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Pregnant women, other vulnerable asylum seekers are returned to Mexico to await hearings

When Enma Hernandez crossed the Rio Grande here illegally about two weeks ago and approached Border Patrol agents seeking asylum, she told them she was eight months pregnant.

Hernandez, 26, said she had fled Guatemala hoping to join her husband and 2-year-old daughter in Miami. Instead, U.S. immigration...

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Smog chokes Mexico City as fires fan pollution

A smoky haze that has blanketed this capital for the past week is fraying nerves, spurring health worries and generating criticism of elected officials.

Authorities ordered Mexico City schools closed Thursday and Friday and urged people to stay indoors, as the photochemical miasma enveloping the...

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Taiwan approves same-sex marriage in a first for Asia

Taiwanese leaders have long tried to stand out from their political rival China so the rest of the world would not confuse the two ethnically Chinese societies. Almost 20 years ago, to bolster its democracy and tolerance for social activism — both weak in China — Taiwan encouraged LGBTQ rights...

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in Jerusalem: ‘I support the embassy being here’

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti spent five days in Israel this week, chairing a visiting bipartisan delegation of American mayors.

The trip, co-sponsored by the nonpartisan American Jewish Committee’s Project Interchange and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, aimed to boost U.S.-Israel relations at...

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India’s lower-caste Dalits, who helped elect Modi, now threaten to oust him

In 2014, Mukesh Kumar, like much of India’s underclass, had pinned his hopes on Narendra Modi, who became prime minister after his party won elections in a landslide.

Today, Kumar regrets voting for him.

“In five years there should have been so much progress, but nothing has changed,” said Kumar,...

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Israel roiled over allegation Netanyahu wants a law to diminish Supreme Court's power

With less than two weeks to form a government, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is confronting an open rebellion from one of his party’s top vote-getters, former Education Minister Gideon Saar.

Saar on Thursday accused the prime minister of damaging Israel and their Likud Party by pushing...

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Diplomatic efforts on Venezuela crisis gain momentum as negotiators meet in Norway

Diplomatic efforts to resolve Venezuela's crisis accelerated on Thursday as the government and opposition sent envoys to negotiate in Norway, though the two sides' mutual mistrust and differences on key issues could prevent any quick solution.

The envoys' trips appeared to be primarily a mediation...

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A bizarre takeover of North Korea’s embassy in Spain has an L.A. man on the run

The North Korean Embassy in Madrid was a soft target.

All it took was imitation handguns, fake business cards and some guile for a group of human rights activists to capture the embassy on the evening of Feb. 22. Over four hours, they took hostages, smashed photographs of the country’s late dictators...

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Citing threats, U.S. builds case — and military force — for confronting Iran

The State Department ordered several hundred U.S. diplomatic personnel to leave Iraq on Wednesday, citing heightened threats from neighboring Iran amid a buildup of U.S. military forces in the volatile region and growing concerns of a potential conflict with Tehran.

The uptick in tensions came...

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For foreign wives of Saudi Arabian men, legal limbo sometimes awaits

For Teresa Malof, the ad seeking nurses to work in Saudi Arabia was a chance to reboot her life. She was 29, her mother had recently passed away and her first marriage had ended in divorce. So she would leave Cincinnati and spend a year working at Riyadh's King Fahad National Guard Hospital and...

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Pompeo meets Putin amid sharp differences, agreement on better ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin told the United States’ top diplomat Tuesday that he was eager to repair relations between their two countries despite sharp differences over the escalating crisis in Iran.

Putin spoke alongside Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo in the Russian resort city of...

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American driver hits 5 people during police pursuit at Mexican border, authorities say

An American man was arrested after running over several people with a truck in a chaotic chase to the San Ysidro border crossing, police in Tijuana said.

A statement Monday night said that the man threatened a person with a knife on a Tijuana boulevard about a mile from the U.S.-Mexico crossing...

