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  • Putin wins fourth term as Russia's president

    March 19, 2018 5:00 AM 20

    Early results and an exit poll showed that Vladimir Putin handily won a fourth term as Russia's president yesterday, adding six years in the Kremlin for the man who has led the world's largest country, as either president or prime minister for the past 18 years. The vote was tainted by widespread reports of ballot-box stuffing and forced voting, but the complaints

  • Russian voters readies to hand Putin new term

    March 18, 2018 5:00 AM 18

    Russian voters are gearing up for a presidential election today that Vladimir Putin is guaranteed to win. They are facing unusually intense pressure to vote, to grant him a convincing new mandate to pursue his nationalist strategy. Candidates were barred from campaigning yesterday, but the message to voters was clear from billboards celebrating Russian

  • Merkel defends Germany's trade surplus as US trade war looms

    March 18, 2018 5:00 AM 20

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended the country's trade surplus yesterday, saying the government is working to encourage domestic demand but that not all factors are under its control. United States President Donald Trump's administration has been critical of Germany's trade surplus. Merkel's comments in her weekly podcast came as Economy Minister

  • Russia to expel 23 British diplomats

    March 17, 2018 6:33 PM 15

    It marks the latest development in a dispute between the two countries over a nerve agent attack on an ex-Russian spy and his daughter in the United Kingdom. Earlier this week, British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the use of the military grade nerve agent on British soil, before announcing that 23 Russian diplomats would be expelled from the UK. Today

  • Baby named Donald Trump proves divisive

    March 16, 2018 5:00 AM 15

    When Asadullah Poya's wife gave birth to their third child in a tiny village in rural Afghanistan, he immediately thought of Donald Trump. He had just read a Dari translation of what appears to be Trump: How to Get Rich, published in 2004 by the then-star of The Apprentice. So when his baby came into the world in August 2016, and he saw that the boy had an unusual

  • US officials say no added conditions for NKorea

    March 11, 2018 4:07 PM 22

    Trump administration officials say there will be no more conditions imposed on North Korea before a first-ever meeting of the two nation’s leaders beyond the North’s promise not to resume nuclear testing and missile flights, or publicly criticise U.S.-South Korean military exercises. The officials are talking about this past week’s announcement

  • Teacher accused of inappropriately touched students

    March 9, 2018 4:45 AM 20

    Authorities say a New Jersey teacher is accused of inappropriately touching several students. Hudson County prosecutors say Sean Lora is charged with aggravated criminal sexual contact, sexual assault and child endangerment. It wasn't known yesterday if he's been suspended from his job or if he's retained an attorney. Authorities say a student there

  • Kentucky man who made Molotov cocktails gets 20 years

    March 9, 2018 4:45 AM 20

    Prosecutors say a Kentucky man who made five Molotov cocktails to blow up a school has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, without the possibility of parole. US Attorney Russell Coleman says in a statement that 20-year-old Trey Alexander Gwathney-Law was sentenced Tuesday by US District Judge Greg N. Stivers for making and possessing illegal firearms

  • Top Trump economic adviser leaving the White House

    March 7, 2018 5:13 PM 32

    Top Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn is leaving the White House after breaking with President Donald Trump on trade policy. Cohn, the director of the National Economic Council, has been the leading internal opponent to Trump's planned tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium. He has tried to orchestrate an eleventh-hour effort to push Trump to reverse

  • Allegations about 40 gay priests in Italy sent to Vatican

    March 5, 2018 4:48 AM 36

    The archdiocese of Naples says it has sent the Vatican a 1,200-page dossier, compiled by a male escort, identifying 40 actively gay priests and seminarians in Italy. In a statement on the diocesan website, Cardinal Cresenzio Sepe said none of the identified priests worked in Naples. But he said he decided to forward the file to the Vatican because "there