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 2020-09-27 23:25 

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Biden Calls for Delay in Vote on Supreme Court Nominee...

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden called Sunday for the Republican-controlled Senate to delay confirmation of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, saying voters "are not going to stand for this abuse of power." Biden ...

 2020-09-27 23:20 

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NY Times: Trump Paid $750 in US Income Taxes in 2016, 2017...

President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes the year he ran for president and in his first year in the White House, according to a report Sunday in The New York Times.Trump, who has fiercely guarded his tax filings and is the only presid...

 2020-09-27 21:13 

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Alexie, Pilkey Books Among Most 'Challenged' of Past Decade...

Toni Morrison is on the list. So are John Green and Harper Lee. And John Steinbeck and Margaret Atwood. All wrote books that were among the 100 most subjected to censorship efforts over the past decade, as compiled by the American Library Association. She...

 2020-09-27 20:49 

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PG&E Shuts Power to 11,000 Customers to Prevent Wildfires...

The nation's largest electric utility has temporarily shut off power to thousands of northern California residents to prevent wildfires sparked by electrical equipment as the state braces for potentially strong winds and extreme fire weather condition...

 2020-09-27 19:30 

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TikTok Fate in the Balance as Judge Weighs App Store Ban...

Lawyers for TikTok pleaded with a U.S. federal judge on Sunday to delay the Trump administration's ban of the popular video sharing program from app stores set to take effect at the end of the day, arguing the move would infringe on First Amendment ri...

 2020-09-27 19:00 

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Will the Senate Confirm Supreme Court Nominee Before Election Day?...

U.S. lawmakers have battled through a tumultuous political year on Capitol Hill that has included a Senate impeachment trial, a pandemic and the largest aid package in U.S. history. With President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett S...

 2020-09-27 17:44 

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Trump Demands Biden Drug Test, as They Head to Tuesday Debate...

U.S. President Donald Trump said Sunday he will demand that his Democratic challenger in the November 3 national election, former Vice President Joe Biden, take a drug test before or after their debate this Tuesday night, suggesting that Biden's uneve...

 2020-09-27 17:13 

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Yemen's Warring Parties Agree on Prisoner Exchange...

Yemeni government and Ansar Allah Houthi representatives have agreed to immediately release 1,081 conflict-related detainees and prisoners. The agreement was reached at the conclusion of 10 days of U.N.-mediated talks in the Swiss city of Glion.This agree...

 2020-09-27 15:48 

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Dozens Arrested as Protests Against Lukashenko Continue in Belarus...

Belarusian police detained dozens of protesters on Sunday during a march in Minsk and security forces in Homel used tear gas against demonstrators, as a groundswell of opposition to Alexander Lukashenko, who claimed victory in the country's presidenti...

 2020-09-27 14:48 

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Tobacco Causes One in Five Deaths from Heart Disease...

The World Health Organization reports tobacco kills 1.9 million people, or 20 percent of all those who die every year from coronary heart disease. In advance of World Heart Day (September 29), WHO, the World Heart Federation and the University of Newcastl...

 2020-09-27 13:29 

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3 Bollywood Stars Questioned in Drug Investigation...

Three Bollywood actors, including top star Deepika Padukone, were questioned by India's narcotics agency on Saturday as part of an investigation into the movie industry's alleged links with drug peddlers and cartels, officials said.Padukone was th...

 2020-09-27 13:14 

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Israelis Mark Yom Kippur Under 'Painful' Virus Lockdown...

The solemn Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which annually sees Israeli life grind to a halt, begins on Sunday in a nation already under a sweeping coronavirus lockdown. Every year, businesses shut down, roads empty out and even radio and TV stations go sile...

 2020-09-27 12:45 

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Lebanese Politician Bassil Infected with Coronavirus, His Party Says...

Leading Lebanese politician Gebran Bassil has been infected with a...

 2020-09-27 12:38 

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Asia Leads in Press Freedom Breaches Tied to Pandemic Reporting...

Asian governments are doing more to harass and arrest journalists reporting on the coronavirus pandemic and to keep accurate news of the crisis from reaching their populations than those in any other region, press advocates say.Tracking by the Internation...

 2020-09-27 12:37 

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Yemen's Warring Parties Agree on Largest Prisoner Swap...

Yemen's warring parties have agreed to exchange around 1,000 prisoners, including 15 Saudis, as part of trust-building steps aimed at reviving a stalled peace process, the United Nations and sources said on Sunday. The Yemeni government, backed by a S...

 2020-09-27 12:14 

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Paris Attacker Says He Was Targeting 'Charlie Hebdo' Magazine...

French officials say a man who is suspected of stabbing two people Friday in Paris has said he was targeting what he thought were the offices of the satirical magazine...

