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BELGRADE, Serbia | Serbia holds military drills amid Kosovo tensions

BELGRADE, Serbia— Serbia held large military drills on Saturday to mark 100 years since the end of World War I in an apparent show of force amid rising tensions over Kosovo. The live-ammunition maneuvers, dubbed “The Century of Winners,” include 8,000 soldiers, 100 battle tanks and MiG-29 fighter jets supplied by Russia. Tensions recently have … Continue reading BELGRADE, Serbia | Serbia holds military drills amid Kosovo tensions

SANAA, Yemen | UN: Majority of locals in Yemen’s Hodeida fled amid clashes

SANAA, Yemen — The United Nations’ refugee agency says most of the population of Yemen’s Hodeida has been forced to flee amid a Saudi-led coalition offensive to take the key Red Sea port city from the country’s Shiite rebels. Friday’s statement by UNHCR says nearly three quarters of Hodeida’s estimated 600,000 people have escaped since … Continue reading SANAA, Yemen | UN: Majority of locals in Yemen’s Hodeida fled amid clashes

WASHINGTON | At turning point, US urges Yemen cease-fire, political talks

WASHINGTON— At an apparent turning point in one of its hardest foreign policy challenges, the Trump administration is demanding a cease-fire and the launch of U.N.-led political talks to end the Saudi-Iran proxy war in Yemen. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis called for a halt to hostilities within 30 days. The renewed diplomatic drive reflects a … Continue reading WASHINGTON | At turning point, US urges Yemen cease-fire, political talks

WICHITA, Kan | Iconic Dodge City moves its only polling place outside town

WICHITA, Kan.  — Access to the ballot box in November will be more difficult for some people in Dodge City, where Hispanics now make up 60 percent of its population and have remade an iconic Wild West town that once was the destination of cowboys and buffalo hunters who frequented the Long Branch Saloon. At … Continue reading WICHITA, Kan | Iconic Dodge City moves its only polling place outside town

PARIS | Mothers of big families challenge Macron’s fertility stance

PARIS  — French President Emmanuel Macron is facing criticism from mothers with big families both at home and abroad for comments he made about women and fertility in Africa. Hundreds of French and American women took offense at a September speech that Macron made at the Gates Foundation’s Goalkeepers Summit, when he said a critical … Continue reading PARIS | Mothers of big families challenge Macron’s fertility stance

GEORGETOWN, S.C. | After the hurricane comes the deluge on South Carolina coast

GEORGETOWN, S.C.  — Eleven days ago, Lee Gantt was at a Hurricane Florence party in her neighborhood in Georgetown, where the story goes that some houses haven’t flooded from the Sampit River since they were built before the American Revolution. She will spend Tuesday with sandbags, watching the nearby river rise from Florence’s heavy rains … Continue reading GEORGETOWN, S.C. | After the hurricane comes the deluge on South Carolina coast

ATLANTA | Backlash erupts over poll-closing plan in black county

ATLANTA — A predominantly black county in rural Georgia is facing a nationwide backlash over plans to close about 75 percent of its voting locations ahead of the November election. County officials say the locations are inaccessible to those with disabilities; critics say the closures will disenfranchise black voters ahead of an election in which … Continue reading ATLANTA | Backlash erupts over poll-closing plan in black county

OKEMAH, Okla | Oklahoma town doubles in population for Woody Guthrie fest

OKEMAH, Okla. — Woody Guthrie’s Oklahoma hometown has doubled in population as thousands gather for a music festival in honor of the “This Land Is Your Land” singer. The Journal Record reports that the town of Okemah jumps from about 3,000 to 6,000 people during the annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. Performers this year include … Continue reading OKEMAH, Okla | Oklahoma town doubles in population for Woody Guthrie fest