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13 June May 2018

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  • Italy summons French envoy as migration dispute escalates
    Reuters

    Italy summons French envoy as migration dispute escalates

    By Steve Scherer and Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) – Italy summoned France’s envoy on Wednesday and angrily rejected French criticism of its immigration policies, escalating a diplomatic standoff that is widening one of Europe’s main political fault lines. A day after French President Emmanuel

  • Weakened, UK's May defeats final Brexit challenges in parliament
    Reuters

    Weakened, UK’s May defeats final Brexit challenges in parliament

    By Elizabeth Piper and Andrew MacAskill LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May defeated the final challenges to her Brexit blueprint in parliament on Wednesday, leaving plans for Britain’s departure from the European Union still largely on track but her authority weakened. Lawmakers supported

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  • Cyber attack on Mexico campaign site triggers election nerves
    Reuters

    Cyber attack on Mexico campaign site triggers election nerves

    By Daina Beth Solomon MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The website of a Mexican political opposition party was hit by a cyber attack during Tuesday’s final television debate between presidential candidates ahead of the July 1 vote, after the site had published documents critical of the leading candidate.

  • Christian Science Monitor

    As World Cup kicks off, Russia aims to prove a world-class host again

    The latest of the Vladimir Putin-era mammoth global events – and possibly the last such to be hosted by Russia in the foreseeable future – is about to kick off in Moscow. On Thursday, the FIFA 2018 soccer World Cup gets underway with a long-awaited match between Russia and Saudi Arabia in Moscow’

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  • Christian Science Monitor

    Why Russians may bare their teeth at the World Cup

    In Russia, which is hosting the World Cup starting Thursday, public transport workers have been trained to smile at the estimated 1.5 million foreign spectators attending the 31-day, 11-city soccer tournament. This behavioral modification in cheerfulness – smiling in public is often frowned upon in

  • Christian Science Monitor

    A campaign for impeachment that’s downright Trumpian

    Tom Steyer takes the stage to the strains of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They are a-Changin’ ” – surely an intentional choice, as we are in Minnesota – Dylan country. Mr. Steyer, a San Francisco billionaire, is in the middle of a 30-city, self-funded “Need To Impeach” tour aimed at activating anti-Trump

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Gay Kenyans hope for legal win, eyeing broader shift in Africa

    When Kenyan feminist blogger Peps was growing up in Nairobi in the first years of the 2000s, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people didn’t exist. Now, however, Peps, who asked that she be identified by her nickname, lives in a different world. In February, Kenya’s high court heard arguments

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  • Venezuela supreme court rejects challenge to Maduro re-election
    AFP

    Venezuela supreme court rejects challenge to Maduro re-election

    Venezuela’s highest court refused Wednesday to consider a lawsuit challenging President Nicolas Maduro’s re-election victory in May. The elections chamber of the Supreme Court announced its decision on Twitter, and did not give the reasoning behind it. On May 20, Maduro was re-elected for a

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 4:55 a.m. GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — America and the world can “sleep well tonight,” President Donald Trump declared on Wednesday, boasting that his summit with Kim Jong Un had ended any nuclear threat from North Korea though the meeting produced no details on how or when weapons might be eliminated or even reduced

  • Trump claim raises eyebrows: NKorea no longer a nuke threat?
    Associated Press

    Trump claim raises eyebrows: NKorea no longer a nuke threat?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — America and the world can “sleep well tonight,” President Donald Trump declared on Wednesday, boasting that his summit with Kim Jong Un had ended any nuclear threat from North Korea though the meeting produced no details on how or when weapons might be eliminated or even reduced

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  • Koreas holding military talks to reduce tensions on border
    Associated Press

    Koreas holding military talks to reduce tensions on border

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The rival Koreas were holding rare high-level military talks Thursday to discuss reducing tensions across their heavily fortified border.

  • Reuters

    China’s Hebei to exempt green ‘pace setters’ from output curbs

    Northern China’s Hebei, the country’s smoggiest province, will exempt environmental “pace setters” from output curbs as part of a new plan aimed at providing more incentives for local firms to cut pollution, local media said on Thursday. Hebei, which produces around a quarter of China

  • Associated Press

    Radradra to make Fiji debut in Pacific Nations Cup

    SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Former league star Semi Radradra will make his rugby union debut for Fiji in its Pacific Nations Cup test against Georgia at Suva on Saturday.

