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Elton John, Erivo, Menzel, Metz among Oscar performers

Elton John, Erivo, Menzel, Metz among Oscar performers

LOS ANGELES — The singers from five Oscar-nominated songs will reprise their performances live at next month's Academy Awards.
Taylor Swift shakes Sundance with revealing documentary

Taylor Swift shakes Sundance with revealing documentary

PARK CITY, Utah — The normally private Taylor Swift premiered an intimate documentary Thursday at the Sundance Film Festival in which the pop star discloses a past eating disorder, chronicles her inner battle over speaking forthrightly about politics
Social controls, SARS experience help China close off cities

Social controls, SARS experience help China close off cities

BEIJING — Cutting off access to entire cities with millions of residents to stop a new virus outbreak is a step few countries other than China would consider, but it is made possible by the ruling Communist Party’s extensive social controls and exper
Despite renewed strikes, France pushes on with pension plan

Despite renewed strikes, France pushes on with pension plan

PARIS — Women workers danced in protest and striking Eiffel Tower employees shuttered France's most famed monument Friday — but the government pushed ahead anyway with a troubled bill redesigning the national retirement system.
US Vice-President Pence to Pope Francis: you made me a hero

US Vice-President Pence to Pope Francis: you made me a hero

VATICAN CITY — U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence told Pope Francis, “You made me a hero" back home by granting him a private audience at the Vatican on Friday. The pontiff and the vice-president had a private hour-long conservation.
Death toll from storm in Spain reaches 12, more missing

Death toll from storm in Spain reaches 12, more missing

MADRID — Authorities in Spain say the death toll from a storm that devastated the eastern part of the country this week has risen to at least 12 with rescuers searching for several missing persons.
Mexico sees rise in gangs, vigilantes recruiting children

Mexico sees rise in gangs, vigilantes recruiting children

MEXICO CITY — One day after a vigilante group revealed that it was using children as young as 8 as “recruits” for armed defence patrols, Mexico's president said Thursday that drug cartels too are recruiting ever-younger kids.
Philippine leader threatens to end US pact over ally's visa

Philippine leader threatens to end US pact over ally's visa

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine president has renewed a threat to terminate an accord that allows American forces to train in the country unless Washington restored a visa of a political ally linked to human rights violations.

Book reveals 2 fathers linked by grief to 2015 Paris attacks

PARIS — Lola Salines happily accepted the last-minute concert ticket from a friend the night of Nov. 13, 2015.
Trump vs. Bloomberg: Fortunes collide in pricey knife fight

Trump vs. Bloomberg: Fortunes collide in pricey knife fight

NEW YORK — They are circling each other like wary boxers, with taunts on Twitter, snarky asides and belittling descriptions.