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Colombia mudslides kill 254

MOCOA, Colombia -- Devastating mudslides in the Colombian town of Mocoa killed at least 254 people including 43 children, President Juan Manuel Santos said Sunday, as survivors described gruesome scenes amid the ruins. Santos, who traveled to the southern town…

Phenomenon

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LONDON -- The rise of fake news has been a hot topic in Britain this year, with the lawmaker leading a probe into the phenomenon warning it was “a threat to democracy”. As-well as the inquiry, British journalism schools have…

History tells fake news is old news

PARIS -- “Fake news” has rarely been out of the news since Donald Trump’s unlikely election to the White House. Rarely a day goes by when the president doesn’t take to Twitter to accuse, normally in capital letters, the mainstream…

Park in custody after court orders arrest

SEOUL -- South Korea’s ousted president Park Geun-Hye was spending her first day in custody Friday after a court ordered her arrest, with her opponents crowing and her supporters crying. The former head of state stared straight ahead, apparently trying…

Freeze order

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LOS ANGELES -- The US federal judge who halted President Donald Trump’s revised ban on refugee resettlement and arrivals of people from six mainly Muslim countries has extended his order blocking its implementation. US District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii…

EU vows to unite as Britain braces for ‘monumental’ Brexit

LONDON -- With the clock ticking on Britain’s EU membership, the bloc’s leadership vowed unity while in London the government was set to begin the arduous task of disentangling itself from Brussels. “This is a moment to unite,” European Commission…

Asian community rattled by Trump immigration policies

LOS ANGELES -- The debate surrounding US President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown has focused almost entirely on the Latino community, leaving other groups affected — notably Asians — largely out of the discourse, experts say. Of the estimated 11 million…

Suu Kyi a year after change in Myanmar

YANGON -- One year after Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party was sworn in as Myanmar’s first elected government in half a century, opinions are mixed on its performance. Many have a saint-like adoration for “The…

Like a war zone

AYR, Australia -- Towns were cut off and without power in northern Australia Wednesday after being pummeled by a powerful cyclone that washed battered yachts ashore and ripped roofs off houses in scenes compared to “a war zone”. The category…

California prepares for war with Trump over environment

LOS ANGELES -- California, one of the most progressive in the US on climate issues, is heading toward a legal showdown with the Trump administration over its environmental policies. The battle is shaping up as President Donald Trump signed an…

PH, China set sea talks

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CHINA and the Philippines will hold direct talks on their maritime dispute in May, Filipino officials said Wednesday, as President Rodrigo Duterte seeks stronger economic ties with Beijing. Last year a United Nations-backed international tribunal rejected Beijing’s claims to most…

Britain to launch EU exit process

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LONDON -- Britain formally launches the process for leaving the European Union on Wednesday, a historic step that has divided the country and thrown into question the future of the European project. Just days after the EU’s 60th birthday, Britain…

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…
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