Floodwaters rise as killer storm stalks southeastern US Monday, September 17th, 2018

GRIFTON, United States, (AFP) - Catastrophic floods raised the threat of dam breaks and landslides across the southeastern United States on Monday, prolonging the agony caused by a killer hurricane that has left more than a dozen people dead and billions of dollars in damage. Downgraded to a..

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Florence death toll swells to 14 as rivers rise Sunday, September 16th, 2018

By ALLEN G. BREED, NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — As the death toll from Florence grew and hundreds of people were pulled from flooded homes, North Carolina braced for catastrophic, widespread river flooding that could be the next stage of a mounting disaster. Weakened to a tropical depression early..

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Florence, a wet and unwanted visitor, besieges Carolinas Saturday, September 15th, 2018

By JEFFREY COLLINS and JONATHAN DREW, MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Florence, now a tropical storm, swirled at a near-standstill over the Carolinas on Saturday, dumping non-stop rain over areas already flooded by seawater and swelling rivers and creeks across both states. Some towns have already..

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos unveils $2 bn philanthropic fund Friday, September 14th, 2018

WASHINGTON, (AFP) - Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the richest person on the planet, announced Thursday he was creating a philanthropic fund to help homeless families and launch preschools in low-income communities, committing an initial $2 billion. Bezos made the announcement on Twitter a year after..

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US threatens to arrest ICC judges who probe war crimes Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

WASHINGTON, (AFP) - The United States threatened Monday to arrest and sanction judges and other officials of the International Criminal Court if it moves to charge any American who served in Afghanistan with war crimes. White House National Security Advisor John Bolton called the Hague-based..

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Russia prepares for biggest war games in its history Monday, September 10th, 2018

MOSCOW, (AFP) - Russia on Tuesday will launch the biggest military drills in its history involving 300,000 troops as well as Chinese soldiers, in a move NATO denounced as "exercising large-scale conflict". The week-long deployment alongside Chinese and Mongolian armies dubbed "Vostok-2018"..

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Plane crash kills 19 in South Sudan: regional official

JUBA, (AFP) - Nineteen people were killed on Sunday when a small plane crashed into a lake in the centre of South Sudan, while four survived, a regional official told AFP. Regional information minister for the Eastern Lakes state Taban Abel Aguek said a plane, carrying 23 people, had crashed in..

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Ex-Trump campaign aide jailed in Russia probe Saturday, September 8th, 2018

WASHINGTON, (AFP) - A former advisor to US President Donald Trump whose contacts with Russians set off the investigation into possible collusion with Moscow was jailed Friday for lying to the FBI. US District Judge Randolph Moss sentenced foreign policy aide George Papadopoulos to 14 days in..

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Xi to attend Russia summit, North Korea’s Kim invited Friday, September 7th, 2018

BEIJING, (AFP): Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend a regional summit in Russia next week, officials said Friday, joining the prime ministers of Japan and South Korea at a gathering to which North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was invited. Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited Kim to..

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Taliban say founder of Haqqani network dies in Afghanistan Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

By KATHY GANNON, ISLAMABAD (AP) — The founder of Afghanistan’s much-feared Haqqani network, a former U.S. ally turned fierce enemy, has died after years of ill health, a Taliban spokesman said Tuesday. Jalaluddin Haqqani was 71. Haqqani died Monday inside Afghanistan, Zabihullah Mujahed told..

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Pentagon moves to scrap $300 million in aid to Pakistan Sunday, September 2nd, 2018

WASHINGTON, (AFP) - The US military is seeking to reallocate $300 million in aid to Pakistan due to Islamabad's lack of "decisive actions" in support of regional American strategy, the Pentagon said Saturday. The US has been pushing Pakistan to crack down on militant safe havens in the country,..

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FACT CHECK: Trump’s week of fiction: trade, Google, polls Saturday, September 1st, 2018

By HOPE YEN and PAUL WISEMAN, WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is playing loose with the facts in his exuberance to push through a trade agreement with Mexico. He insists the deal reached this past week between the United States and Mexico to replace the North American Free Trade..

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Give us 3 months, then criticise us: Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has asked the media organisations and his political rivals to wait for three months before criticising the decisions taken by the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government. Addressing media at the Prime Minister House here on Friday, Khan was..

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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..