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Head of popular girl band leads N Korean team to S Korea

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Seoul, Jan 21 (AP) - The head of a hugely popular North Korean girl band crossed the heavily fortified border into South Korea on Sunday to check preparations for an art troupe she also leads during next month's Winter Olympics.
Appearing live on South Korean television, Hyon Song Wol didn't speak when she walked past a crowd of re-porters, onlookers and a barrage of camera flashes before boarding an express train at Seoul's railway station for the eastern city of Gangneung, where her art...
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Shutdown is first since 2013, but not exceptional

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Washington, Jan 20 (AP) - President Donald Trump and Congress failed to reach an agreement on a spending plan by midnight Friday, triggering a partial shutdown of the federal government. Government shutdowns are unusual but not unheard of. The government has partially shut down three times in the...
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US and Pakistan clash at UN over Afghanistan

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United Nations, Jan 20 (AP) - The United States urged Pakistan on Friday not to give sanctuary to "terrorist organizations" - and Pakistan demanded that the Trump administration address safe havens inside Afghanistan and its income from the narcotics trade.
The exchange took place Friday at a...
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‘Watching my family burn’ Woman frantic after copter crash

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Raton, Jan 20 (AP) - Andra Cobb was frantic when she called for help, telling an emergency operator that a helicopter she was riding in with her father, longtime partner and others had crashed in a remote part of New Mexico and that she was watching her "family burn."
Police released 911...
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4 pressing questions ahead of Tuesday’s Oscar nominations

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New York, Jan 20 (AP) - Oscar nominations balloting might be finished but Hollywood's "Me Too" moment has kept right on going.
When Academy Awards nominations are announced Tuesday morning, it might be a brief, celebratory reprieve for an industry enflamed by sexual harassment scandals and gender...
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