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A sandstorm sweeps across as competitors take part in the 33rd edition of Marathon des Sables, in the Sahara desert, near Merzouga, southern Morocco, Saturday, April 14, 2018. The 33rd edition of the annual race, considered to be one of the most demanding ultramarathons in the world, finished Saturday after six grueling days and about 250 kilometers (150 miles). (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
April 19, 2018 - 7:15 am
MERZOUGA, Morocco (AP) — Under a hot desert sun and with the desolation of the Sahara all around, about 1,000 competitors from 50 countries took part in this year's Marathon des Sables, or Marathon of the Sands. The 33rd edition of the annual race, considered to be one of the most demanding...
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FILE - In this March 4, 2018, file photo, Chadwick Boseman arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. Howard University said in a statement Wednesday, April 18, that Boseman will give the keynote address at his alma mater’s commencement ceremony on May 12. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
April 19, 2018 - 7:07 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The "Black Panther" is returning to his alma mater to give the commencement address at Howard University. The university announced Wednesday that Chadwick Boseman will give the keynote address at Howard's 150th commencement ceremony on May 12. News outlets report Boseman will be...
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Founder and chairman of Alibaba Jack Ma arrives for signing the memorandums of understanding linked to the investment in Thailand, during a press conference Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
April 19, 2018 - 6:37 am
BANGKOK (AP) — The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has agreed to step up investments in Thailand as competition between online retailers heats up in fast-growing Southeast Asia. The founder of the online shopping giant, Jack Ma, met with Thailand's prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, on Thursday...
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FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2015 file photo guests attend the opening of the 'Pop-Kultur' festival in the Berghain club in Berlin. A local lawmaker in Berlin has reaped ridicule online for her proposal to close one of the city’s internationally renowned techno clubs because of the partygoers’ drug consumption, long opening hours and lascivious behavior on the dance floor. (Jeers Carstensen/dpa via AP, file)
April 19, 2018 - 5:44 am
BERLIN (AP) — A nationalist councilwoman in Berlin has been ridiculed online for proposing to close one of the city's most famous techno clubs because of its long opening hours as well as partygoers' drug consumption and lascivious behavior on the dance floor. Sibylle Schmidt, a district councilor...
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April 19, 2018 - 3:36 am
BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese government says Qualcomm Inc.'s plan for its $44 billion acquisition of NXP Semiconductors "has difficulty" resolving concerns of anti-monopoly regulators. The Commerce Ministry spokesman's comment Thursday was the first Chinese statement about the U.S. chip maker's...
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April 19, 2018 - 3:00 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Dubai International Film Festival says it will skip holding the event this year, instead becoming biennial and reconvening in 2019. The film festival made the announcement late on Wednesday night, saying the decision came in part over "the vast changes taking...
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April 19, 2018 - 12:18 am
BERLIN (AP) — An international corruption watchdog group says two years after the Panama Papers revealed how the rich have stashed wealth in shell companies, the world's Group of 20 industrialized and developing nations have made only slow progress improving the legal tools to ensure transparency...
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A woman walks past an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Thursday, April 19, 2018. Asian shares rose on Thursday as improving optimism about the global economy helped investors shake off worries about geopolitical risks for the moment. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
April 18, 2018 - 11:49 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Asian shares rose on Thursday as improving optimism about the global economy helped investors shake off worries about geopolitical risks for the moment. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose 0.6 percent to 22,293.97 and South Korea's Kospi added 0.4 percent to 2,...
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In this April 16, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump speaks at an event to promote his tax cut package in Hialeah, Fla. Trump will play host to Japan’s Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday amid growing strain between the two countries over the president’s planned meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and his push for new tariffs. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
April 18, 2018 - 11:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rising costs. Delayed shipments. A baffling bureaucracy. President Donald Trump's tariffs on imported aluminum and steel are disrupting business for American companies that buy those metals, and many are pressing for relief. Hundreds of companies are asking the Commerce Department...
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Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers' Myles Turner (33) during the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
April 18, 2018 - 11:41 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — The situation was dire, requiring playoff dominance. LeBron James delivered. No surprise there. Taking matters into his own hands, James scored 46 points and added 12 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers bounced back from a poor performance in the series opener by holding off the...
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