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Libyan commander urges troops to press fight to take Tripoli

Westlake Legal Group libyan-commander-urges-troops-to-press-fight-to-take-tripoli Libyan commander urges troops to press fight to take Tripoli fox-news/world/world-regions/middle-east fox-news/world/world-regions/africa fox-news/world fnc/world fnc CAIRO Associated Press article 49cf9e73-59d6-50b8-9d42-2132223c16ba
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A Libyan army commander whose forces are advancing on Tripoli is rallying his fighters on, despite U.N. calls for a weeklong cease-fire.

Commander Khalifa Hifter urged his troops late on Sunday “to teach the enemy a greater and bigger lesson … till we uproot them from our beloved land.”

Hifter’s self-styled Libyan National Army has been battling militias loosely allied to a U.N.-supported government in the capital, Tripoli.

The force, based in the country’s east, launched an offensive to take Tripoli in early April. The fighting has killed over 400 on both sides and including also some civilians.

Hifter’s call did not mention the U.N. mission’s call for a week-long cease-fire to start at 4 a.m. Monday as many Muslims across the world begin observing the fasting month of Ramadan.

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US warships sail near Chinese islands, provoking nation: report

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Two U.S. warships on Monday sailed near islands claimed by China in the disputed South China Sea, a move that comes at a time of tense relations between the two nations.

A U.S. military spokesman told Reuters that destroyers Preble and Chung Hoon traveled within 12 nautical miles of Gaven and Johnson Reefs in the Spratly Islands.

The South China Sea has been the site of ongoing tension, primarily between the U.S. and China, which claims nearly all of the strategic waters despite competing claims from other Southeast Asian nations.

The U.S. has frequently criticized China for what it regards as the country’s militarization of the South China Sea, while China, in turn, has regarded the U.S.’ conduct in the region as a provocation.

TRUMP THREATENS TO RAISE TARIFFS ON $200B WORTH OF CHINESE GOODS TO 25 PERCENT

Last month, two U.S. warships sailed through the Taiwan Strait, in a move that Beijing said threatened to hinder U.S.-China relations, according to Taiwan’s defense ministry.

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Monday’s actions come amid an escalated trade war between the U.S. and China. On Sunday, President Trump threatened to hike tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to 25 percent at the end of the week, as trade talks with China appeared to be stalling.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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The Latest: Pope celebrates communion for Bulgarian children

Westlake Legal Group the-latest-pope-celebrates-communion-for-bulgarian-children The Latest: Pope celebrates communion for Bulgarian children SOFIA, Bulgaria fox-news/world/world-regions/europe fox-news/world/religion fox-news/world fnc/world fnc Associated Press article 7fa53a74-5f26-5a18-a2f7-69c4f722c77a
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The Latest on Pope Francis’ visit to Bulgaria (all times local):

10:45 a.m.

Pope Francis is ministering to Bulgaria’s young Catholics, travelling to the Catholic stronghold of Rakovsky for a First Communion Mass and meeting with the local community.

Nearly 250 jittery children in white robes filled the pews of the Sacred Heart church Monday, the girls wearing crowns of white roses. Citing local organizers, the Vatican said some 10,000 people were on hand outside to greet Francis.

In his homily, Francis told the children that receiving their First Communion was a celebration of communion with the whole church, and he urged them to share that joy with others.

Later, he engaged in a Q&A session with the kids, explaining to them the basics of the sacrament and living a Christian life in Italian that was then translated into Bulgarian.

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9:15 a.m.

Pope Francis has met with refugees in Bulgaria’s showcase refugee center and told them they are bearing the “cross of humanity,” after he urged the migrant-skeptic government to not close its eyes to their suffering during a visit to the Balkan nation.

Refugee children from Iraq, Pakistan and elsewhere sang for Francis on Monday at the Vrazhdebna center, located in a refurbished school on the outskirts of Sofia, the Bulgarian capital.

Bulgaria’s center-right government has been criticized by human rights groups and the European Council for its treatment of asylum-seekers, particularly unaccompanied minors.

Francis is on the second-day of a three-day visit to the Balkans. Later Monday, he is to celebrate Mass in the Catholic stronghold of Rakovsky and celebrate First Communion for more than 200 children.

