December 14th, 2017

World News

German police looking for sender of suspicious package

By The Associated Press on December 2nd, 2017

BERLIN – German police have increased their presence at a Christmas market in the city of Potsdam a day after the market was evacuated because of a bomb scare. Officers destroyed a suspicious package containing nails and an unidentified powder in a controlled explosion Friday. Authorities said Saturday they were still looking for the sender ... Read More »

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Protesters delay opening of German nationalists’ convention

By The Associated Press on December 2nd, 2017

BERLIN – German police have used water cannons to disperse hundreds of protesters, who tried to block access to a nationalist party convention in Hannover. Clashes between police and protesters on Saturday briefly delayed the opening of the Alternative for Germany’s gathering. The party, which won seats in parliament for the first time this year, ... Read More »

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Afghan official: 2 security guards killed in country’s east

By The Associated Press on December 2nd, 2017

KABUL – An Afghan official says an attack in eastern Nangarhar province has killed at least two security guards and wounded six others. Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor, says an explosion took place near a private TV station in the provincial capital of Jalalabad on Saturday. He says the target of the attack ... Read More »

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Top House Democrat calls on Nevada lawmaker to resign

By Kevin Freking, The Associated Press on December 2nd, 2017

WASHINGTON – The top House Democrat on Saturday called for Nevada Rep. Ruben Kihuen to resign after a former aide accused the first-term lawmaker of repeatedly making sexual advances toward her during the 2016 congressional campaign. In a statement, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she found the young woman’s documented account, reported by BuzzFeed News, ... Read More »

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Honduras announces curfew, restrictions amid vote protests

By Freddy Cuevas, The Associated Press on December 2nd, 2017

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Honduras announced a curfew and suspended some constitutional rights to allow security forces to contain protests and unrest over a disputed election in which both candidates have declared themselves winner and the ballot count is entering its sixth day. Honduras’ electoral court had finished counting nearly 95 per cent of the vote ... Read More »

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Ex-CIA analyst rejects Turkish claims of involvement in coup

By The Associated Press on December 2nd, 2017

ISTANBUL – A retired CIA analyst has dismissed Turkish accusations that he was involved in last year’s failed coup, saying he was a “choice target” following a warrant for his detention. Graham Fuller, an ex-vice chairman of the CIA’s National Intelligence Council, told The Associated Press he was accused in the Turkish press of being ... Read More »

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Pope leaves Bangladesh laughing after diplomatic tightrope

By Nicole Winfield, The Associated Press on December 2nd, 2017

DHAKA, Bangladesh – Pope Francis urged Bangladeshi priests and nuns to resist the “terrorism of gossip” that can tear religious communities apart, delivering one of his trademark, zinger-filled spontaneous speeches to the country’s Catholic leadership at the close Saturday of an otherwise tense and diplomatically fraught Asian tour. As he has done in similar encounters, ... Read More »

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In Flynn, Mueller unearths more lies – and a key witness

By Chad Day And Eric Tucker, The Associated Press on December 2nd, 2017

WASHINGTON – More smoke but no smoking gun. Michael Flynn’s guilty plea Friday added a new layer of lies to the far-reaching investigation into ties between President Donald Trump and Russia, and put heightened scrutiny on the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. But Flynn’s admission, and all of the criminal cases thus far, have not resolved ... Read More »

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Amid accusations, Roy Moore fighting for campaign cash

By Steve Peoples, The Associated Press on December 2nd, 2017

NEW YORK – Alabama Republican Roy Moore has celebrated his isolated fight against the political establishment in both parties. The outsider story may resonate with Alabama voters, but the reality has a clear downside: The Senate candidate and his allies are almost completely cut off from the GOP’s traditional donor network and struggling to raise ... Read More »

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Strong cyclone kills at least 8 in southern India

By The Associated Press on December 2nd, 2017

NEW DELHI – A strong cyclone over the southeast Arabian Sea has triggered heavy rains and strong winds, damaging hundreds of huts, power lines and trees in southern India and killing at least eight people, officials said Saturday. More than 1,000 people have taken shelter in relief centres in Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli districts in Tamil ... Read More »

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Syrian state media: Israeli missiles strike near Damascus

By The Associated Press on December 2nd, 2017

DAMASCUS, Syria – Syria’s state news agency says Israel has fired several surface-to-surface missiles at a military post near the capital, Damascus. SANA says the missile attack occurred shortly after midnight on Friday and caused material damage. Saturday’s report also says that Syrian air defences shot down two of the Israeli missiles. It gave no ... Read More »

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