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Man shot dead at Paris airport wasn't on terror list...Secretary of state visits China...Trump agrees to Medicaid curbs

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 18, 2017 at 6:47 a.m.



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PARIS (AP) — Paris authorities digging deeper into the background of a man shot dead by soldiers at Orly Airport say he hadn't made any lists of suspected terrorists. The Paris prosecutor's office said he was 39 and had a record of robbery and drug offenses, but he didn't appear in a French government database of people considered potential threats to national security. Soldiers shot him after he wrestled one of their colleagues to the ground and tried to steal her rifle. Thousands of travelers were evacuated and at least 15 flights were diverted from Orly to the other Paris airport, Charles de Gaulle.

BEIJING (AP) — The latest leg of his Asia trip finds U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Beijing for his first face-to-face talks with Chinese leaders. He's expected to focus a lot of his time on North Korea's nuclear program, trade and South China Sea territorial disputes. In South Korea on Friday, he warned that pre-emptive military action against North Korea might be necessary if the threat from their weapons program becomes too great.

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans hope for a showdown vote Thursday on their version of a health care overhaul. President Donald Trump has agreed to add fresh Medicaid curbs to the bill but some conservatives say it's still not enough. Over in the Senate, four Republicans have announced their opposition, making the bill's future uncertain.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump isn't backing away an inch from his unproven accusation that Barack Obama wiretapped his phones. He's also sidestepped any blame for the White House decision to highlight an unverified report that Britain helped carry out the alleged surveillance. The British connection came from a Fox News analyst. The British agency denied the charges in a rare public statement, saying the report was "utterly ridiculous."

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says Pope Francis will pay an official visit to the majority Muslim nation during the final week of April. Presidential spokesman Alaa Youssef says the pope's visit will be in response to an invitation extended by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who met Francis when he visited the Vatican in late 2014. He says Egypt hopes the visit will cement the "spirit of tolerance and dialogue" between followers of different faiths and further isolate extremism.

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