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UK counter-terror offer help after ex-Russian spy collapses

SALISBURY, England (AP) — British counter-terror specialists offered expertise to police in southern England Tuesday as they sought to unravel the mystery of why a former Russian spy fell critically ill following exposure to an “unknown substance.” Authorities maintained a cordon near the spot — a bench near a shopping mall — where former double…

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Seoul: Koreas agree to hold summit talks at border in April

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has agreed to hold a landmark summit meeting with South Korea’s president next month and impose a moratorium on nuclear and missile tests if his country holds talks with the United States, a senior South Korean official said Tuesday. Chung Eui-yong, South Korea’s presidential…

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10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHO WILL HOLD SUMMIT FOR FIRST TIME UNDER HIS RULE Seoul says South and North Korea have agreed that their leaders — President Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un — will meet in late April. It will…

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Violence halts rare aid delivery to Syria’s eastern Ghouta

BEIRUT (AP) — The first aid delivery in weeks to reach the besieged eastern suburbs of Damascus was cut short after Syrian government forces began shelling the area while aid workers were still inside, a local council said Tuesday, amid a renewed escalation in the government’s deadly aerial and ground campaign. Aid trucks had to…

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Analysis: Summit would be rite of passage for Kim Jong Un

TOKYO (AP) — More than six years after assuming power, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has yet to complete one of the defining rituals of a world leader — hosting another head of state, or being welcomed by one on an official visit abroad. Could this be the year that changes? Kim’s meeting this week…

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90th Oscars dance between honoring and correcting the past

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Held one year ago, the 90th Academy Awards would have very likely been a rose-colored nostalgia fest. But this year, with a culture-wide reckoning over decades of sexual misconduct, a film business in decline, a volatile political climate and the fact that last year the esteemed show couldn’t even manage to…

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Aid convoy enters besieged rebel-held Damascus suburbs

BEIRUT (AP) — Desperate for food and basic medicines, many of the besieged and bombarded Syrian civilians in Damascus’ eastern suburbs of Ghouta waited on Monday as a 46-truck convoy organized by the United Nations and key aid agencies began entering the rebel-held enclave. The U.N.’s humanitarian office said the convoy with health and nutrition…

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China pledges strong growth as Xi bids to rule indefinitely

BEIJING (AP) — China’s government pledged Monday to deliver robust growth, pursue advanced technology and boost military spending while urging the public to embrace President Xi Jinping’s rule as its ceremonial legislature prepared for changes to allow Xi to stay in power indefinitely. The plan to end constitutional limits on Xi’s term as president has…

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. AND THE OSCAR GOES TO … Director Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War fantasy film “The Shape of Water” wins best picture, but change, of many kinds, was front and center at the first post-Harvey Weinstein Academy Awards.…

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Trump embracing potential for trade war

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is embracing the potential for a trade war after announcing his intent to place tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, as he rebuffs allies who have pushed to be exempted from the stiff duties. The protectionist policy will be made official in the next two weeks, White House officials…