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Billy Graham went from tent revivals to the White House
Billy Graham went from tent revivals to the White House

MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) - As a young man, he practiced his sermons by preaching to the alligators and birds in the swamp. At his height years later, he was bringing the word of God into living rooms around the globe via TV and dispensing spiritual counsel - and political advice - to U.S. presidents.

Mexico finds illegal avocado plantation in Monarch reserve
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  • 2018-02-21 21:53:39Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican environmental inspectors said Wednesday they found 7.4 acres (3 hectares) of illegal avocado plantations in the Monarch butterfly wintering grounds west of Mexico City.

Ferry explosion injures 25 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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  • 2018-02-21 21:50:33Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) - An explosion ripped through a ferry as it unloaded passengers in the Caribbean beach city of Playa del Carmen on Wednesday, hurting 25 people, but authorities said none of the injuries were life-threatening.

Venezuela opposition demands fair presidential election
Venezuela opposition demands fair presidential election
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  • 2018-02-21 21:49:26Z

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Venezuela's opposition threatened to boycott an election challenging socialist President Nicolas Maduro unless the government drops a ban on major candidates and takes other steps to ease fears it's rigged, leaders said Wednesday.

Venezuela opposition to boycott
Venezuela opposition to boycott 'fraudulent' presidential vote
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  • 2018-02-21 21:37:31Z

Venezuela's opposition coalition said on Wednesday it could not participate in a "fraudulent, illegitimate" presidential election on April 22 due to unfair conditions created by President Nicolas Maduro's government. The announcement by the Democratic Unity movement, which confirmed

More than one way to prevent mass shootings
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  • 2018-02-21 20:16:16Z

In addition, they hoped their forgiveness might enable them to better reach others prone to violence and perhaps prevent a similar massacre. In contrast, the killing of 17 people at the high school in Parkland, Fla., has yet to reveal much forgiveness toward the shooter. The anger over the murders, especially among Parkland students, is directed mainly at elected officials and the cause of controlling access to guns, especially assault rifles.

Gender equality as 'trade secret'? Businesses awaken to a long-dawning idea.
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  • 2018-02-21 19:39:07Z

When IBM lost its chief diversity officer, Lindsay-Rae McIntyre, to rival Microsoft earlier this month, Big Blue went to court to stop her working for a year. It seems that ways to recruit talented women, then retain and promote them, have become proprietary business data, just like more traditional trade secrets. In the eyes of a growing number of companies such as IBM, gender equality is central, not peripheral, to their business success.

Before Russia's 'troll farm' turned to US, it had a more domestic focus
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  • 2018-02-21 19:12:08Z

For many Americans, last week's indictment of the Russian "troll farm" by special counsel Robert Mueller was the first time a spotlight had been shown on the enterprise that allegedly meddled in US elections. The IRA is a well-funded "internet marketing" operation that may perform commercial functions, but has become notorious for its political activities. Experts believe there are several such operations around Russia, some aimed at regional audiences.

In Pyeongchang, a historically diverse Winter Olympics
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  • 2018-02-21 18:54:14Z

Viking descendants, you may be crushing the rest of the world with your impressive Olympic medal haul. For the first time, an Asian athlete - Korean Yun Sung-bin - captured Olympic gold in the skeleton competition, which also included the first-ever African woman and a Ghanaian who financed his Olympic dreams by selling vacuum cleaners. On ice, Jordan Greenway has broken a 98-year-old color barrier to become the first African-American on a USA Hockey team, and siblings Alex and Maia Shibutani on Tuesday became the first-ever ice dancers of Asian descent to win an Olympic medal.

Leaders to discuss EU money, top jobs after Brexit
Leaders to discuss EU money, top jobs after Brexit
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  • 2018-02-21 18:51:05Z

By Jan Strupczewski BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Money and top jobs will be the main topics of an informal summit of 27 European Union leaders on Friday, as the bloc tries to deal with the consequences of Britain's exit from the EU in 2019. EU leaders except Britain are to say whether they agree to increase

Egypt arrests 6 on a farm owned by Islamist politician
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  • 2018-02-21 18:50:40Z

CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's official news agency says police have arrested six suspected Muslim Brotherhood members on a farm allegedly owned by a recently detained Islamist politician.

GOP lawmaker's aide fired over offensive claims on Florida shooting survivors
GOP lawmaker's aide fired over offensive claims on Florida shooting survivors

A Florida state representative's aide was fired from his position on Tuesday after he sent an email to a reporter alleging that two outspoken survivors of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were "actors."

