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AC Milan signs Uruguay midfielder Laxalt on deadline day
AC Milan signs Uruguay midfielder Laxalt on deadline day
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  • 2018-08-17 14:53:41Z

MILAN (AP) - AC Milan signed midfielder Diego Laxalt from Genoa on Friday following his standout performances for Uruguay at the World Cup.

Ex-comedian Sarec turns serious to become Slovenia
Ex-comedian Sarec turns serious to become Slovenia's PM
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  • 2018-08-17 14:52:23Z

Slovenian MPs approved centre-left candidate Marjan Sarec for the post of prime minister Friday, putting an end to weeks of political uncertainty after inconclusive elections in June. The 40-year-old former comedian and satirist won a parliamentary vote by 55 to 31 and will become Slovenia's youngest

Could Brazil
Could Brazil's Lula really run? It's not likely
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  • 2018-08-17 14:51:02Z

SAO PAULO (AP) - Experts say there is a narrow path for authorities to allow jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to run for Brazil's presidency again. But it's unlikely to be the case.

Russia takes a new look at an old enemy: Genghis Khan
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  • 2018-08-17 14:45:22Z

In the south of Buryatia, near the present-day border with Mongolia, there is a mountain-sized rock outcropping known locally as the Merkit Fortress, which looks out over the arid, rolling steppe that gradually fades into the Gobi Desert a few hundred miles away. Taking the name Genghis Khan, which

Can tourist meccas beat the heat?
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  • 2018-08-17 13:36:06Z

For Christopher Warren, global warming has gotten uncomfortably up close and personal. Dr. Warren and his wife run Crystal Creek Meadows, a rural get-away tourist resort a couple of hours outside Sydney, Australia. Weird weather in Europe this summer - temperatures topped 114 in Portugal and British beaches rivaled the Mediterranean Riviera - has made theoretical climate-change models a stifling reality for tourists from around the world.

Xiamen Air plane skids off Philippine runway, disrupting flights
Xiamen Air plane skids off Philippine runway, disrupting flights

Thousands of air travelers faced delays on Friday after a Chinese airliner skidded off the runway at the airport in the Philippine capital, disrupting more than 200 flights as authorities struggled to remove the damaged plane. All 157 passengers and eight crew aboard the Xiamen Air Boeing 737-800 were unharmed after the accident late on Thursday, according to the airline and airport officials. The main runway at Manila's international airport would remain closed until 5 a.m. on Saturday (2100 GMT on Friday) to allow for more time to remove the plane, authorities said.

Sniffer dogs and cranes help rescuers at scene of Italian bridge collapse
Sniffer dogs and cranes help rescuers at scene of Italian bridge collapse
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  • 2018-08-17 11:54:35Z

As many as 20 people are still unaccounted for, Genoa's chief prosecutor said. Shares in the parent company of Autostrade plunged more than 30 percent in the days after the collapse, but were recovering slightly on Friday as investors said government threats to revoke its concessions might be political

Colorado Killings: Bodies of Pregnant Mom Shanann Watts, 2 Kids Found After Dad Chris Watts Allegedly Confesses to Murders
Colorado Killings: Bodies of Pregnant Mom Shanann Watts, 2 Kids Found After Dad Chris Watts Allegedly Confesses to Murders

Chris Watts reportedly confessed to killing his wife and two children.

Bordeaux suspends coach Gus Poyet for 1 week
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  • 2018-08-17 11:42:11Z

PARIS (AP) - French club Bordeaux has suspended coach Gus Poyet for one week after he accused management of selling a player without telling him.

Germany looks at easing immigration laws to fill skilled labor gaps
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  • 2018-08-17 11:39:08Z

The German cabinet will soon decide on a proposal to make it easier for skilled workers from outside the European Union to move to Germany to take a job, a paper seen by Reuters shows, as Germany seeks to alleviate chronic labor shortages. Such plans could be sensitive in a country where anti-immigration

New U.S. training unit in Afghanistan faces old problems
New U.S. training unit in Afghanistan faces old problems
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  • 2018-08-17 11:22:41Z

The 1st SFAB was formed last year as a new force of experienced advisers, to focus U.S. army training and support for Afghan troops and, in future, for other foreign armies. It deployed to Afghanistan in March, putting U.S. advisers, previously largely restricted to Corps headquarters, together with

Yazidi
Yazidi 'ex-sex slave' trapped both in Iraq and in German exile

A young Yazidi woman who fled to Germany but returned home to northern Iraq says she cannot escape her Islamic State group captor who held her as a sex slave for three months. Ashwaq Haji, 19, says she ran into the man in a German supermarket in February. Traumatised by the encounter, she returned to Iraq the following month.

