November 20th, 2017

World News

TV: Saudi king meets Lebanese outgoing prime minister

By The Associated Press on November 6th, 2017

BEIRUT – A Saudi-owned television station says King Salman has met with Lebanon’s outgoing prime minister who abruptly resigned during the trip to the kingdom. Al-Arabiya TV says the king received Saad Hariri on Monday. Hariri’s resignation in a televised statement from Saudi Arabia on Saturday has stunned Lebanon and plunged tiny nation into uncertainty. ... Read More »

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Ex Catalan leader lambasts Spain while fighting extradition

By The Associated Press on November 6th, 2017

MADRID – Ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont has criticized Spain in his first online comment after being released from custody in Belgium, where he’s fighting extradition to Spain for allegedly plotting a rebellion in Catalonia. Puigdemont posted Monday on his Twitter account: “Free and without bail.” He says “our thoughts are with the comrades unjustly ... Read More »

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UK PM May urges ‘culture of respect’ after abuse scandal

By The Associated Press on November 6th, 2017

LONDON – British Prime Minister Theresa May is calling for a new “culture of respect” in public life amid spreading allegations of sexual harassment and abuse in British politics. The scandal has already triggered the resignation of the country’s defence secretary, an investigation of May’s deputy and the suspension by their parties of several Conservative ... Read More »

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Trump’s Japan visit includes formalities and fish

By The Associated Press on November 6th, 2017

TOKYO – President Donald Trump’s visit to Japan briefly took a turn from formal to fishy. Amid the protocol and pageantry Monday, Trump and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe paused for a lighter moment – to feed Asian carp fish in a koi pond. Trump concluded the activity by theatrically holding out his wooden box ... Read More »

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Mattis faces questions from allies on Islamic State strategy

By Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press on November 6th, 2017

HELSINKI – As the Islamic State group loses its remaining strongholds in Iraq and Syria, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis is facing a growing chorus of questions from NATO allies and partners about what the next steps will be in the region to preserve peace and insure the militants don’t rise again. Heading into a week ... Read More »

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Texas church attack leaves 26 dead, small community reeling

By Jim Vertuno, The Associated Press on November 6th, 2017

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas – A gunman dressed in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault rifle opened fire inside a small South Texas church, killing 26 people in an attack that claimed tight-knit neighbours and multiple family members ranging in age from 5 to 72 years old. Once the shooting started Sunday at the ... Read More »

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US first lady learns calligraphy at Japanese primary school

By The Associated Press on November 6th, 2017

TOKYO – U.S. first lady Melania Trump has tried her hand at Japanese calligraphy at a Tokyo elementary school. She visited the school Monday with her Japanese counterpart, Akie Abe. About 300 children welcomed them with a school song. Melania Trump wrote the first character of the Japanese word for “peace,” as Akie Abe wrote ... Read More »

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The Latest: Saudi coalition warns Iran over missile launch

By The Associated Press on November 6th, 2017

SANAA, Yemen – The latest on the conflict in Yemen (all times local): 5:05 a.m. Saudi Arabia is blaming Iran for Yemen Shiite rebels launching a ballistic missile at its capital, Riyadh, warning it could be “considered as an act of war.” That’s according to a statement early Monday from the Saudi-led coalition now battling ... Read More »

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Church gunman was court-martialed, discharged from Air Force

By Nomaan Merchant And Paul J. Weber, The Associated Press on November 6th, 2017

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – The man officials have identified to The Associated Press as the gunman in a mass shooting at a Texas church was discharged from the Air Force for allegedly assaulting his spouse and child, according to an Air Force spokeswoman. The spokeswoman, Ann Stefanek, said Sunday that Devin Kelley served 12 months’ ... Read More »

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Trump stands with Japan, denounces North Korean aggression

By Jonathan Lemire And Jill Colvin, The Associated Press on November 6th, 2017

TOKYO – President Donald Trump ratcheted up the pressure on North Korea Monday, refusing to rule out eventual military action and declaring that the United States “will not stand” for Pyongyang menacing America or its Asian allies. Trump, on the first stop of his lengthy Asia trip, denounced North Korea as “a threat to the ... Read More »

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1.25 million face starvation in war-torn South Sudan

By Sam Mednick, The Associated Press on November 6th, 2017

JUBA, South Sudan – In war-torn South Sudan 1.25 million people are facing starvation, double the number from the same time last year, according to a report by the United Nations and the government released Monday. This country could once again plunge into famine in 2018, warn humanitarians and the government. “The widespread and extreme ... Read More »

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