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CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Australia says it will join U.S.-led defence effort in Strait of Hormuz
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  • 2019-08-21 01:36:06Z

Australia will join the United States in a coalition of countries protecting oil tankers and cargo ships from threats posed by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday. "This destabilising behaviour is a threat to Australia's interests in the region," Morrison told a news conference in Canberra. "The government has decided that it is in Australia's national interest to work with our international partners to contribute.

TSA says traveler forgot snake at Newark security checkpoint
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  • 2019-08-20 22:47:31Z

Pompeo warns of 'new turmoil' if U.N. arms embargo on Iran lifted in 2020
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  • 2019-08-20 20:09:41Z

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pushed the international community on Tuesday to work out how to stop Iran from being "unshackled to create new turmoil" when a United Nations arms embargo on the country and a travel ban on the head of Iran's elite Quds Force expire in October 2020. Speaking at a U.N. Security Council meeting on Middle East peace and security challenges, Pompeo called for greater cooperation in the region to produce "fresh thinking to solve old problems," citing problems including the Libyan and Syrian conflicts and a rift between several Gulf states and Qatar.

Florida man arrested for having Trump-shaped ecstasy pills
Florida man arrested for having Trump-shaped ecstasy pills
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  • 2019-08-20 19:37:08Z

A Florida man was arrested after he was caught with five ecstasy pills that were the color orange and in the shape of President Trump's face, police said. Brendan Dolan-King, 23, had the ecstasy pills hidden inside his air vent at his home in the city of Clearwater, according to an arrest report from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Official resigns over online hate campaign against judges
Official resigns over online hate campaign against judges
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  • 2019-08-20 19:01:22Z

Poland's deputy justice minister resigned Tuesday after allegations surfaced that he encouraged an online hate campaign against judges who were critical of the right-wing government. Lukasz Piebiak said he was stepping down in the interests of the government, adding that he planned to sue the onet.pl news portal, which published the allegations, for libel. It was another embarrassment for the nationalist government ahead of the country's Oct. 13 parliamentary election, after the parliament speaker resigned earlier this month amid a scandal over his frequent use of a government jet with his family.

Arson investigation at house owned by disappearance suspect
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  • 2019-08-20 17:43:23Z

Officials believe an arsonist may be responsible for a fire that destroyed a home being built by the only named suspect in a woman's high-profile disappearance. News outlets report the home owned by Brooks Houck burned down in Bardstown on Sunday night. Houck was named as a suspect in the 2015 disappearance of his ex-girlfriend Crystal Rogers, who is presumed dead.

UPDATE 2-U.S. resumes Afghan peace talks with Taliban, government -State Dept.
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  • 2019-08-20 17:04:53Z

Factbox: 10 facts on how mosquitoes pose a threat to half the world
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  • 2019-08-20 16:55:39Z

World Mosquito Day on Tuesday commemorated the discovery in 1897 by British doctor Ronald Ross that female mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans but the World Health Organization (WHO) warns progress against malaria is stalling. This has made mosquitoes one of the deadliest animals in the world. 2. Mosquito bites result in the deaths of more than one million people every year with the majority due to malaria and the WHO warns nearly half of the world population is at risk.

UPDATE 1-Saudi Arabia implements end to travel restrictions for Saudi women -agency
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  • 2019-08-20 16:22:09Z

Saudi Arabia has begun allowing adult women to travel without permission and to exercise more control over family matters, state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday, following a flurry of royal decrees approving the changes. Riyadh has long faced international criticism over the status of Saudi women. A series of royal decrees published earlier this month further eroded that system as the kingdom comes under increased scrutiny over its human rights record.

California tightens restrictions on police use of lethal force
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  • 2019-08-20 08:47:21Z

California police officers will be allowed to use lethal force only when "necessary" in response to a threat, instead of the existing standard of "reasonable", under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday. Under the stricter standards, officers must believe they have no other choice to "defend against an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury to the officer or another person," an abstract of the law published online says. The new law, which officials say is one of the most restrictive in the United States, is partly a response to police shootings of unarmed black men.

