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US, China putting trade war on hold after progress in talks

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The world's two biggest economies are pulling back from the brink of a trade war after making...

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North Korea slams Pence as summit with Trump grows shakier Airstrikes on pro-government positions in east Syria kill 12 Israel defense chief plans 2,500 new West Bank settler homes Macron and Putin to discuss Iran nuclear deal, Syria Cardinal: Nicaragua talks at impasse, suspended indefinitely...


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Airstrikes on pro-government positions in east Syria kill 12

BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes overnight in eastern Syria killed at least 12 pro-government fighters, all reportedly foreign nationals, a war-monitoring group said Thursday. The Syrian government-run media blamed the strikes on the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group. In Damascus, the...


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Thai court extends detention of pro-democracy activists

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BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand extended the detention Thursday of 15 pro-democracy activists arrested earlier this week after several thousand police were deployed to halt their small protest against military rule. Krisadang Nutjaras, a lawyer for the student activists, told reporters the court...


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Investigators: Russian military missile downed Flight MH17

BUNNIK, Netherlands (AP) — An international team of investigators says that detailed analysis of video images has established that the Buk missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 nearly four years ago came from a Russia-based military unit. Wilbert Paulissen of the Dutch National...


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China says no reason found for US staffer's sonic condition

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BEIJING (AP) — No explanation has yet been found for a U.S. government employee’s report of abnormal sensations of sound and pressure, China said Thursday, as the incident in southern Guangzhou city recalled the experiences of illness-stricken American diplomats in Cuba. “China is already...


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Israel defense chief plans 2,500 new West Bank settler homes

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s defense minister said Thursday he will seek approval next week to fast-track construction of 2,500 new West Bank settlement homes in 2018, an announcement likely to further ratchet up tensions between Israelis and Palestinians. Avigdor Lieberman’s office said in a...


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North Korea slams Pence as summit with Trump grows shakier

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TOKYO (AP) — North Korea has lobbed another verbal salvo at Washington ahead of an increasingly embattled plan for its leader, Kim Jong Un, and President Donald Trump to meet next month, calling Vice President Mike Pence a “political dummy” and saying it is just as ready to meet in a nuclear...


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Macron and Putin to discuss Iran nuclear deal, Syria

PARIS (AP) — Having failed to persuade U.S. President Donald Trump to stay in the Iran nuclear accord, French President Emmanuel Macron is reaching out to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Macron heads to St. Petersburg on Thursday amid deep differences with Putin over Syria, Ukraine and alleged...


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WORLD CUP: Cynicism wins as West Germany beats Austria

Soccer World Cup Moments

FIFA had been warned in 1978 that final group games should be played at the same time to ensure fairness. Four years later in Spain, one of the most controversial World Cup matches took place when West Germany played Austria in the “Disgrace of Gijon.” Similar to earlier circumstances when...


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Malaysia's ex-leader questioned again in corruption scandal

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PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was quizzed for more than six hours Thursday by anti-graft investigators looking into alleged theft and money laundering at a state investment fund he founded that accumulated billions of dollars in debt. Najib smiled and waved...


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