January 19th, 2018

World News

Hippo-y birthday to Fiona! The popular preemie is turning 1

By Dan Sewell, The Associated Press on January 19th, 2018

CINCINNATI – Some days, it’s more like being a Hollywood star’s agent than a communications official for the zoo. That’s what happens when your prematurely born hippopotamus becomes a global celebrity. The Cincinnati Zoo has a day of festivities ready for Fiona’s first birthday party Saturday, and expect plenty more of Fiona in Year 2. ... Read More »

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New Zealand prime minister says she’s pregnant, due in June

By The Associated Press on January 19th, 2018

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – New Zealand’s prime minister announced on Friday that she is expecting her first child in June. Jacinda Ardern, 37, took office in October. Speculation swirled around whether she would start a family soon when she took over the leadership of her then-opposition Labour Party last year. Ardern took to Twitter to ... Read More »

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South awaits thaw from snowstorm, icy roads and numbing cold

By Jonathan Drew And Tom Foreman Jr., The Associated Press on January 19th, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. – Southerners awaited a big thaw that would end days of icy roads, broken pipes, snow and numbing cold after a fierce winter storm blasted their normally mild region. For the third straight night, state troopers warned of ice making roads and highways treacherous after the snow that hit a wide swath of ... Read More »

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Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander

By Nicole Winfield, The Associated Press on January 19th, 2018

SANTIAGO, Chile – Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country. Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was ... Read More »

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Tourism booming in Cuba despite tougher new Trump policy

By Andrea Rodriguez, The Associated Press on January 19th, 2018

HAVANA – On a sweltering early summer afternoon in Miami’s Little Havana, President Donald Trump told a cheering Cuban-American crowd that he was rolling back some of Barack Obama’s opening to Cuba in order to starve the island’s military-run economy of U.S. tourism dollars and ratchet up pressure for regime change. That doesn’t appear to ... Read More »

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A year after Jammeh’s exit, Gambia emerges from the shadows

By Carley Petesch And Abdoulie John, The Associated Press on January 19th, 2018

BANJUL, Gambia – The military intervention looked imminent. West African troops were poised to push into Gambia as Yahya Jammeh, the tiny nation’s leader for more than 22 years, refused to cede power after losing elections. President-elect Adama Barrow had flown to safety in neighbouring Senegal, where he was sworn in at the Gambian embassy ... Read More »

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Tensions soar along Indian, Pakistan frontier in Kashmir

By Aijaz Hussain And Munir Ahmed, The Associated Press on January 19th, 2018

SRINAGAR, India – Tensions have soared along the volatile frontier between India and Pakistan in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, as rival troops shelled villages and border posts for a third day Friday. Three civilians and two soldiers were killed on both sides in the latest clash, officials in the two countries said, as ... Read More »

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Uproar over watches threatens Thailand’s ruling generals

By Jerry Harmer, The Associated Press on January 19th, 2018

BANGKOK – Entering their fifth year in power, Thailand’s ruling generals may be running out of time and it’s not for a lack of watches. A growing uproar over the deputy prime minister’s mind-boggling array of luxury timepieces is damaging the military government’s image so badly that some observers believe it could eventually pave the ... Read More »

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Clues sought in copter crash that killed Zimbabwean leader

By P. Solomon Banda And Nomaan Merchant, The Associated Press on January 19th, 2018

RATON, N.M. – A husband and wife who pushed for political change in Zimbabwe, an adventurous Texas investor and a pair of decorated pilots died in a fiery helicopter crash in a remote area of New Mexico. Investigators will comb through the charred wreckage in search for clues as to why the helicopter carrying the ... Read More »

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Winter is off to late start in normally frigid rural Alaska

By Rachel D'Oro, The Associated Press on January 19th, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Winter is off to a late start in parts of the nation’s largest – and usually coldest – state. Months of higher-than-normal temperatures in parts of rural Alaska have opened dangerous gaps in frozen rivers that residents use to travel from village to village and to hunting grounds since there are no ... Read More »

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