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China's thriving SUV-only automaker looks to global growth
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  • 2017-02-22 08:07:11Z

Wei Jianjun is the chief matchmaker in China's love affair with the SUV. A decade ago, the chairman of Great Wall Motors Ltd. saw opportunity as the bulky vehicles began shedding their image in China as ...

Egypt activist out of prison but still only half free
Egypt activist out of prison but still only half free
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  • 2017-02-22 08:04:22Z

CAIRO (AP) - It's that time of day - just before 6 p.m. to be exact - when Ahmed Maher must leave his family and spend the night in a tiny room in the local police station. It's a grim routine that will likely define the life of the iconic "revolutionary" for the next three years.

North Korea calls for release of three detained in Kim Jong Nam case
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  • 2017-02-22 08:03:27Z

The North Korean embassy in Malaysia said on Wednesday that the three suspects detained in the connection with the murder of Kim Jong Nam should be immediately released. A Vietnamese woman, an Indonesian woman and a North Korean man have been "arrested unreasonably", the embassy said in a

Lloyds Banking Group says net profit rockets to £2.0bn
Lloyds Banking Group says net profit rockets to £2.0bn
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  • 2017-02-22 07:55:17Z

Lloyds Banking Group announced soaring annual profits Wednesday on lower charges linked to an insurance scandal, as it awaits a full return to the private sector following a state bailout. Net profit surged more than four times to £2.0 billion ($2.5 billion, 2.4 billion euros) in 2016 compared with

German Social Democrats still hard on heels of Merkel
German Social Democrats still hard on heels of Merkel's conservatives: poll
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  • 2017-02-22 06:06:56Z

Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) held steady at 31 percent support in a survey published on Wednesday, remaining hard on the heels of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives - on 34 percent - seven months ahead of a federal election. The poll for Stern magazine and broadcaster RTL showed 39

China calls landmark Taiwan protests part of Chinese liberation struggle
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  • 2017-02-22 05:07:59Z

China on Wednesday described landmark Taiwan protests against Nationalist troops in 1947 as part of China's liberation struggle that Taiwan independence forces were trying to hijack, ahead of commemorations next week for the 70th anniversary. The "228 Incident", as it is known in Taiwan

Hillary Clinton Finally Stepped in to Advise President Trump
Hillary Clinton Finally Stepped in to Advise President Trump

After months of passive tweets, Hillary Clinton finally called on POTUS speak out against anti-Semitic attacks. President Trump employed Breitbart News chairman, Steven Bannon, as chief Whitehouse strategist, leading some to believe he's encouraging anti-Semitic behavior.

The Latest: Suspect in slaying may have been high on drugs
The Latest: Suspect in slaying may have been high on drugs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Latest on the shooting of two California police officers as they responded to a traffic accident (all times local):

Missouri man charged with trying to plan terrorist attack

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri native who said he wanted to participate in a terrorist attack that would cause many deaths and injuries is charged with helping plan a Presidents Day attack on buses, trains and a train station in Kansas City, federal officials said Tuesday.

Exclusive: China finishing South China Sea buildings that could house missiles - U.S. officials
Exclusive: China finishing South China Sea buildings that could house missiles - U.S. officials

By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China, in an early test of U.S. President Donald Trump, is nearly finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea that appear designed to house long-range surface-to-air missiles, two U.S. officials told Reuters. The development is likely to raise questions about whether and how the United States will respond, given its vows to take a tough line on China in the South China Sea. China claims almost all the South China Sea, which carries a third of the world's maritime traffic.

Far-right firebrand quits Breitbart over pedophilia remarks
Far-right firebrand quits Breitbart over pedophilia remarks

Serial provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, a conservative firebrand and staunch fan of President Donald Trump, resigned Tuesday from the right-wing news site Breitbart amid a storm triggered by comments in which he seems to condone pedophilia. The 32-year-old Briton had already lost a book deal and a speaking engagement after a video was leaked on Twitter over the weekend in which he defends men having sex with children as young as 13. Facing the media at a news conference in New York -- after a 24-hour furor he described as "humiliating" -- Yiannopoulos announced he was stepping down as tech editor for the conservative US site.

Women
Women's life expectancy on track to hit 90 in some nations

By 2030 life expectancy for South Korean women could top nine decades, an average lifespan long thought to be out of reach, researchers said Wednesday. South Korea is not only the first country in the world where women may live past 90 on average, it is also the one on track to log the biggest jump in longevity, they reported in The Lancet medical journal. Other developed countries are not far behind: the longevity of French and Japanese women are more likely than not to stretch past 88 years.

Bull that led police chase after slaughterhouse escape dies
Bull that led police chase after slaughterhouse escape dies

NEW YORK (AP) - A plucky bull escaped from a slaughterhouse and led police on a wild chase through the streets on Tuesday only to die on its way to a shelter.

