US, China putting trade war on hold after progress in talks

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The world's two biggest economies are pulling back from the brink of a trade war after making...


Alvaro Morata left out of Spain's World Cup squad

Soccer Lopetegui's Success

MADRID (AP) — Alvaro Morata was left out of Spain’s 23-player squad for the World Cup on Monday. Spain coach Julen Lopetegui decided to pick only three strikers for the tournament in Russia: Diego Costa, Iago Aspas and Rodrigo. “It’s always a difficult decision,” Lopetegui said. “There wasn’t...


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Syrian government captures most of IS-held area in Damascus

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces on Monday captured most of a key neighborhood in southern Damascus held by the Islamic State group, hours after resuming their offensive against the extremists in the area. The gains by President Bashar Assad’s troops bring the entire wider Damascus —...


Social media under microscope in emotive Irish abortion vote

Ireland Abortion

DUBLIN (AP) — Debate is raging in homes, pubs and streets across Ireland over whether to lift the country’s decades-old ban on abortion. Online, the argument is just as charged — and more shadowy, as unregulated ads of uncertain origin battle to sway voters ahead of Friday’s referendum, which could...


LGBT community cheers pope's 'God made you like this' remark

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis’ reported comments to a gay man that “God made you like this” have been embraced by the LGBT community as another sign of Francis’ desire to make gays feel welcomed and loved in the Catholic Church. Juan Carlos Cruz said Monday he spoke to Francis about his...


Nurse dead in Congo as Ebola vaccination campaign starts

Congo Ebola

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A nurse has died from Ebola in Bikoro, the rural northwestern town where the outbreak began, as the country Monday begins a vaccination campaign in three health zones affected by the deadly outbreak, Congo’s health minister said. The nurse’s death brings the death toll to 27....


Economic talks between US and China lead to trade war truce

US China Trade

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China are pulling back from the brink of a trade war after the world’s two biggest economies reported progress in talks aimed at bringing down America’s massive trade deficit with Beijing. “We are putting the trade war on hold,” Treasury Secretary Steven...


In North Korea nuke site closure, spectacle trumps substance

North Korea Nuclear Site

TOKYO (AP) — Foreign journalists will be allowed to journey deep into the mountains of North Korea this week to observe the closing of the country’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site in a much-touted display of goodwill before leader Kim Jong Un’s planned summit with President Donald Trump next month....


Russian billionaire Abramovich runs into UK visa issues

Britain Abramovich

MOSCOW (AP) — Many wondered why Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich wasn’t in the stands to see his Chelsea soccer club win England’s FA Cup this weekend, and an associate confirmed Monday that his British visa hasn’t been renewed. An associate of Abramovich, who spoke only on condition that he...


Abbas, 83-year-old Palestinian leader, still in hospital

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JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian president’s condition has seen a “clear improvement” after he was taken to hospital with a fever, an Arab lawmaker in Israel’s parliament with close ties to Mahmoud Abbas said on Monday. Abbas was hospitalized on Sunday with a fever, just days after undergoing ear...

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