• U.S. welcomes Saudi Arabia's pledge of $100 million for Syria
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    U.S. welcomes Saudi Arabia's pledge of $100 million for Syria

    The United States on Thursday welcomed Saudi Arabia's contribution of $100 million to help stabilize parts of Syria no longer held by Islamic State, which comes as the Trump administration looks to cut back on foreign aid. "This significant contribution is critical to stabilization and early

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    Four planes make emergency landings in Chile and Peru after bomb threats

    Two of the planes were operated by LATAM Airlines and two by Sky, a low-cost Chilean airline, the aviation authority said. Sky also reported that a third plane it operated was prevented from taking off because of a bomb threat. According to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) and the airlines

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    Remains found in New Mexico desert tunnel are missing boy

    Forensic investigators said Thursday they identified the remains of a Georgia boy whose father is accused of abducting him and performing purification rituals on the child as he died at a remote New Mexico desert compound. The body of Abdul-ghani Wahhaj (ahb-DOOL' GAH'-nee wah-HAJ') was

  • Peru to tighten entry requirements for Venezuelans as migration surges: sources
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    Peru to tighten entry requirements for Venezuelans as migration surges: sources

    The government of Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra is going to start barring Venezuelan migrants from entering the country unless they have passports, two government sources said on Thursday, following a similar decision in neighboring Ecuador. The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said

  • Asian shares gain on U.S.-China trade talks, lira recovers
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    Asian shares gain on U.S.-China trade talks, lira recovers

    MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.2 percent in early trade, a day after it hit its lowest level in a year. Japan's Nikkei gained 0.5 percent while in U.S. markets, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.58 percent and the S&P 500 gained 0.79 percent. News

  • Bodies of missing wife, daughters found in Colorado
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    Bodies of missing wife, daughters found in Colorado

    After his pregnant wife and two daughters disappeared, Christopher Watts stood on his porch in Colorado and lamented to reporters how much he missed them. The body of 34-year-old Shanann Watts was found on property owned by Anadarko Petroleum, one of the state's largest oil and gas drillers, where

  • California considers limiting broad 'felony murder' law
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    California considers limiting broad 'felony murder' law

    Brandon Hein was 18 when he and three other teenagers were charged in the 1995 stabbing death of the 16-year-old son of a Los Angeles police detective. One of Hein's friends pulled a knife during a fistfight over marijuana. Jason Holland testified that he committed the stabbings in a backyard clubhouse

  • India's Vajpayee, who set off nuke race and peace, has died
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    India's Vajpayee, who set off nuke race and peace, has died

    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. The All India Institute of Medical Sciences, where Vajpayee had

  • Prosecutor: Officer who shot black teen was 'trigger happy'
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    Prosecutor: Officer who shot black teen was 'trigger happy'

    A former Texas police officer accused of killing a black teenager was angry, out of control and "trigger happy" when he fired at a car full of teenagers while responding to a house party, a prosecutor told jurors Thursday during the ex-officer's murder trial. Ex-Balch Springs officer Roy

  • Turkish finance chief tries to reassure investors on crisis
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    Turkish finance chief tries to reassure investors on crisis

    Turkey's finance chief tried to reassure thousands of international investors on a conference call Thursday, in which he pledged to fix the economic troubles that have seen the country spiral into a currency crisis. The national currency recovered somewhat from record lows hit earlier this week,

  • U.S. says more sanctions await if Turkey does not free pastor
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    U.S. says more sanctions await if Turkey does not free pastor

    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

  • Former US security leaders blast Trump for yanking clearance
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    Former US security leaders blast Trump for yanking clearance

    Former U.S. security officials issued scathing rebukes to President Donald Trump on Thursday, admonishing him for yanking a top former spy chief's security clearance in what they cast as an act of political vengeance. Trump said he'd had to do "something" about the "rigged"

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    Quakes rock southern Italy, alarmed people sleeping outdoors

    At least nine earthquakes rocked southern Italy in two hours Thursday night, prompting frightened residents to sleep outdoors for safety and a child to hurt himself when he leaped in fear from a balcony. The jolts damaged balconies, cracked walls and collapsed some uninhabited houses in the Molise region

  • Ecuador tightens entry requirements for Venezuelans as influx swells
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    Ecuador tightens entry requirements for Venezuelans as influx swells

    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

  • Four planes make emergency landings in Chile and Peru after bomb threats: authorities
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    Four planes make emergency landings in Chile and Peru after bomb threats: authorities

    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

  • U.S. Secretary of State names Brian Hook special envoy for Iran
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    U.S. Secretary of State names Brian Hook special envoy for Iran

    The move came as the Trump administration prepared to increase economic pressure on Iran by restoring sanctions to force Tehran to end its nuclear weapons program and support for militant groups in the Middle East. Hook will lead a newly established Iran Action Group to coordinate the State Department

  • U.S. says more sanctions await if Turkey does not free pastor
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    U.S. says more sanctions await if Turkey does not free pastor

    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

  • Vatican voices 'shame and sorrow' over damning sex abuse report
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    Vatican voices 'shame and sorrow' over damning sex abuse report

    In a long statement that broke the Vatican's silence over a damning U.S. grand jury report that has shaken the American Church, spokesman Greg Burke said the Holy See was taking the report "with great seriousness". The grand jury on Tuesday released the findings of the largest-ever investigation

  • Brazil court seen keeping Lula off ballot but party could win
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    Brazil court seen keeping Lula off ballot but party could win

    The court is expected to declare former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva ineligible in the coming weeks, ahead of the Oct. 7 vote, but that may not stop his Workers Party (PT) winning anyway. Few in Brazil doubt Lula will be barred from running under a "Clean Slate" law that bans politicians

  • Vatican in 'shame and sorrow' over abuses in Pennsylvania
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    Vatican in 'shame and sorrow' over abuses in Pennsylvania

    Pope Francis himself wasn't quoted in the statement, and there was no mention of demands in the United States among some Roman Catholics for the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington. The grand jury report made public this week accused the cardinal of helping to protect

  • Russia says U.S. sanctions over North Korea risk undermining peace process
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    Russia says U.S. sanctions over North Korea risk undermining peace process

    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 "

  • Manafort jury ends first day of deliberations with questions
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    Manafort jury ends first day of deliberations with questions

    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. The questions came after roughly seven hours of deliberation, delivered in a handwritten

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    LATAM passenger plane lands prematurely due to bomb threat: Peru

    LIMA (Reuters) - A LATAM Airlines passenger plane that departed Lima for Santiago, Chile, on Thursday was forced to land at an airport in southern Peru due to a bomb threat received by Chilean authorities, Peru's Transportation Ministry said. No one was injured on LATAM flight 2369 and a team for

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    US approves new generic competitor to EpiPen

    U.S. health officials on Thursday approved a new generic version of EpiPen, the emergency allergy medication that triggered a public backlash due to its rising price tag. The new version from Teva Pharmaceuticals is the first that will be interchangeable with the original penlike injector sold by Mylan

  • University honours students who found love in elevator in '72
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    University honours students who found love in elevator in '72

    Philadelphia's Temple University is honouring a 45-year relationship sparked in a campus elevator. Sharyn Rubin and Eric Schlesinger briefly met on move-in day on Sept. 6, 1972, while she was moving in and he was operating a dorm building elevator. The quote is now affixed to the elevator, which