  • Japan banks on 3D mapping deemed crucial for driverless cars
    Associated Press

    Japan banks on 3D mapping deemed crucial for driverless cars

    TOKYO (AP) — Technology companies are racing to develop ultra-precise digital maps that can guide self-driving cars within inches of where they should be — a hurdle the industry needs to clear if it hopes to deliver on its promise of widespread use of driverless vehicles.

  • Asian stocks slump after Fed signals faster rate hikes
    Associated Press

    Asian stocks slump after Fed signals faster rate hikes

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stocks slumped Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate and said it would pick up the pace of future increases. South Korea’s market benchmark tumbled 1.6 percent on the first trading day after a meeting of U.S. and North Korean leaders.

  • Splendid? Angola divided on Commonwealth membership
    AFP

    Splendid? Angola divided on Commonwealth membership

    Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson grabbed the headlines in Angola this month when he said the country joining the Commonwealth club of former British colonies would be “splendid” . The president of the oil-rich southern African nation Joao Lourenco had said he wanted to follow

  • Associated Press

    Japanese utility eyes scrapping 2nd Fukushima nuclear plant

    TOKYO (AP) — The utility responsible for meltdowns at a nuclear power plant in northeast Japan seven years ago says for the first time publicly it might decommission another plant in Fukushima that narrowly escaped the crisis.

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  • Rosa Parks family home to be offered at auction this summer
    Associated Press

    Rosa Parks family home to be offered at auction this summer

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The house where Rosa Parks sought refuge in Detroit after fleeing the South will be offered at auction after being turned into a work of art and shipped across the Atlantic Ocean twice.

  • N. Korea's Kim knows denuclearisation must be 'quick': Pompeo
    AFP

    N. Korea’s Kim knows denuclearisation must be ‘quick’: Pompeo

    North Korea’s Kim Jong Un understands that denuclearisation must happen “quickly”, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday, warning there will be no sanctions relief for Pyongyang until the process is complete. Washington remained committed to the “complete, verifiable and

  • India wins toss, to bat vs Afghanistan in historic 1st test
    Associated Press

    India wins toss, to bat vs Afghanistan in historic 1st test

    BANGALORE, India (AP) — India won the toss on Thursday and elected to bat against Afghanistan in the war-torn country’s first-ever cricket test match.

  • Australia names unchanged side for 2nd test against Ireland
    Associated Press

    Australia names unchanged side for 2nd test against Ireland

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia named an unchanged 23 for Saturday’s second rugby test against Ireland after winning the first match 18-9 last weekend in Brisbane, while Ireland made sweeping changes.

  • Chilean church offices raided as part of sex abuse probe
    Associated Press

    Chilean church offices raided as part of sex abuse probe

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Prosecutors seized documents in raids on Roman Catholic Church offices in two cities as part of an investigation into growing clergy sex abuse scandals, while Vatican investigators met with Chile’s attorney general to discuss cooperation in the civil and canonical probes.

  • Tropical Storm Bud heads for resorts at Baja's southern end
    Associated Press

    Tropical Storm Bud heads for resorts at Baja’s southern end

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Bud has lost its powerful hurricane punch off Mexico’s Pacific coast, though it remains on track to move over the southern end of the Baja California peninsula and its popular resorts Thursday night.

  • Pakistan student stabbed 23 times fights to see her attacker jailed
    AFP

    Pakistan student stabbed 23 times fights to see her attacker jailed

    A Pakistani law student has emerged as a women’s rights crusader after she was stabbed 23 times in a busy street only to see her alleged attacker walk free, igniting outrage across the deeply patriarchal country. Khadija Siddiqui, 23, survived the frenzied attack in broad daylight outside her sister

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  • UN Security Council to meet Thursday on Yemen port offensive
    AFP

    UN Security Council to meet Thursday on Yemen port offensive

    The UN Security Council will meet Thursday for urgent talks following the launch of an offensive on the Yemeni port of Hodeida, a lifeline for aid, by government forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition, diplomats said. Britain requested the meeting to be held behind closed doors at noon (1600 GMT)

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  • Japan working to arrange Abe-Kim talks: reports
    AFP

    Japan working to arrange Abe-Kim talks: reports

    Japan is working to arrange a meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Kim Jong Un after the North Korean leader said he was open to talks, local media reported Thursday. The Sankei Shimbun said Kim discussed the possibility during historic talks Tuesday with US President Donald Trump. “During

