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FBI locates car related to missing Chinese scholar case
FBI locates car related to missing Chinese scholar case
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  • 2017-06-27 23:49:44Z

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - The FBI has located the car that a missing Chinese scholar studying at the University of Illinois was last seen getting into earlier this month, the FBI said Tuesday.

Brazil
Brazil's president calls graft charge 'soap opera'
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  • 2017-06-27 23:23:10Z

Brasília (AFP) - Brazil's President Michel Temer defiantly rejected a bribery charge against him as a "soap opera" on Tuesday, saying there is no proof and vowing to fight on. "The charge is a fiction," Temer said in his first public reaction since the country's top prosecutor

Illinois House Democrats push new budget plan to end impasse
Illinois House Democrats push new budget plan to end impasse
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  • 2017-06-27 23:20:11Z

Staring down the start of a new fiscal year, Illinois House Democrats offered a budget on Tuesday that would spend less than the Republican governor's plan, but kept their specific revenue-raising proposal under wraps. An impasse between Governor Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the legislature has left Illinois without complete budgets for an unprecedented two-straight fiscal years. The nearly $36.5 billion general funds budget was the first spending blueprint offered by House Speaker Michael Madigan for the fiscal year that begins Saturday.

Germany set to legalise same-sex marriage
Germany set to legalise same-sex marriage
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  • 2017-06-27 23:14:24Z

Germany is set to legalise same-sex marriage as early as this week, it emerged Tuesday, after an election-year shift on the issue by Chancellor Angela Merkel sparked a rapid push for a parliamentary vote. The reform would grant full marital rights, including being able to jointly adopt children, to

Trump hails
Trump hails 'energy revolution' as exports surge
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  • 2017-06-27 22:51:02Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday hailed an energy revolution marked by surging U.S. exports of oil and natural gas.

Madoff settlements reach $12 billion with new accords
Madoff settlements reach $12 billion with new accords
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  • 2017-06-27 22:48:21Z

The trustee recouping money for Bernard Madoff's victims on Tuesday announced nearly $371 million of new settlements with two groups of offshore funds that invested with the imprisoned Ponzi schemer, boosting the total recovery to about $12 billion. Irving Picard, the trustee, said Lagoon Investment

New Trump rules on Cuba travel leaves winners and losers
New Trump rules on Cuba travel leaves winners and losers
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  • 2017-06-27 22:42:11Z

President Donald Trump's new policy on Cuba travel has winners and losers: Group tour operators hope to sell more trips, but bed-and-breakfast owners in Cuba say they're losing business.

The Latest: Pennsylvania health company restoring network
The Latest: Pennsylvania health company restoring network
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  • 2017-06-27 22:30:01Z

NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on a widespread cyberattack that is affecting companies and government systems (all times EDT):

US cites preparations for chemical weapons attack in Syria
US cites preparations for chemical weapons attack in Syria
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  • 2017-06-27 22:23:52Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration said Tuesday it has detected "active preparations" by Syria for a chemical attack and threatened to retaliate - warning of action that could plunge America deeper into a civil war alongside the fight against Islamic State militants.

At least 24 migrants die as thousands rescued in seas off Libya
At least 24 migrants die as thousands rescued in seas off Libya
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  • 2017-06-27 22:17:52Z

Red Crescent volunteers recovered the bodies of 24 migrants on Tuesday that were washed up in an eastern suburb of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, as large-scale rescues were made in the Mediterranean. Several had been partially devoured by stray dogs, according to a local coast guard official. Three

Some would-be immigrants left in limbo after Supreme Court travel ban order
Some would-be immigrants left in limbo after Supreme Court travel ban order
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  • 2017-06-27 21:34:32Z

Without close family in the United States, Elly and her husband had few options for getting permission to immigrate to America from Iran. "Since last year, we made all the important decisions in our lives because we hoped we would get a visa," Elly said, declining to give her full name because her visa application is still in process. The couple decided to put off having children and purchasing a home until after their move to the United States.

Supreme Court on Trump's travel ban: Why its tone sounds a bit different
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  • 2017-06-27 21:22:22Z

The Supreme Court's Monday ruling on President Trump's proposed travel ban was certainly important on substance. Via a nine-to-zero vote, high court justices allowed Mr. Trump to prohibit entry into the US of some (but not all) people from majority-Muslim countries he declares to be dangerous. What it did not say may indicate volumes about the Supreme Court's approach to this big, defining issue of the early Trump presidency.

