April 28th, 2017

World News

German soldier arrested on suspicion of planning attack

By Frank Jordans And David Rising, The Associated Press on April 27th, 2017

BERLIN – Police have arrested a German soldier who had posed as a Syrian refugee on suspicion he was planning an attack, apparently motivated by anti-foreigner sentiment, in a case that prosecutors said Thursday was “more than strange.” The 28-year-old lieutenant, whose name wasn’t released, faces charges of preparing an act of violence, said Frankfurt ... Read More »

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A president’s 100 days can be action-packed or crisis-driven

By Calvin Woodward, The Associated Press on April 27th, 2017

WASHINGTON – A president’s first 100 days can be a tire-squealing hustle from the starting line (Franklin Roosevelt), a triumph of style over substance (Jimmy Carter), a taste of what’s to come (Ronald Reagan) or an ambitious plan of action that gets rudely interrupted by world events (pick a president). Here’s a snapshot of the ... Read More »

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Trump to sign order creating accountability office at VA

By Darlene Superville, The Associated Press on April 27th, 2017

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order creating an accountability and whistleblower protection office at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Trump, who made improving veterans’ care a prominent issue as he campaigned for office, was issuing the order Thursday while visiting the VA. It will create a new Office of Accountability ... Read More »

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UNICEF urges Malaysia to ban corporal punishment in schools

By Eileen Ng, The Associated Press on April 27th, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – The U.N. children’s agency on Thursday urged Malaysia to ban corporal punishment in schools, following the death of an 11-year-old boy who was allegedly abused at a religious school. The boy, Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohamad Gaddafi, was allegedly whipped with a water hose at a private Islamic boarding school last month, ... Read More »

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Merkel: Britain should hold no illusions exit will be easy

By David Rising, The Associated Press on April 27th, 2017

BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday sought to dash British hopes that its exit from the European Union will have only a limited impact on the relations, rights and privileges it now has. Speaking to German lawmakers ahead of a weekend summit in Brussels to discuss the so-called Brexit, Merkel said to applause ... Read More »

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Germany: Turkey must answer reports of election fraud

By The Associated Press on April 27th, 2017

BERLIN – Germany is closely watching to see how Turkey will respond to reports from international election monitors who noted a series of irregularities in a referendum to increase powers for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday. Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe monitors found many votes could have been manipulated ... Read More »

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Abbas to stop funding electricity in Hamas-run Gaza: Israel

By The Associated Press on April 27th, 2017

JERUSALEM – The Palestinian self-rule government in the West Bank told Israel on Thursday that it will stop paying for the electricity Israel sells to the Gaza Strip as tensions between the territory’s Islamic militant Hamas rulers and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas intensify. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to exert financial pressure on political ... Read More »

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Netherlands marks king’s 50th birthday

By The Associated Press on April 27th, 2017

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – The Netherlands marked the 50th birthday of King Willem-Alexander on Thursday with orange-clad citizens holding parties and street sales throughout the country. The monarch and his family spent King’s Day in the city of Tilburg, where thousands of people – many wearing inflatable orange crowns – lined the streets to catch ... Read More »

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Report: 15 Russian soldiers missing after ship collision

By The Associated Press on April 27th, 2017

ISTANBUL – Turkish media reports say 15 Russian soldiers are missing after their warship collided with a freighter off Istanbul, in the Black Sea. Private television station NTV says 45 other soldiers were rescued after the accident Thursday. NTV says rescue boats and helicopters have been dispatched to the area... Read More »

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911 call: Man wants police dog to search for stolen heroin

By The Associated Press on April 27th, 2017

AKRON, Ohio – Police say an Ohio man called 911 to request a police dog to help track down heroin allegedly stolen from him. WEWS-TV (http://bit.ly/2pnvmVR ) reports a 20-year-old man in Bath Township, near Akron, made the call in January. The recording was released this week. When the call operator asks why the caller ... Read More »

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