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US envoy meets officials in Seoul as Kim honors grandfather

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, left, walks with his South Korean counterpart Lee Do-hoon after their meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Biegun is in Seoul to hold talks with South Korean officials about allied cooperation on issues including North Korea. (Kim Hong-ji/Pool ... Read More »

Exhausted cities face another challenge: a surge in violence

FILE – In this July 5, 2020, file photo, an officer investigates the scene of a shooting in Chicago. Still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic and street protests over the police killing of Floyd, exhausted cities around the nation are facing yet another challenge: A surge in recent shootings has ... Read More »

US general sees smaller but enduring troop presence in Iraq

FILE – In this Feb. 1, 2020, file photo Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, top U.S. commander for the Middle East, watches flight operations on board the USS Harry S. Truman in the North Arabian Sea. Six months after a deadly American airstrike in Baghdad enraged Iraqis and fueled demands to ... Read More »

Brazil's president says hydroxychloroquine to cure his virus

FILE – In this May 25, 2020, file photo, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, wearing a face mask amid the coronavirus pandemic, stands among supporters as he leaves his official residence of Alvorada palace in Brasilia, Brazil. Bolsonaro said Tuesday, July 7, he tested positive for COVID-19 after months of downplaying ... Read More »

Mary Kay Letourneau, teacher jailed for raping student, dies

FILE – In this Feb. 6, 1998, file photo, Mary Kay Letourneau listens to testimony during a court hearing in Seattle Letourneau, who married her former sixth-grade student after she was convicted for raping him, has died. She was 58. Her lawyer David Gehrke told news outlets Letourneau died Tuesday, ... Read More »

Window into virus surge: Death, recovery at Houston hospital

Dr. Joseph Varon, left, talks with LaTanya Robinson during rounds inside the Coronavirus Unit at United Memorial Medical Center, Monday, July 6, 2020, in Houston. Robinson says she was caring for her son when he got the virus. Both she and her husband eventually caught it. While her son and ... Read More »

China blackmailing dissenters in US to return home – FBI chief

<figcaption class="C($c-fuji-grey-h) Fz(13px) Py(5px) Lh(1.5)" title="Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images” data-reactid=”12″> Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images More <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Chinese agents have been pursuing hundreds of Chinese nationals living in the US in an effort to force their return, as part of a global campaign against the ... Read More »

Trump Administration Moves to Withdraw from WHO

By Stephanie SandovalJuly 7, 2020 A State Department official reportedly said the withdrawal is effective July 6, 2021. The Trump administration formally notified Congress and the United Nations that the U.S. is withdrawing from the World Health Organization. President Donald Trump first said the U.S. would end funding to the WHO back in ... Read More »

Trump Administration Notifies Congress It Will Withdraw From WHO

By Stephanie SandovalJuly 7, 2020 A State Department official reportedly said the withdrawal is effective July 6, 2021. The Trump administration formally notified Congress and the United Nations that the U.S. is withdrawing from the World Health Organization. President Donald Trump first said the U.S. would end funding to the WHO back in ... Read More »

AP Explains: Bolsonaro has downplayed virus fears for months

FILE – In this May 15, 2020, file photo, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro wears a mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic during an event at Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil. Bolsonaro said Tuesday, July 7, he tested positive for COVID-19 after months of downplaying the virus’s severity while deaths mounted ... Read More »

The lawmakers who took small business loans

with help from Marianne LeVine YOU DOWN WITH PPP? — For months, Washington has whispered about who might be benefiting from the small business loans program, which Congress created to help struggling businesses during the coronavirus crisis. House Democrats even unsuccessfully tried to force disclosure of some of the loan ... Read More »

Tucker Carlson Praises Trump Speech That Cribbed From His Fox Show

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Fox News host Tucker Carlson lavished praise Monday night on President Donald Trump’s Independence Day speech at Mount Rushmore, claiming it was “probably the single best speech” the president has ever given.” data-reactid=”17″>Fox News host Tucker Carlson lavished praise Monday night on President ... Read More »

Yes, Israel Now Owns Stealth F-35s (The Middle East Won't Be the Same)

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Death toll from flooding in Japan rises to 50, dozen missing

A man walks on heavily damaged road following a heavy rain in Kumamura, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan Monday, July 6, 2020. Rescue operations continued and rain threatened wider areas of the main island of Kyushu. (Koji Harada/Kyodo News via AP) TOKYO (AP) — Soldiers rescued residents on boats as floodwaters ... Read More »

This Is the United States’ Most Important Island in the Pacific Ocean

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Click here to read the full article.” data-reactid=”19″>Click here to read the full article. <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Wake Island is not particularly impressive. Made of coral, the atoll is a mere twelve feet or so above sea level at ... Read More »

N. Korea rejects talks ahead of US envoy's arrival in Seoul

FILE – In this June 12, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, right, meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sentosa Island, in Singapore. North Korea on Saturday, July 4, 2020, reiterated it has no immediate plans to resume nuclear negotiations with the United States unless Washington ... Read More »

UN chief warns COVID-19 provides opportunity for terrorists

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Monday that the COVID-19 pandemic provides new opportunities for the Islamic State extremist group, al-Qaida and their affiliates as well as neo-Nazis, white supremacists and hate groups. The U.N. chief said it’s too early to fully assess the implications of the ... Read More »

Coronavirus: How fast is it spreading in Africa?

