April 23rd, 2017

World News

France’s next leader: centrist Macron vs. far-right Le Pen

By John Leiceser And Lori Hinnant, The Associated Press on April 23rd, 2017

PARIS – Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right populist Marine Le Pen advanced Sunday to a runoff in France’s presidential election, remaking the country’s political system and setting up a showdown over its participation in the European Union. French politicians on the left and right immediately urged voters to block Le Pen’s path to power in ... Read More »

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On Holocaust day, Netanyahu says its lessons guide him

By Ian Deitch, The Associated Press on April 23rd, 2017

JERUSALEM – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened Israel’s annual memorial day for the 6 million Jews systematically killed by Nazi Germany and its collaborators during World War II by saying the lessons of the Holocaust guide him daily and issuing a warning to Israel’s enemies not to test it. The Nazis and their collaborators wiped ... Read More »

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Pollsters project Macron vs. Le Pen in French runoff

By John Leiceser And Lori Hinnant, The Associated Press on April 23rd, 2017

PARIS – Pollsters projected that pro-Europe centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right populist Marine Le Pen both advanced Sunday from the first round of voting in France’s presidential election, setting up a winner-takes-all runoff on May 7. The selection of Le Pen and Macron would present voters with the starkest possible choice between two diametrically opposed ... Read More »

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Community reluctantly bidding farewell to 600-year-old tree

By Bruce Shipkowski, The Associated Press on April 23rd, 2017

BERNARDS, N.J. – For hundreds of years, an imposing white oak tree has watched over a New Jersey community and a church, providing protection from the blazing summer sun, serving as a scenic backdrop for thousands of photos and – according to legend – was a picnic site for George Washington. But the tree – ... Read More »

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Study: Whale and boat collisions may be more common

By Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press on April 23rd, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine – A group of marine scientists says collisions of whales and boats off of the New England coast may be more common than previously thought. The scientists focused on the humpback whale population in the southern Gulf of Maine, a body of water off of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. They found that ... Read More »

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NKorea detains US citizen, the 3rd American being held there

By Eric Talmadge, The Associated Press on April 23rd, 2017

PYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People’s Republic Of – North Korea has detained a U.S. citizen, officials said Sunday, bringing to three the number of Americans now being held there. Tony Kim, who also goes by his Korean name Kim Sang-duk, was detained on Saturday, according to Park Chan-mo, the chancellor of the Pyongyang University of Science ... Read More »

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Sessions on Hawaii remark: ‘Nobody has a sense of humour’

By The Associated Press on April 23rd, 2017

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Jeff Sessions says “nobody has a sense of humour anymore.” That’s his assessment after drawing ire for seeming to dismiss the state of Hawaii as merely “an island in the Pacific.” Last week, Sessions criticized a federal judge’s ruling in Hawaii that blocked the Trump administration’s immigration ban. Sessions told radio ... Read More »

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Corpses being sent home for burial after Taliban attack

By The Associated Press on April 23rd, 2017

KABUL – Dozens of corpses are being sent to different provinces around the country for burial two days after a Taliban attack on a northern Afghanistan army base left at least 100 soldiers and others dead or wounded. Ministry of Defence spokesman Gen. Daulat Waziri said Sunday that 10 attackers wearing army uniforms passed through ... Read More »

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French vote in most unpredictable contest in generations

By Thomas Adamson, The Associated Press on April 23rd, 2017

PARIS – Amid heightened security, French voters began casting ballots for their next president Sunday in a first-round poll that could help determine the future of Europe and serve as a litmus test for the spread of populism around the world. More than 50,000 police and gendarmes were deployed to protect 66,000 polling stations for ... Read More »

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Doctor’s arrest brings attention to US female circumcisions

By Jeff Karoub, The Associated Press on April 23rd, 2017

DETROIT – Zehra Patwa learned only a few years ago that during a family trip to India at age 7, she was circumcised, which is common for girls in parts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Patwa, 46, doesn’t remember undergoing the procedure, which is also called female genital mutilation or cutting and which ... Read More »

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Saudi king names son as US envoy as ties boosted with Trump

By Abdullah Al-Shihri And Aya Batrawy, The Associated Press on April 23rd, 2017

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman issued a decree late Saturday naming one of his sons, an air force pilot who has taken part in coalition strikes against the Islamic State group, as the kingdom’s new ambassador to the U.S. The appointment of Prince Khaled bin Salman to Washington signals the kingdom’s eagerness ... Read More »

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