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Russia set to move closer to decriminalize domestic violence

In Russia, giving one's spouse a slap is nothing extraordinary for many people. This week, the Russian parliament is expected to take a step closer toward decriminalizing it altogether. Battery is a criminal offense in Russia, but nearly 20 percent of Russians openly say they think it is sometimes...

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    Trump's D.C. hotel a hub of inaugural activity and ethics questions

    Red, white and blue balloons rained down over crystal chandeliers in the soaring atrium of the Trump International Hotel at midnight Friday — "a new inaugural tradition," its social media account promised. But while President Donald Trump's hotel in Washington did serve as a hub of inaugural activities,...

  • Pope Francis: I'll judge President Trump after we see what he does

    Pope Francis: I'll judge President Trump after we see what he does

    Pope Francis says he'll wait to see what U.S. President Donald Trump does before forming an opinion about him. In an interview published Saturday evening by Spanish newspaper El Pais, Francis says he doesn't like "judging people early. We'll see what Trump does." Asked about populist-style political...

  • 12 people likely dead after central China landslide

    12 people likely dead after central China landslide

    Authorities in China say 12 people are likely dead inside a hotel overrun by a landslide. State media reported that rescuers have not detected signs of life from 10 people who were trapped underneath rocks and debris after the Friday night landslide in Hunan province. The official Xinhua News Agency...

  • Search intensifies for 23 missing in avalanche-destroyed hotel in Italy

    Search intensifies for 23 missing in avalanche-destroyed hotel in Italy

    The strain showed on Fabio Salzetta's face. The maintenance worker at the luxury Hotel Rigopiano who escaped being buried under the deadly avalanche because he had gone to check the boiler told Italian media Saturday that he called for hours to find survivors, but no one responded. The scene, he...

  • I reported on Obama longer than anyone else. Here's what I learned.

    I reported on Obama longer than anyone else. Here's what I learned.

    This new guy named Barack Obama was speaking forcefully, delivering one of his first speeches as an Illinois lawmaker with such eloquence that I turned up the volume on the squawk box that carried his voice from the Senate floor to my press room office one floor below. “Who’s that?” I asked the...

  • 'Is God mad?' Mississippi tornado wreaks havoc; kills 4

    'Is God mad?' Mississippi tornado wreaks havoc; kills 4

    Rain was pouring down in the pre-dawn darkness, and the wind was picking up as Darryl McMorris ran for his daughters' bedroom. The windows started blowing out as he dove on top of his girls, grabbing one under each arm as he tried to protect them. "As soon as I did that it seemed like we were flying...

  • Bogus bongs or bogus lawsuits? Pipe maker sues over fakes

    Bogus bongs or bogus lawsuits? Pipe maker sues over fakes

    In the rarefied world of high-end bong makers, Roor glass water pipes have long been smoked to impress. The status symbols are so sought after that some models command prices of $1,000. There's even a diamond-studded, gold-gilded Roor that goes for nearly $4,000. Both marijuana and the tools used...

  • Prime Minister Netanyahu probed for excessive gift consumption and media manipulation

    Prime Minister Netanyahu probed for excessive gift consumption and media manipulation

    Night after night over the past two weeks, at the top of the evening news hour, Channel 2 investigative reporter Guy Peleg has read aloud from leaked transcripts of secret recordings of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The revelations have dominated the news cycles - centered on alleged negotiations...

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