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Putin talks back to Canada: sees room for compromise on Arctic, not on Ukraine

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Vladimir Putin had tough talk for Canada on Saturday, saying he understands Canadian concerns about Arctic sovereignty but Canada’s stance on Russia’s involvement in Ukraine is far more puzzling. The Russian president suggested Canada’s physical distance from Ukraine meant it had little business meddling in the conflict, adding that Russia acted …

Flooding in South China kills 19; destroys homes

BEIJING — At least 19 people have died and seven were reported missing Sunday in widespread flooding that’s hit hundreds of thousands of people in a swath of southern China, the country’s state news agency reported. Historic-level rains lashed the cities of Guangzhou, Zhaoqing and Qingyuan and triggered floods, mudslides and the collapse of 1,143 …

Pope condemns deadly Brussels attack

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — Pope Francis on Sunday condemned the deadly shootings at the as anti-Semitism as he arrived in Israel for the final leg of a Holy Land pilgrimage. Francis was greeted with an honor guard at the airport, and the country’s top officials lined up to shake his hand as he walked along …

Suspect in UC Santa Barbara rampage blamed aloof women

GOLETA, California — In YouTube videos and a long written manifesto, Elliot Rodger aired his contempt for everyone from his roommates to the whole human race, reserving special hate for two groups: the women he says kept him a virgin for all of his 22 years, and the men they chose instead. Authorities said he …

Five still missing after bus plunges into river in SE China

Bus with Taiwanese tourists falls into China river; two dead http://t.co/5LtelELuEt pic.twitter.com/dtZrHjzEGk — News.net (@MyNewsNet) May 24, 2014 FUZHOU (PNA/Xinhua) — Rescuers are still searching for five missing passengers on Saturday after a bus carrying Taiwanese tourists plunged into a river in southeast China on Friday noon. Two people died after the tourist bus fell …

Ex-Thai PM to be held for a week; Senate dissolved

BANGKOK — Thailand’s coup leaders said Saturday that they would keep former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Cabinet members and anti-government protest leaders detained for up to a week to give them “time to think” and to keep the country calm. Outspoken academics were also summoned to report to the junta. The ruling military council also …

China launches anti-terror drive after bombing

URUMQI, China — Authorities announced a security crackdown Saturday in China’s Muslim northwest after a deadly bombing raised questions about whether tightening Beijing’s grip might be feeding anti-Chinese anger and a rise of organized terrorism. Thursday’s bombing at a morning street market selling vegetables and other produce in Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang region, killed …

Pope opens mideast trip lamenting Syrian conflict

AMMAN, Jordan — Pope Francis called on Saturday for an “urgent” end to the Syrian civil war and the refugee crisis it has spawned as he opened a three-day trip to the Middle East. During his first stop in Jordan, Francis also urged greater Christian-Muslim coexistence across the region, thanking King Abdullah II for encouraging …

Election under threat in Eastern Ukraine

KIEV, UKRAINE — Pro-Russian insurgents have prevented at least half of the election districts in the embattled east of the country to prepare for Sunday’s presidential election, a Ukrainian official says. Volodymyr Hrinyak, chief of the public security department at the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, said Saturday that 17 out of 34 district election commissions in …

7 dead in drive-by shooting near UC Santa Barbara

7 dead in a mass shooting near campus of University of Santa Barbara http://t.co/ObQuxy9vGP pic.twitter.com/O3dB96IgU6 — Brett (@Brosner85) May 24, 2014 LOS ANGELES — A drive-by shooter went on a rampage near a Santa Barbara university campus that left seven people dead, including the attacker, and seven others wounded, authorities said Saturday. The gunman got …

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