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Released French lensman says Turkey sending ‘message’

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PARIS -- French photojournalist Mathias Depardon, who was held for a month in Turkey, said on his return to France Friday night that Ankara wanted to send a “strong message” to reporters wishing to go to the southeast of the…

Japan’s bigtime art patron

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TOKYO -- With a single post on Instagram, Yusaku Maezawa announced not only his purchase of a $110.5 million Basquiat masterpiece, and his place in auction history, but arguably signaled a new era for art in Japan. The price, a…

Seoul's dilemma

SEOUL -- Installing a controversial US missile defense system in South Korea was never going to be easy but, caught between Beijing’s opposition and American insistence, the country’s new president has a strategy: delay. Seoul suspended deployment of the Terminal…

British PM loses majority, faces pressure to resign

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LONDON -- British Prime Minister Theresa May faced pressure to resign on Friday after losing her parliamentary majority, plunging the country into uncertainty as Brexit talks loom. The pound fell sharply amid fears the Conservative leader will be unable to…

Toughest fight

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump has faced down a litany of scandals in his nearly 71 years, surviving bankruptcy, divorce, lawsuits and vulgar exposes. But less than six months into his White House tenure, he finds himself locked in his toughest…

Iran leader shrugs off IS attacks

TEHRAN -- Iran’s supreme leader shrugged off attacks on Wednesday by gunmen and suicide bombers in Tehran that killed 13 people as US president Donald Trump warned the nation was reaping what it sowed. The assault was the first claimed…

Actor mistaken for terrorist

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LYON, France -- An actor who was rehearsing in the toilet of a French train was quizzed by police as a possible terrorist threat after a guard overheard the words “weapon” and “gun”, transport authorities said. The 35-year-old had shut…

Mass shooting

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ORLANDO -- A US Army veteran who had been fired in April from his job at a Florida company opened fire Monday at the Orlando business, killing five people before taking his own life, authorities said. Four people were killed…

Indian baby ruthlessly killed by young mother’s ‘rapists’

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NEW DELHI -- A nine-month-old baby died when she was thrown out of a moving autorickshaw by men accused of gang-raping her mother, police said Tuesday, in the latest case of sexual violence in India. Police said they had registered…

6 dead in ‘terror attack’ in London

LONDON, June 4 (AFP) -- Three assailants stabbed passers-by at random after smashing into pedestrians in a van, killing six people in a “terror attack” in a popular nightlife hub in London before being shot dead by armed police. Prime…
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