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China said Monday it is extending threatening military exercises surrounding Taiwan that have disrupted shipping and air traffic and substantially raised concerns about the potential for conflict in a region crucial to global trade. The announcement further increases uncertainty in the crisis that developed last week with U.S. House Speaker […]

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Pope Francis is offering support to firefighters and search crews in Cuba following the fire and explosions at a big oil tank farm in the western province of Matanzas. In a telegram Monday to Cuban bishops, Francis said he was closely following news of the “unfortunate accident.” He said he […]

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A vegan mother who said she and her family followed a strict diet of only raw fruits and vegetables faced sentencing on Monday in the malnutrition death of her 18-month-old son. Sheila O’Leary, 38, was convicted in June on six charges – first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter, child […]

By Jim Heintz
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KHIMKI, Russia (AP) — A judge in Russia has convicted and sentenced American basketball star Brittney Griner to nine years in prison for drug possession and smuggling. Judge Anna Sotnikova said the time Griner has served in custody since her arrest in February would count toward the sentence. Griner reacted […]

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NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – Sharing a link is “not child pornography,” says a defence lawyer for a Dutch man accused of harassment and extortion of British Columbia teenager Amanda Todd. Joseph Saulnier told the jury in Aydin Coban’s B.C. Supreme Court trial Wednesday there was evidence that a video titled […]

By Jessica Damiano
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As I write this, I can hear a cardinal trilling in the backyard. I don’t have to look out the open window to confirm the source of the sounds that come through it; I’ve come to recognize the songs and their singers. I know it’s the mourning dove whose cooing […]

By Matt Rourke and Shawn Marsh
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NATIONAL PARK, N.J. (AP) – Researchers believe they have uncovered in a mass grave in New Jersey the remains of as many as 12 Hessian soldiers who fought during the Revolutionary War, officials announced Tuesday. The remains, found at the site of Fort Mercer and the 1777 Battle of Red […]

By Susie Blann
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KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Russian forces launched a missile attack on the Kyiv area for the first time in weeks Thursday and pounded the northern Chernihiv region as well, in what Ukraine said was revenge for standing up to the Kremlin. Ukrainian officials, meanwhile, announced a counteroffensive to take back […]

By Huizhong Wu
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TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) – A group of Japanese lawmakers including two former defense ministers met with Taiwan’s president Thursday in a rare high-level visit to discuss regional security. The delegation, led by lawmaker and former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba, said it wanted to reach an agreement with Taiwan on defense […]

By Vanessa Gera
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WARSAW, Poland (AP) – A respected Polish scientific institute has classified domestic cats as an “invasive alien species,” citing the damage they cause to birds and other wildlife. Some cat lovers have reacted emotionally to this month’s decision and put the key scientist behind it on the defensive. Wojciech Solarz, […]