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'Reprehensible and racist:' Trump's remarks outrage Africans

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Africans were shocked on Friday to find President Donald Trump had finally...

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Even the eyelashes freeze: Russia sees minus 88.6 degrees F

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MOSCOW (AP) — Even thermometers can’t keep up with the plunging temperatures in Russia’s remote Yakutia region, which hit minus 67 degrees Celsius (minus 88.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas Tuesday. In Yakutia — a region of 1 million people about 3,300 miles (5,300 kilometers) east of Moscow —...


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German linguists: 'Alternative facts' the non-word of 2017

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BERLIN (AP) — German linguists have declared the phrase “alternative facts,” popularized by White House aide Kellyanne Conway, the non-word of 2017. Conway used the phrase last year when asked why President Donald Trump’s then-Press Secretary Sean Spicer mischaracterized the size of the...


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Pope meets with abuse survivors, weeps with them in Chile

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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis met on Tuesday with survivors of priests who sexually abused them, wept with them and apologized for the “irreparable damage” they suffered, his spokesman said. The pontiff also acknowledged the “pain” of priests who have been held collectively responsible for...


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US meets Korean War allies, wants more pressure on NKorea

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Tuesday for nations to step up the U.S.-led “maximum pressure” campaign against North Korea by thwarting efforts to evade sanctions and interdicting ships conducting illicit trade with the pariah nation. The...


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No rest for US air blitz in Afghanistan

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Winter usually means a lull in the fighting here. Taliban fighters blend back into their villages, where it’s warm, and U.S. forces hunker down through the holidays. But for the first time in 16 years, the cold has not slowed the war...


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Tillerson opens summit with a vow to keep up pressure on North Korea

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday that the United States would not stop joint military exercises with South Korea in exchange for North Korea freezing its nuclear weapons program, and promised to keep squeezing Pyongyang...


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In trip to Chile, pope asks for forgiveness amid protests over clergy sex abuse

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. Pope Francis is in Chile this week on something of an apology tour. Chile has historically been a stronghold of the Catholic Church. Nearly half of the population identifies as Catholic. But secularism has made considerable inroads in the South American country lately,...


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Behind the fiery rhetoric, the Palestinian leadership is cornered, flailing, analysts say

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. JERUSALEM -- It was 48 hours of bitter, fighting talk from Palestinian leaders as they scrambled to formulate a response to President Donald Trump’s Jerusalem decision and a nascent peace plan they said is biased in Israel’s favor. But analysts and political observers...


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Slaying of rare voice of moderation among Kosovo's Serbs may fuel tensions in Balkans

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. The slaying of Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic on Tuesday put a spotlight on new tensions in the Balkans, years after a violent conflict divided the region. Considered a moderate politician, Ivanovic was reportedly shot several times near his office Mitrovica,...


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Canada's Fantasy Island: How a multibillion-dollar dream went up in smoke

(c) 2018, Foreign Policy. The island that was supposed to save British Columbia’s economy is perched on the banks of an underwater pasture at the mouth of the Skeena River, near the top of western Canada’s North Coast. Each year, hundreds of millions of young salmon cascade down from the province’s...


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