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US escalates warning to Assad regime, Russia not to use chemical weapons in Idlib

(WASHINGTON) -- The White House is doubling down on its warning to the Syrian regime not to use chemical weapons ahead of an expected assault on Idlib province in northwest Syria, saying the U.S. will respond "swiftly and appropriately."It's the strongest warning yet as the U.S. tries to assert a…... Read More

South Korea envoys to visit the North in hopes of unlocking denuclearizing efforts

(SEOUL) -- South Korea's special envoy is scheduled to travel to Pyongyang Wednesday with an ambitious agenda to work out the deadlocked road to denuclearizing North Korea."It is a very important time for a peace settlement on the Korean Peninsula," Chung Eui-yong, head of the presidential National Security Office and…... Read More

French kids head back to school without their phones

(PARIS) -- French students are heading back to the classroom this week, but a new law means that their phones won't be.Last month, the government passed a law banning the use of mobile phones, tablets and smartphones in French primary, middle and junior high schools, which teach students up to…... Read More

Monica Lewinsky walks out on live discussion after 'off-limits' question

(JERUSALEM) -- Monica Lewinsky stormed off a stage in Jerusalem on Monday after a reporter asked her about her affair with President Bill Clinton.Lewinsky, a White House intern during the Clinton administration, ended the live discussion just moments after the conversation began when the reporter asked her about Clinton’s unwillingness…... Read More

Rising global temperatures to cause insect crop losses, food shortages

(NEW YORK) -- Rising global temperatures are leading to a boom in the number of insects devouring crops worldwide, and could cause future food shortages, says a study published last week in the journal Science.According to researchers, the global yield losses of wheat, maize and rice crops to pests, particularly…... Read More

Suspect in stabbing of 2 Americans in Amsterdam claims he was seeking vengeance for the Prophet Muhammad: Prosecutors

(AMSTERDAM) -- An Afghan man suspected in the stabbing of two American tourists in Amsterdam told investigators he traveled there to carry out an attack as vengeance for offensive statements made in the Netherlands about the Prophet Muhammad, prosecutors said Monday.A remand hearing for the 19-year-old suspect, identified only as…... Read More

Man suspected of 'terrorist motive' in stabbing of American tourists in Amsterdam acted alone: Police

(AMSTERDAM) -- A 19-year-old Afghan man who allegedly stabbed two American tourists in Amsterdam's bustling, main train station is believed to have acted alone, authorities said. The suspect, identified only as Jawed S., is expected to make his first appearance in court on Monday as police probe whether a "terrorist…... Read More

Suspect with 'terrorist motive' who allegedly stabbed 2 Americans still being questioned

(AMSTERDAM) -- The man suspected of having a "terrorist motive" when he stabbed two American tourists in Amsterdam was still being interrogated Sunday by investigators, Dutch authorities told ABC News. The 19-year-old suspect, whom police only identified as Jawed S., was allegedly responsible for Friday's stabbing in the busy main…... Read More

Right-wing protests fueled by anti-immigrant sentiment continue in Germany

(CHEMNITZ, Germany) -- In the eastern German city of Chemnitz, the site of continued far-right protests and clashing counter-demonstrations, there has hardly been moment's rest.Although the gatherings on Saturday were largely peaceful, the atmosphere was tense: a representation of two Germanys -- one embracing of multiculturalism and the other still…... Read More

Catholic Church in Australia says secrecy of confessionals is inviolable, even for abuse cases

(SYDNEY) -- The Catholic Church in Australia has agreed to almost all of the recommendations of Australia's Royal Commission on child sex abuse, with one big exception: breaking the seal of confession.The commission had recommended that priests, like doctors, be required to report any allegation of child molestation -- even…... Read More

Pinkfong is K-pop for the next generation

(SEOUL) -- An animated cartoon fox named Pinkfong is taking the children’s music industry by storm. The magenta-colored character first took-off with a viral song called “Baby Shark,” which recently surpassed 1.6 billion hits on YouTube, and topped the children’s music chart on iTunes.“It is so catchy, it has such…... Read More

NASA: Small leak discovered on Russian side of International Space Station

(MOSCOW) -- A small pressure leak was discovered on the International Space Station, according to NASA.Flight controllers at mission control centers in Houston and Moscow began seeing signs of the leak Wednesday night when the six-member crew aboard the orbital outpost were asleep. Flight controllers monitored the situation until the…... Read More

US weighs 'genocide' designation for Rohingya crisis

(WASHINGTON) -- Three days after the United Nations released its report saying Myanmar's military had "genocidal intent" in its massacre last year of the Rohingya, the U.S. is still weighing whether to use the same term to characterize the slaughter that drove over 700,000 refugees from their homes and across…... Read More

Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan meet Lin-Manuel Miranda at special 'Hamilton' performance

(LONDON) -- Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan are "in the room where it happens."The newlyweds are attending a gala performance of the hit musical “Hamilton” Wednesday at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre.Harry, 33, and Meghan, 37, and the show’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, are special guests at the performance, which benefits Harry’s…... Read More