Yemeni government and Houthi movement invited to Sept 6 peace talks: U.N
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  • 2018-08-17 09:34:53Z

The United Nations has invited the Yemeni government and the Houthi movement that controls most of the north to peace talks in Geneva on Sept. 6, a U.N. spokeswoman said on Friday. U.N. Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths is trying to negotiate an end to the three-year conflict, which has killed

World's biggest shipping company cautions on trade tensions
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  • 2018-08-17 08:52:20Z

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - Danish shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk says it swung to a profit in the second quarter but cautioned about uncertainty related to global trade amid U.S. sanctions on major economies.

Dozens killed in
Dozens killed in 'shoot first' Asian Games crackdown: Amnesty
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  • 2018-08-17 08:46:03Z

A police crackdown on petty crime in the run-up to the Asian Games in Indonesia has claimed dozens of lives, Amnesty International said Friday, criticising what it said was an "unnecessary and excessive" campaign. The rights group said at least 31 suspects were killed under a "shoot first

Hunger-striking Ukrainian filmmaker
Hunger-striking Ukrainian filmmaker 'losing hope': cousin
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  • 2018-08-17 08:44:28Z

Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov is "losing hope" and no longer believes that he will be freed after almost 100 days on hunger strike in a Russian prison, his cousin told AFP. Natalia Kaplan in an interview insisted Western leaders had "leverage" to bring about the release of the

Rain brings more misery to India
Rain brings more misery to India's flooded Kerala as death toll rises to 164
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  • 2018-08-17 08:20:12Z

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was due to visit the southwest state later on Friday as its chief minister said he was hoping the military could step up help for the rescue effort which is already using dozens of helicopters and hundreds of boats. "I spoke to the defense minister this morning and

Afghan president congratulates armed forces for Ghazni victory
Afghan president congratulates armed forces for Ghazni victory
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  • 2018-08-17 08:01:50Z

President Ashraf Ghani congratulated Afghanistan's armed forces in Ghazni on Friday for their victory over Taliban insurgents in the strategically important city after clashes that killed at least 150 soldiers and 95 civilians. The Taliban's five-day siege of Ghazni eased on Wednesday after

This Is Where Japan Might Have Gotten the Idea for Pearl Harbor
This Is Where Japan Might Have Gotten the Idea for Pearl Harbor

The date was November 11, 1940, the place was the southern Italian port of Taranto, and the battle that ensued that night was the prelude to the Japanese raid at Pearl Harbor.

Top Asian News 5:36 a.m. GMT
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  • 2018-08-17 05:36:54Z

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - A plane from China veered off a runway at Manila's airport while landing in a downpour near midnight then got stuck in a muddy field with one engine and wheel ripped off before the 165 people on board scrambled out through an emergency slide, officials said Friday. Only

Afghan president visits key city, week after Taliban raid
Afghan president visits key city, week after Taliban raid
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  • 2018-08-17 05:36:37Z

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The Afghan president is visiting the embattled southeastern city of Ghazni, a week after the Taliban in a surprise attack managed to infiltrate deep into the key provincial capital and capture several areas.

Mattis says further Taliban assaults likely in weeks ahead
Mattis says further Taliban assaults likely in weeks ahead
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  • 2018-08-17 05:36:31Z

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - The Taliban is likely to keep up its recent surge of violence in advance of scheduled parliamentary elections in October but Western-backed Afghan defenses will not break, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday.

Chinese plane slides off Manila airport runway in heavy rain
Chinese plane slides off Manila airport runway in heavy rain

A Chinese passenger jet slid off the runway as it landed at Manila airport in torrential rain, authorities said Friday, with all 165 people on board safely evacuated. The Xiamen Airlines aircraft, carrying 157 passengers and eight crew, landed on its second attempt before skidding onto the grass and ripping off its left engine, airport general manager Ed Monreal said. Four people suffered "superficial scratches" as they evacuated the Boeing 737-800 jet, which had flown to the Philippine capital from Xiamen in southeast China, he added.

Questions mark first day of deliberations at Manafort trial
Questions mark first day of deliberations at Manafort trial

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - The jury in the fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort ended its first day of deliberations with a series of questions to the judge, including a request to "redefine" reasonable doubt.

