Aug. 17, 2017

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The U.S.'s top general declined to comment on South Korean leader Moon Jae-in's assertion that he needed to sign off on a war against North Korea, saying President Donald Trump had the final say on a unilateral military strike.

Germany will train soldiers from Burkina Faso to help the West African nation combat a surge in terrorism, according to government officials.

Police shot dead 25 people in Manila from Wednesday morning to Thursday, while 32 people were killed in Bulacan province north of the capital in similar anti-drug operations on Tuesday. The raids marked three of the bloodiest days in Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. "That's good," Duterte told a group of anti-crime volunteers. "If we can only kill 32 everyday, then maybe we can reduce what ails this country," said Duterte.

China's top cyberspace regulators have warned Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and other online services against carrying illicit content, substances and tools to help users circumvent the nation's internet content barriers.

Britain is considering allowing EU citizens to travel freely to the country even after Brexit as Prime Minister Theresa May's government draws up plans to manage immigration from the bloc.

Only a day after President Donald Trump labeled as "grandstanders" the growing number of CEOs quitting his business council to protest his response to a white-supremacist rally that turned violent, the president abolished the advisory groups rather than put pressure on executives to stay.

A strengthening labor market remains an engine for U.S. growth as the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits dropped to the lowest since February, Labor Department data showed Thursday. Initial jobless claims decreased by 12k to 232k.

Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, plans to invest $20 billion to $50 billion in the U.S. and Europe by 2025, in industries including renewable energy and petrochemicals.

Democrats, reveling in President Donald Trump's plummeting popularity and the Republican Party's civil wars, are looking forward to September. Except for one thing: the rollout of Hillary Clinton's next book right after Labor Day. Many Washington Democrats, though unwilling to criticize her in public, wish she'd "move on," as Senator Al Franken has put it.

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President Trump's turnabout on the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia has rocked his administration, leading to speculation that s officials may be looking for a way out.

A U.S. appeals court reversed a ruling that prevented Arkansas from cutting off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood following the release of controversial videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group.

Former President George H.W. Bush and former President George W. Bush, in a rare joint statement, declared Wednesday that Americans must reject "hatred in all its forms" in the aftermath of the white supremacist and neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Va.

All four of Baltimore's Confederate statues were removed overnight, just days after a white nationalist rally erupted into chaos and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Baltimore City Council voted unanimously Monday night to immediately take down the monuments after more than a year of indecision.

Chile is rejecting a U.S request to break off all diplomatic and commercial ties with North Korea that was made by Vice President Mike Pence during a visit to the South American nation. Chilean Foreign Minister Heraldo Munoz says "we have not contemplated" such a move.

Donald Trump's policies are partly the reason that none of the 10 most liveable cities in the world are in the U.S., according to a new report from The Economist Intelligence Unit.

The Spanish island of Mallorca could be virtually razed of vegetation under an EU plan to halt the march of a deadly bacteria known as "ebola of the olive", farmers in the region have warned.

More than 60 stories above the ground, construction workers climb makeshift stairs and cross narrow steel planks to put the finishing touches on Salesforce Tower, now San Francisco's tallest building. The $1.1 billion skyscraper has changed the city's skyline, dwarfing old favorites.

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A 10-year-old rape victim who was denied permission for an abortion by the Indian Supreme Court last month has given birth to a baby girl. The girl is not aware that she has given birth. During her pregnancy she was told she had a big stone in her stomach.

The number of refugees fleeing violence in South Sudan to Uganda has passed the one million mark, the UN said. It adds that at least another one million refugees have fled to Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Central African Republic.

Spain's coastguard says it has rescued 600 migrants crossing from Morocco in a 24-hour period, amid a spike in the number of migrant arrivals.

Spotify has removed several white supremacist bands from its service, following recent events at Charlottesville in America.

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House Democrats are introducing a formal resolution to denounce President Donald Trump for saying that "both sides" are to blame for a violent encounter between white supremacists and neo-Nazis and the activists who showed up to protest them.

For centuries, one particular day has signified repentance for God's people. It had deep meaning for Jonah, Moses and Jesus Christ. And this year, Aug. 21 - the first of Elul on the biblical calendar - contains a critical message for American Christians, as it will be the date of a total solar eclipse that will traverse the entire United States.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill to provide free abortions for all, including illegal immigrants, by requiring insurance companies to cover the procedures and putting taxpayers on the hook for the tab.

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