August 18th, 2018

World News

Germany: No preparations made in case of alien landing

By The Associated Press on August 18th, 2018

BERLIN – The German government says it has made no preparations for the possibility that aliens might land in the European country. In a response to questions from opposition Green Party lawmaker Dieter Janecek, the government said “there are no protocols or plans for a possible first contact with alien life.” Justifying that stance, the ... Read More »

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Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80

By The Associated Press on August 18th, 2018

GENEVA – Kofi Annan, one of the world’s most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80. His foundation announced his death in Switzerland on Saturday in a tweet , saying that he died after a ... Read More »

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Manafort judge says he fears for jurors’ safety

By Matthew Barakat, Stephen Braun And Jeff Horwitz, The Associated Press on August 18th, 2018

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The judge in Paul Manafort’s financial fraud trial saiys he has received threats and he fears for the “peace and safety” of the jurors deciding the fate of the former Trump campaign chairman. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III revealed his concerns Friday when explaining why he doesn’t intend to make jurors’ ... Read More »

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Saudi Arabia prepares for the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage

By Omar Akour, The Associated Press on August 18th, 2018

MECCA, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the annual hajj pilgrimage beginning Sunday, as over 1.6 million Muslim faithful from abroad have arrived in the ultraconservative kingdom. The pilgrimage represents one of the five pillars of Islam and is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life. In recent weeks, the ... Read More »

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Taliban say no peace with ‘occupation,’ want US talks

By Rahim Faiez, The Associated Press on August 18th, 2018

KABUL – The leader of the Taliban said Saturday there will be no peace in Afghanistan as long as the foreign “occupation” continues, reiterating the group’s position that the 17-year war can only be brought to an end through direct talks with the United States. In a message released in honour of the Eid al-Adha ... Read More »

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Toll rises to 42 in Italy bridge collapse ahead of funerals

By The Associated Press on August 18th, 2018

GENOA, Italy – Rescue crews found four more bodies Saturday in the rubble of the Genoa bridge collapse, raising the death toll to 42, Italian media reported, as mourners filled a fairground pavilion for a state funeral for many of the victims found in recent days. Italian RAI state radio said what was believed to ... Read More »

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Pakistan’s Imran Khan sworn in as prime minister

By The Associated Press on August 17th, 2018

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan has been sworn in as prime minister after his party won the most votes in last month’s election despite protests by opposition parties, which accuse the security services of intervening on his behalf. Khan took the oath of office on Saturday, a day after being elected by a ... Read More »

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6.1 quake shakes Costa Rica near Panama; no major damage

By The Associated Press on August 17th, 2018

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – A strong earthquake shook southern Costa Rica near the border with Panama on Friday evening, toppling items from store shelves and knocking out power in places, but authorities said there was no major damage or reports of serious injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.1 quake struck at ... Read More »

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6.0 quake shakes Costa Rica near Panama; no major damage

By The Associated Press on August 17th, 2018

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – A strong earthquake shook southern Costa Rica near the border with Panama Friday evening, toppling items from store shelves and knocking out power in places, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the quake had a magnitude of 6.0 and ... Read More »

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6.0 earthquake shakes southern Costa Rica near Panama

By The Associated Press on August 17th, 2018

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – A strong earthquake has shaken southern Costa Rica near the border of Panama. There are no immediate reports of injuries or significant damage. The U.S. Geological Survey reports that the quake had a magnitude of 6.0 and struck at a depth of about 12 miles (19 kilometres). Its epicenter was ... Read More »

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Former Iowa Congressman Leonard Boswell dies

By The Associated Press on August 17th, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa – Former Iowa Rep. Leonard Boswell has died following complications from a rare form of cancer. He was 84. Family spokesman Grant Woodard said Boswell passed away about 5:30 p.m. Friday after he was found ill in his Decatur County home and was flown to a Des Moines hospital. Boswell, a Democrat, ... Read More »

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