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  • Syria denies US allegations of coming chemical attack In this image provided by the U.S. Navy, the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) transits the Mediterranean Sea on March 9, 2017. The United States fired a barrage of cruise missiles into Syria Thursday night in retaliation for this week’s gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians, the first direct American assault on the Syrian government and Donald Trump’s most dramatic military order since becoming president. The Tomahawk missiles were fired from warships USS Porter and USS Ross in the Mediterranean Sea. (Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ford Williams/U.S. Navy via AP) BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government on Tuesday dismissed White House allegations that it was preparing a new chemical weapons attack, as activists reported an airstrike on an Islamic State-run jail in eastern Syria that they said killed more than 40 prisoners. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 15 militants were also ...
  • Budget office sees 22 million fewer covered with Senate bill Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., talks to reporters before the vote to confirm President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 7, 2017. Gorsuch is headed for confirmation on Friday after Republicans tore up the Senate's voting rules to allow him to ascend to the high court over furious Democratic objections. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) WASHINGTON (AP) — Rebellious Republican senators are forcing Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to scramble to rescue the party’s health care bill before debate even begins. The dissension is swelling after Congress’ nonpartisan budget referee said the high profile measure would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026 than President Barack Obama’s law, which the ...
  • EU fines Google a record 2.42 billion euros Google Anti trust suit BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s competition watchdog slapped a record 2.42 billion euro ($2.72 billion) fine on internet giant Google on Tuesday for breaching antitrust rules with its online shopping service. European regulators said “Google has abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another Google product, its comparison ...
  • Pakistan raises death toll to 157 from fuel truck fire Afghan tanker MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s prime minister cut short a trip abroad to rush to the side of victims of a massive fuel tanker fire as authorities on Monday raised the death toll from the blaze to 157. The truck, carrying some 25,000 liters (6,600 gallons) of gasoline, was traveling from the southern port city of ...
  • Dozens missing after tourist boat sinks in Colombia CO Boat capised GUATAPE, Colombia (AP) — A tourist boat packed with about 160 passengers for the holiday weekend capsized Sunday on a reservoir near the Colombian city of Medellin, leaving at least six people dead and 31 missing, officials said. Rescuers including firefighters and air force pilots in helicopters searched for survivors at the Guatape reservoir where El ...
  • Suicide car bomb in southwest Pakistan kills 11, wounds 20 PK Car Bomb QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A suicide car bomber struck near the office of the provincial police chief in southwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing at least 11 people and wounding 20, officials said. A breakaway Taliban faction later claimed responsibility for the attack. The bombing came ahead of the Muslim holiday of Eid-al-Fitr, which follows the holy ...
  • Turkey rejects Gulf Arab states’ demands over its Qatar base Mohammed Alloush, head of a Syrian opposition delegation, center, speaks to the media after the talks on Syrian peace in Astana, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. Russia, Iran and Turkey _ sponsors of talks in Kazakhstan between Syria and rebel factions _ pledged Tuesday to consolidate the country's nearly month-old cease-fire and set up a three-way mechanism to ensure compliance of all sides. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits) DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Turkey on Friday rejected a key demand by several Arab states involved in a major dispute with Qatar, saying Ankara has no plans to shut down its military base in the small Gulf country. The demand that Turkey pull out its forces was one of a steep list of ultimatums ...
  • In Yemen’s secret prisons, UAE tortures and US interrogates Yemen XX MUKALLA, Yemen (AP) — Hundreds of men swept up in the hunt for al-Qaida militants have disappeared into a secret network of prisons in southern Yemen where abuse is routine and torture extreme — including the “grill,” in which the victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spun in a circle of ...
  • 4 detained in raids linked to Brussels rail station attack Bel. Central BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian authorities said Thursday that police detained four people in a series of raids in Brussels linked to the failed bombing at a rail station this week by a man shouting “Allahu akbar.” The federal prosecutor’s office said that the four were picked up during searches in the Molenbeek neighborhood, as well as ...
