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    Biden's legacy: Far-reaching accomplishments that didn't translate into political support

    Sitting in the Oval Office behind the iconic Resolute desk in 2022, an animated President Joe Biden described the challenge of leading a psychologically traumatized nation. The United States had endured a life-altering pandemic. There was a jarring burst of inflation and now global conflict with Russia invading Ukraine, as well as the persistent threat to democracy he felt Donald Trump posed.

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    Some convictions overturned in terrorism case against Muslim scholar from Virginia

    A judge has overturned a conviction carrying a life sentence for an Islamic scholar from Virginia who was found guilty of soliciting treason after the Sept. 11 attacks for encouraging followers to fight against the U.S. in Afghanistan. The ruling issued Thursday from U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema overturns three of the 10 counts of conviction against Ali Al-Timimi. Al-Timimi, 60, was indicted in 2004, and convicted and sentenced in 2005.

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    Venice officials defend day-tripper tax, but delay the decision on extending it

    Venice city officials said Friday that the day-tripper tax netted 2.4 million euros ($2.6 million) during a test phase this summer, and that decisions on how to proceed would be made in the fall after a full analysis of the data. According to the city, the 5-euro tax was paid 485,062 times over the 29 test days, mostly weekends and holidays, from April 25 to July 14. The final numbers included paper access tickets sold to bus tours, cruise ships and some tour operators, accounting for about 1,

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    Strife-torn Myanmar marks 77th anniversary of the assassination of independence hero Gen. Aung San

    Myanmar’s military government held a wreath-laying ceremony in the country’s largest city Friday to mark the anniversary of the assassination of the country’s fallen independence heroes, including Gen. Aung San, the father of the country’s ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. Neither Suu Kyi, who is imprisoned, nor Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, the current head of the army-led government, attended this year’s main ceremony at the Martyrs’ Mausoleum near the foot of the towering Shwedagon Pagoda in Y

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    Vietnam's Trong, longtime leader and advocate of 'bamboo diplomacy', dies

    Nguyen Phu Trong, the Marxist-Leninist who led Vietnam for more than a decade overseeing rapid economic growth and more recently trod a fine line in elevating ties with both China and the U.S. with his 'bamboo diplomacy', has died. For months Trong had appeared frail at public events or missed them outright and on Thursday his duties as party chief were taken over by President To Lam. Trong became the Communist Party's general secretary in 2011, a position that in one-party authoritarian Vietn

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    Inquiry finds Britain was ill-prepared for COVID-19 pandemic and failed its citizens

    The U.K. government was ill-prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic and serious errors in planning failed its citizens, an inquiry found Thursday. Retired judge Heather Hallett, who is leading the ongoing inquiry, said the government wrongly believed in 2019 that it was one of the best-prepared countries in the world for an outbreak and it anticipated the wrong pandemic — influenza. “This belief was dangerously mistaken," Hallett said in releasing her first report.

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    North Korea plans to launch major tourism site next year though it still blocks foreign tourists

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited a major tourism site being constructed on the country's eastern coast and discussed steps to open the zone by next year, state media reported Thursday, though the country still blocks visits by most foreign tourists.

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    Ursula von der Leyen reelected to a second 5-year term as European Commission president

    Lawmakers at the European Parliament on Thursday reelected Ursula von der Leyen to a second 5-year term as president of the European Union’s executive commission, giving her a comfortable majority and heading off a possible leadership vacuum. Von der Leyen raised both fists in victory as the Parliament President Roberta Metsola read out the result at the legislature. The reelection ensures leadership continuity for the 27-nation bloc as it wrestles with crises ranging from the war in Ukraine t

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    New Mexico Democrats mostly rebuff calls from Democratic governor to address high crime rates

    Democrats in the state legislative majority on Thursday resisted calls by New Mexico's governor for immediate action to address the “dangerous intersection” of crime and homelessness, shunning her proposals to enhance criminal penalties, restrict panhandling and expand involuntary detention and treatment for mental health problems. Instead, the Legislature sent the governor a solitary bill that expands pilot programs for voluntary treatment of people with severe mental illness and addiction pro

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    'One screen, two movies': Conflicting conspiracy theories emerge from the Trump rally shooting

    For some supporters of Donald Trump, the failure of the Secret Service to prevent the attempted assassination of the Republican former president points to a conspiracy orchestrated by Democratic President Joe Biden. For some of Trump's critics, however, the details of the shooting don't add up. Two dueling conspiracy theories are taking root online following Trump's attempted assassination, one for each end of America's polarized political spectrum.

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