 2020-09-27 11:13 

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Switzerland Votes in Referendum on Limiting Immigration from EU...

Switzerland is voting Sunday in a referendum on limiting immigration from the European Union and some other domestic measures.If the freedom-of-movement proposal by the populist Swiss People's Party were to pass, it would give preferential access to j...

 2020-09-27 09:40 

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Martial Law, Total Mobilization in Armenia After Clashes with Azerbaijan...

Armenia declared martial law and total military mobilization after clashes with Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said Sunday....

 2020-09-27 08:44 

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Armenia, Azerbaijan Exchange Accusations Over Heavy Fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh...

Armenia and Azerbaijan report heavy fighting around the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region Sunday.Armenia accused neighboring Azerbaijan of attacks on civilian settlements in the disputed region.Armenia's Defense Ministry said its troops shot down two...

 2020-09-27 07:58 

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US, India Report High Number of New COVID-19 Cases...

The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center has reported large jumps in new COVID-19 cases in India and the U.S.Johns Hopkins said late Saturday that India had 86,054 new infections in the previous 24 hours, while the U.S. reported 55,054.In the U.S., t...

 2020-09-27 07:08 

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Vulnerable Marsupial Released into Predator-Free Enclosure in Australia...

More than a century since they were declared extinct in the Australian state of New South Wales, the bilby, a vulnerable marsupial with rabbit-like ears, has been reintroduced into a large, predator-free area in a remote desert park 1,200 kilometers north...

 2020-09-27 06:16 

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Barrett is a Committed Conservative Jurist, But How Will She Rule on Hot-Button Issues?...

By nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Saturday to replace the late liberal U.S....

 2020-09-27 05:39 

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Trump, Biden Prepare forContested ElectionOverMail-in Voting...

President Donald Trump's continued attacks on the legitimacy of voting by mail and refusal to commit to a peaceful transferofpower has raised concerns that a bitterly contested presidential electionin November could provoke a constitutional crisis.Exp...

 2020-09-27 05:08 

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Free Movement at Risk in Heart of Europe as Swiss Vote...

The Swiss will vote Sunday on limiting immigration from the European Union, which, while not expected to pass, has sparked fears a shock...

 2020-09-27 04:50 

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N. Korea Warns of Naval Tensions During Search for Slain S. Korean...

North Korea said on Sunday it is searching for the body of a South Korean official killed by its troops but warned that South Korean naval operations in the area threatened to raise tensions.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un issued a rare apology on Friday ...

 2020-09-27 01:52 

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Cambodian Dissidents Sentenced as Crackdown Continues...

In a move that signals a significant escalation in the Cambodian government's crackdown on the outlawed opposition party and dissent, a court has sentenced seven of its former officials for "plotting" in a case linked to their support of the u...

 2020-09-27 01:51 

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3 Arrests, Little Violence at Far-Right Group's Portland Rally...

Three people were arrested Saturday at a right-wing rally in Portland, Oregon, the city's police said, adding that they also were investigating one assault.The rally attracted several hundred people, far short of the crowd of 10,000 that organizers ha...

 2020-09-27 01:05 

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Breonna Taylor Protesters March Anew: 'No Justice, No Peace'...

A diverse crowd of hundreds marched through the streets of Louisville chanting...

 2020-09-27 00:40 

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Mexico Issues Arrest Warrants on Sixth Anniversary of Disappearance of 43 College Students...

Mexican authorities have issued dozens of arrest warrants for police and soldiers who they believe may have participated in the 2014 disappearance of 43 Mexican college students, the head of the investigation said Saturday.Omar Gomez, head of the special ...

 2020-09-27 00:37 

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US Colleges Struggle to Salvage Semester Amid Outbreaks...

Colleges across the country are struggling to salvage the fall semester amid skyrocketing coronavirus cases, dorm complexes and frat houses under quarantine, and flaring tensions with local community leaders over the spread of the disease.Many major unive...

 2020-09-27 00:24 

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Noteworthy Legal Opinions from Trump's Supreme Court Pick Barrett...

Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's nominee for a lifetime job on the U.S. Supreme Court, has served as a federal appeals court judge since 2017 and has weighed in on cases involving several hot-button issues including abortion, gun rights, im...

 2020-09-26 23:30 

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Indonesians Who Don't Wear Masks May Face Unusual Penalties...

An Indonesian human rights group is monitoring what it describes as "degrading" punishments handed out to people who fail to comply with mandated anti-coronavirus social restrictions and mask wearing.The punishments are unusual, such as forcing vi...

 2020-09-26 22:52 

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Tiny Airborne Particles May Pose a Big Coronavirus Problem...

