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Ibrahim Nasrallah wins Arabic book prize for dystopian novel

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Jordanian-Palestinian writer Ibrahim Nasrallah has won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction with a novel about humanity's capacity for savagery.
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle select gospel group for wedding

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle select gospel group for wedding

LONDON — Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are striking a different note with the music for their upcoming wedding, mixing gospel with choral works as the soundtrack for what they pledge will be a joyful occasion.
Mississippi defendants spend months in jail awaiting trial

Mississippi defendants spend months in jail awaiting trial

BRANDON, Miss. — Jerry Sanders has been sitting in a jail cell on a relatively minor charge of methamphetamine possession for more than a year — longer than the sentence he could get if he's convicted.
Egypt sends former anti-graft chief to prison for 5 years

Egypt sends former anti-graft chief to prison for 5 years

CAIRO — An Egyptian military court on Tuesday convicted the country's former anti-graft chief of insulting the armed forces and sentenced him to five years in prison, according to two defence lawyers.

US sales of new homes shot up 4 per cent in March

WASHINGTON — Sales of new U.S. homes jumped 4 per cent in March, propelled by a surge of buying in the West. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that sales last month were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 694,000.
Mystery grows over pro-Saudi tabloid: Embassy got sneak peek

Mystery grows over pro-Saudi tabloid: Embassy got sneak peek

WASHINGTON — It landed with a thud on newsstands at Walmart and rural supermarkets last month: Ninety-seven fawning pages saluting Saudi Arabia, whose ambitious crown prince was soon to arrive in the U.S.
A tale of 2 bats, and Babe Ruth's 60th home run in 1927

A tale of 2 bats, and Babe Ruth's 60th home run in 1927

NEW YORK — As part of its collection of Babe Ruth items, the Baseball Hall of Fame says it has the bat the slugger used to hit his then-record 60th home run in 1927. A private collector also claims to own the bat, and he's selling it at auction.
Trump's tariffs risk jobs and profits in working-class areas

Trump's tariffs risk jobs and profits in working-class areas

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's escalating dispute with China over trade and technology is threatening jobs and profits in working-class communities where his "America First" agenda hit home.
Syrian troops target IS tunnels, trenches in Damascus

Syrian troops target IS tunnels, trenches in Damascus

DAMASCUS, Syria — The Syrian government launched a new operation Tuesday targeting tunnels used by the Islamic State group in the capital, state TV said, while shelling by the extremists on a government-held neighbourhood left at least four dead.

Woman gets prison for using someone else's tainted urine

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio — An Ohio woman might want to ask some questions if she tries to borrow someone's urine again to pass a drug test.