• North Korea's Kim inspects testing of newly developed 'tactical' weapon: KCNA
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    North Korea's Kim inspects testing of newly developed 'tactical' weapon: KCNA

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected the testing of a newly developed tactical weapon, calling it "another display of our rapidly-growing defense capabilities to the whole region," North Korean state media said on Friday. It was the first mention by state media of a new development in

  • Pentagon report on Turkey's F-35 program delivered to Congress
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    Pentagon report on Turkey's F-35 program delivered to Congress

    BERLIN/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department has delivered a report to Congress detailing implications of Turkey receiving 100 F-35 fighter jets, five people familiar with the report said, removing a key hurdle to concluding the deal. Turkey's planned purchase of the Russian-made S-

  • Reuters

    Merkel's aspiring successors stress common ground in first debate

    The three candidates competing to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel as leader of the Christian Democrats (CDU) agreed on Thursday to revive their party's fortunes by cutting taxes and reducing Germany's dependence on the United States for defense. In a strikingly good-humored three-hour

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Meanwhile in ... Jinan, China, local authorities are using a point system to encourage better supervision of dogs by their owners.

    In Jinan, a city in China’s Shandong province, local authorities have created a point system to encourage better supervision of dogs by their owners. Infractions, including letting dogs off leash in public or not picking up after them, can result in a deduction of points. If owners accumulate enough

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Behind the surprising surge of hope for US criminal justice reform

    Two years ago it looked like criminal justice reform was doomed. For years a glimmer of bipartisan hope amid congressional gridlock, lawmakers from both parties worked on legislation to reform a justice system riven with issues that can begin at the moment of arrest and can continue through the moment

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    The FDA shields youths from vaping

    One of the great reliefs of the past half-century is that cigarette smoking in adults dropped by 67 percent. The use of electronic cigarettes (“vaping”) among high school students rose an alarming 78 percent from 2017 to 2018. Among middle-schoolers, the jump was 48 percent.

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Watch out, 2020: Young voters are on the rise

    Vikianna Petit-Homme tried to get the Boston University student to look her in the eye. “I can’t vote,” implored Vikianna, the youth leader of March For Our Lives Boston, on the eve of the election. The BU student insisted he just didn’t have the time.

  • Lion Air crash victim's father files U.S. lawsuit against Boeing
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    Lion Air crash victim's father files U.S. lawsuit against Boeing

    The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, by the father of Dr. Rio Nanda Pratama, alleged that Boeing did not adequately warn Lion Air or its pilots of an unsafe design condition. Boeing is headquartered in Illinois. Lion Air Flight 610 crashed into the Java Sea

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    Tory deal with DUP over unless UK PM May replaced: Daily Telegraph

    (Reuters) - The British Conservative Party's deal with Northern Ireland's DUP on Brexit is over unless Prime Minister Theresa May is replaced with a new leader, the Daily Telegraph reported. The DUP would vote down the withdrawal agreement in Parliament, adding that its support now "depended

  • Associated Press

    Lemieux set for undercard of Alvarez-Fielding title fight

    NEW YORK (AP) — Powerful middleweight David Lemieux, who has 34 knockouts among his 40 wins, will take on Tureano Johnson in a 12-round fight on the card of Canelo Alvarez's super middleweight title bout against champion Rocky Fielding on Dec. 15.

  • North Korea Kim Jong Un says new tactical weapon is display of 'defense capabilities to the whole region': KCNA
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    North Korea Kim Jong Un says new tactical weapon is display of 'defense capabilities to the whole region': KCNA

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected the testing of a newly developed tactical weapon, calling it "another display of our rapidly-growing defense capabilities to the whole region," North Korean state media said on Friday. "This result today is a justification of the party's policy

  • More caravan migrants arrive in Tijuana, brace for long stay
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    More caravan migrants arrive in Tijuana, brace for long stay

    TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — More buses of exhausted people in a caravan of Central American asylum seekers reached the U.S. border Thursday as the city of Tijuana converted a municipal gymnasium into a temporary shelter and the migrants came to grips with the reality that they will be on the Mexican side

  • Associated Press

    Firsts for Sane, Suele as Germany beats Russia in friendly

    LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — Leroy Sane and Niklas Suele struck their first international goals to guide Germany to a 3-0 win over Russia in a friendly on Thursday.

