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Messi's star-studded Argentine wedding: what we know
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  • 2017-06-28 14:51:26Z

Football and showbiz stars will gather in northern Argentina on Friday for Latin America's celebrity wedding of the decade when Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi marries his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo. Here is what we know from the few details given by Messi's spokespeople as well

Hong Kong protesters arrested for democracy protest ahead of Xi
Hong Kong protesters arrested for democracy protest ahead of Xi's visit
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  • 2017-06-28 14:47:22Z

By Venus Wu HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong police on Wednesday arrested pro-democracy protesters, some of whom scrambled up a monument symbolizing the city's handover from British to Chinese rule, a day before Chinese President Xi Jinping is due to arrive for the celebrations. Hong Kong marks

Meat processor cuts deal with ABC in
Meat processor cuts deal with ABC in 'pink slime' defamation case
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  • 2017-06-28 14:45:38Z

BPI had claimed ABC, a unit of Walt Disney Co , and Avila defamed the company by using the term "pink slime" and making errors and omissions in its 2012 reporting on what the company calls its "lean finely textured beef" product. BPI sought up to $1.9 billion in damages, which could have been

Man arrested for smashing Ten Commandments monument at Arkansas Capitol
Man arrested for smashing Ten Commandments monument at Arkansas Capitol
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  • 2017-06-28 14:24:03Z

A newly installed Ten Commandments monument on Arkansas state Capitol grounds was toppled on Wednesday, with police saying they have arrested a man they suspect of driving his vehicle into the granite slab. "It was shattered into a lot of pieces," Chris Powell, a spokesman for the Secretary of State and Capitol Police, said in an interview. No motive has been released for destroying the monument installed on Tuesday, Powell said.

Chris Cornell
Chris Cornell's Widow Vicky Opens Up About His Addiction Battle and Final Night: 'He Didn't Want to Die'

Vicky Cornell, the widow of Chris Cornell, speaks out about the death of her husband. She says addiction -- not suicide -- is to blame.

Prosecutor and governor to spar over death penalty in Florida
Prosecutor and governor to spar over death penalty in Florida's top court
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  • 2017-06-28 13:30:03Z

Aramis Ayala, a Democrat who serves as state attorney for the Ninth Judicial District that covers Orange and Osceola counties in central Florida, sued the Republican governor after he took the cases from her in April. Ayala, the first black woman elected as a state attorney in Florida, has said the death penalty is not in the best interest of justice.

North Korea calls for execution of ex-South Korea leader over
North Korea calls for execution of ex-South Korea leader over 'assassination' plot
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  • 2017-06-28 13:09:47Z

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Wednesday it has issued a standing order for the execution of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her spy chief for a plot to assassinate its leader, and it demanded that the South hand the pair over. The North's official KCNA said &

Yes he can:
Yes he can: 'Clever boy' Obama returns to Indonesia for family vacation
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  • 2017-06-28 12:33:42Z

From white water rafting in Bali to visiting temples on Java, former U.S. President Barack Obama's private family holiday is being closely tracked in Indonesia where he spent four years as a child. Obama was six when he moved to Jakarta after his American mother, Ann Dunham, married an Indonesian man following the end of her marriage to Obama's Kenyan father. "I feel proud that my friend became a president," said Sonni Gondokusumo, 56, a former classmate of Obama at the Menteng 01 state elementary school in Jakarta.

Gigi Hadid Goes Full Barbie in Shiny All-Pink Ensemble
Gigi Hadid Goes Full Barbie in Shiny All-Pink Ensemble

The supermodel attended the launch of her Vogue Eyewear collaboration.

