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American retail chain Macy's to go fur-free

Oct 22, 2019 - 2:55 PM

'This includes all Macy's and Bloomingdale's private brands,' the company says in a statement announcing the removal of real fur in all stores starting 2021

'Maleficent' sequel tops North America box office but underwhelms

Oct 22, 2019 - 11:55 AM

'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' debuts as number one but still falls short of box office expectations, earning only $36.9 million with a projection of $45 million

Turkey outlines 'safe zone' plan ahead of key deadline

Oct 21, 2019 - 11:28 PM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, meanwhile, accuses Western countries of 'standing by terrorists' in failing to support Turkey's operation

INSPECTION. Turkish-backed Syrian fighters inspect a tunnel, said to have been built by Kurdish fighters, in the Syrian border town of Tal Abyad, on October 21, 2019. Photo by Bakr Alkasem/AFP

Drug companies reach settlement ahead of landmark U.S. opioids trial

Oct 21, 2019 - 10:34 PM

The deal is worth $260 million to two Ohio counties at the center of the lawsuit but could spell billions more for 2,700 US communities devastated by addiction and overdose epidemic

OPIOID EPIDEMIC. Three leading drug distributors and an Israeli drugmaker blamed for a deadly US opioid epidemic have settled with plaintiffs on October 21, 2019, just hours before they're to go on trial, a federal judge announces. File photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

No Syria-type pullout planned for Afghanistan – Pentagon chief

Oct 21, 2019 - 9:33 PM

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper also hints that some sort of residual US force might remain in Syria to protect oil fields, but stresses no decision has been taken

MARK ESPER. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper holds a media briefing at the Pentagon August 28, 2019 in Arlington, Virginia. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. forces withdraw from key base in northern Syria

Oct 20, 2019 - 6:48 PM

It is the fourth withdrawal of American forces in a week, and leaves Syria's northern provinces of Aleppo and Raqa devoid of US troops

WITHDRAWAL. US military vehicles drive on a street in the town of Tal Tamr on October 20, 2019, after pulling out of their base. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

After corruption allegations, Trump says G7 summit won't be at his resort

Oct 20, 2019 - 12:21 PM

'Based on both Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility, we will no longer consider Trump National Doral, Miami, as the Host Site for the G-7 in 2020,' Trump says in a tweet

NEW VENUE. US President Donald Trump addresses his supporters in a video posted on his Twitter account on September 28, 2019. Screenshot from Trump's Twitter page

Turkey-led strikes kill 14 civilians in northeast Syria

Oct 19, 2019 - 12:04 AM

Syrian Democratic Forces spokesman Mustefa Bali says Turkey is clearly violating the terms of the agreement reached during a visit to Ankara by US Vice President Mike Pence

INJURED. A man who was injured during the ongoing Turkish offensive against Kurdish-controlled areas of northeastern Syria receives treatment at a hospital in Tal Tamr, near the Syrian Kurdish town of Ras al-Ain, October 18, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

U.S. imposes tariffs on EU goods, targeting Airbus, wine and whisky

Oct 18, 2019 - 10:30 PM

Airbus, French wine and Scottish whiskies are among the high-profile targets with Europe ready to hit back against its own list of iconic or politically sensitive US products in 2020

Turkey, U.S. agree on Syria ceasefire to force Kurdish fighters' withdrawal

Oct 18, 2019 - 7:48 AM

The agreement for the 120-hour pause eases what escalated into an unprecedented crisis between the United States and Turkey, but critics quickly accused President Donald Trump of again abandoning Kurdish allies

AGREED. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (center-left) and US Vice President Mike Pence (center-right) meet at the presidential complex in Ankara, Turkey, on October 17, 2019. Photo by Shaun Tandon/Pool/AFP

U.S. diplomat: Trump pushed for Ukraine probe of firm linked to Biden son

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:30 PM

US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland tells Congress that in May, President Donald Trump ordered diplomats to involve his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani in discussions about Ukraine policy

PROBE. US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland arrives at a closed session before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees October 17. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Fashion statement: Trump to inaugurate new Louis Vuitton Texas site

