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China furious after man steals thumb from terra-cotta army statue

Chinese authorities are demanding "severe punishment" for a man who allegedly stole a terra-cotta warrior statue's thumb on display in the U.S., according to China's state-owned Xinhua news agency.<p>The statue dates back to 209 B.C. and is worth $4.5 million. It is one of 10 Chinese terra-cotta …

United States

An insider explains how rural Christian white America has a dark and terrifying underbelly

As the election of Donald Trump is being sorted out, a common theme keeps cropping up from all sides: “Democrats failed to understand white, …

Society

To Counter Russia, U.S. Signals Nuclear Arms Are Back in a Big Way

WASHINGTON — A treaty committing the United States and Russia to keep their long-range nuclear arsenals at the lowest levels since early in the Cold War goes into full effect on Monday. When it was signed eight years ago, President Barack Obama expressed hope that it would be a small first step …

U.S. Secretary of Defense

With subtle jabs at Trump, Michelle Obama outlines 'what makes America great'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> In her first major speech since leaving office, former first lady Michelle Obama made an impassioned argument for the importance of educators in communities across the country, saying the example they set is "what makes America great."<p>Without naming President Donald Trump, Obama …

Michelle Obama

Escalating tension has experts simulating a new Korean War, and the scenarios are sobering

This is the way a nuclear war begins.<p>Simulations of a war on the Korean peninsula usually start with a relatively minor incident at the demilitarized zone between South Korea and its hostile northern neighbor, or a provocation that develops into a conventional war and then escalates.<p>President …

North Korea

Treasury chief Steven Mnuchin asked for a government jet for his honeymoon

The treasury department is investigating the secretary’s request for a $25,000-per-hour US air force plane to fly him and his wife, Louise Linton, around Europe<p>Steven Mnuchin, the US treasury secretary, requested the use of a government jet for his European honeymoon, it was reported on …

Donald Trump

Modern slavery at UK Traveller site may be tip of iceberg, warns judge

Timothy Spencer QC, sentencing 11 people from one family, says such abuse could be happening nationwide on ‘shocking scale’<p>Travellers across Britain may be exploiting thousands of victims of modern slavery “on a shocking scale”, a judge has said.<p>Timothy Spencer QC said he feared the “chilling” …

Crime

Russia Sought A Broad Reset With Trump, Secret Document Shows

A Russian proposal obtained by BuzzFeed News reveals Moscow’s ambitious plan to break with the past and launch a major rapprochement with the United States.

A closer look at which countries trade with North Korea

US President Donald Trump has suggested that the United States could cease trading with any country that "does business" with North Korea. But which …

North Korea

Report Confirms Use of Chemical Weapons in Syrian Attack

A watchdog group says the nerve agent sarin was responsible for the deaths of more than 80 civilians in April.<p>A report from the watchdog group that monitors the international chemical weapons treaty concluded Thursday that sarin, a deadly nerve agent, led to the deaths of more than 80 civilians in …

Middle East

NASA's Planet-Hunting Probe Finds Hundreds of New Alien Worlds

The Kepler Space Telescope has discovered 219 new candidates since NASA's last data unveiling, including 10 near-Earth-size planet candidates.<p>NASA has unveiled the complete set of data from the first four years of the agency's Kepler Space Telescope mission, which stared at a single patch of the …

Telescopes

Recording: Woman brandished shears in past police encounter

SEATTLE (AP) — Family members of a pregnant mother shot and killed by Seattle police questioned Monday why they didn't use a Taser or other …

Sessions says any recorded Trump conversations ‘probably’ must be preserved - The Washington Post

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that he did not know whether President Trump records conversations.<p>Trump suggested he does in a tweet not long after firing FBI Director James B. Comey last month. The White House — and Trump — have repeatedly refused to answer questions about whether he …

Donald Trump

As Trump lashes out, Republicans grow uneasy

President Trump, after days of lashing out angrily at the London mayor and federal courts in the wake of the London Bridge terrorist attack, faces a convergence of challenges this week that threatens to exacerbate the fury that has gripped him — and that could further hobble a Republican agenda …

Donald Trump

Pentagon Video Shows Moment Missile Destroys Target Over Pacific

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Wednesday released video of a U.S. long-range interceptor missile successfully destroying its airborne target the day after conducting an exercise meant to send a signal to North Korea.<p>Thermal imaging video shows the interceptor directly colliding with an …

How Islamic State called for 'all-out war' on West during Ramadan

European security services are bracing for more attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, after Islamic State called on its followers to rise up in an “all-out war” on "infidels” in the West.<p>Last Friday marked the start of a 30-day period of fasting and reflection in the Islamic world, which …

Seoul says NKorean object that drew fire was likely balloon

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's military said an unidentified object that flew across the border from rival North Korea and prompted the …

One small drink a day increases breast cancer risk, study shows

Drinking even one small alcoholic beverage a day can increase a person's breast cancer risk, according to a new report.<p>Consuming 10 grams of alcohol a day or about the size of a small glass of wine or beer, can increase breast cancer risk by 5% in premenopausal women and 9% in postmenopausal women, …

Cancer

Trump Becomes First Sitting U.S. President to Visit Western Wall

President Donald Trump placed a note in the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Monday, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to visit one of Judaism's holiest sites.<p>Trump later called it a "great honor" to visit the wall, saying, "I can see a much deeper path, friendship with Israel."<p>The historic …

Texas judge linked to road-rage case, records show

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Texas judge is linked to a road rage incident in which he's accused of pointing a gun at another driver and attempting to run the vehicle off the road, according to officials and police records.<p>A woman who called 911 on April 28 told dispatchers the driver of a Mercedes …

Cotton swabs are sending thousands of kids to the ER

Feel the need to clean your child’s ears? Step away from that cotton swab.<p>Despite years of warnings to avoid putting the product into the ear canal, more than 263,000 children in the U.S. had to be treated in emergency rooms for ear injuries related to cotton-tip applicators between 1990 and 2010, …

Cleaning

US test fires ballistic missile from California coastal base

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — An unarmed missile capable of sending a nuclear bomb across the world was launched Wednesday from a coastal …

The Latest: NKorea official calls US efforts a 'wild dream'

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on U.S. efforts to curb North Korea's nuclear program (all times local):<p>2 p.m.<p>North Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador …

Texas Abortion Clinic at Center of Historic Supreme Court Decision Reopens

Close to a year after the Supreme Court struck down abortion restrictions in Texas as unconstitutional, an Austin abortion clinic at the center of …

Russia says U.S. missile strike on Syria was a threat to its forces | Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu complained on Wednesday that a U.S. missile strike on a Syrian air base earlier this month had posed a threat to Russian troops and was forcing Moscow to take extra measures to protect them.<p>FILE PHOTO: Battle damage assessment image of …

The Latest: Explosion, fire reported near Damascus airport

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):<p>7 a.m.<p>Syrian opposition activists and a monitor say a large explosion has rocked …

Dueling Shows Of Force As Tensions Ratchet Up On Korean Peninsula

North Korea marked Tuesday's anniversary of the founding of its military with artillery drills, celebrations that took place as a U.S. guided missile submarine docked in South Korea and U.S. Navy ships conducted exercises with South Korea and Japan.<p>Meanwhile, envoys from the U.S., South Korea and …

Sources: Russia tried to use Trump advisers to infiltrate campaign

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The FBI gathered intelligence last summer that suggests Russian operatives tried to use Trump advisers, including Carter Page, to infiltrate the Trump campaign, according to US officials.<p>The new information adds to the emerging picture of how the Russians tried to influence the …