A ship hauls containers at a container port in Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong province.

US-China trade war elevates the risks to the global economy

The trade war that erupted Friday between the U.S. and China carries a major risk of escalation that could weaken investment, depress spending, unsettle financial markets and slow the global economy.

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International rescuers team prepare to enter the cave where a young soccer team and their coach trapped by flood waters Thursday, July 5, 2018, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand. With more rain coming, Thai rescuers are racing against

Rescuers race to drain water inside Thai cave before rains

With more rain coming, Thai rescuers are racing to pump out water from a flooded cave before they can extract 12 boys and their soccer coach with minimum risk, officials said Thursday.

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Jordanian residents of Jabir village watch aid deliveries to Syrians fleeing government offensive in the south as smoke from unknown fire rises.

Israel lays down red lines for postwar relations with Syria

As Syrian government forces press on with a furious offensive against rebel-held areas in the country's south, Israel is quietly acknowledging that President Bashar Assad's forces will soon be on its doorstep, laying down red lines for postwar relations with the Syrian leader.

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In this July 3, 2018, image taken from video provided by the Thai Navy Seal, Thai boys are with Navy SEALs inside the cave, Mae Sai, northern Thailand. With heavy rains forecast to worsen flooding in a cave in northern Thailand where 12 boys and their soc

Warm in blankets, Thai boys smile, joke with rescuer in cave

Their skinny faces illuminated by a flashlight, the Thai soccer teammates stranded for nearly two weeks in a partly flooded cave said in a video released Wednesday that they were healthy, as heavy rains forecast for later this week threatened to complicate plans to safely extract the boys.

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Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, center, arrives at a court house in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Ex-Malaysia leader Najib charged with breach of trust, graft

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was charged Wednesday with criminal breach of trust and corruption, two months after a multibillion-dollar graft scandal at a state investment fund led to his stunning election defeat.

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British police officers guard a cordon outside the Amesbury Baptist Centre church in Amesbury.

Another mystery illness rocks England after spy's poisoning

Four months after a quiet corner of England was plunged into a Cold War-style saga of spies, chemical weapons and international tensions, residents wondered Wednesday whether it was happening all over again.

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Anti-government protesters hold up the Polish constitution when rallying in front of Poland's Supreme Court to support the court's president.

Poland's isolation deepens as Supreme Court law takes effect

Poland's international isolation and political uncertainty at home deepened on Wednesday as a purge of the Supreme Court's justices took effect, with the chief justice defiantly refusing to step down.

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Australian Federal Police and Defense Force personnel talk to a Thai rescuer, right, before diving after the 12 boys and their soccer coach were found alive, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand, Tuesday, July 3, 2018. The 12 boys and soc

Forecast of heavy rain could complicate Thai cave rescue

Heavy rains forecast for northern Thailand could worsen flooding in a cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach are waiting to be extracted by rescuers, possibly forcing authorities to have them swim out through a narrow, underwater passage in the cavern, a top official said Tuesday.

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The Trump administration is rescinding Obama-era guidance that encouraged schools to take a person’s race into account to encourage diversity in admissions. That’s according to an administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Trump to revoke Obama policy using race in school admissions

The Trump administration is rescinding Obama-era guidance that encouraged schools to take a student's race into account in order to promote diversity in admissions, a U.S. official said Tuesday.

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ADDS THE NAME OF THE WOMAN, LEFT - Carl Hiaasen, center, brother of Rob Hiaasen, one of the journalists killed in the shooting at The Capital Gazette newspaper offices, is consoled by his sisters Barb, left, and Judy during a memorial service, Monday, Jul

Suspect wrote he aimed to kill everyone at Maryland newsroom

A man charged with slaying five people at a Maryland newspaper sent three letters on the day of the attack, police said, including one that said he was on his way to the Capital Gazette newsroom with the aim "of killing every person present."

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Notorious French criminal Redoine Faid poses prior to an interview with French all-news TV channel, LCI, as he was promoting his book, in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside Paris.

Heavily armed men in helicopter free notorious French inmate

A notorious French criminal serving 25 years for murder made an audacious escape from prison Sunday after several heavily armed men landed a helicopter in a courtyard, freed him from a visiting room and carried him away.

