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South Korea says some North Korean officials have returned to an inter-Korean liaison office three days after the North abruptly withdrew its entire staff citing unspecified instructions from "higher-level authorities."

Seoul’s Unification Ministry says four to five North Korean officials showed up for work Monday at the liaison office in the North Korean border town of Kaesong.

It wasn’t immediately clear why North Korea sent some workers back to the office or whether it will restore a full staff.

The North’s decision to withdraw its staff came a week after its vice foreign minister threatened to pull out of nuclear negotiations with the United States following the collapse of a nuclear summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump.

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Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s lawyer who called for a “complete investigation” on the origins of the Russia collusion investigation, took to Twitter early Monday and called on Democrats who "went too far" in their attacks and false claims against the president during the probe to admit their mistakes so the country can "heal."

Giuliani made the comments just hours after Attorney General Willaim Barr declared that special counsel Robert Mueller did not find evidence that the Trump campaign “conspired or coordinated” with Russia in hopes  to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Trump cheered the outcome but also laid bare his resentment after two years of investigations that have shadowed his administration. “It’s a shame that our country has had to go through this. To be honest, it’s a shame that your president has had to go through this,” he said.

Giuliani took to Twitter to ask if Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.; House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., and others will apologize “for their now false claims of collusion.”

“If they care about our country,  they should be relieved they were wrong. Are they?” he asked.

He called on news outlets like CNN and MSNBC and said he hopes they can “realize their overreactions” and hopes for fairer treatment in the future.

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It appears Democrats are seizing on the part of the report that focuses on the obstruction of justice. Mueller stated that “while this report does not conclude that the President committed  a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

Some Democrats say that line leaves open the possibility of wrongdoing.

Nadler said, "The job of Congress is much broader than the job of the special counsel. The special counsel is looking and can only look for crimes. We have to protect the rule of law, we have to look for abuses of power, we have to look for obstructions of justice, we have to look for corruption in the exercise of power which may not be crimes."

Alan M. Dershowitz, the attorney and Harvard Law professor emeritus, slammed Mueller on Sunday, saying the special counsel engaged in a “cop out” by stating that his report neither exonerated Trump nor concluded he’d committed a crime related to obstruction of justice.

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Dershowitz said Mueller seemed to try having it both ways. “It sounds like a law-school exam,” he said, adding that the report sounded wishy-washy. “Shame on Mueller.”

Fox News’ Frank Miles contributed to this report

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BERLIN (AP) — One of Germany’s richest families, whose company owns a controlling interest in Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Panera Bread, Pret a Manger and other well-known businesses, plans to donate millions to charity after learning about their ancestors’ enthusiastic support of Adolf Hitler and use of forced laborers under the Nazis, according to a report Sunday.

In a four-page report, the Bild newspaper reported that documents uncovered in Germany, France and the U.S. reveal that Albert Reimann Sr. and Albert Reimann Jr. used Russian civilians and French POWs as forced laborers.

Family spokesman Peter Harf, who is one of two managing partners of the Reimann’s JAB Holding Company, said recent internal research confirmed Bild’s findings.

"It is all correct," he told the newspaper. "Reimann senior and Reimann junior were guilty … they belonged in jail."

The father and son, who died in 1954 and 1984, did not talk about the Nazi era and the family had thought that all of the company’s connection to the Nazis had been revealed in a 1978 report, Harf said.

But after reading documents kept by the family, the younger generation began to ask questions and commissioned a University of Munich historian in 2014 to examine the Reimann history more thoroughly, Harf said.

The expert presented his preliminary findings to the Reimann children and grandchildren, as well as Hanf, several weeks ago, he said.

"We were all ashamed and turned as white as the wall," he said. "There is nothing to gloss over. These crimes are disgusting."

In addition al Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Pret a Manger, the Luxembourg-based JAB Holding Co. has controlling stakes in Keurig Green Mountain, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Caribou Coffee Co., Panera Bread and other companies.