New York mob suspects admit to vendetta arson, robbery
New York mob suspects admit to vendetta arson, robbery
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  • 2017-06-27 21:20:10Z

Three men, including the late mobster John Gotti's grandson, admitted on Tuesday that they torched a car because its driver cut off a reputed Bonanno crime family associate in traffic in April 2012, prosecutors said. Prosecutors said Vincent Asaro, 82, who was cleared in November 2015 of involvement in the famed 1978 Lufthansa airport heist that helped inspire the movie "Goodfellas," became enraged when a motorist moved in front of his car at a traffic light. John J. Gotti, Matthew "Fat Matt" Rullan and Asaro, an alleged member of the Bonanno crime family, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn to charges related to the arson and robbery under an agreement with federal...

University of Texas at Dallas orders evacuation after bomb threat
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  • 2017-06-27 20:57:10Z

The university tweeted at around 2:45 p.m. local time that all faculty, students, staff, and visitors needed to immediately leave buildings and parking garages on the campus, located roughly 18 miles (29 km) north of downtown Dallas, in Richardson. Campus police received the bomb threat around 2 p.m

EPA and Army Corps seek to rescind clean water rule
EPA and Army Corps seek to rescind clean water rule
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  • 2017-06-27 20:52:28Z

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers released a proposal on Tuesday to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule, the latest move by the Trump administration to unwind environmental regulations put in place under former President Barack Obama. "We are taking significant action to return power to the states and provide regulatory certainty to our nation's farmers and businesses," EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said.

Health care: vote delayed, but calls to address costs keep growing
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  • 2017-06-27 20:50:51Z

Senate Republicans have been forced into postponing major health care legislation in the United States Senate, and the backdrop is partly the difficult economics of health care: Costs for average Americans are high and rising, and the Senate legislation so far doesn't appear to offer significant relief. The challenge was highlighted on June 26, as the Congressional Budget Office came out with its score of the Better Care Reconciliation Act released by Senate Republicans. The CBO predicted that premiums would rise faster than under current law, through 2019, for people who aren't insured through an employer or a government program.

Chicago police officers charged in alleged cover-up of teen shooting
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  • 2017-06-27 20:46:19Z

Three current or former Chicago police officers were indicted on Tuesday on state felony charges for their roles in attempting to cover up the shooting death of a black teenager by a white officer, prosecutors said. The indictments stem from a 2014 incident in which Laquan McDonald, 17, was shot to death by a white police officer. A video of the shooting, released in 2015, sparked days of protests and thrust Chicago into a national debate over the use of excessive force by police against minorities.

Venezuela
Venezuela's Maduro warns of war if 'revolution' toppled
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  • 2017-06-27 20:32:38Z

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro warned on Tuesday that he and supporters would take up arms if his socialist government was violently overthrown by opponents who have been on the streets protesting for three months. "I'm telling the world, and I hope the world listens after 90 days

China
China's verdant 'forest city' will fight pollution with a million plants

If tree-covered skyscrapers act like enormous air filters, this cluster of buildings will be a clean air oasis. China has broken ground on a "forest city" in the southern city of Liuzhou. The development, which will span two-thirds of a mile along the Liujiang River, involves blanketing offices, apartments, hotels, and schools with more than a million plants and about 40,000 trees.

North Carolina man gets life in prison for plotting Islamic State attack
North Carolina man gets life in prison for plotting Islamic State attack
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  • 2017-06-27 20:09:57Z

Justin Sullivan, 21, of Morganton, was sentenced in federal court in Asheville on one count of attempting to commit an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries, the Justice Department said in a statement. Sullivan had pleaded guilty in November 2016, and the agreement with prosecutors called for the life sentence. Prosecutors said Sullivan conspired with Junaid Hussain, a British hacker who was an online recruiter of people to carry out attacks on behalf of the militant group Islamic State.

