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MH370 pilot flew similar doomed route on home simulator: Report

New York - The pilot who flew missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which is believed to have gone off route and crashed in the Indian Ocean, conducted a simulation of a similar path just weeks prior, New York magazine reported.

Connected, self-drive cars pose serious new security challenges

Detroit - In a world where motor vehicles can be weapons and cars increasingly depend on internal computers and internet connections, automakers are under increasing pressure to find ways to guard against cyber-attacks.

Doomed EgyptAir flight broke up midair after fire: Report

New York - An EgyptAir flight that crashed into the Mediterranean in May likely broke up in midair after a fire erupted in or near the cockpit, the New York Times reported.

Tim Kaine: Swing state senator with foreign policy clout

New York - Tim Kaine, named Friday as Hillary Clinton's White House running mate, is a popular senator with strong foreign policy credibility who could help the Democrats bring in two key voting blocs: Hispanics and the battleground state of Virginia.

Clinton picks Tim Kaine, sturdy senator, for running mate

Washington - Hillary Clinton tapped Tim Kaine, a popular Spanish-speaking senator from the swing state of Virginia, to be her running mate in the White House showdown against Donald Trump.

Kerry announces fresh talks with Russia on Syria

Vienna - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday announced he would hold talks on the war in Syria with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of a regional summit next week in Laos.

IS uses civilians as human shields in Syrian city: Coalition

Washington - The Islamic State group is using civilians as human shields in Syria, a US military official said Friday, at a time when the coalition has been accused of killing dozens of civilians in strikes near Manbij.

Obama rejects Trump vision of 'violence and chaos everywhere'

Washington - President Barack Obama on Friday dismissed Donald Trump's depiction of the United States as a nation in deep crisis as just plain wrong and not the experience of ordinary Americans.

Trump depicts United States of Armageddon, but do facts add up?

Washington - To hear Donald Trump tell it, America is a sick, dystopian mess, mired in urban violence, terror threats and other woes that he and only he can fix.

Clinton's VP pick coming, Virginia senator frontrunner

Washington - Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton could announce her vice presidential pick as early as Friday, with reports suggesting she is leaning towards Spanish-speaking Senator Tim Kaine from the battleground state of Virginia.

Russian warplanes 'targeted U.S., British outpost in Syria'

Washington - Russian warplanes bombed a remote outpost in Syria used by elite US and British forces last month as well as another site linked to the CIA, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

Japan government sues Okinawa authorities over US base

Toukyo - A lawsuit demanding local bureaucrats stop blocking the construction of a US military base in Okinawa was filed by Japan's central government Friday, the latest in the spat between Tokyo and the southern island.

Trump launches Clinton election showdown

Cleveland - Donald Trump rallied Republicans by vowing he alone could fix a nation adrift in a dangerous world, storming into an election showdown with Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee determined to become America's first woman president.

U.S. retracts policy likening war journalists to 'spies'

Washington - The US military has stepped back from a policy published last year that likened journalists to spies and suggesting they may be treated as "belligerents.

Trump fever infects convention finale

Cleveland - The Trump troops embraced their newly crowned Republican presidential nominee, clogging the convention floor to roar their approval, swat away talk of party division, and vent their collective disgust of Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Trump promises 'safety' to fearful Americans

Cleveland - A triumphant Donald Trump accepted the Republican White House nomination, promising fearful Americans he would restore "safety" to a country mired in crises that had lost its way.

Suspect North Korean nuclear site identified: Report

Seoul - A US think-tank said Friday it may have identified a secret North Korean gas centrifuge plant used in the early stages of the nuclear-armed country's illicit uranium enrichment efforts.

Comic-Con day one: Trolls, Trump and 'totalitarianism'

San Diego - Oliver Stone warned that Pokemon Go was part of a march toward "totalitarianism" as the start of San Diego Comic-Con saw filmmakers expound on their political viewpoints.

Trump promises his presidency will bring 'safety'

Cleveland - Donald Trump will promise fearful Americans that "safety will be restored" if he is elected president, as he accepts the Republican Party's White House nomination Thursday.

Leading Cuban dissident begins hunger strike

Havana - Renowned Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas said Thursday he has begun a hunger strike demanding the Raul Castro government end torture and other human rights abuses against opponents.

Mexico to contact Trump, Clinton camps

- Mexico's government, which has criticized Donald Trump's vow to build a huge border wall, said Thursday it will contact the Republican candidate's campaign and his Democratic rival after their conventions.

French, British, U.S. soldiers 'monitoring' Libya: Commander

Benghazi - French, British and American soldiers are in Libya to "monitor" Islamic State group jihadists, a military commander in the east of the country told AFP on Thursday.

Russian agent gets 10 years over export violations

Washington - A convicted Russian agent was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to illegally exporting advanced electronics with military applications.

Cuba vows tight airport security for US flights

Havana - Cuba said Thursday there is "nothing to fear" regarding security as direct flights resume between the communist island and the United States, part of their historic rapprochement.

Big Mac latest casualty of Venezuela shortages

Caracas - McDonald's said Thursday it has stopped selling Big Macs in Venezuela, making the US chain's iconic hamburger the latest casualty of severe food shortages triggered by an economic crisis.

Police in Florida shoot black man lying on ground

Washington - An unarmed black man trying to help an autistic man was shot and wounded by Florida police while lying on the ground with his arms raised in the air and pleading with officers to hold their fire.

US seeking new UN leader with 'great leadership skills'

New York - The United States will back a candidate to be the next UN chief who has great leadership and management skills, Ambassador Samantha Power said Thursday as the Security Council kicked off voting for the next secretary-general.

Trump: celebrity billionaire marching on the White House

Washington - Donald Trump is a billionaire real estate tycoon with bravado to spare, a former reality television star who says winning is everything -- and has his sights set on one of the biggest prizes on Earth.

Young gun Republicans fire first shots in 2020 White House race

Cleveland - The 2016 US presidential election is more than 100 days away, but at the Republican convention in Cleveland the battle for the party's 2020 White House nomination is already raging.

Trump faces uphill battle at raw Republican convention

Cleveland - Donald Trump will need to deliver the speech of his life Thursday, seeking to salvage a fractious Republican convention after his chief rival declined to endorse him for president.
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