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Canada lawmakers OK bill to fully legalize pot

posted: 06/21/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday that marijuana will be legal nationwide on Oct. 17.

Commerce chief takes flak over tariffs

updated: 06/21/2018 3:46 a.m. Comments 2

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross defended the Trump administration's tariffs on imported steel and aluminum before Congress on Wednesday amid withering, bipartisan criticism from senators who called the levies unjustified and economically ruinous.

Asylum-seeker law passes in Hungary

posted: 06/21/2018 3:40 a.m. Discuss

Hungarian lawmakers voted to tighten the country’s asylum eligibility rules and threatened Wednesday to incarcerate people who help asylum-seekers, votes that coincided with a United Nations’ observance dedicated to refugees.

U.N. condemns Syria siege, rebel strikes

updated: 06/21/2018 3:30 a.m. Discuss

The United Nations said Wednesday that the Syrian government and rebel forces both committed war crimes during the five-year government siege of the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus and the two-month offensive earlier this year to retake the area from insurgents.

S. Korea pressing North on making plans to ax nukes

updated: 06/21/2018 3:29 a.m. Discuss

South Korea urged North Korea on Wednesday to present a plan with concrete steps toward denuclearization, raising the pressure on its leader Kim Jong Un as he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in a visit designed to convey the countries' growing closeness.

The world in brief

updated: 06/21/2018 3:26 a.m. Discuss

WHO hopeful Ebola in Congo is waning

Canada to announce marijuana legalization date soon

posted: 06/20/2018 11:05 a.m. Discuss

TORONTO — The Canadian government says it will soon announce the date of when cannabis will become legal — but warns it will remain illegal until then.

In the news: In the news

updated: 06/20/2018 4:11 a.m. Discuss

Richard Tarsa, police chief of Adams, Mass., said investigators think a woodchuck carried off more than a dozen small U.S. flags from a cemetery to line its burrow, after residents reported that flags -- including replacements -- were being taken from veterans' graves.

Ranks of world's uprooted swell

updated: 06/20/2018 4:09 a.m. Discuss

U.S. immigration agents are seizing children from parents at the southern border. Italy's new populist coalition is forcing refugees to turn elsewhere. An anti-migrant backlash now threatens to fracture Germany's government.

Sides in fierce fight for Yemen airport

posted: 06/20/2018 4:08 a.m. Discuss

Fierce fighting raged Tuesday outside the airport of the vital Yemeni city of Hodeida, pitting thousands of pro-government fighters backed by a Saudi-led coalition against Iranian-backed Shiite Houthi rebels, Yemeni military officials said.

Chinese envoy urges end to Australia rift

posted: 06/20/2018 4:07 a.m. Discuss

China's ambassador to Australia said Tuesday that the two countries need to mend their strained diplomatic relationship by moving away from "bias and bigotry" and building trust.

N. Korea's Kim on 3rd China trip

updated: 06/20/2018 3:48 a.m. Discuss

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived Tuesday for his third visit to China in the span of three months, meeting with President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in the heart of Beijing.

Halting U.S., S. Korea drills seen as risk

updated: 06/20/2018 3:46 a.m. Discuss

U.S. and South Korean defense officials formally suspended a major joint military exercise in hopes of advancing nuclear negotiations with North Korea. It's a bold gamble that could trigger a serious security crisis if the talks falter and the allies are forced to resume the drills, infuriating North Korea, analysts say.

The world in brief: 166 ferry riders missing, Indonesia says

updated: 06/20/2018 3:43 a.m. Discuss

Indonesian officials said today that 166 people are missing from a ferry that sank Monday evening at a popular lake on Sumatra, a much higher number than previously believed.

Wiretapping pact rankles in Romania

posted: 06/20/2018 3:38 a.m. Discuss

A human-rights group on Tuesday criticized a phone-tapping agreement between Romania’s intelligence agency and the high court, saying it exposes ordinary citizens to potential abuse.

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