Ten Commandments monument installed in Arkansas; ACLU vows court fight
Ten Commandments monument installed in Arkansas; ACLU vows court fight
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  • 2017-06-27 19:36:24Z

Arkansas installed a Ten Commandments monument on the state's Capitol grounds on Tuesday, and a civil liberties group pledged a court challenge, saying it showed an unconstitutional government preference for a certain religion. Legislators approved the act for the monument in 2015, and whether it was appropriate for the public grounds has been debated since. At the installation ceremony for the some 3,000-pound (1,360 kg) granite slab in Little Rock, state Senator Jason Rapert noted that the Ten Commandments were chiseled into the portals of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Bill Cosby Scolds Media Over
Bill Cosby Scolds Media Over 'False' Sex Assault Tour Reports

Bill Cosby is fighting against "false" news reports that he is going to embark on a series of town halls that would touch upon sexual assault. "The current propaganda that I am going to conduct a sexual assault tour is false. Any further information about public plans will be given at the appropriate

Evangelical Christians becoming less opposed to gay marriage, poll finds
Evangelical Christians becoming less opposed to gay marriage, poll finds
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  • 2017-06-27 19:04:22Z

U.S. groups who traditionally have opposed same-sex marriage, including Republicans and white evangelical Christians, have become much less steadfast in their objections, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. Sixty-two percent of U.S. respondents now approve of same-sex marriage, up from 57 percent when the Supreme Court legalized it in all 50 states two years ago and from 37 percent in 2007, according to the survey, which was released on Monday. The survey found rising support for same-sex marriage across affiliations with political parties, race and religion, with support strongest among younger Americans born after 1980 and Democrats.

Saudi Arabia says no negotiations over Qatar demands
Saudi Arabia says no negotiations over Qatar demands
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  • 2017-06-27 18:49:10Z

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Tuesday that there would be no negotiations over demands by the kingdom and other Arab states for Qatar to stop supporting terrorism. Asked by reporters on a visit to Washington if the demands were non-negotiable, Jubeir said: "Yes." "We

Youth move: Why crown prince may struggle to win over young Saudis
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  • 2017-06-27 18:05:33Z

The naming of 31-year-old Mohammed bin Salman as Saudi Arabia's crown prince was more than a power play. For more than half a century, the Saudi throne has been passed down between the increasingly aging sons of state founder Abdulaziz Ibn Saud - transferring power between septuagenarians and octogenarians. Recommended: How much do you know about Saudi Arabia?

Brazil markets steady after scathing indictment of president
Brazil markets steady after scathing indictment of president
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  • 2017-06-27 17:48:37Z

SAO PAULO (AP) - A day after Brazil's top prosecutor formally accused President Michel Temer of corruption in a scathing indictment, markets largely shrugged off the news Tuesday in a sign that the leader's departure may not be imminent.

Maine governor warns of partial government shutdown in budget fight
Maine governor warns of partial government shutdown in budget fight
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  • 2017-06-27 17:46:32Z

Maine Governor Paul LePage warned residents on Tuesday that parts of the state's government could shut down as soon as Friday if lawmakers are unable to reach an agreement on the next two-year budget of roughly $7 billion. LePage said he and legislative leaders are $145 million apart in their negotiations over the budget, with Democrats seeking additional funding for schools while LePage is urging cuts elsewhere in the budget to offset spending.

Linde's Lincare settles U.S. whistleblower case for $20 million
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  • 2017-06-27 17:27:34Z

The accord, confirmed by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts, will resolve a lawsuit filed under the False Claims Act by former employees of the respiratory therapy services provider on behalf of the U.S. government. Lincare, one of the largest U.S. providers of oxygen and respiratory therapy services and equipment, did not admit wrongdoing.

New York City subway train derails, 34 injured
New York City subway train derails, 34 injured
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  • 2017-06-27 17:22:15Z

A New York City subway train derailed in upper Manhattan on Tuesday, and 34 people suffered minor injuries, New York City Fire Department Commissioner Daniel Nigro said. All passengers on the train were evacuated and authorities were investigating the incident in Manhattan's Harlem section, officials said. "One lady began having a panic attack, and most people had to use their shirts to not breathe in the smoke (from the accident).

Family sues over fatal police shooting of Louisiana black man
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  • 2017-06-27 17:16:39Z

The family of a black man killed by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, last year filed a wrongful death suit against the city and police on Tuesday, alleging a history of excessive force incidents and racism toward African-Americans. The death of Alton Sterling, 37, was among a series of racially charged police killings that inflamed a national debate over treatment of minorities by law enforcement. The lawsuit, filed in state court on behalf of Sterling's five children, seeks unspecified damages from the city, Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. and his department, and the two officers involved in the shooting, among others.

