US Senate bipartisan group bares immigration plan, defying Trump

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WASHINGTON -- With US immigration reform efforts hanging by a thread, a bipartisan group of senators unveiled a compromise plan Wednesday to protect so-called “Dreamers” and boost border security, defying President Donald Trump’s demand to embrace his more hardline plan.…

Stormy ‘affair’

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer told the New York Times Tuesday he paid $130,000 of his own money to a porn star who once said she had an affair with Trump. The attorney, Michael Cohen, said that he…

Pain killer maker on offensive as scrutiny mounts

WASHINGTON -- Accused of profiting from a deadly opioid crisis ravaging middle class America, the maker of the world’s best-selling pain medication went on the offensive Tuesday in the face of increasing scrutiny. Purdue Pharma, a privately-held firm that made…

Coal-loving Poland struggles with killer smog

WARSAW -- Smog kills tens of thousands of Poles each year, yet environmental activists say the right-wing government of the coal-loving nation has been dragging its feet on combatting air pollution. On some winter days, a grey haze obscures the…

Under bombs, Syria rescuers lose their own as they save others

MEDEIRA, Syria -- For years, Samir Salim and his three brothers rescued neighbours and relatives pinned underground after bombardment on Syria’s rebel-held Eastern Ghouta. But last week, they could not save their own mother. Crouched atop the rubble of their…

US blacklists 3 IS finance supporters

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WASHINGTON -- The US Treasury on Friday placed three men it said were part of the Islamic State’s global financial network on its sanctions blacklist, as it seeks to shut down the flow of funds to the group. The Treasury…

US gov’t in shutdown

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WASHINGTON - The US government slid into its second shutdown in three weeks early Friday after a senator in President Donald Trump’s own Republican Party blocked a vote on a bipartisan budget deal before a midnight deadline. The upper chamber…

Canada choppers ‘not for attack’ — PH

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THE Philippine military yesterday denied it planned to use 16 Bell helicopters bought from Canada as attack aircraft against local insurgents, following reports Ottawa was reviewing the deal. Canadian media had reported overnight Wednesday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government…

Deputy PM’s affair with staffer grips Australia

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SYDNEY -- An affair between Australia’s married deputy prime minister and a younger member of his staff, who is now pregnant, gripped the country Thursday, reigniting questions over MPs’ private lives. Barnaby Joyce, leader of the National Party which rules…

Economists see nothing to worry about in Wall Street’s nosedive

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WASHINGTON -- Wall Street’s nosedive this week and a spike in market volatility, surprising as they were, do not threaten US economic momentum, according to economists, some of whom even welcome the falling prices. But if there were a prolonged…

Australia tourism faces threat

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SYDNEY- Australia’s multi-billion dollar tourism industry is under increasing threat from climate change with some of the nation’s top natural wonders in the firing line as temperatures and sea levels rise, a study warned Thursday. The report by environmental advocacy…

Global threat

WASHINGTON -- The United States and Russia are pledging to abide by a treaty limiting strategic nuclear weapons that took effect on Monday, but foreign leaders and experts fear a new arms race may be looming. Concern over a potential…

In Iraq, death-row jihadists ‘confess’ on prime-time TV

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BAGHDAD —- Every Friday in Iraq, a gripping show on state television beams the alleged confessions of death-row jihadists into homes around the country. At peak viewing time, it broadcasts gruesome images of their purported crimes before interviewing the convicts,…

Beijing missile defense test successful

BEIJING -- China said Tuesday it successfully conducted a test of a ground-based missile defense system amid rising tensions on the Korean peninsula. Concern over a potential conflict with nuclear-armed North Korea is growing following a series of bellicose statements…
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