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Trump accuses Russia of helping North Korea evade sanctions; says U.S. needs more missile defense

U.S. President Donald Trump complained on Wednesday that Russia was helping North Korea to evade international sanctions, signaling frustration with a country he had hoped to forge friendly relations with after his 2016 election win. China and Russia both signed onto the latest rounds of United Nations Security Council sanctions against North Korea imposed last year. There was no immediate comm...


Myanmar police shoot dead seven protesters in troubled Rakhine

Myanmar police shot dead seven demonstrators, while 12 were injured in troubled Rakhine State, after a local gathering celebrating an ancient Buddhist Arakan kingdom turned violent. The violent demonstration underscores the challenges facing Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a country where dozens of ethnic groups have been clamoring for autonomy since independence from Britain in 1947. Som...


As Trump heads to Davos, survey points to rising risk of war

The risk of political and economic confrontations between major powers, including outright military conflicts, has risen sharply, according to a survey released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) days before its annual gathering in Davos. The Global Risks Report highlighted several top risks for 2018, including environmental threats from extreme weather and temperatures, economic inequalities an...


21 states sue to keep net neutrality as Senate Democrats reach 50 votes
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21 states sue to keep net neutrality as Senate Democrats reach 50 votes

A group of 21 U.S. state attorneys general filed suit to challenge the Federal Communications Commissions decision to do away with net neutrality on Tuesday while Democrats said they needed just one more vote in the Senate to repeal the FCC ruling. The state attorneys, including those of California, New York and Virginia as well as the District of Columbia, filed a petition to challenge the act...


Pope Francis under pressure to confront sex abuse in Chile
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Pope Francis under pressure to confront sex abuse in Chile

Pope Francis will be under pressure Tuesday to confront a priest sex abuse scandal during his first full day in Chile, an Andean nation where the majority identifies as Roman Catholic but strong currents of skepticism and even contempt for the church are increasingly present. Many Chileans are still furious over his 2015 decision to appoint a bishop close to the Rev. Fernando Karadima, a priest...


Olympic gold medalist Biles says doctor sexually abused her

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles said on Monday she was sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar, the latest in a list of female athletes to accuse the doctor of misconduct. The 20-year-old American, who was a key member of the U.S. team that won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics, joins a number of top-level gymnasts who have accused Nassar of abuse, includin...


Trump blames Senator Durbin for blowing immigration deal

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday blamed Senator Dick Durbin for blowing up talks on a deal to help immigrants brought to the country illegally as children and said the Democratic lawmaker misrepresented his comments about Haiti and African countries. Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting, Trump said in a post on Twitter, referring to the Deferred Act...


Trump says 'I'm not a racist,' keeps door open for DACA deal
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Trump says 'I'm not a racist,' keeps door open for DACA deal

U.S. President Donald Trump insisted on Sunday Im not a racist in response to reports that he had described immigrants from Haiti and African countries as coming from shithole countries. Trump also said he was ready, willing and able to reach a deal to protect illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children from being deported but that he did not believe Democrats wanted an agreeme...


Suicide attack in Baghdad kills at least 25, wounds 63, government says
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Suicide attack in Baghdad kills at least 25, wounds 63, government says

At least 25 people were killed and 63 wounded in a twin suicide bombing in central Baghdad on Monday, the Iraqi health ministry said on its Facebook page. The attack targeted Aviation Square, a commercial area of Baghdad, the interior ministry said in a statement. It was carried out by two men who detonated vests packed with explosives, it said. Iraq declared victory last month over the Isla...


Strong earthquake hits coast of southern Peru, no damage reported

A strong earthquake struck the coast of southern Peru on Sunday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, causing minor material damage but no victims had been reported so far. The quake hit at 0918 GMT at a depth of around 10 km (6 miles), the USGS said. Perus government Geophysical Institute said the earthquake was of magnitude 6.7 with its epicenter in Lomas, in the southern region of...


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