October 17th, 2017

World News

UK interest rates set to rise as inflation hits 3 per cent

By Pan Pylas, The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

LONDON – Inflation in Britain has hit 3 per cent for the first since early 2012, official figures showed Tuesday – a development that reinforces expectations that the Bank of England will raise interest rates next month for the first time in a decade. The Office for National Statistics said consumer price inflation was 3 ... Read More »

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UK interest rate set to rise as inflation strikes 3 per cent

By Pan Pylas, The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

LONDON – Inflation in Britain has hit 3 per cent for the first since early 2012, official figures showed Tuesday – a development that reinforces expectations that the Bank of England will raise interest rates next month for the first time in a decade. The Office for National Statistics said consumer price inflation was 3 ... Read More »

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In Syrian city of Raqqa, IS loses hospital, another holdout

By The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

BEIRUT – The U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led forces battling the Islamic State group in Syria say they have captured the city hospital in Raqqa, which served as an IS headquarters. The facility was one of the militants’ last holdouts in Raqqa and had doubled as a hospital and an IS command centre. The capture of the hospital ... Read More »

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Dr. Seuss’ stepdaughter calls for mural to stay in museum

By The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – One of Dr. Seuss’ two stepdaughters is calling for a mural that was deemed offensive for its depiction of a Chinese character from one of the author’s books to remain on the walls of a Massachusetts museum. In a statement released Monday to The Republican , Leagrey Dimond says she wishes the ... Read More »

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Afghan officials: Taliban attacks kill 10 policemen

By The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

KABUL – Afghan officials say Taliban attacks in the country’s south, west and east have killed at least 10 policemen. In southern Ghazni province, the insurgents stormed a security compound, using a suicide car, and killed at least seven policemen. Provincial chief police, Mohammad Zaman, says the attack in Andar district early on Tuesday morning ... Read More »

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Houses spared by massive fires bring joy and sense of loss

By Sudhin Thanawala And Terry Chea, The Associated Press on October 16th, 2017

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Tom and Catherine Andrews live on the edge of devastation. On one side of their mid-century style home, the deadly wildfires that ravaged parts of Northern California for more than a week wiped away the houses of neighbours they have known as long as two decades. On the other side, were ... Read More »

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Bomb kills journalist who exposed Malta’s ties to tax havens

By Stephen Calleja, The Associated Press on October 16th, 2017

VALLETTA, Malta – A Maltese investigative journalist who exposed the island nation’s links to offshore tax havens through the leaked Panama Papers was killed Monday when a bomb exploded in her car, the prime minister said. Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, had just driven away from her home in Mosta, a large town on Malta’s main ... Read More »

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McCain condemns ‘half-baked, spurious nationalism’ in speech

By The Associated Press on October 16th, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Sen. John McCain jabbed Monday night at unnamed pushers of isolationist politics, saying at his National Constitution Center Liberty Medal ceremony in Philadelphia that abandoning America’s role as an international leader is “unpatriotic.” The six-term Republican senator from Arizona made the remarks after receiving the award for a lifetime of service and ... Read More »

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Iraqi forces push into disputed Kirkuk as Kurds withdraw

By Balint Szlanko And Philip Issa, The Associated Press on October 16th, 2017

KIRKUK, Iraq – Two weeks after fighting together against the Islamic State group, Iraqi forces pushed their Kurdish allies out of the disputed city of Kirkuk on Monday, seizing oil fields and other facilities amid soaring tensions over last month’s Kurdish vote for independence. The move by the Iraqi military and its allied militias so ... Read More »

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McCain condemns ‘half-baked, spurious nationalism’

By The Associated Press on October 16th, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Sen. John McCain jabbed Monday night at unnamed pushers of isolationist politics, saying at his National Constitution Center Liberty Medal ceremony in Philadelphia that abandoning America’s role as an international leader is “unpatriotic.” The six-term Republican senator from Arizona made the remarks after receiving the award for a lifetime of service and ... Read More »

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