British police among six charged over Hillsborough disaster
British police among six charged over Hillsborough disaster
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  • 2017-06-28 11:56:01Z

Four former senior policemen were among six people charged on Wednesday over the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster in England that killed 96 Liverpool football supporters. Prosecutors said there was "sufficient evidence to charge six individuals with criminal offences" including manslaughter

Making Ivanka Trump shoes: Long hours, low pay and abuse
Making Ivanka Trump shoes: Long hours, low pay and abuse

A worker with blood dripping from his head marked a low point in the tense, grinding life at a southeastern China factory used by Ivanka Trump and other fashion brands. An angry manager had hit him with ...

Syrian Observatory says 30 killed in east Syria air strike
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  • 2017-06-28 10:36:00Z

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said an air strike early on Wednesday killed at least 30 civilians and injured dozens more in a village held by Islamic State in eastern Syria. The strike, in al-Dablan, about 20 km (13 miles) southeast of al-Mayadeen on the west bank of the Euphrates, is the

Russia: U.S. chemical attack assertions complicate Syria peace talks - RIA
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  • 2017-06-28 08:48:40Z

MOSCOW (Reuters) - U.S. assertions that the Syrian government may be planning a chemical weapons attack complicate peace talks on Syria, RIA news agency quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov as saying on Wednesday. U.S. officials said on Tuesday Washington's warning to Syria'

Trump growing frustrated with China, weighs trade steps: officials
Trump growing frustrated with China, weighs trade steps: officials
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  • 2017-06-28 08:41:32Z

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is growing increasingly frustrated with China over its inaction on North Korea and bilateral trade issues and is now considering possible trade actions against Beijing, three senior administration officials told Reuters. The officials said

New US ambassador keen to see Chinese dissident go abroad
New US ambassador keen to see Chinese dissident go abroad
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  • 2017-06-28 08:31:28Z

The new US ambassador to Beijing, known for his friendship with China's president, said Wednesday he wanted terminally-ill dissident Liu Xiaobo to get treatment abroad, as Taiwan offered to care for the Nobel laureate. Ambassador Terry Branstad arrived in Beijing on Tuesday, one day after Liu'

China launches new class of naval destroyer
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  • 2017-06-28 05:36:00Z

China's military on Wednesday launched a new type of domestically-built destroyer, state media said, the latest addition to the country's rapidly expanding navy. The 10,000-tonne warship was launched at the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai, the official Xinhua news agency said, making it the first

Sarah Palin sues paper for tying her PAC ad to mass shooting
Sarah Palin sues paper for tying her PAC ad to mass shooting

NEW YORK (AP) - Former vice presidential nominee and Alaska governor Sarah Palin is accusing The New York Times of defamation over an editorial that linked one of her political action committee ads to the mass shooting that severely wounded then-Arizona Congressman Gabby Giffords.

Helicopter hurled grenades at Venezuela Supreme Court: Maduro
Helicopter hurled grenades at Venezuela Supreme Court: Maduro
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  • 2017-06-28 02:54:09Z

A helicopter dropped two grenades on Venezuela's Supreme Court building in a "terror attack" against the government, President Nicolas Maduro said in a speech on Tuesday. "I have activated the entire armed forces to defend the peace," he said in remarks delivered from the Miraflores

Board rejects Puerto Rico budget because of overspending
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  • 2017-06-28 02:52:43Z

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - A federal control board overseeing Puerto Rico's finances rejected the U.S. territory's proposed budget on Tuesday because it said it lacks at least $200 million in specific cost-saving measures and contains nearly $120 million in overspending and ineligible expenditures

Japan defense minister under fire before key Tokyo poll
Japan defense minister under fire before key Tokyo poll
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  • 2017-06-28 02:44:03Z

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government, its ratings slipping over suspicions of favoritism, has suffered a fresh embarrassment when his defense minister made politically sensitive remarks just days ahead of a key local election. Defense Minister Tomomi Inada

US Republicans, facing health care revolt, delay Senate vote
US Republicans, facing health care revolt, delay Senate vote

A Republican rebellion forced the delay Tuesday of a Senate vote on the party's health care overhaul, an embarrassing setback for US President Donald Trump who was left scrambling to salvage the controversial plan. With the Senate bill delayed until after the July 4 congressional recess, the timeline of the effort -- and the overall viability of a years-long bid to dismantle Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA) in favor of a Republican replacement -- was thrown into question. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged he did not have the votes, after a non-partisan forecast projected the bill would swell the ranks of the uninsured by 22 million by 2026 as compared to...

