February 21st, 2017

World News

Riot in Stockholm suburb after drug suspect is arrested

By The Associated Press on February 21st, 2017

COPENHAGEN – Swedish police on Tuesday were investigating a riot that broke out overnight in a predominantly immigrant suburb in Stockholm after officers arrested a suspect on drug charges. The clashes started late Monday when a police car arrested a suspect and people started throwing stones at them in Rinkeby, north of Stockholm. Unidentified people, ... Read More »

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Man who discussed Dylann Roof attack set to be in court

By Jeffrey Collins, The Associated Press on February 21st, 2017

A white supremacist who authorities say illegally bought a gun he planned to use in an attack similar to the South Carolina church shootings is scheduled to appear in court. A preliminary hearing for 29-year-old Benjamin McDowell is set for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in federal court in Florence. The FBI says McDowell told an undercover ... Read More »

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Zimbabwe’s Mugabe turns 93, says he will stand in 2018 polls

By Farai Mutsaka, The Associated Press on February 21st, 2017

HARARE, Zimbabwe – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who turned 93 years old on Tuesday, described his wife Grace, an increasingly political figure, as “fireworks” because of her feisty remarks in his defence. A large celebration is scheduled for Saturday in tribute to Mugabe, who has ruled since independence from white minority rule in 1980. Grace ... Read More »

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Azerbaijan’s leader names his wife as 1st vice-president

By The Associated Press on February 21st, 2017

BAKU, Azerbaijan – Azerbaijan’s president on Tuesday appointed his wife as the first vice-president of the ex-Soviet nation – the person next in line in the nation’s power hierarchy. Ilham Aliyev, 55 named his wife Mehriban, 52, to the position created after a constitutional referendum in September. Mehriban, who married her husband when she was ... Read More »

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France slaughtering all ducks in key region due to bird flu

By The Associated Press on February 21st, 2017

PARIS – France’s agriculture ministry has ordered all remaining 600,000 ducks in a key poultry-producing region slaughtered to try to stem a growing outbreak of bird flu. A previous cull in southwestern France failed to stop the spread of the H5N8 virus, which has hit ducks and other birds in more than 300 French farms ... Read More »

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Dozens of headstones toppled at Jewish cemetery in Missouri

By The Associated Press on February 21st, 2017

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. – Authorities in Missouri are investigating after dozens of headstones were tipped over at a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2lAG5dB ) that the vandalism was reported early Monday at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City, about 8 miles northwest of downtown St. Louis. Police ... Read More »

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Pinpointing cause of death for NK’s Kim Jong Nam may be hard

By Eileen Ng And Margie Mason, The Associated Press on February 21st, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Determining whether poison killed the half brother of North Korea’s leader in a busy airport is proving difficult for Malaysian officials, who said Tuesday that autopsy results are so far inconclusive. More than a week has passed since Kim Jong Nam was approached by two women at a budget air terminal ... Read More »

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Spain detains gas truck driver for speeding against traffic

By The Associated Press on February 21st, 2017

MADRID – Police in Barcelona say they have detained a man driving a truck with butane gas tanks at high speed against the traffic on a highway. Local media are reporting that police stopped the driver with gunshots. A regional police spokeswoman says the truck was travelling on a highway near the northeastern Spanish city’s ... Read More »

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DC panda fans bam-boo-hoo as US-born cub leaves for China

By The Associated Press on February 21st, 2017

WASHINGTON – The National Zoo in Washington is saying a final goodbye to its panda cub Bao Bao. The zoo is packing up the American-born panda for a one-way flight Tuesday to China, where the 3-year-old will eventually join a panda breeding program. Bao Bao is scheduled to leave the zoo Tuesday morning and fly ... Read More »

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France’s Le Pen refuses headscarf to meet Lebanon’s mufti

By Hussein Malla, The Associated Press on February 21st, 2017

BEIRUT – France’s far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen refused to go into a meeting with Lebanon’s grand mufti on Tuesday after his aides asked her to wear a headscarf. Le Pen, who is on a three-day visit to Lebanon this week and has met senior officials, was scheduled to meet Grand Sunni Muslim Mufti ... Read More »

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Red Crescent: 74 bodies of migrants wash ashore in Libya

By The Associated Press on February 21st, 2017

CAIRO – Libya’s Red Crescent says 74 bodies of migrants have washed ashore in the western city of Zawiya on the Mediterranean Sea. The aid organization’s spokesman Mohammed al-Misrati told The Associated Press that the bodies washed ashore on Tuesday morning. He says the circumstances involving the drowning of the migrants are not clear yet. ... Read More »

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