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Magnitude-8 earthquake strikes north-central Peru

The quake, at a moderate depth of 114 kilometers struck at 2:41 am, 80 kilometers southeast of the village of Lagunas and 158 kilometers east-northeast of the larger town of Yurimaguas. A large earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.0 struck north-central Peru early Sunday, the US Geological survey reported. The quake, at a moderate […]

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UN says Taliban captives in Afghanistan subjected to abuse

The group was freed on April 25 when Afghan troops raided a Taliban-run detention facility in the Khas Uruzgan district in southern Uruzgan province. The UN says Taliban captives in Afghanistan have been subjected to abuse, ill-treatment and actions that may amount to torture. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan says it interviewed 13 detainees […]

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Trump Administration Proposes Rollback of Transgender Protections

Without the Obama-era language, health care workers would be free to object to performing procedures like gender reassignment surgery, and insurers would not be bound to cover all services for transgender customers. Written by Abby Goodnough, Erica L. Green and Margot Sanger-Katz The Trump administration formally proposed on Friday to roll back Obama-era civil rights […]

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Why US-Iran tensions could quickly escalate into a crisis

The open rancor between the nations' two top diplomats underscores growing concern that the lack of any established channel for direct negotiation makes a military confrontation more likely in the event of a misunderstanding or a mishap. Three years ago, when Iran’s military captured 10 U.S. sailors after they mistakenly strayed into Iranian waters, U.S. […]

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Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi trade insults as their feud heats up

Pelosi went first, with demure shrugs and practiced sass. Then, as a tornado warning blared across Washington, Trump followed with a derisive nickname — something he had declined to give her, up to now. She’s calling for an “intervention” to save the nation from him. He says she’s “crazy.” The enmity between President Donald Trump […]

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US official urges Pacific nations to keep ties with Taiwan

Six Pacific island nations give diplomatic recognition to Taiwan. They account for a third of Taiwan's diplomatic allies around the world and are under intensifying pressure from Beijing to switch allegiances as it builds influence. A top US diplomat for Southeast Asia has urged Pacific island nations not to withdraw diplomatic recognition of Taiwan, warning […]

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Tajikistan blames Islamic State for prison riot, 32 killed

Tajikistan's Justice Ministry said the riot broke out late on Sunday in the prison in the city of Vakhdat, 10 km (six miles) east of the capital Dushanbe, as militants armed with knives killed three guards and five fellow prisoners. Three prison guards and 29 inmates were killed in a prison riot in Tajikistan that […]

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Venezuelan soldiers oversee fuel rationing in some towns amid shortages

Venezuela, whose economy is reeling from a five-year recession amid a prolonged political crisis, saw long lines of vehicles appear at services stations in several regions this week after a shutdown at the OPEC nation's second-largest refinery. Soldiers oversaw rationing of gasoline at service stations in several parts of Venezuela on Sunday as worsening fuel […]

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Key events leading to escalation of tensions between US-Iran

Taking a softer stance on the matter, President Donald Trump Friday replied to a question about going to war with Iran saying with 'I hope not'.  Tensions between the United States and Iran have soared in recent weeks with Washington dispatching warships and bombers and Tehran threatening to resume higher uranium enrichment. Since the US […]