Cosby says he has no plans for
Cosby says he has no plans for 'sexual assault tour'
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  • 2017-06-28 01:58:03Z

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bill Cosby said on Tuesday he has no plans to hold town hall events to discuss sexual assault, days after his spokesman suggested the comedian planned a series of public talks to educate men about how to avoid false accusations. Cosby's spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, first put forward the idea for the town hall talks in an interview with a Birmingham, Alabama, TV station last week, five days after Cosby's sex assault trial ended in a hung jury. The proposal drew immediate criticism from a lawyer representing some of the dozens of women who have leveled sex assault accusations at the 79-year-old entertainer, whose long career was built on a family-friendly...

'Good Samaritan' Trying to Help Lost Toddler Attacked by Child's Father: Cops
'Good Samaritan' Trying to Help Lost Toddler Attacked by Child's Father: Cops

A Florida man was trying to find the parents of a lost toddler when the child's dad punched him repeatedly, authorities said.

Rihanna Fans Go Wild Over Pics of Her Getting Hot and Heavy With Mystery Man
Rihanna Fans Go Wild Over Pics of Her Getting Hot and Heavy With Mystery Man

The 29-year-old singer has a new man!

FBI locates car related to missing Chinese scholar case
FBI locates car related to missing Chinese scholar case
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  • 2017-06-27 23:49:44Z

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - The FBI has located the car that a missing Chinese scholar studying at the University of Illinois was last seen getting into earlier this month, the FBI said Tuesday.

Brazil
Brazil's president calls graft charge 'soap opera'
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  • 2017-06-27 23:23:10Z

Brasília (AFP) - Brazil's President Michel Temer defiantly rejected a bribery charge against him as a "soap opera" on Tuesday, saying there is no proof and vowing to fight on. "The charge is a fiction," Temer said in his first public reaction since the country's top prosecutor

Illinois House Democrats push new budget plan to end impasse
Illinois House Democrats push new budget plan to end impasse
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  • 2017-06-27 23:20:11Z

Staring down the start of a new fiscal year, Illinois House Democrats offered a budget on Tuesday that would spend less than the Republican governor's plan, but kept their specific revenue-raising proposal under wraps. An impasse between Governor Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the legislature has left Illinois without complete budgets for an unprecedented two-straight fiscal years. The nearly $36.5 billion general funds budget was the first spending blueprint offered by House Speaker Michael Madigan for the fiscal year that begins Saturday.

Germany set to legalise same-sex marriage
Germany set to legalise same-sex marriage
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  • 2017-06-27 23:14:24Z

Germany is set to legalise same-sex marriage as early as this week, it emerged Tuesday, after an election-year shift on the issue by Chancellor Angela Merkel sparked a rapid push for a parliamentary vote. The reform would grant full marital rights, including being able to jointly adopt children, to

Turkey returns fire on Kurdish YPG in Syria's Afrin: broadcaster
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  • 2017-06-27 23:08:06Z

Turkey's military returned fire against members of the Kurdish YPG militia near Syria's Afrin region overnight, broadcaster Haberturk reported early on Wednesday, citing military sources. Turkish officials could not immediately be reached for comment on the report, which said Turkey's military

Trump hails
Trump hails 'energy revolution' as exports surge
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  • 2017-06-27 22:51:02Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday hailed an energy revolution marked by surging U.S. exports of oil and natural gas.

Mariah Carey Gets Questioned About Ex Fiance James Packer, Gives Best Response Ever
Mariah Carey Gets Questioned About Ex Fiance James Packer, Gives Best Response Ever

The singer's ex is being investigated by Israeli police for his relationship with the country's prime minister.