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  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 3:40 a.m. GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — America and the world can “sleep well tonight,” President Donald Trump declared on Wednesday, boasting that his summit with Kim Jong Un had ended any nuclear threat from North Korea though the meeting produced no details on how or when weapons might be eliminated or even reduced

  • Hungarian court to hand down heavy sentences for migrant truck deaths
    AFP

    Hungarian court to hand down heavy sentences for migrant truck deaths

    Kecskemét (Hungary) (AFP) – Nearly three years after the gruesome discovery of 71 migrants suffocated in a lorry on an Austrian highway shocked Europe, a Hungarian court is due Thursday to hand down expected heavy sentences for the traffickers. State prosecutor Gabor Schmidt has asked for life terms

  • 'They whipped and raped her': victims recall raids by Bemba's men
    AFP

    ‘They whipped and raped her’: victims recall raids by Bemba’s men

    Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) – “They tied up my younger sister, whipped her and raped her,” says Ghislain Bertrand Bouanga, recalling the day when former Congolese rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba’s brutal militia raided his home. Bouanga’s sister is a victim of a five-month

  • Assad says Israel, US preventing south Syria settlement
    AFP

    Assad says Israel, US preventing south Syria settlement

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that talks led by Moscow on the future of the south of the country were ongoing, but warned that Israel and the United States were preventing a negotiated settlement. In an interview with Iran’s Al-Alam television channel broadcast late Wednesday, Assad

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  • South Korea's Moon meets Pompeo, says world has escaped nuclear weapons threat
    Reuters

    South Korea’s Moon meets Pompeo, says world has escaped nuclear weapons threat

    By Christine Kim and David Brunnstrom SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean President Moon Jae-In said on Thursday the world had escaped the threat of war after this week’s Singapore summit, echoing U.S. President Donald Trump’s upbeat assessment of his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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  • Uproar over Australian army vehicle flying swastika flag
    AFP

    Uproar over Australian army vehicle flying swastika flag

    An Australian army vehicle flew a Nazi swastika flag during an operation in Afghanistan, the prime minister confirmed Thursday in an act he called “completely and utterly unacceptable”. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said displaying a Nazi flag was “absolutely wrong”. “The

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  • Reuters

    U.S., South Korea, Japan vow to work on North Korean denuclearization

    The top diplomats from the United States, South Korea, and Japan promised on Thursday to work together to ensure North Korea gives up its nuclear weapons program after U.S President Donald Trump’s summit with the North’s leader Kim Jong Un. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, South Korean Foreign

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  • AP Investigation: Local fish isn't always local
    Associated Press

    AP Investigation: Local fish isn’t always local

    MONTAUK, N.Y. (AP) — Even after winter storms left East Coast harbors thick with ice, some of the country’s top chefs and trendy restaurants were offering sushi-grade tuna supposedly pulled in fresh off the coast of New York.

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  • Trump downplays abuses by Kim Jong Un's regime
    AFP

    Trump downplays abuses by Kim Jong Un’s regime

    According to Trump’s own State Department, Kim’s regime holds between 80,000 and 120,000 political prisoners in forced labor camps, facing torture and forced starvation. Trump also had kind words for Chinese President Xi Jinping in the interview, describing him as “an incredible guy”

  • Record Australia payout to Rebel Wilson slashed on appeal
    AFP

    Record Australia payout to Rebel Wilson slashed on appeal

    Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson’s Australian record defamation payout was slashed on appeal Thursday to just Aus$600,000 (US$454,000) in a major win for publisher Bauer Media. The “Pitch Perfect” star was awarded Aus$4.5 million in damages against the group last September over articles

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  • Understaffing, 'shouting matches' mar Afghan poll preparations
    Reuters

    Understaffing, ‘shouting matches’ mar Afghan poll preparations

    By Rupam Jain KABUL (Reuters) – Infighting, a lack of expertise and unfilled vacancies within Afghanistan’s election body raise doubts about whether polls planned this year can be held on time, according to Afghan and international agency officials, with one likening planning meetings to “

  • AP Investigation: Local fish isn't always local
    Associated Press

    AP Investigation: Local fish isn’t always local

    MONTAUK, N.Y. (AP) — Caterers in Washington tweeted a photo of maroon sashimi appetizers served to 700 guests attending the governor’s inaugural ball last year. They were told the tuna was from Montauk.