North Korea canceled meeting with Pence at Olympics: U.S. officials
North Korea canceled meeting with Pence at Olympics: U.S. officials
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  • 2018-02-21 18:50:00Z

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to meet with North Korean officials, including leader Kim Jong Un's sister, while in South Korea for the Winter Olympics this month but the North Koreans canceled at the last minute, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. "North Korea dangled a meeting

The AR-15 and America
The AR-15 and America's love of military-style weapons

Time and again, America's worst mass shootings have featured a common thread: the killer's use of a military-style assault rifle that is inexpensive, easy to use and deadly efficient. The type of weapon, commonly known as the AR-15, is once again under scrutiny with critics calling for a ban after last week's massacre at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead. The AR-15 is a semi-automatic weapon, meaning a user can fire off multiple shots in quick succession.

Florida Massacre Survivor Describes Harrowing Experience Of Being Mistaken For Shooter
Florida Massacre Survivor Describes Harrowing Experience Of Being Mistaken For Shooter

Lorenzo Prado, a student who survived last week's deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, recounted the terrifying experience of being mistaken for the gunman.

Parkland Shooting Survivor
Parkland Shooting Survivor's Dad Escaped Earlier Las Vegas Shooting

When freshman Braden survived last week's shooting spree that killed 17 of his classmates, as well as adults, at his Parkland, Florida, high school, there was one person he knew who could understand the horrors he experienced: his father.

US women win historic Olympic gold in cross-country skiing
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  • 2018-02-21 16:46:59Z

When Norway and Sweden contest Olympic cross-country races, their crown prince and king routinely attend. While Obama didn't quite manage to do that for her, she did it on her own. In the team sprint event on Wednesday, it came down to Norway, Sweden, and … the United States.

Congressman Booed at Town Hall as People Demand Action on Guns
Congressman Booed at Town Hall as People Demand Action on Guns

A Colorado congressman was met with boos at a town hall on Tuesday night as he repeatedly declined to back an assault-weapons ban.

Columbine High shooting survivor: Social media is giving Parkland students the voice we never had
Columbine High shooting survivor: Social media is giving Parkland students the voice we never had

A survivor of the Columbine High School shooting has said the reaction of the Parkland victims has renewed her hope of meaningful action finally happening on gun control. Anne Marie Hochhalter said social media had given survivors of mass shootings a platform to call for change that the teenagers of Columbine never had. In recent days students from the Florida school have held emotive rallies and are planning further marches calling for tighter gun regulations after 17 people were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day. Ms Hochhalter was left paralysed when she was shot during the 1999 massacre that killed 13 at the Colorado high school. Yet social...

Chef Jose Andres writing book on Hurricane Maria relief work
Chef Jose Andres writing book on Hurricane Maria relief work
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  • 2018-02-21 15:53:26Z

NEW YORK (AP) - Award-winning chef Jose Andres is working on a book about his efforts to help Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

2 French soldiers killed in Mali by explosive device
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  • 2018-02-21 15:51:08Z

PARIS (AP) - Two French soldiers died in Mali when their armored vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device.

U.S.-led air strike in Somalia kills three al Shabaab militants: statement
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  • 2018-02-21 15:51:02Z

A U.S.-led air strike against al Shabaab militants in Somalia on Monday killed three members of the al Qaeda-linked Islamist insurgency group, the U.S. military said in a statement on Wednesday. The strike near the town of Jilib, about 230 miles (370 km)southwest of Mogadishu, was coordinated with Somalia

The Real Face of North Korea Is a Prison State
The Real Face of North Korea Is a Prison State

Millions around the globe gathered around their TVs beginning Feb. 8 to watch the 2018 Winter Olympics, which are taking place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, a mountainous rural village, 110 miles east of Seoul. As the world turned its gaze to the Korean Peninsula, it witnessed North Korea and South Korea unified, together under one flag, during the opening ceremony. In 2017, the crisis in North Korea was the most underreported humanitarian issue globally.

International reaction to the death of Billy Graham
International reaction to the death of Billy Graham

International reaction to the death of the Rev. Billy Graham on Wednesday:

Billy Graham: a counselor of presidents who eschewed politics
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  • 2018-02-21 14:40:05Z

In 1957, when celebrity evangelist Billy Graham was gearing up for four months of nightly revival meetings at New York's Madison Square Garden, his fellow conservative Christians warned he was playing with fire - and not in a good way. Fundamentalists said he was making a mistake by partnering with liberal New York Protestants, who in their view would corrupt the crusade. "Graham's view was that if people wanted to help promote the revivals… then find ways to bridge theological differences," said Barry Hankins, a Baylor University historian and author of "American Evangelicals: A Contemporary History of a Mainstream Religious Movement." "That became a sort of metaphor for his whole life.