UPDATE 1-Weak pound, AstraZeneca push FTSE higher
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  • 2019-08-20 08:26:10Z

London's FTSE 100 rose on Tuesday, boosted by falls in the pound and gains for drugmaker AstraZeneca after a successful late-stage study, while shares in miner BHP were hit by a warning about future demand. The FTSE 250 gained 0.2% by 0733 GMT. AstraZeneca rose 1.7% and was the biggest boost to the blue-chip index after its Farxiga diabetes drug met the main goals of the late-stage study into its use on heart-failure sufferers.

UPDATE 1-Indian Islamic preacher apologises to Malaysians for racial remarks
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  • 2019-08-20 07:51:12Z

Controversial Indian Islamic preacher Zakir Naik apologised on Tuesday for making racially sensitive remarks in Malaysia, after police banned him from speaking in public and questioned him for hours over the comments. Naik, who faces charges of money laundering and hate speech in India, has come under fire for comments that pitted Malaysia's ethnic and religious minorities against the predominantly Muslim Malay majority. Malaysian police grilled Naik for 10 hours on Monday about a speech this month in which he said Hindus in Malaysia had "100 times more rights" than the Muslim minority in India, and that Malaysian Chinese were guests of the country.

Indonesia police search for inmates after Papua jail set ablaze
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  • 2019-08-20 05:44:01Z

Indonesian police were hunting on Tuesday for more than 250 inmates who fled a jail in Papua that had been set ablaze a day earlier, during a wave of civil unrest in cities across the country's easternmost area. The jail in the port city of Sorong was targeted in violence sparked by claims of racist abuse and physical mistreatment of Papuans studying elsewhere in Indonesia. Protesters had attacked the jail among other buildings, said Ade Kusmanto, a spokesman for the director-general of correctional facilities at the Law and Human Rights ministry.

Singapore universities cancel Hong Kong exchanges after travel warning - report
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  • 2019-08-20 04:27:25Z

FOREX-Dollar near 3-week peak as global stimulus talk lifts yields
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  • 2019-08-20 04:27:12Z

The dollar hovered near a three-week high on Tuesday, as expectations policymakers around the world would unleash fresh stimulus drove an improvement in appetite for riskier assets and lifted U.S. government bond yields. Yields on benchmark U.S. Treasuries pulled away from three-year lows, helped in part by the prospect of Germany ditching its balanced budget rule to boost spending and on more economic support measures by China. China's yuan was down 0.2% at 7.0661 per dollar in onshore trade against the broadly firmer greenback.

21Vianet: 2Q Earnings Snapshot
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  • 2019-08-19 20:48:13Z

BEIJING (AP) _ 21Vianet Group Inc. (VNET) on Monday reported a loss of $14.9 million in its second quarter. The Beijing-based company said it had a loss of 12 cents per share. The provider of carrier-neutral internet data center services posted revenue of $129.4 million in the period.

U.S. records 21 new measles cases as of last week
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  • 2019-08-19 13:55:13Z

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there had been a 1.8% increase in the number of cases of the highly contagious and sometimes deadly disease between Aug. 8 and Aug. 15. In a sign that the outbreak is slowing, the CDC in recent weeks has reported smaller increases in the number of measles cases, compared with surges of dozens of cases reported per week earlier this year. Failure to vaccinate poses a public health risk to vulnerable people unable to receive the vaccine, health officials have warned.

Ousted Sudan dictator Omar al-Bashir
Ousted Sudan dictator Omar al-Bashir 'got $90 million from Saudi royals'
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  • 2019-08-19 13:39:36Z

Omar al-Bashir received $90 million in cash from Saudi royals, an investigator told a court at the opening Monday of the deposed Sudanese strongman's corruption trial. The former president, who was forced from power by months of protests in April after 30 years in power, sat in a metal cage wearing a traditional white gown. His relatives chanted "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest) as proceedings got under way in the Khartoum court where he arrived in a huge military convoy. Bashir faces a raft of charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide from the International Criminal Court over his role in the Darfur war but Monday's trial is over graft allegations. Large...

