• North Korea's Kim enters Russia for summit with Putin
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    North Korea's Kim enters Russia for summit with Putin

    Kim is expected to project himself as a serious world player at his first meeting with the Russian leader on Thursday and at the same time seek assistance from a key ally to ease economic pressure brought on by U.S. and international sanctions. The young leader will meet Putin in the Russian Pacific

  • New Zealand, France plan bid to tackle extremism on social media
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    New Zealand, France plan bid to tackle extremism on social media

    In the wake of the Christchurch attack, New Zealand said on Wednesday that it would work with France in an effort to stop social media from being used to promote terrorism and violent extremism. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a statement that she will co-chair a meeting with French President

  • Asian shares fall despite strong Wall Street; oil retreats
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    Asian shares fall despite strong Wall Street; oil retreats

    MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was 0.3 percent lower, erasing early gains in the wake of record closing highs on Wall Street overnight. In Asia, the biggest regional loser was South Korea's KOSPI, which fell 1 percent. Investors shrugged off the government's

  • UN: Pro-government forces kill more Afghans than insurgents
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    UN: Pro-government forces kill more Afghans than insurgents

    Afghan and international forces have killed more civilians in the war with the Taliban and other militants in the first three months of this year — the first time deaths caused by government forces and their allies have exceeded those of their enemies, a new U.N. report said Wednesday. Last year, suicide

  • Japan apologizes to those forcibly sterilized, vows redress
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    Japan apologizes to those forcibly sterilized, vows redress

    Japan's government apologized Wednesday to tens of thousands of victims forcibly sterilized under a now-defunct Eugenics Protection Law, which was designed to "prevent the birth of poor-quality descendants," and promised to pay compensation. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said

  • Myanmar lawmaker: 50 believed dead in mudslide at jade mine
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    Myanmar lawmaker: 50 believed dead in mudslide at jade mine

    More than 50 people are believed to have died in a mudslide at a jade mining site in northern Myanmar, a lawmaker representing the area said Tuesday. Tin Soe said three bodies have been recovered and 54 people remain missing after the accident Monday night in the Hpakant area of Kachin state. The mud

  • Swiss investment firm, Bitfury launch bitcoin mining fund
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    Swiss investment firm, Bitfury launch bitcoin mining fund

    Both companies, however, did not disclose the size of the fund, which was developed by Final Frontier for institutional and professional investors to gain access to the esoteric world of bitcoin mining. Bitcoin mining entails updating the ledger of bitcoin transactions known as the blockchain. Bitfury

  • Hong Kong pro-democracy 'Occupy' activists jailed for role in mass protests
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    Hong Kong pro-democracy 'Occupy' activists jailed for role in mass protests

    A Hong Kong court on Wednesday jailed key leaders of the 2014 pro-democracy "Occupy" movement in a move that highlights political divisions nearly five years after protests rocked the China-ruled city. The sentences came after nine leaders of the Occupy movement were found guilty of public

  • Death toll from Sri Lanka bombing attacks rises to 359: police
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    Death toll from Sri Lanka bombing attacks rises to 359: police

    The death toll from the Easter Sunday suicide bombing attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka rose to 359, police said on Wednesday without providing any further details. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera released the toll but did not give a breakdown of casualties from the three churches and four

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    Fairbanks officials allow use of marijuana at certain stores

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The city of Fairbanks will allow people to recreationally use marijuana inside the authorized stores where they buy it.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the City Council voted 4-2 Monday in favour of the ordinance, amending the law that previously prohibited on-site marijuana

  • Bill Cosby fighting $1M a month legal bill in arbitration
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    Bill Cosby fighting $1M a month legal bill in arbitration

    A fee dispute between actor Bill Cosby and one of the many law firms hired to address his legal problems shows the Los Angeles firm alone was billing Cosby $1 million a month in the run-up to his first sex assault trial. The imprisoned Cosby is challenging a California arbitration award that upholds

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    Alec Baldwin is passionate about preserving the planet

    Actor Alec Baldwin says his passion about preserving the planet for future generations was sparked by meeting indigenous people who are guardians of their lands at the 2015 Paris conference that adopted the landmark agreement to tackle global warming. Baldwin was at U.N. headquarters Tuesday night to

  • Review: 'Avengers: Endgame' is Marvel's machine in high gear
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    Review: 'Avengers: Endgame' is Marvel's machine in high gear

