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Gripping tales lure war-weary Syrians to Damascus cafe

Damascus - With a slender sword in one hand and an antique storybook in the other, Ahmad al-Lahham captivates a packed Damascus coffeehouse with tales of ancient kingdoms and brave conquerers.

Op-Ed: Trump may take a hard line with Pakistan and up drone attacks

US president Donald Trump is said to be considering a hard-line approach to relations with Pakistan in order to crack down on Pakistan-based militants who are launching attacks in Pakistan.

Review: Jillian Steele dazzles at The Paramount, opens for Hunter Hayes Special

Huntington - On June 23, rising songstress Jillian Steele opened for headliner Hunter Hayes at The Paramount in Huntington, for a great turnout.

Sentinel — Our eye in the sky monitoring the Larsen C ice shelf

The world has been holding its collective breath, waiting for the Larsen C ice shelf to calve what will be the biggest iceberg on record. But monitoring the progress of the crack in the ice sheet would not be possible without the help of technology.

Op-Ed: Boxing star Manny Pacquiao good for three more years in the sport

At the rate Manny Pacquiao is fighting each year, he would still be in top shape for the next three years as long as he continues to sequence his fights twice a year.

Op-Ed: Trump revives the swamp and makes the rich richer again

Washington - U.S. president Donald Trump on the campaign trail railed against the influence of Wall Street on U.S. politics and promised to drain the Washington swamp but has done exactly the opposite.

Around 100 people feared buried in China landslide

Bejing - Chinese authorities launched a frantic search for around 100 people feared buried after a landslide smashed through a mountain village in southwest Sichuan province on Saturday, local authorities said.

Bomber sows death among civilians fleeing Mosul

Mosul - A suicide bomber blew himself up Friday among civilians fleeing the Old City of Mosul, where increasingly desperate jihadists are mounting a bloody last stand.

Poland approves restrictions on morning-after pill

Varsovia - Poland's President Andrzej Duda approved on Friday a new law limiting access to the morning-after pill in the devoutly Catholic country, which already has one of the EU's most restrictive abortion rules.

New wasp species names in honor of David Bowie

Beijing - The 'star dust' wasp is a new extinct species, and it has named after David Bowie's alter ego in honor of the British singer's contribution to popular culture.

In Argentina, music cures the soul

Buenos Aires - Picture a hospital: the bustle of harried doctors and nurses, time dragging for lonely patients, and the pervasive sadness of a place for the sick and dying.

The Trump family brothel being given a new lease on life

Toward the end of the 19th century, an enterprising German-American opened The Arctic Restaurant and Bar in Bennett, British Columbia, a thriving transit point for prospectors during the Klondike gold rush, serving good food, booze, and ready women.

Climate change more important than partisan politics: Schwarzenegger

Paris - Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger urged people from both ends of the political spectrum to join a "crusade" to save the planet, after a Friday meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron.

CNN uses sketch artist at no-camera White House briefing

Washington - US media went back to the past on Friday to cover the daily White House press briefing, after President Donald Trump's administration banned cameras from the event.

Amazon customers are calling for payment via bitcoin 'ASAP'

Bitcoin has been soaring to new heights, and now folks on are calling on e-commerce juggernaut Amazon to accept the cryptocurrency as payment "ASAP."

Macron government takes tough line on Calais migrants

Calais - French President Emmanuel Macron's new government took a tough line on Calais migrants Friday, with his interior minister saying he does not want the northern port to become an "abscess".

Review: Hunter Hayes puts on electrifying show at The Paramount Special

Huntington - On June 23, country star Hunter Hayes headlined The Paramount in Huntington on Long Island, where he played for an excellent turnout.

Where is the next global health threat going to come from?

New York - So long Ebola; sans Chagas disease; goodbye Zika...where will the next major heath threat come from? South America is a hotbed of potential viruses, according to a new study.

French announcement - No new licenses for hydrocarbon exploration

Paris - French energy minister Nicolas Hulot confirmed on Friday that there will be no new permits issued for oil and gas exploration on the mainland or in French held territories.

Voting starts in sprawling PNG elections

Port Moresby - Voting began in Papua New Guinea elections Saturday with the Pacific nation's leader urging peaceful polling to show it has "come of age", as he seeks another term to fix an economy under siege.
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