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Pakistan: Engagements With US Over Afghanistan to ‘Yield More Positive Results’

Following years of an acrimonious blame game, the Pakistan and U.S. militaries appear to be engaged again in tactical counterterrorism cooperation for promoting a negotiated settlement to the war in Afghanistan.

Putin Says Russia Could Bid to Host Another Olympics

After hosting the World Cup, President Vladimir Putin says the country could bid for a future Summer Olympics. Asked about hosting a Summer Olympics in Russia for the first time since 1980, Putin says feasibility studies need to be conducted "but obviously we will organize major international competitions here," in comments reported by state news agency RIA Novosti.

Suspected Annapolis Shooter Indicted on Murder Charges

The suspected shooter in the massacre at an Annapolis, Maryland, newsroom was indicted Friday on 23 charges, including five counts of first-degree murder. Maryland prosecutors alleged that Jarrod Ramos, 38, was the one who opened fire on the Capital Gazette newsroom June 28, killing five.

Immigrant Parents Have Trouble Reaching Separated Children

An immigrant father from Guatemala dotes over his despondent teenage daughter during a weekly 10-minute phone call, while other parents wait weeks for the phone to ring. A mother in Louisiana has phone video chats with her detained 5-year-old son in Texas, while a Honduran asylum-seeker had actual face time with his little girl, visiting her in person.

White House: Russia Call for Ukraine Referendum Illegitimate

The White House said Friday it "is not considering supporting" a Vladimir-Putin-backed call for a referendum in eastern Ukraine in the aftermath of President Donald Trump's meeting with the Russian president.

Egypt, Sudan Seek to Bolster Ties After Yearslong Tension

The leaders of Egypt and Sudan have agreed to mend ties, frayed by repeated failures to reach a deal over an upstream Nile dam being built by Ethiopia, and the revival of a longstanding dispute over a border territory held by Cairo and claimed by Khartoum.

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Trump Heads to California to View Border Wall Prototypes

U.S. President Donald Trump is headed Tuesday to the country's southwestern border with Mexico to look at 30-foot-tall prototypes of the wall he wants to build to thwart illegal immigration. Trump left Washington for San Diego, California, to see eight sample sections of walls just north of Tijuana, Mexico, that could be built along much of the U.S.'s 3,200-kilometer border with Mexico.

Nicaragua Says It’s Open to Dialogue After Deaths, Unrest

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said on Saturday he was ready to consider changing an unpopular social security overhaul that has sparked days of deadly protests and one of the biggest crises of his leadership.

Thousands of Women March for Equal Rights, in US, Around World

Thousands of women gathered in cities across the United States and around the world on the anniversary of the inauguration of President Donald Trump to call for equal rights in pay and health care, to denounce sexual harassment and to encourage women to run for office.

Leading US Feminist Thinkers Expect ‘Messy,’ Litigious 2018

Leading U.S. feminist thinkers from across the political spectrum are anticipating a tumultuous 2018 after last year's groundswell of high-profile sexual harassment claims, which brought down major figures in the worlds of entertainment, business and politics.

SCENARIOS – What Could Iran Do if Trump Pulls out of...

President Donald Trump is expected to pull the United States out of the Iran nuclear agreement on May 12. Tehran signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, with China, France, Germany, Russia, Britain, and the United States in 2015.