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12 July 2018

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  • Trump hails progress after receiving note from North Korea's Kim
    Reuters

    Trump hails progress after receiving note from North Korea’s Kim

    By Matt Spetalnick and Mohammad Zargham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Kim Jong Un told President Donald Trump he believed their efforts could open up a “new future” between North Korea and the United States and expressed hope for “practical actions” in the future, according to a letter from the North Korean

  • Finland reinstates border checks for Trump-Putin summit
    Reuters

    Finland reinstates border checks for Trump-Putin summit

    Finland will reinstate border controls for travelers from Schengen countries for four days during a summit in Helsinki between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the government said on Friday. “The aim with this is to make sure that foreign nationals traveling to

  • Italian president intervenes in migrant stand-off, angering Salvini
    Reuters

    Italian president intervenes in migrant stand-off, angering Salvini

    President Sergio Mattarella has made a rare intervention in Italian politics to end a simmering dispute within the ruling coalition over a migrant boat, angering the right-wing interior minister, Matteo Salvini. Mattarella contacted Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte late on Thursday to express his concern

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Trump’s demand for reciprocity with allies

    Twice in two months President Trump has met with other Western leaders, first at an economic summit in June and this week at a gathering of NATO nations. Trump asked for more access to European markets for American farm goods, for example, while insisting that other NATO countries spend about 3.5 percent

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  • Christian Science Monitor

    Why a nearly 30-year-old list of names is roiling modern Latvia

    In the case of Latvia, dealing with that legacy is particularly controversial because of its physical nature: a catalog of 4,500 people who served as agents and contacts for the KGB during the 1980s. Ever since it was left behind in 1991 when the Soviets evacuated, as the Latvians were taking back their

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  • Christian Science Monitor

    For women senators, court nomination touches a very personal issue

    In the 1960s, Sen. Dianne Feinstein was a member of a California board that set sentences of six months to 10 years for doctors performing abortions, which were illegal at the time. “I saw some pretty horrendous things in my day, someone killing themselves because they didn’t want to tell their parents

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Mexico as a haven for asylum seekers

    Because of its strong appeal as a haven, the United States received more asylum requests than any other developed nation last year. In fact, the number jumped 26 percent to 330,000 from the year before, with about half coming from three Central American countries (Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras

  • The Latest: French official: Europe will stand up to Trump
    Associated Press

    The Latest: French official: Europe will stand up to Trump

    LONDON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s trip to Europe (all times local):

  • Iran coordinates military presence in Syria with Russia: Iranian official
    Reuters

    Iran coordinates military presence in Syria with Russia: Iranian official

    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Friday that Tehran coordinates positions on its military presence in Syria with Moscow and Damascus. He made his comments at a conference in Moscow, in response to a question about whether

  • Reuters

    Air strike in eastern Syria kills at least 28 people: reports

    The Syrian state news agency and the pro-Damascus al-Watan newspaper, in its online edition, said the U.S.-led coalition carried out the air strike near the town of Albu Kamal east of the Euphrates River. Citing local sources, the state news agency SANA said preliminary reports put the death toll at

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 8:38 a.m. GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — Memorials are planned in Hong Kong and Germany to commemorate the first anniversary of Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo’s death in custody. Friday marks one year since Liu died of liver cancer while serving an 11-year prison sentence for inciting subversion. But his widow Liu

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  • Widow of Chinese Nobel laureate unlikely to attend memorial
    Associated Press

    Widow of Chinese Nobel laureate unlikely to attend memorial

    BEIJING (AP) — Memorials are planned in Hong Kong and Germany to commemorate the first anniversary of Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo’s death in custody.

  • Reuters

    Trump opponents inflate snarling orange ‘Trump baby’ blimp beside British parliament

    Opponents of Donald Trump inflated a blimp depicting the U.S. president as an orange, snarling baby just outside the British parliament on Friday. Trump, who arrived in Britain on Thursday, told the Sun newspaper that planned protests against him in London and other British cities made him feel unwelcome

  • Reuters

    London mayor says preposterous for Trump to blame crime on immigration

    London Mayor Sadiq Khan said it was preposterous for Donald Trump to blame a rise in violent crime in the city on immigration after the U.S. president criticized his handling of crime and militant attacks. “The idea that you can blame this on immigration from Africa is I think preposterous and

  • Reuters

    May and Trump will have positive trade discussion: UK finance minister Hammond

    British Prime Minister Theresa May and U.S. President Donald Trump will have a positive discussion on future trade ties, despite the latter’s criticism of May’s Brexit plan, British Finance Minister Philip Hammond said on Friday. “The president hasn’t yet had a chance to discuss with

  • Reuters

    British PM May could change her mind on Brexit: Conservative lawmaker

    LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May has an opportunity to reverse her strategy for Brexit, a eurosceptic lawmaker in her Conservative Party said on Friday, criticising her plan for maintaining close trade ties with the European Union.

