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Russian Court Denies Bail for Former US Marine

MOSCOW —  A court in Moscow ruled on Tuesday that former U.S. marine Paul Whelan, who is being held in Russia on spying charges, can remain in custody, the Interfax news agency said. Whelan, who was detained by Russia’s Federal Security Service on Dec. 28 and whose family says he …

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Taliban Open Afghan Peace Talks with US in Qatar

ISLAMABAD —  Afghanistan’s Taliban opened a new round of peace talks Monday in Qatar with the United States, the insurgent group said. A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said the two-day meeting in Doha will continue on Tuesday. The U.S. special representative for Afghanistan political reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, is leading the …

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World Economy Forecast to Slow in 2019 Amid Trade Tensions

DAVOS, SWITZERLAND —  The International Monetary Fund has cut its forecast for world economic growth this year, citing heightened trade tensions and rising U.S. interest rates. The IMF said Monday that it expects global growth this year of 3.5 percent, down from 3.7 percent in 2018 and from the 3.7 …

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Pope Rolls Out Prayer App for Youth

As the pope prepares to meet tens of thousands of young people from across the globe for World Youth Day this week, he attempted to connect with them on a platform they would easily understand: the internet. During the weekly Angelus prayer at the Vatican Sunday, Pope Francis launched his …

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Death Toll Reaches 79 in Mexico Fuel Pipeline Fire Horror

TLAHUELILPAN, MEXICO —  They were warned to stay away from the geyser of gasoline gushing from the illegally tapped pipeline in central Mexico, but Gerardo Perez says he and his son joined others in bypassing the soldiers. As they neared the spurting fuel he was overcome with foreboding. Perez recalls …

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Students in MAGA Hats Mock Native American After Rally 

FRANKFORT, KY. —  A diocese in Kentucky apologized Saturday after videos emerged showing students from a Catholic boys high school mocking Native Americans outside the Lincoln Memorial after a rally in Washington. The Indigenous Peoples March in Washington on Friday coincided with the March for Life, which drew thousands of …

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Trump Says a Deal ‘Could Very Well Happen’ With China

WASHINGTON —  U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday progress is being made toward a trade deal with China and denied that he was considering lifting tariffs on Chinese products. “Things are going very well with China and with trade,” he told reporters, adding that he had seen some “false …

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US, Saudis Cannot Move on Until Prince ‘Dealt With’

ANKARA, TURKEY —  Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham said Saturday the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia cannot move forward until Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is “dealt with,” without being more specific. Speaking in Ankara a day after meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Graham …

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Miami Airport Haitian Restaurant Looks Out for TSA Agents 

MIAMI —  When Wilkinson Sejour, owner of Chef Creole, the only Haitian restaurant at the Miami International airport, noticed TSA (Transportation Security Administration) agents were no longer coming in to buy meals, he found it odd and wondered what was going on. Sejour learned they were federal workers affected by …

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Jailed Iranian TV Anchor Won’t Be Released Yet

A prominent American-born anchorwoman on Iranian state television who has been jailed in the U.S. will not be released yet, her son said outside a federal courthouse Friday. Marzieh Hashemi was taken to court in Washington to testify before a grand jury, her son Hossein Hashemi told The Associated Press. …

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