  • Queen outlines UK government agenda in scaled-down speech Yeoman of the Guard prepare for the ceremonial search ahead of the state opening of Parliament in London, Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Queen Elizabeth II goes to parliament Wednesday to outline the government’s legislative program with far less pageantry than usual in a speech expected to be dominated by Britain’s plans for leaving the European Union. (Stefan Rousseau/Pool via AP) LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II will outline the government’s legislative program Wednesday in Parliament, carrying on with royal duties despite the announcement that her husband, Prince Philip, has been hospitalized. Buckingham Palace said that Philip, 96, was admitted a hospital as a precaution for treatment of an infection. His rare absence from the State Opening of ...
  • Death of American detained in North Korea baffles experts NK Student SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests, its carefully scripted propaganda bluster, even its military threats: Far from the scattershot workings of a madman, most of this fits the playbook of a small, proud country well used to stoking tensions to get concessions it would otherwise not receive from surrounding big ...
  • Crisis sees air travel hub Qatar cut off from local routes Qatar Airport FLYING OVER THE PERSIAN GULF (AP) — Sitting on an airplane from Qatar trying to get home to Dubai, I could only watch frustrated as a scrolling map showed my flight pass overhead of my skyscraper-studded city and continue further east. It’s typically an hour flight between Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and Doha, the ...
  • U.S. Moves Jets to Ease Syria Tensions Amid Russian Threat © Getty Images An F/A-18E Super Hornet (similar to the one pictured) shot down the Syrian plane(Bloomberg) — The American-led military coalition in Syria said it has repositioned aircraft after Russia threatened to treat its warplanes as targets in response to the U.S. downing of a Syrian government jet. While air support to U.S.-backed fighters against Islamic State will go on, “as a result of recent encounters involving pro-Syrian Regime and Russian ...
  • Analysis: Britain kicks off Brexit negotiations with EU European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Barnier spoke to the media in Brussels on Wednesday regarding Britain's departure from the bloc and presented his draft mandate laying out the terms for the talks. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) BRUSSELS (AP) — A year after its historic vote, Britain on Monday finally opened negotiations with the other 27 European Union nations about leaving the bloc, with the final outcome, due in 2019, as globally important as it now seems unpredictable. The two chief negotiators, Michel Barnier of the EU and David Davis from Britain, immediately ...
  • Dead, missing toll in London fire rises to 79, police say The sun creates a rainbow effect as firefighters work at the scene of a deadly blaze at a high rise apartment block in London on June 14, 2017.LONDON (AP) — London police say that the number of dead or missing in the high-rise apartment building fire is now 79. Police Commander Stuart Cundy gave the new figure during a statement outside Scotland Yard on Monday. The previous figure given was 58. Slide 1 of 40: The sun creates a rainbow effect as firefighters work ...
  • Russian warning after US downs Syrian jet © Getty Images An F/A-18E Super Hornet (similar to the one pictured) shot down the Syrian plane(PhatzNewsRoom / BBC)  — Russia has warned the US-led coalition fighting in Syria that it will view its aircraft as targets, after a Syrian military plane was shot down. The coalition said it had shot down the Syrian SU-22 after it bombed US-backed rebels in Raqqa province on Sunday. Russia, Syria’s main ally, said it was also ...
  • 58 people confirmed or presumed dead from London tower fire The sun creates a rainbow effect as firefighters work at the scene of a deadly blaze at a high rise apartment block in London on June 14, 2017.(PhatzNewsRoom / AP)   —-   LONDON — London police on Saturday raised to 58 the number of deaths either confirmed or presumed following the horrific inferno that turned the city’s Grenfell Tower public housing block into a charred hulk. Public anger is mounting as residents and neighbors demand answers for how the blaze early Wednesday spread so ...
