February 21st, 2018

World News

Spokesman: Evangelist Billy Graham has died at age 99

By The Associated Press on February 21st, 2018

MONTREAT, N.C. – The Rev. Billy Graham, counsellor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, has died at age 99. Spokesman Mark DeMoss tell The Associated Press that Graham died Wednesday morning at his home in Montreat, North Carolina. He had been treated in recent years for cancer, pneumonia and other ... Read More »

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Migrant deported by Israel back to Africa recounts ordeal

By Rodney Muhumuza, The Associated Press on February 21st, 2018

KAMPALA, Uganda – Inside the immigration office in Tel Aviv, Yohannes Tesfagabr considered his options. He could not dare return to his native Eritrea, a country he risked his life to flee in 2010. He also hoped to avoid the fate of compatriots who languished in a notorious desert jail for illegally staying in Israel. ... Read More »

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Colorado congressman booed as people demand action on guns

By Nicholas Riccardi, The Associated Press on February 21st, 2018

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. – Grumbling and jeers met the request for a moment of silence for the 17 people killed last week in the Florida school shooting. “Let’s do something for them!” one man yelled at the beginning of Republican Rep. Mike Coffman’s town hall Tuesday night. Another participant cried out, “We’re done with thoughts ... Read More »

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Israeli media: Netanyahu confidant to testify against him

By Aron Heller, The Associated Press on February 21st, 2018

JERUSALEM – Israeli media reported Wednesday that one of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s closest confidants has turned state witness and will incriminate him in corruption allegations, the latest in a dizzying series of developments that threaten to topple the beleaguered Israeli leader. Police would not confirm whether long-time aide Shlomo Filber would testify against Netanyahu, ... Read More »

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Evangelist Billy Graham dies at age 99; reached millions

By Rachel Zoll, The Associated Press on February 21st, 2018

The Rev. Billy Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counsellor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, has died. Spokesman Mark DeMoss says Graham, who long suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments, died at his home in North Carolina on Wednesday morning. He ... Read More »

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Trump Jr: ‘Nonsense’ that family’s profiting from presidency

By Muneeza Naqvi, The Associated Press on February 21st, 2018

NEW DELHI – Donald Trump Jr. said that any talk of his family profiting from his father’s presidency is “nonsense” as he embarked on a trip to India that has raised ethical concerns about using the name of the American president to promote international business ventures. The eldest son of President Donald Trump, who is ... Read More »

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State Department says NKorea passed up meeting with Pence

By Josh Lederman, The Associated Press on February 21st, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vice-President Mike Pence was all set to hold a history-making meeting with North Korean officials during the Winter Olympics in South Korea, but Kim Jong Un’s government cancelled at the last minute, the Trump administration said Tuesday. A potential meeting between Pence and the North Koreans had been the most highly anticipated moment ... Read More »

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White House: New policy won’t affect Trump’s son-in-law

By Zeke Miller, The Associated Press on February 21st, 2018

WASHINGTON – It’s a week of reckoning for White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and dozens of other officials who have been working without permanent security clearances for the better part of a year. Those who have been operating with interim access to top secret information since before June are set to see that access ... Read More »

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Vatican sex abuse investigator hospitalized in Chile

By The Associated Press on February 21st, 2018

SANTIAGO, Chile – The special envoy sent by Pope Francis to investigate allegations that sex abuse was covered up has been hospitalized in Chile. Catholic bishop’s conference spokesman Jaime Coiro says the problems affecting Charles Scicluna aren’t extremely serious, “but neither are we dealing with a very simple ailment.” He didn’t give details. The Maltese ... Read More »

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Lebanon gets tough on the press ahead of elections

By Philip Issa, The Associated Press on February 21st, 2018

BEIRUT – A string of court cases and judicial investigations against Lebanese media figures is testing this country’s reputation as a forum for ideas in a region blanketed by censorship and threats to the press. Lebanese authorities are getting tough on free speech ahead of national elections, summoning two leading talk show hosts to court ... Read More »

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