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Monster storm

AYR, Australia -- A “monster” cyclone made landfall in northeast Australia Tuesday, cutting power and uprooting trees as coastal towns went into lockdown in the face of lashing rain and howling winds. Great Barrier Reef islands popular with foreign tourists…

US leads boycott of nuclear weapons ban talks in UN

UNITED NATIONS, United States -- More than 100 countries on Monday launched the first UN talks aimed at achieving a legally binding ban on nuclear weapons, as Washington led an international boycott of a process it deems unrealistic. Before the…

Taiwan ex-leader cleared

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TAIPEI — A Taiwanese court Tuesday found former president Ma Ying-jeou not guilty in a political leaks case, one of a series of lawsuits brought against him since he stepped down last year. Ma was acquitted of leaking secrets and…

Prosecutors seek arrest of ex-president Park

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SEOUL -- South Korean prosecutors sought an arrest warrant on Monday for ousted president Park Geun-Hye, they said, days after questioning her over the corruption and abuse of power scandal that brought her down. Park, 65, had her removal from…

Supercyclone

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Thousands evacuated as cyclone bears down on Australia CAIRNS, Australia -- Thousands of people including tourists were being evacuated Monday as northern Australia braced for a powerful cyclone packing destructive winds with warnings of major structural damage and surging tides.…

Trump debacle

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump sat in the Oval Office on Friday evening in an unfamiliar position — having to own failure. His health care reform, his very first significant legislative proposal, had fallen at the first hurdle in a friendly…

Media counts show Beijing favorite Lam is new HK leader

HONG KONG -- Beijing favorite Carrie Lam was selected as Hong Kong’s new leader on Sunday by a mainly pro-China committee, in an election dismissed as a sham by democracy activists who fear the loss of the city’s cherished freedoms.…

Britain prepares to launch Brexit

LONDON -- Britain will take an unprecedented step into the unknown on Wednesday with the first formal move towards leaving the European Union, starting a two-year process that has already divided the country. Tens of thousands of people took to…

Deadly air strikes in Mosul

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NEAR MOSUL, Iraq -- Air strikes have killed dozens of civilians in west Mosul in recent days, officials said Saturday, as the number of people fleeing fighting against jihadists in the area topped 200,000. Hundreds of thousands more are still…

Rebel Republicans hand Trump biggest blow over Obamacare

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump faced the biggest blow yet to his young presidency as his bid to repeal Obamacare went down in flames at the hands of rebel Republican lawmakers. Barely two months into his term, Trump was forced…
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