India assesses technical snag that aborted moon mission Monday, July 15th, 2019

NEW DELHI (AP): India’s space organization is examining the technical snag behind Monday’s aborted launch of a spacecraft intended to land on the far side of the moon and expects to set a new launch date within days. The Chandrayaan-2 mission was called off less than an hour before liftoff by..

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China’s economy growth cools further amid US tariff war

By JOE McDONALD, BEIJING (AP) — China’s economic growth sank to its lowest level in at least 26 years in the quarter ending in June, adding to pressure on Chinese leaders as they fight a tariff war with Washington. The world’s second-largest economy grew 6.2% over a year ago, down from the..

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From crafts to Kalashnikovs: arms souk thrives in Yemen’s Taez Sunday, July 14th, 2019

Taez (Yemen) (AFP): Once overflowing with handicrafts, the old Al-Shinayni market in Yemen's third city of Taez is now bursting with Kalashnikovs and bullets as traders scramble to scratch out a living in the war-wracked country. Yemen has been plunged into a devastating war since the Iran-aligned..

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Agony of Yazidi women torn between IS kids, or return home Saturday, July 13th, 2019

BAGHDAD, (AFP): Freed after years in jihadist captivity, Jihan faced an agonising ultimatum: abandon her three small children fathered by an Islamic State fighter or risk being shunned by her community. "Of course I couldn't bring them home. They're Daesh (IS) children," said Jihan Qassem..

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26 killed in deadly Somalia hotel siege

MOGADISHU, (AFP): Twenty-six people were killed and 56 injured in a 12-hour attack by Al-Shabaab jihadists on a popular hotel that ended early Saturday in the southern Somali port city of Kismayo. A suicide bomber rammed a vehicle loaded with explosives into the Medina hotel on Friday before..

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China to impose sanctions on US firms in Taiwan arms sale

BEIJING, (AFP): China on Friday said it would impose sanctions on US companies involved in a potential arms sale worth $2.2 billion to self-ruled Taiwan -- a move that has infuriated Beijing. "The US arms sale to Taiwan has severely violated the basic norms of international law and international..

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Trump escalates war on social media at White House ‘summit’ Thursday, July 11th, 2019

WASHINGTON, (AFP): Escalating his attacks on Silicon Valley, President Donald Trump hinted Thursday at new regulations on social media as he gathered critics of major online platforms at a White House "summit." Trump invited conservative activists who have been curbed or banned on social media to..

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Britain’s US ambassador resigns after Trump spat Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): Britain's ambassador to Washington resigned Wednesday after being targeted by US President Donald Trump following the leak of highly critical diplomatic cables. Outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May had offered her full support to Kim Darroch after he was revealed to have described..

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China’s largesse in Tonga threatens future of Pacific nation Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

By NICK PERRY, NUKU’ALOFA, Tonga (AP) — The days unfold at a leisurely pace in Tonga, a South Pacific archipelago with no traffic lights or fast-food chains. Snuffling pigs roam dusty roads that wind through villages dotted with churches. Yet even in this far-flung island kingdom there are..

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Iran passes uranium enrichment cap set by endangered deal Monday, July 8th, 2019

TEHRAN, (AFP): Iran on Monday breached a uranium enrichment cap set by a troubled 2015 nuclear deal and warned Europe against taking retaliatory measures. The move came more than a year after Washington pulled out of the landmark accord between world powers and Tehran, which says it has lost..

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Fresh clashes in Hong Kong after huge march to China station Sunday, July 7th, 2019

HONG KONG, (AFP): Fresh political violence broke out in Hong Kong on Sunday night as riot police baton-charged anti-government protesters seeking to keep the pressure up on the city's pro-Beijing leaders, after a mass rally outside a train station linking the finance hub to mainland China. Hong..

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African leaders set to sign landmark trade deal at AU Summit Saturday, July 6th, 2019

NIAMEY, (AFP): African leaders will meet Sunday in Niger for the African Union (AU) summit, to sign a landmark free trade agreement, and to discuss looming security and migration crises on the continent. In a "historic" moment for the 55-member bloc, according to its chairman Moussa Faki, heads of..

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Royal baby Archie christened at private Windsor ceremony

By JILL LAWLESS, LONDON (AP) — The youngest member of Britain’s royal family, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, was christened at Windsor Castle on Saturday in a private ceremony — too private for some royal fans. The 2-month-old son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was baptized in the..

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Venezuela Independence Day marked by rival rallies, UN rebuke Friday, July 5th, 2019

CARACAS, (AFP): Venezuela's Independence Day on Friday was marked by rival rallies led by opposition leader Juan Guido and President Nicholas Maduro, who waged a war of words even as the UN warned of eroded rule of law in the country. Guido, who considers himself Venezuela's legitimate acting..

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Latest Southern California quake causes damage, injuries

By JOHN ANTCZAK and BRADY McCOMBS, LOS ANGELES (AP) — A quake with a magnitude as large as 7.1 jolted much of California, cracked buildings, set fires, broke roads and caused several injuries, authorities and residents said. The quake — preceded by Thursday’s 6.4-magnitude temblor in the..

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The Exploitation Time Bomb Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

Since reducing inequality became an official goal of the international community, income disparities have widened. This trend, typically blamed on trade liberalization..