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Trump won places drowning in despair. Can he save them?

ABERDEEN, Wash. — One-hundred-fifty baskets of pink petunias hang from the light posts all over this city, watered regularly by residents trying to make their community feel alive again. A local artist spends his afternoons high in a bucket truck, painting a block-long mural of a little girl blowing bubbles, each circle the scene of an imagined, hopeful future.

Scholars: Refuse to bow down to China censorship pressure

BEIJING — Scholars are petitioning Cambridge University Press to restore more than 300 politically sensitive articles removed from its website in China after a request from authorities, underscoring concerns about freedom of speech and the Chinese government’s increasing leverage over academic organizations.

Business leaders quit Trump panel; he hits back hard

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday ripped into the four business leaders who resigned from his White House jobs panel ‚Äî the latest sign that corporate America’s romance with Trump is faltering after his equivocal response to violence by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.

North Korea says it released Canadian detainee

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — North Korea said Wednesday it released a Canadian pastor who has been serving a life sentence since 2015 for alleged anti-state activities over health reasons.

Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency said that Hyeon Soo Lim was released on “sick bail” following a decision by the country’s Central Court. The agency didn’t provide further details.

Children in war-torn Ukraine learn the art of war

KIEV, Ukraine — Instead of swimming and playing volleyball, hundreds of children in war-torn Ukraine have spent this summer assembling Kalashnikov rifles and mastering the art of war.

As the deadly conflict in eastern Ukraine entered its third year, some parents here are anxious to make sure their children are ready to fight pro-Russia rebels.

Prince Philip, 96, to bid adieu to solo charity appearances

LONDON — For over 65 years, he has been the unwavering presence alongside Britain’s longest-serving monarch, the consummate consort and royal representative.

On Wednesday Prince Philip will make his 22,219th and final solo public engagement. He will be meeting Royal Marines who have completed a 1,664-mile (2,678-kilometre) trek to raise money for charity.

Prince Philip, 96, retires after decades of memorable gaffes

LONDON — At the age of 96, Britain’s Prince Philip is retiring from solo official duties. Over the decades he has become renowned for his stalwart support of his wife, Queen Elizabeth II ‚Äî and his blunt and sometimes offensive remarks. Here are a few of his memorable quotes:1969:”What do you gargle with, pebbles?” ‚Äî to singer Tom Jones.

Transgender soldier fears life setback after Trump’s tweet

BERATZHAUSEN, Germany — The U.S. Army soldier took a deep breath before hitting the button that sent the email to more than 200 fellow troops.

“All considered, I am, and have been, traversing what is essentially a personal matter, but is something I must address publicly,” the email stated. “I am transgender.”