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UK journalist held over protective gear

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BANGKOK -- A British journalist faces up to five years in a Thai jail after he was arrested for carrying a gas mask and plates for a bullet-proof vest through Bangkok's main airport on his way to cover fighting in…

Thousands flee as cyclone batters Bangladesh

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CYCLONE Mora hit Bangladesh Tuesday, packing winds of up to 135 kilometers (84 miles) per hour, damaging thousands of homes as more than 300,000 people fled coastal villages. The severe storm made landfall on the coast between Cox's Bazar and…

Trump in crisis

US president dismisses ‘fabricated’ report of son-in-law’s outreach to Russia WASHINGTON -- A White House in crisis scrambled to allay public concern over reports that Donald Trump’s son-in-law sought a secret communications link to Russia — a bombshell allegation the…

'Terrorists' hunted

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MANCHESTER, United Kingdom -- Britain has arrested a “large part” of the network behind Manchester’s suicide bomb attack, police said Friday, while the government came under fire for cutting police budgets as election campaigning resumed. Nine suspects are currently in…

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…
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