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Poached rhino spoils Kate Middleton, William's India trip

GAUHATI, India — Greeted by a Bhutanese girl and boy with bouquets of flowers, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived on a windy Thursday morning in Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan for a daylong visit at the invitation of its king and queen. Prince William and his wife, the former Kate Middleton, stepped from their jet onto the airport tarmac in the picturesque hilltop resort town of Paro and a

9 dead in massive earthquake across southern Japan

TOKYO — At least nine people were killed and 761 injured by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake Thursday night that toppled houses and buckled roads in southern Japan, the government’s chief spokesman said. Yoshihide Suga said he would visit the area Friday to assess the damage. He said 1,600 soldiers had been deployed, and TV reports showed some delivering blankets and adult diapers to the thousands of people who took shelter

President Obama's legacy is death from drones

President Obama is reportedly considering visiting Hiroshima next month. If he does, he’ll be the only sitting U.S. president to visit the site of the first use of atomic weapons. Here is what I hope he’ll say: Today, we gather at a somber place — Ground Zero for the first atomic bomb. The U.S. attack on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945 and the one in Nagasaki three days later, killed

Putin promises economic rebound during annual call-in show

Mixing wry jokes with economic statistics, Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to reassure the nation during his annual marathon call-in TV show Thursday, promising that its troubled economy will rebound and vowing to make other countries take account of Russia’s interests. Putin answered questions from adults and children from around the country during the highly scripted event, which he used to burnish his image as a strong leader who protects

Inky the octopus escapes from New Zealand aquarium

New Zealand’s National Aquarium, the pen from which Inky escaped. Inky the octopus made a run for it. A clever and conniving octopus at the National Aquarium in New Zealand saw its chance for freedom and seized it — slithering out of its tank and disappearing days ago, thus far not to be seen again. Aquarium staffers said Inky appears to have vanished in the middle of the night, taking

Caravaggio painting found in attic could be worth $135M

PARIS — A 400-year-old picture that might have been painted by Italian master Caravaggio has been found in an attic in southern France. Eric Turquin, the French expert who retrieved the painting two years ago, said it is in an exceptional state of conservation and estimated its value at 120 million euros (about $ 135 million), even though he acknowledged experts disagree about its authenticity. Called “Judith Beheading Holofernes,” it

ISIS threatens Clinton aide Huma Abedin, Muslim assemblyman

Andrew Theodorakis/Getty Images Huma Abedin married then U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner in 2010 in a ceremony that was presided over by former president Bill Clinton. An ISIS propaganda publication is threatening a top Hillary Clinton aide and other moderate Muslims. The magazine singled out longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin and U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) as “politically active apostates” who “involve themselves in the politics of the kufr,” meaning disbelievers,