• Trump says all Islamic State land lost in Syria, SDF says fight continues
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    Trump says all Islamic State land lost in Syria, SDF says fight continues

    PALM BEACH, Fl./BAGHOUZ, Syria (Reuters) - Islamic State militants in eastern Syria still held out late on Friday, the U.S.-backed militia besieging them said, after U.S. President Donald Trump said the jihadist group had lost its last scrap of territory. "Heavy fighting continues around mount Baghouz

  • Syria vows to recover Golan as Trump policy shift draws criticism
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    Syria vows to recover Golan as Trump policy shift draws criticism

    Trump's statement on Thursday marked a dramatic shift in U.S. policy over the status of a disputed area that Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 Middle East conflict and annexed in 1981 - a move not recognized internationally. Against this backdrop of hostility toward the U.S. move, Secretary

  • 'We are one' says PM Ardern as New Zealand mourns with prayers, silence
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    'We are one' says PM Ardern as New Zealand mourns with prayers, silence

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joined about 20,000 people standing quietly at Hagley Park, in front of the Al Noor mosque where most of the victims were killed during Friday prayers last week. "New Zealand mourns with you. Ardern, who swiftly denounced the shooting as terrorism, has announced a

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Christchurch brings global white supremacist threat into sharp relief

    The setting alone was shocking: a pastoral, oceanside city in New Zealand, the country ranked the planet’s second-most peaceful, after Iceland. When a white-supremacist terrorist opened fire in two Christchurch mosques on March 15, taking 50 lives including those of a 3-year-old child and 78-year-old

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Trump-Netanyahu: True bromance, or marriage of convenience?

    As president, Donald Trump has had his share of bromances with world leaders – certainly more than his predecessor, the cool Barack Obama, ever did. There was the short-lived fling with French President Emmanuel Macron, an early dalliance with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that failed to launch

  • Christian Science Monitor

    In the growing gospel of ‘workism,’ is all work holy?

    Jake Hammel kinda gets why a bunch of Hollywood celebrities and Manhattan muckety-mucks might try to spend their considerable dime trying to finagle their kids into a big-name college. “You know, wherever you’re at financially, you can just kind of scale it down and think, well, if I had a percentage

  • Christian Science Monitor

    A cyclone’s wake-up call on climate adaptation

    A cyclone that struck the southern African countries of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi earlier this month has left a devastated landscape. It also left questions about how to better prepare for similar powerful storms predicted by climate scientists. Cyclone Idai caused hundreds of casualties, perhaps

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 12:30 a.m. GMT

    President Donald Trump says he is reversing his administration's decision to slap new sanctions on North Korea, ordering them withdrawn. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump "likes Chairman Kim and he doesn't think these sanctions will be necessary." Trump says in a

  • 'Rise up!' NZ students heal with haka after mosque attacks
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    'Rise up!' NZ students heal with haka after mosque attacks

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Their voices have thundered across this heartsick city, in parks and at flower memorials and schools. Day after day, the students of Christchurch have gathered, feet smashing the ground in unison as they chant the words of their nation's indigenous people in an outpouring

  • Reuters

    Venezuela national soccer coach offers to resign after meeting Guaido envoy

    The coach of Venezuela's national soccer team said on Friday he had offered to resign after meeting with opposition leader Juan Guaido's envoy to Spain, in the midst of a power struggle between Guaido and socialist President Nicolas Maduro. After a 3-1 victory over Argentina in Spain, the coach

  • Associated Press

    Vietnam orders monks to stop profiting from karma rituals

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese authorities have ordered monks at a popular Buddhist pagoda to stop "soul summoning" and "bad karma eviction" ceremonies after an investigation found the rituals were a scam.

  • Associated Press

    Local authorities report 26 killed, 28 injured after tour bus catches fire on highway in central China's Hunan province

    BEIJING (AP) — Local authorities report 26 killed, 28 injured after tour bus catches fire on highway in central China's Hunan province.

  • Mueller concludes Russia-Trump probe; no new indictments
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    Mueller concludes Russia-Trump probe; no new indictments

    Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday turned over his long-awaited final report on the contentious Russia investigation, ending a probe that has cast a dark shadow over Donald Trump's presidency with no new charges but launching a fresh wave of political battles over the still-confidential findings

  • Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka win opening matches in Miami
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    Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka win opening matches in Miami

    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Facing the setting sun, Serena Williams tried to shield her eyes with her left hand as she hit a shot, lost the point and then waved in frustration at the bothersome glare.

  • Mueller submits report on bombshell Trump-Russia probe
    AFP

    Mueller submits report on bombshell Trump-Russia probe

    Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday submitted his long-awaited report into an explosive two-year investigation of Russian meddling in Donald Trump's 2016 election -- a probe the president denounces as a "witch hunt" and opponents say could fuel impeachment. What the report says is

  • England, France win big; Portugal held as Euro defense opens
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    England, France win big; Portugal held as Euro defense opens

    LONDON (AP) — Big wins for France and England. Not even a goal for Portugal.

  • Trump decides against more North Korea sanctions at this time: source
    Reuters

    Trump decides against more North Korea sanctions at this time: source

    The confusion began when Trump said on Twitter that he had "ordered the withdrawal" of "additional large-scale sanctions" on North Korea that had been "announced today by the U.S. Treasury." But there were no new U.S. sanctions on North Korea announced on Friday, leading

  • Museum is glad to finally hear: Yes, it's really a Van Gogh
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    Museum is glad to finally hear: Yes, it's really a Van Gogh

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A painting at a Connecticut museum that has long been thought to be by Vincent Van Gogh has been authenticated as such by Dutch researchers.

  • Inter-American Development Bank leaves China in Venezuela row
    AFP

    Inter-American Development Bank leaves China in Venezuela row

    The Inter-American Development Bank said Friday its annual meeting would exit China after the United States led objections to Beijing's refusal to grant a visa to the Venezuelan representative backed by Washington. The bank, which provides development funding for Latin America and in which Washington

  • Associated Press

    After complaining about fans, Wozniacki returns to Miami

    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki is back at the Miami Open after complaining last year about crowd behavior.

  • South American leaders launch new bloc to replace Unasur
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    South American leaders launch new bloc to replace Unasur

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A group of South American presidents on Friday launched a new regional bloc to replace the Union of South American Nations that was promoted by late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to counter U.S. influence in the region.

  • Associated Press

    Casey shares halfway lead in title defense at Innisbrook

    PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Paul Casey drove into Innisbrook and saw his picture on posters and programs, just what he needed to forget the cut he missed last week.

  • Venezuela beats Argentina 3-1 to spoil Messi's return
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    Venezuela beats Argentina 3-1 to spoil Messi's return

    MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi's international return didn't do much to help Argentina regain top form.

  • Portugal held by Ukraine on Ronaldo's return
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    Portugal held by Ukraine on Ronaldo's return

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo's return wasn't enough to give title-holder Portugal more than a 0-0 home draw against Ukraine in qualifying for the 2020 European Championship on Friday.

  • 'Brace ourselves': Cyclone death toll tops 600 in Africa
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    'Brace ourselves': Cyclone death toll tops 600 in Africa

    BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — With the flooding easing in parts of cyclone-stricken Mozambique on Friday, fears are rising that the waters could yield up many more bodies. The confirmed number of people killed in Mozambique and neighboring Zimbabwe and Malawi climbed past 600.