Madoff settlements reach $12 billion with new accords
Madoff settlements reach $12 billion with new accords
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  • 2017-06-27 22:48:21Z

The trustee recouping money for Bernard Madoff's victims on Tuesday announced nearly $371 million of new settlements with two groups of offshore funds that invested with the imprisoned Ponzi schemer, boosting the total recovery to about $12 billion. Irving Picard, the trustee, said Lagoon Investment

Tommy Hilfiger
Tommy Hilfiger's Daughter Ally Hilfiger Was the Ultimate Boho Bride at Her Wedding, Thanks to a Dress Designed by Her Dad

Sometimes it really pays to have a professional fashion designer in the family

New Trump rules on Cuba travel leaves winners and losers
New Trump rules on Cuba travel leaves winners and losers
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  • 2017-06-27 22:42:11Z

President Donald Trump's new policy on Cuba travel has winners and losers: Group tour operators hope to sell more trips, but bed-and-breakfast owners in Cuba say they're losing business.

The Latest: Pennsylvania health company restoring network
The Latest: Pennsylvania health company restoring network
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  • 2017-06-27 22:30:01Z

NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on a widespread cyberattack that is affecting companies and government systems (all times EDT):

US cites preparations for chemical weapons attack in Syria
US cites preparations for chemical weapons attack in Syria
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  • 2017-06-27 22:23:52Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration said Tuesday it has detected "active preparations" by Syria for a chemical attack and threatened to retaliate - warning of action that could plunge America deeper into a civil war alongside the fight against Islamic State militants.

At least 24 migrants die as thousands rescued in seas off Libya
At least 24 migrants die as thousands rescued in seas off Libya
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  • 2017-06-27 22:17:52Z

Red Crescent volunteers recovered the bodies of 24 migrants on Tuesday that were washed up in an eastern suburb of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, as large-scale rescues were made in the Mediterranean. Several had been partially devoured by stray dogs, according to a local coast guard official. Three

Woman Stabbed to Death While Walking Home Through Park Behind School: 'No One Deserves That'
Woman Stabbed to Death While Walking Home Through Park Behind School: 'No One Deserves That'

Debra Gulliver, 33, was stabbed at least 12 times.

Powerful Photos Show Former Gang Members Without Tattoos
Powerful Photos Show Former Gang Members Without Tattoos

One photographer is hoping to counter misconceptions about former gang members by showing what they'd look like without the tattoos for which people often misjudge them.

Some would-be immigrants left in limbo after Supreme Court travel ban order
Some would-be immigrants left in limbo after Supreme Court travel ban order
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  • 2017-06-27 21:34:32Z

Without close family in the United States, Elly and her husband had few options for getting permission to immigrate to America from Iran. "Since last year, we made all the important decisions in our lives because we hoped we would get a visa," Elly said, declining to give her full name because her visa application is still in process. The couple decided to put off having children and purchasing a home until after their move to the United States.

Supreme Court on Trump's travel ban: Why its tone sounds a bit different
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  • 2017-06-27 21:22:22Z

The Supreme Court's Monday ruling on President Trump's proposed travel ban was certainly important on substance. Via a nine-to-zero vote, high court justices allowed Mr. Trump to prohibit entry into the US of some (but not all) people from majority-Muslim countries he declares to be dangerous. What it did not say may indicate volumes about the Supreme Court's approach to this big, defining issue of the early Trump presidency.

New York mob suspects admit to vendetta arson, robbery
New York mob suspects admit to vendetta arson, robbery
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  • 2017-06-27 21:20:10Z

Three men, including the late mobster John Gotti's grandson, admitted on Tuesday that they torched a car because its driver cut off a reputed Bonanno crime family associate in traffic in April 2012, prosecutors said. Prosecutors said Vincent Asaro, 82, who was cleared in November 2015 of involvement in the famed 1978 Lufthansa airport heist that helped inspire the movie "Goodfellas," became enraged when a motorist moved in front of his car at a traffic light. John J. Gotti, Matthew "Fat Matt" Rullan and Asaro, an alleged member of the Bonanno crime family, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn to charges related to the arson and robbery under an agreement with federal...

