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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…

Japan princess’s betrothal highlights succession woes

TOKYO -- Emperor Akihito’s granddaughter’s upcoming engagement to her college sweetheart, a commoner, will cost the princess her royal status in a move that highlights the male-dominated nature of Japan’s monarchy as it faces a potential succession crisis. Public broadcaster…

Moon to reopen 1980 activists’ massacre probe

SEOUL -- South Korea’s new President Moon Jae-In vowed Thursday to reopen a probe into a 1980 massacre of pro-democracy activists that remains a traumatic landmark in the fight to end decades of military rule. The president wiped away a…

Cause for alarm

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TOKYO -- A top US Navy commander on Wednesday pushed for a “sense of urgency” over North Korea’s nuclear and missile development, stressing it even threatens Pyongyang’s allies China and Russia. Admiral Harry Harris, who heads the Pacific Command, spoke…

Trump accused of asking FBI to stop probe

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump’s beleaguered White House was rocked Tuesday by a pair of explosive allegations — that he personally tried to quash an FBI investigation, and that he disclosed highly classified information to top Russian officials. The Republican billionaire’s…

Venezuela death toll hits 42

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CARACAS -- A 17-year-old boy and two men died in Venezuela after being shot during anti-government protests, prosecutors said Tuesday, bringing to 42 the number of people killed in six weeks of unrest. The latest deaths made the recent wave…

India allows abortion for 10-year-old rape victim

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NEW DELHI -- A 10-year-old girl who was raped will be allowed to have an abortion even though she has crossed the 20-week limit for terminations in India, police in the country said Wednesday. The child has said she was…

Xi’s moment

BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping wants to rewrite world trade rules and cast himself as a champion of globalization as he capitalizes on a US retreat into “America First” policies, analysts say. But not everyone is buying the rhetoric.…

Did Trump divulge top secret intel to Russians?

WASHINGTON — Embattled US President Donald Trump faced explosive allegations that he divulged top secret intelligence to Russian diplomats in the Oval Office, a charge the White House scrambled to rebut Monday. The Washington Post reported that Trump revealed highly…

Whiz kid foiled cyberattack

PARIS -- They are called white hats — the good guys in the Wild West of the internet — and they ride to the rescue as in the case of the 22-year-old British expert who helped stop the WannaCry cyberattack.…
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