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Norway says representatives of the Venezuelan government and opposition have decided to return to Oslo for a mediation effort aimed at resolving the political crisis in the South American country.

Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement Saturday that the country would facilitate discussions next week.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Soreide praised both sides for their efforts.

Representatives of Venezuela’s political factions traveled to Norway earlier this month for talks, but it was unclear if they would continue to engage with one another.

The initiative came amid tensions that exploded in street violence when the opposition called in vain for a military uprising on April 30.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., reportedly indicated that he was open to differing abortion views within his party, describing the position as a “personal” one.

“Members run and take positions. It’s a personal position, and they have to stake out their own personal position, just as I have,” McCarthy said, according to Vice News on Thursday.

His comments came as he pushed back against Alabama’s restrictive abortion law that excluded exceptions for rape and incest.

McCarthy’s position reflected the personal view of his party’s chairwoman, Ronna McDaniel, who told CNN that she would include those exceptions in abortion legislation. McDaniel, however, also said that her party had a broad tent and allowed states like Alabama to craft their own legislation even if it didn’t stricly adhere to her position.

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State-level abortion initiatives — in particular, Alabama’s and New York’s — have put politicians in both parties in tough spots as they faced questions about aspects of the procedure that were seen as the most difficult to defend.

According to Vice, the Republican Study Committee (RSC), a prominent conservative caucus, circulated a “messaging guidance” email that blamed the media for creating division in the GOP and directed members to use talking points that supported Alabama’s law.

“While some Republicans may disagree with the timing and/or particular legal strategies being implemented with the various state measures, it is critical our members speak with clarity and conviction about the broader issue of the sanctity and inherent value of every single human life,” the email read.

Claiming that “every single human life has inestimable dignity and inherent value,” it argued that rape and incest didn’t justify abortions.

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“Committing a second violent act with abortion to a woman who has already been victimized by an act of rape or incest could phyiscally or psychologically wound her further,” the guidance also argued.

When the president tweeted on the issue, however, he said he supported exceptions for rape, incest, and protecting the mother’s life.

“As most people know, and for those who would like to know, I am strongly Pro-Life, with three exceptions – Rape, Incest, and protecting the Life of the mother – the same position taken by [former President] Ronald Reagan,” Trump said.

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His tweet reflected a vigorously pro-life agenda and Supreme Court nominees who could overturn longstanding precedent on the issue.

Groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have sued over many state laws, including Alabama’s, setting up legal challenges for the court to consider. While it’s unclear how the Supreme Court will rule on the issue, pro-choice advocates have been adamant about politicians defending abortion access.

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But Democrats, like Republicans, seemed to face differences within their own party. Just after Louisiana’s Democratic governor signaled he would sign his state’s “heartbeat” legislation, the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus called for “strong primaries” against pro-life Democrats.

While Democratic leaders have indicated it was possible to be pro-life and a Democrat, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., previously made clear that his party was pro-choice.

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A couple suspected of killing a man and dismembering his body in California has been arrested in China and returned to the United States to face prosecution.

Police in San Francisco said Friday that 44-year-old Douglas Lomas and 35-year-old Stephanie Ching were arrested after arriving in Beijing. With the assistance of U.S. Homeland Security Investigations officials, the pair was flown to a federal detention center in Virginia, where they were booked for investigation of homicide.

Police conducted a well-being check on 73-year-old Benedict Ching on Monday after a co-worker contacted his family to report that he didn’t come to work. Officers discovered his dismembered body inside the home in the Outer Mission neighborhood and suspect his death was a result of foul play.

Investigators have not released a motive.

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A couple suspected of killing a man and dismembering his body in California has been arrested in China and returned to the United States to face prosecution.

Police in San Francisco said Friday that 44-year-old Douglas Lomas and 35-year-old Stephanie Ching were arrested after arriving in Beijing. With the assistance of U.S. Homeland Security Investigations officials, the pair was flown to a federal detention center in Virginia, where they were booked for investigation of homicide.

Police conducted a well-being check on 73-year-old Benedict Ching on Monday after a co-worker contacted his family to report that he didn’t come to work. Officers discovered his dismembered body inside the home in the Outer Mission neighborhood and suspect his death was a result of foul play.

