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May 18, 2019

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain is ordering all of its citizens to immediately leave Iraq and Iran, amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf. Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry made the announcement via its state-run news agency Saturday afternoon.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten has conceded defeat to Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the country’s general election. Shorten made the announcement to supporters of his opposition Labor party late Saturday night in Melbourne. Pre-election opinion polls had suggested that the coalition would lose its bid for a third three-year term, and that Morrison would have had one of the shortest tenures as prime minister in the 118-year history of the Australian federation.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The legal argument that President Donald Trump’s lawyers are using in an attempt to defy congressional investigations is a pretty sure loser, according to many scholars. But his team may end up delaying those investigations, and that could be a victory in itself. His argument is that congressional Democrats are out to get him and that they have no “legitimate legislative purpose” in seeking his personal records.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As more Republican-led states seek to ban most abortions, a growing number of female lawmakers have gone public with painful testimony of being raped and in some cases getting a subsequent abortion. Their testimony has been prompted by the bills’ lack of an exemption for rape or incest. The #MeToo movement and a record number of women elected to state legislatures last year have empowered more women to speak out about their own experiences to legislatures that remain male-dominated.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A report on decades of sexual abuse by a team doctor for Ohio State University could cost the school by corroborating lawsuits brought by victims who say leaders knew and did nothing. The findings released Friday put the late Dr. Richard Strauss in a league with gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar of Michigan State University. Strauss killed himself in 2005 nearly a decade after he was allowed to retire from Ohio State with honors.

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