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Pompeo: U.S. willing to help North Korea economy if it gives up nuclear weapons

<b>WASHINGTON --</b> The United States aspires to have North Korea as a "close partner" and not an enemy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday, noting …

North Korea

There’s no stopping the American forever war

<i>Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter.</i><p><b>Army Spec. Gabriel D. Conde, 22, was a child when his nation invaded Afghanistan in 2001.</b> This week he …

Afghanistan

Joe Biden honors student who was shot twice while stopping a rape

<b>(CNN) —</b> Not all heroes wear capes. Kyle Richard and his friends wear SUNY Cortland football uniforms.<p>In the summer of 2017, the current college junior went to an off-campus party in Long Island, New york. He and his friend Sulaiman Aina helped stop a man from allegedly sexually assaulting a girl in …

Joe Biden

The Philippines Is Moving Toward Allowing Divorce. It’s One of Only Two Countries Where the Process Is Illegal

The Philippines took its closest step yet to legalizing divorce this week, despite opposition from President Rodrigo Duterte and religious groups.<p>The …

A new crop of Kashmiri militants is fighting in the name of religion—not politics

“This nation is ours, we will decide its face,” shouted a man at the funeral of Eisa Fazili in Srinagar on March 12. Fazili was one of the three militants who had been killed early that morning in a gunfight with security forces in a south Kashmir village some 60 kilometres away.<p>Various slogans …

Pakistan

Googlers are furious about their AI being used with military drones

Gizmodo reports that Google employees are enraged at the company after discovering that the AI they built is presently being used by the US Department of Defense (DoD) to analyze the massive troves of video footage captured by military drones.<p>It’s part of Project Maven, aka, Algorithmic Warfare …

Taliban appeals to American people to ‘rationally’ rethink war effort

KABUL — Taliban insurgents on Wednesday issued an extraordinary, 17,000-word appeal to the “American people,” asking them to pressure U.S. officials to end the 16-year-old conflict in Afghanistan and asserting that the protracted American “occupation” had brought only death, corruption and drugs to …

Afghanistan

Teacher awakes to find semi-naked woman armed with knives standing over his bed

When Richard Hill woke to find a beautiful, semi-clad woman standing over the bed, the maths teacher thought he was dreaming.<p>“She was stunning,” …

Russian Bots Retweeted Trump's Twitter 470,000 Times (Correct)

(Bloomberg) -- Russian-linked Twitter bots shared Donald Trump’s tweets almost half a million times during the final months of the 2016 election, Twitter Inc. said in a submission to Congress.<p>The automated accounts retweeted the Republican candidate’s @realDonaldTrump posts almost 470,000 times, …

Social Media

Polish neo-Nazis praising Hitler spark revulsion and debate

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An undercover expose of Polish neo-Nazis celebrating Adolf Hitler in a nighttime forest ceremony has sparked revulsion in …

Europe

Turkey's waning fertility threatens Erdoğan's vision of strength

The president has been urging women to have three babies each, as his divided country faces a very European problem<p>Didem Sen was living in Nişantaşı, a wealthy Istanbul neighbourhood mostly inhabited by members of the secular elite, when she was trying to conceive her first child at the age of …

Geography

Russian submarines are prowling around vital undersea cables. It’s making NATO nervous.

BRUSSELS — Russian submarines have dramatically stepped up ­activity around undersea data ­cables in the North Atlantic, part of a more aggressive naval posture that has driven NATO to revive a Cold War-era command, according to senior military officials.<p>The apparent Russian focus on the cables, …

Military

If You Want To Understand Trump’s Stance On Israel, Just Ask Evangelicals

Trump’s decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel was scorned by governments and religious leaders around the world but one group couldn’t be happier: evangelical Christians.<p>JERUSALEM — Before President Donald Trump announced nearly two weeks ago that the United States would move forward …

Israel

Death threats haunt Miss Iraq in wake of selfie controversy

<b>(CNN) —</b> Nearly a month ago, Sarah Idan was in a hand-beaded Swarovski crystal gown representing Iraq in the Miss Universe pageant. It was the first time in 45 years that Iraq had a contestant in the pageant.<p>"I was on cloud nine, I had been dreaming of that forever," said Idan, 27, an aspiring …

