July 19th, 2018

World News

Intense government bombing of south Syria opposition holdout

By The Associated Press on July 18th, 2018

BEIRUT – Talks to cede the largest opposition holdout in southwestern Syria to the government have failed, triggering an intense overnight bombing campaign on the densely populated town that killed a dozen people and injured over a hundred, activists and rescuers said Wednesday. Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said an overnight ‘frenzied’ bombing campaign ... Read More »

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A day after back-tracking, Trump defends summit performance

By Zeke Miller And Lisa Mascaro, The Associated Press on July 18th, 2018

WASHINGTON – Taking to Twitter early Wednesday, President Donald Trump defended anew his much-criticized performance at the Helsinki summit, promising “big results” from better relations with Russia and hitting back at “haters.” Trump made no mention of his having walked back comments that called into question U.S. intelligence findings of Russian meddling in the 2016 ... Read More »

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Russia extends house arrest of acclaimed film director

By The Associated Press on July 18th, 2018

MOSCOW – An acclaimed Russian filmmaker and theatre director accused of embezzlement must stay under house arrest for another month. A Moscow court on Wednesday ruled to extend the detention of Kirill Serebrennikov until Aug. 22. He has been under house arrest since August 2017, and is awaiting trial on charges of embezzling 133 million ... Read More »

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Rock icon Cliff Richard wins UK High Court privacy case

By The Associated Press on July 18th, 2018

LONDON – British rock icon Cliff Richard has won his privacy case against the BBC for its coverage of a police raid at his home and has been awarded more than 200,000 ($260,000) in damages. Richard had sued the broadcaster for its coverage of the 2014 raid, when police were investigating alleged sex offences. The ... Read More »

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Record 10 homers as AL wins All-Star Game 8-6 in 10 innings

By Ben Walker, The Associated Press on July 17th, 2018

WASHINGTON – A record 10 home runs. A slew of strikeouts. The all-or-nothing All-Star Game mirrored what baseball has become. Astros teammates Alex Bregman and George Springer homered on consecutive pitches to begin the 10th inning, and the American League beat the National League 8-6 Tuesday night for its sixth straight win. Mike Trout, Aaron ... Read More »

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Onetime Trump critic Roby wins GOP House runoff in Alabama

By Kim Chandler And Steve Peoples, The Associated Press on July 17th, 2018

MILLBROOK, Ala. – U.S. Rep. Martha Roby won Alabama’s Republican runoff on Tuesday, fighting through lingering fallout from her years-old criticism of then-candidate Donald Trump in a midterm contest that hinged on loyalty to the GOP president. The four-term incumbent will now represent the GOP on the November ballot having defeated Bobby Bright, a former ... Read More »

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Onetime Trump critic Roby wins Republican runoff in Alabama

By Kim Chandler And Steve Peoples, The Associated Press on July 17th, 2018

MILLBROOK, Ala. – U.S. Rep. Martha Roby won Alabama’s Republican runoff on Tuesday, fighting through lingering fallout from her years-old criticism of then-candidate Donald Trump in a midterm contest that hinged on loyalty to the GOP president. The four-term incumbent will now represent the GOP on the November ballot having defeated Bobby Bright, a former ... Read More »

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Trump backs down, says he misspoke on Russia meddling

By Zeke Miller And Lisa Mascaro, The Associated Press on July 17th, 2018

WASHINGTON – Blistered by bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump on Tuesday backed away from his public undermining of American intelligence agencies, saying he simply misspoke when he said he saw no reason to believe Russia had interfered in the 2016 U.S. election. Rebuked as never before by ... Read More »

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Texas executes man for 2004 slaying of store owner

By Michael Graczyk, The Associated Press on July 17th, 2018

HUNTSVILLE, Texas – A Texas prisoner was executed Tuesday evening for the fatal shooting of a San Antonio convenience store owner after courts turned down appeals that the state parole board improperly rejected the inmate’s clemency request because he’s black. Christopher Young, 34, never denied the slaying, which was recorded on a store surveillance camera, ... Read More »

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Trump backs down under fire, ‘clarifies’ on Russia meddling

By Zeke Miller And Lisa Mascaro, The Associated Press on July 17th, 2018

WASHINGTON – Blistered by bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump strained Tuesday to “clarify” his public undermining of American intelligence agencies, saying he simply misspoke when he said he saw no reason to believe Russia had interfered in the 2016 U.S. election. Rebuked as never before by his ... Read More »

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Russia’s Trump takeaway: Putin basks in post-summit glow

By Angela Charlton And Dmitry Kozlov, The Associated Press on July 17th, 2018

MOSCOW – While Donald Trump came home to criticism from left and right after his first summit with Vladimir Putin, the Russian president came home to universal praise. Instead of being portrayed as a duel on the world stage, the summit was viewed in Russia as a meeting of two mighty men who discussed global ... Read More »

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