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Disharmony among G7 members as Trump plays his own tune

TAORMINA, Italy -- G7 nations risk unprecedented deadlock on Saturday after US President Donald Trump ditched the charm for snarls, resisting calls for concerted action on hot-button issues such as climate change. After starting his first presidential trip abroad wreathed…

Bosnian town defends Virgin sightings

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MEDJUGORJE, Bosnia and Herzegovina -- Pope Francis is dismissive of claims that the Virgin Mary appears daily in Medjugorje, but Danielle Pitau is convinced that her pilgrimage to the small Bosnian town cured her of cancer. “Whoever tells me that…

Terror alert in UK

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom -- Britain prepared to deploy soldiers at key sites on Wednesday, having raised its terror threat level to maximum after a suicide bomber massacred 22 people at a pop concert in Manchester. Addressing the nation from her…

Trump presses NATO on spending, terror

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BRUSSELS -- US President Donald Trump will press his NATO allies on Thursday to increase defense spending and take a more active role in the fight against Islamist terror. Here are the expected main talking points during the brief summit…

Ousted Park goes on trial

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SEOUL -- South Korea’s ousted president Park Geun-Hye, grim-faced and brought to court in handcuffs, went on trial Tuesday over a sprawling corruption scandal that saw millions take to the streets and led to her downfall. Only two months after…

N.Korea-linked hackers behind WannaCry?

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Lazarus hacking group, widely believed to be connected to North Korea, is “highly likely” responsible for the WannaCry global cyberattack that hit earlier this month, US anti-virus firm Symantec said. North Korea has angrily dismissed earlier…

Trump’s diehards

Scandal be damned, Republican base defends besieged Trump ALTAMAHAW, United States -- While many see Donald Trump’s presidency as a slow-motion car crash, the core voters who elected him are standing by their man, shrugging off the scandals and thrilled…

Demoralized

WASHINGTON -- Less than four months ago, a keen set of young up-and-comers strode into the White House in their best high heels and power ties, bursting with optimism and pride in serving their country. Now, their stint in the…

Trump aims to mend Muslim world ties

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RIYADH -- US President Donald Trump will seek to rebuild relations with the Muslim world on his first foreign trip starting Saturday in Saudi Arabia as political scandals mount at home. Trump can expect a warm reception when he arrives…

Assange claims victory after rape probe dropped

LONDON -- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gave a clenched fist salute Friday after Swedish prosecutors dropped a seven-year rape allegation, but he insisted the “proper war” over his future was just beginning. Assange stepped into the daylight on the balcony…

Trump in crisis

WASHINGTON -- A former FBI chief was tasked Wednesday with leading a beefed-up investigation into whether Donald Trump’s team colluded with Russia to tilt the 2016 election in the president’s favor. Trump responded by once again denying any links to…

Japan princess’s betrothal highlights succession woes

TOKYO -- Emperor Akihito’s granddaughter’s upcoming engagement to her college sweetheart, a commoner, will cost the princess her royal status in a move that highlights the male-dominated nature of Japan’s monarchy as it faces a potential succession crisis. Public broadcaster…

Moon to reopen 1980 activists’ massacre probe

SEOUL -- South Korea’s new President Moon Jae-In vowed Thursday to reopen a probe into a 1980 massacre of pro-democracy activists that remains a traumatic landmark in the fight to end decades of military rule. The president wiped away a…

Cause for alarm

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TOKYO -- A top US Navy commander on Wednesday pushed for a “sense of urgency” over North Korea’s nuclear and missile development, stressing it even threatens Pyongyang’s allies China and Russia. Admiral Harry Harris, who heads the Pacific Command, spoke…
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