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Trump defends Confederate statues, berates his critics

BRIDGEWATER, N.J.—With prominent Republicans openly questioning his competence and moral leadership, President Donald Trump burrowed deeper into the racially charged debate over Confederate memorials and lashed out at members of his own party in the latest controversy to engulf his presidency. Out of sight but still online, Trump tweeted his defence of monuments to Confederate …

Assailant injures guard outside Taiwan presidential office

TAIPEI, Taiwan — An assailant wielding a samurai sword and carrying a Chinese flag in his bag injured a guard outside Taiwan’s presidential office building on Friday in what authorities are calling a politically-motivated attack. The 51-year-old man, identified by his surname, Lu, was overpowered by other guards and prevented from entering the nearly 100-year-old …

‘Black power’ removed from ex Philadelphia mayor’s statue

PHILADELPHIA — Workers have removed the words “black power” that were spray painted across the statue of a former Philadelphia mayor and police commissioner. Workers Friday power washed the graffiti that was discovered Thursday, sprayed in white paint on the bronze statue of the late Frank Rizzo. Rizzo critics say he reigned over the city …

Clearing Iraqi cities of explosives may take decades

BAGHDAD — The wires protruding from the small, misshapen stuffed animal revealed the deadly booby-trap tucked inside. For the people of Mosul, the sophisticated bomb was a reminder of how difficult it will be to return to homes littered with hidden explosives by Islamic State militants and dotted with the remnants of undetonated bombs dropped …

Warship captain in collision that killed 7 to lose command

WASHINGTON — Poor seamanship and flaws in keeping watch contributed to a collision between a Navy destroyer and a commercial container ship that killed seven sailors, Navy officials said, announcing that the warship captain will be relieved of command and more than a dozen other sailors will be punished. Adm. William Moran, the vice chief …

Trump defends Confederate statues, berates his critics

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — With prominent Republicans openly questioning his competence and moral leadership, President Donald Trump burrowed deeper into the racially charged debate over Confederate memorials and lashed out at members of his own party in the latest controversy to engulf his presidency. Out of sight, but still online, Trump tweeted his defence of monuments …

The real revolution in NKorea is rise of consumer culture

PYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People’s Republic Of — Like all North Korean adults, Song Un Pyol wears the faces of leader Kim Jong Un’s father and grandfather pinned neatly to her left lapel, above her heart. But on her right glitters a diamond-and-gold brooch. Song is what a success story in Kim Jong Un’s North Korea …

Homeless California war veteran gets place to call home

MIDWAY CITY, Calif. — Vernon Poling was 44 years old when he got a home of his own. The Iraq war veteran was medically discharged from the Army in 2014, had to quit his trucking job for medical reasons, and found himself living out of his pickup last year in Orange County, a sprawling area …

Skeptics dismiss Bannon’s call for economic war with China

WASHINGTON — White House adviser Steve Bannon isn’t alone in pondering America’s possibly generation-defining question about China’s emerging superpower status — but his call for an “economic war” puts him far outside the mainstream. In an interview reflecting on some of his big-thinking projects, Bannon said the country should be “maniacally focused” on a confrontation …

Guatemalan immigrant seeks sanctuary in Manhattan church

NEW YORK — A Guatemalan immigrant with no authorization to live in the U.S. entered a church in Manhattan with her three children on Thursday to seek refuge from immigration authorities. Amanda Morales, who has lived illegally in the U.S. since 2004, said she decided to seek sanctuary instead of showing up to her appointment …

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