June 25th, 2017

World News

Professor to student mom: Just bring your baby to class

By The Associated Press on June 24th, 2017

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A professor in Tennessee has a solution for a student who missed class after she couldn’t find someone to babysit her 3-year-old girl: Just bring the child to class. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Professor Sally Hunter at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville emailed Morgan King that she would be “absolutely ... Read More »

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Huge, homely mastiff named Martha wins world’s ugliest dog

By Linda Wang, The Associated Press on June 24th, 2017

PETALUMA, Calif. – Martha is big, ugly, lazy and gassy. And a world champion. In a competition annually dominated by the old, the tiny, and the hairless, the 3-year-old, 125-pound Neapolitan Mastiff used her lollygagging youth to win the 29th annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest. She was a favourite of the Northern California crowd from ... Read More »

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CIA chief: Intel leaks on the rise, cites leaker ‘worship’

By Deb Riechmann, The Associated Press on June 24th, 2017

WASHINGTON – CIA Director Mike Pompeo says he thinks disclosure of America’s secret intelligence is on the rise, fueled partly by the “worship” of leakers like Edward Snowden. “In some ways, I do think it’s accelerated,” Pompeo told MSNBC in an interview that aired Saturday. “I think there is a phenomenon, the worship of Edward ... Read More »

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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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