  • Turkey’s Erdogan furious over US warrants for aides in embassy brawl © Provided by AFP
Police outside Turkey's embassy in Washington during a May 16, 2017 visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The scene erupted in violence a short time later when members of his security detail brawled with anti-Erdogan demonstrators(PhatzNewsRoom / AFP)   —-    US authorities on Thursday announced arrest warrants had been issued for 12 members of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security detail for assaulting protesters in Washington last month, sparking a furious response from the Turkish leader. Erdogan said the United States had no right to arrest his guards, who he said were ...
  • NewsBreak: About 4,000 more US troops to go to Afghanistan FILE - In this April 17, 2017, file photo, U.S. forces and Afghan security police are seen in Asad Khil near the site of a U.S. bombing in the Achin district of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. The Pentagon will send almost 4,000 additional American forces to Afghanistan, a Trump administration official said June 15, hoping to break a stalemate in a war that has now passed to a third U.S. commander-in-chief. The deployment will be the largest of American manpower under Donald Trump’s young presidency. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon will send almost 4,000 additional American forces to Afghanistan, a Trump administration official said Thursday, hoping to break a stalemate in a war that has now passed to a third U.S. commander in chief. The deployment will be the largest of American manpower under Donald Trump’s young presidency. The decision by ...
  • Russia verifying whether it killed IS leader in airstrike Leader of ISIS BEIRUT (AP) — Russia said Friday it was verifying whether it had killed the leader of the Islamic State group in an airstrike targeting a meeting of IS leaders just outside the group’s de facto capital in Syria, dealing a potentially severe blow to the extremist group as it fights to hang on to its ...
  • London inferno extinguished; firefighters search for victims Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May, in group centre left, arrives as smoke still rises from Grenfield Tower in London, Thursday, June 15, 2017, following a deadly fire in the apartment block. A massive fire raced through the 24-storey high-rise apartment building in west London early Wednesday, and London fire commissioner says it will take weeks for the building to be searched and ‘cleared’.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein) LONDON (AP) — London firefighters traumatized by the devastation they witnessed in a high-rise apartment blaze that killed at least 12 people worked Thursday to make the building safe so they could continue the search for more victims. Entire families are missing, and the death toll is certain to rise after flames tore through the 120-unit ...
  • Trump hands to Pentagon troop level decisions on Afghanistan Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, left, and U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis takes seats for a meeting at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, April 21, 2017. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool Photo via AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s decision to allow his Pentagon chief to set U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan won’t mean an immediate infusion of troops but should improve management of the war effort, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday. Still missing: an overall Trump strategy for America’s longest conflict. “I will set the U.S. military ...
  • 6 killed, dozens injured in massive London high-rise blaze In this photo taken from aerial video, smoke rises from a high-rise apartment building on fire in London, Wednesday, June 14, 2017. A massive fire raced through the 27-story high-rise apartment building in west London early Wednesday, sending at least 30 people to hospitals, emergency officials said. (Sky News via AP) LONDON (AP) — A deadly night-time fire raced through a 24-story apartment tower in London early Wednesday, killing at least six people and injuring dozens more. Some desperate residents threw their children from high windows, hoping someone on the ground would catch them. Police commander Stuart Cundy said there were six confirmed fatalities, adding that the ...
  • Senate GOP, Dems agree on new sanctions on Russia Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a joint news conference with Moldovan President Igor Dodon in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday accused the outgoing U.S. administration of trying to undermine President-elect Donald Trump by spreading fake allegations. (Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool Photo via AP)WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans and Democrats reached agreement late Monday on a new package of sanctions on Russia amid the firestorm over Russia’s meddling in the presidential election and investigations into Moscow’s possible collusion with members of President Donald Trump’s campaign. Top lawmakers on two committees — Banking and Foreign Relations — announced the deal, which ...
  • UK’s Theresa May holds talks to seal government alliance May UK Elections LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May will meet with a Northern Ireland-based party Tuesday to see if they can create an alliance to push through the Conservative Party’s agenda after a disastrous snap election left her short of a majority in Parliament. May desperately needs the Democratic Unionist Party’s 10 seats to pass legislation. ...
