November 28th, 2014

World News

UN panel finds ‘numerous areas’ of concern about US torture record

By The Associated Press on November 28th, 2014

GENEVA – A U.N. panel has concluded that the United States falls short of full compliance with an international anti-torture treaty. The report by the U.N. Committee Against Torture cites police brutality, military interrogations, maximum security prisons, illegal migrants and solitary confinement among areas of concern. Alessio Bruni of Italy, one of the panel’s chief ... Read More »

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French President Hollande visits Ebola-stricken Guinea as 1st Western leader in Ebola nation

By Michelle Faul, The Associated Press on November 28th, 2014

CONAKRY, Guinea – French President Francois Hollande arrived Friday in Guinea, becoming the first Western leader to visit a country hit hard by Ebola. Guinea’s president greeted his French counterpart at the airport as an off-key brass military band played. French health workers responding to the Ebola crisis also greeted Hollande. Hollande will visit an ... Read More »

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Austin police fatally shoot man who opened fire on downtown buildings; possibly had explosives

By The Associated Press on November 28th, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas – Authorities shot and killed a man who they say opened fire on Austin police headquarters early Friday morning, and a bomb squad was called in to search his vehicle. The man also targeted a U.S. courthouse and the Mexican Consulate, Assistant Poice Chief Raul Munguia said at a news conference. Officers were ... Read More »

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Black Friday begins, but how much will Thanksgiving bargain shopping hurt business?

By Anne D'Innocenzio, The Associated Press on November 28th, 2014

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stores are welcoming a second wave of shoppers in what has become a two-day kickoff to the holiday shopping season. The big question: How much Thanksgiving shopping will hurt Black Friday, which is relinquishing its status as the frenzied start of the holiday shopping season? Based on early reads, the crowds ... Read More »

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Leading and controversial Lebanese poet Saeed Akl dies at 102

By The Associated Press on November 28th, 2014

BEIRUT – Lebanon’s state-run news agency says Saeed Akl, Lebanon’s leading poet whose fame once spread throughout the Arab world, has died. He was 102. The ultra-nationalist Akl wrote his poems in classical Arabic as well as Lebanese dialect which he used to refer to as “the Lebanese language.” Some of his most famous poems ... Read More »

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Brazilian hospital says Pele’s condition continues to improve as he undergoes kidney treatment

By Tales Azzoni, The Associated Press on November 28th, 2014

SAO PAULO – A Brazilian hospital says Pele’s condition is improving as he undergoes temporary kidney treatment in an intensive care unit. The Albert Einstein hospital says the 74-year-old Pele is “lucid” and breathing normally without any support. The Brazilian soccer great has been hospitalized since Monday because of a urinary infection. He had surgery ... Read More »

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Austin police say suspect dead in downtown gunfire that targeted buildings

By The Associated Press on November 28th, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas – Austin police say a gunman suspected of opening fire on several downtown buildings and police headquarters has died after being shot. According to their verified Twitter account, Austin police say the male suspect died early Friday in what authorities call an officer-involved shooting. Police did not immediately say who fatally shot the ... Read More »

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Japanese newspaper apologizes for using ‘sex slaves’ to describe World War II ‘comfort women’

By Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press on November 28th, 2014

TOKYO – Japan’s biggest newspaper apologized in print Friday for using the term “sex slaves” in its English-language edition to describe Asian women forced into Japanese military-run brothels during World War II. The conservative Yomiuri said in articles in English and Japanese that it was inappropriate to have used the phrase and others implying the ... Read More »

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Austin police: Shooter targets buildings downtown, prompts evacuation of police headquarters

By The Associated Press on November 28th, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas – Police in Austin say a shooter targeted multiple buildings downtown and prompted the evacuation of police headquarters before being shot. According to the police department’s verified Twitter account, the suspect’s condition early Friday wasn’t immediately known. Austin TV station KXAN reports nearby Interstate 35 has been shut down in both directions as ... Read More »

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In bid to placate immigration critics, Cameron says Britain will curb benefits for EU migrants

By The Associated Press on November 28th, 2014

LONDON – Prime Minister David Cameron says migrants from Europe will have to leave Britain if they don’t get a job within six months, and must work for four years before receiving some benefits – moves he hopes will defuse criticism over his immigration policies. Immigration has become an increasingly bitter issue in Britain. The ... Read More »

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