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Survey shows eurozone economy loses more momentum in April

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A closely watched survey is showing that the 19-country eurozone economy lost further momentum in April.

Financial information firm IHS Markit said Monday that its composite purchasing managers index — a broad gauge of economic activity — fell modestly to 51.5 in April from 51.6 in May. Although the index remains above the 50 no-change mark, it is pointing to fairly lackluster quarterly growth of 0.2%.

A more detailed look at the monthly survey, which is monitored by rate-setters at the European Central Bank, showed the manufacturing sector in its steepest downturn since 2013 and overall growth held up by the services sector.

The eurozone has been hobbled by rising trade tensions between the United States and China, higher oil prices and uncertainty over Britain’s impending departure from the European Union.

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Powerful cyclone leaves 34 dead in India, 15 in Bangladesh

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Relief officials say a rare summer cyclone that tore through parts of South Asia last week killed at least 34 people in India and another 15 in neighboring Bangladesh apart from smashing thousands of thatched-roof huts and uprooting electric poles and trees.

Relief officials in India’s Odisha state say that authorities are still assessing the full impact of Cyclone Fani, which lashed beaches with rain and winds gusting up to 205 kilometers (127 miles) per hour as it made a landfall on Friday.

After weakening, the cyclone moved into neighboring Bangladesh.

A mammoth evacuation of more than 1 million people spared India a devastating death toll from one of the biggest storms in decades.

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2 arrested after clash in Sri Lanka town hit by Easter blast

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Two people have been arrested and an overnight curfew lifted after mobs attacked Muslim-owned shops and some vehicles in a Sri Lankan town where a suicide bombing targeted a Catholic church last month.

Residents in the seaside town of Negombo say the mostly-Catholic attackers stoned and vandalized shops. It is unclear how the dispute began but most residents say a private dispute took a religious turn.

Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said earlier that the violence was brought under control and two people arrested.

The clash is the first reported since the Easter bombings by Islamic extremists two weeks ago that killed more than 250 people.

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Pope in Bulgaria tells refugees they bear cross of humanity

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Pope Francis has met with refugees in Bulgaria’s showcase refugee center and told them they are bearing the “cross of humanity,” after he urged the migrant-skeptic government to not close its eyes to their suffering during a visit to the Balkan nation.

Refugee children from Iraq, Pakistan and elsewhere sang for Francis on Monday at the Vrazhdebna center, located in a refurbished school on the outskirts of Sofia, the Bulgarian capital.

Bulgaria’s center-right government has been criticized by human rights groups and the European Council for its treatment of asylum-seekers, particularly unaccompanied minors.

Francis is on the second-day of a three-day visit to the Balkans. Later Monday, he is to celebrate Mass in the Catholic stronghold of Rakovsky and celebrate First Communion for more than 200 children.

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Intimate proposal: New Zealand leader, partner, police, dog

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New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has joked that her partner’s marriage proposal was an intimate moment with just the two of them, a police protection officer, a couple of locals and a dog that tried to eat chocolate her partner had brought with him.

Ardern spoke publicly for the first time Monday about her engagement to her longtime partner Clarke Gayford over the Easter break in the town of Mahia. She says she was surprised by the question and they’ve yet to make any wedding plans.

Reporters on Friday noticed Ardern wearing a ring on her middle finger and her office later confirmed the engagement.

Ardern says the ring belonged to Gayford’s grandmother and doesn’t fit on her ring finger.

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A look at the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan

Many Muslims around the world began fasting Monday to mark the start of the holy month of Ramadan.

This means waking up before dawn to eat, hydrate and pray. Once the sun rises, Muslims abstain from food and drink, including water, until sunset. They repeat the grueling routine every day for a month.

Here are some questions and answers about Islam’s holiest month and how it’s observed.

WHY DO MUSLIMS FAST?

Fasting is meant to bring worshippers closer to God through steady remembrance, reflection and sacrifice. Daily fasting, combined with five daily prayers and extended evening prayers, challenges worshippers to focus on their actions, deeds and thoughts, rather than on material desires and instant gratification.

Fasting is a requirement in Islam — a reset for the mind, body and soul. Muslims are expected to show self-control and deeper spirituality during Ramadan.

