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UN slams North Korea missile launch, Obama rejects test offer

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 17:36

The UN Security Council echoed international condemnation Sunday of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test by North Korea, while US President Barack Obama dismissed Pyongyang's offer of a nuclear moratorium. Saturday's test, personally monitored by supreme leader Kim Jong-Un, was the latest in a series of provocative moves by Pyongyang that have further fuelled tensions on the divided Korean peninsula following the North's fourth nuclear test back in January.


Obama plans 250 more U.S. troops for Syria, boosting force to 300

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 17:35

By Roberta Rampton and Arshad Mohammed HANOVER, Germany/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will announce on Monday he plans to send as many as 250 additional U.S. troops to Syria, a sharp increase in the American presence working with local Syrian forces fighting Islamic State militants, U.S. officials said. The deployment, which will increase U.S. forces in Syria to about 300, aims to accelerate recent gains against Islamic State and appears to reflect growing confidence in the ability of U.S.-backed forces inside Syria and Iraq to claw back territory from the hardline Sunni Islamist group.


Report: Mexican police tortured suspects in students' case

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 15:16

MEXICO CITY (AP) — There is strong evidence that Mexican police tortured some of the key suspects arrested in the disappearance of 43 students, according to a report released Sunday by an outside group of experts.


Obama pushes for global trade deals in face of opposition

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 12:05

HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — President Barack Obama mounted a strong defense of international trade deals Sunday in the face of domestic and foreign opposition, saying it's "indisputable" that such agreements strengthen the economy and make U.S. businesses more competitive worldwide. But he acknowledged that the clock is ticking on his faltering trade agenda.


N. Korea claims successful test of submarine-fired missile

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 11:34

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Sunday that it successfully test-fired a ballistic missile from a submarine and warned of its growing ability to cut down its enemies with a "dagger of destruction." South Korea couldn't immediately confirm the claim of success in what marks Pyongyang's latest effort to expand its military might in face of pressure by its neighbors and Washington.


Bernie Sanders: ‘We intend to take the fight all the way to California’ — but not necessarily the convention

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 09:28

The Vermont senator, whose campaign had vowed to take their battle to the Democratic convention, is now only looking ahead as far as the Golden State.


Springsteen, ‘SNL’ pay tribute to Prince

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 07:33
Bruce Springsteen opened his show in Brooklyn on Saturday night with an emotional cover of “Purple Rain,” while “Saturday Night Live” aired a special retrospective of Prince’s “SNL” appearances, including one unaired, epic performance of “Let’s Go Crazy.”

Economy, security crises in focus as Obama arrives in Germany

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 03:23

He'll address a shaky global economy and security crises in the Middle East and Ukraine.


North Korea's Kim hails 'eye-opening' submarine missile test

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 01:16

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un hailed a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test as an "eye-opening success", state media said Sunday, declaring Pyongyang has the ability to strike Seoul and the US whenever it pleases. Saturday's launch came amid growing concern that Pyongyang is preparing a fifth nuclear test.


Surprises in Beyonce’s 'Lemonade' include references to infidelity

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 22:07

She drops an album by the same name in the middle of the HBO broadcast, and sparks a social media frenzy.


Reward offered in Ohio hunt for execution-style killer of eight

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 16:31

Local law enforcement has interviewed witnesses and executed search warrants.


Watch Footage of Prince's ‘SNL 40′ Afterparty Performance

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 14:33

A legendary performance for the history books.


Prince film career tale of success and failure

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 07:37

Prince's film career blazed brightly but briefly compared to his 40-year reign in music, even if he left his mark on Hollywood with countless movie and television soundtracks. Like many other music stars from Madonna to David Bowie and Michael Jackson, Prince's time in front of and behind the camera left a very faint trace compared to his huge impact in the music studio and on stage. From the success of "Purple Rain" in 1984 to the failures of "Under the Cherry Moon" (1986) and "Graffiti Bridge" (1990), Prince's film career lasted a mere six years.


Thousands of trade deal foes rally in Germany on Obama visit eve

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 07:00

A loose coalition of trade unions, environmentalists and consumer protection groups in the northern city of Hanover said they drew a crowd of 90,000 to a march and rally outside the city's opera house. Obama's trip -- to open an industrial technology fair and hold talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel and other European leaders -- was intended to lend momentum to flagging efforts to see the world's biggest trade pact finalised this year.


Pope Francis hears teenagers' sins

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 06:47

Pope Francis on Saturday heard confessions from 16 teenagers after a surprise appearance in St Peter's square to greet thousands of young people attending his holy year youth day. The 16 boys and girls were among tens of thousands of 13 to 16-year-olds visiting the Vatican this weekend as part of Francis's Jubilee year dedicated to the theme of mercy. Thousands of them confessed to a total of 150 priests on duty at St Peter's before passing through a door of the basilica that is only open for the duration of the Jubilee, which started in December and runs to November.


Search goes on for whoever shot 8 Ohio relatives in the head

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 06:35

Authorities in this rural part of southern Ohio urged residents to be cautious.


The play's the thing: Obama visits Globe on Shakespeare's 400th

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 05:27

Barack Obama on Saturday strutted the stage of William Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, joining in festivities to mark 400 years since The Bard's death. Actors from a company that embarked on a two-year Hamlet world tour in 2014, playing to more than 100,000 people in 197 countries, put on a special performance for the president. The performers returned to London on Friday from their world tour, and will perform their four final shows at the Globe this weekend.


Seoul: N. Korea appears to fire submarine-launched missile

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 04:51

The missile apparently was fired from a submarine off the North's northeast coast.


At London youth event, Obama pushes diplomacy over force

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 03:38

He turns a lighthearted question about priorities for his successor into a treatise on his preference for diplomacy over military conflict.


Fitness trainer Missy Bevers’ killing continues to perplex Texas police

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 16:37
Investigators on Friday said they have a better timeline of when a popular fitness trainer was slain inside a North Texas church, but still aren’t close to an arrest in the bizarre case.

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