June 20th, 2018

World News

Hearing set for California parents accused of shackling kids

By Amy Taxin And Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press on June 20th, 2018

LOS ANGELES – Prosecutors were expected to begin making their case Wednesday against a Southern California couple suspected of starving and shackling their children in a case that drew worldwide headlines when the parents were arrested last winter. David and Louise Turpin are scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing in Superior Court in Riverside, ... Read More »

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Chicago teen to be sentenced in 2014 Facebook feud slaying

By Don Babwin, The Associated Press on June 20th, 2018

CHICAGO – A Chicago teenager will be sentenced Wednesday for using a gun given to her by an uncle to kill another girl in what started as a Facebook feud over a boy, ending a chapter in a case that came to symbolize how the gun violence that plagues parts of the city passes from ... Read More »

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South Korea leader urges denuclearization steps from North

By Christopher Bodeen, The Associated Press on June 20th, 2018

BEIJING – South Korea’s president urged North Korea on Wednesday to present a plan with concrete steps toward denuclearization, raising the pressure on its leader Kim Jong Un during his visit to Beijing to discuss the outcome of his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. Kim left for Pyongyang later in the day after making ... Read More »

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Burning kites from Gaza damage Israeli farms, wildlife

By Aron Heller, The Associated Press on June 20th, 2018

KIBBUTZ NIR AM, Israel – After years of rocket attacks and militant infiltrations from Gaza, residents of southern Israel are now coping with a new kind of threat: incendiary kites and balloons that have damaged farmlands and nature reserves. The crude devices launched by Palestinians inside the blockaded territory have not been lethal. But they ... Read More »

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Despite the odds, Turkey’s opposition mounts tough challenge

By Suzan Fraser, The Associated Press on June 20th, 2018

ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey’s airwaves and billboards are dominated by speeches and campaign ads for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of Sunday’s presidential and parliamentary elections, drowning out the opposition candidates in a country where the media is strongly biased in favour of the government. Nevertheless, Erdogan is facing a tough challenge to his 15 ... Read More »

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South Sudan’s warring leaders set to meet face to face

By Elias Meseret, The Associated Press on June 20th, 2018

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – South Sudan’s warring leaders were set to meet face-to-face for the first time in almost two years on Wednesday amid efforts to end a five-year civil war. Opposition leader Riek Machar arrived in the capital of neighbouring Ethiopia, which invited him and South Sudan President Salva Kiir to meet as international ... Read More »

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US leaving UN’s Human Rights Council, cites anti-Israel bias

By Matthew Lee And Josh Lederman, The Associated Press on June 20th, 2018

WASHINGTON – The United States is leaving the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, which Ambassador Nikki Haley called “an organization that is not worthy of its name.” It’s the latest withdrawal by the Trump administration from an international institution. Haley said Tuesday the U.S. had given the human rights body “opportunity after opportunity” to make ... Read More »

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House Republicans turn up the heat in standoff with DOJ

By Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press on June 20th, 2018

WASHINGTON – House Republicans escalated their monthslong standoff with the Justice Department, saying the FBI hasn’t adequately addressed bias within the agency and threatening to hold top department officials in contempt – or even impeach them. The stepped-up criticism followed the department’s internal watchdog report, released last week, criticizing the FBI’s handling of the 2016 ... Read More »

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Commerce chief denies transactions involved insider trading

By Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press on June 20th, 2018

WASHINGTON – Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross made a trade betting that the stock in a shipping company with Russian-government ties would fall, a transaction coming just days after he learned of a possible negative news story about his investment in the company. Ross reported on a government form released Monday, as required by federal ethics ... Read More »

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Macedonian parliament ratifies name deal with Greece

By The Associated Press on June 20th, 2018

SKOPJE, Macedonia – Macedonia’s parliament has ratified a deal with neighbouring Greece signed last weekend to end a decades-long dispute over Macedonia’s name. Lawmakers on Wednesday approved the bill that renames the country North Macedonia, with 69 votes in favour in the 120-member parliament. The main opposition VMRO-DPMNE party boycotted the session. Prime Minister Zoran ... Read More »

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