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19 March 2017

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  • Reuters
    Syrian forces and rebels fight fierce clashes in northeast Damascus

    By Ellen Francis and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian rebels launched a major offensive on Sunday that brought them close to the heart of the Old City of Damascus, and government forces responded with intense bombardments of rebel-held areas. The escalation, reported by witnesses

  • Reuters
    Mexico drug war investigators unearth 47 more skulls in mass graves

    Investigators unearthed the skulls of 47 more suspected victims of Mexico’s drug war in Veracruz state, just days after uncovering 250 skulls at a separate mass grave used by drug cartels, the state’s attorney general said on Sunday. Veracruz, on Mexico’s Gulf coast, has long been a stomping

  • Norway unseats Denmark as world's happiest country: report
    Reuters
    Norway unseats Denmark as world’s happiest country: report

    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) – Norway displaced Denmark as the world’s happiest country in a new report released on Monday that called on nations to build social trust and equality to improve the wellbeing of their citizens. The Nordic nations are the most content, according to the World

  • Christian Science Monitor
    What Judge Gorsuch (and the rest of us) can expect at his confirmation hearing

    A whole 13 months after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia left a vacancy on the Supreme Court, the Senate will hold confirmation hearings starting on Monday to probe the judge nominated to replace him. “It’s a fascinating process because clearly he has strengths in intellect and articulateness that

  • Christian Science Monitor
    In conflicts, faith leaders must often stay above

     If faith leaders take sides in a conflict, do they give up any possible role as a trusted mediator? The North African country, which had a budding democracy in 2011 after ousting dictator Muammar Qaddafi, is fast descending into violent chaos. Libya is no backwater country whose internal strife can

  • Christian Science Monitor
    Will Steve King’s immigrant comments keep wary tourists out of Iowa?

    A travel boycott of Iowa could have serious economic impact on the state, which takes in around $8 billion a year in tourism revenue, according to state officials. Last week, staffers grappled with an unwieldy influx of correspondence following Representative King’s retweet of a post endorsing Geert

  • Christian Science Monitor
    Meals on Wheels receives massive donations following proposed budget cut. Will it matter?

    Following Thursday’s White House budget proposal release, Meals on Wheels, a nonprofit organization that delivers food to elderly isolated or disabled citizens received more than $100,000 in donations over a two-day period. The surge in contributions came after last week’s release of the White House

  • Palestinian women try to bring baseball to Gaza
    Associated Press
    Palestinian women try to bring baseball to Gaza

    KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip (AP) — The young Palestinian women substitute Islamic headscarves for baseball caps and field tennis balls with fabric gloves, giving a decidedly local feel to the great American pastime.

  • Federer beats Wawrinka for tying 5th Indian Wells title
    Associated Press
    Federer beats Wawrinka for tying 5th Indian Wells title

    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Forget the comeback talk. Roger Federer is back.

  • East Timor votes in presidential poll seen as sign of stability
    AFP
    East Timor votes in presidential poll seen as sign of stability

    East Timor voted for a new president Monday, with a former guerrilla fighter tipped for victory after winning the backing of the two biggest parties, in a new sign of stability for Asia’s youngest nation. The vote comes at a challenging time for the tiny half-island nation 15 years after independence

  • Australia struggling at lunch on day 5 against India
    Associated Press
    Australia struggling at lunch on day 5 against India

    RANCHI, India (AP) — Australia lost the vital wickets of opener Matt Renshaw and captain Steve Smith in successive overs Monday as India pushed for victory on the fifth and final day of the third test.

  • Associated Press
    Top Asian News 6:38 a.m. GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — The foreign and defense ministers from Japan and Russia met in Tokyo on Monday, with both sides expressing hope that discussions on joint development of islands claimed by both countries might help them move closer to resolving the territorial dispute preventing them from forging a peace

  • Associated Press
    At a glance: Happiest, saddest countries in the world

    A new international report from economists ranks world countries on happiness.

  • Reuters
    Mass graves in central Congo bear witness to growing violence

    By Aaron Ross TSHIMBULU, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – The increasingly brutal nature of fighting in central Congo between the army and local militia is on vivid display in the village of Tshienke, where the bodies of rebel fighters last month were dumped into a mass grave following intense

  • Who's happy, who's not: Norway tops list, US falls
    Associated Press
    Who’s happy, who’s not: Norway tops list, US falls

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If you want to go to your happy place, you need more than cash. A winter coat helps — and a sense of community.

