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Phonetic Clues Hint Language Is Africa-Born

Languages Grew From a Seed in Africa, a Study Says A researcher analyzing the sounds in languages spoken around the world has detected an ancient signal that points to southern Africa as the place where modern human language originated. The finding fits well with the evidence from fossil skulls and […]

Gorsuch's nomination went through a Senate Committee on Monday
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Republicans go ‘nuclear’ to ram through Trump’s Supreme court nominee

Republicans have taken the historic step of changing US Senate rules in order to ram through confirmation of President Trump’s Supreme Court pick. They invoked the “nuclear option” after Democrats used a tactic known as a filibuster for the first time in half a century to block the nominee. Denver […]

Relatives of victims looked on as the bodies were recovered
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Pakistan shrine: 20 murdered at Sufi shrine in Punjab

At least 20 people have been murdered and others wounded at a Sufi shrine near the city of Sargodha, in Pakistan’s Punjab province, police say. Deputy police commissioner Liaquat Ali Chatta said the main suspect was the shrine’s custodian, Abdul Waheed. The shrine was run by a Sufi saint, Muhammad […]

Rescue workers searched among the rubble and fallen trees
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Colombia landslide: Over 250 confirmed dead, hundreds missing

Colombia’s security forces say they are searching for hundreds of missing people after heavy mudslides left at least 254 dead. About 1,100 soldiers and police are involved in the rescue effort. Heavy rain flooded the city of Mocoa in the country’s south-west with mud and rocks, burying whole neighbourhoods and […]

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“Trumpcare” collapses in Congress

US President Donald Trump has withdrawn his healthcare bill after it failed to gain enough support to pass in Congress. House Speaker Paul Ryan said he and Mr Trump agreed to pull the vote, after it became apparent it would not get the minimum of 215 Republican votes needed. The […]

President Trump listens with German Chancellor Angela Merkel by his side during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House on March 17. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)
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President Trump faces his hardest truth: He was wrong

On the 60th day of his presidency came the hardest truth for Donald Trump. He was wrong. James B. Comey — the FBI director whom Trump celebrated on the campaign trail as a gutsy and honorable “Crooked Hillary” truth-teller — testified under oath Monday what many Americans had already assumed: […]

President Trump has shown himself to be a proponent of do-it-yourself communications, confident in his ability to shape the story. Credit T.J. Kirkpatrick for The New York Times
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Trump’s Weary Defenders Face Fresh Worries

WASHINGTON — President Trump began Monday as he has started so many other presidential mornings — by unleashing a blistering Twitter attack on critics who suggested his 2016 campaign colluded with the Russians. By the afternoon the director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey, had systematically demolished his arguments in […]

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia last month. In 2005, she became the first woman to be elected president of an African country. Credit Seyllou/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
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How Liberian Women Delivered Africa’s First Female President

MONROVIA, Liberia — Bernice Freeman was chatting with some market women, trying to explain why it was so important that they leave their food stalls to vote for the first woman to be elected president of an African country, when she noticed some boys laughing nearby, waving something white. It […]

Khalid Adem in 2006. Credit Jason Braverman/Gwinnett Daily Post, via Associated Press
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Father Imprisoned for Genital Cutting Is Deported to Ethiopia

A man who in 2006 became the first person in the United States to be convicted of female genital cutting was deported on Monday to his home country, Ethiopia, after serving 10 years in prison, federal authorities said. The man, Khalid Adem, 41, used scissors to remove the clitoris of […]

Ban is expected to affect airlines from 13 countries
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US to ban electronics on flights from 13 countries

Passengers travelling from up to a dozen countries will be barred from carrying most electronic devices on US-bound flights, officials tell US media. Airlines from certain countries in the Middle East and Africa will require passengers heading to the US to check laptops and tablets in the hold. The directive […]