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  • 4 students shot at block party near Clark Atlanta University

    A shooting at a block party near Clark Atlanta University has left four female college students injured with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. A news release from Atlanta police says the four women were shot late Tuesday night outside a library that serves Clark and other nearby historically black colleges. Police say two of the victims are reportedly 17-year-old and 18-year-old Spelman College students.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 07:35:54 -0400
  • Military, civilian members of Sudan's new ruling body sworn in

    Military and civilian members of Sudan's new ruling body, the Sovereign Council, were sworn in on Wednesday at the presidential palace in Khartoum, state news agency SUNA said. The 11-member Council replaces the now-defunct Transitional Military Council, the head of which, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, was sworn in as head of the Sovereign Council earlier on Wednesday. One member of the Sovereign Council will be sworn in at a later date, SUNA said.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 07:31:34 -0400
  • EXPERT VIEWS-Should Rohingya refugees return to Myanmar?

    KUALA LUMPUR/DHAKA, Aug 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A second attempt to repatriate over 3,000 Rohingya Muslims living in Bangladesh to Myanmar risks exposing refugees to ethnic violence which many of them fled two years ago, human rights groups said on Wednesday. Bangladesh and the United Nations are consulting Rohingya refugees to determine if they will accept Buddhist-majority Myanmar's offer to return home, nearly a year after a major repatriation plan failed. More than 730,000 Rohingya fled Rakhine state in August 2017 for camps in Bangladesh after a military-led crackdown the U.N. said was perpetrated with "genocidal intent".

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 07:29:40 -0400
  • RPT-Iran pres: international waterways won't be as safe if Iran oil exports cut to zero

    If Iran's oil exports are cut to zero, international waterways will not have the same security as before, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday at a meeting with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to Khamenei's official website. "World powers know that in the case that oil is completely sanctioned and Iran's oil exports are brought down to zero, international waterways can't have the same security as before," Rouhani said.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 07:29:11 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Shock in Denmark after Trump, spurned over Greenland, cancels visit

    Danish leaders expressed shock and disbelief on Wednesday over U.S. President Donald Trump's cancellation of a state visit to Denmark after its prime minister rebuffed his interest in purchasing Greenland.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 07:28:28 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Iran's Zarif warns U.S. that Tehran may also act "unpredictably"

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday Tehran may act "unpredictably" in response to the United States' "unpredictable" policies under U.S. President Donald Trump. Tensions between Tehran and Washington have risen since President Trump’s administration last year quit an international deal to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions and began to ratchet up sanctions. President Trump cannot expect to be unpredictable and expect others to be predictable.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 07:18:33 -0400
  • Plastics maker Indorama commits $1.5 bln to recycling

    Thai chemicals company Indorama Ventures has committed $1.5 billion of investment in recycling as consumers become more aware of the environmental impact of single-use plastic and regulators push for more recycling, it said on Wednesday. Indorama's main business is the production of PET resin, a polymer used to make plastic bottles and fibres used in products such as seat belts and tyres. "We are investing $1 billion in recycling over the next five years," Chief Executive Aloke Lohia told Reuters on Wednesday, adding that investment would include greenfield and brownfield mergers and acquisitions focusing on bottle-to-bottle recycling.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 07:15:29 -0400
  • The Latest: NGO: migrants need access to safe Europe ports

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    Doctors Without Borders is calling on Europe to urgently find a solution to the repeated stand-offs barring humanitarian rescue ships carrying migrants from the nearest safe ports. The Norwegian-flagged Ocean Viking, which is operated by two French humanitarian groups, completed four rescues from Aug. 9-12, and has been on standby in international waters about 32 nautical miles from European shores between Malta and the Italian island of Linosa since Aug. 15. Spain's Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo says a navy ship will stay close to an Italian island in case a group of migrants disembarked there need to be transported to Spain in coming days.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 07:14:50 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Trump offers help as UK's Johnson asks Merkel to budge on Brexit

