• Japan says Russia supports its plan to help ease U.S.-Iran tensions
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    Japan says Russia supports its plan to help ease U.S.-Iran tensions

    Russia expressed support for Japan's intention to play a role in helping ease tensions between Iran and the United States, an official in Tokyo said on Thursday after a meeting of Japan and Russia's foreign and defense ministers. On Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed Japanese Prime

  • WikiLeaks' Assange too ill to appear via video link in U.S. extradition hearing
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    WikiLeaks' Assange too ill to appear via video link in U.S. extradition hearing

    The United States is seeking the extradition of Assange, 47, who was dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London on April 11. "He's in fact far from well," Assange's lawyer, Gareth Peirce told Westminster Magistrates' Court. Judge Emma Arbuthnot, who was presiding over the case

  • Stand firm or face a new Cold War, Guterres warns Europe
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    Stand firm or face a new Cold War, Guterres warns Europe

    The world risks a descent into lawlessness and a new Cold War if multilateralism fails, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday, calling on the European Union to take a lead role in fighting to preserve a rules-based global order. Speaking in the western German city of Aachen, where

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Readers write: ‘Who’ versus ‘whom,’ GPS adventures, immigration activist

    The May 20 “In a Word” column by Melissa Mohr titled “The waning use of the word ‘whom’” really got my attention. Suddenly, the voice of the GPS told us to make an exit we both knew was wrong – so we ignored it and arrived at our destination right on time.

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Russian internet giant Yandex takes rare stand against state snooping

    Russia has always been some version of a national security state, in which individuals, companies, and other group interests are expected to unquestioningly submit to the needs and demands of state agencies. As surprising, if not more so, was that Yandex seemed to resist the FSB’s demands – with the

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Robots: Job killers or co-workers?

    Will a robot snatch away your job? Or will you learn to love intelligent machines as co-workers?

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Why Cuba’s zip lines and B&B’s have fallen on hard times

    Las Terrazas employees clip visitors to the wire cable one by one and give them a small push. Like many of the other employees, Ms. González has lived and worked at Las Terrazas, a nature reserve and tourist destination west of Havana, her entire life, so she is used to touring strangers around her

  • The Latest: European Election turnout is highest in 20 years
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    The Latest: European Election turnout is highest in 20 years

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on elections for the European Parliament (all times local):

  • Mexico vows to help Central American migrants amid crackdown
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    Mexico vows to help Central American migrants amid crackdown

    Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Saturday his country must help Central Americans fleeing poverty and violence, even as it increases security and revisions to deter migrants from passing through Mexico on route to the U.S. Mexico's president has walked a fine line between enforcement

  • Crew members of targeted Norwegian-owned tanker now in Dubai
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    Crew members of targeted Norwegian-owned tanker now in Dubai

    Crew members from a Norwegian-owned oil tanker apparently attacked in the Gulf of Oman landed Saturday in Dubai after two days in Iran as the other tanker targeted in the assault limped into anchorage off the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates. Both the mariners' recollection and the physical

  • The Latest: US says Iran tried to down surveillance drone
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    The Latest: US says Iran tried to down surveillance drone

    The U.S. military says Iranian Revolutionary Guard troops tried but failed to shoot down a U.S. drone over the Gulf of Oman earlier this week to disrupt surveillance of an attack on an oil tanker. In a statement released Saturday, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command says the drone had been observing

  • Column: Time to appreciate Koepka as he chases Open history
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    Column: Time to appreciate Koepka as he chases Open history

    Brooks Koepka is chasing history, and no one seems to care. Small wonder Koepka began the Open with a chip on his shoulder. If golf fans can't get excited about the way he's playing, maybe they should start watching pickleball instead.