  • Reuters
    South Africa minister to appeal court order against head of elite police unit: report

    South Africa’s police minister will fight a court order to remove the head of an elite police investigation unit, popularly known as the Hawks, after the court ruled his appointment unlawful, media said on Monday. Berning Ntlemeza was appointed in 2015 to lead the powerful Directorate of Priority

  • East Timor votes for president in test for young nation
    Associated Press
    East Timor votes for president in test for young nation

    DILI, East Timor (AP) — East Timor voted for a new president Monday in an election that will test Asia’s newest and poorest nation.

  • Indonesia plans to sue Thailand's PTTEP over 2009 oil spill
    Reuters
    Indonesia plans to sue Thailand’s PTTEP over 2009 oil spill

    By Agustinus Beo Da Costa JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia is preparing to sue a unit of Thailand’s PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP) over alleged environmental damage from the Montara oil spill in 2009, the country’s Coordinating Maritime Affairs Ministry said. The move follows earlier attempts

  • North Korea rocket-engine test shows 'meaningful' progress: South Korea
    Reuters
    North Korea rocket-engine test shows ‘meaningful’ progress: South Korea

    By Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea’s latest rocket-engine test showed “meaningful” progress, South Korea said on Monday, while an analyst said it was a dangerous step towards the North’s goal of developing a rocket that could hit the United States. The North’s KCNA news

  • Reuters
    China says any chance for dialogue on Korean situation must be seized

    BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Monday any chance for dialogue on the situation on the Korean peninsula must be seized. Wang made the comments at the China Development Forum in Beijing. (Reporting by Matthew Miller; Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Paul Tait)

  • Gold medalist Roche to challenge IOC VP Coates in elections
    Associated Press
    Gold medalist Roche to challenge IOC VP Coates in elections

    SYDNEY (AP) — International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates will have his leadership of Australia’s Olympic movement challenged for the first time in decades after 1996 field hockey gold medalist Danni Roche got backing to run against him in May elections.

  • Vodafone India and Idea Cellular announce merger
    AFP
    Vodafone India and Idea Cellular announce merger

    British mobile phone giant Vodafone’s Indian unit will merge with Idea Cellular to create India’s largest telecoms operator, the firms said Monday, as they combine to fight the rise of Reliance Jio. “Vodafone Group Plc and Idea Cellular today announced that they have reached an agreement

  • Reuters
    Former resistance fighters vie for presidency in East Timor

    By Marcelino Pereira DILI (Reuters) – People began voting in East Timor on Monday in a presidential election, with the two main parties backing former independence fighters for the largely ceremonial post as Asia’s youngest democracy struggles to combat poverty and chronic unemployment. Lines formed

  • Japan and Russia hold talks on security, territorial dispute
    Associated Press
    Japan and Russia hold talks on security, territorial dispute

    TOKYO (AP) — The foreign and defense ministers from Japan and Russia met in Tokyo on Monday, with both sides expressing hope that discussions on joint development of islands claimed by both countries might help them move closer to resolving the territorial dispute preventing them from forging a peace

  • Anna Nordqvist wins Founders Cup in college homecoming
    Associated Press
    Anna Nordqvist wins Founders Cup in college homecoming

    PHOENIX (AP) — Anna Nordqvist caught up with some college friends — and left everyone else behind Sunday on another hot afternoon at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

  • Reuters
    How much is an Afghan life worth? That depends

    By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In March 2014, the U.S. military paid an Afghan man just over $1,000 to compensate for killing his civilian son in an operation near the border with Iran, according to U.S. military records released to Reuters.    Six months later, another Afghan father was given

  • After weird winter, U.S. forecasters see warm, wet spring
    Reuters
    After weird winter, U.S. forecasters see warm, wet spring

    By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) – If you liked the balmy weather that dominated on the U.S. East Coast and much of the South this winter, you will probably enjoy the spring of 2017, too. Spring, which starts with the vernal equinox at 6:28 a.m. EDT on Monday, will begin warmly but Wednesday&

  • Philippines' Duterte calls European critics 'crazies'
    AFP
    Philippines’ Duterte calls European critics ‘crazies’

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has described European lawmakers as “crazies” in a salty-tongued rebuttal to criticism of his deadly drug war, while vowing again that all traffickers will be killed. Duterte fired his broadside in a late-night speech Sunday in Myanmar after the European

  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia
    Associated Press
    AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signaled a tougher strategy toward North Korea last week, leaving open the possibility of pre-emptive military action and rejecting talks with the communist nation until it gives up its weapons of mass destruction. Tillerson was speaking after visiting the heavily

  • Associated Press
    US officials begin fingerprinting refugee families on Nauru

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — U.S. security officers have begun fingerprinting refugees held on Pacific islands in the final stage of assessing who will find new lives in the United States, asylum seekers said Monday.

