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US prepped for strikes on Iran before approval was withdrawn

Published On: June 21, 2019 10:52 AM NPT By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON, June 21: A U.S. official said the military made preparations Thursday night for limited strikes on Iran in retaliation for the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone, but approval was abruptly withdrawn before the attacks were launched.

In Lebanon, Syrian refugees face new pressure to go home

Published On: June 20, 2019 07:00 PM NPT By: Associated Press

ARSAL, June 20: Lebanese authorities are making their most aggressive campaign yet for Syrian refugees to return home and are taking action to ensure they can’t put down roots.

U2 guitarist won’t get to build mansions on Malibu hillside

Published On: June 20, 2019 02:11 PM NPT By: Associated Press

A plan by U2 guitarist The Edge to build a cluster of mansions on a ridgeline above Malibu appears to be dead after California’s highest court declined to consider his last-ditch appeal.

Old spy images reveal Himalayan glaciers are melting fast

Published On: June 20, 2019 01:00 PM NPT By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON, June 20: Cold War era spy satellite images are showing scientists that glaciers on the Himalayas are now melting about twice as fast as they used to.

UN expert urges probe of Saudi prince over Khashoggi killing

Published On: June 19, 2019 08:30 PM NPT By: Associated Press

GENEVA, June 19:  An independent U.N. report into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said Wednesday there is “credible evidence” to warrant further investigation into the possible role of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and suggested sanctions on his personal assets.

33K pounds of cocaine seized in one of biggest US drug busts

Published On: June 19, 2019 03:00 PM NPT By: Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA, June 19: U.S. authorities seized 33,000 pounds, or 15,000 kilograms, of cocaine from a ship at Philadelphia’s port in what they described as one of the largest drug busts in American history.

Boris Johnson builds lead in race to be UK prime minister

Published On: June 19, 2019 02:00 PM NPT By: Associated Press

LONDON, June 19: Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson increased his lead in the race to become Britain’s next prime minister Tuesday in a Conservative Party vote that eliminated one of his rivals and enabled upstart candidate Rory Stewart to defy expectations by remaining in the contest.

UN: Nearly 71 million now displaced by war, violence at home

Published On: June 19, 2019 01:30 PM NPT By: Associated Press

GENEVA, June 19:  A record 71 million people have been displaced worldwide from war, persecution and other violence, the U.N. refugee agency said Wednesday, an increase of more than 2 million from last year and an overall total that would amount to the world’s 20th most populous country.

China, North Korea look to strengthen ties amid US disputes

Published On: June 19, 2019 12:27 PM NPT By: Associated Press

SEOUL, June 19: Chinese President Xi Jinping travels to North Korea to meet leader Kim Jong Un this week looking to strengthen their sometimes shaky bond at a time when both are locked in dispute with the United States — Xi over trade and Kim over nuclear weapons.

Database says 91,600 killed in Yemen fighting since 2015

Published On: June 19, 2019 11:17 AM NPT By: Associated Press

CAIRO, June 19: A database tracking violence says at least 91,600 people have been killed in Yemen’s civil war, presenting a new estimate after completing reporting for the first months of fighting in 2015.

Former France soccer great arrested in 2022 World Cup probe

Published On: June 18, 2019 08:30 PM NPT By: Associated Press

PARIS, June 18:  Former UEFA president Michel Platini denied wrongdoing during police questioning Tuesday following his arrest as part of a corruption probe into the vote that gave the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

Hong Kong protesters slam leader’s apology, demand she quit

Published On: June 18, 2019 08:00 PM NPT By: Associated Press

HONG KONG, June 18: Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers and activists rejected a new apology Tuesday by the city’s leader over a highly unpopular extradition bill, demanding that she quit and that the legislation be scrapped completely.

Iranian president: Iran isn’t seeking war against any nation

Published On: June 18, 2019 06:30 PM NPT By: Associated Press

TEHRAN, June 18: Iran is not seeking to wage war against any nation, the country’s president said Tuesday while at the same time stressing that Iranians will withstand mounting U.S. pressure and emerge victorious.

China’s Xi to visit North Korea as US nuke diplomacy stalls

Published On: June 18, 2019 03:50 PM NPT By: Associated Press

BEIJING, June 18: Chinese President Xi Jinping will make a state visit to North Korea this week, state media announced Monday, as U.S. talks with North Korea on its nuclear program are at an apparent standstill.

Pakistani police target traffickers selling brides to China

Published On: June 18, 2019 03:00 PM NPT By: Associated Press

FAISALABAD, June 18: At first, in her desperate calls home to her mother in Pakistan, Natasha Masih couldn’t bring herself to say what they were doing to her.

Climate talks held as Arctic ice melts, concerns grow

Published On: June 18, 2019 02:30 PM NPT By: Associated Press

BERLIN, June 18: Diplomats and climate experts gathered Monday in Germany for U.N.-hosted talks on climate change amid growing public pressure for governments to act faster against global warming.

Corden’s ‘Late Late Show’ visits London, gets silly in Paris

Published On: June 18, 2019 12:21 PM NPT By: Associated Press

When James Corden takes his “The Late Late Show” to England, he does it up royally. He’s yet to ask Queen Elizabeth to join him, but this week’s London-based shows include British and U.S. stars including Tom Hanks and Lily James and a pre-taped segment with former first lady Michelle Obama.

Taylor Swift’s new video features Ellen, RuPaul and more

Published On: June 18, 2019 11:44 AM NPT By: Associated Press

Taylor Swift’s new music video features a number of famous faces, including Ellen DeGeneres, Laverne Cox, RuPaul and the cast of “Queer Eye.”

Egypt TV says ousted president Morsi dies in court

Published On: June 17, 2019 10:08 PM NPT By: Associated Press

CAIRO, June 17: Egypt’s state TV says the country’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi has collapsed during a court session and died.

Kenya tests woman for Ebola, as Congo, Uganda fight outbreak

Published On: June 17, 2019 07:00 PM NPT By: Associated Press

NAIROBI, June 17:  Kenyan doctors are testing a hospital patient in western Kenya who has Ebola-like symptoms, as eastern Congo is struggling to control the outbreak and Uganda has reported two deaths from the deadly hemorrhagic fever.