  • Trump says May's Brexit plan kills hope of a U.S. trade deal
    Reuters

    Trump says May’s Brexit plan kills hope of a U.S. trade deal

    President Donald Trump directly criticized Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit strategy, saying it had probably killed off hope of a U.S.-British trade deal and that she had failed to take his advice on how to negotiate with the European Union. In an interview published just hours before he was

  • Associated Press

    Algeria halts migrant expulsions to Sahara after outrage

    PARIS (AP) — Algeria’s deadly expulsions of migrants into the Sahara Desert have nearly ground to a halt after widespread condemnation and the abrupt firing of two of its top security officials.

  • The Latest: Pakistan pol condemns bombing near rival's rally
    Associated Press

    The Latest: Pakistan pol condemns bombing near rival’s rally

    LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — The Latest on Pakistan’s upcoming national elections and the return of Nawaz Sharif (all times local):

  • Associated Press

    Reports: Germany deports former bin Laden bodyguard

    BERLIN (AP) — German media are reporting that a former aide to Osama bin Laden has been deported to his native Tunisia.

  • Associated Press

    Boys meant to stay 1 hour in cave, but floods trapped them

    CHIANG RAI, Thailand (AP) — The boys mending from their long ordeal trapped in a cave and the rescuers who brought them to safety are starting to share stories of the dangers and their survival.

  • Reuters

    Afghan forces ‘kill civilians’ in ground raid and air strike

    Afghan forces killed at least six civilians in ground and air operations on Thursday in eastern Nangarhar province, which has witnessed heavy fighting in the last two weeks, a spokesman for the provincial governor’s office said. The attacks in the Khogyani district of the province also wounded four

  • Eritrea leader visits Ethiopia on Saturday in historic thaw
    Associated Press

    Eritrea leader visits Ethiopia on Saturday in historic thaw

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki is visiting Ethiopia on Saturday, the latest step in an unprecedented diplomatic thaw between the former archrivals that is ending one of Africa’s longest-running conflicts.

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  • Associated Press

    Police: 2 Indian paramilitary soldiers killed in Kashmir

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Three insurgents riding in a car fired at a patrol of Indian paramilitary soldiers Friday at a marketplace in Indian-controlled Kashmir, killing two, police said.

  • Reuters

    Second U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan in a week

    Neither the branch of military nor the name of the service member was released, pending notification of next of kin. The person “died of wounds sustained during a combat operation in Afghanistan” the statement said. A member of the Afghan security forces was also killed and several other

  • Ousted Pakistan PM flying home to face jail, authorities lock down Lahore city
    Reuters

    Ousted Pakistan PM flying home to face jail, authorities lock down Lahore city

    By Drazen Jorgic and Mubasher Bukhari ISLAMABAD/LAHORE (Reuters) – Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam, both sentenced to lengthy jail terms in absentia, are due to return to Pakistan on Friday in a high-stakes gamble to galvanize their beleaguered party ahead of a July

  • China's top steel city curbs heavy industry output for five days on smog alert
    Reuters

    China’s top steel city curbs heavy industry output for five days on smog alert

    China’s top steelmaking city, Tangshan, has ordered steel mills to shut sintering plants and asked that coke and cement factories curb output for five days due to forecasts of heavy smog over the weekend, two sources familiar with the plan said on Friday. Sintering plants, where iron ore is heated

  • Demonstrators plan to mock Trump with giant balloon
    Associated Press

    Demonstrators plan to mock Trump with giant balloon

    LONDON (AP) — Demonstrators plan to mock U.S. President Donald Trump with a giant balloon depicting him as a screaming orange baby Friday as tens of thousands march through the streets of London to protest the American leader’s visit to the U.K.

