October 23rd, 2017

World News

Foo Fighters postpone Kentucky show at last minute

By The Associated Press on October 21st, 2017

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Foo Fighters postponed a concert in Kentucky, hours before the band was expected to take the stage, because of an unspecified family emergency. The band’s public relations firm said in a news release Saturday afternoon that the concert at Lexington’s Rupp Arena, which was scheduled for later that night, will now take ... Read More »

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Trump plans to help with Russia legal bills

By Jill Colvin, The Associated Press on October 21st, 2017

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump intends to spend at least $430,000 of his own money to help pay the legal bills of White House staff and campaign aides related to the investigations into Russian election meddling in the 2016 election. A White House official confirmed the plan, which was first reported by the website Axios. ... Read More »

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Parents complain after Ohio school sings cotton picking song

By The Associated Press on October 21st, 2017

TOLEDO, Ohio – Some parents at an Ohio middle school say they were shocked to hear an eighth-grade choir sing about picking cotton not long after students in the district took photos and videos of themselves with a Confederate flag outside the high school. The Blade reports “Cotton Needs Pickin” was performed Thursday during the ... Read More »

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‘Zombie’ event staged at Oklahoma Capitol to support taxes

By Ken Miller, The Associated Press on October 21st, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma anti-tax “zombies” were pushed away from the state capitol in mock event by groups supporting tax increases to prevent cuts to social services. Saturday’s event featuring people dressed as zombies was staged by Together Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Policy Institute. Videos are posted on Facebook and Twitter . Charles Martin of ... Read More »

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WHO chief now ‘rethinking’ Mugabe ‘goodwill ambassador’ post

By The Associated Press on October 21st, 2017

GENEVA – After widespread shock and condemnation, the head of the World Health Organization said Saturday he is “rethinking” his appointment of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe as a “goodwill ambassador.” In a new tweet, WHO director-general Tedros Ghebreyesus said that “I’m listening. I hear your concerns. Rethinking the approach in light of WHO values. I ... Read More »

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To learn how to say New Zealand leader’s name, just call her

By The Associated Press on October 21st, 2017

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – When an Australian journalist wanted to find out how to correctly pronounce the name of New Zealand’s incoming prime minister, he – unwittingly – went straight to the top. According to The New Zealand Herald, Tiger Webb of Australia’s ABC Radio called the New Zealand Parliament on Friday to find out ... Read More »

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Somalia readies for ‘state of war’ as death toll up to 358

By Abdi Guled, The Associated Press on October 21st, 2017

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somalia’s president on Saturday urged troops to prepare for a “state of war” against the al-Shabab extremist group blamed for the country’s deadliest attack, as the toll reached 358 with dozens still said to be missing a week after the truck bombing in Mogadishu. The United States is expected to play a ... Read More »

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New Zealand’s new leader impresses by answering the phone

By The Associated Press on October 21st, 2017

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – When an Australian journalist wanted to find out how to correctly pronounce the name of New Zealand’s incoming prime minister, he – unknowingly – went straight to the top. According to The New Zealand Herald, Tiger Webb of Australia’s ABC Radio called the New Zealand Parliament on Friday to find out ... Read More »

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Spanish PM aims to take over Catalan govt; residents aghast

By Aritz Parra, The Associated Press on October 21st, 2017

BARCELONA, Spain – The Spanish government announced an unprecedented plan Saturday to sack Catalonia’s separatist leaders, install its own people in their place and call a new regional election, using previously untapped constitutional powers to take control of the prosperous region that is threatening to secede. After a special Cabinet session, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano ... Read More »

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54 Egyptian police killed in ambush, say officials

By Menna Zaki, The Associated Press on October 21st, 2017

CAIRO – At least 54 policemen, including 20 officers and 34 conscripts, were killed when a raid on a militant hideout southwest of Cairo escalated into an all-out firefight, authorities said Saturday, in one of the single deadliest attacks by militants against Egyptian security forces in recent years. The officials said the exchange of fire ... Read More »

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