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Mexico's bargaining chips with Trump? How about a corn boycott

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:30:00 PDT

First domesticated here 10,000 years ago, corn is not only a staple of the Mexican diet, but also a symbol of Mexico itself.

Since the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994, it has also become a symbol of Mexico’s growing economic dependence on the United States.

Now, as President...

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One of the biggest breakups in history gets underway as Britain files to leave European Union

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:40:00 PDT

It has been described as the most complex divorce in history, but Wednesday afternoon, the breakup began in earnest as Britain formally launched its move to leave the European Union.

Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, received a letter in Brussels hand-delivered by Sir Tim Barrow,...

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U.S. airstrike was responsible for civilian deaths in Mosul, Iraqi officials say

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:10:00 PDT

A top Iraqi military officer said Wednesday it was clear that the devastating explosion on the west Mosul neighborhood of Jadidah this month was a U.S. airstrike, but he insisted the troops that requested it didn’t realize civilians were present.

With as many as 200 people killed — the largest...

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Now that the clock is running on 'Brexit,' here's what you need to know

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:25:00 PDT

The two-year countdown began Wednesday toward Britain’s official departure from the European Union, raising a question: What happens now?

There will be deals to work out, among them trade, legal agreements, and the rights of British expatriates living in EU nations. British Prime Minister Theresa...

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Bodies of U.N. workers and interpreter found in Congo, prompting calls for investigation

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:05:00 PDT

The bodies of two United Nations investigators and their Congolese interpreter were found in a shallow grave Monday in the troubled Kasai-Central province of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

American Michael J. Sharp of Kansas, Swede Zaida Catalan and Congolese Betu Tshintela were reporting on...

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Tillerson will push NATO allies to 'do more, faster'

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:25:00 PDT

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson this week holds his first meetings with the full roster of NATO partners, and aides say he will make a concerted effort to press member states to increase their defense spending.

Tillerson was en route to the Turkish capital of Ankara on Wednesday, where he will...

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A Philippine senator defies her president — from behind bars

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:30:00 PDT

When a Philippine senator called for an investigation into President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody drug war, he retaliated with a verbal tirade that included threats to make her cry, throw her in jail and destroy her.

Duterte, known to bristle at any kind of criticism, made good on his first two promises....

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Visual timeline of key events related to Britain's decision to leave the European Union

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:50:00 PDT

A man waves a Union Jack and a European Union flag together on College Green outside the Houses of Parliament in June 2016 during an anti-Brexit protest. (Justin Tallis / AFP/Getty Images) Visual timeline of key events related to Britain's decision to leave the European Union Mar 29, 2017 Jan....(image)



African students advised to stay indoors after attacks by roving Indian mobs

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:30:00 PDT

Indian mobs near the nation’s capital have attacked and wounded at least nine university students from African countries since Sunday in a spasm of racial violence that a senior official called “deplorable.”

The attacks — which began after an Indian family accused five Nigerian men of kidnapping...

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Brexit in pictures, from Cameron's promise to May's Article 50

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:25:00 PDT

A visual timeline of key events related to Britain's decision to leave the European Union. Full story » (Oli Scarff / Getty Images) Jan. 23, 2013: British Prime Minister David Cameron delivers his long-awaited speech in London on the United Kingdom's relationship with the European Union. Cameron...(image)



'Brexit' begins as Britain gives formal notice of withdrawal from the EU

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 05:15:00 PDT

The formal two-year process governing Britain's departure from the European Union began in earnest Wednesday as a letter was delivered to the president of the European Council giving official notice that the country wishes to withdraw from the political and economic confederation.

The letter, signed...

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When Ecuador elects a new president, will Julian Assange still have a safe haven at its London embassy?

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PDT

There’s more at stake in Ecuador’s presidential election on Sunday than whether the leftist legacy of outgoing President Rafael Correa will be extended with a victory by his former vice president.

If pro-business candidate Guillermo Lasso upsets former Vice President Lenin Moreno, WikiLeaks founder...

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An extremist Hindu leader rises in India, along with hopes for a controversial temple

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PDT

At an open-air workshop in this northern Indian town, craftsmen have painstakingly chiseled columns and beams out of giant slabs of stone, engraved each with a number and stacked them three stories high.

The stones are meant to form a temple to the Hindu god Ram at his mythological birthplace in...

