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The Latest: Southwest sought more time to inspect engines

The Latest: Southwest sought more time to inspect enginesPHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia (all times local):



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More Than 2,000 People Celebrated Pride In Mike Pence's Hometown

More Than 2,000 People Celebrated Pride In Mike Pence's HometownAn LGBTQ pride festival that started out as a high schooler's class project



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US warns more airstrikes on Syria possible

US warns more airstrikes on Syria possibleIsrael is closely monitoring the events in Syria in the aftermath of the U.S. airstrikes; David Lee Miller reports from Golan Heights, Israel near the Syrian border.



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New U.S. sanctions will hurt Washington and Europe more than Russia: lawmaker

New U.S. sanctions will hurt Washington and Europe more than Russia: lawmakerNew U.S. sanctions against Moscow will be hard for Russia but do more damage to the United States and Europe, RIA news agency cited a senior Russian lawmaker as saying on Sunday. U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said earlier on Sunday that Washington was preparing new sanctions against Russia over its support for Syrian President Bashar-al Assad.



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Barbara Bush In 'Failing Health,' Won't Seek More Medical Treatment

Barbara Bush In 'Failing Health,' Won't Seek More Medical TreatmentBarbara Bush is in failing health and will not seek additional medical



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Ex-Ambassador To Vietnam Quit Because Trump Planned To Deport More Refugees

Ex-Ambassador To Vietnam Quit Because Trump Planned To Deport More RefugeesAs deportations and detentions continue to rock the Vietnamese community in



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Oklahoma's striking teachers seek more funds, Republicans say they are done

Oklahoma's striking teachers seek more funds, Republicans say they are doneA strike by Oklahoma educators demanding more school funding extended to a 10th day on Wednesday, as the state’s Republican leaders warned they planned no further increases after approving $ 450 million in new revenue to boost teacher pay. Schools in the state’s largest metro areas serving hundreds of thousands of students remained closed the day after Republican Governor Mary Fallin signed into law two bills that raised taxes but fell short of the teachers’ demand for $ 150 million above what had already been approved. “The governor and lawmakers keep closing the door on revenue options when Oklahomans are asking for a better path forward,” said Alicia Priest, president of the Oklahoma Education Association, the state’s largest union for teachers, with about 40,000 members.



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More than 250 killed in Algerian military plane crash

More than 250 killed in Algerian military plane crashBy Hamid Ould Ahmed ALGIERS (Reuters) – More than 250 people were killed when a military plane crashed in a field outside Algeria’s capital on Wednesday, state media said, in the country’s worst air disaster. A total of 257 people were killed, most of them military, the defence ministry said. A member of Algeria’s ruling FLN party told the private Ennahar TV station the dead included 26 members of Polisario, an Algerian-backed group fighting for the independence of neighboring Western Sahara – a territory also claimed by Morocco in a long-running dispute.



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Algeria plane crash: More than 250 killed in military jet disaster

Algeria plane crash: More than 250 killed in military jet disasterThe number of people believed to have died in an Algerian military plane crash on Wednesday has risen to 257, according to state TV. The military transport plane crashed into a field shortly after take off at Boufarik airport, southwest of Algiers. Television footage showed crowds gathering around the smoking and flaming wreckage near Boufarik airport southwest of Algiers. A line of white body bags could be seen on the ground next to what media said was a Russian Ilyushin transport plane. A total of 257 people died in the crash, state TV reported. A member of Algeria’s ruling FLN party told the private Ennahar TV station the dead included 26 members of Polisario, an Algerian-backed group fighting for the independence of neighbouring Western Sahara – a territory also claimed by Morocco in a long-running dispute. The plane was heading to Tindouf, an area on Algeria’s border with Western Sahara, but crashed on the airport’s perimeter, Algeria’s defence ministry said. The jet came down close to the capital of Algiers Tindouf is home to thousands of refugees from the Western Sahara standoff, many of them Polisario supporters. UN attempts to broker a settlement have failed for years in the vast desert area, which has contested since 1975 when Spanish colonial powers left. Morocco claimed the territory while Polisario established its self-declared Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic there. Emergency services at the scene after a military plane crashed soon after take-off at Boufarik military base Credit: ENNAHAR TV/AP  Algeria’s defence ministry issued a statement expressing condolences to families of the victims. In February 2014, an Algerian Air Force Lockheed C-130 Hercules crashed in a mountainous area in eastern Algeria killing 77 passengers and leaving one survivor.



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China says conflict with Taiwan ‘more probable’ after US agrees to help Taipei build submarines

China says conflict with Taiwan ‘more probable’ after US agrees to help Taipei build submarinesA conflict between China and Taiwan is becoming "more probable" after Donald Trump agreed to help Taipei build its own submarines, Chinese media said. The US gave the go ahead for defence contractors to help Taiwan build an indigenous fleet after repeated appeals from Taiwan for help to bolster its defences against an increasingly assertive China. The decision has prompted Chinese officials to warn the US against playing the 'Taiwan card' amid an escalating trade war between the two countries. Taiwan first sought help from the US to build submarines in 1969, but Washington and European nations were reluctant to assist Taiwan in building a 12-boat fleet because of Chinese objections.  George W Bush's administration said it would help Taiwan acquire diesel electric submarines, but after little progress, Taipei launched a plan to manufacture its own submarines last year. The office of Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen thanked the US for its recent decision, while the defence ministry described the go ahead as a “breakthrough.” Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) get ready for the military parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the army at Zhurihe military training base  Credit: Reuters However, media and officials in China – which considers Taiwan a renegade province which will be reunited with the mainland – expressed anger at US interference in Taiwan. The nationalist Global Times newspaper said: "The mainland needs to continue to prepare for a possible military clash across the Straits.  "A military showdown with Taiwan is becoming more probable and may take place sooner rather than later." Liu Jieyi, the director of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, said "some Americans indeed intend to play the Taiwan card". "This will not only harm the entire Chinese people, but harm rights and interests of Taiwan compatriots," he said, according to Xiamen TV. At a glance | The One China policy Taiwan's former defence minister, Andrew Yang, told The Telegraph the ruling was “a very important first step” in a process that could take at least ten years. He said there was little surprise in Taipei over China’s negative reaction. “Beijing is always protesting US support for Taiwan in terms of providing defensive articles, particularly with regards to submarines. Submarines are more sensitive,” he said. Michael Tsai, another former defence minister, said: “China is expanding its very aggressive military activity around the Taiwan Strait and South China Sea.  "Taiwan needs to strengthen its self defence capability, including submarines, to deter China from taking further aggressive military action in this area." Members of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy stand on the Liaoning aircraft carrier as it sails into Hong Kong, china, on Friday, July 7, 2017.  Credit: Bloomberg However, the decision has not been universally welcomed in Taiwan, where there are concerns that it could provoke Beijing amid its worsening trade spat with the US. “This is the right decision at the wrong time,” said Dr Ching Chang, a former naval officer and now a research fellow at the Society for Strategic Studies. “Given the present awful situation in cross-Strait relation and US-Sino interactions regarding commercial disputes it is very hard for us to see it as a blessing and not a curse,” he said. US-China Relations | What US presidents have said on Taiwan Jason Hsu, a leading member of the Kuomintang opposition party said the decision was further sign of the US “flexing its muscles to China” amid growing tensions over trade. “This is a double-edged sword," he said.  "We do need the technology. However, at this particular time I think it would be like swallowing an unknown medicine without knowing its consequences or side-effects."   Additional reporting by Christine Wei



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