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  • Japan's Tepco will consider decommissioning Fukushima Daini nuclear plant-media
    Reuters

    Japan’s Tepco will consider decommissioning Fukushima Daini nuclear plant-media

    TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo Electric Power Co Holdings President Tomoaki Kobayakawa said the company will consider decommissioning the Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant, situated near the Fukushima Daiichi plant that was wrecked after a massive quake in 2011, public broadcaster NHK reported. Kobayakawa

  • Honduras probe: Funds diverted to president's 2013 campaign
    Associated Press

    Honduras probe: Funds diverted to president’s 2013 campaign

    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Prosecutors accused politicians and officials Wednesday of having diverted $11.7 million in Honduran government funds to political parties, including the 2013 campaign of President Juan Orlando Hernandez.

  • Mexico presidential front-runner denies opponent's charge of wrongdoing
    Reuters

    Mexico presidential front-runner denies opponent’s charge of wrongdoing

    Mexico’s presidential front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador denied any wrongdoing on Wednesday after another candidate accused him of improperly awarding government contracts to a construction mogul when he was Mexico City mayor. Candidate Ricardo Anaya, who heads a right-left coalition, brandished

  • AP PHOTOS: North Korea farmers focus on fields, not summit
    Associated Press

    AP PHOTOS: North Korea farmers focus on fields, not summit

    SARIWON, North Korea (AP) — Away from the political developments that have rocketed their country into international headlines, North Korean farmers are preparing for summer with hopes the relatively good growing conditions they have had so far this year will hold until the fall harvest.

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  • U.S. groups sue Trump administration over water protections
    Reuters

    U.S. groups sue Trump administration over water protections

    (Reuters) – Environmental groups sued the Trump administration on Wednesday challenging moves they say weaken protections for rivers, wetlands and other waterways. The actions follow an executive order by President Donald Trump in February 2017 that directed the Environmental Protection Agency to work

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  • UN Assembly blames Israel for Gaza violence, but not Hamas
    Associated Press

    UN Assembly blames Israel for Gaza violence, but not Hamas

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly approved a Palestinian-backed resolution Wednesday blaming Israel for violence in Gaza and deploring its “excessive use of force,” after narrowly rejecting a U.S. demand to add a condemnation of attacks on Israel by Gaza’s Hamas rulers.

  • Japan eying Abe-Kim summit with possible Pyongyang visit: paper
    Reuters

    Japan eying Abe-Kim summit with possible Pyongyang visit: paper

    Japan is working on arranging a meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, with one possibility including the premier’s visit to Pyongyang around August, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Thursday. Citing multiple government sources, the paper said officials from

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  • Chile authorities raid sites linked to church sex abuse
    AFP

    Chile authorities raid sites linked to church sex abuse

    Police on Wednesday seized church files in raids in Santiago and Rancagua, as the Catholic Church scrambled to try to put a better face on a sex abuse scandal that has rocked Chile. The surprise operations came as Maltese archbishop Charles Scicluna and fellow papal envoy Jordi Bertomeu are visiting

  • Associated Press

    Magnitude 5.3 quake rattles Panama; no damage reported

    PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama has been rattled by a moderate magnitude 5.3 earthquake, but officials say there are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

  • No Coke, no Pepsi: Bottlers leave Mexican city hit by crime
    Associated Press

    No Coke, no Pepsi: Bottlers leave Mexican city hit by crime

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexicans are among the biggest soda drinkers in the world, so residents of the southern city of Ciudad Altamirano were hit hard when first Coca-Cola then Pepsi closed their distribution centers amid drug gang extortion demands.

  • Ivana Trump promotes Italian weight-loss diet system
    Associated Press

    Ivana Trump promotes Italian weight-loss diet system

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ivana Trump, the former wife of President Donald Trump who once appeared with him in a commercial for Pizza Hut, wants America to lose some weight.

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  • Chilean police raid Catholic Church offices amid abuse probe
    Associated Press

    Chilean police raid Catholic Church offices amid abuse probe

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Police and prosecutors raided Roman Catholic Church offices in two Chilean cities Wednesday looking for files, investigative reports and documents related to a sex abuse scandal that has damaged the clergy’s reputation in the South American country.