  • Hong Kong set for street march, mourns death of protester
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    Hong Kong set for street march, mourns death of protester

    Hong Kong was bracing Sunday for another massive protest over an unpopular extradition bill that has highlighted the territory's apprehension about relations with mainland China, a week after the crisis brought as many as 1 million into the streets. Pro-democracy activists say Chief Executive Carrie

  • Woodland takes 1-shot lead over Rose in US Open
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    Woodland takes 1-shot lead over Rose in US Open

    The toughest test in this U.S. Open might be more about nerves from chasing history than Pebble Beach. Gary Woodland held it together Saturday with bold plays and two unlikely pars for a 2-under 69, giving him a one-shot lead over Justin Rose and his first appearance in the final group on the last day

  • David double as Canada rout Martinique
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    David double as Canada rout Martinique

    Canada kicked off the CONCACAF Gold Cup with an emphatic win over Martinique on Saturday, outclassing the Caribbean minnows 4-0 at the Pasadena Rose Bowl in California. Two goals from Belgium-based forward Jonathan David set the Canadians on the way to a straightforward three points in Group A before

  • Copa America: Rodriguez leads Colombia to win over Argentina
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    Copa America: Rodriguez leads Colombia to win over Argentina

    James Rodriguez got the best of Lionel Messi in the Copa America on Saturday, leading Colombia to a 2-0 win over Argentina in the teams' debut in the South American tournament. Rodriguez set up Roger Martinez's opening goal in the second half with a superb long pass across the pitch, and substitute

  • Far-right seeks control of German town favoured by Hollywood
    AFP

    Far-right seeks control of German town favoured by Hollywood

    Görlitz (Germany) (AFP) - The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party is battling to win the mayor's office in a bellwether election on Sunday at a town in the former East Germany whose medieval charms have attracted top Hollywood directors. The contest for Goerlitz's city hall is a litmus

  • The Latest: Woodland takes lead into final round of US Open
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    The Latest: Woodland takes lead into final round of US Open

    Gary Woodland will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the U.S. Open. Woodland narrowly missed a birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole to finish the third round at Pebble Beach with a score of 2-under 69 to get to 11 under for the tournament. Justin Rose made his birdie putt at 18 to get to 3

  • 'Moon Rock Hunter' on quest to track down Apollo gifts
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    'Moon Rock Hunter' on quest to track down Apollo gifts

    After Neil Armstrong took a "giant leap for mankind" on the Moon nearly 50 years ago and collected rocks and soil along the way, Richard Nixon presented lunar souvenirs to every nation -- 135, at the time. Dozens of the "goodwill" moon rocks -- some only the size of a grain of rice

  • Tunisia fishermen turn life-savers in the Med
    AFP

    Tunisia fishermen turn life-savers in the Med

    The Tunisian trawler radioed in for help as it passed the migrant boat in distress out at sea. Fishermen from the North African country are spending more and more time pulling in stranded migrants after a sharp decline in humanitarian and European naval patrols along the stretch of water between war-wracked

  • Saudi crown prince warns against 'exploiting' Khashoggi murder
    AFP

    Saudi crown prince warns against 'exploiting' Khashoggi murder

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has warned against "exploiting" the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi for political gains, in what appeared to be a veiled attack on Turkey. Turkey's ties with Saudi Arabia have come under strain since the brutal murder last October of Khashoggi

  • Indian election reveals role of money, questionable morality
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    Indian election reveals role of money, questionable morality

    India's recent national election delivered a historic victory to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party, but also exposed the influence of money, power and questionable morality on the world's largest democracy. Nearly 43% of the new members of the lower house of Parliament

  • Cubans feeling the pinch as Trump cruise ban bites
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    Cubans feeling the pinch as Trump cruise ban bites

    The waxy sheen on his splendid 1934 Ford glimmers in the Caribbean sun, but nobody is hiring Estaban Estrada's red and white convertible these days -- the dollars have dried up now that US cruise liners are no longer calling at Havana. Estrada's pride and joy is one of a line of classic American

  • Activists push Sunday protest despite Hong Kong bill delay
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    Activists push Sunday protest despite Hong Kong bill delay

    Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong are planning a mass protest Sunday even after the territory's embattled leader Carrie Lam sought to quell public anger by shelving an unpopular extradition bill that has highlighted apprehension about relations with mainland China. Over the past week, hundreds

  • After bill fiasco, Hong Kong chief fights for political life
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    After bill fiasco, Hong Kong chief fights for political life

    Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam steadily climbed her way up bureaucratic ranks to capture the top position in the former British colony, relying on sheer intelligence, ambition, canny networking and an astute deference to authority. Few anticipated that Lam would become embroiled in such friction