Oct 17, 2019 - 6:12 PM

President Donald Trump will attend the opening of the new production site of Louis Vuitton in Texas alongside LVMH head Bernard Arnault, making this the 3rd in America

American boxer Patrick Day dies from brain injuries

Oct 17, 2019 - 8:24 AM

A rising prospect, the 27-year-old Patrick Day dies days after absorbing a knockout defeat to Charles Conwell

FATAL. Patrick Day (left) and Charles Conwell exchange punches in the ill-fated bout. Photo by Dylan Buell/AFP

Ukraine 'won't interfere' in Trump impeachment probe – Zelensky

Oct 17, 2019 - 12:16 AM

'As the president of Ukraine, I won't interfere with events in other countries, unlike some others [who] may try [to],' says President Volodymyr Zelensky

ZELENSKY. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky listens during a joint press conference with the president of Latvia after talks at the Riga Castle in Riga, Latvia, on October 16, 2019. Photo by Gints Ivuskans/AFP

'Grease' to come back as TV show

Oct 16, 2019 - 2:59 PM

The upcoming spin-off musical series 'Grease: Rydell High' will explore 'teenage angst, peer pressure, and the horrors of puberty'

Actress Felicity Huffman begins prison term

Oct 16, 2019 - 11:53 AM

The 'Desperate Housewives' star is serving her prison term at the Federal Correctional Institution in San Francisco

Actress Felicity Huffman, escorted by her husband William H. Macy, makes her way to the entrance of the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse September 13, 2019 in Boston, where she will be sentenced for her role in the College Admissions scandal. - Huffman, one of the defendants charged in the college admissions cheating scandal, is scheduled to be sentenced for paying $15,000 to inflate her daughter’s SAT scores, a crime she said she committed trying to be a good parent. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP)

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr denies groping two women

Oct 16, 2019 - 11:28 AM

The actor pleads not guilty in the case

Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr., departs his court arraignment in New York on October 15, 2019, where new charges are to be unsealed on his sexual assault case. - Gooding has previously been charged with forcible touching and sex abuse in relation to an alleged groping incident at a New York bar. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

Hunter Biden admits error in judgment but insists no wrongdoing

Oct 15, 2019 - 9:50 PM

'Did I make a mistake? Maybe in the grand scheme of things. But did I make a mistake based on some ethical lapse? Absolutely not,' says Hunter Biden

HUNTER BIDEN. In this file photo, Hunter Biden attends the T&C Philanthropy Summit with screening of 'Generosity Of Eye' at Lincoln Center with Town & Country on May 28, 2014 in New York City. File photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Town & Country/AFP

Russia bids farewell to first man who walked in space

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:01 PM

(UPDATED) Alexei Leonov is laid to rest at a military cemetery in Mytishchi in a ceremony that includes a gun salute and a service by a Russian Orthodox priest

FAREWELL. Russian servicemen carry the coffin of late Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov during a funeral ceremony at a military cemetery in Mytishchi, outside Moscow, on October 15, 2019. Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Trump claims a victory in China trade war, but U.S. farmers want details

Oct 15, 2019 - 7:35 PM

American farmers aren't celebrating just yet, as they seek concrete information on the United States' tentative trade deal with China

Farmer Terry Davidson walks through his soy fields July 6, 2018, in Harvard, Illinois, the same day China imposed retaliatory tariffs aimed at the US soybean market. - Davidson, 41, is a fifth generation farmer, a Democrat among mostly Republicans. He expects to be farming long after the US-China trade tariffs become a distant memory. "We've survived since the 1800s and we're still going. So, I think we'll keep going," Davidson says. (Photo by Nova SAFO / AFP)

'Joker' tops North American box office for second week

Oct 15, 2019 - 4:33 PM

'Joker' gets the last laugh once again, dominating the box office on its second weekend with $55.9 million

Trump demands whistleblower testify, as ex-aide talks to Congress

Oct 14, 2019 - 11:53 PM

US President Donald Trump faces a new setback with his former top Russia advisor, Fiona Hill, sitting for a closed-door deposition before Capitol Hill lawmakers

