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Increased security, fear of violence ahead of Virginia pro-gun rally

Richmond - Thousands of gun rights supporters will descend Monday on Richmond, the capital of Virginia, for a rally already under heavy surveillance and a state of emergency declared by authorities fearing violence by far-right groups.

Mexican troops block US-bound caravan travelers

Ciudad Hidalgo - Mexican troops urged some 1,500 Central American migrants to maintain "order and respect" on Saturday after the group attempted to force entry into the country from Guatemala in the hopes of trekking onward to the United States.

Iran's Khamenei slams 'cowardly' European governments

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday accused the governments of Britain, France and Germany of being "American lackeys" in the face of US pressure over the nuclear accord.

US Senate approves new North American trade deal

Washington - The US Senate on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to approve a new North American trade pact, handing President Donald Trump a second back-to-back trade win just as his impeachment trial was beginning in Washington.

US wants to reduce presence in Africa, warns top officer

Apo - The United States wants to reduce its military presence in Africa, Washington's top military officer said, as France hosts Sahel leaders as it seeks to bolster the fight against jihadists in the region.

US World Cup star Rapinoe slams IOC 'no protest' policy

Los Angeles - United States World Cup icon Megan Rapinoe Friday vowed that athletes "will not be silenced" after the International Olympic Committee warned against political protests at the Tokyo Games.

Protesters in US rally against prospect of war with Iran

Washington - Demonstrators chanting "no war on Iran" rallied Saturday in Washington, New York and across the US to protest the assassination of a top Iranian military commander in a US drone strike.

Beleaguered Boeing's Starliner returns early from failed mission

Cape Canaveral - Boeing's Starliner spacecraft won't achieve its mission objective of docking with the International Space Station, NASA said Friday, dealing a blow to the agency's plans to end US dependence on Russian rockets for astronaut taxi rides.

Woman rejects settlement, sues Weinstein over sex assault claim

New York - A woman who alleges disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her when she was 16 filed suit against him on Thursday and rejected a settlement reached by other accusers.

Boeing sends first crew capsule to ISS this week

Washington - Boeing is all set to launch its Starliner spacecraft for the first time to the International Space Station at the end of this week, a key mission as NASA looks to resume crewed flight by 2020.

Droid leaks: How C-3PO crossed his legs for 'Star Wars'

Paris - Anthony Daniels has been holding something in for 42 years.You may know Daniels better as C-3PO in "Star Wars", the uptight golden robot with the manners of an English butler.

Felix Rohatyn, financial force and former US envoy, dies at 91

New York - Felix Rohatyn, a towering figure on Wall Street credited with saving New York from insolvency and who later served as US ambassador to France, has died at age 91.

Weinstein agrees to $25 million settlement with accusers

New York - Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has reached a $25 million settlement with dozens of women who accused him of sexual misconduct, one of the women's lawyers told AFP on Wednesday.

Six dead in hours-long New York-area shootout

Jersey City - Six people including a police officer and two suspects were killed during an hours-long shootout across a New York suburb not far from the Statue of Liberty, local officials said.

Arctic has one of warmest years, raising fears over rising sea levels

Washington - The Arctic has experienced its second warmest year since 1900, according to a report published Tuesday, raising fears over low summer sea ice and rising sea levels.

Auschwitz survivor fears rise of anti-Semitism

New York - As German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Auschwitz for the first time on Friday, 96-year-old survivor Frederick Terna will be at home in New York worrying about a resurgence of anti-Semitism.

Acquiring citizenship helps immigrants in Switzerland boost earnings: study

Washington - Immigrants to Switzerland who became naturalized citizens saw their earnings rise significantly compared to those who did not obtain the passport, a study showed Wednesday.Average annual earnings were 13.

Former Trump advisor accuses White House of blocking Twitter access

Washington - Former Trump National Security Advisor John Bolton said the White House denied him access to his Twitter account after his dismissal in early September, in a series of tweets that signal his return to the social media site.

From 10 cents to $1.3 million, first Marvel comic sets auction record

Washington - The first comic book produced by Marvel, the famed US publisher behind Spider-Man, X-Men and The Avengers, went under the hammer Thursday, fetching a record $1.26 million, Heritage Auctions said.

US teens' Rome police killing trial set for February

Rome - An Italian judge has set a February date for the trial of two US teenagers charged with killing a police officer during a botched drug deal in Rome.

Boy or girl? US parents go too far in gender reveals

Washington - A plane crash in Texas, a deadly explosion in Iowa, a massive fire in Arizona -- elaborate baby gender reveal parties, a growing trend among parents in the US, have taken a nightmarish turn."It's a girl!

Gunman in US school shooting dies as police hunt motive

Los Angeles - The teenager who gunned down classmates at a California high school before shooting himself died Friday, leaving detectives baffled over the motive of a Boy Scout with no obvious alarm bells in his background.

Polanski faces calls for boycott of new film after fresh rape claim

Paris - Roman Polanski was facing calls for a boycott of his new film which opened in France Wednesday, in the wake of the latest rape accusation against the controversial director.

Greta Thunberg bound for Europe as new adventures await

Hampton - "Extremely educational" is how Greta Thunberg sums up her North American sojourn as she prepares to cross the Atlantic once more, this time bound back for Europe.

US Supreme Court to examine 'Dreamers' program Trump wants axed

Washington - The US Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday on the fate of the "Dreamers," an estimated 700,000 people brought to the country illegally as children but allowed to stay and work under a program created by former president Barack Obama.

Uber chief walks back comment about murder of Saudi journalist Khashoggi

Washington - Uber chief Dara Khosrowshahi apologized on Monday after he called the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in which Riyadh admitted responsibility, a "mistake.

Britain's KSI edges Paul as YouTubers fight show a hit

Los Angeles - Britain's KSI edged American Logan Paul in a cruiserweight boxing rematch of YouTube celebrity stars Saturday that proved a hit with audiences and could help such fighters capture mainstream respect.

'Help! What is this?' Net users take to Reddit for STD diagnosis

Washington - "How did I get chlamydia?" "Is this herpes? People are increasingly turning to strangers on social network Reddit to diagnose their sexually transmitted diseases.

Trump threatens to withhold emergency aid from fire-hit California

Washington - US President Donald Trump threatened once again Sunday to withhold federal aid from California after its Democratic governor criticized his environmental policies.

Texas hospital livestreams brain surgery on Facebook

Washington - A young woman in Texas who remained awake for her brain surgery was able to speak to doctors during the procedure -- and viewers form around the world looked on, as part of the operation was livestreamed on Facebook.
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