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Gulf tensions rise as US shoots down Iranian drone

by Jerome Cartillier with Amir Havasi in Tehran WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Tensions in the Gulf region mounted Thursday as US President Donald Trump said an American naval vessel shot down an Iranian drone that threatened the ship as …

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Canadian platform spills 3,200 gallons of oil-mix into Atlantic

MONTREAL, Canada (AFP) — An oil platform off the Canadian island of Newfoundland spilled nearly 3,200 gallons of an oil-water mix into the Atlantic Ocean, and efforts were underway to minimize the environmental impact, ExxonMobil said Thursday. The spill occurred …

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Pence says US to press religious freedom in North Korea

  WASHINGTON, D.C. (AFP) — Vice President Mike Pence vowed Thursday to press North Korea to respect freedom of religion, despite the narrow US focus on denuclearization in high-profile summits. Pence made the pledge to a high-level State Department conference …

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El Chapo expected to get life sentence from US judge

by Laura BONILLA CAL NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — After a dramatic decades-long run as one of the world’s most notorious druglords, there is little suspense about what will happen in a New York courtroom on Wednesday: Joaquin “El …

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Worsening world hunger affects 821 million: UN

by Philippe RATER UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) — More than 821 million people suffered from hunger worldwide last year, the United Nations reported Monday — the third year in a row that the number has risen. After decades of …

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Barry weakens, but US officials warn of heavy rains, floods, tornadoes

by Michael Mathes MANDEVILLE, United States (AFP) — Barry weakened further on Sunday as the storm churned across the US state of Louisiana, bringing along heavy rains and the possibility of flooding and tornadoes. There have been no reported deaths …

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NY mayor criticized for being on campaign trail during blackout

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — New York Mayor and 2020 presidential candidate Bill de Blasio found himself under fire Sunday — notably from the state’s governor — for being out of town when a major blackout hit the city …

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Air Canada flight makes emergency landing in Hawaii

MONTREAL, Canada (AFP) — Shocked passengers described being tossed around an Air Canada passenger jet as it hit a pocket of turbulence on its way to Australia on Thursday and was forced to make an emergency landing. Flight AC33 from …

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New Orleans braces for new inundation as storm looms

by Michael Mathes NEW ORLEANS, United States (AFP) — Tropical Storm Barry barreled toward water-logged New Orleans Thursday as the city girded for an ordeal that evoked fearful memories of 2005’s deadly Hurricane Katrina. The weather system, which has already …

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US plans Gulf naval escorts after Iranians menace UK oil tanker

by Paul HANDLEY WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The Pentagon said Thursday it was discussing military escorts for vessels in the Gulf one day after armed Iranian boats threatened a British oil tanker. The White House’s nominee to become chairman …

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Trump backs down on including citizenship question in 2020 census

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US President Donald Trump backed down Thursday on a push to force a controversial question on citizenship onto the 2020 census following a backlash by civil rights campaigners. Critics said the administration wanted to add …

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New Orleans threatened by floods as big storm forms

by Elodie MAZEIN WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The US city of New Orleans prepared Wednesday to face the first tropical storm of the season, which could become a hurricane and led the governor of Louisiana to declare a state …

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