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North Korea to join efforts for  total nuclear weapons test ban
North Korea to join efforts for total nuclear weapons test ban

North Korea plans to join international efforts to implement a total ban on nuclear weapons tests, it told the United Nations disarmament body Tuesday. "DPRK will join international desires and efforts for a total ban on nuclear tests," North Korea's ambassador to the UN in Geneva Han Tae-song said in an address to the Conference on Disarmament, using North Korea's official acronym.

Exclusive: As Venezuelans suffer, Maduro buys foreign oil to subsidize Cuba
Exclusive: As Venezuelans suffer, Maduro buys foreign oil to subsidize Cuba

By Marianna Parraga and Jeanne Liendo HOUSTON (Reuters) - Venezuela's state-run oil firm PDVSA has bought nearly $440 million worth of foreign crude and shipped it directly to Cuba on friendly credit terms - and often at a loss, according to internal company documents reviewed by Reuters. Venezuela made the discounted deliveries, which have not been previously reported, despite its dire need for foreign currency to bolster its collapsing economy and to import food and medicine amid widespread shortages. The open-market oil purchases to subsidize one of Venezuela's few remaining allies underscores its increasing global isolation and the disintegration of its energy sector under...

Report finds cases of STDs reach all-time high in California
Report finds cases of STDs reach all-time high in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases in California reached a record high last year and officials are particularly concerned by a spike in stillbirths due to congenital syphilis, state health authorities said Monday.

First China-made aircraft carrier starts sea trials: state media
First China-made aircraft carrier starts sea trials: state media

China's first domestically manufactured aircraft carrier started sea trials Sunday, state media said, a landmark in Beijing's ambitious plans to modernise its navy as the Asian giant presses its claims in disputed regional waters. The carrier, known only as "Type 001A", set out for the trials from a port in northeastern China at around 6.45 am (2245 GMT Saturday), according to state broadcaster CCTV. Footage aired by CCTV showed the imposing ship accompanied by several smaller military craft leaving a wharf and heading out to sea under grey skies.

Philippine Supreme Court removes Duterte
Philippine Supreme Court removes Duterte 'enemy' judge

By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippine Supreme Court voted on Friday to remove its top judge, whom President Rodrigo Duterte called an "enemy" for voting against controversial government proposals, citing violations in the way she was appointed. One opposition party said the ouster of Maria Lourdes Sereno, the country's first woman chief justice, removed a shield against abuse of power in government and left behind a "puppet Supreme Court". By a vote of 8-6, the court granted the government's petition to cancel Sereno's appointment on the grounds of alleged violations in the appointment process.

Tweeters Erupt Over Trump Aide's Cruel Taunt About John McCain 'Dying Anyway'
Tweeters Erupt Over Trump Aide's Cruel Taunt About John McCain 'Dying Anyway'

People are calling for White House aide Kelly Sadler to resign after she

France vows pushback against U.S. sanctions on Iran
France vows pushback against U.S. sanctions on Iran

France pledged on Friday to push back against the threat of U.S. sanctions against French companies doing business with Iran, in the wake of Washington's withdrawal from the international nuclear agreement with Tehran. The French government is seeking waivers and longer transition periods from the United States for companies such as Renault and Total, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said, while pressing for European Union measures to improve the bloc's "economic sovereignty" in the longer term. "It's time that European countries opened their eyes," Le Maire said on Europe 1 radio.

Four children found dead with mother and grandparents in Australia's worst mass shooting since Port Arthur
Four children found dead with mother and grandparents in Australia's worst mass shooting since Port Arthur

Four children have been found dead along with their mother and grandparents in the worst Australian mass shooting since the Port Arthur massacre. The three generations of the same family were found with gunshot wounds Friday at a rural property in southwest Australia in what has been described as a "horrific" suspected murder-suicide.  In a crime that has shocked the nation, Katrina Miles and her children aged eight to 13 were found dead at the home of her parents-in-law, Peter and Cynda Miles, who were well known and respected in the community. Cynda was killed, as was another male, identified by some media as Peter.  All seven had moved Osmington, a village of fewer than 700...

4 more murder counts filed in California serial killing case
4 more murder counts filed in California serial killing case

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - A man who prosecutors say was one of California's most elusive serial killers was charged Thursday with four additional counts of murder, leaving him now facing a dozen murder charges across the state.

ACLU Says Kris Kobach Is Still Giving Out Incorrect Information About Voter Registration
ACLU Says Kris Kobach Is Still Giving Out Incorrect Information About Voter Registration

The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday requested that Kansas Secretary

One dead as attackers slit throats of worshippers at mosque in South Africa
One dead as attackers slit throats of worshippers at mosque in South Africa

Three men armed with guns and knives slit the throats of three worshippers at a mosque near Durban in South Africa and a person was killed, an emergency service official said on Thursday. One victim jumped from a side window of the building, which had been set ablaze sending smoke billowing, said Prem Balram, a spokesman for Reaction Unit SA, a private emergency service, who was among the first on the scene. The local people here identified them." South African police said the motive of the attack at a mosque on the Old Main Road in Ottawa the KwaZulu-Natal province was unknown and they were investigating.

Farrah Fawcett
Farrah Fawcett's son arrested after robbing 7-Eleven

Farrah Fawcett's and Ryan O'Neal's son, Redmond O'Neal, has been arrested for holding up a Los Angeles 7-Eleven.

Syria downs two Israeli missiles near capital: state media
Syria downs two Israeli missiles near capital: state media

The Syrian army on Tuesday night intercepted two Israeli missiles fired towards a district near Damascus, the official SANA news agency said. According to SANA, "anti-aircraft defences intercepted two Israeli missiles launched against (the district of) Kissweh and destroyed them". Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP that "missiles, probably Israeli, had targeted a weapons depot in the Kissweh area, presumably belonging to Hezbollah and the Iranians".

