TALLAHASSEE — Seven days after the killing of 17 students and school staff members in Florida, Republican state leaders are facing pressure unlike any they have experienced before to pass legislation addressing gun violence. On Wednesday, swarms of student protesters carrying signs and boxes of petitions stormed the Florida Capitol, pleading with lawmakers to pass […]

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was released by police on Thursday less than an hour after he was detained in Moscow. Navalny tweeted that he had been released and given a document on legal procedures against him for organising unsanctioned protests. “I don’t know what it was and why seven people detained me,” Navalny tweeted.

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Billy Graham, a charismatic American evangelist, died Wednesday at age 99. He was often known as “America’s pastor,” but his influence extended around the world, and he was well known for traveling to poor nations and international war zones as well as taking positions on contentious foreign-policy issues. One of Graham’s most significant foreign trips […]

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A man died by suicide after attempting to throw a grenade over the walls of the U.S. Embassy early Thursday in Montenegro’s capital of Podgorica, Montenegrin police said. The grenade appeared to have gone off as it was thrown into the air, and the man was found dead 100 feet from the embassy’s wall, according […]

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Faced with a furious crowd of Florida students demanding a renewed ban on assault weapons, Republican senator Marco Rubio offered one concession after another. He said he supported legislation to raise the legal age to purchase a rifle to 21 from 18. He said he supported a law to create gun violence restraining orders, which […]

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JOHANNESBURG — Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday was sworn in as South Africa’s new president after the resignation of Jacob Zuma, whose scandals brought the storied African National Congress to its weakest point since taking power at the end of apartheid. “I will try very hard not to disappoint the people of South Africa,” Ramaphosa said […]

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ANKARA, Turkey — The specter of a U.S.-Turkish clash in Syria loomed over Thursday’s meeting between the top American diplomat and Turkey’s leader as the two NATO allies scrambled to ease some of their worst tensions in years. Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is fuming over U.S. assistance to Kurdish fighters near his country’s border. […]

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LONDON — Activists for victims of a deadly London high-rise fire have taken inspiration from an Academy Award-nominated film to press for more action by police. Three mobile billboards were driven through the British capital Thursday on behalf of the Justice 4 Grenfell campaign. The group was set up after fire ravaged the Grenfell Tower […]

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WASHINGTON — On the campaign trail Donald Trump said he wanted to keep the detention center at Guantanamo Bay open and “load it up with some bad dudes.” But President Trump may actually oversee a slight decrease in the population. Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Haza al-Darbi, a 42-year-old Saudi citizen who has been held at the […]

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