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Francis offers solidarity with Cuba, cites Hispanics

Havana—Pope Francis visit to Cuba and the United States is his first trip to the onetime Cold War foes after helping to nudge forward their historic rapprochement. He will be offering a show of solidarity with Cubans and making clear that Hispanics in the United States are the bedrock of the American church.

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Death toll in crane accident at holy Saudi city reaches 107

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia —A towering construction crane toppled over during a violent rainstorm in the Saudi city of Mecca, Islam’s holiest site, crashing into the Grand Mosque and killing at least 107 people ahead of the start of the annual hajj pilgrimage later this month. Images posted by social-media users showed a grisly scene, with police and onlookers attending to …

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Clinton could delete e-mails–US Justice Department

Washington—Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had the right to delete personal e-mails from her private server, the US Justice Department has told a federal court. 

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Key Democrat announces opposition to Iran nuke deal

Washington—A key senator who is the top-ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee announced his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal last Friday, in a blow to the White House and a boost to opponents. 

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Drowned Syrian boy’s aunt fights to bring family to Canada

Coquitlam, British Columbia—The aunt of a drowned Syrian boy whose death has sparked global outrage about the plight of refugees in Europe says she still hopes to bring the rest of her family to Canada. 

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Yellow shirts group rally vs Malaysian PM Najib

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia—Defying authorities, thousands of Malaysians wearing yellow T-shirts and blowing horns gathered last Saturday in Kuala Lumpur for a major rally to demand the resignation of embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak. The crowds were undeterred by heavy police presence after authorities declared the rally illegal, blocked the organizer’s website and banned yellow attire and the logo of Bersih, …

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Experts say Republicans’ tough talk on China overlooks realities

Charleston, South Carolina—If there was ever a week for the 2016 Republican presidential candidates to talk tough on China, this was it. Spurred by the stock market’s wild ride, they lashed out at the world’s most populous nation. 

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Rival Koreas defuse fears, to hold high-level talks

Pyongyang, North Korea— South Korea and North Korea on Saturday agreed to hold their first high-level talks in nearly a year at the border village of Panmunjom to defuse mounting tensions that have pushed the rivals to the brink of a possible military confrontation. 

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Working long hours may increase stroke risk—study

London—Working 55 hours or more a week might be associated with greater risk of stroke and developing coronary heart disease, compared with working a standard 35 to 40 hours a week, according to a study published in the journal The Lancet late last week. 

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China blast zone evacuated amid contamination fears

Tianjin—New explosions and fire rocked the Chinese port city of Tianjin last Saturday, where one survivor was pulled out and authorities ordered evacuations within a 3-kilometer (1.8-mile) radius to clean up chemical contamination. 

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