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G7 or G5? Trump and Johnson add unpredictability to French summit

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Brexit Britain's overtures to U.S. President Donald Trump risk further complicating the search for common ground this weekend at a Group of Seven summit already clouded by transatlantic rifts over trade, Iran and climate change. The summit host, President Emmanuel Macron of France, has set the bar low for Biarritz… Read

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A look at the history behind the worsening Seoul-Tokyo trade dispute

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A runaway train. Crashing billiard balls. A compound fracture. Journalists and academics in Seoul have been running out of colorful descriptions for an intensifying dispute between South Korea and Japan over history and trade that has sent always shaky relations plummeting further. Tokyo's moves to impose trade curbs on Seoul… Read

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MLB needs to protect fans at every ballpark before someone dies

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There's always a surge of excitement when a foul ball comes your way, mixed with a sense of dread. It's a thrilling souvenir to take home from the ballpark. Yet too many fans have been left bloody and maimed by these projectiles hurtling into the stands. No one has died.… Read

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As arms treaty fails, big powers risk new missile race

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For those who worried about the risk of the Cold War ending in catastrophe, the early- to mid-1980s were the most alarming period since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. On both sides of the Iron Curtain, paranoia and alarm about the adversary's intentions was the order of the day. The… Read

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Trump moving to make immigration whiter, wealthier

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The Trump administration is on a course to remake the face of immigration in America in ways that would turn it whiter and wealthier. It is a dramatic editing of the American catechism welcoming "your tired, your poor, your huddled masses , yearning to breathe free," inscribed on the Statue… Read

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Climate deniers get more media play than scientists: study

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Climate deniers have garnered far more media attention than prominent climate scientists over the years, fuelling public confusion and slowing the response to global warming, researchers reported Tuesday. From 2000 through 2016, hundreds of academics, business people and politicians who doubted global warming or attributed rising temperatures to "natural" causes… Read

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With Hong Kong, Beijing embraces Putin playbook

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As Hong Kong stood on the brink of chaos on Wednesday, China's state run Global Times newspaper warned that the territory must choose between stability and chaos. Its editorials accused protesters of what it termed as "terrorism", painting the unrest as the latest in a series of Western-backed "color revolutions".… Read

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China's Xi gets tougher on Trump after new tariff threat

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Facing another U.S. tariff hike, Chinese President Xi Jinping is getting tougher with Washington instead of backing down. Beijing fired what economists called a "warning shot" at Washington by letting its yuan currency weaken in response to President Donald Trump's latest threat of more punitive import duties on Sept 1.… Read

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Trump amplifies conspiracy theories from perch of presidency

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With a pair of weekend retweets, President Donald Trump amplified an unfounded conspiracy theory. It was hardly the first time. His political career began the same way. Trump has a long history of spreading falsehoods drawn from the conservative fringe. His unlikely rise to the White House was fueled in… Read

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Can we eat Big Macs and still avoid climate chaos?

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Not everyone needs to become a vegetarian, much less vegan, to keep the planet from overheating, but it would probably make things a lot easier if they did. That's the ambiguous and -- for many on either side of this meaty issue -- unsatisfying conclusion of the most comprehensive report… Read

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