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Hiding in swamps, S.Sudanese eat little more than lilies

Thar Jath - Thousands of people at the epicentre of a man-made famine in South Sudan emerged from the safety of the swamps this past weekend hoping to receive emergency deliveries of food.

To secure Mosul, Iraq army makes desert push with US help

- Much of the fighting for west Mosul will be at close quarters, but Iraq's battle against the Islamic State group is also being waged in the open desert.

At least 160 killed in clashes on Myanmar-China border: army

- At least 160 people have died in around three months of clashes between the military and ethnic armed groups in Myanmar's northern state of Shan, a senior army official said Tuesday, threatening peace talks set for next month.

Trump aide Conway draws ire for kneeling on White House sofa

Washington - US President Donald Trump's senior adviser Kellyanne Conway has come under fire after a picture of her casually kneeling on a couch in the Oval Office was widely shared on social media.

As Olympics loom, China plunges into snow biz

Zhangjiakou - Hao Rui only took up skiing this winter, but the 17-year-oldlooked like a veteran as he perched casually atop a slope outside Beijing before schussing downhill."I started my training on November 28.

Solar Probe Plus — Getting up close and personal with our sun

Our sun is a dwarf star of hot and glowing gasses. We know its interaction with the Earth drives our seasons, weather and more. But to understand the connectivity between the Earth and sun fully, we need to get up close, and a Solar Probe will help us.

Syria ex-Qaeda says opposition leaders must 'step aside'

Birut - The head of Al-Qaeda's former Syrian branch said weekend suicide attacks in third city Homs were a message for opposition figures engaged in peace talks in Geneva to "step aside".

US challenges Kremlin with new Russian TV channel

Prague - Nearly three decades after it helped topple communist totalitarian regimes in Eastern Europe, US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is challenging Moscow again, this time with a new 24-hour TV news channel in Russian.

GOP lawmakers try to revive Pebble mine project under Trump EPA

Some GOP lawmakers and mining companies are banking on the EPA's new head, Scott Pruitt reversing an earlier veto by the agency of a controversial mine project in Alaska's Bristol Bay, despite local opposition and the threat to sockeye salmon fisheries.

Iraqi civilians flee fighting, privation in west Mosul

- Hundreds of civilians fled through the desert Tuesday to escape fighting and privation in Mosul, joining thousands of others who left their homes as conditions worsen in the city's west.

Interview with DJ Johnny Iovino: Disco music and future plans Special

Wantagh - DJ Johnny Iovino sat down and chatted with me about his music career, greatest inspirations and his love for disco music.

U.S. financing supplier of Africa mines accused of slave labor

The U.S. government's export credit agency has provided hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer-backed financing over the past decade to a supplier of equipment to African mines accused of slave labor, human rights and environmental crimes.

Trump: 'Nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated'

Washington - President Donald Trump on Monday expressed bewilderment that managing the health care system of the world's third-most populous nation could be such a complex undertaking.

US, Russia set to clash over Syria sanctions

New York - Russia and the United States were headed for a clash at the UN Security Council on Monday as Moscow prepared to veto a draft resolution that would impose sanctions on Syria.

US military brass urge Trump not to slash diplomacy, aid

Washington - More than 120 retired admirals and generals urged President Donald Trump not to slash spending on diplomacy and development aid, CNN reported Monday.

Australian arrested over IS missile-design plot

Sydney - An Australian was charged Tuesday with helping the Islamic State group develop high-tech weapons, including long-range guided missile capabilities.

Dying of hunger: What is a famine?

Nairobi - From ancient Rome to modern times, mankind has suffered devastating periods of hunger caused by drought, war or misguided politics.Last week South Sudan was declared the site of the world's first famine in six years, affecting about 100,000 people.

Indonesian Islamist leader testifies at Jakarta governor trial

Jakarta - The head of an Indonesian Muslim hardline group insisted Tuesday that Jakarta's Christian governor had committed blasphemy as he gave evidence at the city leader's trial.

Samsung heir indicted for bribery, embezzlement

Seoul - The heir to the Samsung empire and four other top executives were indicted Tuesday on multiple charges including bribery and embezzlement, South Korean prosecutors said in the latest blow to the world's biggest smartphone maker.

US, S. Korea and Japan look to turn screw on Pyongyang

Washington - Senior US, South Korean and Japanese officials met on Monday to discuss how better to enforce international sanctions against North Korea's nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs.
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