PROBE. Fiona Hill, former Special Assistant to US President Donald Trump and Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs on the United States National Security Council, arrives on Capitol Hill on October 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. Hill is expected to testify in connection with the House impeachment inquiry of President Trump. Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. senator warns Hong Kong becoming 'police state' as thousands rally

Oct 14, 2019 - 10:59 PM

On Monday night, October 14, a huge crowd fills Hong Kong's commercial district to show support for a US bill that could dramatically alter Washington's relationship with the trading hub

PROTESTS. Hong Kong police detain a man (C-face sideways) during protests in the Tseung Kwan O area of Kowloon in Hong Kong on October 13, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Syria regime steps in to halt Turkish assault on Kurds

Oct 14, 2019 - 7:33 PM

(UPDATED) Washington says it is planning to pull out 1,000 troops – almost the entire ground force – from Syria's north, in a move welcomed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as 'a positive approach'

DEAL. Members of the special forces of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces are pictured during preparations to join the front against Turkish forces, on October 10, 2019, near the northern Syrian town of Hasakeh. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

US boxer Patrick Day 'extremely critical' after devastating knockout

Oct 14, 2019 - 12:43 PM

Patrick Day undergoes emergency brain surgery following a knockout against Charles Conwell in their super welterweight bout

CRITICAL CONDITION. Patrick Day is currently in intensive care. Photo from Instagram/patday_allday


Partial U.S.-China trade deal only 'baby step' as thorny issues remain

Oct 13, 2019 - 11:05 PM

Analysts say the initial trade agreement between the United States and China will take weeks to finalize and the details remain unclear

(FILES) This file photo taken on June 24, 2019 shows containers at the Qingdao Port Foreign Trade Container Terminal in Qingdao, in China's eastern Shandong province. - A partial US-China deal may only offer a temporary tariff reprieve because it lacks specifics and leaves the thorny issues for later, analysts said, allowing both economic powers to claim success. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

Pentagon says up to 1,000 U.S. troops to withdraw from northern Syria

Oct 13, 2019 - 9:31 PM

United States Defense Secretary Mark Esper says President Donald Trump has ordered the withdrawal from northern Syria

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 08, 2019 US troops walk past a Turkish military vehicle during a joint patrol with Turkish troops in the Syrian village of al-Hashisha on the outskirts of Tal Abyad town along the border with Turkish troops. - US troops in northern Syria will no longer be near the border with Turkey, nor will they support Ankara's "long-planned operation" into the country, the White House said on late October 6, 2019. (Photo by Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP)

General Motors workers struggle with daily expenses as strike continues

Oct 13, 2019 - 8:50 PM

With the General Motors strike in the United States going on for nearly a month now, struggling workers turn to other members of their community for help

Diana Reed, a United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 5960 member that works in the tire room at General Motors (GM) Orion Assembly at her Waterford, Michigan home on October 11, 2019. - Betty Johnson, a veteran of more than 34 working on General Motors assembly lines in Michigan and Tennessee, says she knew a strike by the United Auto Workers against GM would mean personal sacrifice. "Itís not easy," says Johnson. "Iíve got 45 dollars left from my 250 dollars in strike pay. Iím getting ready to hit up my 401K and borrow from myself," she adds she pickets outside the GMís Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. Sheís already contacted the United Way, the local community services organization that helps families in distress, for help in stretching out their utility bills and mortgage payments. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP)

Living on the edge: Life in the U.S.-Mexico border

Oct 12, 2019 - 7:00 PM

A tricky act: Low-income town Douglas in Arizona tries to balance federal and local concerns, as it aims to banish 'myths' about border communities

WALL. The border separating Douglas, Arizona and Agua Prieta, Mexico. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Turkey denies targeting U.S. troops in Syria

Oct 12, 2019 - 5:36 PM

Defense Minister Hulusi Akar says 'there was no shot fired whatsoever on the US observation post'

Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, in a picture taken from the Turkish side of the border where the Turkish flag is seen in Akcakale on October 10, 2019, on the second day of Turkey's military operation against Kurdish forces. Turkey has vowed to destroy the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) which controls much of northeastern Syria, and set up a "safe zone" for the return of Syrian refugees. A total of 70 people were so far reported injured across Turkish areas. Families were evacuating and streets emptying in Akcakale, as local authorities called on people to take shelter. BULENT KILIC / AFP

Prince estate slams Trump for playing 'Purple Rain' at rally

Oct 12, 2019 - 1:34 PM

Donald Trump's re-election team played Prince's 'Purple Rain' at a campaign event, despite Prince's estate saying a year ago that 'it will never give permission to President Trump to use Prince's songs'

Acting U.S. homeland security chief McAleenan resigns, says Trump

Oct 12, 2019 - 12:47 PM

'Kevin now, after many years in Government, wants to spend more time with his family and go to the private sector,' says President Donald Trump in a tweet

RESIGNED. Kevin McAleenan steps down. Photo from US Department of Homeland Security.

California bans private prisons and immigrant detention centers

Oct 12, 2019 - 12:34 PM

The bill also calls for prisons and immigrant detention centers to be phased out by 2028

MIGRANT DETENTION CENTERS. In this file photo taken on July 1, 2019 two women stand close to a Border Patrol Station as 15 members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus gathered to tour Border Patrol facilities and migrant detention centers in Clint, Texas. Photo by Luke Montavon/AFP

Actress Jane Fonda arrested in climate change protest at U.S. Capitol

Oct 12, 2019 - 9:43 AM

Police arrested the 81-year-old Oscar-winning actress along with several others after 10 minutes of protesting on the Capitol steps

U.S. ex-envoy in Congress to testify in impeachment probe

Oct 11, 2019 - 11:58 PM

Lawmakers are looking into whether Marie Yovanovitch was removed by Trump because she failed to go along with a bid to get Ukraine to open an investigation into former vice president Biden and his son Hunter

TRUMP IMPEACHMENT PROBE. Former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch arrives at the US Capitol October 11, in Washington, DC. Yovanovitch is invited to testify behind closed doors to the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees as part of the ongoing impeachment investigation against President Donald Trump. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Assange ordered to court for extradition hearing

Oct 11, 2019 - 10:46 PM

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could be sentenced to spend up to 175 years in a US prison if convicted on all charges filed under the US Espionage Act

ASSANGE. This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Civilians flee as Syria Kurds battle Turkish invasion

Oct 11, 2019 - 12:13 AM

(UPDATED) The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says more than 60,000 people have been displaced in less than a day

CIVILIANS. Syrian Arab and Kurdish civilians arrive to Tall Tamr town, in the Syrian northwestern Hasakeh province, after fleeing Turkish bombardment on the northeastern towns along the Turkish border on October 10, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Ukraine's Zelensky denies Trump tried to 'blackmail' him

Oct 10, 2019 - 5:56 PM

The sole aim of the phone call, says Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, was to plan a meeting with Donald Trump

'NO BLACKMAIL.' In this file photo taken on March 6, Ukrainian comic actor, showman, and then presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky takes part in the shooting of the television series 'Servant of the People' where he plays the role of the President of Ukraine in Kiev. File photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Auto suppliers hit as General Motors strike in U.S. grinds on

Oct 10, 2019 - 3:35 PM

The General Motors strike is also affecting companies that supply parts, computer systems, and raw materials to GM

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 22, 2019 Members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) and supporters picket outside of General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly in Detroit, Michigan. - The auto workers strike at General Motors, now in its third week, has cost the carmaker about $1 billion so far, according to a report released on October 1, 2019. The strike, launched last month by the United Auto Workers, halted US production immediately and Canadian and Mexican facilities were progressively affected soon thereafter, said a report by JPMorgan Chase. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP)

Rihanna blasts Trump in new 'Vogue' interview

Oct 10, 2019 - 10:15 AM

'The most mentally ill human being in America right now seems to be the president,' Rihanna says about Trump as she talks politics with 'Vogue'

Calm returns to Iraq as U.S. condemns violence

Oct 09, 2019 - 11:12 PM

Traffic has again clogged the main roads of the sprawling city of 9 million inhabitants. Students have returned to schools, whose reopening was disrupted by the violence.

