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Trump plans North Korea nuclear summit with Kim Jong-un for February

Trump met with a top Kim deputy at the White House Friday amid evidence that Pyongyang is developing ballistic missiles.

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Trump meets North Korea's Kim Yong-chol at White House

The talks at the White House come amid mounting speculation about another possible Trump-Kim summit.

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Zimbabwe blocks Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter amid crackdown

A coalition of human rights groups says at least 12 people have been killed in a week of protests. /
‘Becoming’ Unemployed: Texas mayor resigns amid accusations of using city funds to see Michelle Obama

This week mayor of a Texas town and the mayor pro-tem have both announced their resignation after they were accused of misappropriating over $1,000 ...

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Afghan Presidential Race Takes Shape as Ghani’s Challengers Emerge

Several former officials will try to unseat President Ashraf Ghani in July, amid fears that another fraud-marred election could further destabilize ...

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Germany 'considers ban on Huawei' amid global backlash

Other countries have barred the Chinese firm from their network infrastructure over security concerns.

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Oxford University suspends Huawei donations and sponsorships

The institution suspends donations from the Chinese telecoms giant amid continuing spying controversy.

Michigan State says president's resignation effective immediately after Nassar comments

The board acted a day after Engler said he'd step down next week amid fallout from remarks he made about some victims of former sports doctor and convicted sexual abuser Larry Nassar.

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Trump Unveils Space-Based Missile Defense Strategy

President Donald Trump unveiled the military’s long-delayed Missile Defense Review (MDR), the first overhaul of U.S. missile defense policy since 2010. Speaking at the Pentagon Thursday, Trump said his plan will allow the United states to detect and destroy missiles “anywhere, anytime, anyplace.” “It is not enough to keep pace with our ...

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US Alarmed as Zimbabwe Targets, Beats Activists Amid Unrest

The U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe said Thursday it is "alarmed" by credible reports that security forces are targeting and beating activists and labor ...

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Pakistan Trying to Arrange US-Taliban Meeting

Pakistan has intensified efforts to keep the U.S.-led dialogue with the Afghan Taliban on track by attempting to arrange a meeting between the ...

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Larry Nassar case: Michigan State University head John Engler resigns

The head of Michigan State University resigns over remarks on the Larry Nassar abuse scandal. /
Pregnant Meghan Markle called ‘fat lady’ and has a royal chuckle

  American-born actress turned royal Meghan Markle took it with a laugh Wednesday when an admirer commented on her beauty but also mentioned her pregnancy and called her “fat.” Markle, who married Prince Harry in May, was meeting staffers and volunteers at an animal charity when Peggy McEachrom approached her, People reported. READ ...

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After Crossing into Guatemala, Migrants Set Sights on Mexico

More than 1,000 Hondurans were walking and hitchhiking through Guatemala on Wednesday, heading toward the Mexico border as part of a new caravan of migrants hoping to reach the United States. Guatemala's migration authority said just over 1,300 people were able to register at the border and pass through frontier controls under the watchful eyes ... /
White supremacist who harassed Black ex-Vermont state rep will not be charged

  Kiah Morris, Vermont’s only black female state representative who resigned amid years of harassment by a local white supremacist, found out that the man who has been tormenting her will not be charged with a hate crime, according ...

Canada issues travel warning for China amid 'crisis' over death sentence

Relations between Beijing and Ottawa are at crisis point after a Canadian man was sentenced to death by a Chinese court, a former Canadian ambassador ...

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Baltimore Church Leaders Handing Over Files Amid Abuse Probe

The Catholic archdiocese in Baltimore has delivered over 50,000 internal files to Maryland's top law enforcement official amid an investigation into ...

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AP Sources: Gillibrand Moving Toward 2020 Bid in Coming Days

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is expected to move toward launching a 2020 presidential campaign within days by forming an exploratory committee, according to several people familiar with her plans. The New York Democrat will likely announce her intentions ahead of a trip to Iowa this weekend, one person said. She will be a guest Tuesday night on CBS' ...

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At Trump's Side, Border Patrol Union Leader in Spotlight

Brandon Judd, president of the union that represents thousands of border patrol agents, has flipped the axiom that there are no winners in a government shutdown. His proximity to President Donald Trump has elevated the union leader’s profile while burnishing the image of the U.S. Border Patrol, a backwater in prior administrations when compared ...

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A No-Deal Brexit? Leaders Are Alarmed; Voters, Not So Much

Amid warnings of the dire effects of Britain leaving the European Union without a deal, many Britons are untroubled by what some call “scaremongering.”

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Trump orders '300 burgers' to White House amid shutdown

The president pays for hundreds of burgers with staff missing due to a government shutdown.

PG&E to declare bankruptcy amid multibillion-dollar liability claims for its part in California wildfires

"This is the biggest utility failure I’ve seen," said one analyst.

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Market turmoil hits Citigroup revenues

The US bank blames market volatility at the end of 2018 for a surprise drop in revenue.

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Taliban Official Tells VOA Peace Talks With US Stalled

The fledgling U.S.-initiated dialogue with the Taliban, aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan, has come to a halt, an insurgent spokesperson said ...

Taiwan appoints new Premier amid rising China tensions

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday appointed a senior figure from her pro-independence ruling party as the island's new Premier amid growing tensions with China.

Sen. Ted Cruz defends Trump's record on Russia as 'tougher' than Obama's

The Texas Republican's comments come amid reports that are raising new questions about the president's relationship with Russia.

Venezuela's Maduro starts another six-year term despite pressure from neighbors

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was sworn in for a second term on Thursday amid a longstanding economic crisis and pressure from some Latin American neighbors that won't recognize his presidency after a disputed election.

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