flights to make technical stops at American airports for refueling and restocking.

Passengers would not be able to clear immigration or legally depart from the U.S.

University of Maine School of Law

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Portland and the University of Maine School of Law for a talk by Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda of Zimbabwe on “Overcoming Food Insecurity: Ideas and Inspiration from Zimbabwe to Maine.”

For more on Sibanda and the talk, click here.

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