March 28th, 2017

World News

Massive ‘Big Maple Leaf’ gold coin worth millions stolen from German museum

By The Associated Press on March 27th, 2017

Berlin police say thieves broke into the German capital’s Bode Museum and made off with a massive 100-kilogram gold coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint that’s worth millions. “Big Maple Leaf,” which is three-centimetres thick with a diameter of 53 centimetres, has a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on one side and maple leaves ... Read More »

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Stocks sink as ‘Trump trade’ flips into reverse

By Stan Choe, The Associated Press on March 27th, 2017

NEW YORK – Stocks around the world sank Monday on worries that the Trump White House may not be able to help businesses as much as once thought. Many of the trends that have been in place since Election Day went into sharp reverse: The dollar’s value sank against other currencies, as did bank stocks, ... Read More »

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Some balk as Seattle seeks to spend more money on homeless

By Phuong Le, The Associated Press on March 27th, 2017

SEATTLE – Sixteen months after he declared a state of emergency on homelessness, Seattle’s mayor is asking voters in this liberal, affluent city for $55 million a year in new taxes to fight the problem. But some are pushing back, saying the city already spends millions to combat homelessness, and things appear to have gotten ... Read More »

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Australian residents begin evacuating ahead of cyclone

By The Associated Press on March 27th, 2017

TOWNSVILLE, Australia – Thousands of people began evacuating low-lying areas of Australia’s tropical northeast on Monday as a powerful cyclone bore down on the coast. Cyclone Debbie was expected to cross the Queensland state coast along a sparsely populated 100-kilometre (60-mile) stretch between the towns of Ayr and Bowen early Tuesday, Australian Bureau of Meteorology ... Read More »

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Brother seeks retrial for China ex-police chief facing death

By Gillian Wong, The Associated Press on March 27th, 2017

BEIJING – At first blush, the plight of former Chinese police official Zhao Liping might not win much sympathy. When a court sentenced Zhao, who’d wielded enormous power over his fellow citizens, to death for murder and corruption, state media hailed the ruling as evidence of equality before the law. Reports called it a milestone ... Read More »

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US-backed fighters to pause military action near Syria dam

By Bassem Mroue, The Associated Press on March 27th, 2017

BEIRUT – U.S.-backed forces in northern Syria said Monday they will pause military operations near a major dam held by the Islamic State group in order to allow engineers to fix any problems after conflicting reports about its stability. The decision by the Syrian Democratic Forces came a day after conflicting reports over whether civilians ... Read More »

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Turks in Germany sharply divided over Turkey’s referendum

By Kirsten Grieshaber, The Associated Press on March 27th, 2017

BERLIN – As polling stations opened Monday in Germany, acrimony has been rising among the Turks here whose votes are crucial in the tight race over whether to expand the powers of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The 1.4 million eligible Turkish voters in Germany represent about half the total number of expatriates who can ... Read More »

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Trump plans office to bring business ideas to government

By Catherine Lucey, The Associated Press on March 27th, 2017

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is set to announce a new White House office run by his son-in-law that will seek to overhaul government functions using ideas from the business sector. A senior administration official said Trump on Monday will announce the White House Office of American Innovation. The official sought anonymity to discuss the ... Read More »

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Powerful winds, large hail hit Southern Plains

By The Associated Press on March 27th, 2017

TULSA, Okla. – Large hail and strong winds hit parts of Texas and Oklahoma as a storm system rolled through the Southern Plains. Heavy rains also occurred during Sunday’s storms, and video from KWTV showed a funnel cloud near Ada, Oklahoma, about 70 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. Denton, Texas, police told the Dallas Morning ... Read More »

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State Senate could vote on resolution to move Polk’s body

By The Associated Press on March 27th, 2017

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee state Senate could decide as early as Monday on whether to approve a resolution that would allow the body of former President James K. Polk to be exhumed and moved to a fourth resting place. Polk and his wife, Sarah, are currently buried on the grounds of the state capitol. The ... Read More »

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Despite some tensions, evangelical churches booming in Cuba

By Andrea Rodriguez, The Associated Press on March 27th, 2017

HAVANA – Fidel Castro’s government sent the Rev. Juan Francisco Naranjo to two years of work camp in the 1960s for preaching the Gospel in a Cuba where atheism was law and the faithful were viewed as suspect. For years, Naranjo’s church was almost abandoned, with just a handful of people daring to attend services. ... Read More »

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