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Michigan State coach Izzo joins Final Four first timers – (Associated Press)
Tom Izzo drew up the perfect play at the perfect moment, sending Michigan State past mighty Duke for a spot in the Final Four.The trip is always emotional, but Izzo has done it before. This...

Japan says name for new era of Naruhito will be 'Reiwa' – (Associated Press)
TOKYO (AP) — The name of the era of Japan's soon-to-be-emperor Naruhito will be "Reiwa," the government announced Monday.Emperor Akihito is stepping down on April 30, in the first...

Japan reveals name of new imperial era – (BBC News)
Japan's current era will end in a month when Emperor Akihito steps down in a historic abdication.

LA Mayor: Rapper Nipsey Hussle shot and killed at 33 – (Associated Press)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Grammy-nominated and widely respected West Coast rapper Nipsey Hussle was killed outside his Los Angeles clothing store, Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted Sunday.Police...

Vietnam woman pleads guilty to lesser charge in Kim killing – (Associated Press)
SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP) — A Vietnamese woman who is the only suspect in custody for the killing of the North Korean leader's brother pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in a Malaysian court Monday...

Asian stocks surge on China's factory comeback, trade talks progress – (Reuters)
Asian stocks rallied on Monday as positive Chinese factory gauges and signs of progress in Sino-U.S. trade talks supported sentiment, although another defeat for British Prime Minister Theresa May's proposed Brexit deal added to sterling's woes.

Bond yield curveball stalls global stocks rally – (Reuters)
This year's roaring rally in world equities ran into sand by the end of the quarter, with warning signs from bond markets, U-turns from central banks and persistent trade worries scattering consensus about what happens over the rest of 2019.

Erdogan loses hold over Turkish capital, Istanbul disputed – (Reuters)
Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan suffered a severe setback as his ruling AK Party lost control of the capital Ankara for the first time in a local election and he appeared to concede defeat in the country's largest city, Istanbul.

Rapper Nipsey Hussle shot dead in LA – (BBC News)
The Grammy-nominated rapper was shot outside his clothing shop in South Los Angeles.

Biden faces new scrutiny from Dems over behavior with women – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday defended his interactions with women, saying he doesn't believe he's ever acted inappropriately. But a Nevada politician's assertion...

Seven killed in China plant explosion; second deadly blast this month – (Reuters)
A plant explosion in China's Jiangsu province killed seven people on Sunday, authorities said, the second deadly blast in the province this month as Beijing begins a nationwide industrial safety inspection campaign.

Turkey's AKP and opposition party both declare victory in Istanbul – (Reuters)
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party (AKP) and the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) on Monday both declared they had narrowly won Istanbul's mayoral elections on Sunday.

Venezuela's Guaidó awaits army support – (BBC News)
Juan Guaidó tells the BBC that backing from the armed forces is needed to change the government.

Rapper Nipsey Hussle shot dead outside his Los Angeles store: media – (Reuters)
Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed outside his clothing store in south Los Angeles on Sunday, media reports said.

Ukraine comedian leads presidential election, runoff likely – (Associated Press)
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Early results in Ukraine's presidential election showed a comedian with no political experience with a sizable lead over 38 rivals but far from a first-round victory, while...

Trump aides repeat threat to shut down U.S.-Mexico border over migrant issue – (Reuters)
The Trump administration on Sunday doubled down on its threat to shut down the southern border with Mexico, a day after it cut aid to Central American countries that President Donald Trump accused of deliberately sending migrants to the United States.

Michigan State Heads to Final Four After Banding Together to Shock Duke – (The New York Times)
Coach Tom Izzo improved to 2-11 in games against Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski, and the Spartans will advance to a national semifinal against Texas Tech.

Arab leaders to seek U.N. Security Council resolution on Golan – (Reuters)
Arab leaders said on Sunday they would seek a U.N. Security Council resolution against the U.S. decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights and promised to support Palestinians in their bid for statehood.

Michael Avenatti’s Biggest Case Yet: His Own – (The New York Times)
The celebrity lawyer and Trump foil faces federal extortion and financial fraud charges. He seems to be trying the case in the court of public opinion.

