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Sunday, May 20, 2018
The leaders of the U.S. and South Korea have discussed ways to keep the upcoming U.S.- North Korea summit on track. During a 20-minute telephone conversation, Moon Jae-in and Donald Trump exchanged views about how best to deal with the seeming roadblocks the North has thrown into what would be historic talks between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore.  The June meeting would be a first for the leaders of the two countries.   Yoon Young-chan,... (Full Story)
Sunday, May 20, 2018
The U.N. refugee agency reports an uptick in fighting in south-eastern Central African Republic has driven more than 7.000 people to abandon their homes and seek refuge in a remote area in DR Congo over the past week. The U.N. refugee agency describes the refugees as desperate, weary and in urgent need of assistance. UNHCR spokesman William Spindler says thousands of people, mainly women and children, have fled over difficult terrain to escape violence in Central African Republic. He... (Full Story)
Sunday, May 20, 2018
At least 22 people have been killed, and others are still missing after heavy rains from tropical cyclone hit the Horn of Africa. At least 15 were killed in Awdal region in the self-declared republic of Somaliland, according to regional governor Abdirahman Ahmed Ali, while another person was killed in the town of Berbera in Sahil region. Ali said the report is still preliminary and the death toll could rise as they try to reach remote areas of the region affected by the rains. Most... (Full Story)
Sunday, May 20, 2018
The Mexican charter company whose 39-year-old plane crashed in Havana had been the subject of two serious complaints about its crews' performance over the last decade, according to authorities in Guyana and a retired pilot for Cuba's national airline. Mexico's government said late Saturday that its National Civil Aviation Authority will carry out an operational audit of Damojh airlines to see if its "current operating conditions continue meeting regulations" and to... (Full Story)
Sunday, May 20, 2018
The U.S. and China said Sunday they have agreed to back away from imposing tough new tariffs on each other's exports, a day after reaching an accord calling for Beijing to buy more American goods to "substantially reduce" the huge U.S. trade deficit with China. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Fox News the world's two biggest economic powers "have made very meaningful progress and we agreed on a framework" to resolve trade issues. "So right now... (Full Story)
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Facebook and European Union officials were locked in high-stakes negotiations Sunday over whether founder Mark Zuckerberg will appear Tuesday before EU lawmakers to discuss the site’s impact on the privacy rights of hundreds of millions of Europeans, as well as Facebook’s impact on elections on both sides of the Atlantic and the spreading of fake news. Being debated is whether the meeting would be held after EU Parliament President Antonio Tajanibe agreed to have it live-streamed on... (Full Story)
Sunday, May 20, 2018
President Donald Trump unleashed a torrent of complaints Sunday about the year-long investigation into whether his 2016 campaign colluded with Russia and if he obstructed justice by trying to thwart the probe. "Things are really getting ridiculous," Trump complained in one of six Twitter remarks, asking at what point the investigation will end, calling it a "soon to be $20,000,000 Witch Hunt."     He contended that investigators have "found... (Full Story)
Sunday, May 20, 2018
A look at the best news photos from around the world. (Full Story)
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Edison did it. Eastman did it. And so did Steve Jobs. They invented products that changed our lives. But for every well-known inventor there are many other, less recognizable individuals whose innovative products have greatly impacted our world. Fifteen of those trailblazing men and women -- both past and present -- were recently honored for their unique contributions in a special ceremony at the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum, which is nestled in a corner of the vast atrium... (Full Story)
Sunday, May 20, 2018
A Syrian monitor says Islamic State fighters are being evacuated from the last insurgent enclave near Damascus, a move that will restore state control over the area. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the evacuation of the fighters and their families from Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp began Sunday. Buses were carrying the fighters and their families to the Syrian Desert, east of the capital. Reuters reports the enclave is the last besieged insurgent area in... (Full Story)
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