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to tell German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday that unless she agrees to change the Brexit deal, Britain will leave the European Union on Oct. 31 without a deal. More than three years after the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU, it is still unclear on what terms - or indeed whether - the bloc's second largest economy will leave the club it joined in 1973.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 07:12:43 -0400
  • The Children's Place: Fiscal 2Q Earnings Snapshot

    The results beat Wall Street expectations. For the current quarter ending in November, The Children's Place expects its per-share earnings to range from $2.90 to $3.05. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had forecast adjusted earnings per share of $2.69.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 07:12:14 -0400
  • U.S. military drone shot down over Yemen: officials

    A U.S. military MQ-9 drone was shot down in Yemen's Dhamar governate, southeast of the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Wednesday. A Houthi military spokesman had earlier been quoted by group's Al-Masirah TV as saying that the Houthi movement's air defenses had brought down a U.S. drone.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 07:11:45 -0400
  • Iran pres: international waterways won't be as safe if Iran oil exports cut to zero

    If Iran's oil exports are cut to zero, international waterways will not have the same security as before, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday at a meeting with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to Khamenei's official website. "World powers know that in the case that oil is completely sanctioned and Iran's oil exports are brought down to zero, international waterways can't have the same security as before," Rouhani said.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 07:11:08 -0400
  • INTERVIEW-Thai minister vows to make resolving land claims in forests 'top priority'

    The Thai government will review conflicting land claims in the country's national parks, the environment minister said on Wednesday as he announced plans to set up a group this month to try to resolve such cases involving indigenous people. Hundreds of indigenous people have been charged with trespass and evicted under the forest reclamation order of 2014. A new National Parks Act aimed at boosting conservation imposes strict penalties on forest dwellers.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 07:09:18 -0400
  • INSIGHT-"You prepare for war": how one U.S. firm tried escaping Trump's China tariffs

    When Larry Sloven heard last year that U.S. tariffs threatened his China electronics business, he knew that setting up shop elsewhere would be a slog rather than an adventure. The 70-year-old had spent half his life building supply chains in southern China to produce goods for big-box U.S. retailers. "It is the hardest thing I've ever had to do in all my 30 years in the business," said Sloven, president of Capstone International HK Ltd, a division of Florida-based Capstone Companies.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 07:00:00 -0400
  • RPT-EXCLUSIVE-Philips, under investigation in U.S. and Brazil, fired whistleblower who warned of graft

    Claims of malfeasance reached the highest levels of the Dutch conglomerate as early as 2010, according to court records filed by federal prosecutors, internal company documents and Reuters interviews with a former manager at a Philips subsidiary in Brazil who says he told superiors of the suspected scheme and was later sacked. Masiero said he suspected payoffs had been used to secure that government business, allegations now at the heart of a burgeoning graft probe in Brazil, court records show.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 07:00:00 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Iran's Zarif says will see if scientist's death sentence can be delayed

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday Tehran "will do its best" to see if the death sentence on Swedish-Iranian scientist Ahmadreza Djalali can be delayed. Djalali, a medical doctor and lecturer at the Karolinska Institute in the Swedish capital, was arrested in Iran in April 2016 and later convicted of espionage, having been accused of providing information to Israel to help it assassinate several senior nuclear scientists.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:58:06 -0400
  • China urges Philippines to ban online gambling

    China has said it hopes the Philippines will ban online gaming to support its crackdown on cross-border gambling, which it said foreign criminals had used to embezzle funds and illegally recruit workers. The Philippine gaming regulator has banned licences for new online gaming firms, as lawmakers and some ministers have called for tighter controls on Chinese visitors, saying many are illegal workers whose presence fans security concerns. "We hope it will further strengthen law enforcement with China and jointly tackle criminal activities including online gambling and cyber fraud," Geng told a news conference on Tuesday, the transcript showed.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:57:59 -0400
  • G7 or G5? Trump and Johnson add unpredictability to French summit