  • Eritrea's president to visit Ethiopia to cement historic truce
    Reuters

    Eritrea’s president to visit Ethiopia to cement historic truce

    By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Eritrea’s president will make a historic visit to Ethiopia this weekend, cementing a stunning rapprochement with his giant neighbor after a generation of mutual hate and mistrust. Isaias Afwerki will arrive in Ethiopia on Saturday, Eritrea’s Information

  • Trump torpedoes May's Brexit strategy on UK visit
    AFP

    Trump torpedoes May’s Brexit strategy on UK visit

    US President Donald Trump launched an extraordinary attack on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit strategy, plunging the transatlantic “special relationship” to a new low as they prepared to meet Friday on the second day of his tumultuous trip to Britain. In an interview conducted before

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  • Associated Press

    French policeman detained after beating inmate on video

    PARIS (AP) — A French police intern has been detained and investigations are underway after the release of a video showing him repeatedly beating and dragging an inmate in a Paris courthouse.

  • Trump's barbed comments upset British hosts
    Associated Press

    Trump’s barbed comments upset British hosts

    LONDON (AP) — There’s a character called Don Logan, played by Ben Kingsley in the British film “Sexy Beast” — a bullying and mercurial individual who wreaks havoc on the life of a retired former underworld cohort when he visits him in exile in Spain. He intimidates, humiliates, taunts and

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  • Japan struggles to restore water to flood-hit towns
    Reuters

    Japan struggles to restore water to flood-hit towns

    By Kiyoshi Takenaka and Mari Saito KURASHIKI, Japan (Reuters) – Municipal workers in western Japan struggled on Friday to restore water supplies a week after floods caused by a record downpour killed more than 200 people in the worst such disaster in 36 years. “We need the water supply back,”

  • Associated Press

    Official: 10 civilians killed in Afghan army operation

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says 10 civilians have been killed in an army operation in eastern Nangarhar province.

  • Pakistan ex-PM Sharif heads home to face jail before polls
    AFP

    Pakistan ex-PM Sharif heads home to face jail before polls

    Pakistan authorities locked down parts of Lahore Friday for the return from London of former premier Nawaz Sharif, who faces possible arrest and a 10-year prison sentence ahead of already tense elections his party insists are being rigged. Sharif was sentenced in absentia last week to 10 years in prison

  • Hong Kong activists mark one year since Liu Xiaobo death
    AFP

    Hong Kong activists mark one year since Liu Xiaobo death

    Hong Kong activists tied black ribbons to security fences outside the Chinese government’s office in the city Friday to mark one year since the death in custody of Nobel dissident Liu Xiaobo. A veteran of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, Liu died from liver cancer while serving an 11-year sentence

  • Reuters

    Turkish attack helicopter deal with Pakistan worth around $1.5 billion: sources

    Turkey’s deal with Pakistan to sell 30 Turkish T129 attack helicopters is worth around $1.5 billion, sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Friday. The deal is the biggest export deal of Turkey’s defense industry, the country’s defense industry directorate said earlier.

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  • Associated Press

    Egypt court sentences 37 over illicit human organ trade

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced 37 people to prison terms ranging from three to 15 years for illegally trafficking in human organs.

  • Pakistan readies for disgraced ex-PM Sharif's return from UK
    Associated Press

    Pakistan readies for disgraced ex-PM Sharif’s return from UK

    LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Disgraced ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be whisked away by helicopter to the federal capital of Islamabad when he returns Friday to Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore from London to face a 10-year prison sentence on corruption charges.

  • Moon presses Trump, Kim for breakthrough in nuclear talks
    Associated Press

    Moon presses Trump, Kim for breakthrough in nuclear talks

    SINGAPORE (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday urged U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try harder to achieve a breakthrough in their nuclear negotiations.

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  • Russia's Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo to meet at Putin-Trump summit: RIA
    Reuters

    Russia’s Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo to meet at Putin-Trump summit: RIA

    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a U.S.-Russia summit in Helsinki next week, Russia’s RIA news agency reported on Friday, citing a foreign ministry statement. U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin

  • 1st test: South Africa 86-6 in reply to Sri Lanka's 287
    Associated Press

    1st test: South Africa 86-6 in reply to Sri Lanka’s 287

    GALLE, Sri Lanka (AP) — South Africa slumped to 86 for six at lunch on the second day of the first cricket test against Sri Lanka on Friday, with the visitors facing the prospect of being bowled out for their lowest total against Sri Lanka.

