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WASHINGTON | House approves bill to expand treatment for opioid abuse

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has overwhelmingly approved legislation designed to give health care providers more tools to stem an opioid crisis killing more than 115 people in the United States daily. The legislation passed Friday by a vote of 396-14. It’s one of dozens of opioid-related bills that lawmakers have made a campaign-season priority. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | House approves bill to expand treatment for opioid abuse

BEIRUT | The Latest: Assad says talks with US would be waste of time

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the war in Syria (all times local): 7:00 p.m. Syrian President Bashar Assad has told a Russian television station that he thinks it would be pointless to have talks with the United States. Fragments of the interview with the NTV station appeared on a messaging app site of Assad’s … Continue reading BEIRUT | The Latest: Assad says talks with US would be waste of time

U.S. Department of State News: United States and India To Hold 2+2 Dialogue on July 6

WASHINGTON – U.S. Depart of State today released the following statement: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis will host Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Minister of Defense Nirmala Sitharaman in Washington, D.C., for the inaugural U.S.-India 2+2 Dialogue on July 6.  The meeting will focus on strengthening … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: United States and India To Hold 2+2 Dialogue on July 6

Study: Plastic will pile up in wake of China recycling ban

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A group of scientists says China’s decision to stop accepting plastic waste from other countries is causing plastic to stockpile around the globe, and wealthy countries need to find new solutions. The scientists sought to quantify the impact of the Chinese import ban on the worldwide trade in plastic waste, and … Continue reading Study: Plastic will pile up in wake of China recycling ban

SEATTLE | ‘Don’t leave me, Mom’: Detainee tells of separation from son

SEATTLE (AP) — The call came at mealtime — an anonymous threat demanding $5,000 or her son’s life. So Blanca Orantes-Lopez, her 8-year-old boy and his father packed up and left the Pacific surfing town of Puerto La Libertad in El Salvador and headed for the United States. Two months later, she sits in a … Continue reading SEATTLE | ‘Don’t leave me, Mom’: Detainee tells of separation from son

BUCHAREST, Romania | Romania: Criminal justice revisions worsen graft worries

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian lawmakers approved revised criminal justice statutes Monday that critics called a setback for prosecuting corruption, votes that took place hours after an American diplomat urged Romania to keep fighting official corruption to prevent “hostile powers” from undermining the country. Assistant Secretary of State Wess Mitchell said during a visit to … Continue reading BUCHAREST, Romania | Romania: Criminal justice revisions worsen graft worries

Texas News: Alleged Sinaloa Cartel Member, Urquidi aka “Chous” Extradited to the United States from Mexico for Funneling Massive Amounts of Marijuana and Cocaine into the United States

Texas – An alleged Sinaloa Cartel member is in federal custody, following his extradition from Mexico to the United States yesterday afternoon. He is expected to make his initial appearance later today in federal court in El Paso. The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney John F. Bash for the Western District of Texas; Special … Continue reading Texas News: Alleged Sinaloa Cartel Member, Urquidi aka “Chous” Extradited to the United States from Mexico for Funneling Massive Amounts of Marijuana and Cocaine into the United States

WASHINGTON | US renews call for Cuba to probe health attacks on diplomats

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is renewing calls for the Cuban government to determine the source of “attacks” on U.S. diplomats in Cuba that have affected some two dozen people. At a senior-level meeting with Cuban officials in Washington on Thursday, the State Department said it had again raised the issue, which has prompted … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US renews call for Cuba to probe health attacks on diplomats