Kofi Annan: tributes pour in for an outstanding human being

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World leaders honour the former UN secretary-general, who has died aged 80, as a rare breed of diplomat Tributes poured in from around the world for Kofi Annan, the first sub-Saharan African to lead the United Nations, whose work revitalising the organisation and putting human rights at the core of its mission was recognised with […]

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Putin Aide Proposes $7.5 Billion Tax Hike for Mining, Chemicals Sectors

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The top economic adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed raising taxes on mining companies, including MMC Norilsk Nickel PJSC and Alrosa PJSC, among the largest producers of nickel and diamonds. Additional budget revenues are needed to help pay for Putin’s promises to boost spending after his re-election this spring, according to the letter, which […]

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Koch network begins to envision a future beyond its founder

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Colorado Springs, Colorado (CNN)At the Koch network’s summer meeting, top officials repeatedly underscored that their work is part of a movement far bigger than their founder and figurehead. “It’s unfair to (David) and his family to say he had anything to do with it since he’s been in declining health,” said network co-chair Mark Holden. […]

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There are 100 days to the midterm election. Here’s what to watch

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Washington (CNN)Voters are now 100 days away from delivering their verdict on President Donald Trump’s first two years in office, and while the political landscape could shift dramatically in three months, right now, the wind is at Democrats’ backs. But the biggest problem for the GOP — which has played out consistently in special elections […]

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U.S. to Raise Tariffs on $16 Billion of China Goods on Aug. 23

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The U.S. said it will begin imposing 25 percent duties on an additional $16 billion in Chinese imports in two weeks, escalating a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies. Customs will begin collecting the duties on 279 product lines, down from 284 items on the initial list, as of Aug. 23, the U.S. […]

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Amazon Removes Nazi-Themed Items After Complaints

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(AP) — Amazon says it has removed items with Nazi or white supremacist symbols from its website after criticism from advocacy groups. An Amazon executive said the company blocked the accounts of some retailers and might suspend them. Democratic U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota complained to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos last month. The company's […]

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Democrats in Kansas weigh how far left the party can go and win in the Trump era

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(CNN)Democrats in the Kansas City suburbs are set to decide on Tuesday what type of candidate they believe can win in a red state during Donald Trump’s presidency. The Democratic primary is a six-way free-for-all. Democrats say they believe at least three candidates have a shot at winning — and they have no idea who’s […]

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City of West Hollywood calls for Trump Walk of Fame star to be removed

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Los Angeles (CNN)On the same day the City of West Hollywood voted to ask for President Donald Trump’s Walk of Fame star to be removed, the person who’d most recently vandalized it was charged. Duran said the council had never previously asked for a star to be removed: “Never have we intruded into our neighboring […]

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Top Republicans in Congress break with Trump over Putin comments

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(CNN)After President Donald Trump’s stunning news conference Monday next to Russian President Vladimir Putin, members of Congress — including some powerful Republicans — were quick to rebuke Trump’s performance on the world stage and Trump’s refusal to call Putin out for interfering in the US election. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke briefly with reporters […]

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President Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star was smashed to pieces

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Los Angeles (CNN)President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was destroyed by a man with a pickax early Wednesday, according to Los Angeles police Officer Ray Brown. CNN has reached out to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for comment. Trump’s star has repeatedly been the target of vandalism and protests since the […]

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