Many German companies have acknowledged using slave laborers during the Nazi era and have conducted their own independent investigations.

In 2000, the German government approved a 10 billion mark (about 5.1 billion euro) fund to provide compensation, with half the money coming from companies like Bayer, Siemens, Deutsche Bank, Daimler-Benz, Volkswagen, and AEG.

Bild reported that even before the Nazis came to power, the Reimanns donated to the paramilitary SS.

During World War II, the company used forced laborers in its industrial chemicals company. It was not clear how many were used overall, but Bild said in 1943, 175 forced laborers were being used, about 30 percent of its workforce.

In addition to Russian and other Eastern European civilians, the company used French prisoners of war — about whom Reimann Jr. complained in a letter to the Ludwigshafen mayor in 1940 that they weren’t working hard enough.

After the war, the two were investigated by the occupying Allied powers and initially banned by the French from continuing their business activities but then had the judgment overturned by the Americans, Bild reported.

Harf said the family would donate 10 million euros ($11.3 million) to a not-yet-determined charity as a gesture, and once the historian’s report is complete, it would be released to the public.

"The whole truth must be put on the table," he said.

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A military-backed party appears to have won the most votes in Thailand’s first election since a 2014 coup after tilting the electoral system in its favor. If the preliminary results hold, it will likely add to nearly two decades of political instability in Thailand. Some key developments from the election.

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MILITARY RULES

Coup leader and prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha took full advantage of five years of junta rule to change the constitution and election laws to stack the electoral odds against anti-junta parties.

But the military-backed Palang Pracharat party’s strong showing in the popular vote also suggests some Thais were happy with the certainty provided by Prayuth’s strongarm rule and deeply opposed to the alternative — a government allied with exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

A lot of people who supported Prayuth did so because they believed "if you want to get away from Thaksin, that was your only hope," said Pavida Pananond, an associate professor at Bangkok’s Thammasat Business School.

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STILL UNSTABLE

Thailand’s has endured nearly two decades of political strife as conservative forces including the military tried to reverse the populist political revolution led by Thaksin, who swept to power in 2001 and was ousted by a military coup after several years. That instability looks set to continue even after Sunday’s election.

The political system designed by the junta is inherently unstable. A 250-member junta-appointed Senate and a 500-member elected parliament will decide the next prime minister. That could result in Prayuth as prime minister but trying to govern without a majority in parliament. Supporters of the Thaksin-allied Pheu Thai party may also view the election results as illegitimate.

"It is highly likely that political tensions in parliament will boil over into very public debate and parliamentary dysfunction," said Jacob Ricks, a political scientist at Singapore Management University. "If a parliamentary majority is in the opposition, we might even see Prayuth use a heavier hand in coercing compliance."

And in Thailand, which has seen 12 coups since 1932, instability increases the odds of another military takeover.

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NOT EVERY VOTE COUNTS?

Palang Pracharat’s lead in the vote tallies and the Election Commission’s delay in releasing complete results have sparked suspicion of irregularities in the counting.

Election cheating was the top trending topic on Twitter for Bangkok with hashtags such as "ECBusted," ”CheatingElection19" and "EChasNoCalculators."

The Pheu Thai party has also voiced concerns and wants to inspect disqualified ballots, which are more than a million in number.

"Even the reported numbers from the Election Commission and each media outlet are different. We have our own number too," said the party’s secretary-general Phumtham Wechayachai. "It will be clearer once the official result is announced."

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THE FUTURE IS ALMOST HERE

A new political force, the Future Forward Party led by left-leaning millionaire businessman Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, campaigned on sending the military back to the barracks. With strong support from first-time voters it became the third-ranked party by votes.

The party’s is in jeopardy because it faces legal challenges from the campaign period, but its strong performance is disconcerting for the junta. Though largely youth-orientated, Thanathorn’s charisma, sharp debating skills and vigorous campaigning expanded the party’s appeal and flagged him as a possible future prime minister.

