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US State of Virginia Kicks Off 400th Anniversary Year

The eastern U.S. state of Virginia is officially kicking off its commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the founding of the House of Burgesses at Jamestown, the first arrival of African slaves in the British colonies, and other aspects of the state's colonial past. Gov. Ralph Northam headlined a kickoff at the state Capitol Wednesday ...

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US, Saudi Arabia Have Leverage on Each Other; Using It Has Costs

The United States and Saudi Arabia have had a mutually dependent relationship for seven decades based on a central bargain: the kingdom would pump oil and the superpower would provide security. The interests that bind, and sometimes divide, the two range from the price of oil and containing Iran, to counter-terrorism, the wars in Syria and ...

In Cuba, local meetings on constitution ignite debate on elections, gay marriage

At several public forums, Cubans repeatedly called for direct election of the president and other officials and many objected to gay marriage.

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BBC helps bust Nepal chimp smuggling

A BBC investigation exposing the scale of chimpanzee trafficking last year has helped police in Nepal uncover a smuggling operation.

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Florida Turns to Cleanup After Powerful Hurricane Michael

​Florida Governor Rick Scott promised a strong relief effort from his administration Thursday after the state was slammed by Hurricane Michael, the ... /
Couples AirBNB nightmare nearly turns violent when host jumps through glass window

A couple lounging in the Airbnb home they rented in Los Angeles while on vacation had a wild night when their host bust through a glass window like ...

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Hurricane Michael Gets Stronger on Approach to Florida

Forecasters say Hurricane Michael has strengthened into a powerful Category 2 storm as it continues on a dangerous path toward the southeastern U.S. state of Florida. Governor Rick Scott called it a "monstrous storm" and said residents could ...

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Now Hurricane Michael to Threaten Cuba, Florida

Michael has been designated a Hurricane, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Monday. With maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour, the National Hurricane Center said that Michael was expected to worsen. Hurricane conditions are expected across the far western part of the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio later Monday, where a ...

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US First Lady in Cairo on Final Leg of Africa Trip

U.S. first lady Melania Trump arrived Saturday in Cairo, Egypt, where she was greeted at an arrival ceremony by President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi and his wife, Entissar Mohameed Amer. After a visit to the presidential palace and a stop at the U.S. embassy in Cairo, the first lady visited the Pyramids and the Great Sphinx. Egypt is Melania Trump's ...

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Melania Trump Takes Her ‘Be Best’ Message to Africa

U.S. first lady Melania Trump is set to begin her first solo international trip since her husband took office on Monday, visiting four African ...

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China coal power building boom sparks climate warning

Concerns over CO2 emissions as development restarts at hundreds of coal-fired power stations in China.

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What Happens at the UN General Assembly?

Every year in September, global leaders gather at the United Nations headquarters in New York for the U.N. General Assembly. This year, it begins on Tuesday, September 25.   What is the U.N. General Assembly’s general debate?   The so-called ...

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Trump’s trade war brings unexpected boom for knockoff designer bags from China

It’s a good time to be in the shadowy business of making fake designer purses.

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