FACT CHECK: Trump’s hyped claims on economy, NKorea, vets

In thisJKuly 27, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump speaks about the economy at the White House in Washington.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump received positive economic news this past week and twisted it out of proportion. That impulse ran through days of rhetoric as he hailed the success of a veterans program that hasn’t started and saw progress with North Korea that isn’t evident to his top diplomat.

Science Says: Record heat, fires worsened by climate change

A man cools off in a water mist along the Las Vegas Strip, Thursday, July 26, 2018, in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas valley is in it's third day of a an excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Heat waves are setting all-time temperature records across the globe, again. Europe suffered its deadliest fire in more than a century, and one of nearly 90 large fires in the U.S. West burned dozens of homes and forced the evacuation of at least 37,000 people near Redding, California. Flood-inducing downpours have pounded the U.S. East this week.

Matabeleland massacre haunts Zimbabwe’s elections

In this Tuesday, July 24, 2018 photo, the remains of Julius Mvulo Nyathi lie on a table at the Solidarity Peace Trust offices in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Nyathi, who was killed over 30 years ago by Zimbabwean soldiers during the Matabeleland Massacres, was exhumed earlier in 2018 and is scheduled to receive a proper reburial Aug. 4, 2018. Shari Eppel, director of the Solidarity Peace Trust, said many in Matabeleland say the region is haunted by "angry dead." “The angry dead are the people buried in the wrong place and who haven’t had the right rituals at the time of their murder and burial." (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

SIMBUMBUMBU, Zimbabwe (AP) — Thirty-four years later, Ellis Ndlovu still cannot bear to look at the tree in the schoolyard where Zimbabwean soldiers killed her son.

Lebanon’s cannabis heartland, Bekaa, hopes for legalization

In this Monday, July 23, 2018, photo, a man removes dirt and dry leaves in a cannabis field in the village of Yammoune, 25 kilometers (about 15 miles) northwest of the town of Baalbek in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. In the fields of this quiet village surrounded by mountains, men and women work on removing dirt and dry leaves around cannabis plants from which many people in this eastern region make a living. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

YAMMOUNE, Lebanon (AP) — In the fields of this quiet village surrounded by mountains, men and women work clearing dirt and dry leaves from around cannabis plants, a major source of livelihoods in this impoverished corner of Lebanon,

Central Americans have few legal pathways to U.S.

Martha Santamaria poses for photos Friday, July 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. Santamaria went out of her way to help her sister come to the U.S. legally to escape violence and civil war in her native El Salvador. The process took 16 years. Immigrants who are heeding the calls of President Donald Trump and other conservatives to come here legally are encountering few options for such a pathway in a country whose immigration system is notoriously complex and backlogged. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Maria Santamaria made sure to follow the U.S. immigration rules.

Support for Endangered Species Act remains high

FILE - This Feb. 27, 2016, file photo provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, from a remote camera set by biologist Chris Stermer, shows a wolverine in the Tahoe National Forest near Truckee, Calif. Changes proposed by the Trump administration to the U.S. government's endangered species program would end automatic protections for species listed as threatened, which advocates say could harm the wolverine. (Chris Stermer/California Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP, file)

(THE CONVERSATION) — The Endangered Species Act, or “the Act,” is arguably the most important law in the United States for conserving biodiversity and arresting the extinction of species.

Americans in blended families cope with toll of deportation

Steve Stegall shares the phone with his stepdaughter, Jennifer Tadeo-Uscanga, while making a video call with his wife and Jennifer's mother, Letty Stegall, at their Kansas City, Mo., home on Thursday, May 24, 2018. Stegall lived in the United States for 20 years but was deported back to Mexico in March, leaving the pair to fill the void left by her absence. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

BOCA DEL RÍO, Mexico (AP) — It’s almost as if Letty Stegall is there, back home in the United States, beside her daughter to prod her awake for school. When her husband goes to the grocery store, she fusses over the list with him. At the bar she helped run, she still gives regulars a warm welcome, and around the dinner table at night, she beams when she sees what her family managed to cook.

FACT CHECK: Trump’s week of unreal claims on Russia, NATO

In this July 13, 2018, photo, U.S. President Donald Trump with Queen Elizabeth II, inspects the Guard of Honour at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a week of bewilderment over what President Donald Trump really thinks about Russian interference in the U.S. election and what he and Russia’s Vladimir Putin told each other in their private meeting. The confusion was fed by Trump’s vacillating statements about the summit.

Eritrean diaspora watches Ethiopia thaw with hope, mistrust

File - In this Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, file photo, Eritrean migrants wear chains to mimic slaves at a demonstration against the Israeli government's policy to forcibly deport African refugees and asylum seekers from Israel to Uganda and Rwanda, outside the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem. Hebrew signs read, "no for deportation, Rwanda equal to death" and "slaves for sale." (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The sudden thaw between longtime enemies Eritrea and Ethiopia is opening up a world of possibilities for the neighboring countries’ residents: new economic and diplomatic ties, telephone and transport links and the end to one of Africa’s most bitter feuds.



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