    Brexit Britain's overtures to U.S. President Donald Trump risk further complicating the search for common ground this weekend at a Group of Seven summit already clouded by transatlantic rifts over trade, Iran and climate change. The summit host, President Emmanuel Macron of France, has set the bar low for Biarritz to avoid a repeat of the fiasco last year when Trump threw Canada's G7 summit into disarray by leaving early, scotching the final communique.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:50:37 -0400
  • Tens of thousands flee Russian-led onslaught on opposition enclave

    Ten of thousands of people have fled to the Turkish border in the last few days as the Syrian army pushed a major advance further into the opposition's last major stronghold, residents, rights groups and opposition sources said on Wednesday. "The flow of cars and vehicles leaving is not stopping," said Abdullah Younis from the city. Rebels concede most of their fighters have fled Khan Sheikhoun but are providing fierce resistance to the Syrian army, which has secured a foothold in the town.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:50:09 -0400
  • South African court sets aside arms deal inquiry findings

    South Africa's High Court on Wednesday set aside the findings of an inquiry that found no evidence of corruption in an arms deal in the 1990s linked to former president Jacob Zuma. Corruption campaigners have long denounced the inquiry, set up by Zuma in 2011 and headed by Judge Willie Seriti, as a "whitewash" and challenged its findings in court. The High Court found the inquiry had failed to comprehensively examine corruption allegations over the deal to buy 30 billion rand ($2 billion) of European military hardware for the South African armed forces.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:47:48 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-British PM Johnson's party takes 14 pct point lead over Labour - Kantar poll

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party has opened up a 14 percentage point lead over the opposition Labour Party as Johnson's tougher stance on Brexit wins back supporters, according to a poll published on Wednesday. Johnson, a Brexiteer who won the premiership a month ago, has vowed to lead the United Kingdom out of the European Union on Oct. 31 with or without a deal.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:46:28 -0400
  • FOREX-Euro pinned near recent lows as attention shifts to Fed

    The euro struggled to make headway against a resilient dollar on Wednesday while foreign exchange markets remained largely calm ahead of a crucial meeting of central bankers later this week. After markets rushed over the last two months to price in significant easing from central banks in the United States and Europe, the outlook for euro/dollar will depend largely on whether or not policymakers live up to those expectations. Officials from major central banks will gather at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on Friday with markets focused on a scheduled speech by U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:38:37 -0400
  • Severe weather threatens major Northeast cities

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    On Wednesday, severe storms will move into Philadelphia, New York City and Boston with damaging winds and the possibility of flash flooding. Large hail and even the slight chance for an isolated tornado are possible in New England. The heat Index will be near 110 degrees in some areas.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:38:00 -0400
  • South African court restricts display of apartheid-era flag

    South Africa's Equality Court has restricted the display of the country's old apartheid-era flag, ruling that its gratuitous use amounts to hate speech and racial discrimination. Judge Phineas Mojapelo said the ruling was not a complete ban, saying use of the flag is protected by law for artistic, academic, journalistic or other purposes deemed in the public interest. The orange, white and blue flag of South Africa's previous white-minority regime, which enforced the system of racial discrimination known as apartheid, was replaced by a new flag when the country achieved majority-rule democracy in 1994.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:34:17 -0400
  • Several hurt in attack on video set of French rapper Booba

    Shots were fired and several people injured overnight as a group of assailants armed with guns and baseball bats stormed the set of a music video by controversial French rapper Booba, a police source told AFP Wednesday. Around 15 people were involved in the attack which took place just before midnight (2200 GMT) in the northeastern Paris suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois, the source said, confirming a report first published by Europe 1 radio. One of the injured sustained a bullet wound to the thigh but his wounds were not thought to be life-threatening, said the source, who also indicated that Booba was not on the set at the time.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:25:39 -0400
  • Court grants Ryanair injunction to stop Irish pilot strike

