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South Korea's Moon urges Biden to engage directly with North Korea

Washington - South Korean President Moon Jae-in urged Joe Biden to open up talks with North Korea on its nuclear weapons and build on the ground-breaking talks his predecessor Donald Trump held with Pyongyang.

Black teenager shot dead by US police in Ohio

Washington - Police in the US state of Ohio fatally shot a Black teenager who appeared to be lunging at another person with a knife, less than an hour before former officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd.

Black Americans embraced Biden, and in Floyd trial he embraced them back

Washington - Joe Biden's emotional voice on the call to George Floyd's family told the story of his presidency: "I wish I were there just to put my arms around you.

China's Xi to attend online Biden climate summit

Bejing - China's President Xi Jinping will attend US President Joe Biden's virtual climate summit this week, Beijing said Wednesday, as the world's top polluting nations seek rare common ground despite wider political tensions.

The eight contenders for the best picture Oscar

Los Angeles - In a year that saw movie theaters boarded up due to Covid-19, eight new films that did reach our screens impressed Academy voters enough that they are in contention for Hollywood's biggest award -- the Oscar for best picture.

'I choose to go there': reggaeton's women redefine feminism on their terms

Miami - With a new single out Tuesday, two of reggaeton's most famous women are subverting the wildly popular dance genre's misogynist image, owning the style with an in-your-face ode to their sexuality.

'Justice': America reacts to Floyd murderer's conviction

Washington - Politicians, rights activists and family members and even world leaders reacted with jubilation and relief Tuesday as sacked Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin was convicted of the murder of George Floyd, a Black man who died when the officer knelt on...

'Justice': America reacts to Floyd murderer's conviction

Washington - Politicians, rights activists and family members and even world leaders reacted with jubilation and relief Tuesday as sacked Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin was convicted of the murder of George Floyd, a Black man who died when the officer knelt on...

George Floyd: 'Gentle giant' who became symbol of fight against racism

Minneapolis - His name has been chanted by demonstrators around the globe, his face displayed on murals across America. Since his brutal death George Floyd has embodied the Black victims of police violence and racism in the United States.

White ex-policeman Chauvin convicted of George Floyd's murder

Minneapolis - Sacked police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter Tuesday in the death of African-American George Floyd in a case that roiled the United States for almost a year, laying bare deep racial divisions.

Russia, Cuba seek closer 'strategic partnership'

Havana - Russian President Vladimir Putin called communist Cuba's new leader Miguel Diaz-Canel Tuesday to discuss strengthening the two countries' "strategic partnership," the Russian foreign ministry said in a message retweeted by its embassy in Havana.

Verdict reached in George Floyd murder trial

Minneapolis - The jury reached a verdict on Tuesday in the trial of the white former police officer charged with murder and manslaughter for the death of African-American George Floyd.

Prosecution and defense case in George Floyd murder trial

Minneapolis - As the jury deliberates in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, charged with murdering George Floyd, these are the main arguments used by the prosecution and defense during the three-week trial.

Ex-policeman Derek Chauvin found guilty of George Floyd's murder

Minneapolis - Derek Chauvin, a white former Minneapolis police officer, was convicted Tuesday of murdering African-American George Floyd after a racially charged trial seen as a pivotal test of police accountability in the United States.

Smartphone sales surge as consumer upgrades gain momentum: survey

Washington - Global smartphone sales snapped back in the first quarter of the year to show the strongest growth since 2015, a market tracker said Tuesday.

Russia says to launch own space station in 2025

Moscow - Russia's space agency said Tuesday it hoped to launch its own orbital station in 2025 as Moscow considers withdrawing from the International Space Station programme to go it alone.

J&J and other drugmakers go on trial over US opioid crisis

San Francisco - Drugmakers including Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday denied claims they helped fuel the deadly opioid epidemic in the United States through deceptive marketing that downplayed addiction risks, as the trial in a lawsuit filed by several municipalities ...

Cooperate despite 'genocide'? Biden tests ties with China, Russia

Washington - US President Joe Biden's administration accuses China of genocide but reached a joint pledge to cooperate on climate. The White House is also working to arrange a summit with Russia, despite imposing harsh new sanctions.

SpaceX set to take four astronauts to ISS Thursday

Washington - SpaceX is preparing to carry four astronauts to a crowded International Space Station on Thursday, in the second routine mission since the United States resumed crewed space flight, and the first with a European.

Former US Vice President Walter Mondale dies at 93

Washington - Former US Vice President Walter Mondale, a liberal icon who famously told voters to expect a tax increase should he win the presidency, died Monday, US media reported. He was 93 years old.

Climate change stirs ghosts of America's toxic past

Mcintosh - Murky flood waters of Alabama's Tombigbee River rippled over ground tainted with mercury and a pesticide so toxic that US officials outlawed it decades ago, a dangerous past that could cause even more damage with climate change.

'Torn': Living with top US greenhouse gas spewing power plant

Burnwell - The exhaust-belching smokestacks of America's most greenhouse gas-emitting power plant tower over Jennifer Chesser's neighborhood, but she'd likely fight to keep them from falling silent.The James H. Miller Jr.

Russia block of Black Sea would be 'escalation': Washington

Washington - The US State Department on Monday branded as an "unprovoked escalation" reported Russian plans to block parts of the Black Sea, which could ultimately impact access to Ukrainian ports.

Washington, Moscow discuss possible Biden-Putin summit

Washington - Advisors to US President Joe Biden and Russian leader Vladimir Putin discussed on Monday the possibility of a summit between the two amid strained bilateral relations, the White House said.

Jury begins deliberations in George Floyd murder trial

Minneapolis - Jurors on Monday began mulling the fate of the white ex-Minneapolis policeman accused of killing African-American man George Floyd, a death that sparked a nationwide reckoning on racism and that prosecutors called a "shocking abuse of authority.

US reimposes sanctions on Belarus firms after protest clampdown

Washington - The United States said Monday it was reimposing sanctions on nine state-owned companies in Belarus after strongman Alexander Lukashenko ignored warnings to release political prisoners rounded up from democracy protests.

George Floyd sought help with his 'very last breath': prosecutor

Minneapolis - George Floyd pleaded for help with his "very last breath" but was not shown any compassion by Derek Chauvin, prosecutor Steve Schleicher said Monday in closing arguments at the murder trial of the former police officer.

New Zealand says it will set China policy, not Five Eyes

Wellington - New Zealand said Monday it would not let the 'Five Eyes' intelligence alliance dictate its dealings with its largest trading partner China, in the latest distancing from the US-led group's approach to tensions with Beijing.

Jury in George Floyd murder trial to hear closing arguments

Minneapolis - A jury is to hear closing arguments on Monday in the trial of the white ex-police officer accused of murdering African-American George Floyd, a case that laid bare racial wounds in the United States and has come to be seen as a pivotal test of police a...

People smugglers reap billions selling American dream

Mexico - The tide of migrants sweeping across Mexico to the US border is not just a humanitarian crisis -- it is also a highly organized, multibillion-dollar trafficking business dominated by the drug cartels.
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BABY IT'S COLD: Soldiers and dump trucks from the Army National Guard in Columbia, South Carolina, dig up tons of rock salt to help local disaster workers prepare for a severe winter storm last February.
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SEPARATION: A Camel-sponsored Isolation booth for smokers is seen at Munich Airport in 2009.
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt signing the Social Security Act of 1935.
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RUINS: A tourist experiences in the ancient Roman amphitheater in Palmyra, Syria, in 2010.
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