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10 Sailors Missing After USS John S. McCain Collides With Merchant Ship

Ten sailors were missing after a Navy destroyer collided with a merchant ship east of the Singapore and Malacca Straits, authorities said Sunday.<p>Five sailors were injured in the collision between the USS John S. McCain and the merchant vessel Alnic MC, a 30,000-ton chemical and oil tanker sailing …

Military

Defense Secretary Says Trump Has Settled on an Afghan Strategy

AMMAN, Jordan — President Trump, who has been accused by lawmakers of dragging his feet on Afghanistan, has settled on a new strategy to carry on the nearly 16-year-old conflict there, administration officials said Sunday. The move, following a detailed review, is likely to open the door to the …

Afghanistan

Solar eclipse: Weather balloons to capture excitement from 100,000 feet

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — While millions of people are craning their necks toward the sky to see Monday's solar eclipse, Tory Carissimo will be preparing himself a bird's-eye view — in fact, better than that.<p>Carissimo began sending up high-altitude weather balloons from Canandaigua in 2016 as a way to …

Total Solar Eclipse

US-South Korea set for divisive military drills

<b>The US and South Korea are conducting annual military drills which consistently infuriate Pyongyang, despite appeals to halt the exercise.</b><p>Last week North Korea appeared to back down from a threat to send missiles towards the US Pacific island of Guam, but said it would watch US actions.<p>It has …

North Korea

Prominent U.S. religious conservatives defend Trump after Charlottesville

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two prominent religious conservatives defended U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday after he was widely criticized for blaming both white nationalists and counter-protesters for last weekend's violence at a Virginia rally organized by neo-Nazis and white …

United States

Even in red states, liberal candidates are climbing into power in the nation’s cities

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Randall Woodfin is not going to talk about “change.” The 36-year old Democrat, a candidate for mayor of Birmingham, is running to unseat a two-term incumbent — and he is selling a vision of how his city, which had lost one-third of its population since the 1960s, could be …

Bernie Sanders

Abbott insists marriage equality threat to religious freedom after Brandis calls it a ‘trick’

Former PM rejects attorney general’s view and says Australians should vote no in postal survey if they’re ‘concerned about where our country is going’<p>Tony Abbott and two Liberal ministers have rejected the view of the attorney general, George Brandis, that religious freedom is not at issue in the …

Equality

Young Voices on a Targeted Island: ‘Very Lucky to Be From Guam’

Though classes had yet to start, the John F. Kennedy High School football team took to the field to practice for the opener against Father Dueñas Memorial. With Tumon Bay as their backdrop, the players warmed up beneath the August sun. Neither the threat of nuclear war nor 80 percent humidity could …

North Korea

U.S. and South Korean Troops Have Started Annual Joint Military Drills Amid a Tense North Korea Standoff

(SEOUL, South Korea) — U.S. and South Korean troops have begun annual drills that come after tensions rose over North Korea's two intercontinental …

North Korea

US and S. Korean troops start drills amid N. Korea standoff

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. and South Korean troops kicked off their annual drills Monday that come after President Donald Trump and North Korea exchanged warlike rhetoric in the wake of the North's two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month.<p>The Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills are …

North Korea

Trump to ask Americans to trust him on Afghanistan

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump will ask Americans Monday to trust him on his new Afghanistan strategy, exercising a president's most somber duty, a decision on waging war, at a time when his own political standing is deeply compromised.<p>Trump will make his first prime-time broadcast to the nation as president …

A Deal Breaker for Trump’s Supporters? Nope. Not This Time, Either.

For Parson Hicks, a health care finance executive who supports President Trump, this past week has felt a little like déjà vu. Mr. Trump says something. His opponents howl and then predict, with certainty, a point of no return.<p>The last time this happened, she said, was in October with the notorious …

Republican Party

Republican committees have paid nearly $1.3 million to Trump-owned entities this year

The Republican National Committee paid the Trump International Hotel in Washington $122,000 last month after the party held a lavish fundraiser at the venue in June, the latest example of how GOP political committees are generating a steady income stream for President Trump’s private business, new …

Donald Trump

Kashmir’s trendy new cafes offer more than just freshly-brewed coffee to young customers

In a modest café named Winterfell on the bank of the Dal Lake in Srinagar, tucked away from the glances of intrusive passers-by and the dangers that rule Kashmir’s streets, a few young Kashmiris have managed to create an oasis of sorts.<p>It is easy to get bored if you are young in Kashmir, …

