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The world has a new longest nonstop flight, from Singapore to New York

NEW YORK: Passengers broke into an applause when Singapore Airlines’ Changi-New York flight touched down at Newark Airport (EWR) early Friday morning. By flying 16,564 km nonstop, the airline reclaimed the crown of operating the world’s longest direct flight. “Our flying time of 17 hours and 25 minutes is one of the longest for any commercial flight,” announced Captain SL ...

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Pope accepts Washington cardinal’s resignation amid scandal

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis accepted the resignation Friday of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl after he became entangled in two major sexual abuse and cover-up scandals and lost the support of many in his flock. But in a letter released by Wuerl’s office, Francis praised his longtime ally and suggested Wuerl had unfairly become a scapegoat, having made some ...

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Moon urges US move towards formally ending Korean War

The dovish Moon has long favoured engagement with the North South Korean President Moon Jae-in called Friday on the United States to move towards the nuclear-armed North’s demands for a declaration the Korean War is over, as the allies pursue increasingly different approaches towards Pyongyang. Washington has shied away from a formal announcement that the 1950-53 conflict, when hostilities ceased ...

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American pastor back in court for spying and terror trial

ALIAGA, TURKEY — The trial of an American pastor at the heart of a diplomatic dispute between Turkey and the United States resumed Friday in Turkey, with observers waiting to see if authorities will release him amid threats of further U.S. sanctions. The fourth hearing of the case against Andrew Brunson began in a prison complex near the western city ...

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Donald Trump defends Saudi arms sales amid fury over missing journalist

President Donald Trump has defended continuing huge sales of US weapons to Saudi Arabia despite rising pressure from lawmakers to punish the kingdom over the disappearance of a Saudi journalist who lived in the United States and is now feared dead. As senators pushed for sanctions under a human rights law and also questioned American support for the Saudi-led bombing ...

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