At a University of Maryland lab, people infected with the new coronavirus take turns sitting in a chair and putting their faces into the big end of a large cone. They recite the alphabet and sing or just sit quietly for a half hour. Sometimes they cough.T...

 2020-09-26 22:12 

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Trump's Health Care Executive Order Short on Details, Experts Say...

President Donald Trump issued an executive order Thursday targeting a number of health care issues important to American voters that so far have played to the advantage of his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, in the polls.Trump's "America First" h...

 2020-09-26 21:44 

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Trump Nominates Barrett for Supreme Court Post...

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 2020-09-26 21:09 

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Consistent Conservative, Devout Catholic Could Serve on Court for Decades...

Amy Coney Barrett is a 48-year-old devout Catholic and an apparent abortion-rights opponent who is popular among conservative evangelical Christians, arguably President Donald Trump's most loyal supporters.Barrett has authored more than 100 opinions s...

 2020-09-26 20:58 

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In Leaders' UN Videos, Backgrounds Tell Stories, Too...

Chinese President Xi Jinping urged the world to...

 2020-09-26 19:48 

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US Far-Right Group Rallies in Portland in Support of Trump...

State troopers were activated Saturday in Portland, Oregon, ahead of a rally by members of a far-right group in support of President Donald Trump and his campaign for reelection.The rally was organized by the Proud Boys, a self-described "Western chau...

 2020-09-26 17:57 

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3 Libyan Oil Ports Resume Operations as Deal Starts to Kick In...

Work has resumed at three of Libya's five oil port facilities after an eight-month hiatus. However, two ports have yet to resume work, including Libya's largest, the al-Sharara oil field. Libyan media reported sporadic militia clashes in the capit...

 2020-09-26 16:59 

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US Imposes Curbs on Exports by China's Top Chipmaker SMIC...

SHANGHAI/WASHINGTON — The United States government has imposed restrictions on exports to China's biggest silicon chip maker after concluding there is an...

 2020-09-26 16:32 

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Young Afghan Woman Aces University Entrance Exams...

A young woman, who survived a deadly Islamic State-plotted suicide bombing in Afghanistan two years ago, is being celebrated locally and internationally for securing the top position in the war-torn country's national university entrance exams. Shamsi...

 2020-09-26 15:53 

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UN Human Rights Chief Calls for Venezuela Reforms...

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet is calling on Venezuela to release all political prisoners and end the repression of political and civil rights. In November, Penal Forum, a Venezuelan network of criminal defense lawyers...

 2020-09-26 15:27 

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Sources: Nigeria Convoy Attack Death Toll Rises to 30...

The death toll from a jihadist attack on the convoy of the regional governor in northeast Nigeria has risen to 30, security sources said Saturday. Two sources told AFP fatalities from the attack Friday in restive Borno state had doubled as more bodies wer...

 2020-09-26 14:00 

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Ukraine's President Orders Prompt Investigation of Military Plane Crash...

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Saturday the causes of a military plane crash which killed 26 people would be investigated promptly and impartially.A military transport plane carrying air force cadets crashed and burst into flames near a h...

 2020-09-26 13:15 

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Togo Prime Minister and Government Resign...

Togo's prime minister and his government have resigned, the West African nation's presidency said late Friday. President Faure Gnassingbe congratulated prime minister Komi Selom Klassou and his team for their...

 2020-09-26 12:06 

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At Least 22 Die in Ukraine Military Plane Crash...

A Ukrainian military plane crashed and burst into flames on Friday evening, killing at least 22 people on board, authorities said.The aircraft crashed while trying to land at Chuhuiv's airport in the Kharkiv region, about 400 kilometers east of the ca...

 2020-09-26 11:38 

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Florida Restaurants, Bars Allowed to Return to Full Capacity...

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican, announced Friday that the state would move forward with reopening plans despite the spread of the coronavirus.Phase 3 of the state's reopening plan includes lifting restrictions, including capacity limits, ...

 2020-09-26 11:01 

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Trump to Announce His Supreme Court Pick...

U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to nominate Amy Coney Barrett on Saturday to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, giving him an opportunity to make the court more conservative with less than six ...

 2020-09-26 10:55 

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Paris Stabbing Attack Termed Act of Islamist Terrorism...

French authorities launched an anti-terrorism investigation Friday after an attacker stabbed two people in Paris near the former offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.In an interview with France 2 television station, French Interior Minister Ger...

 2020-09-26 09:43 

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Lebanon's Prime Minister-Designate Resigns...

Lebanon's prime minister-designate has stepped down.Moustapha Adib has been unable to form a new government to replace the government that resigned after the deadly massive explosion in Beirut's port last month.On Saturday, Adib said in a televise...

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