  • U.S. rejects French request for Iran exemptions, Le Maire tells Le Figaro
    Reuters

    U.S. rejects French request for Iran exemptions, Le Maire tells Le Figaro

    The United States has rejected a French request for waivers for its companies operating in Iran that Paris sought after President Donald Trump imposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told Le Figaro. Paris had singled out key areas where it expected either exemptions

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  • Eritrea president to visit Ethiopia on Saturday
    AFP

    Eritrea president to visit Ethiopia on Saturday

    Eritrea’s president, Isaias Afwerki, will visit neighbouring Ethiopia on Saturday, an official said Friday, in the latest step towards peace and reconciliation between the long-time foes. “President Isaias Afwerki will lead a delegation and pay (an) official visit to Ethiopia tomorrow, 14th

  • Asian shares mostly higher; Japan's Nikkei up on weaker yen
    Associated Press

    Asian shares mostly higher; Japan’s Nikkei up on weaker yen

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian shares are mostly higher, rebounding from jitters over the U.S.-China trade disputes for a second straight day.

  • Seven explosions in 10 minutes: China chemical plant blast kills 19
    Reuters

    Seven explosions in 10 minutes: China chemical plant blast kills 19

    By Meng Meng and Adam Jourdan BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A major explosion at a chemical plant in southwestern China has killed 19 people and injured 12, authorities said on Friday, the latest deadly industrial incident in the world’s largest producer of chemicals. It comes amid a drive to strengthen

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  • Pakistan's Imran Khan 'quietly confident' he will be PM
    Reuters

    Pakistan’s Imran Khan ‘quietly confident’ he will be PM

    By Kay Johnson LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistani cricket legend Imran Khan said he was “quietly confident” of victory in a general election this month and that as prime minister, he would drive an anti-corruption and anti-poverty campaign in the south Asian nation. The 65-year-old opposition

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  • Associated Press

    Airstrike on area held by IS in eastern Syria kills 28

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state media and a war monitor say an airstrike in an area controlled by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria has killed at least 28 civilians.

  • After cave ordeal, Thai boys now face battle with fame
    Reuters

    After cave ordeal, Thai boys now face battle with fame

    By James Pearson and Patpicha Tanakasempipat CHIANG RAI, Thailand (Reuters) – After their traumatic ordeal deep inside a dark and flooded mountain cave, Thailand’s 12 rescued boys and their young soccer coach will now have to navigate a fresh challenge: Fame. The boys, aged 11 to 16, will spend

  • Thai soccer team planned to be inside the cave for only an hour
    Reuters

    Thai soccer team planned to be inside the cave for only an hour

    By Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Panarat Thepgumpanat BANGKOK (Reuters) – Twelve boys and their soccer coach rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand planned to explore the cavern complex for only about an hour before treacherous flood waters rose to trap them for more than two weeks, one of the boys’

  • Trump brings his chaotic road show to Britain
    Associated Press

    Trump brings his chaotic road show to Britain

    BLENHEIM PALACE, England (AP) — Dishing up a fresh dose of chaos on his European tour, President Donald Trump left behind a contentious NATO gathering in Brussels and moved on to Britain, where a pomp-filled welcome ceremony was soon overshadowed by an interview. Trump blasted Prime Minister Theresa

  • Five dead in latest Nicaraguan protest violence
    AFP

    Five dead in latest Nicaraguan protest violence

    Four police officers and a protester died Thursday in Nicaragua, the latest in around 270 fatalities in months of demonstrations against President Daniel Ortega — a one-time revolutionary hero now derided as a leftist despot. The fatalities occurred in the southeast town of Morrito as marching protesters

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  • Reuters

    Air China flight’s sudden descent linked to co-pilot smoking, state media say

    By Brenda Goh SHANGHAI (Reuters) – An emergency descent by an Air China aircraft after cabin oxygen levels dropped has been linked to a co-pilot smoking an e-cigarette during the flight, state media said on Friday, citing China’s aviation regulator. The state-backed Air China Boeing 737 aircraft

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  • 1 gored, 3 bruised while running with bulls in Pamplona
    Associated Press

    1 gored, 3 bruised while running with bulls in Pamplona

    PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish health officials say one person was gored in the arm and three others sustained bruises on the seventh day of bull runs at the annual San Fermin festival in Pamplona.