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Pro-choice activists chant slogans, during a protest outside the parliament building, in Warsaw, Poland.

Hundreds protest plan to further restrict abortion in Poland

Hundreds of abortion-rights activists in Poland held a protest Monday against a proposed law that would ban abortions in cases involving irreparably damaged fetuses.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, visits Sinuiju Chemical Fibre Mill in Sinuiju, North Korea. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

US plans for dismantling NKorea nukes may face resistance

The United States has a plan that would lead to the dismantling of North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs in a year, President Donald Trump's national security adviser said, although U.S. intelligence reported signs that Pyongyang doesn't intend to fully give up its arsenal.

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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, July 2, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump interviews 4 for Supreme Court, 2-3 more to go

President Donald Trump interviewed four prospective Supreme Court justices Monday and planned to speak with a few more, as he powered forward with a speedy selection process to fill the fresh vacancy.

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In this grab taken from video provided by the Thai Navy Seal, a view of the boys and their soccer coach as they are rescued in a cave, in Chiang Rai in Thailand, Monday, July 2, 2018.  Rescuers found all 12 boys and their soccer coach alive deep inside a

Thai rescuers find missing boys, coach alive in cave

Rescuers found all 12 boys and their soccer coach alive deep inside a partially flooded cave in northern Thailand late Monday, more than a week after they disappeared and touched off a desperate search that drew international help and captivated the nation.

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Pedestrians gather near the house where Indian police found 11 bodies in Burari village, north Delhi, India.

11 bodies, 10 of them hanging, found at New Delhi home

Police in India's capital said they found 11 bodies at a home under mysterious circumstances on Sunday, including 10 that were blindfolded and hanging.

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In this June 28, 2018 photo, first lady Melania Trump talks with Rodolfo Karisch, Chief Patrol Agent, Tucson Sector Border Patrol, as she visits a U.S. Customs border and protection facility in Tucson, Ariz. Melania Trump, an immigrant and a mother hersel

Melania Trump seeing lots, saying little at migrant centers

Melania Trump lit up when a 3-year-old boy darted out of "Family Unit 8" at a migrant center in Tucson, Arizona. "Hello!" said the first lady, brightening amid the semicircle of eight cells in a short-term holding center for migrants. "How are you?"

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The Liberty University president is among many religious conservatives who suspect the Supreme Court vacancy President Donald Trump fills in the coming months will ultimately lead to the reversal of the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade.

Evangelical leaders downplay potential Roe v. Wade reversal

For evangelical Christian leaders like Jerry Falwell Jr., this is their political holy grail. Like many religious conservatives in a position to know, the Liberty University president with close ties to the White House suspects that the Supreme Court vacancy President Donald Trump fills in the coming months will ultimately lead to the reversal of the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade.

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 Saudi Arabia acknowledged the call took place, but mentioned no production targets. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool, File)

Trump claims Saudi Arabia will boost oil production

President Donald Trump said Saturday that he had received assurances from King Salman of Saudi Arabia that the kingdom will increase oil production, "maybe up to 2,000,000 barrels" in response to turmoil in Iran and Venezuela. Saudi Arabia acknowledged the call took place, but mentioned no production targets.

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Workers operate a machinery in attempts to drain the water from a cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been missing, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand.

Thai prime minister to families of missing boys: Have faith

Thailand's prime minister on Friday visited a flooded cave complex where rescuers have been searching for 12 boys and their soccer coach missing for six days and urged their relatives not to give up hope.

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Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson arrives for sentencing at Newcastle Local Court in Newcastle, Tuesday, July 3, 2018.

Australian bishop sentenced to year's detention for cover-up

The most senior Roman Catholic cleric to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse was sentenced to 12 months in detention by an Australian court Tuesday in a landmark case welcomed by some abuse survivors as a strong warning to institutions that fail to protect children.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May takes the hand of President Donald Trump as they walk up red-carpeted steps to enter Blenheim Palace for a black tie dinner in Blenheim, England.

Trump says May's Brexit plan would kill UK-US trade deal

U.S. President Donald Trump lobbed a verbal hand grenade into Theresa May's carefully constructed plans for Brexit, saying Thursday that the British leader had wrecked the country's exit from the European Union and likely "killed" chances of a free-trade deal with the United States.

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