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  • Reuters

    Factbox: Next steps in U.S.-North Korea diplomacy, including new engagement

    U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have given few details about North Korea’s pledge to work toward denuclearization, American plans to end “war games” with South Korea or security guarantees Washington has promised Pyongyang. Here is an outline of how events

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  • Trump says summit removed North Korean nuclear threat, but Democrats doubtful
    Reuters

    Trump says summit removed North Korean nuclear threat, but Democrats doubtful

    By David Brunnstrom and Steve Holland SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that North Korea no longer posed a nuclear threat and his top diplomat offered a hopeful timeline for “major disarmament,” despite skepticism at home that Pyongyang will abandon

  • Over one million migrate from Venezuela to Colombia in 16 months
    AFP

    Over one million migrate from Venezuela to Colombia in 16 months

    More than one million people have migrated from crisis-hit Venezuela to neighboring Colombia during the past 16 months, according to figures released by Bogota on Wednesday. Authorities have determined that 442,462 have residence permits while 376,572 do not — a total of 819,034 Venezuelans.

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  • Reuters

    Pentagon weighs future of Korea drills after Trump nixes ‘war games’

    By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military on Wednesday was looking at ways to ensure American forces in South Korea could still be fully trained and ready, a day after President Donald Trump suspended military exercises in a surprise concession to North Korea. U.S. officials said it

  • New Zealand unchanged, France make 5 changes for 2nd test
    Associated Press

    New Zealand unchanged, France make 5 changes for 2nd test

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand named an unchanged lineup for Saturday’s second rugby test against France after winning last weekend’s first test 52-11, while France coach Jacques Brunel made five changes to his starting 15.

  • 120 countries at UN condemn Israel over Gaza violence
    AFP

    120 countries at UN condemn Israel over Gaza violence

    The UN General Assembly on Wednesday adopted by a strong majority of 120 countries an Arab-backed resolution condemning Israel for Palestinian deaths in Gaza and rejected a US bid to blame Hamas for the violence. The resolution deplores Israel’s use of “excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate

  • Reuters

    U.S. House Republicans probe green group lawsuits against Defense Dept

    By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday sought information from the Defense Secretary about lawsuits filed by nonprofit environmental groups against his department, as they probed possible foreign influence on such groups. “We are

  • UK's Queen Elizabeth takes Meghan by train on first solo royal trip
    Reuters

    UK’s Queen Elizabeth takes Meghan by train on first solo royal trip

    Britain’s newest royal Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will join Queen Elizabeth on Thursday for her first official engagements without husband Prince Harry. Meghan, who married the monarch’s grandson in a glittering ceremony at her Windsor Castle home last month, will travel by the Royal Train

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  • Associated Press

    Al-Qaida’s Mali branch releases video of 2 female hostages

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Al-Qaida’s Mali branch released a proof-of-life video Wednesday showing footage of two female hostages abducted in separate incidents and held for more than a year, according to SITE Intelligence Group.

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  • US Open hopes ultimate test doesn't feature trick questions
    Associated Press

    US Open hopes ultimate test doesn’t feature trick questions

    SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Open wants to be the ultimate test in golf, and sometimes that leads to a series of trick questions.

  • Palestinian forces break up Ramallah protest over Gaza
    AFP

    Palestinian forces break up Ramallah protest over Gaza

    Palestinian security forces fired stun grenades and tear gas to disperse a rare anti-government protest in the occupied West Bank Wednesday, an AFP reporter said, as hundreds demonstrated against Palestinian punitive measures against Hamas-run Gaza. The protest in central Ramallah, the West Bank city

  • Associated Press

    New Mexico governor supports family separation policy

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez supports the federal government’s decision to separate children from parents who cross the border illegally, she said in an interview during a visit to the border.

  • Reuters

    Germany’s Merkel calls for unified European approach on migration

    Europe needs a unified approach to migration that addresses the interests of every member state, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday, noting that Italy did not feel it was receiving sufficient support from other European Union states. Merkel, facing sharp criticism of her own migration

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  • Migrant aid ship on way to Spain as Italy draws deeper line
    Associated Press

    Migrant aid ship on way to Spain as Italy draws deeper line

    ROME (AP) — Italy escalated its quarrel with France over migration Wednesday, challenging the bordering country to take in more asylum-seekers and demanding an apology after the French president accused the new Italian government of irresponsible behavior for refusing entry to a rescue ship with hundreds

  • US gets Russia's World Cup vote as logic trumps politics
    Associated Press

    US gets Russia’s World Cup vote as logic trumps politics

    MOSCOW (AP) — The United States was able to celebrate a World Cup victory in Russia after all. Thanks to assistance from the host nation at a FIFA Congress addressed by President Vladimir Putin.

