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2 women expected to testify against Va. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax in planned public hearings

Top Stories - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 15:50

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax dismissed Republican calls for his sexual assault accusers to testify before the state House of Delegates, calling it "political theater."

5 dead in Kashmir, shops stage boycott of crackdown by India

Top Stories - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 15:35

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Three rebels, a counterinsurgency police officer and an army soldier were killed Sunday during a gunbattle in Kashmir, officials said, as shops and businesses shut down to protest a sweeping and ongoing crackdown against activists seeking the end of Indian rule in the disputed region.

Pope vows to end abuse cover-ups but victims disappointed

Top Stories - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 15:30

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis closed out his extraordinary summit on preventing clergy sex abuse by vowing Sunday to confront abusers with "the wrath of God" felt by the faithful, end the cover-ups by their superiors and prioritize the victims of this "brazen, aggressive and destructive evil."

Harry and Meghan meet Moroccan girls during official tour

Top Stories - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 14:47

The British royals' trip, their last official foreign tour before becoming parents, was set to focus on initiatives promoting girls' education, women's empowerment and the inclusion of people with disabilities. A heavily pregnant Meghan, with henna on one hand, accepted flowers from one of the girls in Asni while she and Harry chatted outside to a group from the programme Education For All Morocco. The organisation runs free boarding houses to give girls aged 12 to 18 from the High Atlas region access to education, working with 185 teenagers in 2017.

Venezuela aid boat reaches Curacao after reported standoff

Top Stories - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 14:46

Willemstad, Curaçao (Netherlands Antilles) (AFP) - A boat carrying aid from the United States docked at the island of Curacao on Sunday after officials said the Venezuelan military had stopped it reaching the crisis-hit country. The shipment was part of a broader drive to take food and medicine into Venezuela in defiance of its President Nicolas Maduro. The Midnight Stone supply ship, loaded with nine cargo containers, entered the harbor on the Caribbean island 40 miles (65 kilometers) from Venezuela's coast, AFP reporters saw.

Nigerian Rivals Claim Successes as They Await Vote Outcome

Top Stories - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 13:31

As many as 73 million people were eligible to vote Saturday in a tight race between Buhari, 76, an ex-general who campaigned on an anti-graft platform, and Abubakar, a 72-year-old businessman and former vice president. The National Independent Electoral Commission will start announcing results Monday from 11 a.m., its chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, said at the opening of the national collation center in the capital, Abuja.

Amazon Prime cargo plane crash kills three people

Top Stories - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 13:00

Three people are thought to have died after a plane carrying Amazon cargo crashed into Trinity Bay in Texas on Saturday afternoon. The Boeing 767 cargo jetliner was travelling to Houston from Miami and was just 30 miles southeast of its destination, George Bush Intercontinental Airport, when air traffic controllers lost radar and radio contact with the craft. Controllers in Houston tried at least twice to contact the plane but received no response.

Suspected Bangladesh plane hijacker shot dead: army

Top Stories - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 12:03

Bangladesh commandos stormed a passenger jet in the country's southeast Sunday and shot dead an armed man who allegedly tried to hijack the Dubai-bound flight, an army official said. The suspect, described by officials as a Bangladeshi man in his mid 20s, was shot as special forces rushed the Boeing 737-800 plane after it landed safely in Chittagong. The 134 passengers and 14 crew aboard the Bangladesh Biman flight BG147 were all rescued unharmed, officials said.

Japan's Okinawa votes against controversial US base move

Top Stories - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 11:46

Voters on the Japanese island of Okinawa have rejected the relocation of a controversial US military base, according to official results from a non-binding referendum Sunday. Some 72 percent voted against the move with 19 percent in favour from a 52 percent turnout, the local government said. Opponents of the relocation -- some 434,000 -- had turned out in sufficient numbers to meet the threshold required for Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki to "respect" the result of the symbolic referendum, it said.

Iran launches cruise missile from submarine during drill

Top Stories - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 11:01

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran launched a cruise missile from a submarine for the first time during an ongoing annual military drill in the Strait of Hormuz, local media reported Sunday.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez delivers impassioned response to critics: 'I'm the boss. How about that?'

