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 2020-08-07 15:53 

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Citing Security Concerns, Trump Orders Bans on TikTok, WeChat...

U.S. President Donald Trump Thursday ordered sweeping bans on two Chinese consumer apps.He ordered the bans prohibiting U.S. companies from doing business with ByteDance, the owner of the video-sharing app TikTok, and Tencent, the owner of the messenger a...

 2020-08-07 15:47 

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3 DNC Workers Test Positive for COVID-19 After Screening...

Three workers hired to help set up the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the event's organizers. Daily screening for people working at the Wisconsin Center began last week in preparation for th...

 2020-08-07 15:38 

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More Than 100 Boko Haram, Captives Surrender Along Cameroon-Nigeria Border...

More than 100 Boko Haram and their captives, almost all Nigerians, have fled the group in the past two weeks, according to the Multinational Joint Task Force fighting the Islamist militants.Thirty-four-year-old Nigerian Kharim Kalga is among 109 people wh...

 2020-08-07 15:34 

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Doctors Ask Medical Schools to Drop MCAT Tests During Pandemic...

A professional society of 163,000 physicians, trainees and fellows of internal medicine in the United States is asking medical schools to waive the entrance exam because the COVID-19 pandemic has made testing unmanageable....

 2020-08-07 15:32 

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Former Saudi Intel Officer: Crown Prince Wants Me Dead...

A former Saudi intelligence officer says the Saudi crown prince wants him dead and an assassination team dispatched to Canada to kill him was stopped by alert customs agents.Saad al Jabri said in a lawsuit filed Thursday in a U.S. federal court that Crown...

 2020-08-07 15:30 

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At Least 12 Dead in India Landslide...

A mudslide in India Friday triggered by heavy monsoon rain and flooding killed at least 12 people and buried 20 homes of tea plantation workers, police and local media in southwestern Kerala state said.Police say 12 people have been rescued, adding that a...

 2020-08-07 15:17 

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Widely Seen as Warning Shot, Russia Court Sentences Young Activists for Extremism...

A Moscow court convicted 7 young Russians on extremism charges Thursday — sentencing several of the group to lengthy prison sentences in a closely watched case that seemed to encapsulate the limits of political youth activism in today's Russia. ...

 2020-08-07 15:03 

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With Fastest Global COVID-19 Growth, India Races Past 2 Million Cases...

With the fastest COVID-19 growth in the world, India has raced past 2 million cases, as public health experts warn that the pandemic in the world's second most populous country will not slow anytime soon. The grim milestone came as tens of thousands o...

 2020-08-07 14:50 

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US Approaches 4.9 Million COVID Cases, More Than Any Other Country...

The number of COVID-19 cases around the world continues its steady climb with more than 19.1 million infections, according to Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. continues to have more cases than any place else with nearly 4.9 million, followed by Brazil w...

 2020-08-07 14:50 

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With Fastest Global COVID-19 Growth in World, India Races Past 2 Million Cases...

With the fastest COVID-19 growth in the world, India has raced past 2 million cases, as public health experts warn that the pandemic in the world's second most populous country will not slow anytime soon. The grim milestone came as tens of thousands o...

 2020-08-07 14:31 

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US Senegalese Community Mourns Denver Fire Victims in Suspected Arson Case...

Senegal's president sent condolences Thursday after five members of a Senegalese family living in the U.S. died earlier this week when a fire swept through their home in Denver, Colorado.Police and fire officials are investigating the fire, which they...

 2020-08-07 14:06 

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Harvard Enrollments Drop by 20%...

Harvard College is likely to see a more than 20 percent drop in enrollment this fall, according to the student-staff The Harvard Crimson news outlet. Harvard, considered among the top three universities in the United States, has been besieged with the com...

 2020-08-07 14:00 

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Afghan Loya Jirga Meets to Determine Fate of 400 Taliban Prisoners Ahead of Peace Talks...

A traditional public assembly, known as a Loya Jirga, opened in Afghanistan Friday to determine whether a last set of 400 hard-core prisoners from the Taliban insurgency should be freed to clear the way for long-awaited direct peace talks between Afghanis...

 2020-08-07 13:47 

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Day of Radio Silence in Guinea-Bissau Protests Attack on Station...

Most radio stations in Guinea-Bissau fell silent for 24 hours on Thursday to show solidarity after a crippling attack on Radio Capital FM.At dawn on July 26, a group of men wearing police uniforms and carrying automatic weapons entered Capital FM's of...

 2020-08-07 13:40 

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Zimbabwe Accused of Stiffling Press Freedom as Journalist Denied Bail Again...

Rights groups in Zimbabwe have denounced the High Court denying bail to journalist Hopewell Chin'ono, who is facing charges of stoking violence in advance of planned anti-government protests. Security forces thwarted the July 31 protests against corru...

 2020-08-07 13:24 

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Angry Lebanese Blame Political Elites for Explosion...

Angry protesters clashed with police late Thursday in Lebanon's capital over the blast that killed more than 130 people earlier in the week.Riot police used tear gas to disperse the crowd gathered near an entrance of parliament in central Beirut, afte...

