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    Ireland's Fianna Fail to step up efforts to form a government

    Ireland's Fianna Fail will step up efforts to form a government by starting formal engagement with other parties, except Sinn Fein, after marginally winning the most seats at an inconclusive Feb. 8 election. Fianna Fail said last week that it would not consider going into government with Sinn Fein

  • Trump ousts top defence official who certified Ukraine aid
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    Trump ousts top defence official who certified Ukraine aid

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has ousted the Pentagon's top policy official who had certified last year that the Defence Department had seen enough anti-corruption progress in Ukraine to justify releasing congressionally authorized aid.John Rood resigned Wednesday, saying he was leaving at

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    CN Rail train leaks crude oil after it derails in Ontario

    A Canadian National Railway Co freight train derailed in Ontario and started leaking crude oil, the company said on Wednesday, marking the second such incident in less than two weeks. About 30 cars came off the rails on Tuesday night near Emo, Ontario, just north of the border with Minnesota, the railroad

  • US home construction dips 3.6% in January
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    US home construction dips 3.6% in January

    WASHINGTON — Construction of new homes edged back slightly in January after a December surge that had pushed home construction to the highest level in 13 years.The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that builders started construction on 1.57 million homes at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, a decline

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    Review: Relaxed, charming vibe from duo Wild Rabbit Salad

    Wild Rabbit Salad, “Trouble in Town” (REGI Music)It’s no surprise that for Wild Rabbit Salad, the ingredients are a bit quirky.“Trouble in Town” includes a cheating song with a cello solo, a happy-hour lament, a tale of haberdashery, two Townes Van Zandt covers and a reference to him elsewhere.It’s as

  • Iran state news agency says new virus has killed 2 citizens
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    Iran state news agency says new virus has killed 2 citizens

    TEHRAN, Iran — The new virus has killed two elderly Iranian citizens, Iran's state-run IRNA news agency reported Wednesday.IRNA quoted Alireza Vahabzadeh, an adviser to the country's health minister, as saying that both of the victims had been carrying the coronavirus and were located in Qom,

  • University of Michigan investigates doctor sex abuse claims
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    University of Michigan investigates doctor sex abuse claims

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Several former patients have alleged that a late University of Michigan physician sexually abused them during exams going back decades, prompting the Ann Arbor school to ask others with information to come forward, officials said Wednesday.The university said in a statement that an

  • Wikileaks' Assange in court ahead of U.S. extradition hearing next week
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    Wikileaks' Assange in court ahead of U.S. extradition hearing next week

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in a British court by videolink from prison on Wednesday where lawyers discussed the timetable of his hearing next week to decide whether he should be extradited to the United States. Assange, 48, who spent seven years holed up in Ecuador's embassy before

  • Jury back for 2nd day of deliberations in Weinstein trial
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    Jury back for 2nd day of deliberations in Weinstein trial

    NEW YORK — Jury deliberations resumed Wednesday at Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial with jurors focusing on the testimony of a former TV and film production assistant who accused the disgraced movie mogul of sexually abusing her in his Manhattan apartment.A note from the jury said it wants to re-examine

  • Syria's Aleppo airport resumes flights amid fighting nearby
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    Syria's Aleppo airport resumes flights amid fighting nearby

    ALEPPO, Syria — A Syrian passenger jet landed in Aleppo on Wednesday from Damascus, marking the resumption of domestic flights between Syria's two largest cities for the first time since 2012, while the government's onslaught continued nearby with airstrikes reported in several rebel-held towns

  • UK employers fear worker shortages in new immigration plan
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    UK employers fear worker shortages in new immigration plan

    LONDON — Vegetables rotting in the fields, food going unprocessed, the elderly and disabled left without care.That’s the alarming picture painted by some British employers about the impact of new U.K. immigration rules set to be introduced in less than a year.Farms, food factories and care homes said

  • China’s top diplomat assures Southeast Asia on epidemic
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    China’s top diplomat assures Southeast Asia on epidemic

    VIENTIANE, Laos — China’s top diplomat assured his Southeast Asian counterparts on Wednesday that the situation in a central Chinese province where the outbreak of a new virus began has “been brought under effective control.”Foreign Minister Wang Yi also expressed confidence that China can “secure an

  • China's virus centre vows no patient unchecked as cases fall
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    China's virus centre vows no patient unchecked as cases fall

    BEIJING — Inspectors in protective suits went door-to-door Wednesday in the epicenter of China's viral outbreak to try to find every infected person in an epidemic that is showing signs of waning as new cases fell for a second straight day.The city of Wuhan, where the new form of coronavirus emerged