  • Reuters
    “Don’t use Taiwan”, Taipei frets ahead of Trump-Xi meeting

    Taiwan’s government, worried about being used as a pawn by China and the United States, said on Monday the self-ruled island must protect its own interests as concerns in Taipei rise ahead of an expected meeting of U.S and Chinese leaders. China has never renounced the use of force to take back

  • Associated Press
    Sydney airline grounds 5 planes after propeller drops off

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Five Regional Express Airlines passenger planes had been grounded as a precaution after a near disaster in which a propeller fell off an airliner as it approached Sydney Airport, the Australian airline said on Monday.

  • Community in chaotic Jakarta goes green to fight eviction
    AFP
    Community in chaotic Jakarta goes green to fight eviction

    Brightly coloured wooden and brick houses line a clean riverside path amid trees and vegetable gardens, a tranquil scene in the normally chaotic Indonesian capital Jakarta. Residents have transformed the “kampung”, as traditional neighbourhoods are known in Indonesia, into a model of clean

  • Japan and Russia hold talks on security, territorial dispute
    Associated Press
    Japan and Russia hold talks on security, territorial dispute

    TOKYO (AP) — The foreign and defense ministers from Japan and Russia met in Tokyo on Monday, with both sides expressing hope that discussions on joint development of islands claimed by both countries might help them move closer to resolving the territorial dispute preventing them from forging a peace

  • Associated Press
    Taylor fired as West Tigers coach 3 rounds into NRL season

    SYDNEY (AP) — The Wests Tigers have fired head coach Jason Taylor three weeks into the National Rugby League season following back-to-back losses to Canberra and Penrith.

  • Algeria president makes video appearance after month of health rumors
    Reuters
    Algeria president makes video appearance after month of health rumors

    Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika appeared in a video on Sunday for the first time in a month since his abrupt cancellation of a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Algiers triggered speculation over his health. Since a stroke in 2013, Bouteflika, 80, has appeared rarely in public

  • Firefighters at Peru prison hampered by water problems
    Associated Press
    Firefighters at Peru prison hampered by water problems

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — A fire broke out Sunday night in Peru’s most populated prison and two inmates were reported dead as firefighters struggled with problems in Lima’s water system caused by mudslides and flooding from recent heavy rains.

  • 2 dead, several injured in riot at Guatemala prison
    Associated Press
    2 dead, several injured in riot at Guatemala prison

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A riot erupted Sunday at a prison for juveniles and adults, and authorities said two jail monitors were killed and several other people suffered injuries.

  • French presidential candidates face off in first TV debate
    AFP
    French presidential candidates face off in first TV debate

    France’s presidential election moves into high gear on Monday when the top five contenders face off in a TV debate that could help sway legions of undecided voters, a month before they go to the polls. Centrist frontrunner Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen are expected to come under

  • 'Victims twice over' slam Brussels attacks response
    AFP
    ‘Victims twice over’ slam Brussels attacks response

    For Philippe Vansteenkiste, whose sister was killed in the Brussels attacks one year ago, the suffering is made worse by the battle with the Belgian authorities for support. “We are victims twice over,” said Vansteenkiste, mourning his sibling Fabienne, 51, a check-in agent at Brussels airport

  • East Timor to elect new president as oil revenues rapidly run dry
    Reuters
    East Timor to elect new president as oil revenues rapidly run dry

    (This March 17 story has been corrected to fix quote in paragraph 3 to make clear fields are mostly depleted, not money from the fields) By Alexandre Assis DILI (Reuters) – East Timorese flocked to political rallies on the final day of campaigning ahead of Monday’s presidential election, as Asia

  • N.Korea rocket test shows 'meaningful progress': South
    AFP
    N.Korea rocket test shows ‘meaningful progress’: South

    North Korea’s latest rocket engine test showed “meaningful progress” in its missile capabilities, Seoul said Monday, as the nuclear-armed state steps up its controversial weapons development programmes. The North’s leader Kim Jong-Un oversaw the “successful” test of the powerful

  • Another journalist slain in Mexico's violent Veracruz state
    Associated Press
    Another journalist slain in Mexico’s violent Veracruz state

    XALAPA, Mexico (AP) — An attacker shot a journalist to death Sunday in the Mexican state of Veracruz, adding to the toll in a region plagued by drug gang violence and allegations of government corruption.