  • Analysis: Iran role in Syria key item at Trump-Putin summit
    Associated Press

    Analysis: Iran role in Syria key item at Trump-Putin summit

    BEIRUT (AP) — When President Donald Trump meets Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Monday, the Syrian conflict will be one of the most immediately pressing issues on a wide-ranging agenda.

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  • Survival of the finest: miners reboot as smog-hit China seeks high grade ore
    Reuters

    Survival of the finest: miners reboot as smog-hit China seeks high grade ore

    By Muyu Xu and Manolo Serapio Jr BEIJING/MANILA (Reuters) – For miners seeking to cater to the changing appetite of China, the world’s biggest iron ore importer, all eyes are on Tangshan, the country’s biggest steel-making city and the drastic measures it’s taking to rein in pollution.

  • Trump blasts UK PM May's Brexit plan, says it puts trade deal in doubt
    Reuters

    Trump blasts UK PM May’s Brexit plan, says it puts trade deal in doubt

    By Jeff Mason and Michael Holden BLENHEIM PALACE, England (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said a free trade deal with Britain might be impossible if London went ahead with Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposals for post-Brexit ties with the European Union, in damaging remarks that could

  • Reuters

    Trump warns British PM May’s Brexit plans will hit trade with U.S.: Sun

    U.S. President Donald Trump warned that British Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposals for leaving the European Union will have a negative effect on trade with the United States, according to an interview published on Thursday. May’s Brexit plans “will definitely affect trade with the United

  • Reuters

    London mayor says anti-Trump protests must be peaceful

    Protests in London against the visit by President Donald Trump must be “peaceful and good-spirited”, London mayor Sadiq Khan said on Thursday after the U.S. leader landed in the British capital. “My message to those coming to the protests in London is that this must be peaceful and good-spirited

  • Reuters

    Britain’s May looking forward to explaining Brexit stance to Trump: May spokesman

    British Prime Minister Theresa May is looking forward to sitting down with Donald Trump to talk him through her Brexit negotiating stance after the U.S. president criticized her plans in an interview, her spokesman said on Friday. Trump told the Sun newspaper that a free trade deal with Britain might

  • Analysis: Iran role in Syria key item at Trump-Putin summit
    Associated Press

    Analysis: Iran role in Syria key item at Trump-Putin summit

    BEIRUT (AP) — When President Donald Trump meets Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Monday, the Syrian conflict will be one of the most immediately pressing issues on a wide-ranging and colorful agenda.

  • What's in a name? In Uzbekistan, it signals a reform drive
    Reuters

    What’s in a name? In Uzbekistan, it signals a reform drive

    By Olzhas Auyezov ALMATY (Reuters) – One evening last December, a crane lifted construction workers to the top of the ornate arched entrance to Uzbekistan’s biggest commercial market. The rebranding of Abu Sahiy as Tashkent Silk Road was part of a shake-up at the market that marked a milestone

  • Radicals, extremists campaign ahead of Pakistan elections
    Associated Press

    Radicals, extremists campaign ahead of Pakistan elections

    FAISALABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan is seeing an unprecedented number of extremists and militant sectarian groups — even an international terror figure with a $10 million U.S.-offered bounty on his head — on the campaign trail ahead of parliamentary elections later this month.

  • Reuters

    China snuffs memorials of Nobel laureate dissident Liu Xiaobo

    BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) – China warned supporters of Nobel Peace Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo not to mark Friday’s anniversary of his death, while rights activists in Chinese-ruled Hong Kong gathered to keep his memory alive. Liu died aged 61 on July 13 last year in a hospital in the northern

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  • Argentina asks Russia to arrest Iran official over 1994 bombing
    AFP

    Argentina asks Russia to arrest Iran official over 1994 bombing

    Argentina has asked Russia to arrest former Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati for extradition in connection with the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires, the foreign ministry said Thursday. Velayati is in Russia as a special advisor to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

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  • China's June trade with North Korea falls by more than half
    Associated Press

    China’s June trade with North Korea falls by more than half

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s imports from North Korea plunged 92.6 percent in June compared with a year earlier under U.N. sanctions imposed to stop Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs, the customs agency said Friday.

