January 24th, 2020

World News

Death toll from storm in Spain reaches 12, more missing

By The Associated Press on January 24th, 2020

MADRID – Authorities in Spain say the death toll from a storm that devastated the eastern part of the country this week has risen to at least 12 with rescuers searching for several missing persons. Emergencies services for the northeastern Catalonia region said late Thursday that a fourth death caused by storm Gloria in the ... Read More »

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Thousands gather for Baghdad rally to demand US troops leave

By Qassem Abdul-Zahra, The Associated Press on January 24th, 2020

BAGHDAD – Thousands of supporters of an influential, radical Shiite cleric gathered Friday in central Baghdad for a rally to demand that American troops leave the country amid heightened anti-US sentiment after a drone strike ordered by Washington earlier this month killed a top Iranian general in the Iraqi capital. Since mid-morning on the Muslim ... Read More »

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New strikes, protests as France unveils retirement bill

By The Associated Press on January 24th, 2020

PARIS – French unions are holding last-ditch strikes and protests around the country Friday as the government unveils a divisive bill redesigning the national retirement system. Travellers faced renewed disruptions on regional trains and the Paris subway, and some schools and other public services also faced walkouts. However, Friday’s transportation troubles weren’t nearly as bad ... Read More »

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Mexico sees rise in gangs, vigilantes recruiting children

By The Associated Press on January 24th, 2020

MEXICO CITY – One day after a vigilante group revealed that it was using children as young as 8 as “recruits” for armed defence patrols, Mexico’s president said Thursday that drug cartels too are recruiting ever-younger kids. The whole issue has sparked a debate in Mexico over the use of children in armed confrontations, with ... Read More »

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Hundreds gather for Baghdad rally to demand US troops leave

By Qassem Abdul-Zahra, The Associated Press on January 24th, 2020

BAGHDAD – Hundreds of supporters of an influential, radical Shiite cleric gathered Friday in central Baghdad for a rally to demand that American troops leave the country amid heightened tensions after a U.S. drone strike earlier this month killed a top Iranian general in the Iraqi capital. Since mid-morning on the Muslim day of prayers, ... Read More »

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Legal chaos deepens in Poland in new challenge for the EU

By Vanessa Gera, The Associated Press on January 24th, 2020

WARSAW, Poland – Legal chaos has deepened dramatically in Poland following the passing of legislation that will allow the government to fire judges whose rulings it does not like – even when those rulings respect EU law. The developments have created a crisis that threatens the functioning of the entire European Union legal system. Laurent ... Read More »

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Social controls, SARS experience help China close off cities

By The Associated Press on January 24th, 2020

BEIJING – Cutting off access to entire cities with millions of residents to stop a new virus outbreak is a step few countries other than China would consider, but it is made possible by the ruling Communist Party’s extensive social controls and experience fighting the 2002-03 outbreak of SARS. CITIES AFFECTED: The first city closed ... Read More »

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Book reveals 2 fathers linked by grief to 2015 Paris attacks

By Lori Hinnant, The Associated Press on January 24th, 2020

PARIS – Lola Salines happily accepted the last-minute concert ticket from a friend the night of Nov. 13, 2015. At 28, the Parisian had already created her own brand at a prestigious French publishing house, frequently took her lunch break to swim laps at the local pool with her father and was dating the coach ... Read More »

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Now on Trump’s team, Dershowitz says, ‘I haven’t changed’

By Eric Tucker And Zeke Miller, The Associated Press on January 24th, 2020

WASHINGTON – Alan Dershowitz was in line at Mar-a-Lago’s lavish Christmas Eve buffet last month when President Donald Trump stopped to chat. The retired Harvard law professor had already been asked by Trump’s legal team to assist with the defence at his impeachment trial and, with the case opening in a matter of weeks, the ... Read More »

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Trump, a late convert to cause, to join anti-abortion rally

By Jill Colvin, The Associated Press on January 24th, 2020

WASHINGTON – It was just four years ago that a political committee supporting one of Donald Trump’s Republican rivals unveiled an ad slamming his views on abortion, complete with footage from a 1999 interview in which he declared, “I am pro-choice in every respect.” Now, as he heads into the 2020 election, Trump will become ... Read More »

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Democrats struggle to build broad support on eve of voting

By Steve Peoples, The Associated Press on January 24th, 2020

OSAGE, Iowa – As Joe Biden wrapped a bus tour of Iowa this week, the elderly crowd gathered at VFW Hall 7920 was a stark reminder of the former vice-president’s struggle to attract young people. Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, needs to strengthen his standing with older voters. Elizabeth Warren has room to grow among those without ... Read More »

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