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A judge just acquitted one of the affluent young men accused in Mexico's biggest rape case

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PDT

A judge has acquitted of one of the three upper-class young men accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl in a rape case that sparked outrage across Mexico.

The judge said that Diego Cruz Alonso touched a former high school classmate on her breasts and genitals after a party in 2015 but...

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U.S. commander says coalition 'probably had a role' in mass civilian casualties in Mosul

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:35:00 PDT

The top U.S. general commanding the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria said that the U.S.-led coalition was probably responsible for a blast that killed more than 200 people.

"If we did it, and I would say there's at least a fair chance that we did, it was an unintentional accident...

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Lawmakers in Scotland back referendum on independence from Britain

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:00:00 PDT

The Scottish Parliament on Tuesday backed First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's call for a new referendum on independence, a day before the British government plans to trigger the start of its exit from the European Union.

Scottish lawmakers in Edinburgh voted 69 to 59 in favor of Sturgeon’s motion...

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Carlos the Jackal is sentenced to a third life term, this one for a 1974 Paris grenade attack

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:55:00 PDT

Carlos the Jackal, the self-proclaimed “professional revolutionary” who was once the most-wanted man in the world, was sentenced to a third life sentence Tuesday for the 1974 bombing of a Paris shopping arcade.

The Venezuelan-born criminal denied the charges and criticized the court for the “absurdity...

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Peru's brutal season of floods leaves 94 dead, 700,000 homeless

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:35:00 PDT

Extreme weather has battered many parts of the world this year, but few countries have suffered more in lives, homes and crops lost than Peru, the Andean country that has been beset with torrential rains and massive flooding for much of this year.

On Tuesday, the Peruvian government raised the...

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A Hungarian diplomat talks about working with Trump, handling the migrant crisis and being the black sheep of Europe

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PDT

When Laszlo Szabo, Hungary's deputy minister for foreign affairs and trade, visited the United States this month, he made a point of including Los Angeles on his itinerary.

“I wanted to come to L.A. because there is a huge community of Hungarian origin,” said Szabo, who is also his country’s minister...

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Ahmed Kathrada dies at 87; Nelson Mandela's trusted ally helped overturn apartheid in South Africa

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:00:00 PDT

Ahmed Kathrada, a close confidante of Nelson Mandela who dedicated his life to opposing apartheid and racism, died in Johannesburg on Tuesday morning. He was 87.

Kathrada died after suffering a "short period of illness," according to a statement from the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation. He was hospitalized...

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Is Islamic State luring U.S. coalition forces into killing civilians in airstrikes?

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:40:00 PDT

The Islamic State militants arrived at Khalida Abd Jamal’s house through holes they cut in the concrete walls. Holding a gun to her husband’s head, they corralled the family of seven into a room on the first floor.

“We were stuck in the room,” she recalled. “We had to stay. We couldn’t leave.”

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Russian opposition figure Navalny gets a relatively light, 15-day sentence after protests

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:20:00 PDT

Russian anti-corruption crusader and opposition leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced to 15 days in jail Monday, one day after rallies he organized attracted tens of thousands of people and resulted in hundreds being detained by authorities.

The Tverskoy district court also fined Navalny $350 for...

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One day after pro-Beijing chief executive is elected, Hong Kong arrests 9 protest leaders

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:50:00 PDT

Nine leaders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Umbrella Movement turned themselves in to police on Monday, one day after the territory selected a conservative, pro-Beijing politician as its next leader.

The arrests of the nine, who led months of protests in 2014, sent shock waves through the city, which...

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How unusual would it be for South Korea to arrest its deposed president? Not as unusual as you might think

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:25:00 PDT

For decades, South Korean leaders such as ousted former President Park Geun-hye and those in their orbits have endured criminal inquiries, embarrassing scandals, even prison time.

It’s almost a rite of passage in this relatively young democracy.

Since the mid-1990s, two former leaders received...

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Relatives of U.S. victims of London attack cope with pain and loss

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:35:00 PDT

It had been the vacation of a lifetime.

Kurt Cochran and his wife, Melissa, had never traveled outside the U.S. before and their 25th wedding anniversary was something extra special to celebrate.

The Utah couple decided to head to Europe, where they spent several weeks hopping from Scotland and...

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