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  • Trump to Nominate Retired Army General as US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
    U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday nominated a retired Army general to be the country's ambassador to Saudi Arabia, as Washington faces pressure to respond to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The White House said Trump has chosen John Abizaid, who as a four-star Army general led the U.S. Central Command during the Iraq war, to be Washington's ambassador in Riyadh. Abizaid must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. In addition to...
  • US Reiterates Commitment to Help Myanmar's Rohingya
    The United States says it will continue efforts to support Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya minority through humanitarian aid and diplomacy.  A U.S. delegation on Sunday visited a camp hosting Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar region, where it met with refugees and local officials.  More than 700,000 Rohingya have settled in Bangladesh, escaping a major crackdown by Myanmar's military last year.  U.S. officials said the situation in areas where...
  • Former Honduran Leader Criticizes Brother's Prosecution
    Former Honduran President Porfirio Lobo said Tuesday that the Central American country's current government was trampling his honor by bringing corruption cases against his wife and most recently his brother.  Last week, prosecutors accused Ramon Lobo, 91, of pocketing $300,000 that the government had paid soldiers guarding him at a ranch north of the capital.  Authorities also arrested Wilfredo Cerrato, a presidential administrator during Lobo's term and who now...
  • Trial of Drug Kingpin 'El Chapo' Begins in New York  
    Opening statements have begun in the high-security trial of notorious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in Brooklyn, N.Y.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Fels told a jury that Guzman "sent killers to wipe out competitors ... waged wars against longtime partners" and revolutionized drug trafficking to the United States.  Fels said Guzman, 61, ran shipments of heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine into the United States as head of the...
  • Palestinians Agree to Ceasefire if Israel Does
    The Palestinian militant group Hamas said Tuesday it will accept an Egyptian-mediated ceasefire agreement if Israel does the same. But Israel’s government did not appear to signal its readiness, with its U.N. ambassador telling reporters in New York ahead of an emergency Security Council meeting late Tuesday on the escalation that, “We take action to protect our people and will continue to do that.” Israeli envoy Danny Danon said Hamas militants had launched 460 rockets into Israel...
  • US Alone in Opposing UN Refugee Text Over Sovereignty Concerns
    The United States was the only country on Tuesday to oppose an annual draft U.N. General Assembly resolution on the work of the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) because it said elements of the text ran counter to the Trump administration's sovereign interests. The resolution has generally been approved by consensus for more than 60 years. But this year Washington asked for a vote. The draft text was adopted by the General Assembly human rights committee with 176 votes in favor, while...
  • At Least 15 Killed in Cameroon in Clashes Between Army, Separatists
    At least 15 people have been killed in a new bout of fighting between Cameroon army troops and separatist rebels, the two sides said on Tuesday, in a rise in violence since President Paul Biya won a seventh term in power in October. The conflict between Anglophone separatists, who want to create an independent state called Ambazonia, and government forces has killed more than 400 people in western Cameroon since last year and has emerged as Biya's greatest security problem in nearly...
  • Experts: Cancellation of US-N. Korea Meeting Suggests Snag in Talks
    The abrupt cancellation of high-level talks between the United States and North Korea suggests denuclearization negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang have hit a snag, experts said.  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was scheduled to meet with Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the North Korean Central Committee, in New York City last week. However, the meeting was abruptly called off at the last minute.  Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., said Thursday that...
  • Texas Ed Board Votes to Restore Lessons on Clinton, Keller
    The Texas Board of Education preliminarily voted Tuesday night to restore Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller to the state's history curriculum and to slightly soften language about the Arab-Israeli conflict — surprising moments of bipartisanship for members who have long waged ideological battles about how students in the nation's second largest state learn history. The moves came after the board's 10 Republicans and five Democrats heard hours of often impassioned testimony from...
  • At $50M, 'Pink Legacy' Diamond Shines Brightest in Christie's Sale
    The 'Pink Legacy', a diamond weighing just under 19 carats, fetched a record 50.375 million Swiss francs ($50 million) as it outshone all other auction lots at Christie's in Geneva on Tuesday. Graded "vivid", the highest rating for a pink diamond's color, the gem is internally pure with a rectangular cut, and mounted on a platinum ring. Once owned by the Oppenheimer Family, who built De Beers into the world's biggest diamond trader, the diamond had a...

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