Trump growing frustrated with China, weighs trade steps: officials
Trump growing frustrated with China, weighs trade steps: officials

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is growing increasingly frustrated with China over its inaction on North Korea and bilateral trade issues and is now considering possible trade actions against Beijing, three senior administration officials told Reuters. The officials said Trump was impatient with China and was looking at a range of options, including tariffs on steel imports, which Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross already has said he is considering as part of a national security study of the U.S. steel industry. Whether Trump would actually take any steps against China remains unclear.

University of Texas at Dallas orders evacuation after bomb threat
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  • 2017-06-27 20:57:10Z

The university tweeted at around 2:45 p.m. local time that all faculty, students, staff, and visitors needed to immediately leave buildings and parking garages on the campus, located roughly 18 miles (29 km) north of downtown Dallas, in Richardson. Campus police received the bomb threat around 2 p.m

EPA and Army Corps seek to rescind clean water rule
EPA and Army Corps seek to rescind clean water rule
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  • 2017-06-27 20:52:28Z

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers released a proposal on Tuesday to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule, the latest move by the Trump administration to unwind environmental regulations put in place under former President Barack Obama. "We are taking significant action to return power to the states and provide regulatory certainty to our nation's farmers and businesses," EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said.

Health care: vote delayed, but calls to address costs keep growing
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  • 2017-06-27 20:50:51Z

Senate Republicans have been forced into postponing major health care legislation in the United States Senate, and the backdrop is partly the difficult economics of health care: Costs for average Americans are high and rising, and the Senate legislation so far doesn't appear to offer significant relief. The challenge was highlighted on June 26, as the Congressional Budget Office came out with its score of the Better Care Reconciliation Act released by Senate Republicans. The CBO predicted that premiums would rise faster than under current law, through 2019, for people who aren't insured through an employer or a government program.

Chicago police officers charged in alleged cover-up of teen shooting
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  • 2017-06-27 20:46:19Z

Three current or former Chicago police officers were indicted on Tuesday on state felony charges for their roles in attempting to cover up the shooting death of a black teenager by a white officer, prosecutors said. The indictments stem from a 2014 incident in which Laquan McDonald, 17, was shot to death by a white police officer. A video of the shooting, released in 2015, sparked days of protests and thrust Chicago into a national debate over the use of excessive force by police against minorities.

Venezuela
Venezuela's Maduro warns of war if 'revolution' toppled
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  • 2017-06-27 20:32:38Z

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro warned on Tuesday that he and supporters would take up arms if his socialist government was violently overthrown by opponents who have been on the streets protesting for three months. "I'm telling the world, and I hope the world listens after 90 days

China
China's verdant 'forest city' will fight pollution with a million plants

If tree-covered skyscrapers act like enormous air filters, this cluster of buildings will be a clean air oasis. China has broken ground on a "forest city" in the southern city of Liuzhou. The development, which will span two-thirds of a mile along the Liujiang River, involves blanketing offices, apartments, hotels, and schools with more than a million plants and about 40,000 trees.

North Carolina man gets life in prison for plotting Islamic State attack
North Carolina man gets life in prison for plotting Islamic State attack
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  • 2017-06-27 20:09:57Z

Justin Sullivan, 21, of Morganton, was sentenced in federal court in Asheville on one count of attempting to commit an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries, the Justice Department said in a statement. Sullivan had pleaded guilty in November 2016, and the agreement with prosecutors called for the life sentence. Prosecutors said Sullivan conspired with Junaid Hussain, a British hacker who was an online recruiter of people to carry out attacks on behalf of the militant group Islamic State.

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