  • Israeli Opera to host Placido Domingo despite protest
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    Israeli Opera to host Placido Domingo despite protest

    JERUSALEM — Despite objections from sexual abuse activists, the Israeli Opera will host a weeklong singing competition organized by Spanish opera star Placido Domingo in Tel Aviv later this year.Domingo, 80, has withdrawn from all U.S. performances since reports by The Associated Press last year detailed

  • In the spirit of Whitney: Houston Hologram tour set to begin
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    In the spirit of Whitney: Houston Hologram tour set to begin

    BURBANK, Calif. — Whitney Houston is about to appear on the concert stage again.Eight years after her death, a holographic Houston will embark on a European tour that starts in England on Feb. 25 and runs through early April, with U.S. dates expected to follow.“Now is just the right time," said

  • Understanding Weinstein’s charges and potential punishment
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    Understanding Weinstein’s charges and potential punishment

    NEW YORK — A look at the charges against Harvey Weinstein, 67, and the punishment the once-revered Hollywood titan could face if convicted at his New York City rape trial. A jury of seven men and five women started deliberating Tuesday in the closely watched MeToo trial. To convict or acquit Weinstein

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    Syrian father, protecting daughter from trauma, turns sounds of war into a game

    Syrian video journalist Abdallah al-Muhammad has invented a game to cushion his young daughter from the trauma of hearing the deafening cacophony of air strikes and shelling near his home in northwest Syria's Idlib. A video posted by Muhammad on social media this week, showing him and his three-year-old

  • Virologist: Tokyo Olympics probably couldn't be held now
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    Virologist: Tokyo Olympics probably couldn't be held now

    TOKYO — A respected Japanese virologist on Wednesday said if the Tokyo Olympics were tomorrow, the games probably couldn't be held because of the fast-spreading virus from Wuhan, China.“We need to find the best way to have a safe Olympics," Dr. Hitoshi Oshitani said, speaking at the Foreign

  • Devices found in missiles, Yemen drones link Iran to attacks
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    Devices found in missiles, Yemen drones link Iran to attacks

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A small instrument inside the drones that targeted the heart of Saudi Arabia's oil industry and those in the arsenal of Yemen's Houthi rebels match components recovered in downed Iranian drones in Afghanistan and Iraq, two reports say.These gyroscopes have only been

  • China revokes 3 Wall Street Journal reporters' credentials
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    China revokes 3 Wall Street Journal reporters' credentials

    BEIJING — China on Wednesday said it has revoked the press credentials of three reporters for the U.S. newspaper The Wall Street Journal over a headline for an opinion column deemed racist by the government.The expulsions come after the Trump administration on Tuesday designated five state-run Chinese

  • Passengers begin leaving after ship's virus quarantine ends
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    Passengers begin leaving after ship's virus quarantine ends

    YOKOHAMA, Japan — About 500 passengers left the cruise ship Diamond Princess on Wednesday at the end of a much-criticized two-week quarantine aboard the vessel, docked in Japan, that failed to stop the spread of the new virus among passengers and crew.The quarantine's flop was underlined as authorities

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    Eugene Hernandez named director of New York Film Festival

    NEW YORK — Eugene Hernandez will succeed Kent Jones as the director of the New York Film Festival, becoming only the fifth person to lead the esteemed Lincoln Center showcase for cinema in its 57-year history.Lesli Klainberg, executive director of Film at Lincoln Center, announced the appointment Wednesday

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    UK patient plays violin during unusual brain surgery

    LONDON — Surgeons at King's College Hospital in London removed a brain tumour from a woman who played the violin during the procedure.Doctors for violinist Dagmar Turner, 53, mapped her brain before the surgery to identify areas that were active when she played the instrument and those responsible

  • 'Made in Russia' passenger jet finds a single buyer: Aeroflot
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    'Made in Russia' passenger jet finds a single buyer: Aeroflot

    Russia's main home-grown passenger jet, the Sukhoi Superjet 100, conceived as a rival to Airbus, Bombardier and Embraer, has no confirmed orders this year beyond a long-standing deal with state carrier Aeroflot , two sources told Reuters. The aircraft, which entered service in 2011 and was the

  • Las Vegas debate a major test of Bloomberg campaign's gamble
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    Las Vegas debate a major test of Bloomberg campaign's gamble

    LAS VEGAS — Mike Bloomberg will confront the greatest test of his presidential campaign when he faces five Democratic rivals in a debate in Las Vegas that could fundamentally change the direction of the party’s 2020 nomination fight.The debate debut for the billionaire former mayor of New York is poised