February 21st, 2017

World News

Bodies of 74 migrants heading to Europe wash up in Libya

By Maggie Michael, The Associated Press on February 21st, 2017

CAIRO – At least 74 bodies of African migrants have washed ashore in western Libya, the Libyan Red Crescent said Tuesday, the latest tragedy at sea along a perilous trafficking route to Europe. The bodies were found near the western Libyan city of Zawiya on Monday, Red Crescent spokesman Mohammed al-Misrati told The Associated Press, ... Read More »

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Austria approves US extradition for Ukrainian oligarch

By The Associated Press on February 21st, 2017

VIENNA – An Austrian court has approved a U.S. extradition request for a Ukrainian oligarch suspected of paying millions of dollars in bribes to Indian officials. The court decision Tuesday overturns a lower court ruling nearly two years ago against extraditing Dymitro Firtash. The judge then said that the U.S. move was at least partially ... Read More »

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Iraqi military says troops consolidate gains south of Mosul

By Susannah George And Qassim Abdul-Zahra, The Associated Press on February 21st, 2017

ABU SAIF, Iraq – Iraqi forces were consolidating their gains south of Mosul on Tuesday ahead of moving into the city’s Islamic State-held western half, a military spokesman said, as civilians fled along the front line to government-controlled areas. The remarks came on the third day of what is expected to be the definitive push ... Read More »

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Family believes Vietnamese suspect in Kim’s death was duped

By Tran Van Minh, The Associated Press on February 21st, 2017

NGHIA BINH, Vietnam – The family of a Vietnamese woman identified as a suspect in the death of the half brother of North Korea’s ruler confirmed Tuesday that she is their relative, but said they believe she didn’t knowingly participate in the killing. Doan Thi Huong is thought to be one of two women seen ... Read More »

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Trump’s new national security adviser a soldier-scholar

By Catherine Lucey And Robert Burns, The Associated Press on February 21st, 2017

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has chosen as his national security adviser a soldier-scholar who fought in both Iraq wars and wrote an influential book that called out the U.S. government for “lies” that led to the Vietnam War. Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster would remain on active military duty while leading the National Security ... Read More »

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Trump Month Two: Talks on health care and on tax overhaul

By Julie Pace, The Associated Press on February 21st, 2017

WASHINGTON – As President Donald Trump begins his second month in office, his team is trying to move past the crush of controversies that overtook his first month and make progress on health care and tax overhauls long sought by Republicans. Both issues thrust Trump, a real estate executive who has never held elected office, ... Read More »

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Floods inundate thousands of homes in Indonesian capital

By The Associated Press on February 21st, 2017

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Torrential rains in the Indonesian capital have overwhelmed drains and flooded roads and thousands of homes. The disaster mitigation agency said Tuesday that more than 50 areas are flooded in Jakarta, with waters up to 1.5 metres (5 feet) high in East Jakarta. It said the city’s drains couldn’t accommodate the runoff ... Read More »

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Suicide bombers kill 6 outside court in northwest Pakistan

By Riaz Khan, The Associated Press on February 21st, 2017

PESHAWAR, Pakistan – A group of suicide bombers with grenades and assault rifles struck outside a courthouse in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing six people in an attack claimed by a Taliban splinter group. The attack was the latest in a wave of militant assaults across the troubled country that has killed over 100 people ... Read More »

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Israeli court gives soldier 18 months for fatal shooting

By Ami Bentov And Aron Heller, The Associated Press on February 21st, 2017

TEL AVIV, Israel – An Israeli military court on Tuesday sentenced a soldier to 18 months in prison for his deadly shooting of a Palestinian attacker who lay wounded on the ground, capping a nearly yearlong saga that has deeply divided the country. The sentence, which included a year’s probation and a demotion in rank, ... Read More »

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Spanish police stop gas truck speeding against traffic

By Aritz Parra, The Associated Press on February 21st, 2017

MADRID – Police in Barcelona fired gunshots Tuesday to stop a man who stole a butane gas truck and drove it at high speed against traffic on a city highway, ramming several cars along the way, a police spokeswoman said. Authorities ruled out terrorism as a motive. Spain’s interior minister, Juan Ignacio Zoido, said in ... Read More »

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Iran’s leader calls Israel a ‘fake’ nation, ‘dirty chapter’

By Nasser Karimi, The Associated Press on February 21st, 2017

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s supreme leader on Tuesday used the podium of a pro-Palestinian gathering in Tehran to lash out at Israel, calling the Jewish state a “fake” nation in a “dirty chapter” of history. The remarks by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei were some of his most vitriolic against Israel, Iran’s archenemy. Every four years since ... Read More »

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