Late-night clashes claim 9th victim of Venezuelan unrest
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Late-night clashes claim 9th victim of Venezuelan unrest

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A young Venezuelan man returning home late from work was fatally shot when he got caught in the middle of late-night street clashes that engulfed many working-class neighborhoods in Caracas. The death Thursday night of Melvin Guitan in a poor neighborhood in eastern Caracas brings to nine the number of people … Continue reading

Trump seems to rule out deeper US intervention in Syria
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Trump seems to rule out deeper US intervention in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is appearing to rule out deeper American military intervention in Syria beyond retaliatory strikes if Syrian President Bashar Assad continues his assault on civilians with chemical weapons. “Are we going to get involved with Syria? No,” Trump told Fox Business News in an interview that aired Wednesday. Trumps comments … Continue reading

UN refugee agency urges EU not to return migrants to Hungary
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UN refugee agency urges EU not to return migrants to Hungary

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency on Monday took the rare step of urging European Union members to suspend returns of asylum-seekers to their partner, Hungary, faulting its new policy of systematically placing migrants in containers and expelling any migrants not holding the proper papers. UNHCR says that since a tough new law took … Continue reading

Poland marks anniversary of president’s death in plane crash
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Poland marks anniversary of president’s death in plane crash

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — With wreath-laying ceremonies and prayers, Poland on Monday observed the seventh anniversary of a plane crash in Russia that killed President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and 94 others. Poland’s ruling party, Law and Justice, is headed by Kaczynski’s twin brother, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who has led regular commemorations of the tragedy and … Continue reading

Hefner’s Bunny business bared in Amazon ‘Playboy’ docuseries
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Hefner’s Bunny business bared in Amazon ‘Playboy’ docuseries

NEW YORK (AP) — Most Americans would hate living in a world untouched by Hugh Hefner. That’s a message from “American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story,” which premieres Friday on Amazon Prime. It will come as no surprise that this docuseries treats its subject, the founder of the Playboy-magazine-and-beyond empire, with tender, loving care. Co-produced … Continue reading

Trump, transgender and police shootings dominate elections
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Trump, transgender and police shootings dominate elections

Elections Tuesday across the U.S. featured a mayoral race with presidential overtones, a 23-person congressional primary highlighting Democratic Party rifts, a school board challenged for accommodating a transgender student and referendums on leadership and police issues in the Missouri cities of St. Louis and Ferguson. Here are some of the key local races on the … Continue reading

Brazil’s shy ‘Car Wash’ judge is loved and loathed celebrity
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Brazil’s shy ‘Car Wash’ judge is loved and loathed celebrity

CURITIBA, Brazil (AP) — A shy federal judge based in a provincial capital has become an unlikely celebrity in Brazil, where he is shaking up the nation’s power structure while overseeing what may be the largest corruption probe in Latin American history. Passers-by mostly cheer — but sometimes jeer — Sergio Moro when he goes … Continue reading

Afghanistan wants more US help in fight against Taliban, IS
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Afghanistan wants more US help in fight against Taliban, IS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Afghanistan wants the United States to send more forces to help meet shortfalls in the battle against the Taliban and the Islamic State group, the nation’s top diplomat said Tuesday. Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani welcomed a recent call by U.S. Gen. John Nicholson, the top American commander in Afghanistan, for a few … Continue reading

Missed, not missing: Simmons’ withdrawal sparks fascination
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Missed, not missing: Simmons’ withdrawal sparks fascination

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officially, Richard Simmons is not missing. His publicist, manager, brother and two officers from the Los Angeles Police Department have all said the 68-year-old fitness guru is at his Hollywood Hills mansion and doing fine. Simmons said the same himself when he called into TV’s “Entertainment Tonight” last year, explaining he … Continue reading

Supreme Court nominee unscathed facing last day of hearings
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Supreme Court nominee unscathed facing last day of hearings

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch enters the third day of his confirmation hearing — and his final day of testimony — largely unscathed by Democratic attacks, as Republicans confidently predict he will win Senate approval despite liberal opposition. A growing number of Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York … Continue reading