  • First space tourist flights could come in 2019
    AFP

    First space tourist flights could come in 2019

    The two companies leading the pack in the pursuit of space tourism say they are just months away from their first out-of-this-world passenger flights — though neither has set a firm date. Virgin Galactic, founded by British billionaire Richard Branson, and Blue Origin, by Amazon creator Jeff Bezos,

  • Kids fleeing Venezuela left hungry, sick and even abandoned
    Associated Press

    Kids fleeing Venezuela left hungry, sick and even abandoned

    CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — On a recent humid evening in the Colombian border city of Cucuta, a Venezuelan woman wrapped her newborn daughter in a pale yellow blanket and left her with a note alongside a car parked near a stadium hosting a high school field day.

  • Latin America's largest solar park turns Mexican desert green
    AFP

    Latin America’s largest solar park turns Mexican desert green

    Driving through the endless dunes and cacti of the Chihuahuan desert in northern Mexico, a shimmering blue field suddenly appears on the horizon — not a mirage, but the largest solar park in Latin America. This silent stretch of sand in the state of Coahuila is the spot the Italian energy giant Enel

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  • Reuters

    Coach of rescued Thai soccer team a ‘country boy’ longing for citizenship

    (This version of the July 12 story was refiled to fix erroneous headline letter to “n” instead of “h”) By Panu Wongcha-um and Patpicha Tanakasempipat CHIANG RAI, Thailand (Reuters) – A soccer coach rescued with a 12-member squad of boys this week from a flooded cave in Thailand

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  • CR7 ice-cream and pizza: Ronaldo mania is in full swing
    Associated Press

    CR7 ice-cream and pizza: Ronaldo mania is in full swing

    TURIN, Italy (AP) — An ice-cream flavor in his honor, a pizza named after him, queues to buy his shirt: For some, Cristiano Ronaldo is as important as the Pope.

  • Associated Press

    Vietnam to try American for disturbing order in protests

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A court in southern Vietnam is scheduled to put on trial next week an American citizen of Vietnamese descent accused of disturbing public order after he took part in rare protests, state media reported Friday.

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  • US, South Korea hold ceremony to return home war remains
    Associated Press

    US, South Korea hold ceremony to return home war remains

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States and South Korea held a ceremony on Friday to return home the remains of two servicemen killed during the 1950-53 Korean War.

  • Associated Press

    Papuan leaders protest Indonesian attack on village

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Papuan leaders have protested an Indonesian military and police operation against separatists they say endangered the lives of villagers in the remote easternmost province.

  • 100 years on, Orthodox Church split over executed tsar's remains
    AFP

    100 years on, Orthodox Church split over executed tsar’s remains

    Next week’s centenary of the execution of Russia’s last tsar has reignited a long-running conflict between the state and the Russian Orthodox Church over what to do with the murdered royal family’s remains. Orthodox Patriarch Kirill on Monday will lead a procession marking 100 years since

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  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 3:58 a.m. GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — A senior Chinese official is striking a reassuring note about Beijing’s commitment to progress in North Korea’s denuclearization, after President Donald Trump accused China of interfering in talks between Pyongyang and Washington. Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou told reporters

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  • Danish man charged with starting destructive Colorado wildfire
    Reuters

    Danish man charged with starting destructive Colorado wildfire

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) – A Danish national accused of starting the second-largest wildfire on record in Colorado was charged on Thursday with 141 counts of first-degree arson for each building destroyed in the massive blaze, court documents showed. Jesper Joergensen, 52, was advised of the

  • US official links economic protests in Iran to sanctions
    Associated Press

    US official links economic protests in Iran to sanctions

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A top U.S. official focused on sanctions against Iran linked American financial pressure on Tehran with ongoing economic protests roiling the country, saying she hoped the strain would limit the Islamic Republic’s “malign activities” across the Mideast

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  • Asian shares mostly higher; Japan's Nikkei up on weak yen
    Associated Press

    Asian shares mostly higher; Japan’s Nikkei up on weak yen

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian shares are mostly higher, rebounding from jitters over the U.S.-China trade disputes for a second straight day.

