Syrian who worked on nominated film can't attend Oscars
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. immigration authorities are barring entry to a 21-year-old Syrian cinematographer who worked on a harrowing film about his nation's civil war, "The White Helmets," that has been nominated for an Academy Award....
AP Analysis: Will China be North Korea's Trump card?
TOKYO (AP) -- China's announcement it has suspended North Korean coal imports may have been its first test of whether the Trump administration is ready to do something about a major, and mutual, security problem: North Korea's nukes. While China is Pyongyang's biggest enabler, it is also the biggest outside agent of regime-challenging change - just not in the way Washington has wanted....
Italy vows to be ready in time to host G-7 in Sicilian town
TAORMINA, Sicily (AP) -- Italy still needs to build two helicopter landing pads and repave miles of road, but a top government official promised Friday that everything will be ready for the May 26-27 G-7 summit being held in a stunning Sicilian town overlooking the sea....
Ukrainian lawmaker visits rebel east, urges prisoner release
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Ukrainian lawmaker visited the rebel-held east on Friday to meet with Ukrainian prisoners there, a trip that irked many in Ukraine....
Doubts grow over stock market's Trump-inspired surge
NEW YORK (AP) -- How much more can the "Trump Bump" lift the stock market?...
Malaysia: VX nerve agent killed brother of N. Korean leader
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Sometime in the hours after poisoning the half brother of North Korea's leader, one of his two attackers began to vomit, Malaysian police said Friday. It was apparently an early indication of the immensely powerful toxin that was used in the killing: the chemical warfare agent VX....
Banned chemical weapon VX is potent killer that lingers
The banned chemical weapon VX is considered by some experts to be the nastiest of the nasty nerve agents known to exist. With a consistency similar to motor oil, it lingers for long periods in the environment and even a tiny amount causes victims' bodies to flood with fluids, producing a feeling of drowning before death....
Iraqi forces advance in Mosul, strike IS inside Syria
MOSUL AIRPORT, Iraq (AP) -- As Iraqi ground troops pushed into western Mosul on Friday, the country's air force struck Islamic State group targets inside Syria for the first time in response to recent bombings in Baghdad claimed by the militants....
Trump tower opens in Vancouver but the welcome isn't warm
Brazil's Carnival begins with parades, parties but no mayor
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Revelers across Brazil began Carnival celebrations on Friday, taking to the streets to dance, drink beer and spirits, and blow off steam at a time of economic angst and fury with politicians over a sprawling corruption scandal....
President Trump revoked landmark guidance to public schools letting transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice, reversing a signature initiative of his predecessor. President Obama last May gave the bathroom directive to public schools for transgender students threatening to withhold funding for schools that did not comply. The Trump administration rescinded those guidelines arguing states and public schools should make their own decisions without federal interference. Transgender legal advocates criticized the states' rights argument, saying it's a civil rights issue under the purview of federal government enforcement.
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