Americans celebrating Independence Day with food, fireworks Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — With fireworks thundering across night skies and backyard barbecues, Americans are celebrating Independence Day by participating in time-honored traditions that express pride in their country’s 242nd birthday. But this quintessential American holiday will also be marked with a..

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Former Malaysian leader arrested, to be charged for graft Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

By EILEEN NG, KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was arrested Tuesday by anti-graft investigators and will be charged over his alleged role in the multibillion-dollar looting of a state investment fund, officials said. A government task force probing..

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11 bodies, 10 of them hanging, found at New Delhi home Sunday, July 1st, 2018

By AIJAZ HUSSAIN, NEW DELHI (AP) — Police in India’s capital said they found 11 bodies at a home under mysterious circumstances on Sunday, including 10 that were blindfolded and hanging. The victims were all from the same family and most had lived in the home where they were found in Burari..

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Spanish boat saves 60 migrants but Italy locks its ports Saturday, June 30th, 2018

By RENATA BRITO and FRANCES D’EMILIO, ABOARD THE OPEN ARMS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA (AP) — A Spanish rescue boat plucked 60 migrants Saturday from a rubber dinghy held together with duct tape in the Mediterranean Sea near Libya, igniting another political row between Italy and Malta over who..

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Suspect in Maryland newspaper rampage denied bail Friday, June 29th, 2018

By BRIAN WITTE, ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A man with a long grudge against Maryland’s capital-city newspaper was ordered held in jail Friday on five counts of first-degree murder after police said he blasted his way into the newsroom with a pump-action shotgun, killing five people in one of the..

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Underwater rescue halted for children trapped in a Thai cave Thursday, June 28th, 2018

BANGKOK, (AFP): The underwater search for 12 children and their football coach trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand was halted as water levels rose amid relentless rainfall on Thursday. But search teams, including three British diving experts and US military personnel, continued work above ground..

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US, Russia set date for Trump-Putin summit Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on talks to set up a summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump (all times local): 5:30 p.m. A foreign affairs adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow and Washington have reached an agreement on Putin having a summit..

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Court upholds Trump travel ban, rejects discrimination claim Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

By MARK SHERMAN, WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries, rejecting a challenge that it discriminated against Muslims or exceeded his authority. A dissenting justice said the outcome was a..

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EU sanctions Venezuelan VP, 10 others over election abuses Monday, June 25th, 2018

LUXEMBOURG, (AFP): The EU on Monday hit the Venezuelan vice-president and 10 other officials with sanctions over rights abuses and irregularities in the re-election of President Nicolas Maduro, which the bloc condemned as "neither free nor fair". Vice-President Delcy Rodriguez is the most senior..

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UK’s Prince William starts politically delicate Mideast trip Sunday, June 24th, 2018

By KARIN LAUB, AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Britain’s Prince William on Sunday kicked off a politically delicate five-day tour of Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories, preparing to meet with young people, refugees and national leaders in a tumultuous region that Britain had controlled between..

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Tens of thousands march in London for second Brexit vote Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

LONDON, (AFP): Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in London on Saturday calling for a second vote on Britain's departure from the European Union. The anti-Brexit campaigners marched on parliament to mark the second anniversary of the Brexit referendum, demanding a "people's vote" on whether..

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Greece ‘turning a page’ as eurozone declares crisis over Friday, June 22nd, 2018

ATHENS, (AFP): Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday said his country was "turning a page" after eurozone ministers declared its crisis over as they granted Athens debt relief under a bailout exit strategy. The eurozone ministers' agreement comes nearly a decade after Athens finances spun..

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Central European states to boycott Brussels migration meeting Thursday, June 21st, 2018

BRUSSELS, (AFP): Leaders of the four central European Visegrad states announced Thursday they would not attend an informal meeting organised by EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to discuss migration policy. Speaking after a meeting of the leaders of Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the..

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EU leaders to hold crisis talks on migration Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

BRUSSELS, (AFP): The leaders of ten EU countries including Germany and France will hold crisis talks on migration in Brussels on Sunday to try to find answers ahead of a major summit next week. European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker called the meeting at the last minute as the issue causes..

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Youngest migrants held in ‘tender age’ shelters

By GARANCE BURKE AND MARTHA MENDOZA, HOUSTON, (AP): Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three “tender age” shelters in South Texas, The Associated Press has learned. Lawyers..

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Twitter lights up for rival ‘#WordCup’ Monday, June 18th, 2018

PARIS, (AFP): While millions of people are tuning in to watch the World Cup and commenting about it online, thousands more on Twitter are talking about what appears to be a similar but equally riveting event, the #WordCup. "In #Paris, where cafe seating famously faces the street for optimal..

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1 dead, 22 injured in New Jersey arts festival shooting Sunday, June 17th, 2018

By MIKE CATALINI, TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An all-night arts and music festival turned deadly Sunday morning when gunfire erupted in a crowd, sending people stampeding and leaving one suspect dead and 22 people injured, authorities said. Seventeen people were treated for gunshot wounds, said Mercer..

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Feeding Militarism: The US Imperial Consensus Monday, September 24th, 2018

The US military industrial complex reigns like a ravenous ruler in search of new funding prospects. It has done well this year, with the Trump administration pushing the..