    Satisfaction is a complicated concept in Marvel Land. On the one hand, every morsel of pre-release information is obsessively poured over in feverish anticipation. But by the time the movie is coming out, a sudden hush comes over die-hard fans who, to avoid spoilers, have abandoned their phones, detached

  • MLB notebook: Rays' Snell set to return Wednesday
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    MLB notebook: Rays' Snell set to return Wednesday

    Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell is slated to return from a fractured toe to start Wednesday against the Kansas City Royals. The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner broke a toe on his right foot on April 14 after a decorative granite stand in his bathroom fell over as he was getting out of

  • Shallow quake shakes northeast India, no damage yet reported
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    Shallow quake shakes northeast India, no damage yet reported

    GAUHATI, India — A moderate earthquake shook remote northeastern India near the border with China early Wednesday, but no damage or casualties were immediately reported.

  • Putin-Kim summit sends message to U.S. but sanctions relief elusive for North Korea
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    Putin-Kim summit sends message to U.S. but sanctions relief elusive for North Korea

    "When Kim meets Putin, he is going to ask for economic assistance and unilateral sanctions relaxation. Moscow is unlikely to grant his wishes," said Artyom Lukin, a professor at Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok. "Being a veto-holding U.N. Security Council member, Moscow

  • NASA probe detects likely 'marsquake' - an interplanetary first
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    NASA probe detects likely 'marsquake' - an interplanetary first

    The breakthrough came nearly five months after InSight, the first spacecraft designed specifically to study the deep interior of a distant world, touched down on the surface of Mars to begin its two-year seismological mission on the red planet. The faint rumble characterized by JPL scientists as a likely

  • In Rohingya camps, a political awakening faces a backlash
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    In Rohingya camps, a political awakening faces a backlash

    On a recent morning, the Rohingya refugee leaned back on a plastic chair in the Bangladesh camp where he lives, and translated the latest warning, sent over the WhatsApp messaging app. "Mohib Ullah is a virus of the community," he read aloud, with a wry chuckle. "Kill him wherever he

  • As Sri Lanka mourns, Islamic State claims Easter bombings
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    As Sri Lanka mourns, Islamic State claims Easter bombings

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — As the death toll from the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka rose to 321 on Tuesday, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility and released images that purported to show the attackers, while the country's prime minister warned that several suspects armed with explosives are still

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    United Airlines agent charged after racial slur accusation

    A United Airlines airport agent is accused of using a racial slur against a customer and faces a misdemeanour charge of disorderly conduct. The charge against Carmella Davano was filed in municipal court in Houston last month after a Feb. 26 incident at Bush Intercontinental Airport. United says Davano

  • Bowing to U.S. demands, U.N. waters down resolution on sexual violence in conflict
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    Bowing to U.S. demands, U.N. waters down resolution on sexual violence in conflict

    A German-drafted resolution was adopted after a reference was cut referring to the need for U.N. bodies and donors to give timely "sexual and reproductive health" assistance to survivors of sexual violence in conflict. The U.S. veto threat was the latest in a string of policy reversals that

  • Kohl's wants more of your Amazon returns
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    Kohl's wants more of your Amazon returns

    Kohl's wants you to skip the post office and bring your Amazon returns to its stores. The department store chain said Tuesday that it will accept Amazon returns at all its 1,150 stores starting in July, expanding its nearly two-year test of the service from 100 stores. Kohl's sees the partnership

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    Ex-GE engineer charged with stealing trade secrets for China

    A former General Electric engineer and his business partner in China were indicted Tuesday on charges they stole the company's trade secrets from a New York plant for the Chinese government in what federal prosecutors called "a textbook example" of industrial espionage. The Department

  • US expands probe into air bag failures to 12.3M vehicles
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    US expands probe into air bag failures to 12.3M vehicles

    U.S. auto safety regulators have expanded an investigation into malfunctioning air bag controls to include 12.3 million vehicles equipped with bags that may not inflate in a crash. Vehicles made by Toyota, Honda, Kia, Hyundai, Mitsubishi and Fiat Chrysler from the 2010 through 2019 model years are included

  • Trump meets with Twitter CEO amid bias complaints
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    Trump meets with Twitter CEO amid bias complaints

    President Donald Trump said he had a "great meeting" Tuesday with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, hours after bashing the company and accusing it of not treating him well because he's a Republican. Trump uses Twitter extensively to get his message out, particularly since the release of special