Brazilian President Michel Temer on Tuesday vowed to stay in power and fight the bribery charges filed against him, inflaming a bitter political divide in a country battered by successive corruption scandals. [...]
Wed, Jun 28, 2017
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The U.S. stepped up its criticism of China in a global assessment of human trafficking practices, a move likely to inflame tensions with Beijing. [...]
Tue, Jun 27, 2017
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Colombia's FARC rebel force relinquished the last of its weapons of war to United Nations monitors, ending its half-century of armed struggle even as many Colombians remained concerned about the complex peace pact. [...]
Tue, Jun 27, 2017
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European Central Bank President Mario Draghi hinted that the ECB might start winding down its large monetary stimulus as the eurozone economy picks up speed, even as he warned against an abrupt end to years of easy money. [...]
Tue, Jun 27, 2017
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German lawmakers cleared the way for an early vote to legalize same-sex marriage after Chancellor Angela Merkel dropped her opposition to it, a move that frustrated some conservatives but deprived her opponents of a possible campaign issue. [...]
Tue, Jun 27, 2017
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Global businesses, including Merck, Maersk and Rosneft, reported significant cyberattacks against their computer systems that expert said was ransomware. [...]
Tue, Jun 27, 2017
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The document produced in 2014 by former U.S. prosecutor Michael J. Garcia has been one of the most-closed guarded in international sports and shows rampant favor-mongering by FIFA officials [...]
Tue, Jun 27, 2017
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A senior Ukrainian military intelligence officer was killed when a bomb detonated under his car in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev Tuesday, the Defense Ministry said, in an act the government is treating as terrorism. [...]
Tue, Jun 27, 2017
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Scotland's chief minister reversed her earlier plans to push for a second independence referendum before Britain departs the European Union, saying instead she would revisit the issue once Brexit negotiations are completed. [...]
Tue, Jun 27, 2017
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Brazil's opposition went on the attack Tuesday after President Michel Temer became the first sitting president in the country's history to face criminal charges. [...]
Tue, Jun 27, 2017
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The Pentagon said it has seen signs that Syria is preparing to use chemical weapons, setting the stage for a new showdown with President Bashar al-Assad. [...]
Tue, Jun 27, 2017
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Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif blasted the Trump administration's temporary ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries after a U.S. Supreme Court decision allowed its partial implementation. [...]
Tue, Jun 27, 2017
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European mayors, pressed by courts and activists, are banning or curbing diesel use to combat health-threatening smog, presenting a threat to car makers' livelihood. [...]
Tue, Jun 27, 2017
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Chinese stocks' inclusion in the MSCI is likely to disappoint in the same way as recognition from the IMF of the yuan. At the root is Beijing's fear of market forces. [...]
Tue, Jun 27, 2017
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The White House said the U.S. had detected what may be preparations by the Syrian government for a chemical-weapons attack and warned that the country's ruler and military would “pay a heavy price” if they carried out a strike. [...]
Tue, Jun 27, 2017
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North Korea's state media described President Donald Trump's “America First” policy as “Nazism in the 21st century,” and compared the president to Adolf Hitler, in the harshest language that Pyongyang has directed at the administration. [...]
Tue, Jun 27, 2017
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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang made a strong defense of his signature program aimed at bolstering the country's new economy as traditional drivers lose steam, saying the initiative has led to significant job creation. [...]
Tue, Jun 27, 2017
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The Trump administration added a new layer of duties on softwood-lumber imports from its northern neighbor, even as it said it still hopes to negotiate a settlement before the full bite of the penalties is felt. [...]
Tue, Jun 27, 2017
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Brazil's top prosecutor filed criminal charges against President Michel Temer, marking a critical new phase for the corruption purge that has roiled Latin America's largest country for the past three years. [...]
Mon, Jun 26, 2017
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President Trump welcomed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the White House on Monday, where they agreed to expand cooperation on combatting terrorism, stabilizing Afghanistan and overcoming trade differences. [...]
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