 2020-08-07 13:17 

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India Records 2 Million COVID-19 Cases...

With the fastest COVID-19 growth in the world, India has raced past 2 million cases, as public health experts warn that the pandemic in the world's second most populous country will not slow anytime soon. The grim milestone came as tens of thousands o...

 2020-08-07 13:11 

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SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Blasts Off From Cape Canaveral...

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida early Friday, carrying 57 Starlink satellites for the company's internet satellite constellation system.The rocket also carried two spacecraft for Spaceflight customer BlackSky. Shortly ...

 2020-08-07 13:03 

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Russian Court Sentences Young Activists for Extremism...

A Moscow court convicted 7 young Russians on extremism charges Thursday — sentencing several of the group to lengthy prison sentences in a closely watched case that seemed to encapsulate the limits of political youth activism in today's Russia. ...

 2020-08-07 12:50 

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US Adds 1.8 Million Jobs in Sign Hiring Has Slowed...

The United States added 1.8 million jobs in July, a pullback from the gains of May and June and evidence that the resurgent coronavirus is stalling hiring and slowing an economic rebound.With confirmed viral cases still elevated in much of the nation and ...

 2020-08-07 12:43 

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US Approaches 4.9 Million Coronavirus Cases...

The number of COVID-19 cases around the world continues its steady climb with more than 19.1 million infections, according to Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. continues to have more cases than any place else with nearly 4.9 million, followed by Brazil w...

 2020-08-07 11:18 

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Federal Law Enforcement Program Expands Amid Spike in Violent Crime...

Federal law enforcement agents are being deployed in two additional American cities amid a spike in violent crime.The U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday that it was expanding Operation Legend, a recently launched effort to fight violent crime, to ...

 2020-08-07 11:02 

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In Lebanon, Shock Turns to Fury...

Numbness and shock at first — now fury. The massive blast at Beirut's port Tuesday night that wrecked large parts of Lebanon's capital is likely to have as enduring an impact on the impoverished Mediterranean country as the 2005 assassinatio...

 2020-08-07 09:44 

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Thai Protesters Demand Drastic Changes in Political System...

Protesters in Thailand are pressing on with their demands for the dissolution of parliament, new elections and changing the constitution.Leaders said Friday they would step up pressure on the government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha if it failed to ...

 2020-08-07 09:05 

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Mexico Megachurch Leader Remains Jailed...

Bail for the leader of a Mexican megachurch nearly doubled to $90 million after prosecutors expanded charges against him, including child rape, and possession of child pornography.The new bail ruling by a Los Angeles judge ensures Naason Joaquin Garcia, o...

 2020-08-07 08:59 

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Russia's Race for Virus Vaccine Raises Concerns in the West...

Russia boasts that it's about to become the first country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, with mass vaccinations planned as early as October using shots that are yet to complete clinical trials -- and scientists worldwide are sounding the alarm that th...

 2020-08-07 07:50 

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Journalist Group Calls on Belarus to Release Blogger, Other Reporters Before Elections...

The Committee to Protect Journalists on Thursday called on Belarus to immediately release a blogger arrested a week ago and allow him and other reporters to "freely and safely" cover Sunday's presidential elections.The organization's Europ...

 2020-08-07 07:20 

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Ivory Coast President Accepts Nomination for Controversial Third Term...

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has formally accepted the nomination of the ruling party to be its presidential candidate in October's election.Opponents say a third term for Ouattara is against the constitution.Ouattara told supporters of the...

 2020-08-07 06:26 

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Trump Orders Bans on 2 Chinese Apps, Citing Security Concerns...

U.S. President Donald Trump Thursday ordered sweeping bans on two Chinese consumer apps.He ordered the bans prohibiting U.S. companies from doing business with ByteDance, the owner of the video-sharing app TikTok, and Tencent, the owner of the messenger a...

 2020-08-07 05:50 

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Panamanian Judge Orders Haitian Migrants Held for Trial for Role in Violent Protest...

A Panamanian judge has ordered 12 Haitian migrants detained for trial for their roles in a protest Saturday during which rocks were thrown at Panamanian border service officers and supply tents set on fire.The migrants face multiple charges, including inj...

 2020-08-07 05:24 

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Afghan Council to Meet on Final Stumbling Block to Peace Talks...

Afghanistan is holding a loya jirga, an assembly of elders, Friday to determine what to do about the final stumbling block before peace negotiations can begin the release of 400 Taliban prisoners.The U.S....

 2020-08-07 05:18 

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Flooding, Landslides Devastate Much of Sudan; At Least 10 Killed, Thousands Displaced...

Much of Sudan is in recovery mode after torrential rains caused widespread flooding and landslides, killing at least 10 and damaging or destroying more than 3,300 homes.Almost two dozen schools and several mosques were also destroyed.The U.N. Office for t...

 2020-08-07 05:08 

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Angry Lebanese Blame Explosion on Political Elites' Corruption, Mismanagement...

Angry protesters clashed with police late Thursday in Lebanon's capital over the blast that killed more than 130 people earlier in the week.Riot police used tear gas to disperse the crowd gathered near an entrance of parliament in central Beirut, afte...

