October 23rd, 2017

World News

At least 67 civilians found dead in Syria town taken from IS

By Sarah El Deeb, The Associated Press on October 23rd, 2017

BEIRUT – The bodies of at least 67 Syrian civilians, many summarily killed by the Islamic State group, have been discovered in a central town in Syria retaken from IS by government troops over the weekend, activists said Monday. The news of the gruesome find in the town of Qaryatayn, in Homs province, began to ... Read More »

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65 bodies of civilians found in Syrian town taken from IS

By The Associated Press on October 23rd, 2017

BEIRUT – Syrian activists are reporting that at least 65 bodies of civilians have been found in a central town retaken by government forces from the Islamic State group. Most of the victims are believed to have been killed by IS. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the number of those killed is ... Read More »

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After election win, Abe prioritizes North Korea, aging Japan

By Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press on October 23rd, 2017

TOKYO – Fresh off a decisive election victory, Japan’s leader pledged Monday to tackle what he called Japan’s two national crises: the military threat from North Korea and an aging and shrinking population. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a news conference that he is committed to protect the Japanese people’s prosperity and peace from ... Read More »

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Philippines declares end to 5-month militant siege in Marawi

By Jim Gomez, The Associated Press on October 23rd, 2017

CLARK, Philippines – The Philippine government declared the end Monday to the militant siege of a southern city that lasted five months, left more than 1,100 people dead and sparked fears of the Islamic State group gaining a foothold in Southeast Asia. Speaking at an annual meeting of the region’s defence ministers, Defence Secretary Delfin ... Read More »

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Al Hurricane, ‘Godfather of New Mexico music,’ dies

By Russell Contreras, The Associated Press on October 23rd, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Al Hurricane, known as the “Godfather of New Mexico music” for developing a distinct sound bridging the state’s unique Hispanic traditions with country and rock, died Sunday. His son, Al Hurricane, Jr., told The Associated Press that his father died from complications related to a long battle against prostate cancer. Two of ... Read More »

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Abe says his priorities are North Korea and aging Japan

By The Associated Press on October 23rd, 2017

TOKYO – Japan’s leader has pledged to tackle what he called Japan’s two national crises, the military threat from North Korea and an aging and shrinking population. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a post-election news conference Monday that he would pursue “strong diplomacy” to pressure North Korea to halt its missile and nuclear weapons ... Read More »

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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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