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Hurricane Maria destroys homes, triggers flooding in Puerto Rico

APTOPIX Dominican Republic Hurricane Maria

The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years destroyed hundreds of homes,...

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Merkel bids for fourth term as Germans head to the polls

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel is widely expected to win a fourth term in office as Germans go to the polls — and this election is also likely to see the farthest right-wing party in 60 years, the anti-migrant Alternative for Germany, win seats in parliament. Merkel has campaigned on her...


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Asia learns to live with Trump rhetoric, but unease remains

Asia Trump Threats

TOKYO (AP) — Declare China a currency manipulator? Hasn’t happened. Make Japan and South Korea pay more to host U.S. troops? Hasn’t happened. Unleash fire and fury on North Korea? Hasn’t happened — at least not yet. Asia is getting used to living with Donald Trump’s broadsides, though it can’t...


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Life, death in balance for Mexico quake survivors

Mexico Earthquake Survivors

MEXICO CITY (AP) — In a hospital room blocks away from where he survived 26 hours buried under the rubble of his nine-story apartment building, Jose Luis Ponce lay sedated and on a respirator, alive but with fractures to multiple bones and damage to his lungs and a kidney. “You said you would be...


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Aid begins to flow to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria

A humanitarian crisis is growing in Puerto Rico as towns are left without fresh water, fuel, power or phone service following Hurricane Maria's devastating passage across the island


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North Korea stages anti-US rally in battle with Trump

CORRECTION North Korea Koreas Tensions

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea has held a large anti-U.S. rally in its capital city, backing its leader Kim Jong Un as he exchanges insult-laden threats with President Donald Trump. A huge crowd gathered Saturday in Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square, named for the current leader’s...


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New earthquake, magnitude 6.1, shakes jittery Mexico

Mexico Earthquake-7

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A strong new earthquake shook Mexico on Saturday, killing at least two people, toppling already damaged homes and a highway bridge, and causing new alarm in a country reeling from two even more powerful quakes that together have killed more than 400 people. The U.S. Geological...


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As Catalan independence vote nears, Europe supports keeping Spain intact

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. MADRID - A week before a highly contentious Catalonia independence referendum, the Catalan president continued to defy warnings from Spain’s national government to call off the October 1 “self rule” vote. “It will proceed because we had foreseen a contingency plan to...


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US first lady to Invictus athletes: 'Bring home the gold'

Canada Britain Invictus Games-2

TORONTO (AP) — U.S. first lady Melania Trump on Saturday encouraged the American team participating in an Olympic-style competition for wounded service members and veterans to take their “fighting spirit” and “bring home the gold.” Mrs. Trump also applauded the team members for their contributions,...


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Syria looks to peace, North Korea to attack on US mainland

United Nations General Assembly

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Syria’s foreign minister told world leaders Saturday that victory against terrorists in his war-ravaged nation “is now within reach” while North Korea’s foreign minister said U.S. President Donald Trump’s insult to his country makes an attack against the U.S. mainland...


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Iraq seeks other nations' help to build a nuclear reactor

United Nations General Assembly

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iraq’s foreign minister is asking nuclear countries for help building an atomic reactor for peaceful purposes, saying the country has a right to use atomic power peacefully. Ibrahim al-Jaafari made the request in his speech Saturday to the U.N. General Assembly’s annual...


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