Israeli Government

Arms budgets to hit highs not seen since Cold War

Growing global tensions mean ­defence spending is about to hit its highest level since the Cold War peak of the Eighties.<p>Data prepared exclusively for the <i>Telegraph</i> by IHS Markit Jane’s defence analysts forecast that arms spending will hit $1.67 trillion in the coming year – overtaking the recent …

Join fight against 'titans of technology', UK union chief urges Catholics

The “global titans of technology” are forcing workers into a form of slavery, Britain’s trade union chief will tell Catholic and labour movement leaders at the Vatican on Friday.<p>Trade unions and the Catholic church must build “a popular alliance for economic justice”, Frances O’Grady, the TUC …

Unions

Conservatives knew 'family values' pol had secret gay life

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As Wes Goodman built a political career around values including "committed natural marriage," the 33-year-old Republican was …

Republicans

Self-harm, suicide attempts climb among US girls, study says

CHICAGO (AP) — Attempted suicides, drug overdoses, cutting and other types of self-injury have increased substantially in U.S. girls, a 15-year study …

Mental Health

Polish far-right march goes global, drawing people from afar

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Fascists and other far-right extremists are set to assemble Saturday in Warsaw for a march that has become one of the largest …

Europe

New York Times Doesn’t Get Why Nuclear Weapons Are Actually Necessary

Leave it to The New York Times to misrepresent U.S. nuclear weapons strategy.<p>In its Oct. 26 editorial, the Times completely misses the point of …

Communist supporters mark Bolshevik Revolution centennial

MOSCOW (AP) — Unlike the grand celebrations of the Soviet past, the Kremlin skirted Tuesday's centennial of the Bolshevik Revolution — an anniversary …

Russia

At Vatican, ‘Tenets of Faith’ Seen as Crucial in Climate Change Effort

VATICAN CITY — Religious leaders need to tell congregations that global warming can affect not just the environment, but also the spread of diseases and other threats to human health, participants said at a Vatican conference on Saturday on climate change, an issue that has been a priority of Pope …

Climate

Outrage as Portugal judges say woman's adultery mitigated her attackers' guilt

Suspended sentence for ex-husband and ex-lover who used nail-spiked club Judges: ‘We read in the Bible that an adulteress should be punished with death’<p>Women’s rights activists have called for protests after a Portuguese appeal court upheld a light sentence for two men who attacked a woman with a …

Judiciary

Scientists Created Low-Fat Pigs by Editing Their Genes With CRISPR

Raising pigs for food is a tricky business—mostly because of their fat, the part that makes bacon so tasty. You can’t plump them up too much, because …

Files reveal details of US support for Indonesian massacre

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Declassified files have revealed new details of U.S. government knowledge and support of an Indonesian army extermination …

Asia

How a female-only line of salamanders 'steals' genes from unsuspecting males

Kleptogenesis gets a little less mysterious in a new study.<p>Imagine a lineage made up solely of women. Generation after generation, these females pilfer genes from males—not mating and reproducing in the usual way, but using sex as a means to collect genetic material that they can parcel out to …

Biology

Wolfgang Schäuble warns against protectionism in US

Outgoing German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has warned against growing anti-free trade rhetoric. Without naming Trump and his America First …

FDA advisers endorse gene therapy to treat form of blindness

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A potentially groundbreaking treatment for a rare form of blindness moved one step closer to U.S. approval Thursday, as …

Biotechnology

Ta-Nehisi Coates: ‘I See Chaos’ on Race Relations in America - NBC News

In an exclusive interview on Meet the Press, Ta-Nehisi Coates tells Chuck Todd that he doesn’t think there is an upside to Trump’s presidency getting people to talk about racism.

Race Relations

Russia, China use UN stage to push back on a US-led world order

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Russia and China challenged the United States' global leadership in United Nations speeches peppered with bare-knuckled criticism of the Trump administration's hostility toward Iran, its "military hysteria" over North Korea, and its approach to the rest of the world.<p>The foreign …

North Korea