• 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.

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    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):

  • Damaged tankers reach safe waters after Gulf attacks
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    Damaged tankers reach safe waters after Gulf attacks

    Two damaged tankers arrived safely Sunday at locations off the Emirati coast after they were rocked by explosions in Gulf waters, in an incident Saudi Arabia blamed on its regional arch-rival Iran. The Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous was carrying highly flammable methanol through the Gulf of Oman on

  • The Latest: Hong Kong apologizes for handling of situation
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    The Latest: Hong Kong apologizes for handling of situation

    Hong Kong's China-backed government has apologized over the handling of politically charged legislation that sparked massive street protests over the past week. Tens of thousands of Hong Kongers jammed the city's streets Sunday in a vehement show of opposition to the legislation that has stoked

  • Hong Kong leader apologises as massive rally chokes city
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    Hong Kong leader apologises as massive rally chokes city

    Hundreds of thousands of protesters choked Hong Kong's streets for a second straight Sunday in a defiant rebuke of a reviled extradition law, piling pressure on the city's embattled pro-Beijing leader who apologised for causing "conflict" but refused to step down. Throngs of black-clad

  • Two AFP journalists beaten, detained in C. Africa
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    Two AFP journalists beaten, detained in C. Africa

    Security forces in Central African Republic beat and detained two journalists working for French news wire Agence France-Presse (AFP) covering a banned opposition protest in the capital Bangui, the reporters said Sunday. Charles Bouessel, 28, and Florent Vergnes, 30, said they were held for more than

  • Associated Press

    Argentina, Uruguay work to restore power after major failure

    Argentina's main energy company said Sunday it was "slowly beginning to restore" electricity after a massive power failure left large swathes of the South American country and neighboring Uruguay in the dark. "The return of electricity generation to the interconnected system of the

  • Associated Press

    Libya's Sarraj calls for elections in 2019 to end war

    The head of Libya's U.N.-supported government on Sunday proposed holding nationwide elections to end the war in the North African country, as the forces of the rival military commander Khalifa Hifter continue their two-month-long battle to take the capital, Tripoli. Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj

  • Reuters

    Four Cameroon police killed by suspected separatist bomb: government

    "The government condemns in the strongest terms this criminal act, perpetrated by armed bandits and terrorists with no faith or law," the statement said. There was no immediate reaction or claim of responsibility from any separatist group. What began as peaceful protests in Cameroon'

  • Sudanese wrestlers embrace afresh after protest crackdown
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    Sudanese wrestlers embrace afresh after protest crackdown

    Dramatic cheers and boos echoed through a spartan arena in Sudan's capital where hulking wrestlers went head-to-head once more, after a brief hiatus. Captivating a sea of spectators, two of the wrestlers bowed forward before pouncing into one another, trading blows and tumbling to the sandy floor

  • The Latest: Sharma's 140 helps India to305-4 before rain
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    The Latest: Sharma's 140 helps India to305-4 before rain

    Rohit Sharma scored his second century of the tournament and Virat Kohli posted an unbeaten 71 as India reached 305-4 before rain halted play in the 46th over of the Cricket World Cup group game against Pakistan in Manchester. Sharma stroked 140 from 113 balls and shared partnerships of 136 with KL

  • Reuters

    Armed gang kills at least 34 in northwest Nigeria, police say

    An armed gang killed at least 34 people in attacks on villages in northwest Nigeria, police said on Sunday, part of a wave of violence the government has blamed on bandits. The armed gang came to unprotected villages in the northwestern state of Zamfara on Friday night, killing 34 people, said Muhammed

  • Associated Press

    Libyan navy says it intercepted 91 Europe-bound migrants

    Libya's coast guard says it has intercepted a rubber vessel carrying 91 Europe-bound migrants, including women and children, off the country's Mediterranean coast. Spokesman Ayoub Gassim said Sunday that three women and two children were among the African migrants intercepted a day earlier off

  • Israeli PM's wife sentenced for misusing state funds
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    Israeli PM's wife sentenced for misusing state funds

    A Jerusalem magistrate court on Sunday sentenced Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to pay a fine of more than $15,000 for misusing state funds. The sentencing comes after she agreed to a plea bargain that ended the years-long saga of just one of the high-profile

  • Reuters

    French, Malian forces kill 20 militants in operation: Mali army

    Allied French and Malian forces killed 20 militants in an operation in a part of northern Mali where Islamic State operates, a spokesman for the West African nation's military said on Sunday. The operation in the district of Akabar, a remote part of a game reserve near the border with Niger and

  • Huge crowds march in Hong Kong, piling pressure on leader
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    Huge crowds march in Hong Kong, piling pressure on leader

    Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents, mostly clad in black despite the sweltering weather, jammed the city's streets Sunday in a vehement show of opposition to proposed legislation that has stoked fears of expanding control from Beijing in this former British colony. The marchers are demanding

  • Field fires in Syria's Hasakeh kill 10: monitor
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    Field fires in Syria's Hasakeh kill 10: monitor

    Fires engulfing vital wheat fields across Syria's northeast have killed at least 10 people, a war monitor said Sunday, as Kurdish authorities claim the blazes were set deliberately. Kurdish authorities and the Damascus regime are competing to buy up this year's harvest as fires -- some claimed

  • Italian 'Bonnie and Clyde' arrested in Thailand for Clooney fraud
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    Italian 'Bonnie and Clyde' arrested in Thailand for Clooney fraud

    An Italian who allegedly posed as Hollywood superstar George Clooney to sell clothes online has been arrested with his wife in Thailand after years on the run, police said Sunday. Francesco Galdelli, 58, and Vanja Goffi, 45, were arrested Saturday at a house on the outskirts Pattaya after an operation

  • G20 agrees marine plastic pollution deal
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    G20 agrees marine plastic pollution deal

    The Group of 20 major economies said they agreed a deal to reduce plastic waste that is choking the seas at a meeting in Japan on Sunday. Under the agreement, G20 member countries committed to reducing plastic waste but gave little detail on how that would be done. "It is great that we were able