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Professor Cites Racism for Leaving US, Returning to Canada

A North Carolina educator says she plans to move back to her native Canada because of the amount of racism her family has encountered in their four years in the southern U.S. state of North Carolina. Robin Attas, an assistant professor of music at Elon University, says people in the town of Burlington, where she lives, have treated her well. But her husband, Nicolas Narvaez Soza, has had a different experience. Narvaez Soza is originally from Nicaragua, although he has had dual citizenship in Canada since 2013. He has thick…

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US Senate on Track to Confirm Iowa Governor as China Envoy

The nation’s longest-serving governor is on track to win Senate confirmation as President Donald Trump’s ambassador to China.   The Senate is slated to vote late Monday on Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s nomination, clearing the way for him to hold the key diplomatic post. Among Branstad’s most immediate and sensitive assignments will be persuading the Chinese to help defuse North Korea’s advancing ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs.   During his confirmation hearing earlier this month, Branstad assured lawmakers that he would not shy away from confronting Beijing on a…

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Iran’s Rouhani Criticizes Trump, Recent Saudi Summit

Iran’s newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani said Monday that Iran’s relationship with the U.S. is a “curvy road,” and called President Donald Trump’s summit in Saudi Arabia this past weekend “just a show.” Rouhani also said that stability could not be achieved in the Middle East without his country’s help. “The Americans do not know our religion, that’s what the catch is,” Rouhani said in response to a question from AP. Rouhani said he hopes the Trump administration will “settle down” enough for his nation to better understand it. Rouhani…

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Trump Becomes First US President to Visit Jerusalem’s Western Wall

U.S. President Donald Trump touched the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Monday, the first visit at the Jewish holy site by a serving American leader, and one that is steeped in the centuries-old conflicts of the Middle East. Trump, a Christian wearing a black yarmulke, walked alone to the massive stone wall after hearing a brief history of the holiest site in Judaism. He placed his right hand on the wall for about 30 seconds and then, as is custom, tucked a small prayer note into a crevice. The U.S….

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Reports: Flynn to Invoke 5th Amendment, Declines Senate Subpoena

U.S. media reports say former national security advisor Michael Flynn will invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and decline to cooperate with a Senate subpoena to hand over documents related to the probe into Russia’s alleged meddling in the U.S. election. The Senate Intelligence Committee is seeking the documents as part of its investigation. Flynn had previously sought immunity. The Senate committee probe is one of several ongoing inquiries into possible collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign with Moscow interests to help him win the election. Trump fired Flynn…

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Mark Zuckerberg Says He’s Not Running for Public Office

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says his quest this year to visit every state he hadn’t before is about building relationships, not politics. The 33-year-old billionaire wrote in a Facebook post that some users have asked if the trip means he’s running for public office. Zuckerberg says he’s not running for anything. Instead, he says the visits around the country are in order “to get a broader perspective.”   He said Facebook is looking to connect users beyond people they already know, and he wrote that it may be important that…

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Turkey Summons US Envoy Over Violence During Erdogan Visit

Turkey has summoned the U.S. ambassador to Ankara to protest what it called the “aggressive” treatment of Turkish security personnel during last week’s visit to the Washington by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The move appears to be in response to strong U.S. criticism of the Turkish security personnel who apparently attacked demonstrators last week. The U.S. had summoned the Turkish ambassador to the U.S. following the violence. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Fox News Sunday that Turkey’s ambassador has been told that last Tuesday’s violence was “simply unacceptable.” “There…

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Study Finds that Speeding up Sepsis Care Can Save Lives

Minutes matter when it comes to treating sepsis, the killer condition that most Americans probably have never heard of, and new research shows it’s time they learn.   Sepsis is the body’s out-of-control reaction to an infection. By the time patients realize they’re in trouble, their organs could be shutting down.   New York became the first state to require that hospitals follow aggressive steps when they suspect sepsis is brewing. Researchers examined patients treated there in the past two years and reported Sunday that faster care really is better….

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Boeing Co. Signs Defense, Commercial Deals with Saudi Arabia

Boeing Co said on Sunday it had signed several defense and commercial deals with Saudi Arabia including for the sale of military and passenger aircraft during a visit by U.S. President Donald Trump to the kingdom. The announcement is the latest in tens of billions of dollars in deals signed between U.S. and Saudi firms since Trump arrived in Riyadh on Saturday. Boeing said Saudi Arabia has agreed to buy Chinook helicopters, associated support services and guided weapons systems, and intends to purchase P-8 surveillance aircraft. The total value of…

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Trump to Make Understated Vatican Visit

When U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife Melania arrive Wednesday at the Vatican for a planned 20-minute audience with Pope Francis and Roman Catholic Church leaders they will be received with far less pomp than in Saudi Arabia. Their arrival at the Vatican will be via what’s in effect a side-entrance to the Holy See, Porta del Perugino, a consequence of the pope’s request the faithful not be disturbed in St. Peter’s Square on the eve of Ascension Day. The pope is scheduled to hold his regular general audience…

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