Investigators have not released a motive.

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Officials on Saturday warned some Tulsa residents to prepare to head to higher ground because old levees holding back the swollen Arkansas River are stressed and more rain is expected for the flood-weary region.

The river was four feet above flood stage on Friday and was already causing flooding in parts of Oklahoma’s second-largest city, including in south Tulsa where the murky brown water had inundated low-lying neighborhoods and crept right up to the River Spirit Hotel and Casino, which closed for the weekend.

City officials said at a news conference Saturday that people living west of downtown should consider leaving for higher ground, even though the levees aren’t currently considered to be in danger of failing. If an evacuation becomes necessary, it would need to happen quickly, they said.

Mayor G.T. Bynum said the levees were built in the 1940s and haven’t had to hold back this much water since 1986. Officials also said they don’t expect the river to recede in Tulsa until Wednesday at the earliest, pushing back their initial estimate by three days.

“The level of risk you have in staying there is very high,” Bynum said. “That’s an unnecessary risk.”

Storms have buffeted the central Plains and Midwest all spring, inundating the ground and leaving rain with nowhere to go but into already bloated waterways. The region’s most recent spate of bad weather and flooding has been blamed for at least nine deaths.

Downriver in northwestern Arkansas, between 100 and 200 residents had already evacuated their homes in the state’s second-largest city of Fort Smith, which is about 100 miles (160 kilometers) southeast of Tulsa. Karen Santos, a spokeswoman for the city of roughly 80,000 people, said at least one house along the river had been completely submerged.

Laurie Driver, a spokeswoman for the Army Corps of Engineers, said the increased release of floodwater from upriver dams would affect Arkansas’ levee systems, which also haven’t been tested for as much water as is expected.

“When you’re in territory you’ve never been in before, you’re not sure if the levees are going to be breached or not,” Driver said, though she added that most were in “good shape.”

The National Weather Service said it expects the river to reach 41 feet (12 meters) near Fort Smith by early Monday morning, which would be 3 feet (0.91 meters) higher than its previous record, which was set in 1945. This would cause “near catastrophic flooding” in Fort Smith’s low-lying neighborhoods and business district, it said.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson declared a state of emergency Friday night to free up state agencies to do what they can to assist flooded areas.

Additional storms are possible in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas over the next week, according to the latest forecasts.

In Indiana, officials said Saturday that water levels had dropped slightly on a rain-swollen creek in the north of the state where a 4-year-old boy was swept away Thursday. The boy, Owen Jones, has not been found, though crews were on Deer Creek in Delphi searching for him.

Meanwhile, weak-to-moderate tornadoes touched down Friday in Iowa and Kansas. The one in Iowa flipped some mobile homes and damaged rooftops, trees and outbuildings in and around Frytown, south of Iowa City, but didn’t injure anyone, Cedar Rapids TV station KCRG reported. The weather service said it was an EF-1 tornado, with winds of 110 mph.

The tornado also disrupted Iowa City West High School’s graduation ceremony Friday evening, forcing students, their families and staff to seek shelter inside the Carver-Hawkeye Arena as tornado warnings sounded.

In Kansas, an EF-0 twister damaged trees near Douglass, in the southeast of the state, Television station KWCH reports. No one was injured.

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Officials on Saturday warned some Tulsa residents to prepare to head to higher ground because old levees holding back the swollen Arkansas River are stressed and more rain is expected for the flood-weary region.

The river was four feet above flood stage on Friday and was already causing flooding in parts of Oklahoma’s second-largest city, including in south Tulsa where the murky brown water had inundated low-lying neighborhoods and crept right up to the River Spirit Hotel and Casino, which closed for the weekend.

City officials said at a news conference Saturday that people living west of downtown should consider leaving for higher ground, even though the levees aren’t currently considered to be in danger of failing. If an evacuation becomes necessary, it would need to happen quickly, they said.

Mayor G.T. Bynum said the levees were built in the 1940s and haven’t had to hold back this much water since 1986. Officials also said they don’t expect the river to recede in Tulsa until Wednesday at the earliest, pushing back their initial estimate by three days.