It’s also a month of gratitude. By abstaining from food and water during the day, the faithful are reminded of those less fortunate. Each night during Ramadan, mosques and aid organizations set up tents and tables to serve free evening meals for the poor.

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HOW DO MUSLIMS FAST?

Muslims must abstain from all eating, drinking or smoking from dawn to dusk each day for the entire lunar month, around 30 days. A single sip of water or coffee, or a puff of a cigarette, is enough to invalidate the fast.

Sexual intercourse is also forbidden during the daylong fast, and Muslims are encouraged to avoid gossip, arguments and idle time.

To prepare for the fast, Muslims wake for a pre-dawn meal called “suhoor.” Often the small meal will include vegetables and fruits, tea, yogurt, dates and power foods such as beans and lentils. In many cities in the Muslim world, volunteers wake the faithful for suhoor by marching through the streets chanting and beating drums.

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HOW DO MUSLIMS BREAK THEIR FAST?

Muslims traditionally break their fast like the Prophet Muhammad did some 1,400 years ago, with a sip of water and some dates at sunset. After sunset prayers, a large feast known as “iftar” is shared with family and friends.

Iftar is a social event as much as it is a gastronomical adventure. Across the Arab world, apricot juice is an iftar staple. In South Asia and Turkey, yogurt-based drinks are popular.

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CAN MUSLIMS BE EXEMPTED FROM FASTING?

Children, the elderly and the ill are exempt, as well as women who are pregnant, nursing or menstruating. Travelers, including athletes taking part in tournaments away from home, are also exempt from fasting.

Muslims living in countries with excessively long daylight hours are advised by religious scholars to adhere to the fasting times of the nearest Muslim-majority country.

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HOW DO MUSLIM-MAJORITY COUNTRIES OBSERVE RAMADAN?

Many Muslim-majority countries curb the sale of alcohol during the month of Ramadan, limiting when it can be sold and to whom. In some countries, people who eat in public during the day can be fined or even jailed, although adherence to Ramadan etiquette by non-Muslims is often a personal choice and not enforced by police.

In the United Arab Emirates, which has large Western expatriate populations in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, restaurants use curtains to conceal customers who eat during the day. In Saudi Arabia, restaurants simply close during the day.

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WHAT ARE SOME RAMADAN TRADITIONS?

Once the start of the holy month is declared, Muslims share holiday greetings such as “Ramadan Mubarak,” or “blessed Ramadan,” via text messages, calls and emails to family and friends.

Another hallmark of Ramadan is nightly prayer at the mosque among Sunni Muslims called “taraweeh.”

Egyptians follow the tradition of the “fanoos,” a Ramadan lantern that is often the centerpiece at an iftar table or seen hanging in shop windows and from balconies.

Increasingly common are Ramadan tents in five-star hotels that offer lavish and pricey meals throughout the evening. While Ramadan is a boon for retailers in the Middle East and South Asia, critics say the holy month is increasingly becoming commercialized.

Scholars have also been disturbed by the proliferation of evening television shows during Ramadan. In the Arab world, monthlong soap operas rake in millions of dollars in advertising.

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HOW DO MUSLIMS MARK THE END OF RAMADAN?

The end of Ramadan is marked by intense worship as Muslims ask to have their prayers answered during “Laylat al-Qadr” or “the Night of Destiny.” Muslims believe that on this occasion, which is usually observed on the 27th day of Ramadan, God sent the Angel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad and revealed the first verses of the Quran.

After these intense nights of prayer, the end of Ramadan is met with a holiday called Eid al-Fitr. Children often receive new clothes, gifts and cash.

Muslims attend early morning Eid prayers the day after Ramadan. Families typically spend the day at parks, eating in the sunshine for the first time in a month.

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North Korea tests new missile _ and Trump’s resolve

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North Korea appears to have tested a new short-range missile — and President Donald Trump’s resolve to keep it from doing more of the same.

The test early Saturday was quickly played down by Trump and his top advisers, who noted it was not the kind of long-range missile leader Kim Jong Un has refrained from launching since 2017.

But the sudden activity on the North’s east coast, complete with fiery photos of a purported bull’s eye out to sea, alarmed Washington’s regional allies and suggests that Kim’s missiles are improving even as the Trump administration wrestles with how to get him back to the negotiating table.

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