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  1. News Headlines by OZY: Iraqi Surprise, New Volcano Cracks and Winning Chicken Dance

    Know This: Preliminary results from Iraq’s Saturday elections show a coalition controlled by anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is ahead of the ruling coalition. A week after the Kilauea volcano eruption, Hawaii’s Civil Defense Agency yesterday found new fissures with lava that is “actively sputtering.” And President Trump tweeted that his Commerce Department would help Chinese phone giant ZTE — crippled by new U.S. trade restrictions — get back on its feet. It’s not clear what he’s planning, but the tweet lamented, “too many jobs in China lost.”

    High Note: Israel’s Netta Barzilai won the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon last night with her dance tune Toy, featuring her unique chicken dance.

    Making a Splash: The largest wave ever to be recorded in the Southern Hemisphere — at a whopping 78 feet high, twice the height of the average telephone pole — came crashing down last week off the coast of New Zealand.

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