COLUMN-Hedge funds sell oil as global economy slows: Kemp
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  • 2019-08-19 12:20:14Z

Hedge funds cut their bullish positions in petroleum last week for the second week running as anxiety about the slowing global economy and oil consumption trumped optimism over production restraint by OPEC and its allies. Hedge funds and other money managers reduced their net long position in the six major petroleum futures and options contracts by 35 million barrels in the week to Aug. 13, having cut it by 25 million barrels the previous week. Portfolio managers last week sold Brent (37 million barrels), U.S. gasoline (15 million), U.S. heating oil (9 million) and European gasoil (4 million) as the consumption outlook deteriorated.

Few demonstrators turn up for Zimbabwe protest in Bulawayo
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  • 2019-08-19 10:47:25Z

Few people have turned up for an opposition protest in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second city, on Monday as armed police maintained heavy presence on the streets and at a courthouse where the opposition is pressing to be allowed to hold the demonstration. Business in Bulawayo's usually bustling downtown was subdued with the most traffic from police trucks, water cannons and dozens of police officers patrolling on foot. The opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change, had called the protest as part of a planned series of demonstrations to push President Emmerson Mnangagwa to agree to a transitional government amid a rapidly deteriorating economy and rising political tensions.

Economists survey: 34% expect a US recession in 2021
Economists survey: 34% expect a US recession in 2021
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  • 2019-08-19 09:43:51Z

A number of U.S. business economists appear sufficiently concerned about the risks of some of President Donald Trump's economic policies that they expect a recession in the U.S. by the end of 2021. Thirty-four percent of economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics, in a report being released Monday, said they believe a slowing economy will tip into recession in 2021. Only 2% of those polled expect a recession to begin this year, while 38% predict that it will occur in 2020.

Ugandan police say 20 killed in deadly motor accidents
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  • 2019-08-19 09:13:41Z

At least 20 people have been killed in two separate motor accidents in Uganda, including an explosion involving a fuel tanker in the country's west, police said Monday, in incidents highlighting growing road safety concerns in the region. A fuel tanker exploded Sunday after losing control and ramming two commuter taxis and a car in a western district. Nine burned bodies were retrieved from the scene and another was still trapped beneath the truck, a police statement said.

Schools deserted in Indian Kashmir as parents fear more unrest
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  • 2019-08-19 08:25:30Z

Schools reopened in Indian Kashmir's main city on Monday but most classrooms were empty as parents kept their children home, fearing unrest over the government's decision two weeks ago to revoke the region's autonomy. Some 190 primary schools were set open in Srinagar as a sign of normalcy returning to Muslim majority Jammu and Kashmir as authorities ease a clampdown aimed at preventing mass protests.

Thai official dismisses Muslim insurgent demand on detainees
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  • 2019-08-19 05:29:40Z

A Thai deputy prime minister dismissed on Monday a demand made by a Malay Muslim group to free those detained over alleged links to the long-running insurgency in Thailand's mainly Muslim south as a pre-condition for formal talks. Officials of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) met a Thai delegation

Found: Placer County Sheriff
Found: Placer County Sheriff's Office locates missing Granite Bay boy in nearby car
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  • 2019-08-19 02:09:20Z

The Sunday evening search for an 8-year-old boy who went missing for several hours ended when authorities located him inside a vehicle a block away from his Granite Bay home, the Placer County Sheriff's Office said.

