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Liberia's Johnson Sirleaf wins $5 mln African leadership prize

Top Stories - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 04:05

Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Africa's first elected female head of state, has won a $5 million Mo Ibrahim award, designed to improve the quality of African political leadership. Johnson Sirleaf, who handed over leadership of the war-scarred West African state last month to ex-international soccer star George Weah, is only the fifth person to win the 10-year-old award. Since its inception, the prize founded by Sudanese telecoms tycoon Mo Ibrahim has not been awarded on several occasions because there was not deemed to be a suitable candidate.


Ahead of Lunar New Year, China's Xi says will banish 'ghost' of poverty

Top Stories - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 03:56

China will banish the "ghosts" of poverty, Chinese President Xi Jinping told villagers in a poor southwestern part of the country during a traditional visit to outlying regions before the Lunar New Year. Chinese leaders generally use the time around the festival to make inspection trips around the country where they flag important policy initiatives or areas of concern for the year ahead. The week-long holiday, starting on the eve of the new year, on Thursday, is the most important in the Chinese calendar, when millions of people travel home, many for the only time in the year.


Grand Canyon helicopter crash victims: British tourists killed when chopper crashed into jagged rocks named

Top Stories - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 03:04

The three British tourists killed when a sightseeing helicopter crashed into jagged rocks in the Grand Canyon have been named. Becky Dobson, 27, was on holiday with boyfriend Stuart Hill, 30, and his brother Jason Hill, 32, when they were killed in the helicopter crash at 0520 local time [1220 GMT] on Saturday. The group had been celebrating a birthday and were travelling aboard a Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters aircraft near Quartermaster Canyon at the famous national park in Arizona, when it crashed and burst into flames.


Explosion At Power Station Plunges Northern Part Of Puerto Rico Into Darkness

Top Stories - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 01:56

A power station caught fire and exploded in Puerto Rico on Sunday, causing blackouts in the city of San Juan and the northern part of the island, authorities said.


EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's First Class Habit Costing Taxpayers Thousands

Top Stories - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 23:47

Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, regularly flies first or business class, often costing American taxpayers thousands of dollars more than equivalent seats in coach, The Washington Post reported on Sunday.


'Yay': Man in US illegally says after being found guilty of killing 2 California deputies

Top Stories - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 23:34

A man in the United States illegally was convicted of killing two deputies in a case that helped fuel the national immigration debate.


The Latest: Man accused of killing 2 Ohio officers charged

Top Stories - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 21:59

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on two Ohio officers fatally shot while responding to 911 hang-up call (all times local):


The Latest: Senate GOP to introduce Trump's immigration plan

Top Stories - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 19:37

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the immigration debate in Congress (all times local):


Investor Soros pledges new donation to pro-EU group

Top Stories - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 18:39

(Reuters) - Billionaire financier George Soros will pledge an additional 100,000 pounds ($138,130) to Best for Britain, a campaign group seeking to keep Britain in the European Union, the group said in an email to Reuters. Soros, who donated 400,000 pounds to the campaign last week, will match any donations given to Best for Britain up to 100,000 pounds after attacks against him in the right-wing press, the group said. "I am happy to take the fight to those who have tried to use a smear campaign, not arguments, to prop up their failing case," Soros told the Guardian, which had reported on the donation earlier on Sunday.


British tourists dead in US Grand Canyon chopper crash

Top Stories - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 18:33

Three British tourists have been killed in a US helicopter crash after the chopper went down in the Grand Canyon, Britain's foreign ministry said late Sunday. "We are providing support to the families of six British visitors involved in a helicopter accident at the Grand Canyon on 10 February, and we are in close contact with the US emergency services," a spokeswoman for the foreign ministry told AFP. Francis Bradley, Hualapai Nation police chief, said the chopper went down in Grand Canyon West, located in northwestern Arizona.


Bishop declares nun's recovery as 70th Lourdes miracle

Top Stories - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 16:39

PARIS (AP) — A French bishop declared Sunday that the recovery a long-debilitated nun made after she visited the shrine in Lourdes was a miracle, the 70th event to be recognized as an act of divine intervention at the world-famous Catholic pilgrimage site.


Three Cameroon soldiers killed in restive anglophone region

Top Stories - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 15:38

Cameroon's national youth holiday was marred by violence on Sunday, with three soldiers killed and a local official feared kidnapped by suspected separatists in the country's restive English-speaking regions. Authorities imposed a week-long curfew in the troubled areas on Saturday, citing fears of an "imminent" attack by separatists after numerous online threats. Army spokesman Colonel Didier Badjeck on Sunday said the three soldiers were killed in the southwestern village of Kembong, adding that there had been some "scattered attacks".


The Christian Who Cried Abortion

Top Stories - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 14:44

The fable The Boy Who Cried Wolf chronicles the story of a young boy who, in his boredom, deceives his village into believing that the sheep have all been scattered by a wolf.


Five people killed in 'horrific' Kentucky shooting spree

Top Stories - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 14:22

Five people have been killed, including a gunman thought to have taken his own life, during a “horrific” shooting spree in Kentucky. Police received an emergency call on Saturday afternoon reporting a shooting at a rural home near the small city of Paintsville, in the northeast of the state. Officers found two people dead and began to search the area for the shooter, Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price said in the statement.


Helicopter Crash in Grand Canyon Kills 3, Injures 4: 'It Was Horrible'

Top Stories - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 13:47

The Papillon Airways EC130, which was carrying a pilot and six passengers, crashed under unknown circumstances near Quartermaster Canyon on the Hualapai Nation about 5:20 p.m. Saturday.


Cured French nun named as 70th miracle in Lourdes

Top Stories - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 13:31

The case of a French nun who recovered from a decades-old back problem that prevented her from walking normally has been recognised as the 70th miracle at the fabled French shrine of Lourdes, her church said Sunday. Sister Bernadette Moriau from northern France visited the holy spring in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains in July 2008, aged 69, seeking a cure to her ailment like millions of other pilgrims each year. Sister Bernadette had undergone four unsuccessful operations.


White House Officials Can't Say Who Knew What, When On Porter Allegations

Top Stories - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 12:49

Top White House officials defended the administration’s handling of allegations against Rob Porter, the staff secretary who resigned this week amid accusations that he had physically abused his two ex-wives.


Ohio police chief weeps for officers killed on duty

Top Stories - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 12:27

Westerville, Ohio, police chief Joe Mortbitzer gave a tearful tribute to two police officers killed while responding to a 911 call. Eric Joering, 39, and Anthony Morelli, 54, were fatally shot during the middle of the day after checking on a potential domestic situation in the Columbus, Ohio suburb. Mr Morbitzer said the officers were "true American heroes" who "gave their lives in defence of others".


Oroville crisis drives harder look at aging US dams

Top Stories - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 12:18

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One year after the worst structural failures at a major U.S. dam in a generation, federal regulators who oversee California's half-century-old, towering Oroville Dam say they are looking hard at how they overlooked its built-in weaknesses for decades.


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