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Shaky debut

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump’s first six months in the White House have been a riot of scandal, chaos and outrage that — absent a major course correction — could spell doom for his entire administration. All US presidents face crises…

S. Korea probes defector who ‘returned’ to North

SEOUL -- South Korea is investigating the case of a North Korean defector who became a celebrity refugee in Seoul, but recently appeared on Pyongyang television to claim she had returned home from the “hell” of the capitalist South. Lim…

War on terror

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SYDNEY - - Australia has created a super ministry combining its security agencies including the domestic spy service, border force and national police, the country’s prime minister said Tuesday, calling the “historic change” necessary to tackle terrorism. The new Home…

7.7-magnitude quake hits off Russia coast

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WASHINGTON -- An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 struck Monday off the eastern coast of Russia, according to the US Geological Survey, causing officials to initially warn of a tsunami threat in parts of the Pacific. But the Pacific…

Thousands flee huge Canada forest fires

MONTREAL -- Almost 40,000 Canadians have fled their homes under threat of huge wild fires, with British Columbia facing its largest emergency evacuation ever, officials said Monday. Canada scrambled thousands of firefighters and hundreds of aircraft from across the country…

Two more Republicans say no to health care reforms

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WASHINGTON — Two more US Republican senators announced their opposition Monday to their party’s efforts to revamp Obamacare, derailing the controversial legislation in its current form and potentially dealing a monumental setback to President Donald Trump. Republican leaders are desperate…

Trump vs media

US leader back on offensive after brief respite in Paris WASHINGTON -- US President Donald Trump, fresh from a political holiday in Paris, went back on the offensive Sunday as a new poll showed his popularity dropping amid doubts about…

Nuke threat

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N. Korea likely has more plutonium than previously thought -- monitor SEOUL -- New images of North Korea’s main nuclear facility show that the isolated regime has apparently produced more plutonium for its weapons program than previously thought, a US…

American in Paris

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PARIS -- US President Donald Trump was Thursday headed to Paris, hoping to find respite from the deepening scandal over alleged Russian efforts to secure his White House victory that has ensnared his eldest son. During a lightning visit full…

Democrat in first impeachment bid against Trump

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WASHINGTON -- A Democratic congressman on Wednesday became the first US lawmaker to formally file an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump, but the effort is likely to stall in the Republican-controlled Congress. Democrat Brad Sherman of California followed…

City of god

DE JANEIRO -- In the City of God, a Rio slum made famous by a movie of the same name, the local clinic used to treat minor ailments like the flu or stomach aches. In recent months, however, it has…

China’s Nobel laureate suffers organ failure

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BEIJING -- The hospital treating China’s cancer-stricken Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo offered a grim update on his health on Wednesday, but human rights groups cautioned that the authorities may be manipulating the medical reports. The 61-year-old democracy advocate’s liver function…

Trump son said he’d ‘love’ Russian dirt on Clinton

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump’s eldest son released emails Tuesday showing he embraced Russia’s efforts to support his father’s presidential campaign, admitting he would “love” to get dirt from Moscow on Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump Jr was told by an interlocutor…
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