Omarosa Might Have 'As Many As 200' Tapes, NY Times Reports
Omarosa Might Have 'As Many As 200' Tapes, NY Times Reports

Omarosa Manigault Newman may have an archive of up to 200 secretly recorded

Trump Trying To
Trump Trying To 'Stifle Free Speech,' Former Intelligence Officials Say

In a joint statement Thursday, a dozen of the nation's leading former

Pilgrims descend on Mecca for
Pilgrims descend on Mecca for 'smart hajj'
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  • 2018-08-17 02:56:43Z

Two million Muslims gather in Saudi Arabia this week for the hajj as the annual pilgrimage becomes increasingly hi-tech with apps to help the faithful navigate Islam's holiest sites. This year the hajj comes with the ultra-conservative kingdom witnessing an unprecedented pace of change, finally

Cole Hammer advances to US Amateur quarterfinals
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  • 2018-08-17 02:49:48Z

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Texas teen Cole Hammer won two matches Thursday at Pebble Beach to advance to the U.S. Amateur quarterfinals.

Top Asian News 2:46 a.m. GMT
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  • 2018-08-17 02:46:52Z

NEW DELHI (AP) - Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a Hindu nationalist who set off a nuclear arms race with rival Pakistan but later reached across the border to begin a groundbreaking peace process, died Thursday after a long illness. He was 93. The All India Institute of Medical Sciences

In India
In India's citizenship test, a spelling error can ruin a family
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  • 2018-08-17 02:43:23Z

A wiry 33-year-old living in the northeastern state of Assam, Islam says he and his mother have no further documents left to prove they are Indians, although his father and many others in his family have been included in the National Register of Citizens (NRC). "If my father is an Indian citizen

Colbert Mocks Trump
Colbert Mocks Trump's Clumsy Attempt To Rein In Omarosa: 'Send My Worst Son's Wife'

> TONIGHT: Omarosa drops another tape and she is really going for the viral

Nine planes grounded by bomb threats in South America: Chilean authorities
Nine planes grounded by bomb threats in South America: Chilean authorities
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  • 2018-08-17 02:18:13Z

At least two of the planes were operated by LATAM Airlines and three by Sky, a low-cost Chilean airline, the companies confirmed. Victor Villalobos Collao, the director general of Chile's civil aviation authority (DGAC), said 11 threats were made in total on Thursday, two of which were "fictitious

Chinese plane skids off Manila runway in downpour, all safe
Chinese plane skids off Manila runway in downpour, all safe

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - A plane from China skidded off a runway at Manila's airport while landing in a downpour and its 157 passengers and eight crew members evacuated safely by the emergency slides.

Satanic Temple's Baphomet Raises Hell Over Religious Freedom In Arkansas
Satanic Temple's Baphomet Raises Hell Over Religious Freedom In Arkansas

Members and supporters of the Satanic Temple wheeled a statue of winged, goat-

Trump's Military Parade Postponed Indefinitely Amid Reports Of Overspending
Trump's Military Parade Postponed Indefinitely Amid Reports Of Overspending

President Donald Trump's military parade will be postponed, likely slated for

Military parade ordered by Trump postponed after costs spiral
Military parade ordered by Trump postponed after costs spiral

A military parade ordered by US President Donald Trump for later this year has been postponed until at least 2019, a defense official said Thursday, following reports the cost had soared to over $90 million. The announcement was seen as a setback for the president, who had ordered the show of air power after being impressed by France's Bastille Day parade last year. "The Department of Defense and White House have been planning a parade to honor America's military veterans and commemorate the centennial of World War I," Pentagon spokesman Colonel Rob Manning said in a statement.

California high court rules for immigrant kids in visa fight
California high court rules for immigrant kids in visa fight

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Thursday made it easier for some immigrant children who are abused or abandoned by a parent to seek a U.S. visa to avoid deportation in a ruling that advocates said would help thousands of children.

U.S. says more sanctions await if Turkey does not free pastor
U.S. says more sanctions await if Turkey does not free pastor
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  • 2018-08-17 00:00:11Z

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin assured President Donald Trump at a Cabinet meeting that sanctions were ready to be put in place if Brunson was not freed. "We have more that we are planning to do if they don't release him quickly," Mnuchin said during the meeting. The United States

Ecuador tightens entry requirements for Venezuelans as influx swells
Ecuador tightens entry requirements for Venezuelans as influx swells
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  • 2018-08-16 23:52:38Z

Members of the Andean Community - which includes Venezuela and Ecuador - have an existing agreement that allows citizens to cross borders between member countries with only their national ID cards. "As of this Saturday the government will require that anyone entering Ecuador present his or her

Catholics On Twitter Call For Drastic Reform After Pennsylvania Sexual Abuse Report
Catholics On Twitter Call For Drastic Reform After Pennsylvania Sexual Abuse Report

Pennsylvania's newly released grand jury report on clerical sexual abuse

Beware, Russia: Air Force F-22s and European F-35s Are Training Together
Beware, Russia: Air Force F-22s and European F-35s Are Training Together

The United States Air Force's 95th Fighter Squadron, which flies the stealthy fifth-generation Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor air superiority fighter, has deployed to Europe to deter Russia and to train with NATO allies.

