October 23rd, 2017

World News

Philippines declares militants in Marawi ‘finished’

By Jim Gomez, The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2017

CLARK, Philippines – Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana declared the last of the pro-Islamic State group militants in southern Marawi city were “finished.” He told reporters Monday in Clark that troops recovered 42 bodies of the last group of militant stragglers. He said, “Those are the last group of stragglers of Mautes and they were ... Read More »

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Loretta Lynn returns after stroke to honour Alan Jackson

By Kristin M. Hall, The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2017

NASHVILLE – Country star Alan Jackson, the late guitarist and singer Jerry Reed and songwriter Don Schlitz were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday. Country icon Loretta Lynn returned to the Hall of Fame for the first time since she suffered a stroke in May to present the honour to Jackson. ... Read More »

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Malta’s people and media take up slain reporter’s message

By Stephen Calleja, The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2017

VALLETTA, Malta – Several thousand Maltese citizens rallied Sunday to honour an investigative journalist killed by a car bomb, but the prime minister and opposition leader who were chief targets of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s reporting did not attend. Participants at the rally in Malta’s capital, Valletta, placed flowers at a memorial to the journalist that ... Read More »

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Trump urges House GOP to move quickly on budget, tax cuts

By Jill Colvin And Alan Fram, The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2017

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump warned House Republicans on Sunday that 2018 would be a political failure for the GOP and disappointment for the nation if they fail on tax overhaul. A GOP aide familiar with the conversation said Trump told the lawmakers again and again that the party would have a steep price to ... Read More »

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Spanish leader moves aggressively to clip Catalonia’s wings

By Joseph Wilson, The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2017

BARCELONA, Spain – Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy left the nation breathless when he announced the steps he wants to take to crush the separatist movement in the prosperous Catalonia region. Rajoy called on Spain’s Senate on Saturday to trigger a previously untapped section of the constitution that allows the central government to temporarily intervene ... Read More »

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Salvation Army receives donated urn filled with ashes

By The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2017

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – A Salvation Army thrift store in New Hampshire has received an urn apparently filled with cremated remains. The Portsmouth Herald reports the urn was donated last week. It’s bronze in colour and is engraved “Richard L. Pettengill 1929-1981.” The store is holding onto the urn in an effort to return it to ... Read More »

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Malta: Newspapers, citizens take up slain reporter’s message

By Stephen Calleja, The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2017

VALLETTA, Malta – Several thousand Maltese citizens rallied Sunday to honour an investigative journalist killed by a car bomb, but the prime minister and opposition leader who were chief targets of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s reporting stayed away from the gathering. Participants at the rally in Malta’s capital, Valletta, placed flowers at the foot of a ... Read More »

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France: 8 charged in probe of alleged far-right terror plot

By Philippe Sotto, The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2017

PARIS – Eight people suspected of belonging to a French far-right extremist group have been given preliminary terror charges for allegedly plotting attacks against mosques, politicians and migrants. A judicial official told The Associated Press the suspects were charged with criminal terrorist association on Saturday night. Three of the eight charged are minors. Seven are ... Read More »

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Spain: Taking control of Catalonia means big power transfer

By Joseph Wilson, The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2017

BARCELONA, Spain – Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy left the nation breathless when he announced the steps he wants to take to crush the separatist movement in the prosperous Catalonia region. Rajoy called on Spain’s Senate on Saturday to trigger a previously untapped section of the Spain Constitution that allows the central government to temporarily ... Read More »

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Malta politicians miss rally honouring reporter

By Stephen Calleja, The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2017

VALLETTA, Malta – Several thousand Maltese citizens rallied Sunday to honour an investigative journalist killed by a car bomb, but the prime minister and opposition leader who were chief targets of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s reporting stayed away from the gathering. Participants at the rally in Malta’s capital, Valletta, placed flowers at the foot of a ... Read More »

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