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  • Reuters

    Saudi Arabia and UAE announce five-point plan for relief in Yemen’s Hodeidah

    RIYADH/DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates announced a five-point aid plan for Yemen’s Hodeidah port and surrounding areas on Wednesday, after a Saudi-led alliance of Arab states launched an attack on Yemen’s Houthi-held main port city. As part of the plan, the two coalition

  • Beep Beeeeeep! Traffic greets US Open golfers at Shinnecock
    Associated Press

    Beep Beeeeeep! Traffic greets US Open golfers at Shinnecock

    SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — The world’s best golfers are crossing their fingers and hoping for luck as they head to Shinnecock Hills for the U.S. Open this week.

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  • Venezuela releases prisoners accused of 'political violence'
    AFP

    Venezuela releases prisoners accused of ‘political violence’

    Venezuela on Wednesday said it had released a group of 43 prisoners accused of “political violence,” part of a program undertaken by President Nicolas Maduro after his controversial re-election. Around a dozen of those released attended a ceremony with the head of Maduro’s Constituent

  • Associated Press

    U.N. General Assembly votes to blame Israel for Gaza violence, rejects U.S. call to condemn Hamas for attacks on Israel

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. General Assembly votes to blame Israel for Gaza violence, rejects U.S. call to condemn Hamas for attacks on Israel.

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  • Reuters

    Kim Jong Un returns to N.Korea from summit with Trump: state media

    SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un landed back in Pyongyang early on Wednesday, the North’s official news agency said on Thursday, after departing Singapore Tuesday night following the close of a historic summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. There had been speculation Kim would

  • Macedonia name-change opponents rally forces in 2 countries
    Associated Press

    Macedonia name-change opponents rally forces in 2 countries

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Macedonia’s president said Wednesday that he would not sign off on a historic deal that would change the country’s name, the most potentially disruptive reaction so far to the agreement with Greece that has received diverging reactions in both countries.

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  • Mustaches, silly songs defuse tensions at Russia's World Cup
    Associated Press

    Mustaches, silly songs defuse tensions at Russia’s World Cup

    MOSCOW (AP) — How bad is Russia’s national soccer team? Even the ruthless leader of Chechnya couldn’t coach it to victory — or so goes a satirical song buzzing around Russian social networks ahead of the World Cup.

  • West Bank Palestinians urge Abbas to ease sanctions on Gaza Strip
    Reuters

    West Bank Palestinians urge Abbas to ease sanctions on Gaza Strip

    By Ali Sawafta and Nidal al-Mughrabi RAMALLAH/GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian security forces on Wednesday used tear gas and batons against protesters calling on President Mahmoud Abbas to end financial sanctions on their fellow Palestinians in Gaza. Hundreds of protesters in the West Bank city of Ramallah

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  • The Latest: American golf is rolling heading into US Open
    Associated Press

    The Latest: American golf is rolling heading into US Open

    SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open, golf’s second major championship of the year (all times local):

  • Yemen forces launch assault on rebel-held port city
    AFP

    Yemen forces launch assault on rebel-held port city

    Yemeni forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition launched an offensive to retake the rebel-held port city of Hodeida, a key aid hub, sparking calls from the international community for restraint. Pro-government troops began the assault Wednesday despite mounting international fears about the humanitarian

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  • Saquon Barkley learning about being an NFL running back
    Associated Press

    Saquon Barkley learning about being an NFL running back

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — There’s no doubt Saquon Barkley has the talent to be great NFL running back.

  • Military collects donations, teaches Rio police about phones
    Associated Press

    Military collects donations, teaches Rio police about phones

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A military intervention in Rio de Janeiro state includes seeking private donations for cash-strapped police forces, ordering officers to put away their smartphones while patrolling and encouraging businesses to invest because security is improving, the general in charge of the mission

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  • Argentine Congress prepares for historic abortion vote
    AFP

    Argentine Congress prepares for historic abortion vote

    Lawmakers in conservative Argentina prepared to vote Wednesday on a decisive bill to legalize abortion which if passed, would make it the most populous Latin American country to do so. The session in the lower house Chamber of Deputies was expected to continue into the night before a vote is taken,

  • Syria's Assad says still pursuing political solution for rebel-held south
    Reuters

    Syria’s Assad says still pursuing political solution for rebel-held south

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Wednesday his government is still pursuing a political solution for Syria’s rebel-held southwest, but will use military force if this fails. If that doesn’t succeed, we have no other option but to liberate it by force,” Assad said in an interview

