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UK PM May survives confidence vote after Brexit humiliation Thursday, January 17th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP) - British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday narrowly survived a no-confidence vote sparked by the crushing defeat of her Brexit deal just weeks before the UK leaves the European Union. A stunning 24-hour span saw May on Tuesday dealt the heaviest drubbing by parliament in..

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Kenya says all gunmen killed in hotel attack; 14 victims Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

By BEN CURTIS, NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya’s security forces have killed the Islamic extremist gunmen whose assault on a luxury hotel and shopping complex took 14 “innocent lives,” the country’s president said Wednesday. “All the terrorists have been eliminated,” President Uhuru..

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British Parliament nears historic vote on Brexit Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

By JILL LAWLESS, DANICA KIRKA and GREGORY KATZ, LONDON (AP) — Parliament neared a historic vote Tuesday as British Prime Minister Theresa May lobbied vehemently for a positive verdict on her proposed divorce deal with the European Union. Lawmakers will finally get their chance to say yes or no..

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China sentences Canadian to death, raises diplomatic tension Monday, January 14th, 2019

By YANAN WANG and CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese court sentenced a Canadian man to death Monday in a sudden retrial in a drug smuggling case that is likely to escalate tensions between the countries over the arrest of a top Chinese technology executive. The court in northeastern..

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US begins withdrawing gear from Syria, but not troops Sunday, January 13th, 2019

WASHINGTON, (AFP) - The US military has begun moving non-essential gear out of Syria but is not withdrawing troops for now, defense officials said amid uncertainty over America's planned exit from the war-battered nation. President Donald Trump last month claimed the Islamic State group had been..

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US military removes some equipment from Syria: official Friday, January 11th, 2019

WASHINGTON, (AFP) - The US military has removed some equipment from Syria, a defense official confirmed Thursday, following a report that the drawdown ordered by President Donald Trump is now underway. "I can confirm the movement of equipment from Syria," the official told AFP. "For security..

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China says UN observers welcome to Xinjiang, with conditions Monday, January 7th, 2019

BEIJING, (AFP) - China said Monday it would welcome UN officials to the restive western region of Xinjiang with the condition that they stay out of the country's internal affairs. This comes after UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said in December her office was seeking access to the region..

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Trump says ‘not much headway’ in talks as shutdown drags on Sunday, January 6th, 2019

By CATHERINE LUCEY and LISA MASCARO, WASHINGTON (AP) — White House officials and congressional aides emerged from talks to reopen the government without a breakthrough Saturday, though they planned to return to the table the following day. President Donald Trump tweeted: “Not much headway made..

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Three dead, four injured in California shooting: police

WASHINGTON, (AFP) - Police in California on Saturday said three people were killed and four were injured in a shooting at a bowling alley near Los Angeles. Sergeant Ronald Harris of the Torrance Police Department confirmed to AFP that officers responded at 11:54 pm on Friday to reports of gunfire..

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Trump says shutdown could last for ‘months or even years’ Saturday, January 5th, 2019

By CATHERINE LUCEY, LISA MASCARO and JILL COLVIN, WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Friday he could keep parts of the government shut down for “months or even years” as he and Democratic leaders failed in a second closed-door meeting to resolve his demand for billions of..

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7 killed after fiery crash, fuel spill on Florida highway

By KELLI KENNEDY, FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Two big rigs and two passenger vehicles collided and spilled diesel fuel across a Florida highway Thursday, sparking a massive fire that killed seven people, authorities said. The wreck happened on Interstate 75 about a mile (1.6 kilometers) south..

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Opposition boycotts swearing-in of new Bangladesh MPs Friday, January 4th, 2019

DHAKA, (AFP) - Opposition MPs on Thursday boycotted the swearing-in of the new Bangladesh parliament after a controversial election that was dogged by allegations of intimidation and fraud. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was declared the landslide winner after Sunday's poll, marking a third term in..

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US Blunders Have Made Russia The Global Trade Pivot – Analysis Friday, January 18th, 2019

The year 2019 had barely begun before news emerged that six Russian sailors were kidnapped by pirates off the coast of Benin. It was perhaps a foretaste of risks to..