Why Adam Schiff wants to 'follow the money'
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  • 2018-02-21 14:32:02Z

The timing of California Rep. Adam Schiff's visit to the Monitor Breakfast table on Wednesday couldn't have been better. Three Monitor subscribers came to observe, including an old colleague of Schiff's, former Rep. Chris Shays (R) of Connecticut. Indeed, as Schiff took his seat, he commented that the event is "a bit risky, because you very soon forget that you're talking to reporters, and it's all on the record." But this was Schiff's fifth Monitor Breakfast, and he's a pro.

Civilian witness contradicts Myanmar police on Reuters reporters
Civilian witness contradicts Myanmar police on Reuters reporters' arrest: defense
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  • 2018-02-21 14:31:09Z

By Shoon Naing and Simon Lewis YANGON (Reuters) - The first civilian to testify in the case of two Reuters reporters accused of violating Myanmar's Official Secrets Act contradicted police and prosecutors on Wednesday about where the pair were arrested, a defense lawyer said. Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw

Japan wants Fukushima evacuees to go home. They're not so sure.
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  • 2018-02-21 14:18:28Z

For Toru Takeda, the best and worst parts of life in Yonezawa are the same: snow. It snows so much that many streets in Yonezawa are equipped with sprinklers that spray warm underground water to keep them clear. Mr. Takeda is still getting used to the sheer amount of snow and the inconveniences that come with it.

The 10 Best Beaches In The World In 2018, Revealed
The 10 Best Beaches In The World In 2018, Revealed

Need some travel inspo for your upcoming beach vacation?

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The world's best beaches in the world revealed: TripAdvisor

The pristine white sand beaches of Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos top this year's list of TripAdvisor's World's Best Beaches Awards. 

President says Egypt 'scored a goal' with Israel gas deal
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  • 2018-02-21 12:51:18Z

CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's president says his country "scored a goal" by signing a $15 billion deal with an Israeli company to supply natural gas that will help turn Egypt into a regional energy hub.

FIFA lifts ban on 2026 World Cup voters publicly backing bid
FIFA lifts ban on 2026 World Cup voters publicly backing bid
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  • 2018-02-21 12:46:34Z

LONDON (AP) - A ban on voters publicly endorsing a 2026 World Cup bid has been lifted by FIFA in the face of criticism from soccer officials.

James Corden delivers a passionate speech about gun control in the U.S.
James Corden delivers a passionate speech about gun control in the U.S.

After a week-long break, James Corden started his Tuesday night edition of The Late Late Show with a passionate speech addressing the recent school shooting in Florida. SEE ALSO: After the Parkland shooting, the gun control debate isn't fading away "I may not be American, but I have experience of what happened in my country when a mass shooting happened," says Corden in the clip above. "And I also have children who are American, and they go to school here." Corden goes on to show a graph illustrating just how huge a problem mass shootings are in the U.S. compared to the rest of the world, before using the UK and Australia as examples of countries who have used...

More than 90 Nigerian schoolgirls missing after Boko Haram attack: sources
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  • 2018-02-21 12:14:08Z

By Ardo Hazzad BAUCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - More than 90 Nigerian schoolgirls are feared missing after Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram attacked a village in the northeastern state of Yobe, two sources told Reuters on Wednesday. "I saw girls crying and wailing in three Tata vehicles and they

Donald Trump Jr. Loves India's 'Poorest Of The Poor' Because They Smile
Donald Trump Jr. Loves India's 'Poorest Of The Poor' Because They Smile

Donald Trump Jr. is catching heat on social media over a tone-deaf comment he made about India's poorest citizens during his visit to the country to promote Trump-branded luxury real estate.

Report Alleges Rampant Sexual Misconduct At Dallas Mavericks
Report Alleges Rampant Sexual Misconduct At Dallas Mavericks

A Sports Illustrated report detailing widespread workplace sexual misconduct in the Dallas Mavericks organization that involved its former CEO is sending shock waves through the league and drawing sharp criticism.

