April 20th, 2018

World News

Prince Charles reportedly to lead Commonwealth

By The Associated Press on April 20th, 2018

LONDON – British media say Commonwealth leaders have agreed that Prince Charles should succeed his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, as head of the 53-nation group. The BBC, Sky News and others say Commonwealth heads of government, holding a private retreat Friday at Windsor Castle, have agreed that Charles should be the next leader of the ... Read More »

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First clues emerge about Cuba’s future under new president

By Michael Weissenstein And Andrea Rodriguez, The Associated Press on April 20th, 2018

HAVANA – Miguel Diaz-Canel has been the presumptive next president of Cuba since 2013, when Raul Castro named the laconic former provincial official to the important post of first vice-president and lauded him as “neither a novice nor an improviser,” high praise in a system dedicated to continuity over all. Castro said nothing about how ... Read More »

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Plane passenger dilemma: Protect child or try to save victim

By Alexandra Villarreal, The Associated Press on April 20th, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – As Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 plunged, passenger Hollie Mackey was torn between trying to save a woman whose upper body was being sucked out of a broken window and protecting the child beside her from a similar fate. When the flight’s engine blew on Tuesday and a window shattered, 149 passengers and crew ... Read More »

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Pentagon: Sarin likely at Syria sites, but questions remain

By Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press on April 20th, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon said Thursday a “preponderance of the evidence” indicates there were chemical weapons, including “elements” of sarin nerve gas, at the three Syrian sites bombed by the U.S. and its allies last week. Any definitive conclusion probably will remain an open question for some time. Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said at ... Read More »

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Nobel body: ‘unacceptable behaviour’ not widely known

By The Associated Press on April 20th, 2018

COPENHAGEN – The Swedish Academy, which hands out the coveted Nobel Prize in Literature, says an investigation has found “unacceptable behaviour in the form of unwanted intimacy” has taken place within its ranks. The 18-member board has in recent weeks been embroiled in a sex-abuse scandal that the investigation report concluded Friday was “not generally ... Read More »

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FBI offers $1M for info on US reporter missing in Syria

By Sadie Gurman And Jamie Stengle, The Associated Press on April 20th, 2018

WASHINGTON – Federal authorities for the first time are offering a reward for information leading to an American journalist who has been missing in Syria for more than five years. The reward is up to $1 million. Austin Tice, of Houston, Texas, disappeared in August 2012 while covering Syria’s civil war. A video released a ... Read More »

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Who’s next? Leaders to discuss next Commonwealth head

By Jill Lawless, The Associated Press on April 20th, 2018

LONDON – Commonwealth leaders met behind the thick walls of Windsor Castle Friday to discuss whether Prince Charles should succeed his mother Queen Elizabeth II as head of the 53-nation alliance. The queen has headed the association of Britain and its former colonies throughout her 66-year reign, but the position is not hereditary. The 91-year-old ... Read More »

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Trump says midterms are “choice” for country on taxes

By The Associated Press on April 20th, 2018

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump says the November elections are “a choice” for the country between Republicans who want to protect their signature tax cut law and Democrats who he says “want to end them and raise your taxes substantially.” In a Friday morning tweet, Trump says Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi “is going absolutely ... Read More »

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Judge blocks transfer of US citizen with ties to IS group

By Deb Riechmann, The Associated Press on April 20th, 2018

WASHINGTON – A federal judge on Thursday blocked the government from transferring an American citizen accused of fighting with Islamic State militants to Saudi Arabia, meaning he will stay for now in a U.S. military detention facility in Iraq. The Trump administration has been holding the unidentified citizen without charge since he surrendered on the ... Read More »

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Seoul: N. Korean leader removes major nuclear sticking point

By Foster Klug, The Associated Press on April 20th, 2018

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of – South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday that his rival, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, isn’t asking for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Korean Peninsula as a precondition for abandoning his nuclear weapons. If true, this would seem to remove a major sticking point to a potential ... Read More »

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Wenger to leave Arsenal after more than 21 years in charge

By Rob Harris, The Associated Press on April 20th, 2018

LONDON – Arsene Wenger is leaving Arsenal after more than 21 years, ending a revolutionary reign that saw him introduce new methods to the Premier League and become the club’s most successful manager. While the 68-year-old Frenchman was able to announce his own departure plans on Friday, the tenure of English soccer’s longest-serving manager will ... Read More »

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