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Worldwide movement of major arms highest since end of Cold War

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NEW DELHI -- Global arms sales over the last five years reached their highest level since 1990, with India continuing to top the charts as the world's largest defense importer, a report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute has found.

Between 2012 and 2016, India accounted for 13 percent of global arms imports, followed by ...Read more

Tensions rise in Ecuador as presidential runoff too close to call

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QUITO, Ecuador -- The results of Sunday's contentious presidential race remained too close to call early Monday, as ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno said he'd likely avoided a runoff and his rivals warned of fraud.

With 82 percent of the vote counted, the National Electoral Council said Moreno had won 39.11 percent of the vote versus his ...Read more

Sessions letter from last year shows new DHS orders have long history

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WASHINGTON -- The harsh new draft orders signed last week by Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly that would considerably expand the number of immigrants who could be detained and deported were largely endorsed by then-Sen. Jeff Sessions months before he took office as attorney general.

In a July 6 letter to Obama administration...Read more

4 dead, 25 wounded in weekend shootings

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CHICAGO -- Four people were fatally shot and 25 others were wounded in shootings during an unusually warm winter weekend.

As of Monday, there have been at least 88 homicides and at least 468 shooting victims, according to data compiled by the Tribune. The number of homicides is a slight decrease from the 90 homicides the city had logged this ...Read more

Dangerous flooding likely as powerful storm barrels into Northern California

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OROVILLE, Calif. -- Large swaths of Northern California were on high alert for flooding Monday as a powerful new storm dumped large amounts of rain on an already saturated region where levees, dams and other waterways are already under major stress.

Officials said residents should be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice and should be ...Read more

Pence pledges US commitment to EU on last European tour stop

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BRUSSELS -- Vice President Mike Pence said the U.S. commitment to the European Union remains strong and the new administration would seek ways to bolster the relationship, just a month after Donald Trump questioned the bloc's viability and said NATO was "obsolete."

"It is my privilege on behalf of President Trump to express the strong ...Read more

Kim Dotcom loses latest round in extradition saga

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- German internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has lost another legal round after the New Zealand High Court ruled that he and three of his colleagues can be extradited to the United States, but he said Monday his fight is far from over.

The U.S. has been seeking Dotcom's extradition on 13 counts including conspiracy to ...Read more

North Korea denounces probe into murder of Kim's half-brother

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- North Korea's envoy to Malaysia demanded to take part in the country's murder probe into the death of leader Kim Jong Un's half-brother last week, which he said was tainted by "collusion" with its arch-rival, South Korea.

Ambassador Kang Chol issued his statement in Kuala Lumpur after being summoned to Malaysia's ...Read more

Defense Secretary Mattis arrives in Iraq and makes clear the U.S. is not there to take oil

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BAGHDAD -- Defense Secretary James N. Mattis made an unannounced visit to Iraq's capital on Monday to reassure allies of the U.S. military's commitment to support the sprawling operation to recapture the city of Mosul from entrenched Islamic State militants.

Ahead of the trip, however, Mattis made clear he did not advocate President Trump's oft...Read more

How do you cool a city in a warming world?

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LOS ANGELES -- Globally, 2016 was the warmest year on record. In Los Angeles, temperature records were shattered last summer during scorching heat waves that saw highs of 100 degrees for five days straight.

If you think the city is too hot, you've got company at City Hall. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti agrees, and he wants to do something ...Read more