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President Trump awards giant President's Cup trophy to sumo wrestling champion

(TOKYO) -- Standing on the sacred mound inside the sumo wrestling arena, President Donald Trump hoisted the massive 70-pound President's Cup into the arms of a person befitting such a trophy: the 360-pound champion of Tokyo’s top sumo tournament, Asanoyama Hideki. "In honor of your outstanding achievement as sumo grand…... Read More

Trump admin bypassing Congress with $7 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates

(WASHINGTON) -- The Trump administration on Friday said it would sell $7 billion-worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates with getting congressional approval, citing Iran as an urgent threat.  The move has sparked bipartisan outrage on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers are promising to block the sales…... Read More

3 more die on Mount Everest amid heavy crowding

(NEW YORK) -- A total of five people have died this week on Mount Everest, as crowds of climbers experienced bottlenecks in the rush to take advantage of a short window of good weather to attempt the world's highest summit. Three deaths were reported on Thursday, and two others died…... Read More

Explosion on a street corner in Lyon, France, leaves 8 with minor injuries

(LYON, France) -- An explosion in the French city of Lyon on Friday left eight people with minor injuries, local officials said on social media.The blast occurred at the corner of Victor Hugo Street and Sala Street, and authorities are urging people to avoid the area.The New York Police Department's…... Read More

New charges against Julian Assange prompt outcry from Edward Snowden, civil liberties groups

(LONDON) -- Julian Assange has always been a lightning-rod for controversy, but the latest charges against him have journalism watchdog groups crying foul.Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, was charged by U.S. authorities Thursday of violating the Espionage Act. Now there's a debate whether prosecutors can claim the same about journalists who…... Read More

UK Prime Minister Theresa May resigns in wake of mismanaged Brexit

(LONDON) — U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday announced her resignation, putting an end to months of speculation over her future because of her handling of Brexit."It is now clear to me that it is in the best interests of the country to have a new prime minister," May…... Read More

10 dead, 8 missing after boat capsizes in China

(GUIZHOU, China) -- At least 10 people are dead and eight missing after a boat capsized on a river in southwestern China.The vessel capsized in the remote Banrao village of Guizhou province.Police arrested the captain, and the others who were rescued were rushed to a hospital.Accidents on Chinese waterways have…... Read More

More troops, defensive capabilities requested to Middle East to deter Iran

(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. Central Command is requesting additional defensive capabilities that could lead to as many as 5,000 to 10,000 additional troops being sent to the Middle East to deter Iran, a U.S. official told ABC News.On Thursday afternoon, acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan confirmed that the Pentagon is…... Read More

UN names Ebola chief to tackle world's 2nd largest outbreak: 'We have no time to lose'

(NEW YORK) -- United Nations officials on Thursday named an emergency Ebola response coordinator to help bolster efforts to contain the growing outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo that has killed more than 1,200 people in 10 months.David Gressly, the U.N. deputy special representative for the Democratic…... Read More

Narendra Modi claims victory in Indian election

(LONDON) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed victory in the country's general election on Thursday, as early vote counts showed his Bharatiya Janata Party on course for a significant win.Early data from the nation's Electoral Commission showed the BJP led in contests for 269 of the 542 seats in…... Read More

Botswana's elephants and Zimbabwe's buffaloes are fair game after lawmakers relax hunting laws

(PRETORIA, South Africa) — Big 5 hunters are rejoicing after two Southern African countries scrapped or relaxed their hunting laws.Five years after outlawing elephant hunting, Botswana has backtracked its decision, claiming an increased population has started to impact farmers' livelihoods. Wildlife authorities in neighboring Zimbabwe lifted a ban on hunting…... Read More