  • In tense north Belfast, Brexit raises funding concerns
    AFP
    In tense north Belfast, Brexit raises funding concerns

    The signs of division are still all too evident in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast, an Irish nationalist stronghold bordering pro-British communities where Brexit is creating growing unease. The murals celebrate guerrilla fighters from both sides, walls mark borders between Catholic and Protestant

  • Associated Press
    Top Asian News 2:57 a.m. GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — The foreign and defense ministers from Japan and Russia met in Tokyo on Monday for the first “two-plus-two” talks since Russia’s annexation of Ukraine. The one-day meeting comes as the sides work to end a decades-long territorial dispute that is blocking them from forging a

  • Brazil reassures foreign countries after meat scandal
    Associated Press
    Brazil reassures foreign countries after meat scandal

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s president met Sunday with dozens of ambassadors from countries that import Brazilian meat, seeking to minimize damage from a corruption probe that alleges meatpackers bribed inspectors to keep rotten meat on the market.

  • Travel ban 'a deep wound' for Iranian Americans
    AFP
    Travel ban ‘a deep wound’ for Iranian Americans

    As President Donald Trump battles to reinstate his controversial revised travel ban, one overlooked effect has been the havoc wreaked on legal Americans with family abroad. Iranian-American Madhis Keshavarz, whose father died on February 16 with relatives unable to visit him in his US hospital bed,

  • Associated Press
    Tom Lehman rallies to beat Steve Stricker in Tucson

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Tom Lehman took advantage of senior newcomer Steve Stricker’s late mistakes Sunday to win the Tucson Conquistadores Classic for his 10th PGA Tour Champions victory.

  • Reuters
    Colorado wildfire scorches woodland, may be man-made

    (Reuters) – A wildfire near the University of Colorado in Boulder that may be man-made burned about 62 acres (25 hectares) of woodland on Sunday and prompted the evacuation of 426 homes in the drought-hit region, authorities said. The fire in Sunshine Canyon, just outside the university town, started

  • Rodgers pleased with Celtic's title focus
    AFP
    Rodgers pleased with Celtic’s title focus

    Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers praised his players for showing the determination needed to dig out a 2-1 victory against Dundee that puts them on the verge of the Scottish Premiership title. A first half strike from Jozo Simunovic and a second half header from Stuart Armstrong seemed to have the Hoops

  • Associated Press
    Wawrinka calls laughing Federer expletive on court

    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Roger Federer has a reputation as one of the nicest pro athletes among his fellow tennis players and fans.

  • Associated Press
    Crocodile attacks Aussie teen who jumped into river on dare

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — An Australian teen who was attacked by a crocodile after jumping into a crocodile-infested river on a dare was recovering from serious wounds to his arm, officials said Monday, as authorities recovered the body of another man who also may have been attacked by a crocodile in

  • Manchester United accused after tunnel row at Middlesbrough
    AFP
    Manchester United accused after tunnel row at Middlesbrough

    Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United players were accused of sparking an ugly clash in the tunnel in a stormy aftermath to their 3-1 win at Middlesbrough. United remain in contention for Champions League qualification after a hard-fought victory on Sunday, which ended with rival players separated by

  • Vera Lynn turns 100 with stunning White Cliffs of Dover tribute
    AFP
    Vera Lynn turns 100 with stunning White Cliffs of Dover tribute

    Renowned World War II singer Vera Lynn is celebrating turning 100 on Monday with a special tribute: her portrait is being projected onto the iconic White Cliffs of Dover. Known as the “forces’ sweetheart”, Lynn famously boosted troops’ morale during World War II, travelling thousands

  • China's trading partners alarmed by food import controls
    Associated Press
    China’s trading partners alarmed by food import controls

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s trading partners are bringing the top U.N. food standards official to Beijing in a last-ditch attempt to persuade regulators to scale back plans to require intensive inspections of food imports — including such low-risk items as wine and chocolate — that Washington and Europe

  • Honduras convicts Mexican, two Hondurans for plotting to kill president
    Reuters
    Honduras convicts Mexican, two Hondurans for plotting to kill president

    A court found a Mexican man and two Hondurans guilty of plotting to assassinate Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, who has extradited more than a dozen drug lords since taking office, a judicial spokesman and security officials said on Sunday. The Mexican, Jesus Estrada, and the two Hondurans

  • Paris airport attack: What we know
    AFP
    Paris airport attack: What we know

    A man who had been investigated for links to radical Islam was shot dead at Paris’s Orly airport on Saturday after attacking a soldier on patrol and grabbing her rifle. French investigators are trying to establish whether 39-year-old Ziyed Ben Belgacem had planned the attack at the capital’s

  • Reuters
    Egypt’s Sisi to visit Washington on April 3: White House

    U.S. President Donald Trump will host Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for talks in Washington on April 3, a White House official said on Sunday. The visit will be at Trump’s invitation, the official said. The two leaders, in a Jan. 23 phone call just days after Trump’s inauguration,

  • Despite 3-day defeat, NZ keeps same squad for 3rd test vs SA
    Associated Press
    Despite 3-day defeat, NZ keeps same squad for 3rd test vs SA

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand has named an unchanged squad for the third cricket test against South Africa, confirming batsman Ross Taylor will not play because of a calf injury while ignoring public calls for change.