Erdogan appears to concede Istanbul defeat after Ankara loss – (Reuters)
Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan suffered a severe setback on Sunday as his ruling AK Party was set to lose control of the capital Ankara for the first time in a local election and he appeared to concede defeat in the country's largest city, Istanbul.


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Jewish comedian most voted in first Ukraine’s presidential election round – (The Jerusalem Post)

Trans Day of Visibility: Canadian embassy event honors trans community – (The Jerusalem Post)
Every year on March 31, the International Transgender Day of Visibility is celebrated, honoring the trans community and emphasizing their value within society.

Abbas: U.S. to allow Israel to annex parts of West Bank, give Hamas Gaza – (The Jerusalem Post)

Times Top10 – (The Times of India)

Bill Weld explains why he is exploring a Republican challenge to Trump in 2020 – (Fox News)
Former Massachusetts Republican Gov. Bill Weld launches a 2020 presidential exploratory committee.

Nipsey Hussle, Grammy-nominated rapper, shot dead in Los Angeles – (Fox News)
Nipsey Hussle, the 33-year-old Grammy-nominated rapper, was killed Sunday in South Los Angeles outside of his clothing store in a shooting that left two others wounded, the city’s mayor confirmed.

Rapper Nipsey Hussle, 33, dead after being 'gunned down' in LA – (Daily Mail)
Rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was born Ermias Asghedom, was among three people shot outside the Marathon Store in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon.

Pressure mounts on alleged Free State capture masterminds – (News24)
Pressure is mounting on the main role players allegedly linked to the capture of the Free State province.

Michigan State coach Izzo joins Final Four first timers – (Associated Press)
Tom Izzo drew up the perfect play at the perfect moment, sending Michigan State past mighty Duke for a spot in the Final Four.The trip is always emotional, but Izzo has done it before. This...

<em>Supergirl</em> recap: Crazy Lex girlfriend – (Entertainment Weekly)
In "All About Eve," Supergirl, Lena, and Alex exchange apologies and work together to track down Eve, assuming she's their best chance to capture Lex.

"Way Too Quick:" Duke Freshmen Distraught to See Their Time Together End – (Bleacher Report)
WASHINGTON — They wanted to be together. A few years ago, these four sensational freshmen had been strangers scattered across North America. Then, in fits and starts, they formed friendships...

Stanley Cup Playoff primer: Eastern Conference – (NHL News)
There are four weeks remaining in the NHL regular season, and the race for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Eastern Conference is wide open.

Flames clinch Western Conference with win against Sharks – (NHL News)
SAN JOSE -- The Calgary Flames clinched first place in the Western Conference and Pacific Division with a 5-3 win against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Sunday.

Why I stuck with Windows for 6 years while developing Discourse – (Hacker News)
Sam's Spot - Sam saffron's web log

Japan says name for new era of Naruhito will be 'Reiwa' – (Associated Press)
TOKYO (AP) — The name of the era of Japan's soon-to-be-emperor Naruhito will be "Reiwa," the government announced Monday.Emperor Akihito is stepping down on April 30, in the first...

Brit ISIS fanatic 'Hungry Hamza' who moaned about missing KFC captured in Syria – (Mirror)
Hamza Parvez is claimed to among 50 Brits to have surrendered to Syrian Defence Force troops

Jessica Rowes’ TMI confession about Today show return – (News.com.au)
Jessica Rowe has opened up about appearing on the Today show this morning, more than a decade since her unsuccessful stint as co-host of the Channel 9 breakfast show.

Clash as men try to ‘save’ parking spot – (News.com.au)
An attempt by two Melbourne men to save a parking spot for their friend has resulted in a tense stand off between them and a driver.

<em>American Idol</em> picks its top 20 — see who made the cut – (Entertainment Weekly)
Judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie narrowed down the finalists in Hawaii.

King Ace finally gets his comeuppance – (News24)
When Zuma appointed Magashule as premier of the Free State, the doors to the provincial treasury were flung open and "King Ace" had unfettered access to the poor province's largesse, writes Adriaan Basson.


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All about Trump

Bill Weld explains why he is exploring a Republican challenge to Trump in 2020 – (Fox News)
Former Massachusetts Republican Gov. Bill Weld launches a 2020 presidential exploratory committee.

