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Saudi Arabia is turning to nuclear power to curb oil craving

The Saudi Arabian approval of an atomic power program comes days before Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visits Washington Saudi Arabia is pursuing a nuclear program to reduce its dependency on oil, but concerns about the spread of nuclear weapons in the Middle East may dampen its ambitious plans. The nuclear policy, which restricts nuclear activities to peaceful ends, was …

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Tariffs raise hopes for jobs in American mill cities

In the heart of America's downsized steel country, support for President Donald Trump's import tariffs is broad and bipartisan. However, it is tempered by a strong realism line. Trump's tariffs are likely to increase US steel and aluminum prices. That would help local producers and create several hundred new steelworkers' jobs. But tariffs will not nearly bring American steel to …

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Vatican Doctor photo of Benedict's Praise for Francis

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press Updated 16:20, Wednesday, March 14, 2018 Photo: Divisione Produzione Fotografica, AP In this photo of a letter from Vatican Media praises the retired Pope Benedict XVI. A volume of books on the theological education of Pope Francis. The Vatican admitted on Thursday, March 14, 2018, that he blurred the last two lines of the first page …

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Gaza's economic hardship requires trade, not just aid – World Bank

GAZA (Reuters) – The economic decline in the Gaza Strip has become too steep to be combated by international aid and demands freer trade from the Israeli and Egyptian blocked Palestinian enclave, the World Bank said Thursday. Palestinians drive a horse cart in a foggy morning in northern Gaza Strip February 26, 2017. REUTERS / Mohammed Salem "The (Gaza) economy …

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Britain to expel 23 Russian diplomats for ex-spying poisoning

On 14 March, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced in parliament a first wave of action against Moscow over the poisoning of a former Russian double agent. (Reuters) LONDON – British Prime Minister Theresa May ordered on Wednesday the immediate eviction of 23 Russian diplomats suspected of espionage during the first reprisals against Moscow over a chemical attack to a …

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Finland, Neighbors Top U.N. Happiness Index: The two-way: NPR

A Finnish flag that was seen by a fan at the Nordic World Ski Championships last year. Matthias Hangst / Getty Images Hide Caption Shift Matthias Hangst / Getty Images A Finnish flag that was seen by a fan during the Nordic World Ski Championships last year. Matthias Hangst / Getty Images Sure, Norway dominated the Winter Games last month …

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The Slovakian PM offers to stop, but only if his party retains power

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico has offered to resign if his party is allowed to continue the government, a last attempt to avoid early elections in the face of the biggest protests since the fall of communism. Fico conditions his departure for President Andrej Kiska allowed his ruling Smer party to select his successor. The proposal, adopted by leaders of …

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Occupied territory becomes home while Putin fights in the Crimea

SEVASTOPOL, Crimea – On a street bench in the dark, a 58-year-old woman saw a video on Wednesday, which she filmed on her cell phone, and live a fleeting moment: a campaigning event by Vladimir Putin. "I would have liked to see more of him," Galina Gomozova said. "We understand that he is busy," her sister Lyudmila Gomozova, also 58, …

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US commander says conditions for improving Afghan peace talks

fourteenth March 2018 18:45 ET KABUL – Commander of US-led forces in Afghanistan said on Wednesday that reconciliation between Afghans and the Taliban is improving, although former officials and experts fear that US diplomatic resources will not be enough to solve them. A comprehensive offer from the Afghan president Ashraf Ghani Late last month, in conjunction with the Taliban's recent …

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