“The level of risk you have in staying there is very high,” Bynum said. “That’s an unnecessary risk.”

Storms have buffeted the central Plains and Midwest all spring, inundating the ground and leaving rain with nowhere to go but into already bloated waterways. The region’s most recent spate of bad weather and flooding has been blamed for at least nine deaths.

Downriver in northwestern Arkansas, between 100 and 200 residents had already evacuated their homes in the state’s second-largest city of Fort Smith, which is about 100 miles (160 kilometers) southeast of Tulsa. Karen Santos, a spokeswoman for the city of roughly 80,000 people, said at least one house along the river had been completely submerged.

Laurie Driver, a spokeswoman for the Army Corps of Engineers, said the increased release of floodwater from upriver dams would affect Arkansas’ levee systems, which also haven’t been tested for as much water as is expected.

“When you’re in territory you’ve never been in before, you’re not sure if the levees are going to be breached or not,” Driver said, though she added that most were in “good shape.”

The National Weather Service said it expects the river to reach 41 feet (12 meters) near Fort Smith by early Monday morning, which would be 3 feet (0.91 meters) higher than its previous record, which was set in 1945. This would cause “near catastrophic flooding” in Fort Smith’s low-lying neighborhoods and business district, it said.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson declared a state of emergency Friday night to free up state agencies to do what they can to assist flooded areas.

Additional storms are possible in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas over the next week, according to the latest forecasts.

In Indiana, officials said Saturday that water levels had dropped slightly on a rain-swollen creek in the north of the state where a 4-year-old boy was swept away Thursday. The boy, Owen Jones, has not been found, though crews were on Deer Creek in Delphi searching for him.

Meanwhile, weak-to-moderate tornadoes touched down Friday in Iowa and Kansas. The one in Iowa flipped some mobile homes and damaged rooftops, trees and outbuildings in and around Frytown, south of Iowa City, but didn’t injure anyone, Cedar Rapids TV station KCRG reported. The weather service said it was an EF-1 tornado, with winds of 110 mph.

The tornado also disrupted Iowa City West High School’s graduation ceremony Friday evening, forcing students, their families and staff to seek shelter inside the Carver-Hawkeye Arena as tornado warnings sounded.

In Kansas, an EF-0 twister damaged trees near Douglass, in the southeast of the state, Television station KWCH reports. No one was injured.

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She’s all grown up!

The youngest daughter of former President Barack Obama attended her high school prom on Friday night, the Daily Mail reports.

Sasha — who is slated to graduate from the Sidwell Friends high school next month, according to the publication — wore a black slip dress for the big event. Former first lady Michelle Obama can be seen smiling next to her daughter in some of the photos posted to Twitter, as can her older sister, Malia, who goes to Harvard University.

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The former first daughter attended the event with who the Daily Mail identified as Chris Milton.

“Oh my God. She’s DIVINE!” on person said in response to the photos on Twitter.

“My God, she’s stunning,” said another.

“They both look amazing,” wrote a third.

“Boy is she gorgeous,” another commented.

Sasha Obama is reportedly attending the University of Michigan for college.

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In December, Sasha wrote on what is believed to be her Instagram account that she was excited to attend the University of Michigan, Page Six reported at the time.

“So proud to say I’m going to college with my sisters!” she allegedly captioned a photo with her two friends.

The post also had a picture of the school’s football stadium, home of the Michigan Wolverines.

Fox News’ Kathleen Joyce contributed to this report.

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Long Island cops are investigating another possible MS-13 gang slaying after unearthing a badly decomposed body Saturday in a bucolic and popular nature preserve.

Cops said the victim was killed in 2016 in the Massapequa Preserve on the south shore of Nassau County after being lured there by the gang. The notorious MS-13 gang has been singled out by President Trump for its wanton brutality, which has led to a series of crackdowns by law enforcement on the federal and local levels.

“We’re here on a beautiful day on the holiday weekend for yet another gruesome discovery,” Nassau District Attorney Madeline Signas said at a news conference.

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The number of MS-13 victims whose bodies have been found in Nassau County since 2016 now totals 11, officials said.

