January 19th, 2018

World News

Zimbabwe’s leader: 1st post-Mugabe elections in May or June

By Farai Mutsaka, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2018

HARARE, Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe’s president says elections will be in May or June, as he faces pressure at home and abroad to deliver a credible vote to cement his legitimacy. President Emmerson Mnangagwa took power from longtime ruler Robert Mugabe with the military’s help in November, and this will be the first election without Mugabe ... Read More »

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UK to pay millions to keep France border agreement

By Jill Lawless, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2018

LONDON – Britain will pay tens of millions of pounds (dollars) toward border security in France and support French military missions as part of moves to bind the countries closer together after Brexit. U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is meeting French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday in a bilateral summit intended to strengthen security and ... Read More »

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Merkel still in charge of her future amid impasse in Germany

By Geir Moulson, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2018

BERLIN – Angela Merkel has defied many forecasts of her looming political demise in 12 years as German chancellor. And nearly four months into post-war Germany’s longest political impasse, she’s likely to emerge on top again for the time being – whatever happens. Opponents have argued that Merkel’s time is nearing its end as they ... Read More »

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South’s slow-motion freeze leaves vexing blanket of snow

By Jonathan Drew And Tom Foreman Jr., The Associated Press on January 18th, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. – The deep freeze that killed 10 people and shut down much of the South began to relent Thursday, but several states were still dealing with the lingering effects of the slow-moving storm that dumped up to 12 inches (30 centimetres) of snow in central North Carolina. The snow had stopped by early ... Read More »

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Texas ‘Tourniquet Killer’ set to be 1st US execution in 2018

By Michael Graczyk, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2018

HUNTSVILLE, Texas – A man who became known as Houston’s “Tourniquet Killer” because of his signature murder technique on four female victims more than two decades ago is set to become the nation’s first prisoner executed in 2018. Texas prison officials Thursday evening are scheduled to give Anthony Allen Shore, 55, lethal injection for the ... Read More »

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Underwear dance proves risky business for Russian cadets

By The Associated Press on January 18th, 2018

MOSCOW – An underwear dance video filmed in a college dormitory has turned out to be risky business for some Russian cadet pilots. The mock homoerotic strip-tease recorded by cadets at the Ulyanovsk Civil Aviation Institute went viral earlier this week. Some Russian politicians have called on the public training school to expel the students. ... Read More »

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Luggage limbo: Bags still missing after JFK airport woes

By Jennifer Peltz And Frank Eltman, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2018

NEW YORK – Newlywed Ziad Dallal and his wife arrived home in New York, with wedding keepsakes in their bags, to find John F. Kennedy International Airport paralyzed by winter weather woes that cancelled flights, froze equipment and separated thousands of passengers from their luggage. Ten days later, the couple on Wednesday was still waiting ... Read More »

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The Latest: Fire damages Peru chapel ahead of Pope’s arrival

By The Associated Press on January 18th, 2018

IQUIQUE, Chile – The Latest on Pope Francis’ visit to South America (all times local): 10:15 a.m. A small chapel in southern Peru has sustained minor fire damage in what church officials believe is the latest act of vandalism against religious buildings during Pope Francis’ trip to the region. Patrol officers in the city of ... Read More »

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The Latest: Pope urges Chilean city to welcome immigrants

By The Associated Press on January 18th, 2018

SANTIAGO, Chile – The Latest on Pope Francis’ visit to South America (all times local): 11:55 a.m. Pope Francis is urging the people of a Chilean coastal city to continue to be welcoming toward migrants as their ranks swell. Francis made the comments during a homily in Iquique, which has experienced a boom of immigrants ... Read More »

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Pope wraps up Chile stop with visit to migrants, on to Peru

By Nicole Winfield And Peter Prengaman, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2018

SANTIAGO, Chile – Pope Francis wraps up his Chile visit Thursday by meeting with members of the South American nation’s booming immigrant community, who are flocking to the region’s strongest and most stable economy but are increasingly the focus of political and social discontent. After an emotional meeting with Chile’s Mapuche indigenous in the south ... Read More »

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