Jammu and Kashmir

Past health chiefs: insurance market stability is the goal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't make things worse.<p>That's the advice of former U.S. health secretaries of both parties to President Donald Trump and the GOP-led Congress, now that "Obamacare" seems here for the foreseeable future. The 2018 sign-up season for subsidized private health plans starts Nov. 1, …

Health Care

Online rhino horn auction set to open in South Africa

Breeders say open trade will stop poachers slaughtering rhino but activists say legal sales could fuel illegal hunting.<p>An online auction of rhino horn is set to open Monday, after a court in South Africa approved the site which has outraged conservationists.<p>South African authorities had refused to …

Wildlife

Previous Collisions Involving U.S. Navy Vessels

Ten Navy sailors were missing and five were injured on Monday after a United States destroyer collided with an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore.<p>Maritime collisions involving two ships are considered rare, but this was the second collision involving an American naval destroyer since June.<p>Here …

Military

University of Texas at Austin moving statues of four figures tied to Confederacy

(Reuters) - The University of Texas at Austin is removing the statues of four figures tied to the Confederacy, the school's president said on Sunday, saying they had become symbols of white supremacy.<p>White nationalists and counterprotesters clashed this month in Charlottesville, Virginia, and one …

University of Texas at Austin

Big Ben bell to go silent in London for repairs until 2021

LONDON (AP) — The British Parliament's Big Ben bell is due to sound the hour for the last time before it is silenced for repair work scheduled to last until 2021.<p>After 12 deep bongs at noon Monday, the bell will begin its longest period of silence since it first sounded in 1859.<p>The break will allow …

London

Chris Christie Didn’t Lose Potential Sports Radio Job, He Quit

From Steve Bannon to Carl Icahn to Trump’s business advisory councils, there were a number of instances last week where the White House tried to …

Chris Christie

Oxford University official and US professor 'killed Chicago hairstylist as part of sexual fantasy'

The fatal stabbing of a hairstylist in Chicago was part of a sexual fantasy hatched in an online chatroom between a Northwestern University professor and an Oxford University employee, whose plan included killing someone and then themselves, prosecutors told a Cook County judge on Sunday at a bond …

Crime

Angela Merkel discusses security, migration at TV townhall session

Chancellor Angela Merkel was the center of a televised question and answer session with voters tackling issues of security, the status of immigrants …

Germany

Killer robots: Experts warn of 'third revolution in warfare'

<b>More than 100 leading robotics experts are urging the United Nations to take action in order to prevent the development of "killer robots".</b><p>In a letter to the organisation, artificial intelligence (AI) leaders, including billionaire Elon Musk, warn of "a third revolution in warfare".<p>The letter says …

Robots

The 7 things you might have missed this weekend

A British seven-year-old was confirmed to be among the Barcelona terror attack victims, 10 US sailors were missing after a destroyer collided with an oil tanker, and Big Ben is set to bong for one last time.<p>Meanwhile, Spurs suffered a nightmare housewarming at Wembley and England's Stuart Broad …

Judiciary

Sen. McCain faces cancer battle with typical feistiness

PHOENIX (AP) — Sen. John McCain's packed agenda while on break from Congress in his home state of Arizona has hardly been the schedule of a typical brain cancer patient - or even someone about to turn 81.<p>McCain has been undergoing targeted radiation and chemotherapy treatments at the local Mayo …

Arizona Diamondbacks

South Africa grants Zimbabwe’s first lady immunity over assault claims

Grace Mugabe, wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, is back in her country after South Africa granted her diplomatic immunity on Sunday amid allegations that she viciously assaulted a 20-year-old model who was spending time in a hotel with two of her sons in the city of Johannesburg.<p>Saying …

South Africa

Migrants in Rome evicted from office block as UN voices concern

More than 600,000 people from Africa, Asia and the Middle East have arrived in Italy over the last three years. The eviction of 800 migrants from a …

Refugees

Tens of thousands protest jailing of Hong Kong pro-democracy leaders

<b>Hong Kong (CNN) —</b> Tens of thousands of people braved blazing summer heat Sunday to join a march in Hong Kong protesting the jailing of three pro-democracy leaders for their involvement in the 2014 "Umbrella Movement."<p>Last week a Hong Kong court sentenced Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow -- …

Jeh Johnson: Removing Confederate monuments a matter of 'public safety'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Sunday that the removal of Confederate monuments and statues around the country is a matter of "public safety and homeland security."<p>The former Obama administration official told Martha Raddatz on ABC's "This Week" that …

