As the US moves out of Afghanistan, Iran cements ties with the Taliban and officials

As the United States draws down its troops from the conflict-beleaguered Afghanistan, cracks are emerging that neighboring Iran is entrenching itself into – shoring up ties with formal government officials and ethnic minorities, as well as the Taliban and disgruntled new Taliban offshoots. Tufail Ahmad, a senior fellow for the Middle East Media Research Insitute (MEMRI) […]

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QAnon Followers Are Hijacking the #SaveTheChildren Movement

Recently, an acquaintance posted a photo on her Instagram story showing a map of the United States, filled with bright red dots. “This is not a map of Covid,” the caption read. “It is a map of human trafficking.” Under the photo was a hashtag: #SaveTheChildren. A few days later, I saw the same hashtag […]

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The Nation Wanted to Eat Out Again. Everyone Has Paid the Price.

Across the United States this summer, restaurants and bars, reeling from mandatory lockdowns and steep financial declines, opened their doors to customers, thousands of whom had been craving deep bowls of farro, frothy margaritas and juicy burgers smothered in glistening onions. But the short-term gains have led to broader losses. Data from states and cities […]

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US revises UN resolution to extend UN arms embargo on Iran

The United States has circulated a revised resolution that would extend a U.N. arms embargo on Iran indefinitely, seeking to gain more support in the 15-member Security Council where veto-wielding Russia and China have voiced strong opposition By EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press August 11, 2020, 9:51 PM 4 min read UNITED NATIONS — The […]

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What to Watch in Tuesday’s Elections: Ilhan Omar and Georgia’s QAnon Candidate

Six states hold primaries and runoffs on Tuesday, but the spotlight will be on Representative Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota. In her primary race for re-election on Tuesday, she hopes to continue a string of victories by progressive candidates nationwide, but she faces a well-financed challenge from Antone Melton-Meaux, a lawyer who has raised more […]

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UN envoy Kelly Craft vows US pushing issue of human rights in China ‘at every opportunity we have’

The United States is broaching the topic of human rights issues with China at the United Nations whenever it can, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Kelly Craft told “The Story” Monday night. Craft joined host Martha MacCallum hours after Chinese authorities arrested pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai and raided the newsroom of the tabloid Apple […]

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Foxx bashes ‘dishonest blame games,’ calls for ‘honest conversation’ after night of looting

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx speaks during a news conference Monday after looting broke out overnight in the Loop and surrounding neighborhoods. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times Foxx’s comments came hours after Chicago Police Supt. David Brown said “a lot of” arrests were made after looting in May and June, but they “weren’t prosecuted to […]

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NY state assemblyman slams ‘spineless’ de Blasio’s coronavirus checkpoints as ‘utter nonsense’

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is leading the Big Apple into shambles as the state’s governor begs people to stay, a state assemblyman told FOX Business Network’s “Varney & Co.” Monday. Mike LiPetri, a Republican assemblyman, slammed the Democrat mayor for his coronavirus checkpoints, which could result in fines up to $10,000 for visitors, amid rising homelessness and […]

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U.S. Official Praises Taiwan During Highest-Level Visit in Decades

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The United States’ top health official lauded Taiwan’s democracy on Monday as he met with the island’s leader for a visit laden with symbols of stronger ties between Washington and the self-ruled island claimed by Beijing. Alex M. Azar II, the secretary of health, is the highest ranking American official to visit […]

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Salmonella Cases Linked to Onions Increase to Nearly 900

A salmonella outbreak linked to onions has expanded to 43 states and Canada, prompting a recall from a producer in California and various grocery chains, health officials said. As of Sunday, there had been 640 reported salmonella cases, including 85 hospitalizations, tied to the outbreak, the Food and Drug Administration said. Many of the reported […]

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Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Arrive In Miami With 4 Kids After Tense Wyoming Fight & Family Getaway — Pics

Kim Kardashian & Kanye West were spotted arriving back to The United States after weeks of drama between the internationally known couple. We have arrived! Kim Kardashian, 39, Kanye West, 42, and their four little ones (North, 7, Saint, 4, Chicago, 2, Psalm, 1) were seen exiting a plane in Miami on Sunday, August 9, […]

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Amid pandemic, future of many Catholic schools is in doubt

