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Pompeo expects N.Korea diplomacy to be ‘bumpy’

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday he expected “bumpy” talks ahead with North Korea but that he still hoped to reach a potentially landmark denuclearization deal. US President Donald Trump in February cut short a summit in Hanoi with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, with Pyongyang later blaming Pompeo for a pushing a hard line and calling for his exclusion from future negotiations. In an interview with […]

Bodies of three mountaineers found in Canada

MONTREAL, Canada (AFP) — The bodies of three world-renowned professional mountaineers — two Austrians and an American — were found Sunday after they went missing during an avalanche on a western Canadian summit, the national parks agency said. American Jess Roskelley, 36, and Hansjorg Auer, 35, and David Lama, 28, of Austria went missing late Tuesday at Banff National Park. Authorities launched an aerial search the next day. The three men were attempting to climb […]

Unidentified gunmen kill 13, including child, at Mexican party

  MINATITLÁN, Mexico (AFP) — Thirteen people, including a child, were killed Friday when a group of unidentified gunmen opened fire on a party in the violence-wracked eastern Mexican state of Veracruz, officials said. The Secretariat of Public Safety said the gunmen arrived at a family reunion in Minatitlan asking to see someone named “El Becky’ — the owner of a local bar — before opening fire. It said seven men, five women, and a […]

US ‘House of Horrors’ parents jailed for torture, abuse

by Javier TOVAR RIVERSIDE, United States (AFP) — A California couple were handed life sentences Friday after admitting to imprisoning and torturing 12 of their 13 children in a grisly “House of Horrors” case that shocked the world. David Allen Turpin, 57, and his wife Louise Anna Turpin, 50, had pleaded guilty to 14 felony counts — including cruelty, false imprisonment, child abuse and torture of their children aged three to 30 — and will […]

Trump declares ‘Game Over,’ after publication of Mueller report, but Democrats vow more investigations

  WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — A triumphant President Donald Trump on Thursday proclaimed “Game Over” for his critics following the long awaited publication of the Mueller report, which cleared him of colluding with Russia. Not so fast, replied prominent Democrats — as they vowed to continue investigating the Republican president over what they said was “dishonest” and “immoral” conduct revealed by the two-year-long Russia probe. “FOR THE HATERS AND RADICAL LEFT DEMOCRATS — GAME […]

Mueller report shows ‘no reasonable proof’ of Russian meddling: Kremlin

  MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) — Russia on Friday once more dismissed the Mueller report, saying it failed to present clear evidence of any meddling by Moscow in the 2016 US election and called its impact on relations regrettable. “As a whole the report as before does not present any reasonable proof at all that Russia allegedly meddled in the electoral process in the US,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists, saying it contained “no new […]

Block China Mobile from US, FCC chairman says

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — The chairman of the top US telecoms regulator on Wednesday announced his opposition to allowing China Mobile to operate in the United States, citing risks to American national security. The statement from Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai could mark the beginning of the end for the Chinese telecoms giant’s eight-year effort to crack the US market. China Mobile — the world’s largest mobile operator with nearly 930 million […]

Sacramento teachers strike for smaller class size

By Caithness E. Caldo EBC Sacramento Bureau SACRAMENTO, California (Eagle News) — Teachers, counselors, and various staff members of the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) gathered Thursday morning as a call to action in honoring a promise. In November 2017, SCUSD signed a contract promising to decrease classroom sizes and to provide additional services to students. According to the contract, the district would allocate its funds to enact these changes to the curriculum. However, […]

Trump vetoes bill to end US support for Saudi-led Yemen war

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday vetoed a resolution from Congress directing him to end US participation in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, the second such move of his presidency. “This resolution is an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the lives of American citizens and brave service members, both today and in the future,” Trump said in a statement. He also claimed that US support was needed […]

For its health and yours, keep the cat indoors

by Marlowe HOOD PARIS, France (AFP) — At least one running argument among cat lovers is now over: Whiskers, Lucy and Tigger are definitely better off staying indoors, scientists reported Wednesday. Pet cats allowed outdoors, in fact, are nearly three times as likely to become infected with pathogens or parasites than those confined to quarters, they reported in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters. Two-legged house-mates should also take note because cats — a.k.a. Felis […]

Canada: four killed in ‘targeted’ shootings

MONTREAL, Canada (AFP) — Four people were shot dead Monday in three areas of the western Canadian town of Penticton, federal police said, describing the shootings as a “targeted incident.” “We have determined four people are deceased at three locations within a four kilometer (2.5 mile) radius,” Superintendent Ted De Jager said in a press conference. A 60-year-old man handed himself in and was detained after police were called over the first two killings late […]

Pelosi warns Democrats of liberal ‘menace’ ahead of 2020 vote

by Dmitry ZAKS LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday her Democratic Party must avoid the “menace” of liberal policies pushed by rising political stars if it wants to beat President Donald Trump in the 2020 election. The top congressional Democrat used an appearance at the London School of Economics to set out a centrist vision that could help woo Republican voters frustrated with Trump’s approach. She followed standard US […]