February 27th, 2017

World News

EU boosts North Korea sanctions in line with UN

By The Associated Press on February 27th, 2017

BRUSSELS – The European Union is boosting its sanctions against North Korea in line with a U.N. Security Council Resolution following another nuclear test in September last year. The EU member states said in a statement Monday they will restrict trade in coal and iron and ban imports of several other metals. The EU also ... Read More »

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Moscow workers demolish opposition leader’s memorial

By The Associated Press on February 27th, 2017

Moscow municipal workers have demolished the impromptu memorial to Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov on the day he was killed two years ago. Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister, was shot dead late on Feb. 27, 2015, just outside the Kremlin wall in an apparent contract killing. Thousands of mourners marched across Moscow on Sunday ... Read More »

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Health care, Supreme Court on agenda as Congress returns

By Erica Werner, The Associated Press on February 27th, 2017

WASHINGTON – Congress returns to Washington this week to confront dramatic decisions on health care and the Supreme Court that may help determine the course of Donald Trump’s presidency. First, the president will have his say, in his maiden speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night. Majority Republicans in the House and ... Read More »

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Report warns of gaps if federal health care dollars are cut

By Ben Nuckols And Ricardo Alonzo-Zaldivar, The Associated Press on February 27th, 2017

WASHINGTON – A sobering report to governors about the potential consequences of repealing the Obama-era health care law warns that federal spending cuts probably would create funding gaps for states and threaten many people with the loss of insurance coverage. The Affordable Care Act has two main components for expanding coverage: subsidized private health insurance ... Read More »

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Afghan President: Taliban shadow governor killed in Kunduz

By The Associated Press on February 27th, 2017

KABUL – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says that a senior Taliban commander has been killed. During a ceremony Monday honouring the country’s security and defence forces, Ghani said that Mullah Abdul Salam, the Taliban’s shadow governor for Kunduz province, had been killed on Sunday. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid also confirmed Salam’s death, saying it was ... Read More »

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AP Exclusive: Ex-congregants reveal years of ungodly abuse

By Mitch Weiss, The Associated Press on February 27th, 2017

SPINDALE, N.C. – From all over the world, they flocked to this tiny town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, lured by promises of inner peace and eternal life. What many found instead: years of terror – waged in the name of the Lord. Congregants of the Word of Faith Fellowship were regularly ... Read More »

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Mardi Gras crash suspect’s alcohol level nearly triple limit

By Rebecca Santana, The Associated Press on February 27th, 2017

NEW ORLEANS – The driver accused of plowing into a crowd enjoying a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit, police said. The New Orleans Police Department issued a statement identifying the man as 25-year-old Neilson Rizzuto. He’s being held at the city’s jail on ... Read More »

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Trump’s speech could be marked by disruption or decorum

By Nancy Benac And Jill Colvin, The Associated Press on February 27th, 2017

WASHINGTON – A presidential speech to Congress is one of those all-American moments that ooze ritual and decorum. The sergeant-at-arms will stand at the rear of the House of Representatives on Tuesday night and announce, in a booming voice, the arrival of Donald Trump before a joint session of Congress by intoning: “Mister Speaker, the ... Read More »

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Seoul says North Korea executes 5 senior security officials

By The Associated Press on February 27th, 2017

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of – South Korea’s intelligence agency says North Korea has executed five senior security officials for making false reports to leader Kim Jong Un. The comments by the National Intelligence Service in a private briefing to lawmakers Monday come as Malaysia investigates the poisoning death there of Kim’s estranged elder half brother, ... Read More »

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Float crashes, injuring 20 people at Rio’s Carnival parade

By Mauricio Savarese, The Associated Press on February 27th, 2017

RIO DE JANEIRO – A float crashed during Rio de Janeiro’s world famous Carnival parade Sunday evening and injured at least 20 people, including three people reported in serious condition, but organizers proceeded with the show. The incident involved the last float of the first samba school parading through Rio’s Sambadrome. The float of samba ... Read More »

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