December 13th, 2017

World News

Freed prisoner witnessed radicalization in Egyptian jails

By Brian Rohan, The Associated Press on December 12th, 2017

DUBLIN – An Irish citizen recently acquitted after four years of being imprisoned in Egypt says he saw dozens of cellmates become radicalized and adopt views of the Islamic State group during his brutal captivity in overcrowded jails. Ibrahim Halawa, 21, was arrested after security forces broke up a 2013 sit-in protesting the army’s overthrow ... Read More »

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Homeless in Rio skyrockets, creating tensions, violence

By Peter Prengaman, The Associated Press on December 12th, 2017

RIO DE JANEIRO – One night about a year ago, Leandro Mota Generoso was sleeping on a street in downtown Rio de Janeiro when he felt something jagged strike his face. Somebody – he didn’t see the person, but believes it was a resident in the neighbourhood – had slashed his nose with broken glass ... Read More »

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Israel survey finds deep divisions, displeasure with leaders

By Josef Federman, The Associated Press on December 12th, 2017

JERUSALEM – With the prime minister facing a slew of corruption allegations, the peace process at a standstill and the government moving to stifle critics, it is no secret that Israel is a deeply polarized nation. But a new survey released on Tuesday shows just how divided the country has become. The annual Israeli Democracy ... Read More »

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Ex-US deserter to NKorea who married Japanese abductee dies

By Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press on December 12th, 2017

TOKYO – Charles Jenkins, a U.S. Army deserter to North Korea who married a Japanese abductee and lived in Japan after their release, has died. He was 77. Jenkins was found collapsed outside his home in Sado in northern Japan on Monday and was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead, a ... Read More »

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Admin says big revenue from GOP tax plan; analysts less rosy

By Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press on December 12th, 2017

WASHINGTON – The Republican tax plan will deliver a swift adrenaline shot to the economy that will send hundreds of billions pouring into federal tax coffers, the Trump administration asserts in a new analysis. But nonpartisan analysts make a less rosy projection of new revenue from the tax legislation now before Congress. House and Senate ... Read More »

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Crews protect hillside homes as California fire grows

By Christopher Weber, The Associated Press on December 12th, 2017

LOS ANGELES – The fifth largest wildfire in California history expanded, ripping through dry brush atop a coastal ridge while crews struggled to keep flames from roaring down into neighbourhoods amid fears of renewed winds. Firefighters protected foothill homes northwest of Los Angeles, making progress in residential areas while much of the fire’s growth occurred ... Read More »

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Alabama special Senate race now in hands of voters

By Bill Barrow And Kim Chandler, The Associated Press on December 12th, 2017

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alabama voters headed to the polls Tuesday in Alabama’s special Senate election and faced two choices: Either continue the “Trump miracle” in Washington or allow “decency” to prevail back home. At the centre is Roy Moore – “Judge Moore,” to his supporters. The 70-year-old Republican was twice ousted as state Supreme Court ... Read More »

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San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee dies suddenly at 65

By The Associated Press on December 12th, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO – Mayor Ed Lee, who oversaw a technology-driven economic boom in the city that brought with it sky-high housing prices, died suddenly early Tuesday at age 65. A statement from the Lee’s office said the city’s first Asian-American mayor died at 1:11 a.m. at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. “It is with profound ... Read More »

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‘Univision’ anchor Jorge Ramos writing book on immigration

By The Associated Press on December 12th, 2017

NEW YORK – A Univision journalist who famously clashed with then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2015 has a book coming out about Trump and immigration. Publisher Vintage Books told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Jorge Ramos’ “Trump: The Challenge of a Latino Immigrant in the Trump Era” will be released Feb. 27. Ramos ... Read More »

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City official: San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee dead at 65

By The Associated Press on December 12th, 2017

San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed says that Mayor Edwin Lee has died. He was 65. Breed said early Tuesday that Lee passed away just after 1 a.m. at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. A statement from the mayor’s office said: “It is with profound sadness and terrible grief that we confirm that ... Read More »

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