Air Canada
Air Canada's Ben Smith named head of Air France-KLM
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  • 2018-08-16 23:42:05Z

Air France-KLM named its first non-French chief executive on Thursday, handing the reins to Air Canada's Ben Smith despite strong resistance from the group's powerful trade unions. It was "inconceivable that the Air France company, French since 1933, falls into the hands of a foreign executive

Four planes make emergency landings in Chile and Peru after bomb threats: authorities
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  • 2018-08-16 23:36:05Z

By Felipe Iturrieta and Aislinn Laing SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Four planes were forced to make emergency landings in Chile and Peru on Thursday due to bomb threats issued to the Chilean Civil Aviation Authority, it said in a statement. Two of the planes were operated by LATAM Airlines and two by Sky, a low-cost

Chinese hackers targeted U.S. firms, government after trade mission: researchers
Chinese hackers targeted U.S. firms, government after trade mission: researchers

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - Hackers operating from an elite Chinese university probed American companies and government departments for espionage opportunities following a U.S. trade delegation visit to China earlier this year, security researchers told Reuters. Cybersecurity firm Recorded Future said the group used computers at China's Tsinghua University to target U.S. energy and communications companies, as well as the Alaskan state government, in the weeks before and after Alaska's trade mission to China.

Bolton to discuss arms control, Iran, Syria in talks with Russian counterpart
Bolton to discuss arms control, Iran, Syria in talks with Russian counterpart
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  • 2018-08-16 23:11:38Z

The meeting is a follow-up to Trump's controversial summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki in July. Trump held a one-on-one meeting with Putin during that summit and drew criticism for siding with Moscow over U.S. intelligence findings that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential

Australian teen sparks FBI action after hacking Apple: media
Australian teen sparks FBI action after hacking Apple: media

An Australian teenager has pleaded guilty to hacking into the main computer network of technology giant Apple Inc , downloading big internal files and accessing customer accounts, because he was a fan of the company, local media reported. The teen downloaded 90 gigabytes of secure files and accessed customer accounts without exposing his identity. When Apple became aware of the intrusion it contacted the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, which referred the matter to the Australian Federal Police (AFP), the newspaper said, quoting statements made in court.

AP FACT CHECK: Ohio voters in special election not over 116
AP FACT CHECK: Ohio voters in special election not over 116

With Ohio's special congressional election still too close to call, questions have been raised about the veracity of voter rolls in the swing state.

Xiamen Air passenger jet overshoots runway in Manila, no casualties
Xiamen Air passenger jet overshoots runway in Manila, no casualties

A Xiamen Air aircraft with 165 people on board veered off an airport runway in the Philippines capital of Manila shortly before midnight (1555 GMT) on Thursday, but there were no casualties. The Boeing 737-800, landing after a flight from Xiamen "went off the runway during a heavy downpour", said Connie Bungag, the officer in charge of Manila International Airport Authority's (MIAA) public affairs office, said. "We are still determining how it happened." Xiamen Air is a subsidiary of China Southern Airlines.

Russia says U.S. sanctions over North Korea risk undermining peace process
Russia says U.S. sanctions over North Korea risk undermining peace process
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  • 2018-08-16 21:56:18Z

Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that fresh sanctions, imposed by the United States against a Russian firm and an individual over North Korea, may undermine peace process in the Korean peninsula. In a statement, the ministry also said that Washington "is not aware" of how the "

Vatican expresses 'shame and sorrow' over Pennsylvania child abuse scandal
Vatican expresses 'shame and sorrow' over Pennsylvania child abuse scandal

The Vatican spokesman, Greg Burke, right, pictured with Pope Francis, issued a statement in which he said victims 'should know that the pope is on their side'. The Vatican has expressed "shame and sorrow" over the sexual abuse of at least 1,000 children by more than 300 Catholic priests in Pennsylvania, and has said Pope Francis is "on the side" of survivors. In response to the publication on Tuesday of a detailed grand jury investigation into abuse in the state over a 70-year period, the pope's spokesman issued a statement on Thursday saying "the Holy See condemns unequivocally the sexual abuse of minors".

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