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U.S. readies red carpet for communist chief

Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong doesn’t hold an official government post, but it’s not surprising that he’ll meet with President Barack Obama during his visit to the United States this week.

Saudi Arabia planning local currency bonds sale

Saudi Arabia, the country with the world’s lowest debt-to-GDP ratio, is evaluating the sale of local currency bonds to bridge a budget deficit after oil prices slumped, according to three people with knowledge of the plan.

China to create $19B fund to support stock market

More than two dozen companies in China are postponing initial public offerings and security companies are pledging more than $19 billion for a fund to stabilize the country’s free-falling stock market.

Williamses renew rivalry – Venus eyes Serena Slam

With her heart racing as she stood two points from defeat in her third-round match at Wimbledon, Serena Williams looked in serious danger of missing out on a 26th on-court date with older sister Venus.

Williamses renew rivalry – Venus eyes Serena Slam

With her heart racing as she stood two points from defeat in her third-round match at Wimbledon, Serena Williams looked in serious danger of missing out on a 26th on-court date with older sister Venus.

Williams seals bronze for England

A 108th-minute penalty kick by Fara Williams gave England their first ever win over top ranked Germany and a third place finish at the Women’s World Cup Saturday.

Happy Hamilton a home winner again

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton soaked up the energy of a roaring home crowd to win the British Grand Prix for the second year in a row Sunday and forge 17 points clear of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.

Double Jamaican sprint delight

Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce made up for the absence of injured Usain Bolt by storming to double 100-meter glory in the Diamond League meet in Paris Saturday.

Mountaineering marks 150th anniversary

A literary critic, a judge and an explorer were among a tiny group of wealthy Britons who conquered the Alps’ highest peaks 150 years ago, never expecting their “gentlemen’s” hobby would morph into a worldwide sport.

In this together 

I was ripped off last week, hustled into buying overpriced goods I really didn’t want or need. Did it bother me? Not a bit.

Some newer cars burn too much oil

Newer cars aren’t supposed to need more oil between oil changes, but Consumer Reports found that some engines – mainly from Audi, BMW and Subaru – require an extra quart as often as once a month.

Billy Joel marries in surprise wedding

U.S. pop legend Billy Joel married longtime girlfriend Alexis Roderick in a surprise wedding Saturday, popping their nuptials on unsuspecting guests at a July 4 holiday party, the singer’s publicist said.

Giving the traditional abaya a modern twist 

With the surge of ever-changing global fashion trends, the Arabian abaya has struggled to keep up, but several cutting-edge Lebanese designers are doing their part to make the traditional garment “trendy” again.

Marvel’s Ant-Man plays big for the silver screen

Marvel brings its latest superhero offering to the silver screen in “Ant-Man,” with Paul Rudd, known for his roles in popular comedies, portraying a thief who has the power to shrink in size but grow in power.