Top Stories - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 10:57

Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has accused critics of “not trying” to tackle climate change following opposition to her ambitious Green New Deal programme. Ms Ocasio-Cortez addressed criticism she has faced from both Republicans and Democrats in Congress at a New York Hall of Science event. “I just introduced the Green New Deal two weeks ago and it’s creating all of this conversation, why?

Trump Vents Frustration With Trade Czar as China Talks Continue

Top Stories - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 10:31

The exasperation between the two erupted into the open during an unusual public exchange in front of China’s top negotiator, assembled U.S. officials and journalists on Friday, during which Trump took issue with Lighthizer’s explanation that any deal would take the form of a memorandum of understanding. “I don’t like MOUs because they don’t mean anything,’’ the president said, before shooting down Lighthizer when the career lawyer described such documents as legally binding. After Friday’s exchange, said two people familiar with the events, the president complained that Lighthizer had embarrassed him by publicly correcting him in front of the Chinese delegation and the press.

Syrian state news: Mine left by Islamic State group kills 20

Top Stories - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 10:27

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A land mine left by the Islamic State group struck a van packed with workers in eastern Syria, killing more than 20 of them, Syria's state news agency said on Sunday. The agency earlier reported that 24 people were killed.

Gaza protesters call on Palestinian leader to quit

Top Stories - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 10:21

Thousands of protesters in the Gaza Strip Sunday called on Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to resign after attempts to pressure his rival Hamas with financial cuts in the impoverished enclave. "Leave!" yelled crowds made up mainly of supporters of Hamas and Mohammed Dahlan, an Abbas rival expelled from the president's Fatah party and who now lives in exile.

Pope vows 'all-out battle' saying child sex abuse like 'human sacrifice'

Top Stories - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 10:12

Pope Francis on Sunday vowed to tackle every single case of sexual abuse by priests in the Roman Catholic Church, comparing paedophilia to "human sacrifice" in a speech that left victims cold. "If in the Church there should emerge even a single case of abuse – which already in itself represents an atrocity – that case will be faced with the utmost seriousness", Francis promised.

British Steel May Face $130 Million Hit From Brexit Carbon Hitch

Top Stories - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 09:39

The costs relate to the private equity-owned steelmaker’s carbon pollution bill for 2018, which is due by March 15, according to the people, who declined to be identified discussing a commercially sensitive matter. British Steel is the most prominent name on an official analysis detailing U.K. companies affected by a European Union decision to freeze the allocation of free carbon permits that can be used to comply with the rules. The steelmaker’s financial headache highlights the difficulties that Brexit uncertainty is causing British industry.

Indian police detain hundreds in Kashmir sweeps

Top Stories - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 09:19

Indian authorities have detained hundreds of separatist leaders and Muslim activists in an escalating crackdown in disputed Kashmir with the region remaining on high alert following a suicide bomb attack. Police said about 400 arrests had been made over the weekend in late-night raids aimed at weakening support for groups resisting Indian rule in the Himalayan territory also claimed in full by Pakistan. The sweeps follow the February 14 attack on an Indian convoy in Pulwama district which killed 40 soldiers and was claimed by Pakistan-based Islamist group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

Kamala Harris attracts crowds in Iowa, but leaves questions about what she believes

Top Stories - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 09:11

Sen. Kamala Harris of California is attracting big crowds as she campaigns for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Huawei shrugs off threat of US ban

Top Stories - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 08:51

Huawei's chairman on Sunday shrugged of the risk that President Donald Trump could issue an executive order banning the Chinese telecom giant, saying the company could succeed without the US market. Guo Ping said such an order "is not necessary and should not be released" but if issued would have little impact on Huawei, which has become the leading supplier of the backbone equipment for wireless mobile networks worldwide. "In 2018 Huawei had revenues of over 100 billion dollars.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announces her staff won’t earn under $52,000

Top Stories - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 08:41

Senior staffers in New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s office will be making $80,000 compared to the median pay for chiefs of staff on Capitol Hill at $154,634.


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