Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, speaks to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu during a meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow.

Russia to pull plug on nuclear arms pact after US does same

Following in the footsteps of the U.S., Russia will abandon a centerpiece nuclear arms treaty but will only deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles if Washington does so, President Vladimir Putin said Saturday.

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Pope Francis smiles upon his arrival at the Abu Dhabi airport, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019. Francis travelled to Abu Dhabi to participate in a conference on interreligious dialogue sponsored the Emirates-based Muslim Council of Elders, an i

Pope in UAE for historic trip after call for Yemen relief

Pope Francis landed Sunday in Abu Dhabi on the first-ever papal trip to the Arabian Peninsula, where he is seeking to turn a page in Christian-Muslim relations while also ministering to a unique, thriving Catholic community.

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The entrance to Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla., is shown Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, where President Donald Trump is playing a round of golf with golfers Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Trump and his family are spending the weekend at his his Mar-a-

Trump on course with pro golfers Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods

President Donald Trump golfed on Saturday in Florida with two of the game's greatest champions, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.

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FILE- In this Feb. 12 2016 file photo, UN forces from Rwanda patrol the streets of Bangui, Central African Republic. A peace deal has been reached between the Central African Republic government and 14 armed groups after their first-ever direct dialogue a

Central African Republic, 14 armed groups reach peace deal

A peace deal has been reached between the Central African Republic government and 14 armed groups after their first-ever direct dialogue aimed at ending years of conflict, the United Nations and African Union announced on Saturday.

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A neighbor receives subsidized food distributed under a government program named

Venezuela opposition leader rejects mediation offers

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said Friday he has turned down offers from the presidents of Mexico and Uruguay to negotiate with embattled Nicolas Maduro, a day before nationwide street protests called to escalate pressure on the socialist leader to step down.

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Opposition National Assembly President Juan Guaido, accompanied by his wife Fabiana Rosales.

Venezuela opposition leader to police: Leave my family alone

The Venezuelan opposition leader challenging Nicolas Maduro's claim to the presidency warned officers from a feared state security unit Thursday to stay away from his family after he accused them of showing up at his apartment in a tense brush with the very force he is trying to persuade to switch allegiance and back him.

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FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2016, file photo, pro-independence supporters carry a banner shouting that Taiwan is not part of China outside the Democratic Progressive Party presidential campaign headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan.

Xi's tough talk on Taiwan backfires, as Tsai support surges

Chinese President Xi Jinping sought to push Taiwanese closer to unification with a new year speech mixing carrots and sticks.

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Bismarck city snow crews remove snow in the minus 33 degree temperature from Avenue E and Second Street near St. Mary's Central High School.

Dramatic temperature swings heading to Midwest

The painfully cold weather system holding much of the Midwest in a historic deep freeze sent temperatures plunging to a record low in northern Illinois on Thursday, but a dramatic swing of as much as 80 degrees is expected by early next week.

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FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2010 file photograph, a worker rides a bicycle in front of the reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern city of Bushehr.

European nations create workaround to US Iran sanctions

Three European countries working to preserve a deal that was meant to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon have established a new system so their companies can continue trading with the Mideast nation without incurring U.S. sanctions, diplomats said Thursday.

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A family embraces during a vigil for the victims of the collapsed mining company dam in Brumadinho.

Families dig to find loved ones in Brazil dam collapse

Under a scorching sun, Tereza Ferreira Nascimento on Wednesday dug through the mud with garden tools and her hands in search of her brother Paulo Giovane dos Santos, resigned to the reality that he was most likely dead six days after the collapse of a Brazilian dam holding back mine waste.

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FBI Director Christopher Wray accompanied by CIA Director Gina Haspel testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington.

US intel heads list North Korea, not border, as threat to US

Directly contradicting President Donald Trump, U.S. intelligence agencies told Congress on Tuesday that North Korea is unlikely to dismantle its nuclear arsenal, that the Islamic State group remains a threat and that the Iran nuclear deal is working. 

