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U.S. argues Harvard admissions policies harm Asian-Americans

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 1:51pm
The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday backed a lawsuit accusing Harvard University of discriminating against Asian-American applicants, throwing its support behind a case that could impact the use of race-based college admissions.

Archbishop who called on Pope to resign says corruption reaches the top

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 5:22am
The archbishop who sparked a crisis in the Catholic Church by calling on Pope Francis to resign has denied he was motivated by personal vendetta and said he sought to show that corruption had reached the top levels of the Church hierarchy.

Portugal seduces parched investors with water: plenty of it

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 5:21am
As wildfires scorched California yet again this summer, Jose Dariush Leal da Costa, a Bay Area native with Portuguese roots, was harvesting his first almonds in a sun-drenched, watery oasis in southern Portugal.

Myanmar aid restrictions 'could be war crime', says rights group

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 5:13am
Government restrictions on lifesaving aid for displaced people in northern Myanmar could constitute a war crime, advocacy group Fortify Rights said on Thursday, as pressure grows for accountability for rights abuses in the country.

Former Vice President Biden to lead memorial tribute to McCain

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 5:04am
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was due to lead mourners in saluting the late John McCain, his former Senate colleague, at a Phoenix church service on Thursday celebrating the life of the Vietnam War hero and two-time Republican presidential candidate.

As drought grips Australia's east, giant grains trains roll to the rescue

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 4:14am
Until a few months ago, train driver Gavin Slater had never seen anything like it. Five locomotives, with a combined 15,000 horsepower, ready to pull 101 wagons brimful of grain.

Cuomo, Nixon argue over who is bigger Trump critic at NY gubernatorial debate

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 4:09am
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and challenger Cynthia Nixon argued over who was the stauncher opponent of U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday in their only debate as they battle for the state's Democratic gubernatorial nomination next month.

Stock market's advance grinds to a halt on China concerns

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 4:07am
Stock market gains came to a grinding halt on Thursday, held back by concern that China will be left behind as the United States reaches trade agreements with other North American countries and Europe.

Korea detente revives North Korean leader's bullet train dreams

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 3:37am
North Korea's ruling family has long dreamed of a state-of-the-art rail system linking its major cities with each other and the wider world.

Former Texas policeman jailed for 15 years for black teen's murder

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 3:23am
A white former Texas policeman was jailed on Wednesday for 15 years over the deadly shooting of an unarmed black teenager in a Dallas suburb last year that fueled a national debate over possible racial bias in U.S. policing.

Trump hails Kim, sees no need to resume U.S.-South Korea war games

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 3:21am
Days after canceling a planned visit to North Korea by his top diplomat citing insufficient progress in denuclearization talks, U.S. President Donald Trump hailed his personal relationship North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday and said there was no reason to resume war games with South Korea.

Trump and Trudeau upbeat about prospects for NAFTA deal by Friday

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 3:02am
The leaders of the United States and Canada expressed optimism on Wednesday that they could reach new NAFTA deal by a Friday deadline as negotiators prepared to talk through the night, although Canada warned that a number of tricky issues remained.

China says U.S. remarks on North Korea issue are "irresponsible"

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 2:28am
China said on Thursday that U.S. remarks on the North Korea issue are "irresponsible" and hard to understand, after U.S. President Donald Trump questioned Beijing's role in resolving the crisis over Pyongyang's development of nuclear weapons.

China says trade issues with U.S. can only be resolved through talks as equals

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 2:21am
China's commerce ministry said on Thursday that trade issues with the United States can only be resolved through talks as equals, adding that China will stick to the steady opening of its economy regardless of U.S. actions.

Hello, stranger: South Koreans recount awkward reunions with families in North

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 2:17am
There were no tearful hugs when 81-year-old South Korean Jung Hak-soon met her North Korean nephew and sister-in-law for the first time.

Pressures on Didi intensify after latest passenger killing

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 11:54pm
China's largest ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing has suspended its carpooling service after a passenger was killed, and is likely to face tighter oversight that will squeeze driver numbers and extend customer waiting times.

California university doctor accused of sex abuse sees license suspended

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 10:38pm
A former University of Southern California (USC) gynecologist, accused of sexually assaulting hundreds of students, has agreed to a suspension of his medical license, officials said on Wednesday.

Trump presses Supreme Court chief justice for action on Russia dossier

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 10:28pm
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the U.S. Supreme Court chief justice should tell the head of a national security court to question FBI and Justice Department officials about their use of a so-called Russia dossier as part of a collusion probe.

Cuomo vs Nixon: Trump animus takes center stage at NY governor debate

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 5:28pm
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and challenger Cynthia Nixon argued over who is the stauncher opponent of U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday in their first and only debate in the campaign for the state's Democratic gubernatorial nomination next month.

Thousands endure blazing Arizona heat to view Senator John McCain's casket

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 5:27pm
Thousands of admirers of the late Senator John McCain stood in line for hours on Wednesday in the blazing Arizona sun and triple-digit heat for a chance to pay final respects to the war hero and two-time Republican presidential candidate.

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