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Clintons' speeches earned them $25 million

Hillary Rodham Clinton reported that she and former President Bill Clinton have earned more than $25 million in speaking fees since January 2014. Clinton reported the income in a personal financial disclosure report filed with the Federal Election Commission. Such reports are required of every candidate for president. The former secretary of state also reported earning more than $5 million from her memoirs during that time.


Perry to make presidential bid official

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry has chosen Dallas to officially declare his second run for the Republican presidential nomination on June 4. For months Perry has said that he would announce his decision in May or June. But his constant travel to the early contest states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida has left little doubt of his intentions. The announcement was made via the Twitter account of his wife, Anita.


Governor declares drought emergency

Gov. Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought emergency, citing a historically low snowpack and dwindling rivers. No mandatory rationing has been ordered, but conditions recently worsened. Water deliveries have already been cut to farmers for weeks at a time, and the state Department of Agriculture is projecting a $1.2 billion crop loss.


Prime minister marries same-sex partner

The prime minister Xavier Bettel married his partner a year after the tiny Roman Catholic nation approved a law allowing same-sex marriage. Bettel did so five years after Iceland's prime minister married her partner in the first same-sex wedding of a ruling government leader in Europe. Bettel posted a picture of himself with Belgian partner Gauthier Destenay on Twitter.


Kerry seeks end of hostilities over islands

Secretary of State John Kerry is in China to press Beijing to halt increasingly assertive actions it is taking in the South China Sea. U.S. and Chinese officials are sparring over land reclamation projects China is conducting in disputed waters. China has reacted angrily to suggestions the U.S. may send military ships and planes to challenge Chinese claims to the islands. Beijing reaffirmed that it will defend those claims if they are threatened.


Historic ruins threatened by fighting

The United Nations cultural agency expressed alarm over clashes between Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant militants and Syrian government forces near the ancient city of Palmyra — one of the Middle East's most famous UNESCO world heritage sites. UNESCO chief Irina Bokova said Palmyra, famous for its 2,000-year-old ruins, should not become the target of any military activity. Government warplanes have been attacking ISIL positions on the eastern edge of Palmyra. Syria said its troops were "chasing" militant fighters in several areas north and east of Palmyra and killed three of them.

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