February 23rd, 2017

World News

Winning numbers drawn for $435 million Powerball jackpot

By The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa – The winning Powerball numbers have been drawn for the jackpot that’s climbed above $400 million for the first time in nearly three months. The numbers are 10-13-28-52-61 and Powerball 2. During Wednesday night’s drawing, it was announced that the jackpot jumped to an estimated $435 million. Powerball is played in 44 ... Read More »

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Japan Crown Prince vows to follow father’s footstep

By The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2017

TOKYO – Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito has marked his 57th birthday with a pledge to follow in his father’s footsteps as symbol of the nation when his father’s abdication wish is realized. Naruhito is first in line to Japan’s Chrysanthemum throne and will succeed Emperor Akihito, now 83. Akihito last August expressed his apparent wish ... Read More »

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North Korea denies it was behind killing at Malaysia airport

By The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – North Korea denied Thursday that its agents masterminded the assassination of the half brother of leader Kim Jong Un, saying a Malaysian investigation into the death of one of its nationals is full of “holes and contradictions.” The North’s response came a day after Malaysian police said they were seeking two ... Read More »

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North Korea blasts Malaysia for death of its national

By The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2017

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of – North Korea says a Malaysian investigation into the death of one of its nationals is full of “holes and contradictions” amid speculation that its agents masterminded the assassination of leader Kim Jong Un’s half brother. Malaysia police have not directly pinpointed North Korea as being behind the death of Kim ... Read More »

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Revised Trump immigration order delayed until next week

By Julie Pace, The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2017

WASHINGTON – The White House is pushing back the release of President Donald Trump’s revamped refugee and immigration executive order until next week. Trump had said his administration would unveil the new order this week, but a White House official says that has been delayed. Trump’s original order temporarily banning all entry into the U.S. ... Read More »

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Trump sends top aides to Mexico amid deep strains with US

By Josh Lederman, The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2017

MEXICO CITY – President Donald Trump dispatched his top diplomat and homeland security chief to Mexico on Wednesday on a fence-mending mission complicated by the actual fence he wants to build on the southern border. Mexico’s government signalled it was in no mood to be lectured by the new U.S. administration. Ties between the countries ... Read More »

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Adopted kids see long-lasting effects of Romanian orphanages

By Maria Cheng, The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2017

LONDON – Romanian children adopted from overcrowded orphanages in the 1990s were more likely to suffer psychological problems as adults compared to other children taken in by British families, according to a decades-long study. Doctors say the findings suggest there is a critical window when young brains develop that may determine someone’s future mental health, ... Read More »

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Trump administration lifts transgender bathroom guidance

By Maria Danilova And Sadie Gurman, The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2017

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration has lifted federal guidelines that said transgender students should be allowed to use public school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their chosen gender identity. The Wednesday decision is a reversal of an Obama-era directive issued in May. It will now be up to states and school districts to interpret whether ... Read More »

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2 men sentenced for hate crime attack against Somalis

By Roxana Hegeman, The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2017

WICHITA, Kan. – Two southwest Kansas men were punished Wednesday for their roles in a hate crime attack on three Somali that a federal judge said flies in the face of everything cherished in this country. U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten sentenced Omar Cantero Martinez, 32, a Mexican citizen, to 26 months in prison. ... Read More »

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Cuban dissidents honour OAS secretary-general denied entry

By Andrea Rodriguez, The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2017

HAVANA – A group of Cuban dissidents on Wednesday recognized the secretary-general of the Organization of American States for defending human rights in their country even though the government denied him entry to attend the ceremony. About a dozen dissidents and diplomats from the U.S., Czech Republic and Sweden honoured Luis Almagro at the home ... Read More »

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