US | Billionaires fuel powerful Washington state charter groups

Dollar for dollar, the beleaguered movement to bring charter schools to Washington state has had no bigger champion than billionaire Bill Gates. The Microsoft co-founder

US-Russia Summit | Trump, Putin sit down a bit late for closely watched meeting

President Donald Trump opened a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday by predicting that their countries will end up having “an extraordinary relationship” but without mentioning Moscow’s

Helsinki protests Human rights for all – and save the planet

One sign in Helsinki read: “Build saunas not war!” Activists used yesterday’s summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold two

Offbeat | Rhode Island governor to hold office hours at the beach

 Rhode Island’s governor says she’s holding summer office hours at the beach. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo will hold the first event today at Scarborough State

This Day in History | 1979 – Sandinista rebels take Nicaraguan capital

Fighters of the left-wing Sandinista National Liberation Front have overthrown the regime in the central American republic of Nicaragua and taken the capital, Managua. The notorious US-trained

World briefs

US-RUSSIA Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin opened their long-awaited summit yesterday with a one on one talk behind closed doors before the American leader declared their meeting was

The Buzz | Royalty, the pope, and now Trump – Putin makes everyone wait

Famous for his tardiness at official talks, President Vladimir Putin did it again — to U.S. President Donald Trump. Putin long has sought to meet with Trump,

Food sent to migrants off Sicily as Italy awaits EU offers

Another day’s worth of food and beverages was sent to a pair of military ships off Sicily as Italy waited for more European nations to

Charges undermine Assange denials about hacked email origins

At the beginning of 2017, one of Julian Assange’s biggest media boosters traveled to the WikiLeaks founder’s refuge inside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London and asked him

Haiti | Prime minister resigns amid fuel price hike fallout

Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigned Saturday amid calls for him to step down over his handling of a failed plan to raise fuel prices that

Trump’s remarks about changing European culture draw ire

President Donald Trump’s lament this week that immigration is “changing the culture” of Europe echoed rising anti-immigrant feelings on both sides of the Atlantic, where Europe

Offbeat | Finnish brewery creates quirky beer for Trump-Putin summit

A small Finnish craft brewery is paying a humorous tribute to the Helsinki summit. RPS Brewing has issued a limited-edition lager depicting cartoon U.S. and Russian

This Day in History | 1969 – Apollo 11 takes off for the Moon

The Apollo 11 space rocket has taken off successfully from Cape Kennedy, Florida, at the start of the first attempt to land a man on the Moon.

World briefs

VIETNAM A court in southern Vietnam is scheduled to put on trial an American citizen of Vietnamese descent accused of disturbing public order after he took part

Yemen | Amnesty urges ‘war crimes’ probe on UAE-run prisons

An international rights group yesterday called for an investigation into alleged disappearances, torture and possible deaths in detention facilities run by the United Arab Emirates

Europe-US | Trump back at NATO after rattling allies, condemning Germany

President Donald Trump renewed his pressure tactics on fellow NATO nations to increase their defense spending yesterday, hammering U.S. allies on Twitter as he attended a second

This Day in History | 1985 Live Aid makes millions for Africa

The Live Aid concert for the starving in Africa has raised triple the £10m expected. And as the London event draws to a close at Wembley Stadium, Britain

Offbeat | Daily dose of national anthem in hospitals stuns Egyptians

A decision by Egypt’s new health minister to have intercoms in state hospitals play the national anthem every morning, followed by a recitation of the Hippocratic oath, has

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