Why McMaster is only one step toward ending Trump's intel wars
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  • 2017-02-21 23:33:33Z

Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster in some ways symbolizes the very changes that President Trump needs to make to right its tempestuous relationship with the United States intelligence community. General McMaster, Mr. Trump's pick to be national security adviser, does not hail from an intelligence background.

UPS has a functioning drone delivery concept, and it makes more sense than Amazon
UPS has a functioning drone delivery concept, and it makes more sense than Amazon's

Companies like Amazon are going all-in on drone deliveries and have already shown off warehouses that send packages out to customers exclusively via drone. For delivery companies like UPS, the idea of converting operations to rely exclusively on drones  is laughable, but that doesn't mean they won't find a way to utilize the new technology to streamline the delivery process. This week, UPS tested out a delivery drone concept that doesn't so much do away with its iconic brown box trucks as augment them. The test was conducted using a specially equipped UPS delivery truck which has a drone compartment built right into its roof. When the driver stops to deliver a package, the drone can be...

Mass funeral held for 20 Haitians who died in dismal prison
Mass funeral held for 20 Haitians who died in dismal prison

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - Relatives wailed in grief or stared stoically as flowers were placed on 20 caskets at a mass funeral Tuesday for the latest group of inmates who died miserably in Haiti's largest prison, most without ever having been convicted of any crime.

UN accolades pour in after passing of Russia's Vitaly Churkin. Who was he?
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  • 2017-02-21 23:14:31Z

Diplomats from around the world shared tributes to Vitaly Churkin, Russia's ambassador to the United Nations and the longest-serving member of the Security Council, after news of his sudden death in New York on Monday. Recommended: Sochi, Soviets, and czars: How much do you know about Russia?

What does Trump's claim about migrant crime tell us about Sweden?
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  • 2017-02-21 23:05:13Z

Swedish authorities probably don't hold their breath for a mention from President Trump every time he approaches a platform. Last Saturday night, at a rally in Florida, they got an unpleasant surprise. Sweden's refugee commitment, which saw the country take in about 160,000 foreigners in 2015, was causing "problems like they never thought possible," claimed Mr. Trump.

Study links same-sex marriage laws and decline in teen suicide attempts: What next?
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  • 2017-02-21 23:01:42Z

Teen suicide attempts are a persistent challenge. In a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, researchers from Harvard and Johns Hopkins looked at the correlation between student-reported suicide attempts and state policies in the 16 years before June 2015, when the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality nationwide. Drawing on a health survey database of almost 763,000 students, they observed a 7 percent decline in teenagers' efforts to take their own lives in the year after their states legalized marriage equality, a figure that increased to 14 percent among teens who identified as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. "It's not easy to be an adolescent, and for...

Bavaria pushes ahead with burqa ban as elections loom
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  • 2017-02-21 22:32:12Z

MUNICH/BERLIN (Reuters) - Bavaria will ban the full-face veil in schools, universities, government workplaces and polling stations, the southern German state said on Tuesday. The move comes seven months before a federal election where immigration will be a prominent issue and the Bavarian conservatives

Ukraine backs more sanctions against Russia in passport spat
Ukraine backs more sanctions against Russia in passport spat
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  • 2017-02-21 22:27:14Z

MOSCOW (AP) - Ukraine's president called Tuesday for new sanctions against Russia over its decision to recognize passports issued by separatist authorities in eastern Ukraine, while the Kremlin accused Ukraine of denying vital documents to people in the rebel regions.

Netanyahu is first Israeli prime minister to visit Australia
Netanyahu is first Israeli prime minister to visit Australia
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  • 2017-02-21 22:25:05Z

SYDNEY (AP) - Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Sydney on Wednesday on the first visit to Australia by a serving Israeli prime minister.

Zimbabwe beat Afghanistan to keep ODI cricket series alive
Zimbabwe beat Afghanistan to keep ODI cricket series alive
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  • 2017-02-21 22:24:25Z

Harare (AFP) - Tarisai Musakanda hit 60 as Zimbabwe kept their five-match ODI series alive with a three-run win over Afghanistan in Harare on Tuesday.

Bolivian coca farmers clash with police over output curb
Bolivian coca farmers clash with police over output curb
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  • 2017-02-21 22:22:02Z

Coca farmers clashed with police Tuesday in the second straight day of violent protests in La Paz against a Morales government bill to limit legal areas of cultivation. Angry farmers threw dynamite, fireworks and rocks at police in an attempt to regain positions lost late Monday in a clash at access

Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos resigns after controversial pedophilia comments
Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos resigns after controversial pedophilia comments

On Feb. 21, 2017, Milo Yiannopoulos announced his resignation as an editor at Breitbart News. The writer and commentator has been facing backlash since a video of him making controversial comments about pedophilia surfaced.

