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US-Saudi relations imperiled by journalist’s disappearance

WASHINGTON — Sword dancers. Gleaming palaces. Military jets streaming red, white and blue trails.

President Donald Trump soaked up the grandeur of Saudi Arabia on his first foreign stop as president last year and envisioned huge benefits for the United States in building closer ties with the repressive and oil-rich desert kingdom.

Scientists fear non-pest insects in decline

OXFORD, Pa.—A staple of summer—swarms of bugs—seems to be a thing of the past.

And that's got scientists worried.

Pesky mosquitoes, disease-carrying ticks, crop-munching aphids, and cockroaches are doing just fine. But the more beneficial flying insects of summer—native bees, moths, butterflies, ladybugs, lovebugs, mayflies, and fireflies—appear to be less abundant.

North Korea’s offer of concessions comes with a catch for US

WASHINGTON — A better-than-expected outcome of the summit between the two Koreas immediately kick-started stalled negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang, boosting President Donald Trump’s high-stakes push to get the North to give up its nuclear weapons by the end of his first term in office.

First moon passenger to invite guests

LOS ANGELES—After announcing that he'll take the first-ever commercial rocket trip around the moon, Yusaku Maezawa said he wants company for the week-long journey.

The Japanese billionaire said he plans to invite six-eight artists, architects, designers, and other creative people to join him on board the SpaceX rocket “to inspire the dreamer in all of us.”

Russia blames Israel for shooting down of plane off Syria

MOSCOW — A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was brought down by a Syrian missile over the Mediterranean, killing all 15 people on board, the Russian defence ministry said Tuesday. It blamed Israel for the crash, saying the plane was caught in the crossfire as four Israeli fighters attacked targets in northwestern Syria.