Japanese nurse confesses to killing 20 elderly patients

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TOKYO — A former nurse who allegedly killed as many as 20 elderly patients by injecting their intravenous drips with chemicals is in police custody, Japanese media have reported. The suspect reportedly said she wanted to control when her patients…

Four boys saved

Treacherous Thai cave rescue bid enters day two MAE SAI, Thailand -- A treacherous rescue bid to free a youth football team trapped in a flooded Thai cave entered its second day Monday, with nine of the “Wild Boars” still…

Pompeo says N.Korea sanctions to stay

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TOKYO -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday shrugged off North Korean accusations of “gangster-like” behavior and said sanctions on Pyongyang would only be lifted with “final” denuclearization. Speaking in Tokyo after two days of intense discussions in…

Alternative award

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STOCKHOLM -- What do you do when this year’s Nobel Literature Prize, the world’s most prestigious accolade of its kind, is postponed because of a sexual assault scandal? You create your own award. More than 100 Swedish intellectuals have joined…

Timeline for Thailand cave rescue

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MAE SAI, Thailand -- Twelve boys and their football coach have been trapped for two weeks inside a flooded Thai cave. They were found alive following a gruelling search by divers, who must now determine how to free the youngsters.…

Trump's salvo

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WASHINGTON/BEIJING -- Punishing US tariffs on Chinese imports took effect early Friday, marking the start of President Donald Trump’s trade war with the largest US trading partner and intensifying the anxieties of global industry. Beijing said it was “forced to…

Thai military diver dies as window for cave rescue narrows

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MAE SAI, Thailand -- A former Thai military diver helping to rescue a young football team trapped inside a flooded cave drowned Friday as officials warned the window of opportunity to free the youngsters is “limited”. The diver’s death raises…

Judge trumps Trump over California ‘sanctuary’ laws

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LOS ANGELES -- A US federal judge on Thursday denied a bid by President Donald Trump’s administration to block two California “sanctuary” laws that allow the state to limit its cooperation with immigration agents. US District Judge John Mendez rejected…

Japan executes sarin attack cult leader and six followers

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TOKYO -- The leader of the Japanese doomsday cult that carried out a deadly 1995 sarin attack on the Tokyo subway was executed Friday along with six of his followers, decades after the shocking crime. Shoko Asahara, the charismatic virtually-blind…

India struggles to ban plastic

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NEW DELHI — India’s most populous state Uttar Pradesh, home to 220 million people, announced Friday a ban on plastic cups and polythene use from July 15, in its third such attempt. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pledged to make…

Shock waves feared round the world

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WASHINGTON -- Steep American tariffs on Chinese goods worth tens of billions of dollars are due to take effect when the clock strikes twelve on Thursday night, as US President Donald Trump fires the first salvo in a trade war…

White house 'siege'

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WASHINGTON -- A woman confronted EPA chief Scott Pruitt at a Washington restaurant and called on him to resign — the latest time an official from President Donald Trump’s administration has come under fire while dining out. Kristin Mink posted…

‘Like being reborn’: Dramatic rescues that defied the odds

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MAE SAI, Thailand -- For days Thailand anxiously followed every twist and turn of a dramatic race against time to find 12 boys and their football coach trapped deep in a cave complex and surrounded by rising monsoon floodwaters. The…

Washington moves to block China Mobile from US market

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WASHINGTON -- The US Commerce Department recommended against approval of China Mobile’s seven-year-old application to enter the domestic market on Monday, citing national security concerns. The move marked the latest blast from the US under President Donald Trump in its…
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