Iran
Iran's Zarif raps U.S. Supreme Court's partial revival of travel ban
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  • 2017-06-27 17:16:02Z

Iran's foreign minister criticized on Tuesday a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to revive part of President Donald Trump's travel ban imposed on citizens from six majority Muslim countries, saying it would boost militants in the Middle East. The justices narrowed the scope of lower court

Two U.S. studies differ over effects of marijuana on drivers
Two U.S. studies differ over effects of marijuana on drivers
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  • 2017-06-27 17:01:32Z

(This June 22 story has been refiled to correct study author's name to "Aydelotte" instead of "Adedoyte" in third paragraph.) By Taylor Harris (Reuters) - Two U.S. studies on the effects of marijuana on drivers in states where it is allowed for recreational use came to different conclusions about whether it increases risks behind the wheel. A study by the American Journal of Public Health published on Thursday looked at motor vehicle fatalities and found no significant increase in Colorado and Washington State, where recreational marijuana use is legal, compared with eight states where it is not legal that have similar populations, vehicle ownership, and traffic laws. "Our study...

Alabama base on lockdown after possible active shooter report
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  • 2017-06-27 16:32:43Z

A spokesman for the Redstone Arsenal near Huntsville, Christopher Colster, said employees there were sheltering in place and that it was a scary situation. Redstone Arsenal is home to military units including the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command and elements of the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Missile Defense Agency.

'Bring on more renewables,' U.S. regulator says as grid study looms
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  • 2017-06-27 16:30:22Z

By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Wind and solar power does not make the U.S. electricity grid less stable, an outgoing federal regulator said on Tuesday, as the Trump administration readies a study that will examine whether renewable energy has had a harmful effect. Colette Honorable, a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said at a conference that renewables have different attributes than base load power, which includes coal and nuclear energy, and that those difference need to be overcome.

A cold shoulder to Cuba
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  • 2017-06-27 16:28:39Z

For more than half a century US presidents have wrestled with Cuba. Fidel Castro's communist revolution in 1959 turned what had been a friendly nearby island escape for American tourists into a defiantly independent - and potentially dangerous - foe. An early failed US attempt to overthrow Mr. Castro was followed by an economic blockade and, eventually, by the Cuban missile crisis - a stare-down with Cuba's patron, the Soviet Union, that threatened to end in nuclear war.

Katy Perry and Taylor Swift
Katy Perry and Taylor Swift's Ex Calvin Harris Star in 'Feels' Music Video With Pharrell Williams and Big Sean

The pop star teamed up with her frenemy's former flame.

Rachel Lindsay Called Out Bryan For Touching Her Weave - & Twitter LOVED It
Rachel Lindsay Called Out Bryan For Touching Her Weave - & Twitter LOVED It

It wouldn't be a season of The Bachelorette without some dude drama. First, there was Nick Viall, perhaps the series' Most Recurring Character Of All Time, who shook up multiple seasons by... simply showing up.

Talks over boosting Illinois Medicaid payments fail
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  • 2017-06-27 14:36:06Z

Negotiations over increasing Illinois' payments to Medicaid providers have failed, opening the door for a U.S. judge to force the cash-strapped state to pay as much as $1 billion a month to ensure medical care continues for the program's three million recipients, according to a court filing on Monday. It could force Illinois to stop making full payments on other state-mandated or court-ordered spending such as pensions and payroll. The filing in U.S. District Court by attorneys representing Medicaid recipients asked Judge Joan Lefkow to order the state to pay $500 million a month for four months to start reducing a $3.1 billion pile of unpaid bills owed to managed care organizations...

U.S. high court throws out rulings barring religious school subsidies
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  • 2017-06-27 14:12:36Z

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out a lower court ruling prohibiting the use of public funds to pay for children to attend private religious schools, a day after it issued a major ruling narrowing the separation of church and state. The justices ordered the lower court in Colorado to reconsider the legality of school "voucher" programs in light of Monday's ruling that churches and other religious entities cannot be categorically denied public money even in states whose constitutions explicitly ban such funding. In that case, the justices sided with a Missouri church that objected when the state denied it access to public funds for a playground improvement project.

Yale University sues Connecticut over gender-neutral bathrooms
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  • 2017-06-27 14:04:41Z

Yale University has sued the state of Connecticut over rules it says limit the number of gender-neutral bathrooms it can designate on campus, the latest skirmish in the broader U.S. fight about gender identity. The Ivy League school said in the lawsuit it wants to designate all single-occupant restrooms at its law school as gender neutral, but the plan would run afoul of the state building code, which does not count gender-neutral bathrooms when it assesses whether a public building has enough toilets. The suit was filed on Friday in Connecticut Superior Court in New Haven, after the university received complaints from law school students.

