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LOS ANGELES -- Melissa Garcia was just three years old when she crossed the US border from Mexico in her mother’s arms. She remembers almost nothing of the perilous crossing that turned her into an undocumented migrant in a country…

Marilou Danley, girlfriend of the Las Vegas shooter

WASHINGTON -- Marilou Danley, a petite 62-year-old casino hostess from the Philippines, is in the crosshairs of the FBI as the authorities seek to determine what led her boyfriend to carry out the worst mass shooting in recent US history.…

Indonesia traffic jam forces president to walk

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JAKARTA -- Indonesia’s notorious traffic congestion was on display for the world Thursday after the country’s president was forced to walk two kilometres through the scorching heat to attend a military parade. Graft-ridden Indonesia is home to one of Asia’s…

Back in U.S.

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THE girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock returned to the United States on Wednesday from the Philippines, as authorities in Manila said they were looking into reports he transferred $100,000 to her. Marilou Danley flew out of Manila’s international…

How did Las Vegas shooter get his arsenal? Easily and legally

WASHINGTON - Forty-seven firearms from three locations. Piles of ammunition, and devices that converted assault rifles to automatic weapons that fired like machine guns. How did Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, who shot and killed 58 people from his 32nd…

Gaga, Grande urge gun control amid artist shock at Vegas carnage

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NEW YORK -- Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande urged US leaders Monday to act to tighten gun laws following the carnage in Las Vegas, as artists voiced shock at the deadliest shooting in modern US history. While most artists left…

Aussie-Pinay Vegas shooter’s ‘companion’

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SYDNEY -- Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock’s “regular companion” was an Australian woman who moved to the United States 20 years ago to work on the casino strip, the government confirmed Tuesday. Marilou Danley, 62, was initially said to be…

Fake news scourge

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WASHINGTON -- Just a few years ago, Facebook and Twitter were hailed as tools for democracy activists, enabling movements like the Arab Spring to flourish. Today, the tables have turned as fears grow over how social media may have been…

More stumbles in Trump’s supposed to be winning week

BRANCHBURG, United States -- It was meant to be a rebound of sorts after his summer slide in polls, but the past week has proved another series of stumbles for Donald Trump, beset by his own propensity to stir controversy.…

Gulf states shed tax-free reputation

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DUBAI -- Hard hit by a drop in oil income, energy-rich Gulf states will next year introduce value-added tax to a region long known for being tax-free. Some have hailed introducing VAT as the start of “exciting, dramatic” change in…

Wind of change

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RIYADH -- Saudi Arabia said Tuesday it would allow women to drive, the last country in the world to do so, sparking euphoria and disbelief among activists in the ultra-conservative kingdom, where social restrictions are increasingly being loosened. The longstanding…

Attack on Mexico drug rehab center leaves 14 dead, 8 hurt

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CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico -- At least 14 people were killed and 8 injured Tuesday night in northern Mexico when an armed group opened fire in a drug addiction rehabilitation center, local police said. In a statement security officials in the…
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