  • Reuters
    UAE summons Swiss ambassador over U.N. Bahrain statement

    RIYADH/GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates summoned the Swiss ambassador on Sunday to denounce a statement Switzerland made to the United Nations Human Rights Council the week prior criticizing fellow Gulf state Bahrain’s human rights record. The UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs told

  • Associated Press
    Porto draws, misses chance to overtake Benfica in Portugal

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — FC Porto missed a chance to take the lead of the Portuguese league after drawing 1-1 at home with Setubal on Sunday.

  • PM May starts UK tour before pulling Brexit trigger
    Reuters
    PM May starts UK tour before pulling Brexit trigger

    Prime Minister Theresa May will visit Wales on Monday as part of a plan to engage with all the nations of the United Kingdom before she formally launches Britain’s departure from the European Union. May is due to trigger Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, beginning two years of formal divorce

  • Tests find drugs, alcohol in blood of Paris airport attacker
    Associated Press
    Tests find drugs, alcohol in blood of Paris airport attacker

    PARIS (AP) — Blood tests determined Sunday that a suspected Islamic extremist consumed drugs and alcohol before a frenzied spree of violence that ended when he took a soldier hostage at Paris’ Orly Airport and was shot dead by her fellow patrolmen.

  • Tillerson lauds China-US contacts in meeting with leader Xi
    Associated Press
    Tillerson lauds China-US contacts in meeting with leader Xi

    BEIJING (AP) — The United States is looking forward to the first meeting between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday, on the final day of a swing through Asia dominated by concerns over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs

  • Messi nets 40th, 41st goals this season in Barcelona win
    Associated Press
    Messi nets 40th, 41st goals this season in Barcelona win

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi scored his 40th and 41st goals in all competitions this season to lead Barcelona to a 4-2 victory over 10-man Valencia in the Spanish league on Sunday.

  • French airport attacker 'had drunk and taken drugs'
    AFP
    French airport attacker ‘had drunk and taken drugs’

    The man shot dead at Paris’s Orly airport after attacking a soldier was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time, a judicial source said Sunday. Investigators are still trying to understand what motivated Saturday’s assault by 39-year-old Ziyed Ben Belgacem, which led to a major

  • Airport shooting reignites security debate before French election
    Reuters
    Airport shooting reignites security debate before French election

    By Yann Le Guernigou and Gus Trompiz PARIS (Reuters) – Police questioned and then released relatives of a man shot dead at a Paris airport, as investigators sought clues on why he attacked an army patrol in an incident that has pushed security to the forefront of France’s election campaign. Paris

  • World Bank announces $57 bln in financing for Africa
    AFP
    World Bank announces $57 bln in financing for Africa

    Of that total, $45 billion will come from the International Development Association, the World Bank fund that provides grants and interest-free loans for the world’s poorest countries. The package will also feature an estimated $8 billion in private sector investments from the International Finance

  • Brignone leads Italian sweep, Worley wins World Cup GS title
    Associated Press
    Brignone leads Italian sweep, Worley wins World Cup GS title

    ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Tessa Worley waved her ski pole at the finish and pumped her fist.

  • Associated Press
    Injured Gabbiadini replaced by Petagna in Italy squad

    FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Manolo Gabbiadini has pulled out of the Italy squad and been replaced by Atalanta forward Andrea Petagna.

  • Leishman holds off McIlroy to win Bay Hill title
    AFP
    Leishman holds off McIlroy to win Bay Hill title

    Australia’s Marc Leishman sank a 51-foot eagle putt on the 16th hole Sunday and held off a charging Rory McIlroy and two others to capture the Arnold Palmer Invitational. “It just all came together,” Leishman said. Leishman fired a final-round three-under par 69 to stand on 11-under 277

  • Reuters
    Prague’s Old-New Synagogue gets first new Torahs since World War Two

    Prague’s medieval Old-New Synagogue received two new Torah scrolls on Sunday, the first ones since World War Two shattered the country’s once-thriving Jewish community. The Torahs, funded by donations to the Prague Jewish community, were written in Israel and brought into the synagogue in a

  • Brazil president seeks to calm fears over meat sales, exports
    Reuters
    Brazil president seeks to calm fears over meat sales, exports

    By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) – President Michel Temer, confronting a corruption scandal tarnishing Brazil’s lucrative meat industry, met on Sunday with executives and foreign diplomats to assuage health concerns tarnishing a sector responsible for $12 billion in annual exports. Addressing

  • Myhrer upsets Hirscher to takes slalom race at Aspen
    Associated Press
    Myhrer upsets Hirscher to takes slalom race at Aspen

    ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Not to get all mushy, but that’s exactly how Andre Myhrer of Sweden prefers his snow.

