Firefighrers extinguish smoke that rises from the damage of the Syrian Scientific Research Center which was attacked by U.S., British and French military strikes to punish President Bashar Assad for suspected chemical attack against civilians, in Barzeh.

US to hit Russia with new sanctions over Syria

President Donald Trump on Sunday defended his use of the phrase "Mission Accomplished" to describe a U.S.-led missile attack on Syria's chemical weapons program, even as his aides stressed continuing U.S. troop involvement and plans for new economic sanctions against Russia for enabling the government of Bashar Assad.

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The casket carrying the remains of struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela arrives at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

'Winnie!' South Africa bids farewell to Madikizela-Mandela

Tens of thousands of people sang, cheered and cried as the flag-draped casket of anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was escorted from her official funeral on Saturday, after supporters defended her complex legacy with poetry and anger.

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Syrian police units entering the town of Douma, site of a suspected chemical weapons attack and the last rebel town in the eastern Ghouta, near Damascus, Syria.

Certain of gas attack, allies struck Syria before UN report

The United States, Britain and France opted to strike Syria for its apparent use of chemical weapons without waiting for a report from U.N. inspectors because they were convinced that the Assad government had used chlorine and sarin nerve gas against a rebel-held Damascus suburb, American officials said Saturday.

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health worker vaccinates a baby against yellow fever at a field hospital in Casimiro de Abreu, Brazil. Brazil’s Health Ministry said Thursday, April 12, 2018, that its yellow fever vaccination campaign is significantly short of its goal and that 10 millio

Brazil yellow fever vaccination campaign far short of goal

Brazil's yellow fever vaccination efforts have fallen significantly short of their goal, the Health Ministry acknowledged this week, and an official said Friday that more than 16 million people in the targeted population still need to be immunized.

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Pope John Paul II gives his blessing to Father Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legion of Christ, during a special audience at the Vatican. The Legion of Christ religious order said Friday it will try to respond to requests for compensation from former semi

Legion vows to respond to victims' request for compensation

The Legion of Christ religious order said Friday it will try to respond to requests for compensation from former seminarians who were sexually abused by its founder and then discredited for having publicly denounced him.

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People take part in the annual

Israeli, Polish presidents join Holocaust remembrance march

The presidents of Israel and Poland joined thousands of others Thursday for a Holocaust remembrance event at the former Nazi death camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau, hoping to put recent tensions behind them.

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French President Emmanuel Macron, right, arrives at a school in Berd'huis, south of Paris.

France mulls military action against Syria for gas attacks

France has proof that the Syrian government launched chlorine gas attacks and has crossed a line that could prompt French airstrikes, President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday.

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Firefighters and civil security officers work at the scene of a fatal military plane crash in Boufarik, near the Algerian capital, Algiers, Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Algerian emergency services say 181 people have been killed in a military plane crash an

Algerian military plane crashes after takeoff, killing 257

An Algerian military plane carrying soldiers, their families and some refugees crashed soon after takeoff Wednesday into a field in northern Algeria, killing 257 people in what appeared to be the North African nation's worst-ever aviation disaster.

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President Donald Trump.

Trump warns Russia: "Get ready" for attack on Syria

President Donald Trump on Wednesday warned Russia to "get ready" for a missile attack on its ally Syria, suggesting imminent retaliation for last weekend's suspected chemical weapons attack.

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A suspected chemical weapons attack occurred over the weekend in the besieged rebel-held town of Douma that was subjected to a resumed government offensive for three days starting Saturday. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP, File)

Chemical weapons experts to inspect attack site in Syria

The international chemical weapons watchdog said Tuesday it was sending a fact-finding mission to the Syrian town where a suspected chemical gas attack took place over the weekend, following a request from the Syrian government and its Russian backers that appeared to be aimed at averting punitive Western military action.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping reviews an honor guard during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Xi has promised to cut China's auto import tariffs and ease restrictions on foreign ownership in its auto industry amid an escalating

China president's conciliatory trade gesture raises optimism

Investors and China watchers welcomed President Xi Jinping's pledge Tuesday to open his country's market wider to foreign competition, hoping it will ease a trade dispute with Washington that has unsettled financial markets and could jeopardize a global economic expansion.

