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Chrystia Freeland heads to Mexico in effort to finalize new NAFTA revisions

OTTAWA—Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland is to meet American and Mexican officials in Mexico City on Tuesday amid reports a deal to revise the new North American free-trade agreement is close to completion. The federal government revealed Freeland’s itinerary late Monday following a day of furious speculation about the state of the United States-Mexico-Canada trade …

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Natan Sharansky receives Israel’s prestigious Genesis Prize

JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky has been awarded Israel’s prestigious 2020 Genesis Prize for a lifetime of work promoting political and religious freedoms, organizers announced Tuesday. The $1 million award is granted each year to a person recognized for outstanding professional achievement, contribution to humanity and commitment to Jewish values. Following a …

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White Island volcano: New Zealand’s eruption leaves dozens of Australians feared missing

A family from Adelaide and a mother and daughter from Brisbane are among those missing after a volcano erupted on New Zealand’s White Island, killing at least five. Eight Australians are missing as rescuers try to find eight people who did not make it off the island after the volcano erupted with a large plume …

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Japanese island of Mageshima could become an unsinkable US aircraft carrier

Japan’s government announced this week that it’s buying Mageshima Island, an uninhabited outcrop 21 miles (34 kilometers) from the southernmost Japanese main island of Kyushu. The island, most of which is owned by a privately held Tokyo development company, is uninhabited and hosts two intersecting unpaved runways that were abandoned under a previous development project. …

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College admissions scandal: Newport Beach mother to plead guilty

A Newport Beach woman has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, admitting she plotted with William “Rick” Singer, the consultant at the center of the college admissions scandal, to have an employee take online classes for her son and submit them to Georgetown. Karen Littlefair will plead guilty by Jan. 17 …

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Trump claims victory in mixed bag of findings from DOJ watchdog

Still, Trump ripped the report’s findings at the beginning of an unrelated meeting at the White House on Monday, calling its revelations “incredible, far worse than I would’ve ever thought possible” and accusing former officials of “an attempted overthrow of government.” “It should never again happen to another president,” he said, proclaiming later that “it’s …

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Volcano Eruption Leaves 5 Dead, Authorities Say Some Tourists Unaccounted For : NPR

This aerial photo shows White Island after its volcanic eruption in New Zealand on Monday. George Novak/AP hide caption toggle caption George Novak/AP This aerial photo shows White Island after its volcanic eruption in New Zealand on Monday. George Novak/AP At least five people are dead after an eruption on a volcanic island off the …

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Juice Wrld was supposed to attend own 21st birthday party night of death

Rising hip-hop talent Juice Wrld was set to attend his own 21st birthday party the day he died after suffering an apparent seizure, according to a report. The rapper, whose legal name is Jarad Anthony Higgins, had turned 21 days earlier and planned to celebrate Sunday night with a fete in his hometown of Chicago, …

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Investigating These Grisly Unsolved Murders In America’s Heartland Changed My Life

Let me set the record straight. I did not come to rural Oklahoma to find the remains of 16-year-old Ashley Freeman and her best friend, Lauria Bible. I did not come to find out who shot Ashley’s parents before setting fire to their home back in 1999 (that arrest last year had nothing to do …

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