India votes for next president from lowest Dalit caste Monday, July 17th, 2017

NEW DELHI, (AFP): Indian lawmakers voted Monday to pick the country's president, who is certain to come from the lowest Dalit caste, in an election seen as strengthening Prime Minister Narendra Modi's grip on power. Some 4,900 legislators nationwide voted in what Modi termed a "historic" election..

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Trump appeals weakened travel ban ruling Saturday, July 15th, 2017

WASHINGTON, (AFP): The US Justice Department has asked the Supreme Court to block a federal judge's ruling that exempted grandparents of people living in the United States from President Donald Trump's travel ban. In a filing on Friday, the Trump administration asked the nine Supreme Court..

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Quotes From and About Chinese Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo Friday, July 14th, 2017

BEIJING (AP): Liu Xiaobo was a prolific writer of essays, literary criticism and poetry, whose political activism was the basis of four prison terms in China and the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. A selection of Liu's writings and comments from the Nobel Committee and Chinese authorities. ___ "I HAVE NO..

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At G20, Ivanka Trump takes the spotlight – and a seat Sunday, July 9th, 2017

HAMBURG (Reuters): U.S. President Donald Trump shared the G20 spotlight on Saturday with his daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump, as she helped launch a loan programme for women and caused a stir by briefly occupying her dad's seat at the table with world leaders. Ivanka, who ran an eponymous..

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UK Man Gets 15-Month Jail For Ripping Off Woman’s Veil Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

LONDON, (PTI): A 56-year-old man has been jailed for over a year for ripping off a Muslim woman's niqab or the full-face veil during an expletive-ridden racist assault at a shopping centre in the UK following the divisive Brexit vote. Peter Scotter, 56, of Sunderland, shouted "You are in our..

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Gulf foreign ministers to discuss Qatar crisis in Cairo Monday, July 3rd, 2017

CAIRO, (AFP): Egypt will host the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on Wednesday to discuss the crisis with Qatar, Cairo's foreign ministry said.The ministers will meet "to follow developments... concerning relations with Qatar," it said in a statement Sunday..

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Trump to speak with China, Japan leaders on N. Korea Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

WASHINGTON, (AFP): President Donald Trump will speak by telephone with the leaders of China and Japan on Sunday, in talks likely to be dominated by North Korea's nuclear drive and the threats posed by its belligerent leadership. The Trump administration has been growing increasingly exasperated..

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India launches new single nationwide tax amid confusion

NEW DELHI (AP): Shops and businesses reopened in India amid confusion Saturday, hours after the government introduced a new nationwide tax that will change the cost of nearly everything people buy, replacing a complicated mix of state and federal taxes.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi heralded the..

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France’s Macron due in Mali to back Sahel anti-jihad force Saturday, July 1st, 2017

BAMAKO, (AFP): President Emmanuel Macron is due in Mali on Sunday to consolidate Western backing for a regional anti-jihadist force, as France beefs up its counter-terror operations in the area.  The so-called "G5 Sahel" countries just south of the Sahara -- Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania..

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Science Says: Pregnant or trying? Don’t let Zika guard down Thursday, June 29th, 2017

WASHINGTON, (AP): The Zika virus may not seem as big a threat as last summer but don't let your guard down — especially if you're pregnant or trying to be.  While cases of the birth defect-causing virus have dropped sharply from last year's peak in parts of Latin America and the Caribbean, Zika..

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Zimbabwe: Mugabe Resigns, Mnangagwa To Be Next President – OpEd Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has resigned after 37 years in power. He resigned in a letter sent to parliament as it began impeachment proceedings. His ally turned..