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Presidency a boon for some Trump businesses
AFP,  Washington
Becoming president forced Donald Trump to resign from a slew of corporate positions, but it also appears to have netted him much more income from his Mar-a-Lago resort and from book sales.
According to a financial disclosure form released late Friday, Trump earned around $37 million this year from the Florida resort-a seven million dollar increase from last year.

IS claims fatal stabbing of Israeli policewoman
AFP, Jerusalem
The Islamic State group on Saturday claimed responsibility for the fatal stabbing of an Israeli policewoman outside Jerusalem's Old City, in what would be a first for the jihadists in Israel.
Three suspected Palestinian attackers were shot dead by security forces, Israeli police said Friday.

Southwest US braces for record-breaking heat
AP, Los Angeles
When bracing for 120 degrees, it's all about the water.
Drinking it, splashing in it to stay cool, and drinking it some more. A lot more.
That's what officials were urging and residents were planning Friday as a potentially record-shattering heat wave started enveloping the Southwest United States and threatened to bring temperatures of more than 120 degrees to parts of Arizona and California next week.

Heavy rains kill 14 in Niger, 11 in Ivory Coast
AFP, Abidjan
At least 14 people, mostly children, have died in Niger and 11 in Ivory Coast after heavy rains this week triggered landslides and caused homes to collapse, UN and local officials said Friday.
The UN's humanitarian affairs office OCHA said 14 people had died when houses collapsed in Niger's capital Niamey with another four missing. Nine children were reported dead there earlier this week.

2 Malaysian air force pilots killed in jet crash
AP, Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia found two air force officers dead in a northeastern forest on Thursday after their fighter jet went missing during a training exercise, the chief of the country's air force told reporters.
The task of upgrading Malaysia's ageing fleet of fighter jets is being complicated by defence budget cuts, as Prime Minister Najib Razak grapples with growing public discontent over the rising cost of living.

New Lesotho PM's wife shot dead
AFP, Maseru
The wife of Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane was shot dead late on Wednesday, just hours after her husband's inauguration, raising fears of another wave of political violence in the southern African mountain kingdom.
Police spokesperson Clifford Molefe said Lipolelo Thabane, 58, was travelling home with a friend when both women where shot by an unknown assailant in the town of Masana, just outside the capital, Maseru.

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Trump says "there's a good chance" North Korea meeting will happen June 12

CBS News :President Trump says that "there's a good chance" his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take place in Singapore on June 12, as planned,