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UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

Share of Americans with no religious affiliation growing

The portion of Americans with no religious affiliation is rising significantly, in tandem with a sharp drop in the percentage that identifies as Christians, according to new data from the …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

A gusty Northeast cleans up after storm for the record books

A record-breaking autumn storm plunged hundreds of thousands of people into the dark, toppled trees, canceled schools and delayed trains in the Northeast, while persistent winds Thursday hampered efforts to …


UN: Afghan insurgents responsible for most 2019 casualties

Afghan civilians are dying in record numbers in the country’s increasingly brutal war, noting that more civilians died in July than in any previous one-month period since the U.N. began …


Kim rides horse on sacred peak, vows to fight US sanctions

North Korea released a series of photos Wednesday showing leader Kim Jong Un riding a white horse to a sacred mountain he has often climbed before making key decisions. Near …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019

Trump dismisses Syria concerns; Dems walk out of WH meeting

Washing his hands of Syria, President Donald Trump declared Wednesday the U.S. has no stake in defending the Kurdish fighters who died by the thousands as America’s partners against IS …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019

Trump’s sanctions won’t bite a vulnerable Turkish economy

The sanctions the U.S. announced against Turkey this week over its offensive in Syria fall well short of doing serious damage to an economy still healing from a recession and …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019

Russia seeks to cement its role as power broker in Syria

Russia moved to fill the void left by the United States in northern Syria on Tuesday, deploying troops to keep apart advancing Syrian government forces and Turkish troops. At the …


Parents of crash victim urge diplomat’s wife to return to UK

The parents of a motorcyclist killed in a traffic crash with an American diplomat’s wife took their case directly to U.S. audiences Monday, holding a New York news conference at …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 14, 2019

Trump orders Turkey sanctions; U.S. scrambles for Syria exit

Targeting Turkey’s economy, President Donald Trump announced sanctions Monday aimed at restraining the Turks’ assault against Kurdish fighters and civilians in Syria – an assault Turkey began after Trump announced …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

U.S. bolsters Saudi defense against Iran with jets, missiles

The U.S. is deploying dozens more fighter jets and additional air defenses to Saudi Arabia, beefing up efforts to defend the kingdom against Iran even as President Donald Trump repeatedly …


As Trump abandons Kurds, Israel worries how dependable he is

For the past three years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has bet heavily on President Donald Trump and been rewarded with major diplomatic gains in exchange for his warm embrace of …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019

‘Flash drought’ brings dust and dread to Southern farmers

A furnace-like “flash drought” is intensifying as it blasts away the little moisture left across a vast swath of the South, shriveling up crops and backyard gardens and raising alarm …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019

US to hand over to Iraq IS members evacuated from Syria

The U.S. will hand over to Iraqi authorities nearly 50 Islamic State members who were transferred from Syria in recent days, two Iraqi intelligence officials said Thursday.


US pullback could boost Islamic State group revival in Syria

The American pullback from parts of northeastern Syria could help breathe new life into the Islamic State group if fighting erupts between the Kurds and Turkey.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 7, 2019

20,000 US troops to go to Europe for 2020 training exercise

The U.S. military says it’s preparing a massive exercise early next year in Europe involving 20,000 soldiers from the U.S., the largest deployment across the Atlantic for training in more …


North Korea: No more talks until U.S. ends ‘hostile policy’

North Korea says it has no intention of continuing talks with the United States unless it abandons its “hostile policy” against the North


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 4, 2019

U.S., Turkey conduct northeast Syria patrol amid new concerns

Updates with US coalition comments. With AP Photos. The U.S.-led coalition and Turkey say they have conducted their third joint patrol in northeastern Syria, part of a plan designed to …


Ukrainian leader bristles at release of Trump transcript

The White House annoyed and embarrassed Ukraine’s president by releasing his comments in a private conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump – and may have violated the Ukrainian constitution too.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 26, 2019

Whistleblower complaint takeaways: More than a phone call

The phone call is just a start. A whistleblower complaint about President Donald Trump’s dealings with the new president of Ukraine lays out concerns about multiple actions taken by the …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 26, 2019

U.S. vaping illness count jumps to 805, deaths rise to 12

Hundreds more Americans have been reported to have a vaping-related breathing illness, and the death toll has risen to 12, health officials said Thursday.


Trump rebuked on military base project cuts, but veto looms

The Senate has passed a measure that blocks President Donald Trump from using emergency powers to raid the budget for construction projects on military bases as a way to pay …


New burial rules seek to extend Arlington Cemetery lifespan

In an effort to save dwindling space, the Army is proposing new rules to limit who can be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.


Space launch includes 1st flyer from United Arab Emirates

An American, a Russian and the first space flyer from the United Arab Emirates blasted off Wednesday on a mission to the International Space Station.


White House mistakenly sends Trump-Ukraine talking points to Democrats

In the hours after the release Wednesday of the rough transcript of President Donald Trump’s July phone call with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the White House circulated an email with …


Furor over Trump puts Ukraine’s leader in a tough spot

Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the comedian elected Ukraine’s leader in April, took office pledging to focus on ending the separatist fighting in the country’s east, fomented by Russia. But now, barely 100 …


Man arrested at Mexican border, will be extradited to Franklin County for allegedly killing mother

The Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office has started the process to extradite a man from California who is accused of killing his mother.


Cuba: diplomat expulsions, gas crisis part of US offensive

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said Friday that the U.S. expulsion of two Cuban diplomats and energy shortages across the island are part of a Trump administration offensive that will …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 20, 2019

‘I want a future’: Global youth protests urge climate action

Young people afraid for their futures protested around the globe Friday to implore leaders to tackle climate change, turning out by the hundreds of thousands to insist that the warming …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 20, 2019

U.S., El Salvador to sign asylum deal

The United States planned to sign an agreement on Friday to help make one of Central America’s most violent countries, El Salvador, a haven for migrants seeking asylum, according to …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 20, 2019

Saudis show media scorched, shrapnel-blasted oil facility

The heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry remained wrapped in scaffolding Friday as workers sought to repair the charred innards and shrapnel-blasted arteries caused by drone-and-cruise-missile attacks that raised tensions …