Police: Man accused of threat to Jewish center arrested
Police: Man accused of threat to Jewish center arrested
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  • 2019-08-19 00:02:12Z

Police say a man accused of making what they believe was a threat to a Jewish center in Ohio on Instagram has been arrested on telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing charges. New Middletown police say they arrested 20-year-old James Reardon, Jr., at his home Saturday in the Mahoning County village. Authorities say the Instagram account was Reardon's.

U.S. President Trump does not want to do business with China
U.S. President Trump does not want to do business with China's Huawei
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  • 2019-08-18 22:43:00Z

U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday said he did not want the United States to do business with China's Huawei even as the administration weighs whether to extend a grace period for the company. Reuters and other media outlets reported on Friday that the U.S. Commerce Department is expected to extend a reprieve given to Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] that permits the Chinese firm to buy supplies from U.S. companies so that it can service existing customers. The "temporary general license" will be extended for Huawei for 90 days, Reuters reported, citing two sources familiar with the situation.

Poles wade through Baltic "like herrings" to commune with the sea
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  • 2019-08-18 20:07:14Z

The "Herring March" was set up by Radoslaw Tyslewicza in 2002 to raise environmental awareness and understanding of the sea. "Anyone in Poland - in Warsaw or Krakow - washing the dishes or flushing the toilet - that water goes here to the Baltic (Sea) and affects our ecosystem," Tyslewicza said.

Alaska man discovers message in bottle from Russian Navy
Alaska man discovers message in bottle from Russian Navy
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  • 2019-08-18 19:47:59Z

A man discovered a 50-year-old letter in a bottle from the Russian Navy on the shores of western Alaska. Tyler Ivanoff found the handwritten Russian letter early this month while gathering firewood near Shishmaref about 600 miles (966 kilometers) northwest of Anchorage, KNOM-AM reported Tuesday. "I was just gathering firewood," Ivanoff said.

7 shot after random Snapchat invites to
7 shot after random Snapchat invites to 'instant house party,' Texas cops say
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  • 2019-08-18 18:32:04Z

An "instant party" in Texas ended with a car chase and several people shot, police say.

Turkish lawyer groups to boycott judicial ceremony over separation of powers
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  • 2019-08-18 14:06:50Z

At least 19 bar associations representing lawyers from provinces across Turkey, including the three largest cities, have said they will boycott an annual ceremony for the judiciary because it will take place on the grounds of the presidential palace. Many said holding the ceremony in a location related to the presidency signals a lack of separation of powers. The independence of Turkey's judiciary has been hotly debated in recent years, especially since a crackdown on the judiciary and other state bodies following the July 2016 abortive coup and after the country switched to an executive presidential system in June last year.

Reuters Health News Summary
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  • 2019-08-18 12:57:25Z

AbbVie Inc has priced its new rheumatoid arthritis treatment at $59,000 a year after gaining U.S. approval on Friday, a big boost for the drugmaker struggling with rising competition for Humira, its blockbuster therapy for the same condition. A woman and her child were the first two cases confirmed with Ebola in Congo's South Kivu region this week, opening a new front in the fight against the outbreak. Health officials said on Friday that the latest cases were more than 700 km (430 miles) south of where the outbreak was first detected.

Gibraltar says unable to meet U.S. request to seize Iranian tanker
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  • 2019-08-18 12:02:31Z

Gibraltar refused a U.S. request to seize the Iranian tanker Grace 1 on Sunday, saying it was unable to comply because it was bound by European Union law. A federal court in Washington on Friday issued a warrant for the seizure of the tanker, the oil it carries and nearly $1 million. British Royal Marines had detained the vessel in Gibraltar in July on suspicion that it was carrying oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions.

No-Deal Brexit document leaked by former minister - UK government source
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  • 2019-08-18 11:18:46Z

Documents detailing the negative impact of a no-deal Brexit were leaked by a former minister in an attempt to try and influence the government's negotiations with the European Union, a government source said on Sunday. It has been deliberately leaked by a former minister in an attempt to influence discussions with EU leaders," said the source, who declined to be named.

