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Cate Blanchett named goodwill ambassador for UN refugees

Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett said Monday she’s proud to have been named a global goodwill ambassador for the U.N. refugee agency. Filippo Grandi, the U.N. high commissioner for refugees, said the Australian actress “has already demonstrated great commitment to the cause,” having just returned from Jordan where she met…

Turkish Committee Clears Contentious Bill Following Brawl

Punches were thrown and water bottles were hurled, but a Turkish parliamentary committee has approved a contentious ruling-party proposal to strip legislators of their immunity from prosecution. The proposed constitutional amendment, which could pave the way for the trial of several pro-Kurdish legislators on terror-related charges, was cleared by the…

French Official Predicts US-EU Trade Deal Will Stall

WASHINGTON— A top French trade official says negotiations between the United States and the European Union on a massive trade deal are likely to grind to a halt over the United States’ reluctance to make concessions. Matthias Fekl told reporters Tuesday that the United States’ positions so far indicate that…

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DOJ: South Dakota long-term care system violates federal law

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota’s unnecessary reliance on nursing facilities to serve people with disabilities isolates those residents from their communities and violates federal law, according to the findings of a U.S. Department of Justice investigation released Monday. The investigation discovered that thousands of people who depend on the…

FBI searches property of man at center of Gardner heist case

MANCHESTER, Conn. — For the third time, the FBI on Monday searched the property of aging mobster Robert Gentile, who is linked to the investigation into the notorious 1990 theft of $500 million worth of paintings from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Late Monday afternoon, the Manchester street…