NEW YORK — As the new academic year arrives, school systems across the United States are struggling to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Roman Catholic educators have an extra challenge — trying to forestall a relentless wave of closures of their schools that has no end in sight. Already this year, financial and enrollment problems […]

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US response to the virus is met with incredulity abroad

The United States’ failure to contain the spread of the coronavirus has been met with astonishment and alarm in Europe, as the world’s most powerful country edges closer to a global record of 5 million confirmed infections. Perhaps nowhere outside the U.S. is America’s bungled virus response viewed with more consternation than in Italy, which […]

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After three rounds, Dustin Johnson leads the PGA Championship

Dustin Johnson of the United States watches a shot from the 15th tee during the third round of the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park on August 08, 2020 in San Francisco, California. | Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images Scottie Scheffler and Cameron Champ are one stroke back SAN FRANCISCO — Dustin Johnson lost his […]

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There Is Good Reason for Biden to Fear Kanye’s Candidacy

Kanye West’s presidential campaign is largely a sideshow, but in swing states like Wisconsin, it matters. West has missed too many filing deadlines to appear on most state ballots come November. But, by successfully submitting in time in Wisconsin on Tuesday, the rap superstar could potentially impact the general election results in a state where […]

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Iran asks UN to hold US accountable for plane interception

Iran is urging the United Nations to hold the United States accountable for the interception of an Iranian passenger plane by two U_S_ fighter jets in the skies over Syria last month, which it called an “unlawful” and an “adventuristic act.” By EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press August 8, 2020, 6:30 AM 3 min read […]

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States ask that Trump’s district drawing order be stopped

A coalition of states, cities and civil rights groups on Friday asked a federal judge to declare as unconstitutional President Donald Trump’s order seeking to exclude people in the country illegally from being part of the process for redrawing congressional districts. The coalition, led by New York state, in court papers asked U.S. District Judge […]

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‘High anxiety’ for 3 longtime GOP senators facing reelection: poll

New public opinion polling in three states where long-serving Republican Senate incumbents are running for reelection indicates that they’re all facing competitive challenges from their Democratic opponents. Most at risk appears to be Sen. Susan Collins of Maine. The moderate Republican who’s served in the Senate for nearly a quarter of a century has 43% support […]

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US adds 1.8 million jobs in a sign that hiring has slowed

The United States added 1.8 million jobs in July, a pullback from the gains of May and June and evidence that the resurgent coronavirus is stalling hiring and slowing an economic rebound By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER AP Economics Writer August 7, 2020, 12:46 PM 5 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article WASHINGTON — […]

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Cuomo expected to announce New York’s school reopening plan amid coronavirus pandemic

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is slated to announce Friday whether the state’s public schools will reopen this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic, noting that the final decision is not his alone. During a press conference Thursday, Cuomo said it was important that parents and teachers be included in the decision-making. CUOMO SAYS SCHOOLS IN NEW […]

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‘We’re in really, really uncharted territory,” Kim Foxx says of gun violence in Chicago

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia / Sun-Times State’s attorney reflects on a friend’s being shot while she was growing up, says more has to be done to prevent retaliatory shootings, rejects criticism her office is too easy on gun crimes. In a wide-ranging interview on gun violence in Chicago, Cook […]

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The Latest U.S. Tool to Fight Election Meddling: Text Messages

WASHINGTON — The United States government on Thursday became, for a brief moment, one of the biggest and perhaps most annoying telemarketers in Russia. Seeking to publicize new rewards of up to $10 million for information about people trying to attack American voting systems, the State Department sent text messages to cellphones in Russia as […]

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US appeals court denies bid to resurrect Bundy standoff case

A U.S. appeals court refused to resurrect the criminal case against states’ rights figure Cliven Bundy and family members stemming from a 2014 armed standoff with federal agents in Nevada By KEN RITTER Associated Press August 6, 2020, 8:03 PM 2 min read LAS VEGAS — A U.S. appeals court has refused to resurrect the […]

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Cities go to extremes with quarantine crackdowns: Checkpoints, power shutoffs, steep fines

With the daily number of coronavirus cases in the United States still hovering at about 50,000 and American deaths from the disease approaching 160,000, cities across the country are taking increasingly severe measures to force the curve of the outbreak downward — including power shutoffs, fines and more. In perhaps the most striking example of a city’s coronavirus response, […]

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