• Venezuela to distribute food to poor Colombians amid aid tension
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    Venezuela to distribute food to poor Colombians amid aid tension

    Venezuela's government will distribute food to poor residents of the Colombian border city of Cucuta this weekend, the Information Minister said on Monday, an effort that would parallel opposition plans to bring in humanitarian aid. Opposition activists have vowed to bring in food and aid provided

  • Israeli leaders' Nazi comments derail European summit
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    Israeli leaders' Nazi comments derail European summit

    JERUSALEM — Poland on Monday withdrew from a European summit in Jerusalem, derailing the meeting and embarrassing its Israeli hosts, to protest claims by Israel's acting foreign minister that Poles collaborated with the Nazis and "suckled anti-Semitism with their mothers' milk."The

  • Canadian prime minister Trudeau's chief secretary resigns
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    Canadian prime minister Trudeau's chief secretary resigns

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's principal secretary Gerald Butts has resigned from his position, according to a statement issued by Butts on Monday. Trudeau has faced criticism since Jody Wilson-Raybould quit Trudeau's cabinet unexpectedly after a newspaper reported this month she had

  • Checks, tie-dye, baby dolls: It's all at London Fashion Week
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    Checks, tie-dye, baby dolls: It's all at London Fashion Week

    The spectacle is bringing much needed colour and verve as grey London shakes off its winter blues amid the first hints of warmer weather. London may not have Paris's haute couture or Milan's grand fashion houses, but the British capital has always been proud to be the wild child on the style

  • In France, the Force is strong with lightsaber dueling
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    In France, the Force is strong with lightsaber dueling

    BEAUMONT-SUR-OISE, France — Master Yoda, dust off his French, he must.It's now easier than ever in France to act out "Star Wars" fantasies, because its fencing federation has borrowed from a galaxy far, far away and officially recognized lightsaber dueling as a competitive sport, granting

  • Yemen's parties agree to start stalled troop withdrawal from main port
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    Yemen's parties agree to start stalled troop withdrawal from main port

    The Iran-aligned Houthi movement and the Saudi-backed government agreed in talks in December to withdraw troops by Jan. 7 from Hodeidah - a lifeline for millions facing famine - under a truce aimed at averting a full-scale assault on the port and paving the way for negotiations to end the four-year war

  • First-ever 'Jeopardy!" team contest draws top champions
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    First-ever 'Jeopardy!" team contest draws top champions

    Glance around the "Jeopardy!" set during rehearsals for its first-ever team championship and it's easy to be intimidated by the assembled brain power. There's Brad Rutter, whose overall "Jeopardy!" haul, $4.3 million, is the most won on any game show. Colby Burnett, a Teachers

  • Ancient site linked to Caesar's murder to open to public
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    Ancient site linked to Caesar's murder to open to public

    A complex of ancient temples in Rome that are linked to the scene of Julius Caesar's murder will be opened to the public. The below-street-level temple ruins at Largo Argentina in downtown Rome is visible to pedestrians peering from above but closed to visitors. Luxury Bulgari jewelry-maker, which

  • No plan for Smollett to do follow-up police interview Monday
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    No plan for Smollett to do follow-up police interview Monday

    Attorneys for "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett say there are no plans for him to meet with Chicago detectives Monday for a follow-up interview about his reported assault. Anne Kavanagh is a spokeswoman for Smollett's lawyers. Police said Saturday that the investigation had "shifted

  • Army to be 'ruthless' against tampering in Nigeria's postponed vote:  Buhari
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    Army to be 'ruthless' against tampering in Nigeria's postponed vote: Buhari

    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced a week's delay to voting in the early hours of Saturday, just as some of Nigeria's 84 million registered voters were already making their way to polling stations. Buhari said anyone trying to steal or destroy ballot boxes and voting

  • U.S.-backed Syrian forces call for 1,500 coalition troops to stay
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    U.S.-backed Syrian forces call for 1,500 coalition troops to stay

    The remarks by Mazloum Kobani, the commander-in-chief of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, followed talks with senior U.S. generals in Syria and offered perhaps the most comprehensive view to date of his requests for an enduring military assistance from the U.S.-led coalition. It also shows

  • Sailor in iconic V-J Day Times Square kiss photo dies at 95
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    Sailor in iconic V-J Day Times Square kiss photo dies at 95

    The ecstatic sailor shown kissing a woman in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II died Sunday. George Mendonsa was 95. Mendonsa fell and had a seizure at the assisted living facility in Middletown, Rhode Island, where he lived with his wife of 70 years, his daughter, Sharon Molleur, told

  • China accuses US of trying to block its tech development
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    China accuses US of trying to block its tech development

