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Ivanka Trump launches Global Women's Initiative targeting developing nations

(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump signed a memorandum on Thursday launching a new “Women’s Global Development and Prosperity” Initiative aimed at empowering women in the developing world. The force behind the initiative: the president’s daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump. “It's a culmination of a lot of hard work but also…... Read More

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle walk red carpet at Endeavour Fund Awards gala

(LONDON) -- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped out Thursday night to recognize the achievements of wounded servicemen and women.The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are expecting their first child this spring, attended the Endeavour Fund Awards in London. The Endeavour Fund was founded in 2012 with the support…... Read More

Aid arrives at Venezuela border as US demands Maduro let it in

(CARACAS, Venezuela) -- A convoy carrying American humanitarian aid arrived at the Colombia-Venezuela border on Thursday as the U.S. and Venezuela's interim president Juan Guaido pressure President Nicolas Maduro to let the aid in and leave power.Nine trucks in total drove into the border city Cucuta, but it will remain…... Read More

Rome airport closed after World War II-era bombs found

(ROME) -- All flights into Rome’s secondary international airport, Ciampino, were suspended on Thursday after construction workers doing maintenance work on a tarmac uncovered three World War II bombs beneath the asphalt, according to local officials and numerous local news reports and video. The aviation authority, ADR, ordered the evacuation…... Read More

Girl, 5, pulled from rubble 18 hours after building collapse in Istanbul

(LONDON) -- A 5-year-old girl was pulled from a massive pile of rubble on Thursday in Istanbul, some 18 hours after a 14-unit apartment building collapsed and killed at least three others.The eight-floor building in which the girl lived collapsed around 4 p.m. local time in the Turkish capital's Kartal…... Read More

British Council finally publishes George Orwell's long-lost essay

(LONDON) -- An arts foundation in England has released an unpublished culinary essay by the legendary author George Orwell, complete with an apology to the writer more than 70 years after it was initially rejected. The essay, entitled "British Cookery," was a defense of what Orwell described as the “slightly…... Read More

2018 makes last five years the warmest in history, scientists say

(WASHINGTON) -- The past five years are the warmest in recorded history, scientists from NASA and NOAA announced Wednesday, part of a continued trend of higher temperatures around the world."2018 is yet again an extremely warm year on top of a long-term global warming trend," said Goddard Institute for Space…... Read More

Meghan Markle's friends speak out, say Duchess of Sussex is being bullied

(LONDON) -- Five people who claim to be Meghan Markle’s closest friends are speaking up in a rare interview to defend the Duchess of Sussex and stand up to what they call “global bullying.”“Meg has silently sat back and endured the lies and untruths,” one of the friends, described as…... Read More

Trump's claims of US success in Afghanistan ring hollow amid Taliban talks, reality on ground

(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump touted the U.S. talks with the Taliban in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, projecting an air of strength and asserting that the Taliban had been forced to bargain for peace."The opposing side is also very happy to be negotiating. Our troops have…... Read More

Second Trump-Kim summit propels Vietnam to geopolitical center stage

(HANOI) -- Vietnam will host the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un later this month, Trump announced last night, throwing a spotlight on the Southeast Asian nation that has friendly relations with all of the main players.Trump said during the State of the…... Read More

Taliban official says US promised to withdraw troops in Afghanistan by April

(MOSCOW) -- The United States has promised to withdraw half of its troops from Afghanistan by April, according to a Taliban official.The official, Abdul Salam Hanafi, made the comments in Moscow, where he was part of a Taliban delegation attending peace talks with senior Afghan political figures. Afghanistan government officials…... Read More

Video shows US-backed Afghan forces raiding Taliban prison

(NEW YORK) -- In video shared with ABC News, Afghan forces can be seen storming a prison to rescue their own soldiers being held captive by the Taliban.The night-vision footage of the raid showed Taliban fighters with their hands in the air.ABC News and World News Tonight anchor David Muir…... Read More

Angelina Jolie visits Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

(LONDON) -- Actress and human rights activist Angelina Jolie on Tuesday met with Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar, the world’s largest refugee settlement.This was Jolie’s first trip to Bangladesh as an UNHCR special envoy and the visit comes as the United Nations attempts to raise $920 million for the…... Read More

Top general says US has not shifted focus to 'watching' Iran from Iraq

(NEW YORK) -- The top U.S. general in the Middle East says the U.S. military's mission in Iraq is still focused on defeating ISIS, and has not shifted to "watching" Iran as President Donald Trump said in an interview this past weekend.Gen. Joseph Votel, the commander of U.S. Central Command,…... Read More