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1 police officer killed, 3 injured in 2 shootings in Florida

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Kissimmee, Aug 19 (AP) - One police officer was killed and three wounded in nighttime shootings in two Florida cities where the officers were responding to suspected drug activity and reports of a suicide attempt, police said Saturday.
One officer was killed and another gravely injured late Friday night in Kissimmee in central Florida just south of the theme park hub of Orlando. The other two officers were injured a couple of hours later in Jacksonville, one of them shot in both hands and the...

Trump struggles with presidential duties as uniter-in-chief

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For Susan Bro, mother of the woman killed at a rally organized by white supremacists, the president of the United States can offer no healing words.
She says the White House repeatedly tried to reach out to her on Wednesday, the day of Heather Heyer's funeral. But she's since watched President...

Iraqi forces ready for next battle against IS extremists

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Baghdad, Aug 19 (AP) - Senior U.S. military leaders said Friday that Iraqi forces are largely set for their next major campaign against Islamic State extremists after closing out the wrenching nine-month battle to retake the city of Mosul.
Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the top U.S. commander in...

Pro-govt assembly in Venezuela takes congress’ powers

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Caracas, Aug 19 (AP) - Venezuela's pro-government constitutional assembly took over the powers of the opposition-led congress Friday, dramatically escalating a standoff between President Nicolas Maduro and his political foes.
The move triggered further international condemnation from the dozens...

China tells US, North Korea to ‘hit the brakes’ on threats

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China is telling the U.S. and North Korea to "hit the brakes" on threatening words and actions and work toward a peaceful resolution of their dispute, in a sign of growing concern over the standoff on the part of Pyongyang's only major ally.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a phone conversation...

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