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West Indies win toss, bowl in 2nd T20 vs New Zealand

January 1, 2018 13:57 PM

MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand, Jan 1: The West Indies won the toss and chose to bowl Monday in the second Twenty20 cricket international against New Zealand at Bay Oval.

Songs by Jay-Z, Harry Styles among Obama’s favorites of 2017

January 1, 2018 13:11 PM

LOS ANGELES, Jan 1: Jay-Z, Harry Styles, Kendrick Lamar, U2 and Chris Stapleton were just some of the artists responsible for Barack Obama’s favorite songs of the year.

5 Colorado deputies shot, 1 fatally, in ‘ambush’ attack

January 1, 2018 13:07 PM

DENVER, Jan 1: A man fired more than 100 rounds at sheriff’s deputies in Colorado early Sunday, killing one and injuring four others, before being fatally shot himself in what authorities called an ambush. Two civilians were also injured.

Minibus falls into sea near Shanghai, killing 7 people

January 1, 2018 10:15 AM

BEIJING, Jan 1:  A Chinese state news agency says seven people were killed when a minibus fell into the sea in a city north of Shanghai.

10 US citizens, 2 locals killed in Costa Rica plane crash

January 1, 2018 10:10 AM

COSTA RICA, Jan 1: A plane carrying 10 U.S. citizens and two local crewmembers crashed in a wooded area, killing all aboard Sunday, Costa Rica’s government said.

Costa Rica seeks cause of plane crash that killed 10 from US

January 1, 2018 09:12 AM

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, Jan 1: Costa Rican investigators are looking into what caused a charter aircraft to crash in woods in the country’s northwest soon after takeoff, killing the 10 U.S. citizens and two local crewmembers on board.

Indian superstar Rajinikanth joins politics in Tamil Nadu

December 31, 2017 14:13 PM

NEW DELHI, Dec 31: Movie superstar Rajinikanth is entering politics in his southern Indian state with a plan to launch his own party, calling it his duty.

Sue Grafton, writer of popular ‘alphabet’ mysteries, dies

December 31, 2017 09:05 AM

LOS ANGELES, Dec 31: Sue Grafton, author of the best-selling “alphabet series” of mystery novels, has died in Santa Barbara. She was 77.

Brother-in-law of Martin Luther King Jr. dies at 83

December 31, 2017 08:35 AM

ATLANTA, Dec 31:The brother-in-law of Martin Luther King Jr. and a founding member of The Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change has died.

N. Korea says won't give up nukes if US keeps up 'blackmail'

December 30, 2017 16:36 PM

SEOUL, South Korea, Dec 30: North Korea said Saturday that it will never give up its nuclear weapons as long as the United States and its allies continue their "blackmail and war drills" at its doorstep.

Bad to worse: How diplomatic hopes with North Korea plunged

December 30, 2017 14:09 PM

WASHINGTON, Dec 30:  In the first month of Donald Trump's presidency, an American scholar quietly met with North Korean officials and relayed a message: The new administration in Washington appreciated an extended halt in the North's nuclear and ballistic missile tests. It might just offer a ray of hope.

Gunman opens fire on Cairo church; shootout kills at least 9

December 30, 2017 11:21 AM

CAIRO, Dec 30: A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire Friday outside a church in a Cairo suburb and at a nearby store, sparking a shootout that killed at least nine people, including eight Coptic Christians, authorities said. It was the latest attack targeting Egypt’s embattled Christian minority.

Officials: Deadly NYC fire lit by child playing with stove

December 30, 2017 07:54 AM

NEW YORK, Dec 30: A preschooler toying with the burners on his mother’s stove accidentally sparked New York City’s deadliest fire in decades, an inferno that quickly overtook an apartment building and blocked the main escape route, the fire commissioner said Friday.

New York City fire kills 12, sends residents scrambling

December 29, 2017 15:54 PM

NEW YORK, Dec 29:  New York City’s deadliest residential fire in decades spread through every floor of a Bronx apartment building within a matter of minutes, city officials said, killing 12 people and sending other residents scrambling outside into the cold and down fire escapes to safety.

Actress Rose Marie of ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ fame dies at 94

December 29, 2017 10:16 AM

LOS ANGELES, Dec 29: Rose Marie, the wisecracking Sally Rogers of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and a show business lifer who began as a bobbed-hair child star in vaudeville and worked for nearly a century in theater, radio, TV and movies, died Thursday. She was 94.

Islamic State kills 41 in attack on Afghan cultural center

December 29, 2017 07:21 AM

KABUL, Dec 29: An Islamic State suicide bomber struck a Shiite cultural center in Kabul on Thursday, killing at least 41 people and underscoring the extremist group’s growing reach in Afghanistan even as its self-styled caliphate in Iraq and Syria has been dismantled.

Attackers storm Shiite cultural center in Kabul, 35 killed

December 28, 2017 16:12 PM

KABUL, Dec 28: Attackers stormed a Shiite Muslim cultural center in the Afghan capital Thursday, setting off multiple bombs and killing at least 35 people and wounding at least 56, authorities said.

Prosecutors demand 12-year prison term for Samsung heir Lee

December 27, 2017 16:58 PM

SEOUL, South Korea, Dec 27:  South Korean prosecutors on Wednesday demanded a 12-year prison term for Samsung's jailed billionaire heir, Lee Jae-yong, who maintained his innocence during an appeal of his conviction on bribery and other charges.

Tax-free no more: Saudi Arabia, UAE to roll out VAT in 2018

December 27, 2017 16:47 PM

DUBAI, Dec 27: Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which have long lured foreign workers with the promise of a tax-free lifestyle, plan to impose a 5 percent tax next year on most goods and services to boost revenue after oil prices collapsed three years ago.

New US airstrike in Somalia kills 13 al-Shabab members

December 27, 2017 15:20 PM

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 27: The U.S. military says it has killed 13 members of the al-Shabab extremist group with a new airstrike in southern Somalia.