FARC disarmament to begin March 1: official
FARC disarmament to begin March 1: official
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  • 2017-02-21 22:17:19Z

Colombian FARC rebels will start their historic disarmament process March 1, the government said Tuesday, as the country implements its peace deal to end Latin America's last major armed conflict. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are due to disband with UN supervision under a peace

Atletico beats Leverkusen 4-2 in Germany in Champions League
Atletico beats Leverkusen 4-2 in Germany in Champions League
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  • 2017-02-21 22:17:13Z

LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) - French forwards Antoine Griezmann and Kevin Gameiro tore Bayer Leverkusen's defense apart to put the Champions League quarterfinals within reach for Atletico Madrid with a 4-2 away victory on Tuesday.

Americans killed in Australian plane crash were avid golfers
Americans killed in Australian plane crash were avid golfers
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  • 2017-02-21 22:16:40Z

DALLAS (AP) - Four American tourists were pursuing their passion for golf during a weekslong trip to Australia when they were killed Tuesday after a light plane carrying them on an offshore excursion crashed into a suburban Melbourne shopping mall and burst into flames, said Australian officials and

San Jose streets flooded as more heavy rains wallop California
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  • 2017-02-21 22:14:55Z

Waist-high floodwaters struck a neighborhood of San Jose on Tuesday after heavy rains drenched the state, causing a creek in the Northern California city to overflow, according to officials and local media. The city of about 1 million people, a major hub of Silicon Valley south of San Francisco, on

2 more dead after Guinea announces deal with teacher unions
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  • 2017-02-21 22:14:08Z

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) - Two more people died Tuesday in demonstrations supporting striking teachers after Guinea's government announced an agreement with the country's two largest teacher unions on ending walkouts that have closed schools since the beginning of the month.

Maricopa County man sentenced for false voter registration
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  • 2017-02-21 22:12:51Z

PHOENIX (AP) - Maricopa County prosecutors say a man has been sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation and 160 hours of community restitution for false voter registration.

World stocks mostly grind higher, but HSBC weighs
World stocks mostly grind higher, but HSBC weighs
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  • 2017-02-21 22:06:50Z

New York (AFP) - World stocks regained momentum on Tuesday, lifted by rising oil prices and strong eurozone economic data, but a massive earnings drop at banking giant HSBC kept a lid on London and Hong Kong.

Identifying the best in golf not as easy as 10 years ago
Identifying the best in golf not as easy as 10 years ago
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  • 2017-02-21 22:05:09Z

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Imagine the best players in golf competing at the absolute top of their games.

Austrian court backs extradition of Ukraine businessman Firtash to U.S.
Austrian court backs extradition of Ukraine businessman Firtash to U.S.
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  • 2017-02-21 22:02:23Z

By Shadia Nasralla VIENNA (Reuters) - An Austrian court approved on Tuesday the extradition of Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash to the United States in a bribery case, overturning an earlier ruling that had said the U.S. request was politically motivated. Firtash, who denies the U.S. bribery allegations

Aguero stars as Manchester City sink Monaco in thriller
Aguero stars as Manchester City sink Monaco in thriller
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  • 2017-02-21 22:00:04Z

Sergio Aguero starred as Manchester City beat Monaco 5-3 in a breathless and dizzyingly end-to-end Champions League last 16 first-leg encounter at a rocking Etihad Stadium on Tuesday. Raheem Sterling put City ahead, only for Kylian Mbappe to level and Radamel Falcao to score twice -- the second goal

Canada PM: will not halt illegal border crossing despite opposition
Canada PM: will not halt illegal border crossing despite opposition
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  • 2017-02-21 21:49:22Z

Canada will continue to accept asylum seekers crossing illegally from the United States but will ensure security measures are taken to keep Canadians safe, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday. The number of would-be refugees crossing into Canada at isolated and unguarded border crossings

In the most populous Muslim nation, a test of tolerance
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  • 2017-02-21 21:49:07Z

Last year, British voters in London elected a Muslim as mayor. A good example is happening in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation and its third-largest democracy. On Feb. 15, in a three-way race for the governorship of the capital, Jakarta, the Christian incumbent - who faces blasphemy

Why the Supreme Court rejected a death penalty appeal
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  • 2017-02-21 21:44:45Z

The Supreme Court declined on Tuesday to hear a death row inmate's challenge to Alabama's lethal injection method, freeing the state to try for the eighth time to carry out the planned execution of Thomas Douglas Arthur. "He has amassed significant evidence that Alabama's current lethal junction protocol will result in intolerable and needless agony," she wrote, referring to Arthur's argument that the lethal injection method violated the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Recommended: How much do you know about landmark Supreme Court decisions?

