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Illegal ivory trade shrinks while pangolin trafficking booms, U.N. says

VIENNA - The illegal global trade in ivory has shrunk while the trafficking of pangolins has soared, a U.N. report on wildlife crime based...

Russian LGBT activist fined for ‘gay propaganda’ family drawings

By Maria Vasilyeva MOSCOW - A Russian LGBT activist said she was fined 75,000 roubles ($1,000) on Friday on charges of spreading "gay propaganda" among...

Jewish group slams Polish public TV for ‘hateful’ role in presidential race

WARSAW - A leading Jewish group criticized Poland's public broadcaster on Friday for its "hateful" role in a tight presidential election race that pits...

China books second-biggest U.S. corn purchase on record, also buys wheat

CHICAGO - China booked its second-largest single-day U.S. corn purchase on record, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) data released on Friday, as...

Blackouts darken misery of Lebanon’s economic collapse

By Imad Creidi and Ellen Francis BEIRUT - Samira Hanna spends a lot of time in the dark. Her old Beirut apartment gets less than...

Rio de Janeiro mayor says ‘will reopen beaches when there is a COVID-19 vaccine’

By Rodrigo Viga Gaier RIO DE JANEIRO - The famous beaches in Brazil's tourist hot spot of Rio de Janeiro will only reopen officially for...

In echo of Mao era, China’s schools in book-cleansing drive

By Huizhong Wu BEIJING - As schools reopened in China after the COVID-19 outbreak, they have thrown themselves into a nationwide exercise to remove books...

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Federal Reserve’s $3 trillion virus rescue inflates market bubbles

By Kate Duguid The Federal Reserve's $3 trillion bid to stave off an economic crisis in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak is fueling excesses...

Judge seeks clarity on the scope of Trump’s clemency order for Roger Stone

By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON - The federal judge who presided over Roger Stone's criminal case ordered the government on Monday to explain the scope...

Brazil’s offshore oil workers chilled by coronavirus outbreaks

By Gram Slattery RIO DE JANEIRO - On Friday, May 1, two workers on the PXA-1 offshore platform owned by Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras...

U.S. consumers more secure about jobs but earnings expectations drop

By Jonnelle Marte U.S. consumers are more optimistic that the worst of the economic crisis sparked by the coronavirus pandemic is behind them, but are...

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy ‘protest’ vote might have violated new security laws

By Jessie Pang and James Pomfret HONG KONG - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Monday that an unofficial city-wide election conducted by the...