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French anesthetist suspected of poisoning 24 patients, killing 9: Authorities

(PARIS) -- An anesthetist in France is accused by police of poisoning 24 patients, killing nine, allegedly in an effort to ruin the reputation of his colleagues because of personal conflicts he had with them, according to authorities.On Wednesday, the French court of appeals confirmed that Dr. Frederic Pechier, 47,…... Read More

Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei rejects Trump's offer to talk

(TEHRAN, Iran) -- Amid renewed high tensions in the Persian Gulf, Iran's Supreme Leader says he has rejected an offer from President Donald Trump to talk, blasting the U.S. as insincere in its offer and untrustworthy."I do not consider Trump as a person worth exchanging any message with," Ayatollah Khamenei…... Read More

Hong Kong postpones extradition bill debate again after dozens injured in protests

(HONG KONG) -- The president of Hong Kong's legislature has again suspended a debate on a polarizing proposal to change the city's extradition law, following violent clashes between police and thousands of protesters.Mass protests in the streets shut down Hong Kong's Legislative Council complex in Admiralty district on Wednesday, the…... Read More

Duchess Kate attends gala for Addiction Awareness Week

(LONDON) -- Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, attended the first annual gala dinner for Addiction Awareness Week Wednesday night, wearing a white dress by designer Barbara Casasola that she wore to another event three years ago.Duchess Kate, patron of Action on Addiction, a U.K.-based charity, paired the dress this time…... Read More

Amanda Knox returns to Italy for first time since her acquittal

(ROME) -- Amanda Knox arrived in Italy Thursday for the first time since her 2015 acquittal in a years-long murder case there. Knox will take part in a three-day conference on criminal law in Italy, according to the conference's organizers. She landed at an airport in Milan, in the country's…... Read More

US sends envoy to Sudan to defuse crisis amid reports of rapes during military crackdown

(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. said on Wednesday that a new special envoy for Sudan has been named to lead diplomatic efforts to resolve a political crisis in that country, two months after its repressive leader was forced from power by mass protests.The increased U.S. involvement comes after a major crackdown…... Read More

After backing down over journalist, Russian police arrest hundreds at protest

(MOSCOW) -- A day after Russian police dropped charges against a prominent journalist following an unprecedented public outcry, police in Moscow arrested more than 400 demonstrators who took to the streets to demand accountability and call for the release of other prisoners. The protest was announced before police abruptly dropped…... Read More

Dominican Republic working 'to reinforce' food and beverage standards in wake of tourist deaths

(SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic) -- Dominican officials are working to reinforce the island’s food and beverage safety standards amid a rash of mysterious deaths involving American tourists at luxury resorts. The Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism issued a statement on Wednesday urging potential visitors to put the recent incidents in…... Read More

Republicans join Democrats to rebuke Trump's 'emergency' $8B arms sale to Saudis, Emiratis

(WASHINGTON) -- Congress is moving ahead with legislation to block $8 billion of arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates after the Trump administration declared an "emergency" to bypass Congress and move ahead with the controversial sale over lawmakers' objections given the two countries' human rights records.Assistant…... Read More

Ebola-stricken boy who became 1st cross-border case in growing outbreak dies

(LONDON) — A young child who became the first cross-border case of Ebola in the world's second-largest outbreak has died, health officials said.The 5-year-old boy sought medical care at a hospital in western Uganda on Monday evening after he and five relatives crossed into the country from the neighboring Democratic…... Read More

Police fire tear gas at Hong Kong protesters as tensions spiral over controversial extradition bill

(HONG KONG) -- The controversial extradition law amendment, which would allow individuals to be sent to mainland China for trial, was scheduled to be introduced to Hong Kong's Legislative Council on Wednesday, but the session was postponed due to the protests. The bill will be voted on June 20.So far,…... Read More

Three North Korean defectors talk about what it was like crossing the demilitarized zone

(SEOUL, South Korea) -- Kim Kang Yoo was shaking as he passed by his fellow soldiers at North Korea's front-line guard post. A security guard looked at him in the eye, and Kim held on tight to his knapsack. He knew by instinct that if he acted awkwardly, the soldiers…... Read More

FBI involved in probe of deaths of US citizens at Dominican Republic luxury resorts

(NEW YORK) -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation is now helping to probe the deaths of three Americans who perished under mysterious circumstances in a five-day span at neighboring resorts in the Dominican Republic, officials said Tuesday.Dominican authorities asked for the FBI's help in conducting toxicology analysis in the investigations…... Read More

Russia drops charges against journalist after widespread outcry

(WASHINGTON) -- Russian police announced on Tuesday they are dropping charges against the investigative journalist Ivan Golunov, an extraordinary reversal by authorities in the face of a popular outcry over his arrest on drug charges last week.The abrupt turnaround by Russian authorities came amid mounting protests over Golunov's detention, which…... Read More