  • Kurtag's first-ever opera makes long-awaited world debut
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    Kurtag's first-ever opera makes long-awaited world debut

    MILAN (AP) — Hungarian composer Gyorgy Kurtag's long-awaited, first-ever opera has made its world debut at the famed La Scala opera house, winning over Italian opera goers with eight minutes of applause.

  • Guardsman arrested at border fired last year by sheriff
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    Guardsman arrested at border fired last year by sheriff

    HOUSTON (AP) — A National Guard member arrested on a sexual assault charge while serving on the U.S.-Mexico border lost his job as a county jailer last year after being arrested for drunken driving and allegedly lying to investigators.

  • Reuters

    Mexico overturns law meant to regulate troops in drug war

    Nine of 11 Supreme Court justices vetoed the measure, which President Enrique Pena Nieto sent to the court for constitutional review after signing it in December. The law intended to set out the rules under which armed forces can target organized crime, formalizing former president Felipe Calderon'

  • Batshuayi double helps Belgium beat Iceland 2-0
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    Batshuayi double helps Belgium beat Iceland 2-0

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Michy Batshuayi proved a more than capable replacement for the injured Romelu Lukaku on Thursday when he scored twice as Belgium beat Iceland 2-0 to maintain its 100 percent record in the inaugural UEFA Nations League.

  • North Korea 'tests high-tech new weapon': report
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    North Korea 'tests high-tech new weapon': report

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has supervised the testing of a "high-tech" new weapon, Pyongyang's state media reported Friday according to Yonhap news agency. "Kim Jong Un inspected the testing of a newly developed high-tech tactical weapon at the Academy of National Defence Science

  • Associated Press

    US cutting counterterror forces in Africa

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is reducing its counterterrorism forces in Africa and studying whether to make similar moves elsewhere in the world as part of a broad effort to shift American military focus toward what it calls threats from Russia and China.

  • Wales make 14 changes for Tonga, fullback Holmes to debut
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    Wales make 14 changes for Tonga, fullback Holmes to debut

    CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Jonah Holmes will debut at fullback in a Wales side with 14 changes playing Tonga on Saturday in Cardiff.

  • Federer advances to record-extending 15th ATP Finals semi
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    Federer advances to record-extending 15th ATP Finals semi

    LONDON (AP) — Roger Federer advanced to the last four of the ATP Finals for a record-extending 15th time with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Kevin Anderson on Thursday.

  • Future bright for England as youngsters beat USA on Rooney farewell
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    Future bright for England as youngsters beat USA on Rooney farewell

    Wayne Rooney brought down the curtain on his England career, but a youthful Three Lions proved the future is bright by sweeping aside the United States 3-0 at Wembley in a friendly on Thursday. Jesse Lingard, Trent Alexander-Arnold and debutant Callum Wilson grabbed the goals in a dominant England display

  • No goal for Wayne Rooney in 120th, final England appearance
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    No goal for Wayne Rooney in 120th, final England appearance

    LONDON (AP) — Wayne Rooney couldn't raise his England scoring record in a 120th and final appearance for the Three Lions as a new generation of players provided the goals in an easy, 3-0 victory over the United States on Thursday.

  • U.S. eyes ways to remove Erdogan foe to appease Turkey: NBC
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    U.S. eyes ways to remove Erdogan foe to appease Turkey: NBC

    The Trump administration is exploring possible ways to remove U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, a foe of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, to convince Turkey to ease pressure on Saudi Arabia over the killing of a Saudi journalist, NBC News reported on Thursday. A White House official told

  • Japan's Hataoka hunts title, bonus as Olson takes LPGA lead
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    Japan's Hataoka hunts title, bonus as Olson takes LPGA lead

    Japan's Nasa Hataoka put herself in position for a $1 million LPGA season bonus but settled for second to American Amy Olson after Thursday's opening round of the LPGA Tour Championship. Olson, whose best showing in five career LPGA campaigns was a runner-up finish at this year's Evian Championship