White House Bracing for an Angry Reception in Phoenix

WASHINGTON — Officials in the White House and in Arizona are bracing for a furious reception to President Trump’s campaign rally in Phoenix this week, amid the fallout from his comments faulting “both sides” for racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Va.<p>Of particular concern for some …

The White House

Ex-Northwestern professor charged in 'grisly' Chicago stabbing death

<b>(CNN) —</b> Police have formally charged a former Northwestern University professor and an Oxford University employee with first-degree murder in the July stabbing death of a 26-year-old cosmetologist, Chicago police and the US Marshals Service said Sunday.<p>Ex-professor Wyndham Lathem and Andrew Warren …

Afghan Forces Are Praised, Despite Still Relying Heavily on U.S. Help

CAMP MOREHEAD, Afghanistan — In an hourlong ceremony in a valley a few miles southeast of Kabul on Sunday, more than 300 members of the Afghan National Army Special Operations Command stood at attention at Camp Morehead, a training base, as a succession of officials, American and Afghan, told them …

United States

Latest CAR clashes leave 13 people dead

The clashes took place in Bria between a majority Muslim rebel group and a predominantly Christian armed group.<p>Thirteen people have been killed in a town in Central African Republic, a local doctor said on Sunday, as the toll from sectarian violence that has sparked fears of genocide continued to …

Central African Republic

Barcelona Attack Suspects Had Ties to Imam Linked to ISIS

BARCELONA, Spain — Until Thursday, just hours before the Barcelona attack, many of the young men seemed to be living completely normal lives. One had slept late, his mother said. Another had worked as a waiter serving wine in a mountaintop restaurant days before. Several were eating kebabs, looking …

Terrorism

Spain Terror Attacks: Suspect’s Mother Says ‘Go to the Police’

The mother of a man who authorities believe was involved in a pair of deadly vehicle attacks in Spain last week publicly pleaded with him on Sunday: Turn yourself in.<p>“He must go to the police,” Hannou Ghanimi said of her son, 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub.<p>Abouyaaqoub is one of 12 suspects who …

Terrorism

White supremacists plan monument protest, summit in Tennessee

In the midst of heated debate over the fate of a Fort Sanders monument honoring Confederate soldiers, white supremacists have made plans to come to East Tennessee.<p>Confederate 28, a newly reformed white supremacist group, has made plans to rally at the Fort Sanders monument at 1 p.m. on Aug. 26, to …

Racism

Ten sailors missing, five injured after US warship collides with oil tanker near Singapore

Ten US sailors were missing after a US destroyer collided with an oil tanker in southeast Asia, the second serious accident involving American Navy ships in the region in little more than two months.<p>Search and rescue efforts were launched after the USS John S McCain was involved in a collision with …

Military

Jerry Lewis: A Life in Pictures

India's Bihar state reels under unprecedented flooding

Death toll rises above 250 as eastern Indian state faces its worst flooding in decades, affecting 13 million people.<p>Residents in the Indian state of Bihar are struggling to recover from the devastation caused by floods and landslides that have killed more than 250 people, destroyed crops and swept …

Bihar

£400m drugs haul seized by Royal Navy task force pursuing smugglers in the Gulf and Indian Ocean

A £400m drugs haul has been seized by a Royal Navy task force pursuing smugglers in the Gulf and Indian Ocean.<p>Eight raids were carried out over a five-month period, with sailors seizing more than 1.75 tonnes of narcotics, along with 265kg of heroin and 455kg of hashish--a drug made from cannabis-- …

Royal Navy

Spanish town struggles to reconcile locals as extremist cell

RIPOLL, Spain (AP) — They were brothers and boyhood friends from a town with no unfamiliar faces. They were linked by Moroccan roots and equally tied by their upbringings in Ripoll, an ancient hub in the Catalan foothills known for its monastery and passageways dotted with cafes and kebab shops.<p>But …

Terrorism

At least 19 killed in minibus crash in South Africa

<b>(CNN) —</b> At least 19 people were killed in eastern South Africa on Sunday when an overloaded minibus lost control and rolled down a steep embankment, according to local government officials.<p>The crash happened near a bridge on the main road outside of Pietermaritzburg, in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal …

Sonic attacks in Cuba hit more diplomats than earlier reported, officials say

<b>Havana (CNN) —</b> A higher number of US and Canadian diplomats and their families are believed to have been attacked by a mystery sonic weapon in Havana than was initially reported, CNN has learned from two senior US government officials.<p>More than 10 US diplomats and family members received treatment …