    The Irish High Court on Wednesday granted Ryanair an injunction to prevent its Dublin-based pilots from going on strike later this week. Ryanair went to court to obtain an order against Forsa, the parent body of the Irish Air Line Pilots' Association (IALPA), to prevent the Dublin-based pilots from striking for 48 hours on Thursday and Friday. On Wednesday, Ryanair's legal counsel told the High Court that Forsa had not allowed for the mediation process to be completed before announcing the strike and claimed the strike would be in breach of an agreement made between the airline and the union last year.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:23:21 -0400
  • Resale clothing company thredUP gets $175 million in funding

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    Online resale store thredUP said on Wednesday it received $175 million in funding which it will use to expand its platform to offer resale clothing services to retailers. Last week, the department store chains J.C. Penney Company Inc and Macy's Inc announced partnerships with San Francisco-based thredUP intended to lure younger, more environmentally conscious shoppers into stores and to provide retailers fresh inventory of secondhand clothing and accessories.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:23:20 -0400
  • Thousands of Central American migrants take free rides home courtesy of U.S. government

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    The "Assisted Voluntary Return" program has paid for buses or flights for 2,170 migrants who either never reached the United States or were detained after crossing the border and then sent to Mexico to await U.S. immigration hearings, according to Christopher Gascon, an official with the U.N.'s International Organization for Migration (IOM). The $1.65 million program, funded by the U.S. State Department, is raising concerns among immigration advocates who say it could violate a principle under international law against returning asylum seekers to countries where they could face persecution.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:21:14 -0400
  • Escaped Georgia inmate wanted in Florida murder kills himself as authorities close in

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    An escaped Georgia inmate who was named as the suspect in a fatal shooting over a botched drug deal in Florida earlier this week took his own life on Tuesday night as authorities closed in. The suspect, identified as 34-year-old Stephen Michael Smith, was spotted driving on a highway in Florida's Gulf County late Tuesday evening. As a task force from the United States Marshals Service and deputies from the Gulf County Sheriff's Office surrounded the car to apprehend him, Smith placed a pistol to his head and pulled the trigger.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:19:40 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Mexico and U.S. reach deal to end tomato tariff spat - minister

    Mexican tomato producers have reached a deal with the U.S. government to avoid an anti-dumping investigation, Mexican Economy Minister Graciela Marquez said on Wednesday, ending a testy tariff dispute that had rumbled on for months. In May, the U.S. Commerce Department imposed a 17.5% tariff on Mexican tomatoes after the two sides failed to renew an earlier agreement that halted a U.S. anti-dumping probe. Calling the outcome of talks "good news" that kept the U.S. market open for tomato exporters, Marquez said on Twitter that the accord between the U.S. Commerce Department and Mexican producers had been reached shortly before midnight on Aug. 20.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:16:59 -0400
  • Five EU states to take in Open Arms migrants, ending standoff

    BRUSSELS/MADRID, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Spain and four other EU states agreed to take in migrants stranded for weeks on the Open Arms rescue ship, EU authorities said on Wednesday, ending a prolonged standoff with the Italian government over their fate. The around one hundred migrants, picked up from early August onwards in the Mediterranean, had been forced to remain on the crowded Spanish-registered vessel until an Italian prosecutor ordered its seizure and evacuation.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:15:50 -0400
  • Texas to execute man convicted of abducting, strangling college student

    Larry Swearingen, 48, who faced five previous execution dates over the past two decades, is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 6 p.m. at the state's death chamber in Huntsville. A jury convicted and sentenced Swearingen to die in 2000 for the murder of Melissa Trotter, who disappeared on Dec. 8, 1998. Trotter was found dead 25 days later in a densely wooded area in the Sam Houston National Forest with a piece of pantyhose around her neck.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:14:52 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Scottish company, Dutch port in talks about new ferry line

    A Scottish company and a Dutch port are in talks about launching a new ferry line ahead of Britain's possible departure from the European Union, a port spokesman said on Wednesday. The ferry line would run between Rosyth, near Edinburgh, and Groningen Seaport at Eemshaven, in the far north of the Netherlands near the German border, according to RTV Noord, which named the company as TEC Offshore. A spokesman for Groningen Seaport confirmed the plan was being investigated but referred questions to "the Scottish side".

