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1.7-billion-year-old chunk of North America found stuck to Australia

Geologists matching rocks from opposite sides of the globe have found that part of Australia was once attached to North America 1.7 billion years ago. Researchers from Curtin University in Australia examined rocks from the Georgetown region of northern Queensland. The rocks — sandstone sedimentary rocks that formed in a shallow sea — had signatures […]

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Worry, anger over U.S. Mideast stance as Pence lauds Israel

JERUSALEM — Vice President Mike Pence continued his visit to Israel on Tuesday with events emphasizing the Trump administration’s strong backing of Israel in the decades-old dispute in the heart of the Middle East. Pence is the first senior Trump administration official to visit the region following President Trump’s landmark decision to recognize Jerusalem as […]

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Pence moves up timing for Jerusalem embassy move

JERUSALEM — Vice President Mike Pence addressed the Israeli Knesset, or parliament, on Monday, strongly reaffirming the United States’ unwavering commitment to its Middle Eastern ally and lauding his boss, President Donald Trump, for righting “a 70-year wrong” with his contentious decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital city of the Jewish state. Pence told […]

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Scientists up alert level as volcano fires a warning blast

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines’ most active volcano exploded thunderously Monday, sending a huge gray column of lava fragments, ash and steam into the sky and prompting authorities to warn that a violent eruption may be imminent. The noontime explosion sent superheated lava, molten rocks and steam cascading down Mount Mayon’s slopes and shrouded nearby […]