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Ex-CIA officer handed 20 years for spying for China

A jury convicted Kevin Mallory last year of providing classified information to Chinese handlers in exchange for 25,000 dollars (£20,000).

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Ohio University sports doctor 'abused 177 men'

A least 177 male students were sexually abused by an Ohio State University team doctor who died in 2005, according to investigators.

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Three charged after pregnant teenager ‘murdered and baby cut from womb’

The charges come after the body of 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez was found in a bin in Chicago.

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F-16 fighter jet crashes into warehouse in California

The pilot ejected before the crash, officials said.

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Liam Payne questions if US is still ‘land of the free’ after abortion vote

Many celebrities have spoken out against the new legislation.

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Pregnant teenager murdered and baby cut from her womb – US police

The victim went to a Chicago home in response to a Facebook offer of free baby clothes.

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US military disputes general’s doubts over Iranian threat to US

Maj Gen Chris Ghika had told reporters that he sees no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria.

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Mike Pompeo expected to discuss Iran, Syria and arms control in Russia

The US secretary of state is expected to meet President Vladimir Putin in Sochi.

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Measles cases still climbing in US as total tops 800 for year

A total of 839 cases were reported as of last week. That total is the most since 1994, when 963 were reported for the entire year.

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US-China trade talks break up without agreement

Donald Trump’s administration has hiked tariffs on 200 billion dollars’ worth of Chinese imports.

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Huawei and Iran expected to be on agenda as May meets US secretary of state

Mike Pompeo warned earlier this year that the US will not ‘partner’ with countries that adopt Huawei systems.

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One dead and eight injured after school shooting in Colorado

The school is seven miles away from Columbine.

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Joe Biden says Theresa May has expressed concern over US-UK relations

The former vice president is leading opinion polls to win the Democrat nomination to challenge Donald Trump in next year’s presidential election.

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Plane crashes into Florida river at end of runway

Everyone on the plane was accounted for, officials said.

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US attorney general William Barr skips Mueller report hearing

William Barr faced sharp questioning after testifying on Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Bayer focus shifts from German headquarters back to US courts

As Bayer management digs in against a growing shareholder rebellion over the acquisition of Monsanto, attention will shift from the German company’s headquarters back to US courts.

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Four bodies found in Ohio apartment complex

Police are investigating after four people were found dead at an apartment complex in Ohio.

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Tiger will not be put down after it attacked founder of animal rescue charity

A Bengal tiger has attacked an animal rescue's founder in north-western Arizona, but the big cat will not be put down after the man said it was his fault.

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Florida fire department rescues dog with head stuck in cinder block

Fifi the Rottweiler puppy was freed after getting her head stuck inside a hole in a cinder block.

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Another Grand Canyon visitor dies in fall from edge

A 70-year-old woman fell over the South Rim.

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Police dog recovering after being spiked by 200 porcupine quills

Odin was tracking a suspect when the incident happened.

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Jussie Smollett lawyers sued by brothers who say they helped stage attack

The Empire actor maintains he was the victim of a homophobic and racist attack but police say Smollett staged the incident.

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Inappropriate touching issue resurfaces as Joe Biden prepares to enter 2020 race

After the former vice-president joked about needing permission to hug people, accuser Lucy Flores said it was disrespectful.

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Ghost hunter who inspired blockbuster horrors dies aged 92

Lorraine Warren and late husband Ed investigated more than 10,000 cases in the US and abroad.

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Californian parents who tortured and abused children given life sentences

Some of David and Louise Turpin’s sons and daughters, ranging in age from two to 29, made their first public statements ahead of the ruling.

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Young woman ‘infatuated’ with Columbine found dead

The announcement came after an all-out manhunt for 18-year-old Sol Pais.

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San Francisco may charge motorists to drive famous crooked street

City and state officials have announced a bill that would give San Francisco the authority to establish a toll and reservation system.

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Mueller report expected to be released on Thursday

The US Justice Department says the redacted report will be sent to Congress and made available to the public.

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Kim Jong Un: North Korea open to further talks with Donald Trump

US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have held two summits.

