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U.S. to flag China on trafficking

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's administration is poised to declare China among the world's worst offenders on human trafficking, U.S. officials said Monday, putting the world's most populous country in the same category as North Korea, Zimbabwe and Syria. Continue reading...

Now 75 high-rises fail U.K. safety test

Subscriber onlyLONDON -- When a short-circuiting fridge transformed London's 24-story Grenfell Tower from a home for hundreds to a charred ruin, officials described it as a horrific anomaly -- an "unprecedented" blaze, in the words of the city's fire commissioner, the likes of which had not been seen in modern Britain. Continue reading...

U.S. warns Assad chemical strike to be costly

Subscriber onlyThe White House issued a warning to Syrian President Bashar Assad on Monday night, pledging that his regime would pay a "heavy price" if it carried out another chemical attack this year. Continue reading...

Swede held 6 years free of Mali jihadis

Subscriber onlyBAMAKO, Mali — A Swedish man kidnapped by Islamic militants in northern Mali nearly six years ago has been released from captivity, the Swedish government confirmed Monday. Continue reading...

Trump, India's Modi hug, talk up ties

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Hugging outside the White House on Monday, President Donald Trump and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi heralded an increasingly close strategic partnership as the U.S. branded a top militant from neighboring Pakistan as a "global terrorist." Continue reading...

Marines on familiar Afghan turf

Troops aim to renew ties in province, sharpen army’s edge

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- In Afghanistan's turbulent Helmand province, U.S. Marines are rekindling old relationships and identifying weaknesses in the Afghan forces that President Donald Trump's administration hopes to address with a new strategy and the targeted infusion of several thousand American forces. Continue reading...

U.K.'s Tories secure coalition to govern

Subscriber onlyLONDON -- The United Kingdom's Conservatives signed a deal Monday with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party that will allow Prime Minister Theresa May to govern after losing her majority in a general election this month. Continue reading...

Criminal charge filed on Brazil's leader

Subscriber onlyRIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil's attorney general formally accused President Michel Temer of corruption on Monday, making him the first sitting president in Latin America's largest nation to face criminal charges. Continue reading...

The World in Brief

Subscriber onlyDeath toll from tanker fire rises to 157 Continue reading...

Oil-tanker blast kills 153 people in Pakistan

Subscriber onlyBAHAWALPUR, Pakistan -- An overturned oil tanker burst into flames in Pakistan on Sunday, killing 153 people who had rushed to the scene of the highway accident to gather leaking fuel, a hospital official said. Continue reading...

Israelis keeping prayers divided

Gender split irks liberal Jews

Subscriber onlyJERUSALEM -- The Israeli government froze a plan Sunday to open a mixed-gender prayer area at Jerusalem's Western Wall, a major policy reversal that infuriated the liberal streams of Judaism that represent most Jews in the United States. Continue reading...

Police block pride march in Istanbul

Subscriber onlyISTANBUL — Turkish police stopped activists from gathering in large numbers for a gay-pride event in Istanbul on Sunday, but smaller groups defied the ban imposed by the governor. Continue reading...

Air bag maker claims bankruptcy

Move comes after recall of 100 million faulty Takata inflators

Subscriber onlyDETROIT -- Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp., facing lawsuits and recall costs, has filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the United States. Continue reading...

U.K.'s risky-high-rise total hits 60

200 London residents refusing to leave despite fire hazards

Subscriber onlyLONDON -- The list of high-rise apartment towers in Britain that have failed fire safety tests grew to 60, officials said Sunday, revealing the mounting challenge the government faces in the aftermath of London's Grenfell Tower fire disaster. Continue reading...

Turkey refuses call to pull out troops

Subscriber onlyISTANBUL -- Turkey's president on Sunday rejected a demand by major Arab states to remove Turkish troops from Qatar, among a sweeping list of ultimatums that the United States has described as "difficult to meet." Continue reading...

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