• Fear and hoping: expectations surge ahead of new US-Taliban talks
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    Fear and hoping: expectations surge ahead of new US-Taliban talks

    The US and the Taliban are to meet in Qatar for fresh talks Monday seeking an end to 17 years of grinding conflict in Afghanistan, with the stakes ratcheting higher as the spring fighting season approaches. Marathon talks held in Doha last month have stoked hopes of a breakthrough after the two sides

  • Senegal votes with incumbent Sall confident of first-round win
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    Senegal votes with incumbent Sall confident of first-round win

    Senegal votes Sunday in an election that incumbent President Macky Sall looks confident to win in the first round after his main challengers were banned from running in the West African country's ballot. Sall, a former geologist who first took the presidency in 2012 after beating his former political

  • Oscar nominees in main categories
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    Oscar nominees in main categories

    Here are the nominees in key categories for the 91st Academy Awards, to be handed out on Sunday in Hollywood.

  • Oscar nominations: all the fun facts
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    Oscar nominations: all the fun facts

    Hollywood insiders and movie fans are eagerly waiting to hear the names of the Oscar winners on Sunday night. Here are some fun facts and figures about this year's list of nominees, and a bit of Oscars trivia: - Cuaron reigns supreme - Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma," a black-and-white cinematic

  • Oscars night is here! Hollywood ready for glitzy gala
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    Oscars night is here! Hollywood ready for glitzy gala

    Hollywood's A-listers will hit the red carpet Sunday for the Oscars -- the climax of a long, eventful awards season that could yield some big surprises. Alfonso Cuaron's black-and-white cinematic ode to his childhood, "Roma," leads with 10 nominations and is a firm favorite for the

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    Bargain auctions offer Istanbul consumers more bang for the buck

    "Going, going, going and gone", the enticing chants of auctioneers resonate in the streets of Istanbul. In recent years its low price auctions have been drawing crowds, especially at weekends, with curious locals attending for entertainment as well as bargain hunters struggling in light of

  • Two killed as Venezuela aid showdown turns violent
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    Two killed as Venezuela aid showdown turns violent

    A high-risk operation to get humanitarian aid into Venezuela descended into deadly chaos Saturday after President Nicolas Maduro's security forces fired on demonstrators and aid trucks were set ablaze. Two people, including a 14-year-old boy, were killed in clashes with security forces that left

  • Glenn Close, 'Beale Street,' win indie film honors ahead of Oscars
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    Glenn Close, 'Beale Street,' win indie film honors ahead of Oscars

    Actress Glenn Close and racial injustice movie "If Beale Street Could Talk" were the big winners on Saturday at the Independent Spirit Awards, a day ahead of the Oscars ceremony. Mexican family drama "Roma," which is seen as a strong contender for best picture at the Academy Awards

  • Saudi Arabia names first woman envoy to Washington at critical time
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    Saudi Arabia names first woman envoy to Washington at critical time

    Saudi Arabia on Saturday named a princess as its first woman ambassador to the United States, a key appointment as the fallout over journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder tests relations between the allies. Princess Rima bint Bandar replaced Prince Khalid bin Salman, the younger brother of the powerful

  • Harry and Meghan in Morocco on last official trip before birth
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    Harry and Meghan in Morocco on last official trip before birth

    Prince Harry and his wife Meghan arrived Saturday night in Morocco for their last official trip abroad before the birth of their first child, which is due in spring. The royal couple, Harry in a light grey suit and Meghan in a red dress, were welcomed with a tray of dates, a traditional ritual of hospitality

  • NRA Slammed For 'Target Practice' Headline Next To Photo Of Nancy Pelosi, Gabby Giffords
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    NRA Slammed For 'Target Practice' Headline Next To Photo Of Nancy Pelosi, Gabby Giffords

    The National Rifle Association is being pelted with criticism after postingthe astounding headline "Target Practice" in its magazine next to a photo ofHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif

  • TLC's 'FanMail' Just Turned 20 And Fans Are Celebrating On Twitter
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    TLC's 'FanMail' Just Turned 20 And Fans Are Celebrating On Twitter

    Fans of TLC are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the group's Grammy-winningalbum "FanMail" by sharing favorite songs and lyrics from the project onTwitter

  • The eight contenders for the best picture Oscar
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    The eight contenders for the best picture Oscar