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Philippines midterm elections give a boost to President Rodrigo Duterte

Candidates who support President Rodrigo Duterte dominated legislative elections in the Philippines, officials said Tuesday, bolstering the power of the architect of a deadly anti-drug campaign and a new friendship with China.

With nearly 99% of votes counted, a coalition of parties that back Duterte...

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For lonely men in Spanish towns, the ‘caravan of women’ brings hope of love

Since 1995, towns across Spain have received buses of city women looking to meet single men. On a recent caravan, Guadalupe wonders if she finally will meet a man to build a life with.

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Escalating U.S.-China trade war roils markets as Trump promises aid to farmers

As China hit the U.S. with retaliatory tariffs and the stock market tumbled, President Trump moved Monday to shield American farmers, but also expressed hope that a possible meeting next month with Chinese President Xi Jinping could resolve their escalating trade war.

Even as Trump defended his...

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Poland cancels Israeli officials’ visit over Holocaust restitution conflict

Poland abruptly canceled the visit of an official Israeli delegation en route to Warsaw on Monday over concerns that talks would focus on restitution of seized Jewish property.

The diplomatic conflict comes amid an escalating dispute over Poland’s role in the Holocaust and two days after Polish...

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As trade war escalates, Chinese remember ‘national humiliation’

As Li Xuewei stepped through the ruins of Beijing’s Old Summer Palace, one phrase repeated itself in her mind — and on almost every explanatory sign:

Wu wang guo chi. “Don't forget national humiliation.”

The 24-year-old medical student was visiting the capital from Shandong province for the first...

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Filipinos cast votes in midterm elections crucial to Duterte

Voters in the Philippines cast ballots Monday in midterm elections highlighted by a showdown between President Rodrigo Duterte's allies who aim to dominate the Senate and opposition candidates fighting for checks and balances under a leader they regard as a looming dictator.

Nearly 62 million Filipinos...

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China, Japan and South Korea, while vowing to go green at home, promote coal abroad

In the last-ditch global battle against climate change, China, Japan and South Korea have joined other industrialized nations in promising to reduce their use of fossil fuels.

Yet even as they take steps to promote renewable energy at home, these three countries are facing growing scrutiny for...

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Taiwan breaks ground to build its own submarines

Taiwan’s major shipbuilder has broken ground on a factory aimed at producing submarines to blunt threats from China while easing dependence on politically sensitive arms sales from the West.

Shipbuilder CSBC Corp. Taiwan will work with the Taiwanese navy to initially develop a $3.3-billion submarine...

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Soviet housing was famously drab. This Ukraine complex is all about color

There’s that moment near the beginning of “The Wizard of Oz” when Dorothy’s house is swept away from the black-and-white world of Kansas and lands with a thud in Oz, a wonderland of blinding Technicolor.

You get a similar sense of amazement when you walk into Comfort Town, a massive housing development...

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Chinese millennials are rejecting dull factory jobs — and transforming the economy

Life as one of China’s industrial worker ants did not suit Liu Xu: waking up early in factory accommodation, working for 11 hours operating a machine in the tool-making factory, eating all his meals in the factory canteen and going to bed, only to wake up and do it again.

His parents spent most...

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The U.S.-China trade war just got a lot worse. And there’s no quick fix for relations

The Trump administration’s abrupt Chinese tariff hike Friday raises strong doubts on whether the world’s two largest economies can reach a deal to quell their escalating trade war in the coming weeks.

Senior U.S. and Chinese trade officials met over two days in Washington, but talks broke off Friday...

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South Africa’s ruling African National Congress on track to win parliamentary elections

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress was on track to maintain its majority in parliamentary elections on Friday, though the vote saw flagging support for Nelson Mandela’s legendary liberation party and a boost for smaller parties at more extreme ends of the political spectrum.

With 94%...

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Archie, the newest British royal family member, has no title. Here’s why (we think)

He’s not a prince, not a lord, not a duke, not an earl.

He’s Master Archie.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex — more commonly known as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle — defied bookmakers’ odds when they chose a name for their firstborn that is not steeped in tradition and has no grand title.

That raises...

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