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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he’s disappointed by many world leaders who care more about retaining power than improving the lives of their people — and can’t understand why Syria is being held hostage to “the destiny” of one man, President Bashar Assad. Nearing the end of his 10 years at the helm of the United ...

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Ties are at a turning point, China tells Philippine delegation

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BEIJING (Reuters) – Relations between China and the Philippines are at a new turning point, and Beijing hopes Manila can meet it halfway and handle disputes appropriately, a top Chinese diplomat has told a visiting Philippine delegation. China and the Philippines have been involved in an increasingly ugly territorial dispute in the South China Sea. Beijing claims most of the ...

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US holds on to beat Finland in final World Cup exhibition

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WASHINGTON (AP) — T.J. Oshie, Ryan Kesler and Derek Stepan scored, Jonathan Quick made 30 saves and the United States beat Finland 3-2 Tuesday night in each team’s final exhibition game before the World Cup of Hockey. The U.S. was the better team for more than two periods but needed stops from Quick in the final seconds to preserve the ...

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Libya unity rivals seize final port in 'oil crescent'

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Tripoli (AFP) – Forces opposed to Libya’s unity government seized a fourth oil port, completing their takeover of vital installations in the North African country’s “oil crescent”, a military source said. The battle for control of Libya’s oil assets has renewed fears of a civil war in the country, which plunged into chaos after the 2011 uprising that toppled and ...

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Libya's NOC to 'begin work immediately to restart exports' from seized ports

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By Aidan Lewis TUNIS (Reuters) – Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Tuesday it would immediately start working to resume crude exports from ports seized in recent days by forces loyal to eastern commander Khalifa Haftar. Welcoming pledges from Haftar’s Libyan National Army and the pro-Haftar head of Libya’s eastern parliament that the ports would be placed under NOC ...

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Hanjin crisis brings new headache to U.S. importers; trailer shortage looms

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By Jim Christie, Lisa Richwine and Tom Hals (Reuters) – The bankruptcy of Korea’s Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd is causing ripple effects for importers bringing goods from Asian factories to U.S. malls by creating a shortage of trailers to move ocean-shipping containers on U.S. roads. The world’s seventh-largest container carrier has more than 500,000 containers, and many already are clogging ...

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Israel ex-president Peres suffers 'major' stroke

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Ramat Gan (Israel) (AFP) – Former president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres, the last of Israel’s founding fathers, suffered a “major” stroke and was breathing with the aid of a respirator in intensive care early Wednesday. Nationwide concern mounted over the condition of 93-year-old Peres, widely respected as an elder statesman both in Israel and abroad. Peres suffered ...

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Cameron slammed over Libya planning in new report

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London (AFP) – Former British prime minister David Cameron launched a bombing campaign in Libya based on “erroneous assumptions” and failed to adequately plan for the aftermath, according to a damning parliamentary report released on Wednesday. The Foreign Affairs Committee analysed Britain’s decision-making in the run up to its intervention alongside France in 2011, which the government said at the ...

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WADA says Russian hackers published athletes' medical data

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GENEVA (AP) — Confidential medical data of gold medal-winning gymnast Simone Biles, seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams and other female U.S. Olympians was hacked from a World Anti-Doping Agency database and posted online Tuesday. WADA said the hackers were a “Russian cyber espionage group” called Fancy Bears. They revealed records of “Therapeutic Use Exemptions” (TUEs), which allow athletes to ...

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British man pleads guilty in Trump attack case in Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A British man pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges that could get him about two years in a U.S. prison and deported for trying to grab a police officer’s gun to shoot Donald Trump at a June campaign rally in Las Vegas. Michael Steven Sandford entered the pleas to being an illegal alien in possession of ...

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