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US eyes UN action over Saudi blasts

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The United States hopes that the UN Security Council takes up the attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure for which Washington blames Iran, a senior US official said Tuesday. The official said that Saudi Arabia, …

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Houston Area braces for Tropical Storm Imelda

    By Jane Kathleen Gregorio EBC Houston Bureau HOUSTON, TX (AFP) — Tropical Depression Imelda has begun soaking the Texas coast on Tuesday, forcing residents and government officials to prepare for potential flooding and causing school cancellations in the …

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Pompeo heads to Saudi Arabia after US blames Iran

by Sebastian Smith WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was to fly to Saudi Arabia Tuesday to discuss possible retaliation after Washington said it had proof that attacks on Saudi oil installations originated in Iran. …

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Chicago Catholic Church paid $80m to sex abuse victims: lawyers

By Bob Chiarito Agence France-Presse CHICAGO, IL (AFP) — A victim of clergy abuse urged other survivors to come forward Tuesday as lawyers revealed that the Catholic Church in Chicago had paid out more than $80 million in sexual assault …

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Storm Humberto strengthens but moves away from Bahamas and US

MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Tropical storm Humberto gained strength Sunday and was expected to return to hurricane force by evening, but its track now puts it far from the Bahamas and the US coast, the US National Hurricane Center …

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Colombia plane crash kills seven

BOGOTA, Colombia (AFP) — At least seven people were killed and another three injured when a small plane crashed in southwestern Colombia on Sunday, a firefighter said. “Nine people were on board the plane. Seven died, while two are seriously …

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Trump: US ‘locked and loaded’ to respond to Saudi oil attack

by W.G. Dunlop with Anuj Chopra in Riyadh WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — President Donald Trump said Sunday the US is “locked and loaded” to respond to an attack on Saudi oil infrastructure that Washington has blamed on Iran, as …

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US wants to make ‘meaningful progress’ in China trade talks

by Heather SCOTT WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US trade negotiators want to make “meaningful progress” in upcoming talks with China, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday, one day after conciliatory gestures by both sides boosted hopes of an eventual …

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1,300 still missing in hurricane-hit Bahamas: officials

MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Some 1,300 people are still unaccounted for in the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian, officials said Thursday, down from the 2,500 previously reported. The Bahamian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) attributed the drop to cross-referencing names …

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Democrats intensify ‘impeachment’ probe of Trump

  By Paul Handley Agence France-Presse Democrats stepped up their impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump Thursday even as the party’s leaders remained dubious about the political value of the move 14 months before the next presidential election. The House …

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2,500 unaccounted for in hurricane-hit Bahamas: official

NASSAU, Bahamas (AFP) — About 2,500 people are unaccounted for in the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian, the archipelago’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said Wednesday. NEMA spokesman Carl Smith told reporters that some of the missing people may eventually be …

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Top US court allows Trump asylum restrictions to take effect

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The US Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed asylum restrictions by President Donald Trump’s administration to take effect, preventing most Central American migrants from applying at the US border. The top court stayed a decision by …

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