December 4th, 2016

World News

New Hampshire looks for answers behind oyster outbreaks

By Michael Casey, The Associated Press on December 4th, 2016

DURHAM, N.H. – For the past 25 years, researcher Stephen Jones has tried to understand the threat that bacteria may pose to oysters in New Hampshire’s Great Bay estuary. He often couldn’t get funding to study the problem. But that is beginning to change as scientists notice “something is going on.” Scientists are recognizing that ... Read More »

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Was Trump’s Taiwan contact a policy shift or a misstep?

By Gillian Wong And Johnson Lai, The Associated Press on December 4th, 2016

BEIJING – Was President-elect Donald Trump signalling a shift in U.S.-China relations when he referred to Taiwan’s leader as “president” following a phone call this past week or was it an unintentional misstep? His phone conversation with Tsai Ing-wen was a breach of long-standing tradition that risks enmity from China, but a longtime China watcher ... Read More »

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The Latest: Raul Castro heads brother Fidel’s interment

By The Associated Press on December 4th, 2016

SANTIAGO, Cuba – The Latest on the interment of Fidel Castro in Santiago, Cuba (all times local): 10:25 a.m. Photographs taken by the Cuban national press show President Raul Castro dressed in an olive green uniform as he presides over the interment of his older brother Fidel. The images were seen by The Associated Press ... Read More »

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Chaos erupts as Iraq delivers aid to Mosul

By Hadi Mizban And Sinan Salaheddin, The Associated Press on December 4th, 2016

MOSUL, Iraq – Chaos erupted in eastern Mosul on Sunday when hundreds of civilians overwhelmed aid trucks distributing food and water. The Iraqi government sent truckloads of food, heating oil and drinking water to residents in areas retaken from the Islamic State group in and around Mosul after aid groups warned of shortages in Iraq’s ... Read More »

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The Latest: France’s representative criticized for comments

By The Associated Press on December 4th, 2016

SANTIAGO, Cuba – The Latest on the interment of Fidel Castro in Santiago, Cuba (all times local): 10 a.m. France’s representative at Fidel Castro’s funeral is drawing fire for shrugging off concerns about Cuban human rights and political prisoners. French environment and energy minister Segolene Royal told reporters in Cuba on Saturday that the world ... Read More »

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Democrats aim to rebuild the blue political wall in Midwest

By Thomas Beaumont, The Associated Press on December 4th, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa – With the dust now settled from the election, Democrats are looking to rebuild the political “blue wall” of traditionally Democratic upper Midwest and Great Lakes states that Republican Donald Trump captured with an appeal to white, working-class voters. Hillary Clinton’s failure to hold key blocs of these voters helped seal Trump’s ... Read More »

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Experts warn of mental health woes as wildfires ravage South

By Jeff Martin, The Associated Press on December 4th, 2016

ATLANTA – When U.S. Forest Ranger Jody Bandy confronted the man in the Pisgah National Forest, he said he’d been at the nearby wildfire and “couldn’t take it anymore.” Then he ran from the officer, tumbling head-over-head down the mountainside, into the river below and slamming into boulders in the water, Bandy said in a ... Read More »

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Imprisoned former CIA officer fights conviction over leak

By Alanna Durkin Richer, The Associated Press on December 4th, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. – Once an employee of the powerful CIA, Jeffrey Sterling now sits behind bars at a federal prison in Colorado. He bides his time by reading and writing and working at the facility’s recreational centre. Nearly two years after Sterling was found guilty of leaking government secrets to a reporter, the 49-year-old maintains ... Read More »

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US releases Guantanamo prisoner, resettles him in Cape Verde

By The Associated Press on December 4th, 2016

MIAMI – A prisoner from Yemen at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre has been released and sent to the West African nation of Cape Verde for resettlement. The Pentagon says the release announced Sunday of Shawqi Awad Balzuhair lowers the number of prisoners held at the U.S. base in Cuba to 59. Twenty of those ... Read More »

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The Latest: Exiles won’t watch news of Castro interment

By The Associated Press on December 4th, 2016

SANTIAGO, Cuba – The Latest on the interment of Fidel Castro in Santiago, Cuba (all times local): 9 a.m. Exiles in Miami say they aren’t planning to watch news coverage of the funeral. Waves of Cubans have emigrated to South Florida to escape political repression or other hardships since Castro’s 1959 revolution. Miriam de la ... Read More »

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Syrian army tells rebels in Aleppo to leave or die

By The Associated Press on December 4th, 2016

ALEPPO, Syria – The Syrian army on Sunday ordered rebels in Aleppo to leave the city or face “inevitable death,” as a series of airstrikes on an opposition-held town elsewhere in the country killed 21 people, including three children. Pro-government forces have been pushing deeper into besieged eastern Aleppo, taking back neighbourhoods the rebels have ... Read More »

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