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a man removes the word Trump, off a marquee outside the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower in Panama City, Panama. The Britton & Iglesias firm, which has represented the Trump Organization in its fight to continue running the hotel, addressed

Trump's company asked Panama president to help in hotel spat

U.S. President Donald Trump's company appealed directly to Panama's president to intervene in its fight over control of a luxury hotel, even invoking a treaty between the two countries, in what ethics experts say was a blatant mingling of Trump's business and government interests.

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Botswana's new President Mokgweesti Masis, left, meets with Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa at Munhumutapa offices in Harare, Monday, April, 9, 2018. In his address to the media Masisi pledged to deepen the relations between Zimbabwe and Botswana.

New presidents of Zimbabwe, Botswana meet in Harare

The presidents of Zimbabwe and Botswana — two leaders who recently took power in contrasting fashions — met in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, Monday. President Emmerson Mnangagwa took over from long serving former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe following a military intervention in November.

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A man watches a TV screen showing file footages of U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea.

North Korea tells US that Kim Jong Un ready to discuss nukes

North Korea's government has communicated with the United States to say that leader Kim Jong Un is ready to discuss his nuclear weapons program with President Donald Trump, officials said Sunday, increasing the likelihood that the unprecedented summit will actually occur.

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People on a boat hold flares as they sail behind the effigy of Judas during the revival of the old Easter tradition of the

Greek town ritually burns Judas as Orthodox celebrate Easter

As Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter on Sunday, a town on Greece's Peloponnese peninsula observed the holy day by burning an effigy of Judas at sea.

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A child receiving oxygen through respirators following an alleged poison gas attack in the rebel-held town of Douma, near Damascus, Syria.

Trump warns Assad: 'Big price to pay' for fatal Syria attack

President Donald Trump on Sunday condemned a "mindless CHEMICAL attack" in Syria that killed women and children, called Syrian President Bashar Assad an "animal" and delivered a rare personal criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin for supporting the Damascus government.

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Israeli soldiers stand as smoke rises during demonstrations at the Israel Gaza border, Friday, April 6, 2018.

ICC says Israel, Hamas acts on Gaza border may be war crimes

The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court raised concerns Sunday that Israel and Hamas may have committed war crimes during a current flare-up of violence in the Gaza Strip.

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Emergency personnel work at the scene of a fatal crash outside of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, Canada, Saturday, April, 7, 2018. A bus, top, en route to Nipawin carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team crashed into a truck Friday night, killing 14 and s

14 die when truck collides with hockey team's bus in Canada

A semi-trailer slammed into a bus carrying a youth hockey team in western Canada, killing 14 people and injuring 15 in a catastrophic collision that a doctor compared to an airstrike and left the vehicles obliterated in the snow. The crash sent shockwaves of grief through the athletes' small hometown and a country united by the national sport.

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People stay in front of a restaurant in Muenster, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018 after a vehicle crashed into a crowd killing four people and injuring 20 others. The German news agency dpa has quoted police as saying the driver of that car in Muenster h

Germany seeks motive after van crashes into crowd, killing 2

A van crashed into people drinking outside a popular bar Saturday in the German city of Muenster, killing two people and injuring 20 others before the driver of the vehicle shot and killed himself inside it, police said.

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A Palestinian boy poses for a photograph as he paints his face in black during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Friday, April 6, 2018. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)

7 killed, scores wounded by Israeli fire in Gaza protest

Thousands of Palestinians protested along Gaza's sealed border with Israel on Friday, engulfing the volatile area in black smoke from burning tires to try to block the view of Israeli snipers and cheering a Hamas strongman who pledged that the border fence will eventually fall.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern, left, brief the media after a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Merkel tells New Zealanders "you can be proud of your PM"

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has kind words for New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, with a little bit of prompting. Asked Tuesday by Television New Zealand whether she had any advice on coalition governments for Ardern and to assess their first meeting, the four-term chancellor launched into a typically academic answer about the two coalition systems.

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Former Presidents George W. Bush, left, and George H.W. Bush arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )

Spokesman: George HW Bush hospitalized with blood infection

Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston with an infection, just after attending the funeral of his wife, Barbara, a spokesman said Monday.

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