  • Four police officers, one protester killed in Nicaragua protest
    AFP

    Four police officers, one protester killed in Nicaragua protest

    Four police officers and a protester were killed Thursday in a confrontation in Nicaragua, where violent unrest has left over 260 people dead in three months amid anti-government demonstrations. “Five people died in a confrontation in Morrito, of whom four were police officers and one a protestor

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  • Associated Press

    China says it’s working closely with US on North Korea nukes

    BEIJING (AP) — A senior Chinese official is striking a reassuring note about Beijing’s commitment to progress in North Korea’s denuclearization, after President Donald Trump accused China of interfering in talks between Pyongyang and Washington.

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  • Apple launches $300 mn 'green' fund for China suppliers
    AFP

    Apple launches $300 mn ‘green’ fund for China suppliers

    Apple said on Friday it has established a fund to invest nearly $300 million over the next four years to connect its Chinese suppliers to renewable energy as Beijing pushes an anti-pollution drive. The US giant said it and 10 initial suppliers would jointly provide the money for the China Clean Energy

  • Reuters

    Islamic State claims responsibility for Saudi checkpoint attack: IS newspaper

    Islamic State has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attack on a security checkpoint in Saudi Arabia, the group’s online publication said on Friday. A Saudi security force member and a foreigner were killed in the attack in Buraidah, a city in Qassim Province north of the capital Riyadh, the

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  • Bad blood over golf course stalks Trump's Scotland trip
    AFP

    Bad blood over golf course stalks Trump’s Scotland trip

    Discord over a golf course dating back over a decade means there is little love lost between Donald Trump and the pro-independence government in Scotland, where he will be teeing off over the weekend during his visit to Britain. Trump, whose mother was from Scotland, is expected to stay at his luxury

  • Dozens of migrants disembark from coastguard ship in Italy
    AFP

    Dozens of migrants disembark from coastguard ship in Italy

    Dozens of migrants were permitted to disembark from an Italian coast guard ship in Sicily late Thursday, after they were held at the port over suspicions that some had been involved in a reported mutiny. Police and coastguards escorted some of the migrants off the “Diciotti”, according to

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  • FBI agent clashes with GOP at hearing on Russia probe
    Associated Press

    FBI agent clashes with GOP at hearing on Russia probe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An embattled FBI agent whose anti-Trump text messages exposed the Justice Department to claims of institutional bias vigorously defended himself Thursday at an extraordinary congressional hearing that devolved into shouting matches, finger-pointing and veiled references to personal

  • AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia
    Associated Press

    AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

    A man lies in a pool of chilies as he takes part in a chili eating competition in Ningxiang in China’s central Hunan province.

  • Associated Press

    West Indies in control of second test vs Bangladesh

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Kraigg Brathwaite’s second consecutive century put West Indies in control on the first day of the second cricket test against Bangladesh on Thursday,

  • The heavyweight battler bringing back 'the old Pacquiao'
    AFP

    The heavyweight battler bringing back ‘the old Pacquiao’

    If Manny Pacquiao wants to know all about comebacks, he need look no further than his conditioning coach Justin Fortune. The former heavyweight, who in 1995 went up against the great Lennox Lewis, found himself in an altogether different fight when a dental check-up four years ago discovered he had

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    Officials: Mexican crossed illegally from Canada into Maine

    CALAIS, Maine (AP) — Border agents have arrested a Mexican national accused of illegally crossing the border from Canada into Maine.

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    Suwannapura leads after first round at LPGA Marathon Classic

    SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — For only the second time in her seven-year career, Thidapa Suwannapura took the overnight lead at an LPGA Tour event.

  • Thidapa sprints into lead at LPGA Marathon Classic
    AFP

    Thidapa sprints into lead at LPGA Marathon Classic

    Thailand’s Thidapa Suwannapura crowned a roller coaster round with a final-hole birdie to take a one-shot lead after the opening round of the LPGA Tour’s Marathon Classic in Ohio on Thursday. The 25-year-old from Bangkok, who is chasing her first victory on the tour, carded 10 birdies and four

  • Portugal parliament approves new gender change law
    AFP

    Portugal parliament approves new gender change law

    The Portuguese parliament on Thursday approved a law that will allow citizens to change their gender and name from the age of 16 without a medical report showing “identity disruption”. Portugal joins Denmark, Malta, Sweden, Ireland and Norway to become “the sixth European country to grant

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    Chilean priest accused of sexually abusing minors arrested

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Authorities arrested a priest Thursday on accusations of sexually abusing minors, the latest turn in a scandal engulfing Chile’s Roman Catholic Church for having covered up abuses for decades.

