American consumers are holding up the global economy. Some worry it might not last.

As a number of signs point to a possible downturn in the United States, economists are growing more skeptical that consumers will continue to open up their wallets as freely, possibly hastening the arrival of the first U.S. recession in a decade.

Islamic State claims suicide attack on Kabul wedding that killed 63

The attack goes to the heart of the Afghan capital’s entertainment scene, which revolves around massive weddings.

Hong Kong protesters defy threats from Beijing and heavy rain for yet another huge march 

This is now the 11th week of protests, which are reaching what demonstrators believe to be a tipping point amid an intensifying crackdown.
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With unswerving loyalty, the 33-year-old senior adviser has singular control of an issue central to Donald Trump's presidency and is writing the main plot.

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Unpaid medical bills are among the leading causes of personal debt and bankruptcy in the United States, and what’s happening in rural areas such as Butler County, Mo., is a main reason why.
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