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China blames US  for trade dispute

China blames US for trade dispute

BEIJING (AP) – China yesterday issued a report blaming the United States for a trade dispute and said it won’t back down on “major issues of principle,” but offered no clarification about what additional steps it will take to up the ante. The statement from the Cabinet spokesman’s office said that China has kept its […]

Pope condemns abortion as use of ‘paid killer’

VATICAN CITY (AFP) – Pope Francis reiterated Saturday that abortion is unacceptable, saying its use amounted to the hiring of a “paid killer.” “Is it lawful to eliminate a human lift to resolve a problem? It is lawful to hire a paid killer to resolve a problem,” Francis asked during a conference at the Vatican […]

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CIA launches Instagram account

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Central Intelligence Agency opened its own account on Instagram Thursday with a picture of a desk of mysteries teased by the children’s game prompt “I spy with my little eye.” The photo tempts with intrigues and adventure: A wig suggesting disguises, maps of China and the Gulf, foreign banknotes, a burn […]

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Congo ranger’s gorilla selfie in park goes viral

Standing casually and turning their heads to stare straight at the camera, Ndakazi and Ndeze look like any cool selfie pros – only these posers are gorillas. The picture showing the two orphaned female gorillas posing like humans was taken in Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park and has gone viral since it was […]

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Sri Lankans urged to avoid mosques, churches

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said yesterday police are looking for 140 people believed to have links with the Islamic State group, which has claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday suicide bombings of churches and hotels. Muslims in Sri Lanka were urged to pray at home yesterday and not attend mosques or […]

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Kim Jong Un shows up late for ceremony

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AFP) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un kept an honor guard and officials waiting for two hours yesterday but eventually showed up for a wreath-laying ceremony in Russia’s Far Eastern city of Vladivostok. Visiting the city a day after his first summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Kim had been scheduled to […]

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