May 25th, 2017

World News

Activists say Kurdish-led forces advance on IS-held Raqqa

By The Associated Press on May 13th, 2017

BEIRUT – Syrian opposition activists and media say Kurdish-led forces are closing in on the de-facto capital of the Islamic State group in Syria, seizing a cotton factory only a couple of miles north of the city. The Raqqa Campaign, a Facebook page affiliated with the Kurdish-led forces, says the fighters seized the cotton factory, ... Read More »

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Traffic accident in Turkey kills at least 20 local people

By The Associated Press on May 13th, 2017

ISTANBUL – Turkish authorities say at least 20 people have died and 11 others are in critical condition after a tour bus tipped over. The governor of Mugla province, Amir Cicek, said the bus tipped over at a road bend as it was travelling from the coastal province of Izmir to the Marmaris tourist destination. ... Read More »

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Trump lawyers: Documents show no undisclosed Russian income

By Ken Thomas And Darlene Superville, The Associated Press on May 13th, 2017

WASHINGTON – Lawyers for President Donald Trump said Friday that a review of his last 10 years of tax returns did not reflect “any income of any type from Russian sources,” but their letter included exceptions related to previously cited income generated from a beauty pageant and sale of a Florida estate. The letter represented ... Read More »

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GOP leaders see more smoke than fire in Comey’s dismissal

By Elliot Spagat, The Associated Press on May 13th, 2017

CORONADO, Calif. – Chaos is President Donald Trump’s style, yet as long as the Republican delivers on health care, taxes and tapping a new FBI director as solid as his Supreme Court pick, GOP leaders say everything will be just fine. While Trump’s abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey roiled Washington, Republicans who attended ... Read More »

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Gunmen kill 10 labourers near port in southwest Pakistan

By The Associated Press on May 13th, 2017

QUETTA, Pakistan – A Pakistani official says gunmen have killed 10 labourers who were working on a road project in the country’s southwest Local police official Abdul Salam says the attack took place Saturday near the recently completed Gwadar port in Baluchistan province, which was built with Chinese funding. There was no immediate claim of ... Read More »

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Pope makes 2 Fatima children saints on centenary of visions

By Nicole Winfield And Barry Hatton, The Associated Press on May 13th, 2017

FATIMA, Portugal – Pope Francis added two Portuguese shepherd children to the roster of Catholic saints Saturday, honouring young siblings whose reported visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago turned the Portuguese farm town of Fatima into one of the world’s most important Catholic shrines. Francis proclaimed Francisco and Jacinta Marto saints at the ... Read More »

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UK working to restore hospital systems after cyberattack

By The Associated Press on May 13th, 2017

LONDON – Britain’s National Cyber Security Center says teams are working “round the clock” to restore hospital computer systems after a global cyberattack that hit dozens of countries forced British hospitals to cancel and delay treatment for patients. The attack, which locked up computers and held users’ files for ransom, was believed the biggest of ... Read More »

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Judge: Corrupt ex-LA sheriff’s crimes an ’embarrassment’

By Brian Melley, The Associated Press on May 12th, 2017

LOS ANGELES – The effort by former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca and his underlings to derail an FBI investigation into beatings in the jails he ran was dubbed Operation Pandora’s Box. Like the Greek myth the name was based on, it contained troubles the conspirators never anticipated when federal investigators uncovered the scheme and ... Read More »

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Hinting at secret tapes, Trump warns ousted FBI director

By Jonathan Lemire, Jake Pearson And Julie Pace, The Associated Press on May 12th, 2017

WASHINGTON – Raging against a political firestorm, President Donald Trump on Friday shot a sharp warning at his ousted FBI director about possible “tapes” of their disputed private conversations, raising the provocative possibility that recording devices have been installed in the White House. Trump’s top spokesman refused to comment on whether listening devices are active ... Read More »

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With ‘tapes’ tweet, Trump evokes Nixon’s White House

By Jake Pearson, The Associated Press on May 12th, 2017

NEW YORK – For the first time since an Oval Office taping system was removed by President Richard Nixon’s chief of staff nearly 44 years ago, a president has hinted that White House conversations might again be secretly recorded. If so, President Donald Trump is following a problematic precedent. While several presidents secretly recorded conversations ... Read More »

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