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DEMOCRAT DISASTER

Thailand’s oldest political party, battered for years by Thaksin’s political machine, took another beating as voters in its Bangkok and southern strongholds deserted it, apparently in favor of the junta party as the more viable Thaksin alternative.

Leader and former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva resigned as election results rolled in late Sunday. The party’s abysmal performance means it will likely finish in fourth or fifth place

The Democrats’ failure "probably also means that the party is more likely to try to get into a coalition with Palang Pracharat," said Kevin Hewison, a professor emeritus from the University of North Carolina and veteran Thai studies scholar. "Otherwise, the party would be in opposition with Thaksin parties and I don’t think that appeals to the Democrat core constituency."

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THAKSIN, DOWN BUT NOT OUT

With results yet to be finalized, the pro-Thaksin Pheu Party may yet win more seats in parliament than the junta’s party. And even if not, Pheu Thai can still convincingly argue that it would have done better if the deck had not been stacked against it.

The pro-Thaksin forces had established the satellite Thai Raksa Chart Party to overcome the convoluted election rules that sought to minimize the number of seats they could win. But they overreached themselves by nominating the Thai king’s sister as their candidate for prime minister, and instead of gaining some royal luster, found themselves disgraced and dissolved.

Pheu Thai supporters "are unlikely to embrace continued rule by Prayuth, but many feel as though they have no alternative beyond accepting and enduring it," said Ricks. "They are very aware of who carries the guns."

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A slow-moving cyclone that lashed northwest Australia was weakening on Monday.

The Bureau of Meteorology said Cyclone Veronica had weakened from a Category 3 storm, on a scale in which 5 is the strongest, to a Category 2, with sustained winds near its center of 100 kilometers (62 miles) per hour and wind gusts of up to 140 kph (87 mph).

The storm was expected to continue to track west away from the coast of the sparsely populated Pilbara region of Western Australia state and weaken below cyclone strength late Monday, the bureau said.

There have been no reports of injuries or major structural damage from two major cyclones that hit the Australian coast over the weekend. But damage assessment had only just begun on Monday.

About 60,000 people live in the area most affected by Veronica, which crossed the Pilbara coast on Sunday. The iron ore mining region is said to be generally well prepared for cyclones that lash its coast frequently.

On Saturday, Category 4 Cyclone Trevor hit a remote part of the Northern Territory coast, about 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) to the east of the Pilbara region.

Trevor was downgraded on Sunday to a tropical low pressure system as it moved inland. The more than 2,000 people evacuated from Northern Territory coastal areas in its path have begun moving back home.

A red alert that warns residents to find shelter and brace for destructive winds remained in place in parts of the Pilbara. But that warning is expected to be lifted on Monday.

Roof and tree damage has been reported at towns in the Pilbara region.

Cyclones are frequent in Australia’s tropical north but rarely claim lives. Still, two large storms such as Trevor and Veronica hitting on successive days is rare.

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A sheriff’s deputy who was shot Friday in West Texas succumbed to his injuries on Sunday, authorities said.

Deputy Peter Herrera’s death was confirmed by the El Paso County Sheriff’s office in a statement on Facebook.

"We ask for your continued prayers and support for Deputy Herrera, his wife, his family and friends during their time of need," the statement read. No further details were released.

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Herrera was conducting a routine traffic stop early Friday morning in San Elizario — about 25 miles southeast of El Paso — when a man in the vehicle opened fire, striking Herrera multiple times, authorities said.

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Robert Flores said Herrera did not return fire and the shooter fled on foot along with a female passenger. Deputies found the pair hiding in a tool shed a few blocks away from where the deputy was shot, Flores said.

Facundo Chavez, 27 was been booked into the El Paso County Jail without bond on multiple charges, including attempted capital murder of the peace officer.