Hong Kong braces for mass anti-government rally
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  • 2019-08-18 05:11:54Z

Hong Kong braced for a major anti-government rally planned for Sunday after an unusually calm Saturday night in what has been a summer of violent protests in the Asian financial hub. Demonstrations have lost some intensity since the ugly scenes witnessed during the protesters' occupation of the

Sheriff: Florida man dumps dirt on girlfriend with tractor
Sheriff: Florida man dumps dirt on girlfriend with tractor
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  • 2019-08-18 02:43:23Z

Authorities say a Florida man used a front-end loader to dump a large bucket full of dirt on a car with his girlfriend inside. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office says 20-year-old Hunter Mills was charged with felony criminal mischief. The girlfriend was not hurt.

Argentina Treasury minister resigns, says 'significant renewal' needed amid economic crisis
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  • 2019-08-17 22:50:50Z

Argentina's Treasury Minister Nicolas Dujovne has resigned, saying in a letter seen by Reuters on Saturday he believed the government needed "significant renewal" in its economic team amid a crisis which saw the peso plunge this week. Macri has appointed Hernan Lacunza , the current economy minister for Buenos Aires province, as Dujovne's replacement, a government source told Reuters.

'A good 100 kills would be nice.' Another Florida man arrested for mass shooting threats
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  • 2019-08-17 18:48:24Z

In the weeks following the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, Florida has seen a fair share of mass shooting threats - from Walmarts to schools.

2 die in knife attack at German train station
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  • 2019-08-17 18:19:26Z

German police say a man and a woman were fatally stabbed at a crowded train station in the town of Iserlohn in what was described as an "act of relationship violence." The incident was the third fatal attack at a German train station within a month. The killings follow two other widely reported homicides at train stations in Germany.

Italy
Italy's Salvini agrees to disembark minors on migrant ship
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  • 2019-08-17 16:42:11Z

Italy's hard-line interior minister appeared to buckle under pressure Saturday to ease the political standoff over a migrant rescue ship with 134 people aboard, saying he would allow minors to disembark after being at sea for two weeks. Premier Giuseppe Conte had written a second letter to Interior Minister Matteo Salvini demanding that minors be allowed off the boat. Salvini wrote back Saturday with a three-page missive of his own saying he would do so but made clear it was Conte's choice and that it didn't set a precedent.

Portugal's fuel-tanker drivers back down, walkout continues
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  • 2019-08-17 11:22:57Z

Portuguese fuel-tanker drivers will maintain their strike indefinitely after a 10-hour meeting of union leaders and government officials ended without an agreement. The meeting, which started on Friday afternoon and lasted until the early hours of Saturday, took place after the striking drivers said they would suspend the now six-day-old strike and negotiate with their employers association ANTRAM in government-brokered talks. With the Socialist government acting as a mediator, ANTRAM and National Hazardous Materials Drivers' Union (SNMMP) submitted their proposals but did not sit at the same negotiating table.

Rescue worker killed in attack on ambulance in northern Myanmar - army
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  • 2019-08-17 10:57:58Z

One rescue worker was killed and several others were wounded when an ambulance came under fire in northern Myanmar amid clashes between troops and ethnic rebels in the region, an army spokesman and a witness said on Saturday. The rescue workers were 13 miles from Lashio, the largest town in Shan State, where ethnic armed groups have been fighting for greater autonomy from the central government, when their convoy came under attack. After that, the ambulance was hit by an RPG and the car turned over and he died," said Aung Kyaw Moe, a member of the Lashio Youth Charity Association who said he survived the assault.

Reuters Health News Summary
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  • 2019-08-17 04:57:44Z

AbbVie Inc has priced its new rheumatoid arthritis treatment at $59,000 a year after gaining U.S. approval on Friday, a big boost for the drugmaker struggling with rising competition for Humira, its blockbuster therapy for the same condition. A woman and her child were the first two cases confirmed with Ebola in Congo's South Kivu region this week, opening a new front in the fight against the outbreak. Health officials said on Friday that the latest cases were more than 700 km (430 miles) south of where the outbreak was first detected.