CALM. A member of the Iraqi security forces mans a checkpoint in the capital Baghdad's predominantly Shiite Sadr City, on October 8, 2019. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

Turkey launches assault on Syrian Kurdish forces

Oct 09, 2019 - 8:56 PM

(UPDATED) President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announces the start of the attack on Twitter, labeling it 'Operation Peace Spring'

SYRIA KURDS. A member of Kurdish security forces stands guard during a demonstration by Syrian Kurds against Turkish threats next to a base for the US-led international coalition on the outskirts of Ras al-Ain town in Syria's Hasakeh province near the Turkish border on October 6, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

White House blocks U.S. diplomat impeachment probe testimony

Oct 08, 2019 - 10:30 PM

'The failure to produce this witness...we consider yet additional strong evidence of obstruction of the constitutional functions of Congress,' says House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff

IMPEACHMENT PROBE. In this file photo, Gordon Sondland, the United States Ambassador to the European Union, addresses the media during a press conference at the US Embassy to Romania in Bucharest September 5, 2019. File photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

'Joker' gets last laugh, sets record on North American screens

Oct 08, 2019 - 10:06 AM

Joaquin Phoenix's 'Joker' sets a box office record for an October release, raking in over $96.2 million on its opening weekend

Trump threatens Turkey after greenlighting Syria invasion

Oct 08, 2019 - 9:30 AM

'I have told Turkey that if they do anything outside of what we would think is humane...they could suffer the wrath of an extremely decimated economy,' says US President Donald Trump

PULLBACK. A US soldier sits atop an armoured vehicle during a demonstration by Syrian Kurds against Turkish threats next to a base for the US-led international coalition on the outskirts of Ras al-Ain town in Syria's Hasakeh province near the Turkish border on October 6, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

U.S. Democrats subpoena Pentagon docs in impeachment inquiry

Oct 08, 2019 - 12:44 AM

The chairmen of 3 House panels leading the impeachment investigation are seeking information related to President Donald Trump pressing his Ukrainian counterpart to uncover dirt on 2020 US presidential contender Joe Biden

SUBPOENA. This photo shows the US Capitol on December 31, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. judge orders Trump to produce tax returns, president appeals

Oct 07, 2019 - 10:13 PM

(UPDATED) 'The Court cannot square a vision of presidential immunity that would place the President above the law,' Judge Victor Marrero says in a 75-page ruling rejecting Trump's argument

TAX RETURNS. In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018, US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press following a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

Trio win 2019 Nobel Medicine Prize for work on how cells adapt to oxygen

Oct 07, 2019 - 5:50 PM

(UPDATED) 'They established the basis for our understanding of how oxygen levels affect cellular metabolism and physiological function,' the jury says

NOBEL MEDICINE PRIZE. Nobel Assembly member, Randall Johnson (R), speaks to announce the winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (L-R) Gregg Semenza of the US, Peter Ratcliffe of Britain and William Kaelin of the US, seen on a screen during a press conference at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, on October 7, 2019. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

U.S. forces start Syria border pullback, alarming Kurds

Oct 07, 2019 - 2:15 PM

(UPDATED) The move marks a major shift in US policy, and effectively abandons the Kurds, who were Washington's main ally in the years-old battle against the so-called Islamic State group

PATROL. In this file photo taken on September 08, 2019 US troops walk past a Turkish military vehicle during a joint patrol with Turkish troops in the Syrian village of al-Hashisha on the outskirts of Tal Abyad town along the border. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

US bags 3 more golds as World Championships draw to close

Oct 07, 2019 - 1:09 PM

Nia Ali wraps up a dominant performance for the USA, which finished atop the medal table with 14 gold, 11 silver, and 4 bronze medals

PROUD MOM. Now with two kids, Nia Ali still proves too fast for the competition. Photo from Twitter/@iaaforg