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by August 17, 2017 General

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Van plows through crowd in Barcelona, killing about 12

BARCELONA – Van mows through crowds of tourists on Barcelona’s most famous avenue, killing about dozen people in attack that is claimed by Islamic State. (SPAIN-BARCELONA/ (UPDATE 8, PIX, TV, GRAPHIC), moving shortly, by Pilar Suarez and Andrés González, 700 words)

Fellow Republicans assail Trump after he defends Confederate monuments

BRIDGEWATER, N.J./WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump decries removal of monuments to pro-slavery Civil War Confederacy, echoing white nationalists and drawing stinging rebukes from fellow Republicans in controversy that inflames racial tensions. (USA-TRUMP/ (UPDATE 4, PIX, TV), moved, by Steve Holland and Susan Heavey, 991 words)

+ See also:

– USA-TRUMP/COHN (UPDATE 1), moved, by Steve Holland, 447 words

– USA-TRUMP/SENATE (PIX), moved, by Richard Cowan, 659 words

– USA-TRUMP/SUCCESSION (FACTBOX), moved, 640 words

U.S., Japan step up defense cooperation to counter North Korea

WASHINGTON – United States and Japan will step up their defense cooperation to deal with threat from nuclear-armed North Korea as tensions in East Asia remain high, officials from two allies say. (NORTHKOREA-MISSILES/ (WRAPUP 8, PIX, TV, GRAPHIC), moved, by Yeganeh Torbati, 940 words)

SPECIAL REPORT

How Syria continued to gas its people as the world looked on

THE HAGUE – Nearly four years after President Bashar al-Assad’s government promised to get rid of its stockpile of chemical weapons, gas attacks are still commonplace. What went wrong? (MIDEAST-CRISIS/SYRIA-CHEMICALWEAPONS (SPECIAL REPORT, PIX, GRAPHIC), moved, by Anthony Deutsch, 2,521 words)

UNITED STATES

Mylan, U.S. finalize $465 million EpiPen settlement

BOSTON – Mylan finalizes $465 million settlement resolving U.S. Justice Department claims it overcharged government for its EpiPen emergency allergy treatment, which became center of a firestorm over price increases. (MYLAN NL-EPIPEN/ (UPDATE 5, PIX), moved, by Nate Raymond, 497 words)

EXCLUSIVE-U.S. SEC officials’ holdings, legal work, pose potential conflicts

WASHINGTON – Two lawyers appointed to senior jobs at U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission have ties to major companies including financial firms Goldman Sachs Group and Wells Fargo that could complicate efforts to regulate them, according to government documents viewed by Reuters. (SEC-CONFLICTS/ (EXCLUSIVE, PIX), moved, by Pete Schroeder, 714 words)

U.S. labor market tightening; autos weigh on manufacturing

WASHINGTON – Number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits falls to near six-month low, pointing to further tightening in labor market that could encourage the Federal Reserve to lay out plan to start unwinding its massive bond portfolio. (USA-ECONOMY/ (WRAPUP 2, GRAPHIC), moved, by Lucia Mutikani, 760 words)

Facebook tests adding news stories customized to users’ interests

SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook is testing feature in Facebook News Feed that provides customized links to news on topics of interest to individual users, as company continues to search for ways to increase amount of time that people spend using world’s largest social media network. (FACEBOOK-PUBLISHING/ (PIX), moved, by David Ingram, 336 words)

ASIA

Critics cry foul as Hong Kong democracy leaders jailed

HONG KONG – Appeals court jails three leaders of Chinese-ruled city’s democracy movement for six to eight months, dealing blow to youth-led push for universal suffrage and prompting accusations of political interference. (HONGKONG-POLITICS/ (UPDATE 4, PIX, TV), moved, by Venus Wu and James Pomfret, 1,053 words)

EUROPE

Britain ‘confident’ of new phase in Brexit talks by October

LONDON – Britain says it is “confident” talks with European Union will move toward discussing their future relationship by October, in contrast to warnings from top EU negotiator that target is receding. (BRITAIN-EU/TALKS (UPDATE 4, PIX), moved, by Elizabeth Piper, 725 words)

AFRICA

South African borders on ‘red alert’ to stop Grace Mugabe fleeing

JOHANNESBURG – South African police put “red alert” on country’s borders to prevent any attempted flight by Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe, who is accused of assaulting model in Johannesburg hotel with electric cable. (SAFRICA-MUGABE/ (UPDATE 3, PIX, TV), moved, by Ed Cropley, 717 words)

SCIENCE

Citizen scientists will take to the field for U.S. eclipse

When moon passes directly in front of sun Aug. 21, casting deep shadow across United States, thousands of citizen scientists will be watching eclipse while monitoring temperature changes, animal behavior and radio signals bouncing around atmosphere. (SOLAR-ECLIPSE/USA-PROJECTS (UPDATE 1, PIX, GRAPHIC), moved, by Irene Klotz, 612 words)

+ See also:

– SOLAR-ECLIPSE/USA-HOLLYWOOD (PIX, TV), moving shortly, by Lisa Richwine, 400 words

– SOLAR-ECLIPSE/USA-TOURISM (PIX), moved, by Laura Zuckerman, 650 words

(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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