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  • Man fires 121 rounds into hunting cabin, later dies

    April 23, 2018 5:00 AM 22

    State police say a man believed to have fired scores of rounds into a Pennsylvania hunting cabin before fleeing has been found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police in Somerset County say Donald Smodic, of Apollo, was drinking in the Larimer Township cabin with a friend, but left early Saturday after a brief altercation. Police say he began

  • IMF says trade tensions, debt load threaten world economy

    April 22, 2018 5:09 AM 19

    The International Monetary Fund's (IMF) policy making committee said yesterday that a strong world economy is threatened by increasing tension over trade and countries' heavy debt burden. Longer-term prospects are clouded by sluggish growth in productivity and ageing populations in wealthy nations. In a statement at the end of three days of meetings

  • Cuba's Diaz-Canel receives Maduro in first act as president

    April 22, 2018 5:00 AM 32

    Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has received his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro in his first official act as the country's leader. Maduro is the first president to visit Diaz-Canel since last week when he was selected by outgoing President Raul Castro to lead the island's government. The Associated Press was told that Castro did not attend a welcome

  • 16 nations agree to track Venezuela corruption

    April 20, 2018 5:00 AM 17

    Two senior US Treasury officials say finance ministers from several Latin American nations, as well as the US and Europe, have agreed to work jointly to locate and seize assets arising from corruption by Venezuelan government insiders. They say international officials, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, met yesterday in Washington and also discussed

  • US gains key witness in drug case against rebel

    April 18, 2018 5:00 AM 31

    U.S. prosecutors have apparently won the cooperation of a key witness in the case of a top rebel ideologue arrested last week on charges of trying to import 10 metric tons of cocaine into the U.S. An official from Colombia's chief prosecutor's office said Marlon Marin was flown Monday to New York after agreeing to testify against co-defendant Seuxis

  • Trump, Abe to meet despite strain over North Korea, tariffs

    April 18, 2018 5:00 AM 33

    Top Trump administration officials say that major concessions, including a possible exemption from steel and aluminium tariffs, could be on the table for Japan as President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet in Florida to discuss trade issues and Trump's potential meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Trump is looking to ease the key US ally's

  • Syria's allies say airstrikes undercut political resolution

    April 16, 2018 5:00 AM 37

    The leaders of Russia, Iran and the Hezbollah group in Lebanon said yesterday that Western airstrikes on their ally, Syria, have complicated prospects for a political settlement to the country's seven-year conflict. A day after the US, Britain and France bombarded sites they said were linked to a chemical weapons programme, Syrian President Bashar Assad

  • Russia says alleged chemical attack in Syria staged by UK

    April 14, 2018 5:07 AM 14

    The Russian Defence Ministry on yesterday accused Britain of staging a fake chemical attack in a Syrian town outside Damascus, a bold charge vehemently denied by Britain as a "blatant lie". The exchange follows the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain, and comes amid Moscow's stern warnings to the West against striking Syria. A day before a team from the international

  • Trump expected to pardon former Cheney aide Libby

    April 14, 2018 5:00 AM 30

    United States President Donald Trump plans to pardon I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, a former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, according to a person familiar with the president's decision. The person said the announcement could come as early as Friday. The person, who wasn't authorised to discuss the decision ahead of its public announcement and demanded

  • Trump administration pauses legal orientation for immigrants

    April 14, 2018 5:00 AM 35

    Immigrant advocates are outraged by a US government decision to put on hold a program that helps tens of thousands of immigrants navigate the country's complex immigration court system. The US$8-million-a-year programme that provides legal orientation to immigrants in deportation proceedings is on hold pending review, according to the US Department of Justice