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US strikes Taliban forces, in first hit since peace deal

US strikes Taliban forces, in first hit since peace deal

KABUL — The U.S. conducted Wednesday its first airstrike against Taliban forces in Afghanistan since signing an ambitious peace deal with the militant group. U.S. military spokesman Col.
Lawyer says award-winning Iran filmmaker summoned to prison

Lawyer says award-winning Iran filmmaker summoned to prison

TEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian filmmaker who just won the Berlin Film Festival's Golden Bear has been summoned to serve a one-year prison sentence over his movies, his lawyer said Wednesday.
Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street sinks despite rate cut

Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street sinks despite rate cut

BEIJING — Asian stock markets were mixed Wednesday after Wall Street sank despite an emergency U.S. interest cut aimed at defusing fears a virus outbreak might depress global economic activity.
Fed's Powell faces a puzzling crisis with no simple solution

Fed's Powell faces a puzzling crisis with no simple solution

WASHINGTON — Jerome Powell is confronting his stiffest test yet as head of the Federal Reserve in an atmosphere vastly altered from what his predecessors faced. It makes an uncertain situation even more challenging.
Democrat MJ Hegar makes runoff in crowded Texas Senate race

Democrat MJ Hegar makes runoff in crowded Texas Senate race

AUSTIN, Texas — Democrat MJ Hegar, a former Air Force helicopter pilot seeking to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, advanced to a runoff in May after falling short of capturing the nomination outright on Tuesday.
Trump says he spoke to a Taliban leader, had 'good talk'

Trump says he spoke to a Taliban leader, had 'good talk'

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump confirmed Tuesday that he spoke on the phone to a Taliban leader, making him the first U.S. president believed to have ever spoken directly with the militant group responsible for the deaths of thousands of U.S.
4-time Iditarod champion sidelined by medical emergency

4-time Iditarod champion sidelined by medical emergency

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Emergency surgery has sidelined a four-time winner of Alaska's famed Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race days before he was set to compete in his 30th race.
Democrats: Judge extends Tennessee voting in storm-hit area

Democrats: Judge extends Tennessee voting in storm-hit area

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A judge has extended voting hours in a Nashville-area county after four Democratic presidential candidates sued to keep Super Tuesday polls open after tornado damage there, a Democratic party spokeswoman said Tuesday.
GOP Sen. Thom Tillis, Dem Cal Cunningham are NC Senate picks

GOP Sen. Thom Tillis, Dem Cal Cunningham are NC Senate picks

RALEIGH, N.C. — Former Democratic state lawmaker Cal Cunningham, the primary candidate favoured by his party's leaders in the U.S. Senate, advanced Tuesday to a general election challenge against GOP Sen. Thom Tillis.
Death toll from Tennessee tornadoes climbs to at least 24

Death toll from Tennessee tornadoes climbs to at least 24

NASHVILLE — Rescuers searched through shattered Tennessee neighbourhoods for bodies Tuesday, less than a day after tornadoes ripped across Nashville and other parts of the state as families slept.