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Syrian troops look to isolate IS in Damascus battle

Syrian troops look to isolate IS in Damascus battle

BEIRUT — Syrian government forces moved to cut off Islamic State militants in southern Damascus from nearby rebel-held suburbs Monday in an attempt to force the extremists to surrender or evacuate the district, state media reported.
European rights court rejects case on terminally ill toddler

European rights court rejects case on terminally ill toddler

PARIS — The European Court of Human Rights on Monday rejected a case from British parents who want to take their terminally ill toddler to Italy for treatment instead of allowing a U.K. hospital to remove him from life support.

Bloomberg gives $4.5M to UN climate body, softening US cuts

BERLIN — Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is donating $4.5 million to the United Nations body that oversees climate change negotiations.
US existing home sales rose 1.1 per cent in March

US existing home sales rose 1.1 per cent in March

WASHINGTON — U.S. sales of existing homes increased 1.1 per cent on a monthly basis in March, which suggests that buyers are undeterred by the dwindling number of properties available on the market.
Travel ban case is justices' first dive into Trump policy

Travel ban case is justices' first dive into Trump policy

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has so far had little to say about Donald Trump's time as president, even as the nation has moved from one Trump controversy to another. That's about to change.
A Cold War poison resurfaces in a quiet English town

A Cold War poison resurfaces in a quiet English town

MOSCOW — During the Cold War, Soviet scientists at a secret, high-security lab worked frantically to counter the latest U.S. chemical weapons.
Mexico holds its first presidential debate for July election

Mexico holds its first presidential debate for July election

MEXICO CITY — The first of Mexico's presidential debates opened Sunday night with rivals concentrating their fire on front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who defended the idea of an amnesty to fight drug violence and revived his famous campaign
US builds drone base in Niger, crossroads of extremism fight

US builds drone base in Niger, crossroads of extremism fight

AGADEZ, Niger — On the scorching edge of the Sahara Desert, the U.S. Air Force is building a base for armed drones, the newest front in America's battle against the growing extremist threat in Africa's vast Sahel region.
It's time for Trump's doctor to be examined, for VA chief

It's time for Trump's doctor to be examined, for VA chief

WASHINGTON — Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson was tending to grievously injured military personnel in Iraq when he was summoned to Washington to interview for a job he barely knew existed. He didn't see a way to get there.
AP FACT CHECK: Trump distorts NKorea aim to 'denuclearize'

AP FACT CHECK: Trump distorts NKorea aim to 'denuclearize'

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and his aides are leaving a false impression about the extent of North Korea's plans to give up its nuclear weapons. They say North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has basically agreed to "denuclearization.