Once Renowned Surgeon Sentenced to Life Behind Bars for Intentionally Maiming Patients
Once Renowned Surgeon Sentenced to Life Behind Bars for Intentionally Maiming Patients

Christopher Duntsch once billed himself as the best neurosurgeon in all of Dallas.

Ecuador presidential election goes to runoff between leftist, ex-banker
Ecuador presidential election goes to runoff between leftist, ex-banker
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  • 2017-02-21 21:16:28Z

By Alexandra Ulmer and Alexandra Valencia QUITO (Reuters) - Ecuador's presidential election will go to an April runoff between leftist government candidate Lenin Moreno and ex-banker Guillermo Lasso, the electoral body said on Tuesday, after a nail-biter first round over the weekend. Moreno needed

A look at naturalizations in the US, by the numbers
A look at naturalizations in the US, by the numbers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nearly 1 million people applied to become U.S. citizens the fiscal year through September 2016. Advocates say interest in naturalization jumped again after President Trump issued executive orders that legal immigrants fear could affect their standing in the country.

White House: Mass deportation not the goal of immigration actions
White House: Mass deportation not the goal of immigration actions

Press secretary Sean Spicer said unauthorized immigrants who "pose a threat to our public safety or have committed a crime will be the first to go."

Africa
Africa's elusive forest elephants are disappearing

The clock is ticking to save Central Africa's forest elephants. Populations of the elusive elephants have plunged by around 80 percent inside one of the region's most important nature preserves. Within Gabon's Minkébé National Park, poachers likely killed about 25,000 forest elephants for their ivory tusks between 2004 and 2014, according to a Duke University-led study in the journal Current Biology. SEE ALSO: The world's fastest land animal is even more threatened than we thought That's a significant number of animals, considering that Gabon holds about half of the estimated 100,000 forest elephants across all of Central Africa. Forest elephants in Gabon's Minkébé National Park....

Grandmother Arrested After 3-Year-Old Boy Shoots 4-Year-Old Brother

Diane Nellums was charged with child abuse and neglect after cops say her 3-year-old grandson shot his brother.

Does more homework make for a smarter kid? In Spain, many have doubts.
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  • 2017-02-21 19:22:59Z

The fourth-graders in Miren Artetxe's classroom have sat through an intensive morning of math tables, reading comprehension, and videos about bullying. "They've worked hard enough," says Ms. Artetxe, surveying her empty classroom at a public elementary school in this tiny Basque town in northern Spain. Recommended: Test your Iberia IQ: How much do you know about Spain and Portugal?

How Trump is challenging the media to redefine its role
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  • 2017-02-21 19:03:05Z

For Mr. Trump, the use of such inflammatory language is clearly metaphorical. Recommended: In Pictures Voices from across political party lines: What can be done to heal America? "In fact, contrary to the prevailing orthodoxy, Donald Trump is not the man who will kill the mainstream media.

As anti-Semitic threats increase, Trump (finally) speaks out
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  • 2017-02-21 19:02:31Z

For his first time as president, Donald Trump has condemned waves of anti-Semitic incidents that have targeted a Jewish cemetery, community centers, and other religious institutions since he took office on Jan. 20. Mr. Trump's daughter, Ivanka, and a White House spokesman had already denounced the incidents on Twitter, but neither used the terms anti-Semitism or Jewish in their tweets.

Marine Le Pen makes headlines by refusing to don veil for a meeting
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  • 2017-02-21 17:52:29Z

Related stories Sunni and Shiite Islam: Do you know the difference? Take our quiz. Marine Le Pen is latest French politician embroiled in fraud allegations. First LookFar-right populist Marine Le Pen formally launches bid to make France great again

New free iPhone app lets you instantly unshare photos you
New free iPhone app lets you instantly unshare photos you've sent through iMessage

When your relationship with someone is going well, you're often liable to send photos that may be a bit, err, compromising. That's all well and good, until things turn south and your relationship comes to an end. In the moment, it's not always easy to think about that uncomfortable possibility, but the fact of the matter is that no matter how close you might feel to your partner now, romantic relationships begin and end all the time. And if and when your current relationship does end, you're left in the compromising position of having an ex out there who is armed with plenty of photos that you would rather keep private. Well, now there's a free app that helps you plan ahead. It's not...

Samsung Will Reportedly Sell Galaxy Note 7 Phones Which Were Recalled Last Year
Samsung Will Reportedly Sell Galaxy Note 7 Phones Which Were Recalled Last Year

Samsung will reportedly sell "refurbished" Galaxy Note 7 devices which were found to cause battery fires last year.

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