    From a superhero blockbuster to an offbeat royal comedy of manners to an intimate black-and-white ode to 1970s Mexico City, the contenders for this year's best picture Oscar are as varied as ever. Here is a brief summary of the eight films vying for the most prestigious prize at Sunday's Oscars

  • Singer R. Kelly, facing sex abuse charges, gets $1 million bail
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    Singer R. Kelly, facing sex abuse charges, gets $1 million bail

    A US judge set $1 million bail for R&B superstar R. Kelly on Saturday after prosecutors laid out graphic details of charges that he sexually abused four victims, three of them minors. Kelly, known for hits like "I Believe I Can Fly," surrendered to police late Friday after decades of allegations

  • Today in History for February 24th
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    Today in History for February 24th

    Highlights of this day in history: President Andrew Johnson impeached; The Nazi Party holds its first major meeting; Manila liberated during World War II; Britain's Prince Charles, Lady Diana Spencer engaged; Lauryn Hill's Grammy feat. (Feb. 24)

  • Prayers, holy water as Venezuelan Curacao aid shipment delayed
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    Prayers, holy water as Venezuelan Curacao aid shipment delayed

    Venezuelan opposition supporters rallied in Curacao's port Saturday, pushing for their own shipment to join in a dangerous aid effort for their country, but the vessel's captain declined to sail yet for security reasons. While in Venezuela border clashes and military desertions raised tensions

  • Star of Mexican film 'Roma' prompts raw discussion of race, class
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    Star of Mexican film 'Roma' prompts raw discussion of race, class

    The Oscar-nominated film "Roma," which chronicles the life of a young housekeeper in 1970s Mexico, has put an uneasy focus on the nation's sharp class, ethnic and racial divisions, leading to mixed reactions to the indigenous woman cast in the starring role. Yalitza Aparicio, who is nominated

  • From street kids to war romance, Oscar foreign-film slate keeps it real
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    From street kids to war romance, Oscar foreign-film slate keeps it real

    From Lebanese street children to love behind the Iron Curtain and the daily life of a Mexican housekeeper, this year's Oscar-nominated foreign language films draw from real life and, in some cases, deeply personal experiences. While Poland's "Cold War" and Germany's "Never

  • Kate Hudson Belts Out 'Shallow' During Workout Like Her Pilates Depended On It
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    Kate Hudson Belts Out 'Shallow' During Workout Like Her Pilates Depended On It

    Kate Hudson is preparing for the 2019 Oscars on Sunday by channeling "A Staris Born" \- all while doing Pilates

  • Saudi Arabia replaces envoy to Washington: royal decree
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    Saudi Arabia replaces envoy to Washington: royal decree

    Saudi Arabia has replaced its ambassador to the United States, a royal decree announced Saturday, as the fallout over journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder tests relations between the two allies. Princess Rima bint Bandar was appointed the kingdom's first woman envoy to Washington, replacing Prince

  • R. Kelly bond on sexual assault charges set at $1 million, due back in court Monday
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    R. Kelly bond on sexual assault charges set at $1 million, due back in court Monday

    In Cook County court, prosecutor Jennifer Gonzalez said Kelly met one of the teenaged victims during his trial on child pornography charges in 2008 when she sought his autograph after a day in court and repeatedly had sex with her between 2009 and 2010. Kelly was acquitted of the child porn charges.

  • Winds battering central Italy kill four
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    Winds battering central Italy kill four

    Strong winds whipping through central Italy killed four people on Saturday, including a teenager who died when his father fell off the roof and crushed him, media reports said. The 14-year old in Capena near Rome was holding the ladder for his father as he attempted to fix damage to the family roof,

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    Singer R. Kelly faces new sex abuse charges in #MeToo era

    More than a decade ago, the singer R. Kelly was acquitted of child pornography charges after a trial in which the alleged underage victim did not testify against him. Now the embattled Grammy-winning performer faces new sexual abuse allegations in an era when – thanks in large part to the #MeToo movement

  • Japan's Okinawa to vote on controversial US base move
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    Japan's Okinawa to vote on controversial US base move

    Residents of Japan's Okinawa go to the polls Sunday in a closely watched referendum on the controversial relocation of a US military base to a remote part of the island. The ballot will ask residents whether they support a plan to reclaim land at a remote coastal site for the relocation of the Futenma

  • Virginia School District Plans For Bias Training After Black History Month Slavery ‘Game’
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    Virginia School District Plans For Bias Training After Black History Month Slavery ‘Game’

    "Madison's Trust Elementary in Ashburn, about 30 miles northwest of Washington,D