  • Juventus wins 1-0 at Sampdoria but loses Dybala to injury
    Associated Press
    Juventus wins 1-0 at Sampdoria but loses Dybala to injury

    MILAN (AP) — Juventus ground out a 1-0 win at Sampdoria on Sunday but will be left counting the cost after losing Paulo Dybala to injury ahead of a tough run of matches.

  • Tear gas at Paris demo against police 'brutality'
    AFP
    Tear gas at Paris demo against police ‘brutality’

    French police fired tear gas in clashes with hooded demonstrators in Paris on Sunday as thousands marched against “police brutality” after the alleged rape of a black youth with a police baton. The February attack on the 22-year-old man, identified only as Theo, cast a spotlight on rough policing

  • Abe, Merkel call for open markets
    AFP
    Abe, Merkel call for open markets

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued a staunch joint defence of free trade Sunday, as the United States pushes towards greater protectionism. “We want free and open markets,” Merkel said in a speech in Hanover, a day before the world’s biggest

  • Saudi-led coalition calls for U.N. supervision of Yemen port
    Reuters
    Saudi-led coalition calls for U.N. supervision of Yemen port

    A Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen called on Sunday for the United Nations to place a strategic port under its supervision after 42 Somalis were killed in an attack on their refugee boat nearby. The refugees had departed from the western port city of Hodeidah en route to Sudan when it came under

  • Reuters
    Colorado wildfire scorches woodland, at least 1,000 people evacuated

    (Reuters) – A wildfire near the University of Colorado in Boulder burned through about 62 acres (25 hectares) of woodland on Sunday, prompting authorities to urge at least 1,000 people to evacuate the drought-hit region. The fire in Sunshine Canyon, just outside the university town, started before dawn

  • Saudi-led coalition calls for UN to supervise Yemen port
    AFP
    Saudi-led coalition calls for UN to supervise Yemen port

    The Arab coalition battling rebels in Yemen called Sunday for Hodeida port to be placed under UN supervision, after dozens of Somali refugees were killed on a boat offshore. “We can confirm the coalition was not responsible for any attack on a refugee boat on Friday and… there was no firing by

  • Associated Press
    Olympiakos keeps 6-point lead despite loss to Panathinaikos

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Panathinaikos beat Greek league leader Olympiakos 1-0 Sunday but second-placed Panionios failed to take advantage.

  • More rain looms as Peru struggles with disastrous floods
    AFP
    More rain looms as Peru struggles with disastrous floods

    Peruvians struggled on Sunday to cope with avalanches, mudslides and extensive flash flooding caused by torrential downpours, and forecasters predicted still more rain ahead, prolonging the country’s woes. It has been a bad year for flooding in Peru, and the toll including from the latest dangerous

  • Guardiola rejoices after 1-1 thriller vs Liverpool in EPL
    Associated Press
    Guardiola rejoices after 1-1 thriller vs Liverpool in EPL

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Across his stellar managerial career, Pep Guardiola has won the Champions League twice, captured 19 other major trophies and coached perhaps the greatest ever club team in Barcelona’s class of 2009-11.

  • Canadian wins $1M global teacher prize for work with Inuit
    Associated Press
    Canadian wins $1M global teacher prize for work with Inuit

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Canadian school teacher who encourages hope and acts of kindness in an isolated corner of Quebec won a $1 million prize Sunday in what has become one of the most high-profile awards for teaching excellence.

  • Intel documents offer no evidence of spying on Trump Tower
    Associated Press
    Intel documents offer no evidence of spying on Trump Tower

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The top two lawmakers on the House intelligence committee said Sunday that documents the Justice Department and FBI delivered late last week offered no evidence that the Obama administration had wiretapped Trump Tower, but the panel’s ranking Democrat says the material offers circumstantial

  • Associated Press
    Kenyans Barno, Jepkurgat win titles at Los Angeles Marathon

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Kenyans Elisha Barno and Hellen Jepkurgat won the men’s and women’s titles at the Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday.

