August 5th, 2015

World News

Guide who helped US hunter kill lion named Cecil in Zimbabwe says charges are ‘frivolous’

By Farai Mutsaka, The Associated Press on August 5th, 2015

HWANGE, Zimbabwe – A professional hunter who helped an American kill a popular lion named Cecil in an allegedly illegal hunt in Zimbabwe said Wednesday that the case against him is “frivolous.” Wearing sunglasses and a camouflage cap and jacket, Theo Bronkhorst appeared in a court in Hwange town, where he faces charges of failing ... Read More »

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Pope: Divorced Catholics who remarry deserve better treatment from church, as do their kids

By Frances D'Emilio, The Associated Press on August 5th, 2015

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis declared on Wednesday that divorced Catholics who remarry and their children deserve better treatment form the church, and he urged pastors to avoid treating these couples as if they were excommunicated. Catholic teaching says divorced Catholics who remarry are living in sin and are not allowed to receive Communion, leaving ... Read More »

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Turkey says ‘extensive’ fight against IS to start soon; US drones start arriving at base

By The Associated Press on August 5th, 2015

ANKARA, Turkey – U.S. drones and aircraft have begun arriving at a Turkish air base close to the border with Syria, and an “extensive” fight against Islamic State militants will soon begin, Turkey’s foreign minister said Wednesday. Ending years of reluctance, Turkey last week carried out airstrikes against IS targets in Syria and agreed to ... Read More »

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At least 24 killed, 300 survive after trains derail on rain-flooded tracks in central India

By The Associated Press on August 5th, 2015

NEW DELHI – Two passenger trains jumped off slippery tracks on a bridge near a rain-swollen river in central India, killing at least 24 people as two coaches hurled through mud and rested on one side at an embankment, officials said Wednesday. The Kamayani Express was on its way to Mumbai when it derailed late ... Read More »

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Israel orders Jewish extremist jailed for 6 months without charges, trial following attacks

By Tia Goldenberg, The Associated Press on August 5th, 2015

JERUSALEM – Israel has jailed a Jewish extremist for six months without charges or trial, expanding a crackdown against militant Jews and deploying a contentious measure typically used for Palestinians suspected of staging attacks. This was the first time the measure, known as administrative detention, was applied against an Israeli since the crackdown began following ... Read More »

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UN reports sharp rise in casualties among women, children in Afghanistan’s war against Taliban

By Lynne O'Donnell, The Associated Press on August 5th, 2015

KABUL – The United Nations said on Wednesday that an increasing number of women and children were getting hurt or killed in Afghanistan’s war against the Taliban and other insurgents. The total number of casualties in the almost 14-year conflict was up one per cent in the first half of this year, compared to the ... Read More »

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Zimbabwean trial of guide who helped US hunter kill lion named Cecil is postponed to Sept. 28

By The Associated Press on August 5th, 2015

HWANGE, Zimbabwe – The trial of a professional hunter who helped an American kill a popular lion named Cecil in an allegedly illegal hunt in Zimbabwe has been postponed to Sept. 28. Theo Bronkhorst appeared Wednesday in a court in Hwange town, where he faces charges of failing to prevent an unlawful hunt. If convicted, ... Read More »

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Ex-convict charged with killing Memphis policeman scheduled for arraignment

By Adrian Sainz, The Associated Press on August 5th, 2015

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – An ex-convict charged with fatally shooting a police officer who interrupted a drug deal on a Memphis street has a court appearance scheduled for Wednesday, the same day a memorial service is set for the slain officer. Tremaine Wilbourn, 29, was to appear before a judge in a video arraignment, Shelby County ... Read More »

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5 police forces investigate sex abuse allegations against late former leader Edward Heath

By The Associated Press on August 5th, 2015

LONDON – Five police forces in Britain are investigating sex abuse allegations against the late Edward Heath, as the probe into the former prime minister’s past broadened. Detectives in Wiltshire, London, Kent, Jersey and Hampshire are now investigating. Heath’s name emerged Monday, when Britain’s police watchdog said it would investigate whether police failed to pursue ... Read More »

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Russia bus collision kills at least 16 people, injures more than 50 in far east region

By The Associated Press on August 5th, 2015

MOSCOW – Russian health officials say two buses have collided in the far east of the country, killing at least 16 people and injuring more than 50 others. The Investigative Committee, the nation’s top investigative agency, said Wednesday’s collision occurred on a highway linking Khabarovsk, which sits on the border with China, and Komsomolsk-on-Amur. The ... Read More »

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Crews report progress against California fire that has burned across 100 square miles of land

By Janie Har And Kristin J. Bender, The Associated Press on August 5th, 2015

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. – Firefighters are reporting some progress against a Northern California wildfire that has charred more than 100 square miles of terrain, destroying buildings, threatening many others and sending thousands of residents fleeing. As firefighters and equipment from outside the state poured in to battle the blaze burning about 100 miles north of San ... Read More »

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