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Nobel Prize winner for Americans William Nordhaus and Paul Romer

The Nobel Prize for Economics was awarded Monday to Americans William Nordhaus and Paul Romer, former chief economist of the World Bank, for their work on the compatibility between the imperatives of innovation and the fight against global warming and economic growth.   The two winners “have developed methods that address some of the most fundamental and pressing challenges of ...

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Pro-Russian Serb leader wins seat in Bosnia’s presidency

Pro-Russia Serb leader Milorad Dodik won a race to fill the Serb seat in Bosnia’s three-member presidency Sunday, deepening ethnic divisions in the country that faced a brutal war some 25 years ago.   Preliminary official results from the election gave Dodik 56 percent of the vote and his main opponent, Mladen Ivanic, 42 percent. The projections were made with ...

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US, North Korea officials upbeat after meeting

U.S. and North Korean officials are offering positive reviews for the latest meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.   In Washington, President Donald Trump tweeted that he looked forward to meeting Kim again in the near future. The state-run Korean Central News Agency is calling the talks between Pompeo and Kim ...

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Missing Saudi journalist once a voice of reform in kingdom

Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist who disappeared last week after a visit to his country’s consulate in Turkey, was once a Saudi insider. A close aide to the kingdom’s former spy chief, he had been a leading voice in the country’s prominent dailies, including the main English newspapers.   Now the 59-year-old journalist and contributor to The Washington Post is ...

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China confirms detention of Interpol chief

China has confirmed it is holding the missing head of Interpol, Meng Hongwei.   Beijing said he was under investigation by the country’s anti-corruption body for unspecified breaches of the law.  Meng, also a vice-minister of public security in China, was reported missing after travelling from the city of Lyon in France, where Interpol is based, to China on 25 ...

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Limo crash kills 20 people in New York

At least 20 people were killed in an accident in upstate New York, authorities said Sunday.   The two-car crash happened shortly before 2 pm Saturday in Schoharie, town supervisor Alan Tavenner said in a statement.  One of the vehicles involved was a limo, the National Transportation Safety Board said.   The NTSB tweeted Sunday morning that it is sending ...

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Pompeo meets Kim to push denuke effort

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has wrapped up his fourth visit to North Korea after meeting Kim Jong Un to seek elusive progress in efforts to persuade him to give up his nuclear weapons. Pompeo tweeted on his arrival in Seoul that he had met with Kim and that they “continue to make progress on agreements made at Singapore Summit.” ...

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Indonesia disaster death toll climbs to 1,763

Indonesia’s disaster agency says the death toll from the earthquake and tsunami that struck Sulawesi island has risen to 1,763, with more than 5,000 feared missing. Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho says officials are trying to confirm the number still missing in several villages obliterated when the quake caused loose soil to liquefy, sucking houses into deep mud and burying ...

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7 security forces killed in Burkina Faso blasts: sources

Six police officers were killed in an ambush with an improvised explosive device in northern Burkina Faso, while another member of the security forces died in a blast in the country’s east, security sources told AFP on Saturday. The first attack took place late Friday on a police convoy in the town of Solle near the border with Mali.   ...

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Teenager among 3 Palestinians killed in Gaza protest

Gaza’s Health Ministry says Israeli forces have shot dead three Palestinians, including a 13-year-old boy, as thousands of people protested along the fence dividing the Gaza Strip and Israel. The ministry said the boy was struck in the chest, a 24-year-old man was shot in the back and another man, 28, succumbed to his wounds at hospital Friday.   It ...

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