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Friday, April 20, 2018
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Friday, April 20, 2018
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that President Vladimir Putin is willing to accept U.S. President Donald Trump’s invitation to meet in Washington. In an interview with state-operated RIA Novosti news agency, Lavrov said that Putin is “ready for such a meeting.” “We are guided by the fact that the U.S. President, in a telephone conversation – which is a known fact already, there is no secret – extended such an invitation and said he would be happy to see [Putin] in the... (Full Story)
Friday, April 20, 2018
American banking giant Wells Fargo has agreed to pay federal regulators $1 billion to settle charges that it failed to identify and avert problems related to its mortgage and auto lending operations. The bank has admitted it sold unwanted or unnecessary automobile insurance to hundreds of thousands of its auto loan customers. Wells Fargo, the largest mortgage lender in the U.S., has also admitted to forcing thousands of customers to pay unnecessary fees in order to lock in interest... (Full Story)
Friday, April 20, 2018
Advocates of free speech recently honored some U.S. journalists who unveiled widespread sexual misconduct in politics, sports, and movies, as well as a pair of Olympians who used their fame in a controversial bid to bring injustices to light half a century ago. That was in 1968, when U.S. Olympians John Carlos and Tommie Smith bowed their heads and raised their fists on the medal stand at the Summer Olympics to protest injustices toward African Americans. VOA's Mariama Diallo reports. (Full Story)
Friday, April 20, 2018
The Democratic National Committee on Friday sued President Donald Trump's campaign, Trump's son, his son-in-law, the Russian Federation and Wikileaks, saying they conspired to help Trump win the 2016 presidential election by breaking into DNC computers and stealing tens of thousands of emails and documents. The lawsuit in Manhattan federal court sought unspecified damages and an order to prevent further interference with DNC computer systems.   "During the 2016... (Full Story)
Friday, April 20, 2018
A look at the best news photos from around the world. (Full Story)
Friday, April 20, 2018
A high school student in Florida was shot and wounded by a classmate Friday, the same day thousands of students across the country walked out of class to mark a high school massacre in Colorado nearly two decades ago. The suspect of Friday's shooting at Forest High School in Ocala, Florida, is in custody, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Department. The nationwide walkout was organized by students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17... (Full Story)
Friday, April 20, 2018
A spray of flowers covered the closed silver casket of former first lady Barbara Bush in the sanctuary of a Houston church as hundreds of mourners began arriving Friday to pay their final respects. People waited in line hours early for security screening before boarding shuttle buses to attend a public viewing at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, where Bush and her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, regularly attended services. Many women wore blue, Barbara... (Full Story)
Friday, April 20, 2018
The Swedish-born producer and DJ known as Avicii has been found dead in Oman.   Publicist Diana Baron said in a statement that the 28-year-old DJ, born Tim Bergling, was in Muscat, Oman.   Avicii was a pioneer of the contemporary Electronic Dance Movement and a rare DJ capable of worldwide arena tour. He won two MTV Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award and earned two Grammy nominations. His biggest hit was "Le7els."   His death comes just days after he was... (Full Story)
Friday, April 20, 2018
Kremlin officials, from President Vladimir Putin down, wasted no time in condemning the U.S.-led punitive airstrikes on Syria a week ago, warning of dire consequences. But Russian state-run media has focused more efforts on disputing the alleged Syrian government chemical attack, which prompted the Western airstrikes in the first place, than on the U.S.-led retaliation itself. The distinction might seem minor, but analysts say it reflects a Kremlin decision to try to reduce tension with... (Full Story)
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