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Top Dem candidate who said money ‘corrupts’ politics donated $100G to Obama and asked for US ambassadorship

Top Dem candidate who said money 'corrupts' politics donated $100G to Obama and asked for US ambassadorship

A liberal millionaire now running for Congress in Pennsylvania -- and railing against the influence of money in politics -- has a history of making large donations to former President Barack Obama's campaign and other efforts. Scott Wallace, grandson of a former vice president of Franklin Roosevelt -- who’s running as a Democrat in Pennsylvania's…
North Korea’s Kim Jong Un expresses faith in Trump, reaffirms commitment to nuclear-free peninsula

North Korea's Kim Jong Un expresses faith in Trump, reaffirms commitment to nuclear-free peninsula

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his South Korean counterpart will meet later this month to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, his state-controlled media reported Thursday. Kim also expressed faith in President Trump efforts to settle a nuclear impasse, despite recent bumps in the diplomacy., the report said. Chung Eui-yong, a special envoy…
Sen. Coons on grilling Kavanaugh over presidential powers

Sen. Coons on grilling Kavanaugh over presidential powers

Judge Brett Kavanaugh questioned about his record during Supreme Court confirmation hearing; Senator Chris Coons shares insight on 'The Story.'
India’s government turns down disaster relief

India’s government turns down disaster relief

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print-edition icon Print edition | Asia Aug 30th 2018 THIS week was supposed to be a time for celebration in the Indian state of Kerala, with feasts, dancing and boat races to mark the harvest festival of Onam. But as the waters recede from what may be the state’s worst floods in a century, few…
Older men are more prone to cognitive impairment from dirty air

Older men are more prone to cognitive impairment from dirty air

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LIVING under thick layers of smog is known to cause illness and reduce life expectancy. The degree to which pollution harms the mind is less clear. In theory some of the toxins that get inhaled could damage the nervous system and hamper intellect, but few studies have looked into this. One just has, however, and…
Lebanon’s economy has long been sluggish. Now a crisis looms

Lebanon’s economy has long been sluggish. Now a crisis looms

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THE main feature of Beirut’s skyline is not minarets or church steeples, but construction cranes. From the roof of a posh downtown hotel you can see 17 of them, throwing up luxury apartments that cost up to $1m each. Wealthy Lebanese sip wine on their terraces and discuss investment opportunities. They rub shoulders with Gulf…
Falun Gong still worries China, despite efforts to crush the sect

Falun Gong still worries China, despite efforts to crush the sect

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TUCKED away in a corner on Gerrard Street, in the heart of London’s Chinatown, three middle-aged Chinese women sit on the ground, their legs tightly crossed, in silent meditation. A deafening loudspeaker behind them blasts out a stream of invective against the Chinese Communist Party. Before long, one of them gets up and starts handing out…
Trump warns Assad, Syrian allies on reported plan for Idlib province offensive

Trump warns Assad, Syrian allies on reported plan for Idlib province offensive

FILE 2013: smoke rises after a TNT bomb was thrown from a helicopter, hitting a rebel position during heavy fighting between troops loyal to president Bashar Assad and opposition fighters, in a neighbouring village to Kafr Nabuda, in the Idlib province.  (AP) President Trump late Monday warned Syria’s Bashar al-Assad and his allies in the…
Steve Bannon slams ‘gutless’ New Yorker editor after being disinvited to festival after liberal backlash

Steve Bannon slams ‘gutless’ New Yorker editor after being disinvited to festival after liberal backlash

FILE: Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's former chief strategist, talks during an interview in Washington.  (AP) David Remnick, the editor of the New Yorker, said on Monday that the magazine would take back its invitation to Steve Bannon after threats from liberal speakers who refused to share the stage with the ex-Trump aide.  In an…
Aretha Franklin’s family says pastor’s eulogy was offensive, distasteful

Aretha Franklin's family says pastor's eulogy was offensive, distasteful

The family of the late Aretha Franklin came out Monday against the eulogy given by a pastor at the music icon’s funeral last week. The remarks delivered in Detroit by Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. on Friday were met with wide criticism on social media and now by the family of the “Queen of Soul,” with…