White House rejects Turkey’s offer for pastor’s release: report

(CNN)The White House has rejected a Turkish offer to release an American pastor in exchange for forgiveness of billions of dollars in US fines on a Turkish bank, expressing that other matters would be considered only after Andrew Brunson is released, a senior administration official told The Wall Street Journal.…

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Eco-friendly open-air urinals cause uproar in Paris

(CNN)An attempt by officials in Paris to tackle public urination by installing open-air urinals, or “uritrottoirs,” has outraged some residents of the French capital. Officials say the urinals are eco-friendly — they will harness nutrients in waste to produce compost for parks and gardens. According to the statement, one year…

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Primaries in Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin: What to watch

(CNN)Tuesday’s primaries in Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin set up some of the most crucial races in November’s midterm election. Democrats are on the offensive in the Badger State, hoping to nominate a candidate to finally defeat Governor Scott Walker (R) and prove that Wisconsin’s 2016 vote for Trump did…

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Trump administration slaps more sanctions on Russia after Skripal poisonings

Washington (CNN)The Trump administration will impose more sanctions on Russia under a chemical and biological warfare law following the poisoning of a former Russian agent and his daughter in the UK earlier this year, the State Department announced Wednesday. The first set of sanctions targets certain items the US exports…

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