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Kim looks thinner, health concerns SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The health of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has long been a source of morbid fascination in rival South Korea, which sits in the shadow of Kim’s 1.2-million-strong army and his growing arsenal of nuclear-armed missiles. Has he gained even more weight? Is he struggling for breath after relatively short walks? What about that cane? Why did he miss that important state anniversary? Now,…
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China set to send 1st crew to new space station Thursday

By SAM McNEIL The Associated Press JIUQUAN, China — The three members of the first crew to be sent to China’s space station say they’re eager to get to work making their home for the next three months habitable, setting up testing and experiments and preparing for a series of spacewalks. The three met with reporters today from inside a germ-free glassed-in room, hours before they were to blast off on Thursday morning. “First of…
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Eschler named to ESC dean’s list

Eschler named to ESC dean’s list SARATOGA SPRINGS — Erinn Eschler of Gloversville, was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at the State University of New York Empire State College undergraduate students. Eschler is is working toward a bachelor’s degree in human services) and had a grade point average of 4.0. She is a full-time employee at the Rob Constantine Recovery Community and Outreach Center. The dean’s list recognizes the academic achievement…
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Palestinians flee as Israeli artillery strikes northern Gaza

By FARES AKRAM and JOSEPH KRAUSS The Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Palestinian families grabbed their children and belongings and fled neighborhoods on the outskirts of Gaza City today as Israel unleashed heavy artillery fire at what it said was a large network of militant tunnels ahead of a possible ground invasion. Israel has massed troops along the border and called up 9,000 reservists as fighting intensifies with the Islamic militant group Hamas,…
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Satellites show world’s glaciers melting faster than ever

BY SETH BORENSTEIN The Associated Press Glaciers are melting faster, losing 31 percent more snow and ice per year than they did 15 years earlier, according to three-dimensional satellite measurements of all the world’s mountain glaciers. Scientists blame human-caused climate change. Using 20 years of recently declassified satellite data, scientists calculated that the world’s 220,000 mountain glaciers are losing more than 328 billion tons of ice and snow per year since 2015, according to a…
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‘Clean out our insides’: Ethiopia detains Tigrayans amid war

By CARA ANNA The Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya — Ethiopia has swept up thousands of ethnic Tigrayans into detention centers across the country on accusations that they are traitors, often holding them for months and without charges, the AP has found. The detentions, mainly but not exclusively of military personnel, are an apparent attempt to purge state institutions of the Tigrayans who once dominated them, as the government enters its sixth month of fighting in…
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