    China's government on Monday accused the United States of trying to block its industrial development by alleging that Chinese mobile network gear poses a cybersecurity threat to countries rolling out new internet systems. The U.S. argues that Beijing might use Chinese tech companies to gather intelligence

  • Spain and Gibraltar offer differing accounts of warship incident
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    Spain and Gibraltar offer differing accounts of warship incident

    LONDON/MADRID (Reuters) - Authorities in Madrid and Gibraltar gave differing versions on Monday of an incident in which a Spanish warship told commercial ships to leave anchorages near Gibraltar, the latest example of tension over the strategic port as Brexit approaches. In toughly worded statements

  • Brex-split: 7 lawmakers quit Labour over EU, anti-Semitism
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    Brex-split: 7 lawmakers quit Labour over EU, anti-Semitism

    LONDON — Seven British lawmakers quit the main opposition Labour Party on Monday over its approach to Brexit and anti-Semitism — the biggest shake-up in years for one of Britain's major political parties.The announcement ripped open a long-simmering rift between socialists and centrists in the party

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    AP Interview: Branson hopes concert saves Venezuelan lives

    CARACAS, Venezuela — Billionaire Richard Branson says that he hopes that the concert he's throwing to rally humanitarian aid for Venezuela will help draw global attention and saves lives by raising funds for "much-needed medical help."Branson told The Associated Press Monday that up to

  • Iraq's Kurdish regional parliament elects interim speaker amid boycott
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    Iraq's Kurdish regional parliament elects interim speaker amid boycott

    Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers on Monday elected an interim speaker of parliament, an assembly key to regional stability, although the Kurds' second largest party boycotted the vote due to a rift between the main political forces in Iraq's Kurdistan region. Vala Fareed, nominated by the region'

  • Vandal topples wax statue of Sean 'Diddy' Combs
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    Vandal topples wax statue of Sean 'Diddy' Combs

    NEW YORK — Police say someone attacked a statue of Sean "Diddy" Combs at Madame Tussauds wax museum in New York, shoving the rap impresario's likeness so forcefully it lost its head.Investigators were continuing Monday to look for a suspect in the strange episode Saturday night.Police say

  • Ukraine seeks more EU aid for south, east regions as elections near
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    Ukraine seeks more EU aid for south, east regions as elections near

    EU foreign ministers were discussing increasing support for Ukraine, which holds a presidential election next month in tough conditions. Russia annexed its Crimea peninsula in 2014 and backs armed separatists in its eastern industrial Donbas region. The EU's top diplomat also confirmed the bloc

  • 'Wake up', Macron will tell Europe in major pre-Brexit speech: sources
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    'Wake up', Macron will tell Europe in major pre-Brexit speech: sources

    "If we Europeans don't want to have other Brexits and become trapped in a naive defense of status quo, we have to wake up." Macron's speech coincides with rising tensions in the West, which has been shaken by U.S. President Donald Trump's "America First" policies and

  • No need for Shinzo Abe: Trump already nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
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    No need for Shinzo Abe: Trump already nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

    During a White House news conference on Friday, Trump said the Japanese premier had given him "the most beautiful copy" of a five-page nomination letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee. Regardless, Trump has already been nominated by two Norwegian lawmakers. "We have nominated him of

  • Brazil bans upstream mining dams after deadly Vale disaster
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    Brazil bans upstream mining dams after deadly Vale disaster

    In January, one such dam operated by miner Vale SA, the world's largest iron ore miner, collapsed, unleashing a wave of mud that bulldozed nearby structures and has likely killed more than 300 people. The move by Brazil's mining regulator, which would impact some 50 upstream mining dams in Brazil

  • Besieged IS militants refuse to surrender, ask for an exit
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    Besieged IS militants refuse to surrender, ask for an exit

    AL-OMAR OIL FIELD BASE, Syria — More than 300 Islamic State militants surrounded in a tiny area in eastern Syria are refusing to surrender to U.S.-backed forces and are trying to negotiate an exit, Syrian activists and a person close to the negotiations said Monday.The extremists are bottled up in the

  • Trump to say Venezuela's military at risk for supporting Maduro
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    Trump to say Venezuela's military at risk for supporting Maduro

    "The United States knows where military officials and their families have money hidden throughout the world," the White House said in describing what Trump planned to say. The White House issued points from a speech Trump was to deliver in the Miami area later in the day, saying the president

  • Seven lawmakers quit UK Labour Party citing Brexit 'betrayal', anti-Semitism
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    Seven lawmakers quit UK Labour Party citing Brexit 'betrayal', anti-Semitism

    In a direct challenge to Corbyn, the seven centrist MPs said they were courting others from across parliament to join their group, saying "enough is enough" in keeping silent over their doubts about the Labour leader's fitness for office. United by a desire for a second referendum on Britain