Facundo Chavez, 27 was been booked into the El Paso County Jail without bond on multiple charges, including attempted capital murder of the peace officer. (El Paso County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

The suspected gunman, Facundo Chavez, 27, remains in custody at the El Paso County Jail on an attempted capital murder charge.

Sheriff Richard Wiles said Chavez’s charge will be upgraded to capital murder and added that he will request the death penalty, the El Paso Times reported.

Authorities said the woman who was with Chavez had cooperated with authorities and was later released from custody. Their relationship wasn’t immediately clear.

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Authorities had said on Friday that they expected Herrera to survive the shooting because he was wearing a protective vest. Over the weekend, Herrera was listed in critical but stable condition after undergoing surgery and was recovering in an area hospital. A Facebook fundraising campaign had been set up for Herrera Friday afternoon.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Explosions were heard early Monday in central Israel after air raid sirens sounded, according to reports.

Israel’s defense forces said rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip. There was no immediate word of damages.

The Jerusalem Post reported that a rocket slammed into a home in the Kfar Saba area outside Tel Aviv. The paper reported that six people were injured.

Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Washington on Sunday and plans to meet with President Trump at the White House.

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Gaza is controlled by Hamas, an Islamic militant group that seeks Israel’s destruction. The territory is home to other militant groups, including Islamic Jihad, an Iranian-backed armed organization that also has a formidable rocket arsenal.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Explosions have been heard in central Israel after air raid sirens wailed.

The Israeli military says a rocket was launched early Monday from the Gaza Strip toward Israel and was looking into the reports.

The apparent attack comes 10 days after rockets were fired toward Israel’s densely populated commercial capital of Tel Aviv. Gaza’s Hamas leaders said it was fired accidently.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility to Monday’s incident.

Gaza is controlled by Hamas, an Islamic militant group that seeks Israel’s destruction. The territory is home to other militant groups, including Islamic Jihad, an Iranian-backed armed organization that also has a formidable rocket arsenal.

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Two masked men wielding swords tried robbing a dollar store in Alabama last week before they were thwarted by an employee carrying a gun, investigators said.

The suspects burst into a Family Dollar in Birmingham last Wednesday and demanded money from the clerk, but bolted after he showed them his firearm, according to police.

Precious Spencer had only been on the job for a couple of days when she described how one of her managers used a gun to fend off the "medieval" robbers, Fox 6 reported.

The suspects bolted after a clerk pulled out his gun, police said.

The suspects bolted after a clerk pulled out his gun, police said. (Birmingham PD Crime Stoppers)

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"He got to the end of the aisle and said, ‘they’re robbing us, they’re robbing us’… they came here with swords and that kind of threw us for a loop because no one really got robbed with swords before,” Spencer told the news station. “What were they going to do, chop our heads off and get the stuff?”

Spencer said one of the men was holding a short sword and the other was holding a long one. She says the manager decided to get involved to prevent anyone from getting hurt.

“He said, ‘they rob us too much and that’s why I have my gun,’ and I understand why he feels the way he feels. He’s trying to secure himself and protect the people that are in here,” she added.

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None of the other employees was allowed to carry firearms, Spencer said, adding that the store was planning to hire an armed guard after recent break-ins. Spencer says the store had been involved in 13 robbery attempts in just the last five months.

“Luckily no one was injured,” said Birmingham Police Sgt. Johnny Williams. “We want everybody to realize that although this may seem funny to some, we still consider these guys dangerous. That weapon of choice at that time was a machete or a sword, but these guys can easily escalate to using other weapons like firearms.”

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New Zealand’s prime minister has announced a top-level inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the massacre of 50 people in two Christchurch mosques.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the country’s highest form of investigation, a royal commission of inquiry, was appropriate for "matters of the gravest public importance."

Her Cabinet had previously agreed on holding an inquiry, but had not decided what kind of investigation would be held.

She said the Cabinet agreed Monday a royal commission of inquiry "will look at what could have or should have been done to prevent the attack."

An Australian white supremacist has been charged with murder for the March 15 attacks.

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