  • Apple launches $300 million green energy fund in China
    Reuters

    Apple launches $300 million green energy fund in China

    Apple Inc will launch a $300 million clean energy fund in China, the firm said in a statement on Friday, working with its suppliers to invest in renewable energy projects that could power close to 1 million homes in the country. China’s government has made cutting pollution a key priority, putting

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  • Elaine Crosby leads inaugural US Senior Women's Open
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    Elaine Crosby leads inaugural US Senior Women’s Open

    WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — Considering the historical importance for women’s golf, Elaine Crosby realized this round carried a good deal of significance.

  • Explainer: Drought creates a perfect storm for wildfires in U.S. West
    Reuters

    Explainer: Drought creates a perfect storm for wildfires in U.S. West

    By Andrew Hay TAOS, New Mexico (Reuters) – Bigger and more “explosive” wildfires are raging across the U.S. West, with the area burned in Colorado already four times the size of last year’s total, as rising temperatures, drought and a buildup of forest fuels supercharge blazes. Last year

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  • Trump dishes up fresh dose of chaos aimed at May, Londoners
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    Trump dishes up fresh dose of chaos aimed at May, Londoners

    BLENHEIM PALACE, England (AP) — Dishing up a fresh dose of chaos on his European tour, President Donald Trump left behind a contentious NATO gathering in Brussels and moved on to Britain, where a pomp-filled welcome ceremony was soon overshadowed by an interview in which Trump blasted Prime Minister

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    Industrial park blast kills 19, hurts 12 in southwest China

    BEIJING (AP) — A blast in an industrial park in a southwestern province has killed 19 people and injured 12 others, China’s official Xinhua News Agency said Friday.

  • The Latest: White House says Trump 'likes and respects' May
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    The Latest: White House says Trump ‘likes and respects’ May

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s trip to Europe (all times local):

  • Reuters

    Deadly fire at China chemical plant in Sichuan extinguished Thursday evening: CCTV

    BEIJING (Reuters) – A deadly fire at a chemical plant in southwestern Sichuan province started on Thursday evening and was extinguished at 11.30 pm local time, state broadcaster China Central Television and a government statement said on Friday. (Reporting by Josephine Mason; Editing by Himani Sarkar

  • Explosion rocks chemicals factory near Cairo's airport
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    Explosion rocks chemicals factory near Cairo’s airport

    CAIRO (AP) — An explosion rocked a chemicals factory near Cairo’s airport Thursday night, prompting firefighters and ambulances to rush to the scene.

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    British Open: A hole-by-hole look at Carnoustie

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — A hole-by-hole look at Carnoustie, site of the 147th British Open to be played July 19-22. Includes name of each hole, along with the average score and how it ranked in order of difficulty during the 2007 championship:

  • Wake counting on 5-star freshman Jaylen Hoard
    Associated Press

    Wake counting on 5-star freshman Jaylen Hoard

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Several players left Wake Forest early this offseason. Jaylen Hoard came aboard.

  • Reuters

    DR Congo envoy: U.S. ties investment to open and fair general election

    By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has linked increased U.S. investment in the Democratic Republic of Congo to a transparent and fair general election in December, a special envoy for Congolese President Joseph Kabila said. Envoy Raymond Tshibanda told Reuters in Washington

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  • Controversial shopping mall partly collapses in Mexico City
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    Controversial shopping mall partly collapses in Mexico City

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A newly opened shopping mall on Mexico City’s south side partly collapsed Thursday after structural problems led the mall’s operators to quickly evacuate the area, and no injuries were reported.

  • The Latest: House committees finish grilling FBI agent
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    The Latest: House committees finish grilling FBI agent

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on testimony to Congress by a former FBI agent involved in the Clinton email and Russia probes (all times local):

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    Man charged with hate crime over Puerto Rican shirt incident

    CHICAGO (AP) — A man who can be seen in a video chastising a woman at a Chicago forest preserve for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag on it has been charged with committing a hate crime, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.

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