 2020-08-07 02:32 

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Trump Orders US Ban on WeChat, TikTok in 45 Days...

U.S. President Donald Trump issued executive orders on Thursday banning any U.S. transactions with ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns video-sharing app TikTok, and Tencent, owner of the WeChat app, starting in 45 days.The orders come as the Trump ad...

 2020-08-07 02:29 

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Senegalese American Community Rallies After 5 Die in Denver Fire...

Senegal's president sent condolences Thursday after five members of a Senegalese family living in the U.S. died earlier this week when a fire swept through their home in Denver, Colorado.Police and fire officials are investigating the fire, which they...

 2020-08-07 02:21 

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Trump Orders Government to Buy 'Essential' Drugs From US Firms...

With coronavirus cases in the United States rising and states struggling to combat the outbreak, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday mandating that the government buy what he called "essential drugs" from U.S. manufacturers i...

 2020-08-07 02:20 

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Trump Loses Bid to Add Fourth Debate with Biden in Early September...

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 2020-08-07 01:47 

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US Presses for Extension of UN Arms Embargo on Iran...

The United States is pressing ahead with plans to push for the extension of a U.N. arms embargo against Iran that is due to expire in two months under the 2015 nuclear deal, but it is likely to face stiff opposition from other nations, including Russia an...

 2020-08-07 00:54 

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US Forecasters: Atlantic Hurricane Season to Get Stronger...

The already record-breaking 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is going to get worse, and forecasters could run out of names for storms, government meteorologists say.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration updated its forecast Thursday and is now...

 2020-08-06 23:54 

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US Firm Secures Oil Deal with US-Backed Forces in Syria...

A U.S. company has reportedly reached a deal with Kurdish-led authorities in northeast Syria to develop and export crude oil in areas under their control in the war-torn country.A senior official at the Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration in Northeast S...

 2020-08-06 23:48 

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New York State Sues NRA, Accuses It of Corruption, Seeks to Dissolve Group...

The New York State attorney general sued the National Rifle Association on Thursday, seeking to dissolve the powerful gun rights advocacy organization and charging its leadership with illegally diverting funds for their own gain.Attorney General Letitia J...

 2020-08-06 23:40 

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Sudan Army's Plan Is to Return to 'Dark Days,' Journalists Say...

Plans by Sudan's army to file legal complaints against journalists for cyber libel and "insulting" the armed forces have echoes of the intimidation tactics used under the rule of ousted President Omar al-Bashir, local reporters say.In a statem...

 2020-08-06 23:25 

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40 Migrants Drown Off Mauritania Trying to Reach EU, UN Agency Says...

A boat carrying about 40 migrants sank off the coast of Mauritania, leaving one survivor, the U.N. refugee agency said Thursday.The U.N. says the sole survivor is from Guinea and that the others on board were also from sub-Saharan African countries.The ve...

 2020-08-06 23:08 

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Federal Law Enforcement Program Expands to 2 US Cities Amid Spike in Violent Crime...

Federal law enforcement agents are being deployed in two additional American cities amid a spike in violent crime.The U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday that it was expanding Operation Legend, a recently launched effort to fight violent crime, to ...

 2020-08-06 22:26 

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Tensions Mount over China's Industrial Espionage in US...

Tensions between the U.S. and China are escalating at a dizzying pace, with July 24 marking the lowest point of bilateral relations in decades. On that day, the Chinese consulate in Houston, Texas, was closed and taken over by U.S....

 2020-08-06 22:23 

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Trump, McConnell Huddle; Virus Aid Talks at Risk of Collapse...

President Donald Trump huddled at the White House Thursday with the Senate's top Republican over a vital COVID-19 rescue package, but hopes on Capitol Hill for a deal were souring and there was increasing worry that GOP negotiations with Democrats mig...

 2020-08-06 22:03 

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Macron: Lebanon to Get No 'Blank Checks' for Blast Aid, Must Reform Government...

French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that he would organize an international conference to raise funds for Lebanon, but he warned Lebanese leaders that they would not be getting "blank checks."Macron was the first foreign leader to visit...

 2020-08-06 21:58 

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Spain Ex-King's Exile Reignites Questions on Monarchy's Future...

In select circles in Madrid, the rumor had been making the rounds for weeks: Beset by a financial scandal that would not go away, former King Juan Carlos I was preparing to go into exile.The whispers were proven right in spectacular fashion when the ex-mo...

 2020-08-06 21:32 

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US Sends Relief to Lebanon Via Military Cargo Planes...

The United States is sending to Lebanon three C-17 aircraft shipments of relief aid following the massive explosion at Beirut's port that killed at least 137 people, with the first plane filled with food, water and medical supplies arriving Thursday.U...

 2020-08-06 19:44 

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Ethiopian Refugees in Egypt: 'If Egyptians Go Thirsty, We Will Go Thirsty'...

"They sicced a dog on him," says Taher OmarHuru, a 47-year-old Ethiopian refugee and a local community leader in Cairo, pointing to different body parts. "The dog bit him here, and here and here ... His only crime was being Ethiopian." Tah...

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