Lara Trump rips 'socialist' 2020 Dems, dismisses Beto O'Rourke as 'a great skateboarder' – (Fox News)
President Trump's senior campaign adviser and daughter-in-law Lara Trump said the Democrats aiming to unseat the president in 2020 were succumbing to the pull of socialism -- and she took a swipe at Beto O'Rourke in her interview that aired Sunday on Fox News.

Lara Trump: We're thrilled to have the Mueller probe behind us and move on – (Fox News)
Trump 2020 campaign senior adviser Lara Trump says their strategy is to emphasize the president's winning record on the economy instead of the Russia 'nonsense.'

Ocasio-Cortez joins criticism of Fox News after '3 Mexican countries' on-air gaffe – (USA Today)
Ocasio-Cortez joined a chorus of social media critics who tore into Fox News an error onscreen that said Trump had cut "aid to 3 Mexican countries."

How the Mueller report has suddenly recast American civic life – (The Globe And Mail)
The implications may deepen this week when U.S. President Donald Trump may actually close the Mexican border and when lawmakers in both political parties sharpen their conflict on the future of health care in the United States

Trump aides repeat threat to shut down U.S.-Mexico border over migrant issue – (Reuters)
The Trump administration on Sunday doubled down on its threat to shut down the southern border with Mexico, a day after it cut aid to Central American countries that President Donald Trump accused of deliberately sending migrants to the United States.

Alaska judge blocks Trump's executive order, restores offshore drilling ban in Arctic Ocean – (USA Today)
A federal judge on Friday restored bans on offshore drilling in vast parts of the Arctic Ocean and dozens of canyons in the Atlantic Ocean.

Michael Avenatti’s Biggest Case Yet: His Own – (The New York Times)
The celebrity lawyer and Trump foil faces federal extortion and financial fraud charges. He seems to be trying the case in the court of public opinion.

White House doubles down on Trump's threat to shutdown border – (CBS News)
The White House is doubling down on President Trump's threat to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border. Mola Lenghi reports.

Trump’s Cruel Venezuela Sanctions – (The American Conservative)
When it is our government's policy to starve another country of resources, it is only a matter of time before the population experiences the horrific impact of sanctions.

Donald Trump presses allies to confront China over Uighur rights – (Financial Times)
Diplomatic mission coincides with resumption of trade talks in Washington

The Fox News connection behind Trump's Eddie Gallagher tweet – (Axios)
Trump has been following Gallagher's story closely — especially through the coverage of "Fox & Friends."

Trump Officials Try to Defend Plan to Cut Aid to Three Central American Nations – (The Wall Street Journal)
Senior administration officials sought to defend President Trump’s proposal to cut foreign aid to three Central American countries he says are complicit in the flow of illegal migrants toward the U.S., following a wave of criticism that the move was counterpr…

Between the lines: Trump privately thinks ACA lawsuit will fail in court – (Axios)
But he knows he can't sit back while Democrats bash him on health care in 2020.

Behind the scenes: White House plans "slush fund" to offset Pentagon budget cuts – (Axios)
Both parties hate the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration. But Trump is fine with it.

Scoop: Trump bulks up White House policy shop with 3 new hires – (Axios)
Mick Mulvaney is pushing the White House to be more aggressive in its domestic agenda.

Scoop: Trump "saving" Judge Amy Barrett for Ruth Bader Ginsburg seat – (Axios)
If it happens, Trump would cement a young, reliably conservative majority that could last for decades.

In Beto they trust: O’Rourke has Democrats seeing Bobby Kennedy and the end of Trump – (The Globe And Mail)
O’Rourke is perhaps the most-watched candidate in a crowded Democratic field

Mueller report refuels Democrats' attacks on Trump, William Barr – (The Washington Times)
Ten days after special counsel Robert Mueller submitted his report to the Justice Department it has done surprisingly little to settle matters for Congress and the American public.

'It’s so easy to Google "Creepy Biden"' – (Politico)
In an interview, Lucy Flores says she came forward now because she fears Joe Biden would make it harder for Democrats to contrast with Trump on the treatment of women.


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