4 killed in brazen attack at Chinese consulate in Pakistan Saturday, November 24th, 2018

By ADIL JAWAD, KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Armed separatists stormed the Chinese Consulate in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi on Friday, triggering an intense hour-long shootout during which two Pakistani civilians, two police officers and all three assailants were killed, including one..

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EU, UK agree draft on ‘ambitious’ post-Brexit ties Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

BRUSSELS, (AFP) - The EU and Britain agreed Thursday a draft declaration on their post-Brexit relations that sets out an "ambitious, broad, deep and flexible partnership," officials said. European Council President Donald Tusk said the EU executive informed him it has agreed the political..

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Surge in China theft of Australia company secrets: report Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

SYDNEY, (AFP) - China has sharply escalated cyberattacks on Australian companies this year in a "constant, significant effort" to steal intellectual property, according to a report published Tuesday that angered Beijing. The investigation by Fairfax Media and commercial broadcaster Channel Nine..

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Markets rise despite US-China war of words Monday, November 19th, 2018

LONDON, (AFP) - Global stocks rose Monday, despite a war of words between Donald Trump's vice president Mike Pence and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, dealers said. Europe's major markets climbed as traders shrugged off Brexit and Italy jitters, while Paris also gained despite a massive slump in..

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British PM backed in Brexit battle Friday, November 16th, 2018

LONDON, (AFP) - British Prime Minister Theresa May received the backing of the last remaining pro-Brexit heavyweights in her cabinet on Friday as she battled to salvage her EU divorce deal and her job. After a tumultuous Thursday in which four ministers resigned, MPs slammed her draft agreement..

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Saudi prosecutor seeks death penalty in Khashoggi’s killing Thursday, November 15th, 2018

By AYA BATRAWY, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s top prosecutor said Thursday he’s seeking the death penalty for five suspects charged with ordering and carrying out the killing of dissident Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul. The..

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N. California fires death toll now at 48; many still missing Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

By MARTHA MENDOZA and GILLIAN FLACCUS, CHICO, Calif. (AP) — A message board at a shelter for the many people who fled California’s deadliest wildfire is filled with photos of the missing, as well as pleas for any information about relatives and friends. “I hope you are okay,” reads one..

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CNN sues Trump, demanding return of Acosta to White House

By DAVID BAUDER, NEW YORK (AP) — CNN took its access battle against the Trump administration to court on Tuesday, demanding the reinstatement of correspondent Jim Acosta’s White House credentials because their revocation violates the right of freedom of the press. Besides seeking an injunction..

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Grim search for more fire victims, 31 dead across California Monday, November 12th, 2018

By GILLIAN FLACCUS and DON THOMPSON, PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The death toll from the wildfire that incinerated Paradise and surrounding areas climbed to 29 — matching the mark for the deadliest single blaze in California history — as crews continued searching for bodies in the smoldering..

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Death toll hits 25 from wildfires at both ends of California Sunday, November 11th, 2018

By GILLIAN FLACCUS, DON THOMPSON and PAUL ELIAS, PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities called in a mobile DNA lab and anthropologists to help identify the dead as the search went on for victims of the most destructive wildfire in California history. The overall death toll from the outbreak of fires..

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Sri Lanka crisis deepens as president calls snap election Saturday, November 10th, 2018

COLOMBO, (AFP) - Sri Lanka plunged deeper into crisis Saturday after President Maithripala Sirisena sacked parliament and called a snap election, leaving the country facing a further two months of damaging political paralysis. Political parties representing a majority of members in the 225-member..

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Sri Lanka president short of votes in crisis campaign

COLOMBO, (AFP) - Two weeks into a showdown between rival prime ministers, the Sri Lankan president's party admitted for the first time Friday that it does not have a majority to get its candidate through a parliamentary vote of confidence. President Maithripala Sirisena named authoritarian former..

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Gunman kills 12 in California bar packed with students Thursday, November 8th, 2018

THOUSAND OAKS, United States, (AFP) - A gunman killed 12 people, including a police officer, when he opened fire in a country music bar packed with college students in California, officials and witnesses said Thursday. Police said the gunman was found dead inside the bar on the outskirts of Los..

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Trump says government will halt if Dems investigate him

By ERIC TUCKER, WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, emboldened by Republican election wins in the Senate and scornful of GOP candidates he felt didn’t sufficiently embrace his support, delivered a stark warning to the new Democratic House majority on Wednesday: Investigate me, and I’ll..

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Dems poised to seize House control, but GOP retains Senate Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

By STEVE PEOPLES, WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats were poised to seize the House majority from President Donald Trump’s Republican Party on Tuesday in a suburban revolt that threatened what’s left of the president’s governing agenda. But the GOP gained ground in the Senate and preserved key..

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Trump, Bolton and the Syrian Confusion Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

It’s a messy, though typical picture. US President Donald Trump wants to pull out forces in Syria. When announced in December, jaws drooped and sharp intakes of breath..