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French President Emmanuel Macron (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend a meeting with Russian and French business people during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday. Dmitry Lovetsky/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Russia, France's Macron Tries His Next Charm Offensive On 'Cher Vladimir'

Will French President Emmanuel Macron turn out to be the West's Putin whisperer?

In Russia, France's Macron Tries His Next Charm Offensive On 'Cher Vladimir'

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"We proved to the world that a completely Spanish song can take over the world," J Balvin says. "This is just the beginning." Orli Arias/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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J Balvin Won't Settle For Anything Less Than World Domination

After cracking the American pop charts last year, the Colombian reggaeton star is following the success of "Mi Gente" with his fifth album, Vibras. And he knows you're still listening.

J Balvin Won't Settle For Anything Less Than World Domination

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Widely perceived as fierce guardians of health care spending, insurers, in many cases, aren't. In fact, they often agree to pay high prices, then pass them along to patients. Justin Volz for ProPublica hide caption

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Why Your Health Insurer Doesn't Care About Your Big Bills

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Patients may think their insurers are fighting on their behalf for the best prices. But saving patients money is often not their top priority. Just ask Michael Frank about his hip surgery.

In this photo taken and released Friday by the Taiwan Ministry of National Defense, a Taiwanese Air Force fighter aircraft (left) flies near a Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force bomber. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen said this week that the island will step up security to respond to military threats from China. The watermark says "Military News Agency." Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense via AP hide caption

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Taiwan Loses 2 More Allies To China And Scrambles Jets To Track Chinese Bomber Drills

Taiwan's president says China crossed a "red line" after Burkina Faso became the latest country to cut ties with the island in favor of Beijing.

Leo Varadkar, Ireland's prime minister, or taoiseach, leaves a Dublin polling station after casting his vote in Friday's referendum. Varadkar has campaigned aggressively for repealing Ireland's abortion ban, but the vote's results are expected to be close. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images hide caption

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Irish Voters Cast Ballots In 'Once-In-A-Generation' Vote On Abortion Rights

At issue is a 1983 constitutional amendment that guarantees the "right to life of the unborn" and bans abortion in most cases. Friday's landmark referendum will decide whether the ban is repealed.

A small bag of straight fentanyl on display at the State Crime Lab at the Ohio Attorney General's headquarters of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation in 2015. Nebraska police say they seized 118 pounds of fentanyl in April. The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Nebraska Police Seize Record Amount Of Fentanyl

Nebraska law enforcement recently seized 118 pounds of drugs, which they now say was entirely fentanyl. It's one of the biggest fentanyl seizures in the U.S. and enough to kill millions of people.

With a Twitter post encouraging voters to vote from home displayed behind him, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. questions witnesses during an October 2017 Senate hearing on Russian disinformation during the 2016 campaign. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Federal Election Commission Can't Decide If Russian Interference Violated Law

The FEC has been wrestling with questions about foreign donors and possible election meddling since 2011. It's not making any progress.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky told NPR that he continues to support the Mueller investigation and that nothing he heard in a secret briefing Thursday changes his mind. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Mitch McConnell Says He Supports Mueller Investigation

The Senate majority leader tells NPR that nothing he heard in a secret briefing changed his mind about the integrity of the Russia and Justice Department probes. "I support both," McConnell, R-Ky., said.

A police officer walks in front of Bombay Bhel restaurant early Friday, where two unidentified men set off a bomb Thursday night in Mississauga, Ontario. Mark Blinch/Reuters hide caption

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15 Injured, Some Critically, After 2 Men Set Off Bomb At Ontario Restaurant

Police in Ontario say two men walked into an Indian restaurant near Toronto Thursday night and set off an improvised explosive device, then fled. Three people had "critical blast injuries."

Vehicles wait for inspection at the Border Patrol's Laredo North vehicle checkpoint in Laredo, Texas. A border agent killed an immigrant woman in Rio Bravo, near Laredo on Wednesday. The shooting is being investigated by the Texas Rangers and FBI. Nomaan Merchant/AP hide caption

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Border Patrol Shooting Death Of Immigrant Woman Raises Tensions In South Texas

Federal and state authorities are investigating the shooting death of a young immigrant along the U.S.-Mexico border. Few details about the incident have been released.

Pusha-T's anticipated new album Daytona is finally here, along with a whole bunch of other great releases for May 25. Fabien Montique/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: 7 Albums You Should Stream Today

This week's sprint through Friday's new albums includes an instant classic from rapper Pusha-T, raw guitar rock from Thunderpussy, reggaetón singer J Balvin and more.

New Music Friday: 7 Albums You Should Stream Today

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A vehicle drives by the spot where an Uber self-driving vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian earlier this year in Tempe, Ariz. The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report Thursday on the collision. Chris Carlson/AP hide caption

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NTSB: Uber Self-Driving Car Had Disabled Emergency Brake System Before Fatal Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report said that sensors saw the victim. But Uber says it's the driver, not its system, that was supposed to intervene to avoid the collision.

Workers sort NECCO Wafers at the New England Confectionery Co. in Revere, Mass. The Ohio-based Spangler Candy Company made the winning bid for NECCO, which filed for bankruptcy in early April. Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Saved In The NECCO Time! Bankrupt Candy Company Sold At Federal Auction

The 171-year-old New England Confectionery Co. — known for its iconic wafers and Valentine hearts with witty phrases — was sold to the family-owned Ohio-based Spangler Candy Co. for $18 million.

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