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World › S Korea's Park questioned at court hearing on arrest request

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 04:30
South Korea's disgraced ex-President Park Geun-hye was being questioned Thursday by a court that will decide if she should be arrested over corruption allegations that have already toppled her from power. Live TV footage earlier showed a stern looking Park entering the Seoul Central District Court building amid a barrage…

World › Federal judge in Hawaii extends order blocking Trump's travel ban

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 03:10
A federal judge in Hawaii decided Wednesday to extend his order blocking President Donald Trump's travel ban. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson issued the longer-lasting hold on the ban just hours after hearing arguments. Hawaii says the policy discriminates against Muslims and hurts the state's tourist-dependent economy. The implied message…

World › Indonesia man swallowed by python, villagers and reports say

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 01:33
A 25-year-old Indonesian man has been swallowed whole by a python on the island of Sulawesi, villagers and news reports said. A six-minute video on the website of the Tribun Timur publication shows villagers slicing open the python's carcass to reveal the legs and torso of the dead victim, named…

World › Britain formally notifies EU of withdrawal

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 22:30
The United Kingdom filed for divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, overturning four decades of integration with its neighbors, demolishing the notion that EU expansion is inevitable and shaking the foundations of a bloc that is facing challenges to its identity and its place in the world. Britain's top…

World › Ivanka Trump to become official White House unpaid employee

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 22:15
Ivanka Trump is officially joining her father's administration as an unpaid employee, after her plans to serve in a more informal capacity were questioned by ethics experts. The first daughter announced Wednesday that she will serve as an unpaid employee in the White House, saying she had "heard the concerns…

World › France retools anti-extremism efforts after public failures

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 21:27
France's efforts to combat homegrown terrorism are in turmoil: A group home intended to turn young people away from Islamic extremism sits empty. Plans to segregate prison inmates suspected of jihadi sympathies have been abandoned. And the head of a program to prevent radicalization has been convicted of misusing funds.…

World › Heroin use, addiction up sharply among U.S. whites

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 21:25
Heroin use in the United States has risen five-fold in the past decade and dependence on the drug has more than tripled, with the biggest jumps among whites and men with low incomes and little education, researchers said on Wednesday. Whites aged 18 to 44 accounted for the biggest rise…

World › Turkey ends its military operation in northern Syria

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 21:22
Turkey on Wednesday announced its military campaign inside northern Syria was over, without specifying whether it will pull its troops out from the neighbouring country. Turkey's top advisory national security council chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the half-year long offensive in Syria has been "concluded successfully," in a…

World › 12 dead, 3 injured in church van-truck crash in Texas

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 19:27
Twelve people were killed and three others were injured Wednesday when a pickup truck slammed head-on into a van carrying 14 senior members of a Texas Hill Country church on a two-lane highway in southwestern Texas, authorities said. The crash happened about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. 83 outside Garner…

World › Environmental groups file lawsuit over Trump climate actions

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 18:58
Environmental groups that vowed to fight President Donald Trump's efforts to roll back his predecessor's plans to curb global warming made good on their promises Wednesday, teaming up with an American Indian tribe to ask a federal court to block an order that lifts restrictions on coal sales from federal…

World › Arab leaders ready to work with Trump on Mideast peace deal

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 18:00
Arab leaders on Wednesday relaunched a peace plan that offers Israel full ties in exchange for Palestinian statehood, signaling to President Donald Trump that they are ready to engage if he tries to broker a broader Mideast peace. Host Jordan said the one-day Arab summit held on the shores of…

World › California prepares for showdown with Trump over environment

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 06:30
California, one of the most progressive in the U.S. on climate issues, is heading toward a legal showdown with the Trump administration over its environmental policies. The battle is shaping up as President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday rolling back key Obama-era measures to combat climate change.…

World › Watchdog to examine cost, security of Trump's Florida trips

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 22:20
A government watchdog will examine the taxpayer-funded travel costs when President Donald Trump travels to the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and the security procedures surrounding those trips, several congressional Democrats announced Tuesday. The lawmakers requested the inquiry by the Government Accountability Office after reports that Trump, accompanied by Japanese Prime…

World › British PM signs letter that will start Brexit

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 22:10
British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday signed the historic letter that will launch Brexit when it is delivered to Brussels on Wednesday, a photo released by her office showed. Sitting in front of a lone Union Jack national flag and a portrait of Britain's first prime minister, Robert Walpole,…

World › Russian general claims U.S.-led coalition hit dam in Syria

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 22:00
A senior Russian general on Tuesday accused the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State of targeting Syria's infrastructure — including a key dam — in territory held by the Sunni extremist group. Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the military's General Staff said the coalition was trying to "completely destroy critical…

World › Police killing exposes anger, fear of Chinese in France

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 21:24
Chinese immigrants and China's government are protesting a police killing in Paris that prompted violent street clashes and exposed the fears and frustrations of France's large Asian community. Protesters gathered Tuesday in northeast Paris for a second day of demonstrations over the fatal shooting of a Chinese man in his…

World › Las Vegas bus shooting suspect says he feared larger passenger

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 21:18
A man charged with killing one man and wounding another on a double-decker Las Vegas Strip transit bus told police he fired a gun because he felt threatened by a large male passenger who sat near him and was trying to scare with gunfire, according to a police report obtained…

World › Trump signs order sweeping away Obama-era climate policies

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 17:15
President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an order to undo Obama-era regulations to curb climate change, keeping a campaign promise to support the coal industry while calling into question U.S. support for an international deal to fight global warming. Flanked by coal miners, Trump enacted his "Energy Independence" executive order…

World › S Korean ferry salvage workers find human remains

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 07:16
Salvage workers who raised South Korea's sunken Sewol ferry may have found a body which had been missing since the disaster in 2014, the maritime ministry said Tuesday. The ministry said in a statement it would hold a briefing on "finding human remains suspected to be one of the missing…

World › Powerful cyclone slams into Australia's tropical northeast

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 04:10
A powerful cyclone slammed into Australia's tropical northeast coast on Tuesday, tearing down fences, snapping trees and knocking out power to thousands, officials said. The destructive eyewall of Cyclone Debbie, a Category 4 storm packing winds up to 260 kilometers per hour (160 miles per hour), made landfall near Airlie…