Nigeria has been one of the worst-affected countries More Africa is seeing coronavirus cases rapidly increasing and deaths rising, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). We’ve looked at the situation across the continent, and examined which countries are of most concern. How fast is coronavirus spreading? <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text ... Read More »

China slams U.S. as it joins global arms trade treaty at U.N.

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, July 6 (Reuters) – China on Monday joined a global arms trade treaty spurned by the United States, taking a swipe at U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration by accusing it of bullying, unilateralism and undermining efforts to combat global challenges. China’s U.N. ambassador, Zhang Jun, ... Read More »

American student released after 486 days in Egyptian prison

In this image provided by the Freedom Initiative Mohamed Amashah is greeted by family members upon arrival at Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Va., on Monday, July 6, 2020. The American medical student detained without trial in an Egyptian prison for nearly 500 days has been freed and returned to ... Read More »

The next coronavirus cliff

CRUNCH TIME CRISIS — July was already packed with a slate of must-pass spending and defense bills. But when lawmakers return to Washington, they must also deal with another to-do item: their next coronavirus recovery bill. And Congress’s fifth aid package was always going to be the most difficult to ... Read More »

Big Four told to ring fence auditing in Britain by June 2024

Logo of Price Waterhouse Coopers of PWC office in Berlin LONDON (Reuters) – PwC, Deloitte, KPMG and EY should ring fence auditing as a separate business by June 2024 to improve the quality of auditing, Britain’s accounting watchdog said on Monday. Corporate failures at builder Carillion and retailer BHS led ... Read More »

Egypt arrests doctors, silences critics over virus outbreak

FILE – This March 30, 2020 file photo, shows the empty Giza Pyramids and Sphinx complex on lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak in Egypt. In July, fearing further economic fallout, the government reopened much of society and welcomed hundreds of international tourists back to resorts, even as daily reported ... Read More »

Israel announces successful launch of new spy satellite

In this photo released by Israel Ministry of Defense Spokesperson’s Office, the “Ofek 16” reconnaissance satellite blasts off at the Palmachim air base in central Israel Monday, July 6, 2020. The new satellite, which quickly entered orbit, joins a collection of spy satellites that Israel has deployed in recent years. ... Read More »

Coast Guard alters training for incoming class due to virus

FILE – In this July 1, 2019, file photo, Whisky 2 company Cadre Jacob Denns, right, shouts instructions to swab Nicolas Fisher, left, of Pelham, N.H., on the first day of a seven-week indoctrination to military academy life for the Class of 2023 at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in ... Read More »

Iran says damage at nuclear site 'significant'

A photo released by the nuclear organisation showed a building with a damaged roof, walls apparently blackened by fire and doors hanging off their hinges (AFP Photo/Handout) Tehran (AFP) – An accident at a nuclear complex in Iran caused significant damage and could slow the production of centrifuges used to ... Read More »

Trump's bluster doesn't beat a virus, calm a restive nation

FILE – In this Feb. 6, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump holds up a newspaper with the headline that reads “ACQUITTED” at the 68th annual National Prayer Breakfast, at the Washington Hilton in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — Not long after noon on Feb. 6, ... Read More »

AP FACT CHECK: Trump falsely says 99% of virus cases benign

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk on the South Lawn of the White House during a “Salute to America” event, Saturday, July 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is understating the danger of the coronavirus to people who get it, ... Read More »

1 ad, 3 accents: How Democrats aim to win Latino votes

FILE – In this June 25, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, center, speaks to Stacie Ritter, right, and her son, Jan, during a meeting with families who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act in Lancaster, Pa. Biden is hoping to capture Florida and ... Read More »

Bucking China pressure, Taiwan, Somaliland establish ties

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan has scored a rare diplomatic victory in establishing relations with the independent region of Somaliland. Intense pressure from China has reduced self-governing, democratic Taiwan to having just 15 diplomatic allies and being excluded from the United Nations and most other international organizations where Beijing has ... Read More »

Viewpoint: What Donald Trump gets wrong about Somalia

Ilhan Omar with the backdrop of the US and Somali flags More In our series of letters from African journalists, Ismail Einashe considers how Somalia has become caught up in the US election campaign. President Donald Trump is making Somali-American congresswoman Ilhan Omar one of the bogeywomen of his campaign ... Read More »

Israel, Palestinians face new restrictions amid virus surge

Ultra-Orthodox Jews wait to cross a closed road to go to their homes as they wear protective face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus in Ashdod, Israel, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Coronavirus restrictions have gone into effect in Israel after the number of new cases there hit ... Read More »