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Venezuelan Bolivarian National Guardsmen line up near a Divine Mercy Jesus Christ poster outside the National Assembly in Caracas.

Venezuela opposition urges walkouts to pressure Maduro

Opposition leader Juan Guaido is looking to ratchet up pressure on President Nicolas Maduro with walkouts across Venezuela on Wednesday, just a day after the embattled socialist administration barred Guaido from leaving the country while he is investigated for anti-government activities.

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FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2001 file photo, Suhail Shaheen, then Deputy ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, gives an interview in Islamabad, Pakistan. Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban said Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, that they are not seekin

Taliban say they are not looking to rule Afghanistan alone

The Taliban said Wednesday they are not seeking a "monopoly on power" in a future administration in Afghanistan but are looking for ways to co-exist with Afghan institutions — the most conciliatory statement to date from the militants.

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Friends and relatives attend the burial of Vale SA employee Edgar Carvalho Santos, victim of the collapsed dam in Brumadinho, Brazil.

Arrests in Brazil dam disaster, dead fish wash up downstream

Brazilian authorities arrested five people Tuesday in connection with a dam collapse that killed at least 65 people and left nearly 300 missing, and dead fish were seen downstream floating at the banks of a river that an indigenous community depends on for food and water.

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A sales clerk looks at his smartphone in a Huawei store at a shopping mall in Beijing.

China tells US to stop 'unreasonable crackdown' on Huawei

China called on the U.S. government on Tuesday to "stop the unreasonable crackdown" on Huawei after the U.S. stepped up pressure on the tech giant by indicting it on charges of stealing technology and violating sanctions on Iran, complicating high-level trade talks between the countries about to begin in Washington.

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Firefighters pull a body from the mud days after a dam collapse in Brumadinho.

Brazil firefighters search mud after dam collapse, 60 dead

Brazilian firefighters moved over treacherous mud — sometimes walking, sometimes crawling — as they searched Monday for survivors or bodies following a dam collapse that buried an iron ore mining company's buildings and inundated nearby neighborhoods with ore waste.

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A truck is toppled against a home after a tornado in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. A tornado and pounding rains smashed into the eastern part of Cuba's capital overnight, toppling trees, bending power poles and flinging shards of metal roofing thro

Tornado hits Havana; Cuban president says 3 dead, 172 hurt

A tornado and pounding rains smashed into the eastern part of Cuba's capital overnight, toppling trees, bending power poles and flinging shards of metal roofing through the air as the storm cut a path of destruction across eastern Havana.

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FILE---In this  Jan.6, 2019 file photo water vapour rises from the cooling towers of the Joenschwalde lignite-fired power plant of Lausitz Energie Bergbau AG (LEAG) in Brandenburg.

Climate fight: Germany sets 2038 deadline to end coal use

 In a pioneering move, a German government-appointed panel has recommended that Germany stop burning coal to generate electricity by 2038 at the latest, as part of efforts to curb climate change.

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Rescue work try to reach a cow that is stuck in a field of mud, two days after a dam collapse in Brumadinho, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. Brazilian officials on Sunday suspended the search for potential survivors of a dam collapse that has killed at lea

Search for survivors, despair in Brazil amid dam collapse

Brazilian officials on Sunday resumed the search for hundreds of missing people in the wake of a massive dam collapse, with firefighter crews returning to mud-covered areas after a several-hour suspension over fears that a second dam was at risk of breach.

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A protestor holds a placard as she marches during a Rise for the Climate demonstration in Brussels.

Some 70,000 Brussels protesters demand action on climate

At least 70,000 people braved cold and rain in Brussels to demand the Belgian government and the European Union increase their efforts to fight climate change Sunday, the Belgian capital's fourth climate rally in two months to attract at least 10,000 participants.

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WHEN YOU NEED A FRIEND: Former foes and now friends Shane Cameron and Toaletai David Tua share a video at David Tua’s boxing gym.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Sen. Bernie Sanders says he's running for president in 2020

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose insurgent 2016 presidential campaign reshaped Democratic politics, announced Tuesday that he is running for president in 2020.

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