June 25th, 2017

World News

Town settles with families of men in wrong burial plots

By The Associated Press on June 24th, 2017

TIVERTON, R.I. – A Rhode Island town has reached a settlement with the families of two men who were buried in the wrong cemetery plots. A lawyer for one of the two families tells WPRI-TV (http://bit.ly/2s7HhV8 ) the town of Tiverton agreed to pay each family $1,750 for burial and legal fees. The agreement includes ... Read More »

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UAE: Arab states don’t seek ‘regime change’ in Qatar

By Adam Schreck, The Associated Press on June 24th, 2017

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – A top United Arab Emirates official said Saturday the Arab countries isolating Qatar do not seek to force out the country’s leadership over allegations it supports extremist ideology but are willing to cut ties altogether if it does not agree to their demands. Emirati Minister of State for Foreign Affairs ... Read More »

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Yemen to probe alleged interrogation abuses by UAE, US

By Ahmed Al-Haj, The Associated Press on June 24th, 2017

SANAA, Yemen – Yemen’s internationally-recognized government on Saturday ordered the creation of a committee to investigate allegations of human rights violations, following reports that U.S. military interrogators worked with forces from the United Arab Emirates who are accused of torturing detainees in Yemen. A copy of the order issued by Prime Minister Ahmed Obaid bin ... Read More »

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Turkey bans Istanbul Pride, organizers vow to march anyway

By Bram Janssen And Neyran Elden, The Associated Press on June 24th, 2017

ISTANBUL – Turkish authorities announced Saturday they will not allow the Istanbul Pride march to take place on Sunday – the third year in a row the celebration has been banned. The move prompted criticism from rights groups and fears of possible violence, as Pride organizers said they would defy the ban. For more than ... Read More »

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Berlin gives celebrity welcome to 2 giant pandas from China

By Kirsten Grieshaber, The Associated Press on June 24th, 2017

BERLIN – Two giant pandas – Meng Meng and Jiao Qing – received a celebrity welcome Saturday in Berlin from the German capital’s mayor and the Chinese ambassador after they safely weathered a long flight from China. Meng Meng and Jiao Qing flew the animal equivalent of first class, getting royal treatment on their 12-hour-flight ... Read More »

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8 coal miners killed in Colombia from underground blast

By The Associated Press on June 24th, 2017

BOGOTA – At least eight people have died and five are missing after an underground explosion at a coal mine in central Colombia. Rescuers are attempting to locate possibly trapped survivors, but as the search drags on, the chances of finding anyone alive seem slim. It’s unclear whether the mine has a license. President Juan ... Read More »

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Syria releases hundreds of detainees ahead of Eid

By The Associated Press on June 24th, 2017

DAMASCUS, Syria – The Syrian government released Saturday hundreds of detainees including some who backed the insurgency against President Bashar Assad on the eve of a major Muslim holiday. Justice Minister Hisham al-Shaar told reporters that the 672 people released on Saturday included 91 women. He said of those released, 588 were freed in the ... Read More »

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Death toll from Pakistan attacks climbs to 85

By Riaz Khan, The Associated Press on June 24th, 2017

PESHAWAR, Pakistan – The death toll from twin blasts in the northwestern town of Parachinar climbed to 67 Saturday, bringing the overall death toll from three separate attacks in Pakistan to 85, with several others in critical condition, officials said. Shahid Khan, a government official in Parachinar, confirmed the toll Saturday, saying residents who had ... Read More »

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Microphone cut after Mormon girl reveals she’s gay at church

By Brady McCombs, The Associated Press on June 24th, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY – A video of a young Mormon girl revealing to her congregation that she is lesbian and still loved by God – before her microphone is turned off by local church leaders – is sparking a new round of discussions about how the religion handles LGBT issues. Savannah, 13, spoke on May ... Read More »

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Trump administration opposing bid for syphilis study museum

By Jay Reeves, The Associated Press on June 24th, 2017

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Trump administration opposes a bid to use unclaimed money from a legal settlement over the government’s infamous Tuskegee syphilis study to fund a museum honouring victims of the research project. The Justice Department argued in court documents recently that providing the money to the Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center ... Read More »

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2 Dutch journalists freed unharmed by Colombian rebels

By The Associated Press on June 24th, 2017

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Two Dutch journalists have been freed unharmed after being held captive for almost a week by leftist rebels in Colombia, the Dutch foreign minister said Saturday. One of the journalists said they were treated well but conditions in the jungle are difficult in any case. Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said ... Read More »

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