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Freeland cites ‘tough issues’ as NAFTA talks break again with no deal

By Daniel DaleWashington Bureau Chief Thu., Sept. 20, 2018 WASHINGTON—Canada and the U.S. are still unable to resolve their NAFTA differences. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland was expected to leave Washington late on Thursday without an agreement. There was no set plan for additional meetings. Speaking in Washington on Thursday, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland […]

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UK fails to resolve border row with Ireland as Brexit deadline looms

By Lorne CookThe Associated PressJill Lawless Thu., Sept. 20, 2018 SALZBURG, AUSTRIA—Britain and its European Union partners failed on Thursday to secure a breakthrough in Brexit talks, largely because of seemingly intractable divisions over the best way to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland and how to deal with future trade. With […]

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The week that was: Five squirrels got disentangled and a church weed-seller got snared

By From the Star’s wire services Thu., Sept. 20, 2018 UNCROSSING: Five squirrels. After five young siblings got their tails fused together, the Wisconsin Humane Society cut them free with scissors, under anesthetic, the BBC reports. “You can imagine how wiggly and unruly (and nippy!) this frightened, distressed ball of squirrelly energy was,” said the […]

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State-backed hackers target Gmail of U.S. senators, aides

State-backed hackers are still trying to break into the personal email accounts of U.S. senators and their aides — and a lawmaker focused on cybersecurity says the Senate’s security office should stop refusing to help defend them. Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said in a Wednesday letter to Senate leaders that his office discovered […]

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Republicans try to avoid furious backlash as hearing looms on sexual assault allegation against court nominee

By Daniel DaleWashington Bureau Chief Thu., Sept. 20, 2018 WASHINGTON— As allegations of sexual assault and harassment toppled other powerful men, Donald Trump denied his way into America’s highest office. Trump’s pick for a critical U.S. Supreme Court seat, Brett Kavanaugh, will now try to ride his own denial onto America’s highest bench. And Republicans […]

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Canada to join Mexico, Japan, South Korea, EU in Geneva to talk auto tariffs

By The Canadian Press Sun., July 29, 2018 OTTAWA—Canada will join Mexico and other European and Asian auto-producing countries this week to plot strategy ahead of the potential imposition of tariffs on vehicles and auto parts exported to the United States. Japan and the European Union organized the meeting for Tuesday in Geneva, where vice […]

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Second firefighter killed battling blaze near California’s Yosemite National Park

REDDING, CALIF.—Authorities say a second firefighter has died fighting a huge blaze near California’s Yosemite National Park. Mike Theune, a spokesman for the so-called Ferguson Fire, says the firefighter was treated for injuries at the scene Sunday but died before he could be hospitalized. Theune says the firefighter was part of a crew removing brush […]

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Palestinian teen activist Ahed al-Tamimi released from Israeli prison

By Erin CunninghamThe Washington Post Sun., July 29, 2018 NABI SALEH, WEST BANK—Palestinian youth activist Ahed al-Tamimi was released from an Israeli prison on Sunday after serving an eight-month sentence on assault and incitement charges and arrived home to a hero’s welcome. Tamimi, whose December arrest drew international attention, tearfully embraced relatives as a crowd […]

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Trump accuses journalists of putting ‘lives of many’ in peril after New York Times publisher statement

U.S. President Donald Trump escalated his feud with the news media on Sunday, accusing journalists of being unpatriotic and endangering lives after the publisher of the New York Times disclosed that he had warned Trump recently that his inflammatory rhetoric about the media could lead to violence. Trump — who has made “fake news” a […]

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Death toll from Greek wildfire reaches 91 as village grieves

MATI, GREECE—Fire officials in Greece raised the death toll from a wildfire that raged through a coastal area east of Athens to 91 and reported that 25 people were missing Sunday, six days after Europe’s deadliest forest fire in more than a century. Before the national fire service updated the official number of fatalities, it […]