House to take up Dodd-Frank rewrite
House to take up Dodd-Frank rewrite 'soon', says Speaker Ryan

By Susan Cornwell and Katanga Johnson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives will soon take up a bill easing banking rules adopted after the decade-old global financial crisis, House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Tuesday. "We will be moving the Dodd-Frank bill," Ryan told reporters at his weekly news conference, without specifying a timeline. The Senate voted 67-32 in March to endorse a bipartisan bill that would ease oversight of small and mid-sized banks, the first rewrite of the Dodd-Frank reform law enacted after the 2007-2009 financial crisis.

Hawaii volcano threatens more homes
Hawaii volcano threatens more homes

Emergency crews said they were poised to evacuate more people as fissures kept spreading from Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano, five days after it started exploding. Chris Dignam reports.

Single mom found dead with 3 kids had financial troubles
Single mom found dead with 3 kids had financial troubles

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - A single mother who was found dead of gunshot wounds along with her three children had recently moved into a rental property in North Dakota and had been struggling to pay off medical bills.

Trump team demands China slash U.S. trade surplus by $200 billion, cut tariffs
Trump team demands China slash U.S. trade surplus by $200 billion, cut tariffs

By Sue-Lin Wong and David Lawder BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has demanded that China cut its U.S. trade surplus by $200 billion, end subsidies for advanced technology industries and sharply cut import tariffs to U.S. levels, two people familiar with U.S.-China trade talks said on Friday. The lengthy list of demands was presented to Beijing prior to the start of talks Thursday and Friday between top-level Trump administration officials and their Chinese counterparts to try to sort out disputes that have threatened a damaging trade war between the world's two largest economies. The talks ended with China's Xinhua news agency describing them as "constructive, candid...

United Airlines passengers say flight attendant appeared drunk on plane
United Airlines passengers say flight attendant appeared drunk on plane

A United Airlines flight attendant is under investigation after passengers reported she was drunk on a flight.

Hawaii's Most Active Volcano Causes Mass Evacuations. Here's the Latest on the 2018 Kilauea Eruption
Hawaii's Most Active Volcano Causes Mass Evacuations. Here's the Latest on the 2018 Kilauea Eruption

'You could just smell sulfur and burning trees'

Strike kills dozens of Yemen rebels including commanders: Saudi TV
Strike kills dozens of Yemen rebels including commanders: Saudi TV

An air strike on Yemen's capital by a Saudi-led military coalition has killed dozens of Huthi rebels including at least two commanders, Saudi television reported Saturday. Saudi Arabia's official Al-Ekhbariya television said two high-ranking insurgents were among more than 50 Huthi militiamen killed in Sanaa on Friday evening, without giving further details. The Huthis confirmed an air strike on Sanaa but gave no details.

After Cosby
After Cosby's conviction, his alma mater rescinds honorary degree

Temple joined at least three other major U.S. universities that have taken back honorary degrees since Thursday's verdict, reflecting a broader reappraisal of the 80-year-old comedian's place in American culture. "Today the Temple University Board of Trustees has accepted the recommendation of the University to rescind the (1991) honorary degree," the school said in a statement.

U.S. lawmakers bicker over chaplain
U.S. lawmakers bicker over chaplain's ouster

Members of the U.S. Congress find little to agree on these days, not even who should lead them in prayer. Democrats protested loudly on Friday after the House of Representatives chaplain, Reverend Patrick Conroy, said he had been asked to resign by Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. Conroy is a Jesuit priest who has been House chaplain since 2011, when he was nominated to the job by former Republican Speaker John Boehner.

China's Guam Killer (and Aircraft Carrier Killer) Missile Is Ready for War
China's Guam Killer (and Aircraft Carrier Killer) Missile Is Ready for War

Carrier killer missiles are now operational along China's coastal provinces and possibly on South China Sea atolls. Chinese military observers have also been hailing the DF-26's anti-ship capabilities against US aircraft carriers and amphibious assault vessels. China's defense ministry confirmed on Thursday that high-tech DF-26 intermediate-range ballistic missiles have been deployed with the People's Liberation Army Rocket Force.

Eurofighter doesn
Eurofighter doesn't expect U.S. to use nuclear certification to tilt German jets bid

By Andrea Shalal BERLIN (Reuters) - The head of Eurofighter on Wednesday said he did not expect the United States to slow certification of the European fighter's ability to carry nuclear weapons as a way to influence a competition to replace Germany's aging 90 Tornado jets. The Eurofighter is a joint project between British defense group BAE, European airplane maker Airbus and Italy's Leonardo. Airbus and Eurofighter on Tuesday submitted six binders of information to the German defense ministry, which has said it will prioritize a European fighter, but has also asked for information about the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet and Boeing Co's F-15E and F/A-18E/F jets.

Meek Mill released from prison following order from Pa. Supreme Court
Meek Mill released from prison following order from Pa. Supreme Court

Pennsylvania's highest court ordered a judge to free rapper Meek Mill on bail while he appeals decade-old gun and drug convictions.

Philippines to deport Australian nun who angered Duterte
Philippines to deport Australian nun who angered Duterte

The Philippines on Wednesday ordered the deportation of an elderly Australian Catholic nun who angered President Rodrigo Duterte, accusing her of engaging in illegal political activities outside of her missionary work. Sister Patricia Fox, 71, who was briefly detained last week, will be the second foreigner who has spoken out recently against Duterte's policies to be expelled, as the government hits back at critics of his human rights record. The immigration service said it had cancelled the visa of Fox, who relocated to the Philippines in 1990 as a member of the missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Sion.

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