  • 'No evidence of collusion' between Trump campaign, Russia: US lawmaker
    AFP
    ‘No evidence of collusion’ between Trump campaign, Russia: US lawmaker

    A congressional panel so far has found “no evidence” that Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election, its chairman said Sunday, ahead of testimony by the head of the FBI on the US president’s potential Russia ties. Based on “everything I have up to this

  • Germany says Erdogan has 'gone too far' with Nazi jibe
    AFP
    Germany says Erdogan has ‘gone too far’ with Nazi jibe

    Germany angrily warned Turkey on Sunday that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had gone too far after he accused Chancellor Angela Merkel of using “Nazi measures” in an escalating diplomatic feud. Turkey and the European Union are locked in an explosive crisis that threatens to jeopardise Ankara

  • 3,000 migrants rescued off Libya: Italy coastguard
    AFP
    3,000 migrants rescued off Libya: Italy coastguard

    Around 3,000 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya on Sunday as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, the Italian coastguard told AFP. “After some calm days, migrants are arriving in large numbers, taking advantage of a window of favourable weather,” said a coastguard official

  • No Kane, no problem: Tottenham beats Southampton 2-1 in EPL
    Associated Press
    No Kane, no problem: Tottenham beats Southampton 2-1 in EPL

    LONDON (AP) — No Harry Kane, no problem.

  • Myhrer upsets Hirscher to takes slalom race at Aspen
    Associated Press
    Myhrer upsets Hirscher to takes slalom race at Aspen

    ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Andre Myhrer of Sweden won a slalom race at the World Cup Finals on Sunday when first-run leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria uncharacteristically lost speed near the finish.

  • Aguero leveller for Manchester City keeps Liverpool at bay
    AFP
    Aguero leveller for Manchester City keeps Liverpool at bay

    Sergio Aguero netted a 69th-minute equaliser in a gripping 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday to prevent Manchester City losing ground in the battle for a top-four Premier League finish. Liverpool looked poised to leapfrog City into third place after James Milner silenced the boos from fans of his former

  • Reuters
    Kenya clashes over grazing leaves 10 dead in drought-hit north

    By Noor Ali ISIOLO, Kenya (Reuters) – A gun battle between two pastoralist communities competing for grazing killed least 10 people in northern Kenya on Sunday morning, police said, raising questions about the government’s ability to maintain peace before August elections. Armed cattle herders

  • Clashes in Syria capital after surprise rebel assault
    AFP
    Clashes in Syria capital after surprise rebel assault

    Heavy clashes rocked eastern districts of the Syrian capital on Sunday as rebels and jihadists tried to fight their way into the city centre in a surprise assault on government forces. The attack comes just days before a fresh round of UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva aiming at ending Syria’s six-year

  • Algeria's ailing Bouteflika makes first appearance in month
    AFP
    Algeria’s ailing Bouteflika makes first appearance in month

    President Abdelaziz Bouteflika appeared on television Sunday for the first time since a visit by Germany’s chancellor was called off last month because of the Algerian leader’s ailing health. State television showed the 80-year-old president receiving Algeria’s minister for African Union

  • Associated Press
    3 young people killed, 6 injured in car collision in Sweden

    HELSINKI (AP) — Swedish police and rescue officials say that three young people were killed in a collision of two cars in northern Sweden, and six others have been injured.

  • Reuters
    Rwanda’s tiny opposition picks candidate to oppose Kagame in August poll

    By Clement Uwiringiyimana KIGALI (Reuters) – The head of Rwanda’s only registered opposition party, the tiny Green Party, said on Sunday he will stand against President Paul Kagame, who is expected to run for third term in August presidential polls. Kagame is widely admired by many for restoring

  • In an Israeli warehouse, clues about Jesus' life and death
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    In an Israeli warehouse, clues about Jesus’ life and death

    BEIT SHEMESH, Israel (AP) — In a cavernous warehouse where Israel stores its archaeological treasures, an ancient burial box is inscribed with the name of Jesus.

  • Protesters march in Paris against police violence
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    Protesters march in Paris against police violence

    PARIS (AP) — Several thousand people marched in Paris on Sunday against police violence.

  • Italy president hugs those like him who lost family to Mafia
    Associated Press
    Italy president hugs those like him who lost family to Mafia

    ROME (AP) — Italy’s president, whose brother was murdered by Cosa Nostra, traveled on Sunday to an organized crime stronghold to honor hundreds of Italians slain by the country’s crime clans over the past decades.

  • GGG has options, options, options
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    GGG has options, options, options

    NEW YORK (AP) — Options, options and more options.

