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Asian stocks higher after Wall Street declines

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BEIJING (AP) — Asian financial markets were mostly higher Wednesday after a plunge in oil prices...

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"Explicit" show at South African prison ignites scandal

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — AT least 13 South African officials face possible suspension after photos showing scantily clad female entertainers with inmates at a Johannesburg prison circulated on social media. The correctional services department said Monday that there was a security breach and that the...


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Top Russian and US diplomats discuss cease-fire for Syria

MOSCOW (AP) — The top diplomats of Russia and the United States have focused on the Syrian crisis in a phone call. The Russian Foreign Ministry says Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson talked Monday about the need to secure a cease-fire in Syria, fight extremist...


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Company curbs sale of panels used on burned London high-rise

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LONDON (AP) — Arconic, the metal products maker that was once part of Alcoa Inc., said Monday it will stop selling one type of aluminum composite paneling for use on high-rise buildings after speculation that the material contributed to the spread of a deadly fire at a London apartment tower....


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9 still missing after tourist boat sinks in Colombia

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GUATAPE, Colombia (AP) — Scuba divers on Monday continued their search for bodies from a submerged boat in Colombia as authorities turned their attention to what led the tourist ferry to sink with more than 150 passengers on board, leaving at least seven people dead and nine missing. Prosecutors...


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Can Modi turn India from a 'true friend' to the U.S. to a friend forever?

(c) 2017, Foreign Policy. In Washington, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is out to answer to one question: “Is India the lynchpin of America’s strategic pivot to the east, or is it merely a helpful acquaintance?” That’s how Milan Vaishnav of Carnegie Endowment described the visit on the BBC...


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British government says 75 out of 75 buildings failed fire safety tests

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. LONDON - Britain on Monday confronted a rapidly growing fire safety crisis after tests of the exterior cladding on dozens of public housing towers revealed a 100 percent failure rate, raising fears that this month’s deadly inferno in London could be replicated...


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UK's May makes deal she needs to govern, but critics abound

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LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May forged a deal with a Northern Ireland party Monday that should give her struggling minority government enough votes to get her agenda endorsed, but at a high cost: more than 1 billion pounds in new funds for Northern Ireland and resentment from Britain’s...


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Summer arrives with a roar

(c) 2017, The Japan News/Yomiuri. Stand-alone photo Visitors take in one of the first heralds of summer in the Northern Japanese Alps - the opening of the Kurobe Dam tourist attraction in Tateyama, Toyama Prefecture, where draining began on Monday. The dam, located 1,454 meters above sea level, is...


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Russia says extremists planned deadly bombing using encrypted chat app

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. MOSCOW - Backing Russian legislators seeking to curb the anonymous use of encrypted chat apps, the Federal Security Service, Russia’s powerful counterterrorism agency, said Monday that terrorists used the encrypted messenger app Telegram to plan the April bombing of...


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Qatar supplies more than a quarter of the world's helium - but it can't get

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. The diplomatic and trade embargo on the tiny Middle Eastern nation of Qatar is creating devastating ripple effects around the globe, including in one little-noticed market: helium. No, helium is not just for filling balloons and making your voice sound like Mickey...


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