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Confirmation hearing on new US Ambassador to Ireland today

Edward Crawford will appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington.

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Trump says he will not deliver tax returns to Congress

The US president told reporters on the White House lawn that ‘I would love to give them, but I’m not going to do it while I’m under audit’.

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Last survivor of US Doolittle Raid on Tokyo dies aged 103

The raid saw US planes hit the Japanese capital less than five months after the Empire’s attack on Pearl Harbour triggered the US entry into the war.

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Smollett’s lawyer warns Chicago not to sue for costs of assault probe

Mark Geragos said the TV star will ‘not be intimidated’ by ‘malicious threats’.

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Man who said he was missing boy has twice made similar claims – FBI

Brian Rini claimed to be Timmothy Pitzen, who went missing in Illinois in 2011 at the age of six.

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Biden: I’ll be more mindful of respecting personal space

Former vice president Tweets a video in which he acknowledges that the ‘boundaries of protecting personal space have been reset’.

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Hollywood stars Huffman and Loughlin appear in court in college scam case

They are among dozens of prominent parents and college sports coaches arrested in connection with a college admissions scandal.

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Woman caught driving with a goat on her lap

The woman was also using a mobile phone.

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David Blaine denies sexual assault allegations

Police in New York are investigating claims made against the 45-year-old magician.

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Hillary Clinton’s ex-running mate doubts Electoral College will be ditched

Tim Kaine, who would have been vice-president if the 2016 poll had been decided by popular vote, doubts smaller states will back the reform.

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International regulation is needed for the digital world

For the sake of citizens and companies alike, a new system of digital governance must be found to serve the common good, write Anne-Marie Slaughter and Fadi Chehadé.

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Trade talks in China 'constructive', says US treasury chief

Chinese and US negotiators have adjourned trade talks in Beijing with US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin saying they were "constructive".

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US cut Special Olympics funding - Shameful and unjustifiable

Figures, despite their precision, are not always easily grasped. This time last year, US president Donald Trump asked Congress for $639bn in military spending, a 10% increase.

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Two killed in Seattle shooting

Police took the suspect into custody after a brief stand-off.

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Stacey Abrams says she will not be Joe Biden’s running mate in 2020

The Georgia politician has not ruled out seeking the presidency itself while Mr Biden has not yet announced whether he will enter the race.

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Woman accused of fraud over ‘German heiress’ ruse

Anna Sorokin faces several charges in New York after she allegedly posed as a millionaire to mingle in celebrity circles.

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Markets price in rate cuts in US

The Federal Reserve open market committee last week as expected left US interest rates unchanged but indicated it does not envisage hiking US interest rates this year.

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Global stock markets wary over slowdown threat

US stocks edged higher yesterday as shares of industrial and consumer discretionary companies rose, but gains were kept in check by worries of a global slowdown.

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Democrats demand release of full Mueller report

Donald Trump said publication of the entire document ‘wouldn’t bother me at all’.

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Stormy Daniels' lawyer Avenatti charged with trying to extort millions from Nike

The 48-year-old was charged with extortion and bank and wire fraud in separate cases in New York and California.

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No court decision on R Kelly’s Dubai travel request

The singer is scrambling to pay bills amid his legal troubles, according to a court filing.

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Ex-Southampton and Portsmouth footballer held in Colombia on US drug warrant

Prosecutors in Texas believe Jhon Viafara was part of a criminal network tied to the feared Gulf cartel, Colombia’s chief prosecutor’s office said.

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Hundreds of US homes flooded as rivers breach levees

The flooding has been blamed for at least three deaths.

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Councillor accuses Republican Party of racist 'St Paddy's Day message'

"To try to demonise your political opponent by using his Irishness is absolutely absurd and it's racist."

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Rescues and evacuations as floodwaters breach levees in US Midwest

At least one person has died after bridges were washed out in the deluge.

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US police move bears which had set up home in the middle of a road

The mother was tranquillised and the cubs were carried out before they were all rehomed in a nearby forest.

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Goat elected mayor of US town soils carpet at swearing-in ceremony

Lincoln the Nubian goat won a hard-fought campaign against 15 other pets, including a gerbil called Crystal.

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