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  • Once-mighty Bud weakens to tropical storm on track to Baja
    Associated Press

    Once-mighty Bud weakens to tropical storm on track to Baja

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hurricane Bud made a brief run as a powerful Category 4 storm off Mexico’s Pacific coast, but quickly weakened into a tropical storm by Wednesday morning, easing — but not completely ending — the threat to resorts in its path at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula

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  • Volcanic ash forces Guatemala airport to suspend operations
    Reuters

    Volcanic ash forces Guatemala airport to suspend operations

    Guatemala City’s La Aurora international airport temporarily suspended operations on its only runway on Wednesday due to ash after the Pacaya volcano increased activity, a week and half after a violent eruption from another peak killed more than 100. “This is a preventative measure taken to

  • Associated Press

    How major US stock indexes fared Wednesday

    U.S. stocks slipped Wednesday after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates and said it expects to increase rates two more times by the end of the year. Investors bet that several huge deals are more likely to go ahead after a federal court cleared AT&T’s $85 billion purchase of Time Warner.

  • Trump claim raises eyebrows: NKorea no longer a nuke threat?
    Associated Press

    Trump claim raises eyebrows: NKorea no longer a nuke threat?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — America and the world can “sleep well tonight,” President Donald Trump declared on Wednesday, boasting that his summit with Kim Jong Un had ended any nuclear threat from North Korea though the meeting produced no details on how or when weapons might be eliminated or even reduced

  • The Latest: Greek PM predicts approval of Macedonia name
    Associated Press

    The Latest: Greek PM predicts approval of Macedonia name

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the name dispute between Greece and Macedonia (all times local):

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  • Trump invited to musical about Canadian hospitality after 9/11
    AFP

    Trump invited to musical about Canadian hospitality after 9/11

    Newfoundland’s premier on Wednesday invited US President Donald Trump to a hit Broadway musical, hoping its story of Canadians taking in stranded travelers after 9/11 would lead him to soften his stance on Canada. “Please join me to a showing of ‘Come From Away’ to discuss the virtues

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  • Gusty winds persist, spreading fires in western U.S.
    Reuters

    Gusty winds persist, spreading fires in western U.S.

    (Reuters) – Prime conditions for wildfires prevailed again on Wednesday in the western United States, where firefighters are battling to gain control over several large blazes that have forced the evacuation of more than 4,400 homes. The largest and most threatening blaze, the 416 Fire, has scorched

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  • Merkel, allies heading for showdown over immigration policy
    Associated Press

    Merkel, allies heading for showdown over immigration policy

    BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared to be heading for a showdown with her conservative allies over a proposal to close the country’s borders to some refugees, with the two sides reportedly meeting for crisis talks in Berlin late Wednesday.

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  • World Series shows softball growth for non-US programs
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    World Series shows softball growth for non-US programs

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — USA Softball executive director Craig Cress hopes the Women’s College World Series offered a glimpse of the sport’s future.

  • May survives fresh Brexit vote but rebels up the pressure
    AFP

    May survives fresh Brexit vote but rebels up the pressure

    British Prime Minister Theresa May survived another key Brexit vote Wednesday but her pro-European MPs warned they could yet rebel if she backtracks on promises to give parliament a greater say in the final withdrawal deal. The House of Commons overturned an amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, tabled

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  • Migrants in Spain find difficult situation
    AFP

    Migrants in Spain find difficult situation

    Spain’s new Socialist government has offered to take in the 629 migrants aboard the Aquarius rescue ship that was stranded in the Mediterranean after Italy and Malta refused to let it dock. It is unclear if the gesture marks a change in policy in Madrid under new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez or

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  • Associated Press

    Judge accepts deal in shooting that killed Chinese student

    PHOENIX (AP) — A Maricopa County Superior Court judge accepted a plea agreement in a road rage case involving a woman who police say shot and killed a Chinese student at Arizona State University after rear-ending the student’s car.

