Baby deportee

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LA LIBERTAD, El Salvador -- Since being returned to his parents in Honduras, 16-month-old Johan has suffered from stomach problems and sleepwalking. They say the symptoms come from the trauma of being separated as a result of the US government’s…

Millions of pilgrims descend on Mecca for now hi-tech hajj

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MECCA, Saudi Arabia -- Two million Muslims gather in Saudi Arabia this week for the hajj as the annual pilgrimage becomes increasingly hi-tech with apps to help the faithful navigate Islam’s holiest sites. This year the hajj comes with the…

US cop subdues old woman with Taser

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WASHINGTON -- A US police chief has defended the use of a Taser on an 87-year-old grandmother cutting dandelions near her home in the southern state of Georgia. The incident occurred last Friday when a youth club worker called 911…

Nepal free press in peril

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KATHMANDU - Nepal introduced a new criminal code Friday that makes sharing confidential information a jailable offense, sparking concerns among journalists that the laws could be used to muzzle the press. Media have warned that the Communist-led government, which has…

Google employees sign protest letter over China search engine — NYT

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WASHINGTON -- Hundreds of Google employees have signed a protest letter over the company’s reported work on a censor-friendly search engine to get back into China, The New York Times said Thursday. The employees are demanding more transparency so they…

Media vs Trump

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WASHINGTON -- US newspapers big and small hit back Thursday at President Donald Trump’s relentless attacks on the news media, launching a coordinated campaign of editorials stressing the importance of a free press. Leading the charge was The Boston Globe,…

Speedy ‘justice’

LOS ANGELES -- US immigration judges say they are under increasing pressure from President Donald Trump’s administration to speed up immigrant deportations — or risk removal if they delay. This pressure is highlighted in the case of a judge in…

US state sets first execution with powerful fentanyl

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CHICAGO -- Nebraska was scheduled Tuesday to carry out America’s first execution employing the opioid fentanyl as part of a four-drug combination that has never before been used.The powerful synthetic painkiller — a key cause of death in America’s opioid…

Indonesians panic as strong aftershock hits

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MATARAM, Indonesia -- A strong aftershock struck Indonesia’s Lombok on Thursday, causing panic among evacuees sheltering after a devastating earthquake killed more than 160 on the holiday island four days earlier. The 5.9-magnitude quake Thursday struck at a shallow depth…

Nuclear warning aired to mark Nagasaki blast

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TOKYO -- Millions still live in fear of nuclear war with many countries ramping up their atomic arsenals, the head of the United Nations warned Thursday, marking the anniversary of the Nagasaki bombing. Antonio Guterres, the first sitting UN secretary…


MATARAM, Indonesia -- More than 70,000 people have been left homeless in the deadly earthquake that hit Lombok island, forced to sleep in makeshift shelters and lacking food, medicine and clean water, authorities said Wednesday.The shallow 6.9-magnitude quake killed at…

Malaysian ex-PM Najib charged with money-laundering

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak was hit with new charges Wednesday linked to a multi-billion-dollar financial scandal that contributed to his shock election defeat in May. Appearing at a court in Kuala Lumpur, Najib was charged…


CLEARLAKE OAKS, United States -- Two blazes mercilessly charring northern California have grown so rapidly that they became the US state’s largest in recorded history Monday, authorities said. Collectively dubbed the Mendocino Complex, the wildfires have burned through 283,800 acres…

Tourist exodus from Lombok as quake toll hits 98

MATARAM, Indonesia -- Terrified holidaymakers rushed for boats and planes to leave Indonesia’s Lombok island Tuesday after it suffered a second deadly quake within a week, while rescuers struggled to reach hard-hit areas where survivors are in urgent need of…
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