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Mike Pence expected to send message to Iran, discuss Venezuela during Europe trip

(WASHINGTON) -- Vice President Mike Pence is expected to send a strong message to Iran and discuss the rising tension in Venezuela as he travels to Europe this week for two conferences focused on the Middle East and international relations.At a conference hosted by the U.S. and Poland in Warsaw,…... Read More

Duchess of York calls for end to toxic trolling pitting royals against each other

(LONDON) -- Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have become the targets of a toxic social media culture pitting them against one another, and now, Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson is weighing in, comparing the online baiting to what the media did with her and Princess Diana.Ferguson wrote a candid letter…... Read More

Why the US Navy sails past disputed artificial islands claimed by China

(WASHINGTON) -- Two U.S. Navy destroyers sailed within 12 miles of Chinese-claimed artificial islands in the South China Sea on Monday, and, as expected, the operation drew swift condemnation from China.A defense official said Monday's transit did not involve any unprofessional or unsafe actions on the part of Chinese military…... Read More

Hungary's prime minister promises subsidies to families who have multiple children

(NEW YORK) -- The prime minister of Hungary introduced new legislation on Sunday that would provide financial incentives for families to have more children in an effort to combat the country’s longstanding low birth rate while maintaining a hard line against immigration. Prime Minister Viktor Orban has asked Parliament for…... Read More

Russian region declares state of emergency after mass invasion of polar bears

(MOSCOW) -- Authorities in a remote Russian arctic region have declared a state of emergency after dozens of hungry polar bears overran villages, besieging residents. A team of specialists is being flown into Novaya Zemlya, an archipelago with a population of less than 3,000 people, to assist in removing the…... Read More

Acting defense secretary says no orders to reduce forces in Afghanistan

(WASHINGTON) -- En route to Afghanistan on an unannounced trip, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Monday he has not received orders from President Donald Trump to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan by half, a Taliban demand made at recent peace talks with U.S. negotiators.During his…... Read More

Berlin Film Festival offers opportunities for women, building on #MeToo momentum

(BERLIN) -- As a young, female movie producer working in Hollywood in the 1980s, Gale Anne Hurd struggled for her talents to be recognized by her male peers.Although she'd already produced and co-wrote her first feature film, The Terminator, which was a blockbuster hit, some potential employers accused her of…... Read More

Nearly 100 children dead as world's second-largest Ebola outbreak surpasses 800 cases

(LONDON) -- The second-largest, second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has claimed the lives of nearly 100 children.At least 97 children, 65 of whom were younger than 5 years old, have died from Ebola virus disease in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo since the outbreak was declared there Aug.…... Read More

Prince William, Duchess Kate step out for BAFTAs

(LONDON) -- Duchess Kate walked down the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) red carpet Sunday night in a white asymmetrical dress. Kate, 37, stepped out for the British Awards show accompanied by her husband, Prince William, 36, who is the BAFTA president and one of the presenters of the night.Kate's…... Read More

US sails two warships past disputed island chain in South China Sea

(WASHINGTON) -- Two U.S. Navy ships sailed within 12 miles of a disputed artificial island -- claimed by China -- in the South China Sea early Monday, according to a U.S. Navy statement. The move is sure to once again draw criticism from China, which has criticized the passage of…... Read More

Humanitarian aid for Venezuelans stored at bridge crossing border as military blocks passage

(CUCUTA, Columbia) -- The first round of humanitarian aid provided by the United States government to Venezuela was unveiled at the Tienditas Bridge in Colombia on Friday. It was stored only a few miles away from thousands of Venezuelans who desperately need it.“We expect more to come,” U.S. Ambassador to…... Read More

White House decision looms as US military continues with Syria withdrawal plan

(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. military is proceeding with its 120-day plan to pull all U.S. troops and equipment out of Syria by the end of April, although so far only equipment and supplies have been removed. However, U.S. officials say the White House will have to tell the military within…... Read More

Section of Italy's collapsed Genoa bridge being removed

(ROME) -- Nearly six months after the deadly collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, the demolition of the remainder of the span began in earnest Friday. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Danilo Toninelli, the country's minister of infrastructure and transport, and other officials -- donning hard hats -- listened…... Read More

Losing grip on power, Venezuela's Maduro leans on Cuban security forces: US officials

(WASHINGTON) -- Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro is increasingly leaning on the protection and support of his Cuban backers, amid mounting global pressure to leave office, according to several senior U.S. officials.Adm. Craig Faller, head of U.S. Southern Command, told U.S. senators on Thursday that Havana "owns the security around Maduro and…... Read More