  • Ship hijacked and then freed by Somali pirates, at safe port
    Associated Press
    Ship hijacked and then freed by Somali pirates, at safe port

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The captain of the crew of a Comoros-flagged oil tanker that was hijacked and then released by Somali pirates said he feels like he was “dead and born,” after the ship reached a port in northern Somalia.

  • Associated Press
    Attackers on motorcycles kill 4 at Jamaica bar

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Police in Jamaica say people riding motorcycles have fired at a bar, killing four.

  • Frenzel wraps up record 5th Nordic combined World Cup title
    Associated Press
    Frenzel wraps up record 5th Nordic combined World Cup title

    SCHONACH, Germany (AP) — Eric Frenzel wrapped up an unprecedented fifth straight Nordic combined World Cup title on Sunday with his 10th win of the season.

  • Chuck Berry's spirit lives on through countless songs
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    Chuck Berry’s spirit lives on through countless songs

    NEW YORK (AP) — Behind so many great rock bands and rock songs looms the music of Chuck Berry.

  • French Socialist draws crowd, says victory still possible
    Associated Press
    French Socialist draws crowd, says victory still possible

    PARIS (AP) — The Socialist candidate for the French presidency and his far-left rival have a big obstacle blocking their route to the presidential Elysee Palace: each other.

  • Germany supports group behind Turkish coup attempt: Erdogan spokesman
    Reuters
    Germany supports group behind Turkish coup attempt: Erdogan spokesman

    By Ece Toksabay ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey on Sunday accused Germany of supporting the network of a U.S.-based Muslim cleric it blames for last year’s attempted coup, comments likely to aggravate a diplomatic feud between the two countries. Germany and Turkey have been locked in a deepening row

  • Associated Press
    Clashes break out in Syrian capital after insurgents attack

    BEIRUT (AP) — Fierce clashes broke out in the Syrian capital on Sunday after insurgents infiltrated government-held parts of the city through tunnels overnight, a rare if brief advance after months of steady losses at the hands of government forces elsewhere in the country.

  • Reuters
    Macron holds edge in French election race ahead of first debate

    Emmanuel Macron remains favorite to win France’s turbulent presidential election race, a poll showed on Sunday, on the eve of a first televised debate which could allow embattled conservative Francois Fillon to get back in contention. Macron, a former economy minister running as an independent centrist

  • Reuters
    Macron, Le Pen tied at 26 percent each in first round of French election: poll

    Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen would lead the first round of voting in France’s presidential election with 26 percent each, a Kantar Sofres-Onepoint poll showed on Sunday. Conservative Francois Fillon came third in the poll on first-round voting intentions, with 17 percent

  • Reuters
    Somali security forces that freed pirated ship say NATO must do more

    By Abdiqani Hassan BOSASSO (Reuters) – Somali officials whose forces freed a hijacked oil tanker and its eight Sri Lankan crew said on Sunday that NATO ships must do more to prevent the illegal fishing that locals say sparked the latest attack. Monday’s hijacking was the first time that Somali

  • 'We will have none of it': fear, optimism among US Muslims
    AFP
    ‘We will have none of it’: fear, optimism among US Muslims

    In a sprawling banquet hall, Ahmed Rehab walked to a lectern facing a glittering group of diners and launched into a searing speech excoriating the Donald Trump administration. “This fight is not just our fight, it is America’s fight,” Rehab told the packed room of 1,200 attendees – mostly

  • Associated Press
    You’re nabbed! French gendarmes find thief stuck in window

    PARIS (AP) — Arrests can’t come any easier than this.

  • Netanyahu raises possibility of snap polls after broadcasting row
    AFP
    Netanyahu raises possibility of snap polls after broadcasting row

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu raised Sunday the possibility of snap elections following a dispute with his finance minister over a new national broadcasting service. Local papers, radio and television channels reported on a weekend threat by Netanyahu to dissolve the government if the Public

  • Juventus wins 1-0 at Sampdoria but loses Dybala to injury
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    Juventus wins 1-0 at Sampdoria but loses Dybala to injury

    MILAN (AP) — Juventus ground out a 1-0 win at Sampdoria on Sunday but will be left counting the cost after losing Paulo Dybala to injury ahead of a tough run of matches.

  • Associated Press
    Macedonia police arrest 6 in drug raids

    SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonian police said Sunday they have cracked down on a criminal ring of drug dealers and arrested six people charged with “illegal manufacturing and sale of narcotics.”

  • Lobster-crazy China sets record for US crustacean imports
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    Lobster-crazy China sets record for US crustacean imports

    ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) — The expanding market for lobsters in China is continuing to grow, with the country setting a new record for the value of its imports of the crustaceans from the United States.

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