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:14:36 -0400
  • Apple plans to tap China's BOE Technology for advanced iPhone screens-Nikkei

    Apple Inc is in the final stages of certifying advanced screens from Chinese display maker BOE Technology Group Co Ltd for its iPhones, as it attempts to reduce reliance on Samsung Electronics, the Nikkei reported on Wednesday. Apple will decide by the end of this year whether to take BOE on as a supplier of organic light-emitting displays (OLED), the Japanese business daily reported, citing sources. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:14:07 -0400
  • Russia, on Trump idea for G7 return, says show us the proposals - Ifax

    Russia needs to receive and examine tangible proposals for it to return to the G7 group of nations if that is what is being proposed, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday, the Interfax news agency reported. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday it would be appropriate to let Russia join the G7 group of advanced industrialised countries. "It's hard to understand what this is about right now," Interfax quoted Zakharova as saying.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:13:50 -0400
  • Edmunds: 7 used car tech features that might surprise you

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    Automakers have introduced a flurry of new automotive safety and convenience technology features the past few years. Close-to-new vehicles with these features are now increasingly showing up on dealership lots as used vehicles. The upshot: You don't have to buy a new car to get modern convenience and safety features.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:12:58 -0400
  • Texas shale towns grapple with growth as oil-bust fears fade

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    In west Texas, the center of the U.S. oil boom, about 3,800 students at Permian High School are crammed into a campus designed for 2,500, with 20 portable buildings to help with the overflow. School officials had expected enrollment to fall after the last oil price crash, starting in 2014, but it kept rising - one sign of a growing resilience in the region's oil economy as Exxon Mobil , Chevron and other majors continue pouring billions of dollars into long-term investments here. For most of the last century, oil money has flowed into this region like a rising tide during booms - but residents here had enough sense to know it would flow right back out again when the next bust hit.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:10:13 -0400
  • Yemen separatist chief in S.Arabia for talks on Aden standoff

    The leader of southern Yemeni separatists has arrived in Saudi Arabia for talks aimed at ending a standoff in Aden port between the separatists and Yemen's Saudi-backed government, who had been nominal allies under a Sunni Muslim military coalition. Saudi Arabia, the coalition leader, called for a summit after the separatists on Aug. 10 took over Aden, interim seat of the government, in a move that fractured the alliance.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:10:07 -0400
  • Big Swiss companies must study women's pay gap from next year

    Major Swiss companies will be required to review pay gaps between male and female staff from next year under rules adopted by the government on Wednesday, part of a bid to close a gender divide in one of the world's richest countries. Despite its high quality of life, Switzerland lags other developed economies in female pay and workplace equality. The cabinet agreed on Wednesday to require companies employing 100 or more people to conduct internal analyses of pay gaps between men and women from next year, with studies to be completed by June 2021.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:09:56 -0400
  • Germany: 8-year-old goes on highway joyride with mom's car

    Police say an 8-year-old boy took his mom's car and went for a nighttime joyride on a highway in western Germany. Mother and police eventually found the boy at a highway service area where he'd parked the car, turned on the hazard lights and put up the warning triangle. The boy's mother said her son regularly drives go-carts and bumper cars and has in the past practiced driving a real car on private property.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:09:54 -0400
  • Explainer: What early U.S. presidential polls tell us about the 2020 race

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    Anyone paying the slightest attention to the Democratic presidential campaign has likely seen headlines on the latest "horse race" opinion polls, highlighting one candidate's rise or another's decline. In August 2007, Hillary Clinton held a nearly 20-percentage point lead across a dozen national polls over Barack Obama, who would capture the Democratic nomination the following year.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:08:36 -0400
  • UK abstention from meetings will not block EU business - Commission