AP Explains: A look at rallies, recent tension in Portland
AP Explains: A look at rallies, recent tension in Portland
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  • 2019-08-17 04:12:46Z

The liberal city of Portland, Oregon, is again expected to be a flashpoint because of a right-wing rally planned Saturday. Here is a look at the planned rallies and the recent tension in Portland. The rally is being organized by a member of the Proud Boys, designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Argentina detains businessman at center of Mexican corruption scandal
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  • 2019-08-17 03:40:53Z

Argentine authorities and Interpol detained on Friday a businessman who was at the center of a Mexican corruption scandal in 2004 that hurt the reputation of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who at the time was Mexico City's mayor and is now the nation's president. The detained Argentine businessman Carlos Ahumada was filmed in 2004 giving bundles of money to Lopez Obrador's main ally in the City Council, Rene Bejarano. Support for Lopez Obrador at the time was battered by the graft scandal.

Prosecutors seek additional indictment against Harvey Weinstein
Prosecutors seek additional indictment against Harvey Weinstein
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  • 2019-08-17 02:28:00Z

The Manhattan District Attorney's office has presented the criminal case against Harvey Weinstein to a grand jury for a second time to include testimony from a one-time Sopranos actress, new court filings show. Prosecutors are hoping the grand jury returns a new indictment against the disgraced film producer based, in part, on the accounts of Annabella Sciorra, the actress who has claimed Weinstein raped her in 1993. Sciorra made public claims against Weinstein in the media but only came forward to the Manhattan District Attorney's office in the months after the original indictment was returned, sources familiar with the case told ABC News.

UPDATE 1-U.S. appeals court deals partial setback to Trump rule to curtail asylum
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  • 2019-08-17 00:58:37Z

A U.S. appeals court on Friday dealt a setback to the Trump administration attempt to bar almost all asylum applications at the U.S.-Mexico border, but stopped short of applying its decision nationwide. While ruling against a provision of President Donald Trump's hard-line anti-immigration policy, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the decision would only apply to the nine Western states that make up the 9th Circuit. Only two of those nine, California and Arizona, are on the border with Mexico.

France calls for immediate end to fighting in Syrian city of Idlib
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  • 2019-08-16 21:31:06Z

France called on Friday for an immediate end to fighting in the Syrian city of Idlib, and the French foreign ministry added that it condemned in particular air strikes on refugee camps. Over the past week, the Syrian army has advanced toward the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib in a pincer movement that could encircle the southern part of the rebel enclave. The United Nations and aid agencies have warned of a new humanitarian catastrophe in northwest Syria.

Sick hospital workers often expose patients to contagious illness
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  • 2019-08-16 20:09:22Z

Hospital workers often come to work with contagious respiratory illnesses, against the recommendations of public health regulators, a Canadian study suggests. Nearly all of the 2,093 health care workers in the study who had such symptoms came to work at some point while sick. For the study, published in the Journal of Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, nurses, doctors, and support staff at nine hospitals across Canada filled in online illness diaries during four flu seasons, recording symptoms such as a runny or stuffy nose, fever, cough or scratchy throat.

U.S. appeals court deals partial setback to Trump rule to curtail asylum
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  • 2019-08-16 19:49:41Z

A U.S. appeals court on Friday dealt a setback to the Trump administration attempt to bar almost all asylum applications at the U.S.-Mexico border, but stopped short of applying its decision nationwide. While ruling against a provision of President Donald Trump's hard-line anti-immigration policy, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the decision would only apply to the nine Western states that make up the 9th Circuit, only two of which - California and Arizona - are on the southern border. The appellate court ruling came on the same day California and other states, as well as a coalition of advocacy groups, filed lawsuits to stop a separate Trump initiative to reduce legal...

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