“This war if you will that took place in ’16 and ’17, we recovered close to 11 victims, all, most buried in shallow graves throughout Nassau County,” Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said.

Homicide detectives said they know the identities of the latest victim  — and the killers. Those names weren’t released Saturday. No arrests have been announced.

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The discovery of the body came was the result of an investigation that led to the arrests of four MS-13 members for the 2017 killing of 19-year-old Julio Gonzales-Espantzay. He was hacked to death with machetes after being lured to the Massapequa Preserve with the promise of marijuana and sex, police said.

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His body was discovered two months after his murder, a short distance from where cops made Saturday’s discovery.

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As Europeans vote in one of the most consequential elections in recent E.U. history, Austria’s populist coalition government, seen as a blueprint for several right-wing groups across the continent, is fighting for its political future.

The country’s charismatic 32-year-old chancellor, Sebastian Kurz will face a no-confidence vote on May 27 after his coalition government collapsed thanks to a corruption scandal exposed by a viral video that cost Heinz-Christian Strache, the country’s vice chancellor, his job.

Kurz came to power in 2017 and formed a right-wing coalition government between his traditional center-right Austrian People’s Party (OVP) and the Austrian Freedom Party (FPO), which was founded after World War II by Neo-Nazis, shocking many within the European establishment.

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Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen, right, and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, left attending an inauguration ceremony at Hofburg palace in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has called for an early election after the resignation of his vice chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache from the Freedom Party spelled an end to his governing coalition.

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen, right, and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, left attending an inauguration ceremony at Hofburg palace in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has called for an early election after the resignation of his vice chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache from the Freedom Party spelled an end to his governing coalition. (AP)

The world’s youngest national leader, Kurz’s bloc ran as a new brand of traditional conservatives championing economic liberalism and co-opting the far-right’s platform of being tough on immigration.

The tactic has been tried across Europe, where traditional center-right parties have aligned themselves with the far-right in an attempt to contain the rising sense of nationalism that was unleashed during the height of the refugee crisis in 2015.

Kurz’s political future will be determined the day after European Union elections, which are currently being held across the 28-member bloc from May 22-26. The political fallout from the FPO’s major scandal could be a setback for right-wing nationalist parties in the E.U. elections who are forecast to make major gains in the European Parliament.

According to a recent survey by the European Council on Foreign Relations, the fear of rising nationalism and Islamic radicalism surpasses the fear of migration in several countries, including Austria, and voters are more likely to turn out to the polls.

Europe’s nationalist and anti-immigrant forces, led by Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, have made anti-E.U. rhetoric a central part of their political campaigns. Despite their anti-E.U. rhetoric and Salvini’s past threats to leave the political union, they are running on platforms of transforming the institution and providing greater safety and economic security for their citizens.

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E.U. elections tend to be low turnout affairs, but Orban, Salvini, and other populists are calling attention to the failures of the E.U. and trying to rally nationalist support in order to bring fundamental changes to Brussels.

Populists across Europe blame the E.U. for many of their countries ills, including low wages, high unemployment, and the rising cost of living. Even with this vitriol toward Brussels, public opinion polls show support for the E.U. at its highest levels since 1983 and almost 92 percent of voters feel they will be left behind if the E.U. were to collapse.

Supporters wave Austrian flags during the final election campaign event of the right-wing Freedom Party, FPOE, for European elections in Vienna, Austria, Friday, May 24, 2019. 

Supporters wave Austrian flags during the final election campaign event of the right-wing Freedom Party, FPOE, for European elections in Vienna, Austria, Friday, May 24, 2019.  (AP)

Still, the election will come down to how voters feel about the current state of the E.U. and the direction it will go. The far-right is hoping to appeal to disenfranchised voters and return to a traditional, values-based Europe.

Even with the turmoil racking Austrian politics, it is unlikely to have a major impact on the E.U. elections currently taking place. Austria is a small country with minimal influence and the troubles of the FPO are effectively a domestic political concern.