U.S. top court takes up fight over ancient Persian artifacts
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  • 2017-06-27 13:57:34Z

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to decide whether people injured in a 1997 bombing attack in Jerusalem can seek to enforce a $71 million judgment against Iran over its alleged role by seizing ancient Persian artifacts held by two Chicago museums. The justices will hear the plaintiffs' appeal of a ruling last year in favor of Iran by the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court's ruling in the case is also likely to dictate the outcome of a similar dispute pending before the justices in which four different groups of plaintiffs representing those injured in other allegedly Iran-backed attacks are seeking to enforcement court judgments by seizing $17.6 million...

What's the Connection Between Vitamin D and Breast Cancer?

Most of these vitamins and minerals come from the foods we eat, but many of us don't get enough of certain ones, and that could lead to problems and potentially cancer in some cases, recent research has suggested. A study published in 2016 in the journal Endocrinology used mice to explore the relationship

Iraqi forces set sight on Old City riverside, PM sees Mosul victory soon
Iraqi forces set sight on Old City riverside, PM sees Mosul victory soon
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  • 2017-06-27 12:04:17Z

By Stephen Kalin MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces on Tuesday pushed towards the river side of Mosul's Old City, their key target in the eight-month campaign to capture Islamic State's de-facto capital, and Iraq's prime minister predicted victory very soon. Iraqi forces, battling up

Hostages in Philippines siege forced to fight, loot, become sex slaves: army
Hostages in Philippines siege forced to fight, loot, become sex slaves: army
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  • 2017-06-27 09:32:09Z

By Kanupriya Kapoor MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Civilians held hostage by Islamist militants occupying a southern Philippine city have been forced by their captors to loot homes, take up arms against government troops and serve as sex slaves for rebel fighters, the army said on Tuesday.Citing

Kiev car bomb kills colonel in Ukrainian military intelligence
Kiev car bomb kills colonel in Ukrainian military intelligence
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  • 2017-06-27 09:16:49Z

A colonel in Ukraine's military intelligence was killed by a car bomb in central Kiev on Tuesday, the defense ministry said, describing the incident as a "terrorist act". Police said an explosive device in the vehicle blew up at 0516 GMT while the car was moving, killing the driver and

U.S. eyes arms for YPG fighters in Syria even after Raqqa
U.S. eyes arms for YPG fighters in Syria even after Raqqa's fall
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  • 2017-06-27 08:29:41Z

By Phil Stewart MUNICH (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday left open the possibility of longer-term assistance to Kurdish YPG militia in Syria, saying the U.S. may need to supply them weapons and equipment even after the capture of Raqqa from Islamic State. NATO ally Turkey, which

Top Asian News 5:34 a.m. GMT
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  • 2017-06-27 05:34:51Z

INCHEON, South Korea (AP) - The little restaurant isn't much to look at. It's across the street from an empty lot in a city where bland high-rise apartment buildings sprawl in every direction. Boxes of dried fish are stacked by the front window. A dirty mop stands in the corner. The walls are

Philippines says Duterte
Philippines says Duterte 'alive and well', amid health rumors
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  • 2017-06-27 05:32:42Z

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is alive and well and experiencing no health problems, the government said on Tuesday, amid concerns about his disappearance from the public eye for unusually long periods this month. Known for a busy schedule and lengthy speeches often several times a day, the 72

U.S. judge halts deportation of Iraqis nationwide
U.S. judge halts deportation of Iraqis nationwide
  • US
  • 2017-06-27 04:03:15Z

By Steve Friess DETROIT (Reuters) - A federal judge halted late on Monday the deportation of all Iraqi nationals detained during immigration sweeps across the United States this month until at least July 10, expanding a stay he imposed last week. The stay had initially only protected 114 detainees

Chinese Nobel rights activist Liu Xiaobo
Chinese Nobel rights activist Liu Xiaobo's cancer beyond surgery: wife
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  • 2017-06-27 03:59:42Z

By Christian Shepherd BEIJING (Reuters) - Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Liu Xiaobo's liver cancer is beyond treatment by surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, Liu's wife said in a video, as worries deepen among supporters over his treatment by the Chinese authorities. Liu, 61, was jailed

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