May 11 world news summary at 0030 GMT


MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin and visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday reiterated that the crisis of Ukraine should only be solved through political dialogue. Ukraine
“I am convinced that a reliable, long-term settlement can only be achieved by establishing direct dialogue between Kiev, (the two self-proclaimed republics of) Donetsk and Lugansk,” Putin said during a meeting held in Moscow, the capital of Russia, Sunday. (Russia-Germany-Meeting)
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WARSAW — The first exit polls of the presidential elections in Poland indicate that Andrzej Duda and current President Bronislaw Komorowski will meet in the second round of elections scheduled for May 24.
The second round of the presidential elections is held only if none of the candidates scored over 50 percent of all votes and involves two candidates with the highest score in the first round. (Poland-Presidential Election, 1st LD Writethru)
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GENEVA — Police confirmed on Sunday that five dead bodies were found when neighbors alerted authorities after hearing shots fired late Saturday night in Wurenlingen, canton of Aargau in northern Switzerland.
Aargau criminal police head Markus Gisin told media on Sunday that the victims were found at two different locations within the same residential neighborhood. (Switzerland-Shooting, Roundup)
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WASHINGTON — Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud will not join other leaders of Gulf states for a summit with U.S. President Barack Obama scheduled for next week, the Saudi embassy in Washington D.C. said Sunday.
The Saudi monarch will instead send Crown Prince Mohammad bin Naif, who is also deputy prime minister and minister of the interior, for the meeting between the leaders of the United States and other Gulf Cooperation Council member states — Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, the embassy said in a statement posted on its website. (US-Saudi Arabia-Visit Change) Enditem

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