November 18th, 2017

World News

Lebanon Prime Minister Hariri’s future on uncertain path

By Sarah El Deeb And Zeina Karam, The Associated Press on November 17th, 2017

BEIRUT – Saad Hariri has seen a lot in his 47 years. His father, Lebanon’s charismatic leader and influential businessman Rafik Hariri, was assassinated in a 2005 bombing that rocked the country and thrust the young man into a political career before he was ready. He led an uprising that ended decades of Syrian military ... Read More »

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Pinera likely to win Chile elections, but runoff expected

By Eva Vergara, The Associated Press on November 17th, 2017

SANTIAGO, Chile – Four years after leaving office as a deeply unpopular leader, Sebastian Pinera is a strong favourite to win Sunday’s presidential election in Chile, though he’s unlikely to avoid a runoff. A flagging economy and other stumbles by the centre-left government of Michelle Bachelet appear to have warmed Chileans’ memories of Pinera, a ... Read More »

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Neighbors help during massive senior living centre fire

By Anthony Izaguirre, The Associated Press on November 17th, 2017

Dozens of neighbours rushed to the scene of a massive fire that injured at least 20 people at a Pennsylvania senior living community late, wrapping elderly people in blankets and transporting them to ambulances. Larry Kingsland, 62, said Friday he and scores of people who live around the Barclay Friends Senior Living Community ferried elderly ... Read More »

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Climate talks wrap up with progress on Paris rulebook

By Frank Jordans, The Associated Press on November 17th, 2017

BONN, Germany – Global talks on curbing climate change wrapped up Friday, with delegates and observers claiming progress on several key details of the 2015 Paris accord. The two-week negotiations focused on a range of issues including transparency, financial assistance for poor nations and how to keep raising countries’ targets for cutting carbon emissions. “We ... Read More »

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Federal “extreme vetting” plan castigated by tech experts

By Matt O'Brien, The Associated Press on November 17th, 2017

Leading researchers castigated a federal plan that would use artificial intelligence methods to scrutinize immigrants and visa applicants, saying it is unworkable as written and likely to be “inaccurate and biased” if deployed. The experts, a group of more than 50 computer and data scientists, mathematicians and other specialists in automated decision-making, urged the Department ... Read More »

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US health agency to crack down on risky stem cell offerings

By Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press on November 17th, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. health authorities announced plans Thursday to crack down on doctors pushing stem cell procedures that pose the gravest risks to patients amid an effort to police a burgeoning medical field that previously has received little oversight. The Food and Drug Administration laid out a strategy for regulating cell-based medicine, including hundreds of ... Read More »

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Ex Caracas mayor flees house arrest, arrives in Colombia

By The Associated Press on November 17th, 2017

CARACAS, Venezuela – Former Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma has escaped house arrest and fled to Colombia. That’s an apparent embarrassment for security forces who had been keeping close watch over one of the nation’s most prominent opposition leaders. Colombian immigration authorities say in a statement that Ledezma entered the country legally on Friday by crossing ... Read More »

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In Minnesota, Franken feels heat – but no broad call to quit

By Kyle Potter, The Associated Press on November 17th, 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Sen. Al Franken faces a certain ethics complaint in Congress but uncertainty among party leaders and voters in his home state – most stopping short of calling for his resignation – after a Los Angeles radio anchor accused him of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour. Leeann Tweeden ... Read More »

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Mugabe makes 1st public appearance amid pressure to exit

By Farai Mutsaka And Christopher Torchia, The Associated Press on November 17th, 2017

HARARE, Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe made his first public appearance since the military put him under house arrest this week, even as the military announced “significant progress” on talks for his departure and arrested some of his allies, and branches of the ruling party began to pass no-confidence votes in the world’s oldest ... Read More »

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‘Cone Weed’ gets Christmas makeover in North Carolina town

By The Associated Press on November 17th, 2017

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. – At first, it was an orange traffic cone with a weed growing out of it. Now, the roadside attraction dubbed “Cone Weed” is something of a Christmas miracle to locals. WBTV reports someone decorated the “Cone Weed” with tinsel and ornaments last week. The weed has been growing unencumbered across from the ... Read More »

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Officials plan to herd humpback whale out of channel

By The Associated Press on November 17th, 2017

LONG BEACH, N.Y. – Officials say they will try to herd a wayward humpback whale that has been seen swimming in a Long Island channel back to the Atlantic Ocean. Atlantic Marine Conservation Society scientist Rob DiGiovanni says the 28-foot (8.53-meter) teenage humpback whale was spotted a week ago in Reynolds Channel. The whale has ... Read More »

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