    Britain's decisions to absent itself from the bulk of European Union meetings remains in line with its current status within the bloc, the EU executive said on Wednesday. "The letter states that the United Kingdom remains committed to the duty of sincere cooperation and will not stand in the way of conduct of EU business during this time," a spokeswoman for the European Commission told a news briefing in Brussels.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:07:54 -0400
  • Epstein's jail guards warned his cellmate 'there will be a price to pay' if he talks about Epstein's suicide, lawyer claims

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    Bruce Barket, who represents murder suspect Nicholas Tartaglione, said Metropolitan Correctional Center told him to "shut up" about the suicide.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:04:32 -0400
  • Texas shale towns grapple with growth as oil-bust fears fade

    In west Texas, the center of the U.S. oil boom, about 3,800 students at Permian High School are crammed into a campus designed for 2,500, with 20 portable buildings to help with the overflow. School officials had expected enrollment to fall after the last oil price crash, starting in 2014, but it kept rising - one sign of a growing resilience in the region's oil economy as Exxon Mobil, Chevron and other majors continue pouring billions of dollars into long-term investments here. For most of the last century, oil money has flowed into this region like a rising tide during booms - but residents here had enough sense to know it would flow right back out again when the next bust hit.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:00:00 -0400
  • Thousands of Central American migrants take free rides home courtesy of U.S. government

    More than 2,000 Central American migrants seeking to settle in the United States have given up and accepted free rides home under a 10-month-old program funded by the U.S. government and run by a United Nations agency, according to a U.N. official. The "Assisted Voluntary Return" program has paid for buses or flights for 2,170 migrants who either never reached the United States or were detained after crossing the border and then sent to Mexico to await U.S. immigration hearings, according to Christopher Gascon, an official with the U.N.'s International Organization for Migration (IOM).

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:00:00 -0400
  • Texas to execute man convicted of abducting, strangling college student

    A man who has maintained his innocence and whose lawyers have argued the state ignored key evidence that would exonerate him is scheduled to be put to death in Texas on Wednesday for the kidnapping, rape and murder of a 19-year-old college student. Larry Swearingen, 48, who faced five previous execution dates over the past two decades, is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 6 p.m. at the state's death chamber in Huntsville. A jury convicted and sentenced Swearingen to die in 2000 for the murder of Melissa Trotter, who disappeared on Dec. 8, 1998.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:00:00 -0400
  • EXPLAINER-What early U.S. presidential polls tell us about the 2020 race

    Anyone paying the slightest attention to the Democratic presidential campaign has likely seen headlines on the latest "horse race" opinion polls, highlighting one candidate's rise or another's decline. In August 2007, Hillary Clinton held a nearly 20-percentage point lead across a dozen national polls over Barack Obama, who would capture the Democratic nomination the following year.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:00:00 -0400
  • EXPLAINER-Italy's PM Conte resigns. What comes next?

    Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte handed in his resignation on Tuesday after accusing his interior minister, Matteo Salvini, of putting his League party before the needs of Italy. It will now be up to President Sergio Mattarella to try to find a solution to the political crisis. HAS THE GOVERNMENT COLLAPSED?

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 05:57:44 -0400
  • Merkel to host Johnson in Berlin amid growing Brexit drama

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    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is starting his high-stakes European tour Wednesday by meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel as he seeks to persuade the European Union to reopen Brexit talks. Johnson's office said "there's no prospect of a deal" unless the EU reopens the exit agreement to remove controversial language around the so-called "backstop," an insurance policy of sorts that is designed to prevent the return to border checks on the Irish border. The EU has refused to reopen talks.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 05:57:28 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-South Korean tourists shun Japan over trade row

    The number of South Korean tourists visiting Japan fell last month to its lowest in nearly a year as visitors cancelled travel plans amid deteriorating relations between the neighbours, Japanese government data showed on Wednesday. Tourist arrivals from South Korea dropped 7.6% in July from the corresponding month a year earlier, to stand at 561,700, the Japan National Tourism Organization said.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 05:52:24 -0400
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