  • Ford says fuel cell venture with Daimler will close
    Reuters

    Ford says fuel cell venture with Daimler will close

    By Joseph White DETROIT (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co and Daimler AG are winding down a joint venture formed to develop automotive fuel cell technology, Ford said on Wednesday, as both companies plan to take their respective fuel cell technology development in-house. The Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation

  • Reuters

    Brexit campaigner orders EU’s Verhofstadt to retract claim of Russian collusion

    Lawyers for Brexit campaigner Arron Banks ordered the European Parliament’s chief Brexit coordinator on Wednesday to retract a claim that Banks colluded with Russia to deliver Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. Guy Verhofstadt, who leads the European Parliament Brexit coordination team,

  • Reuters

    After winning Brexit compromise, UK’s pro-EU rebels fear betrayal

    Pro-EU lawmakers threatened on Wednesday to withdraw their support for Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit strategy if she does not follow through on concessions they thought they had been promised. On Tuesday, rebels in May’s party who want parliament to have more say over the final outcome

  • Associated Press

    Divers to assess tanker sunk by German U-Boat off New York

    SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — A deep dive operation will be conducted to determine whether oil is leaking from a British tanker sunk by a German U-boat off Long Island during World War II.

  • The Latest: Aid group refuses migrants from US Navy ship
    Associated Press

    The Latest: Aid group refuses migrants from US Navy ship

    CATANIA, Sicily (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local):

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  • Associated Press

    Markets Right Now: Stocks slip after Fed raises rates

    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

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  • Scepticism in Greece and Macedonia over proposed name deal
    AFP

    Scepticism in Greece and Macedonia over proposed name deal

    Greeks and Macedonians expressed scepticism on Wednesday over a proposed compromise deal to end a nearly three-decade name row between their countries which has blocked Skopje’s bid to join the EU and NATO. The leaders of the neighbouring countries hailed a “historic” agreement on Tuesday

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  • Saudi-led forces open assault on Yemen port city of Hodeida
    Associated Press

    Saudi-led forces open assault on Yemen port city of Hodeida

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen’s exiled government launched a fierce assault Wednesday on the crucial port city of Hodeida, the biggest offensive of the years-long war in the Arab world’s poorest nation for the main entry point for food in a country already

  • Ali, Rashid set up England's 3-wicket win over Australia
    Associated Press

    Ali, Rashid set up England’s 3-wicket win over Australia

    LONDON (AP) — Spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid shared five wickets and set up England’s three-wicket win over new-look Australia in the first one-day international on Wednesday.

  • Facts and figures for the 118th US Open golf championship
    Associated Press

    Facts and figures for the 118th US Open golf championship

    Facts and figures for the 118th U.S. Open golf championship, which starts Thursday in Southampton, New York:

  • Hawaii volcano summit erupts with fresh ashfall
    Reuters

    Hawaii volcano summit erupts with fresh ashfall

    (Reuters) – The summit of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted early on Wednesday and fissures on its eastern slope sent fountains of lava up to 160 feet (50 meter) high, as the volcano showed no signs of calming down after six weeks of intensified activity. A steam explosion at the summit will likely

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  • World can 'sleep well' after N.Korea summit, Trump says
    AFP

    World can ‘sleep well’ after N.Korea summit, Trump says

    A jubilant-sounding President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that his “deal” with Kim Jong Un has ended the North Korean nuclear threat, as his top diplomat said he hoped to see “major disarmament” of the country by 2020. Despite the lack of detail, or binding terms in the joint

  • Associated Press

    Assad says Iran’s presence in Syria is not negotiable

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad says Iran’s presence in Syria and its relations with Damascus are not negotiable and repeated the assertion that Iran has no fixed bases in Syria.

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  • Reuters

    Houthis say they block sea landing by coalition forces near Yemeni port

    DUBAI (Reuters) – Yemen’s Houthis blocked a sea landing by Saudi and Emirati forces near Hodeidah port on Wednesday, holding off a Saudi-led coalition attack on the country’s main port city, a Houthi official told Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen TV. “The Saudi coalition has not advanced at all

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  • Reuters

    Denmark, Greenland agree to look at airport funding, putting Chinese investors on ice

    The prime ministers of Denmark and Greenland on Wednesday agreed to explore if and how Danish funding could be used to build three planned airports in Greenland. The Danish government has been concerned that Chinese involvement in the project, as suggested by Greenland, could upset its close ally, the

  • The Latest: Saudis, UAE vow to protect civilians in Yemen
    Associated Press

    The Latest: Saudis, UAE vow to protect civilians in Yemen

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on the war in Yemen (all times local):

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  • Associated Press

    Palestinian police break up West Bank rally over Gaza

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian police have broken up a rare public protest in the West Bank against the Palestinian Authority’s policies in Gaza.

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