Bodies recovered from Iran plane crash site
Bodies recovered from Iran plane crash site
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  • 2018-02-21 11:17:32Z

The bodies of seven victims of Sunday's air crash in Iran were brought down from the mountainous crash site on Wednesday, according to Mizan, the official news site of the Iranian judiciary. There were no survivors among the 65 passengers and crew on the plane that plowed into a mountaintop in southwest

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Confidant of Israel's Netanyahu turns state witness in corruption case: media
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  • 2018-02-21 10:47:43Z

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A confidant of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to turn state's witness in one of several corruption investigations posing a serious threat to the conservative leader's political survival, local media said. Shlomo Filber's decision

The Latest: Finland beats Russia for women
The Latest: Finland beats Russia for women's hockey bronze
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  • 2018-02-21 10:01:09Z

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local):

Pakistan looks to avoid being added to terror financing list
Pakistan looks to avoid being added to terror financing list
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  • 2018-02-21 09:46:03Z

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistan says it has been given three months to prove it is doing enough to stay off an international watch list for countries that fail to curb the financing of terror groups.

Entrance of Syrian forces into Afrin to have serious consequences - Erdogan spokesman
Entrance of Syrian forces into Afrin to have serious consequences - Erdogan spokesman
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  • 2018-02-21 09:33:56Z

ANKARA (Reuters) - Pro-Syrian government forces which tried to enter the Afrin region on Tuesday retreated after artillery fire by Turkish forces fighting a Kurdish militia there, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said on Wednesday. Ibrahim Kalin told a news conference there will be serious

The Dallas Mavericks Launch Investigation After Report Alleges a Culture of Sexual Misconduct
The Dallas Mavericks Launch Investigation After Report Alleges a Culture of Sexual Misconduct

Sports Illustrated report describes a "culture rife with misogyny"

US-Russia ties will be hard to repair: Moscow
US-Russia ties will be hard to repair: Moscow

Moscow on Wednesday said it would be "very difficult" to improve US-Russia relations, which have plummeted to Cold War lows on accusations of election meddling and crises in Syria and Ukraine. Deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov accused the US of trying to meddle in Russia's internal affairs ahead of a presidential election next month, after Washington indicted 13 Russians for an alleged covert effort to interfere in 2016 US polls. "Paradoxically, the Americans are taking steps towards meddling in our internal affairs and exacerbating tensions in bilateral relations ahead of the presidential election" in Russia on March 18, Ryabkov told the news agency Interfax.

Putin nemesis Navalny, barred from election, tries political siege
Putin nemesis Navalny, barred from election, tries political siege
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  • 2018-02-21 08:03:02Z

By Andrew Osborn MOSCOW (Reuters) - Two young anti-Putin activists trudged through a snow-logged Moscow housing estate on a recent Saturday, putting up fliers promoting a boycott of a presidential election next month. "It's not an election, it's a trick," read one, depicting a goggle-eyed

Malaysia arrests 10 over links with South Philippines militants

Malaysian police have arrested 10 people on suspicion of aiding the movement of militants between the eastern state of Sabah and the southern Philippines, a hotbed of Islamic insurgency, the second batch of arrests this year. The Muslim-majority Southeast Asian nation has been on high alert since gunmen linked to Islamic State launched several attacks in Jakarta, the capital of neighboring Indonesia, in January 2016. Police arrested the 10 suspects in three separate raids between Jan. 25 and Feb. 6, inspector-general of police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said in a statement.

Top Asian News 7:02 a.m. GMT
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  • 2018-02-21 07:02:37Z

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Vice President Mike Pence was all set to hold a history-making meeting with North Korean officials during the Winter Olympics in South Korea, but Kim Jong Un's government canceled at the last minute, the Trump administration said Tuesday. A potential meeting between Pence and the

Russia appoints honorary consul in Pakistan border province
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  • 2018-02-21 06:49:02Z

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - Russia has named an honorary consul in a Pakistani province on the Afghan border, signaling closer ties with Islamabad at a time when U.S.-Pakistani relations are spiraling downward.

Column: A bronze that feels golden for Lindsey Vonn
Column: A bronze that feels golden for Lindsey Vonn
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  • 2018-02-21 06:41:39Z

JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) - Over coffee last November at Lindsey Vonn's home in Coloradao, Sofia Goggia of Italy asked her friend for some advice.

Russia says Syrian ceasefire monitoring center hit in shelling: TASS
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  • 2018-02-21 06:40:09Z

Russia's ceasefire monitoring center has been damaged by shelling from the rebel-held district of eastern Ghouta outside the Syrian capital Damascus, the TASS news agency cited Russia's Ministry of Defense as saying late on Tuesday. "Residential areas, Damascus hotels, as well as Russia

Kushner Doesn't Want To Give Up His Security Clearance As John Kelly Cracks Down: Report
Kushner Doesn't Want To Give Up His Security Clearance As John Kelly Cracks Down: Report

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner doesn't want to give up the interim security clearance that gives him access to highly classified information, even though his current duties likely don't require him to view top-secret material, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

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