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“Domestic affairs dominate and inter-party alliances seem to play a truly minor role. I would, therefore, assume that other parties of the more radical right are largely unaffected and will bring home more or less their share of votes ‘earned’ in domestic politics,” Wolfgang Müller, the head of the University of Vienna’s Department of Government, told Fox News.

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As Europeans vote in one of the most consequential elections in recent E.U. history, Austria’s populist coalition government, seen as a blueprint for several right-wing groups across the continent, is fighting for its political future.

The country’s charismatic 32-year-old chancellor, Sebastian Kurz will face a no-confidence vote on May 27 after his coalition government collapsed thanks to a corruption scandal exposed by a viral video that cost Heinz-Christian Strache, the country’s vice chancellor, his job.

Kurz came to power in 2017 and formed a right-wing coalition government between his traditional center-right Austrian People’s Party (OVP) and the Austrian Freedom Party (FPO), which was founded after World War II by Neo-Nazis, shocking many within the European establishment.

AUSTRIA’S POPULIST VICE CHANCELLOR RESIGNS AFTER ALLEGED CORRUPTION VIDEO SURFACES

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen, right, and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, left attending an inauguration ceremony at Hofburg palace in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has called for an early election after the resignation of his vice chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache from the Freedom Party spelled an end to his governing coalition.

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen, right, and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, left attending an inauguration ceremony at Hofburg palace in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has called for an early election after the resignation of his vice chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache from the Freedom Party spelled an end to his governing coalition. (AP)

The world’s youngest national leader, Kurz’s bloc ran as a new brand of traditional conservatives championing economic liberalism and co-opting the far-right’s platform of being tough on immigration.

The tactic has been tried across Europe, where traditional center-right parties have aligned themselves with the far-right in an attempt to contain the rising sense of nationalism that was unleashed during the height of the refugee crisis in 2015.

Kurz’s political future will be determined the day after European Union elections, which are currently being held across the 28-member bloc from May 22-26. The political fallout from the FPO’s major scandal could be a setback for right-wing nationalist parties in the E.U. elections who are forecast to make major gains in the European Parliament.

According to a recent survey by the European Council on Foreign Relations, the fear of rising nationalism and Islamic radicalism surpasses the fear of migration in several countries, including Austria, and voters are more likely to turn out to the polls.

Europe’s nationalist and anti-immigrant forces, led by Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, have made anti-E.U. rhetoric a central part of their political campaigns. Despite their anti-E.U. rhetoric and Salvini’s past threats to leave the political union, they are running on platforms of transforming the institution and providing greater safety and economic security for their citizens.

AS THERESA MAY STEPS DOWN, PRO-TRUMP BREXITEER BORIS JOHNSON IS FAVORITE TO SUCCEED HER

E.U. elections tend to be low turnout affairs, but Orban, Salvini, and other populists are calling attention to the failures of the E.U. and trying to rally nationalist support in order to bring fundamental changes to Brussels.

Populists across Europe blame the E.U. for many of their countries ills, including low wages, high unemployment, and the rising cost of living. Even with this vitriol toward Brussels, public opinion polls show support for the E.U. at its highest levels since 1983 and almost 92 percent of voters feel they will be left behind if the E.U. were to collapse.

Supporters wave Austrian flags during the final election campaign event of the right-wing Freedom Party, FPOE, for European elections in Vienna, Austria, Friday, May 24, 2019. 

Supporters wave Austrian flags during the final election campaign event of the right-wing Freedom Party, FPOE, for European elections in Vienna, Austria, Friday, May 24, 2019.  (AP)

Still, the election will come down to how voters feel about the current state of the E.U. and the direction it will go. The far-right is hoping to appeal to disenfranchised voters and return to a traditional, values-based Europe.

Even with the turmoil racking Austrian politics, it is unlikely to have a major impact on the E.U. elections currently taking place. Austria is a small country with minimal influence and the troubles of the FPO are effectively a domestic political concern.

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“Domestic affairs dominate and inter-party alliances seem to play a truly minor role. I would, therefore, assume that other parties of the more radical right are largely unaffected and will bring home more or less their share of votes ‘earned’ in domestic politics,” Wolfgang Müller, the head of the University of Vienna’s Department of Government, told Fox News.

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