May 26th, 2017

World News

US, EU in urgent discussions on pitch to expand laptop ban

By The Associated Press on May 12th, 2017

BRUSSELS – The United States and top European ministers will hold urgent talks about a possible expansion of the in-flight laptop ban to flights from the EU. European Commission transport spokeswoman Anna-Kaisa Itkonen confirmed the talks will be held Friday. Itkonen said the EU had no information of a new threat that would prompt any ... Read More »

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Syrian Kurdish forces say they will push on to IS capital

By The Associated Press on May 12th, 2017

BEIRUT – A U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish force expects to push on and capture the Islamic State group’s de facto capital of Raqqa in northern Syria this summer, a commander said Friday. The Syrian Democratic Forces have been buoyed by this week’s capture of the key town of Tabqa and its nearby dam. The advance left ... Read More »

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Pakistani police: 15 killed in bombing that wounded lawmaker

By The Associated Press on May 12th, 2017

QUETTA, Pakistan – Pakistani police say bomb attack in southwestern Baluchistan province that wounded the deputy leader of the country’s Senate killed 15 people and wounded up to 35 others. Earlier, officials reported that the lawmaker, Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, was lightly wounded along with several others when a powerful roadside bomb struck his convoy in ... Read More »

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Syrian Kurdish forces to push on IS capital this summer

By The Associated Press on May 12th, 2017

BEIRUT – U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters say they expect to push on and capture the Islamic State group’s de facto capital of Raqqa in northern Syria this summer, after receiving heavy weapons from the U.S. military. The force – known as Syrian Democratic Forces – has been buoyed following this week’s capture of the key ... Read More »

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US prosecutors told to push for more, harsher punishments

By Sadie Gurman, The Associated Press on May 12th, 2017

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Jeff Sessions is telling the nation’s federal prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges possible against most suspects. That is sure to send more people to prison and for much longer terms by triggering mandatory minimum sentences. Sessions announced the move in a policy memo sent to U.S. attorneys. It’s long ... Read More »

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Pakistan’s deputy Senate leader wounded in roadside bombing

By The Associated Press on May 12th, 2017

QUETTA, Pakistan – A Pakistani government spokesman says a roadside bomb has targeted the convoy carrying the deputy leader of the Senate in the country’s southwest, slightly wounding him and some of his party members. The spokesman, Anwarul Haq Kakar, says the attack on Abdul Ghafoor Haideri’s car and entourage took place in the town ... Read More »

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New TV ad shows Marines looking for a few good women

By Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press on May 12th, 2017

WASHINGTON – A Marine in full combat gear moves through dark, frigid water, gripping an M-16 rifle, before plunging under barbed wire and through a submerged drainage pipe. It is only when the fighter shouts an order over the sound of explosions does the historical nature of the TV advertisement become clear: the Marine is ... Read More »

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Malaysia firefighters rescue turtle trapped in power station

By The Associated Press on May 12th, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Malaysian firefighters have rescued a 60-kilogram (132 pounds) turtle found firmly stuck to a flood gate at a power station near the Malacca Strait. District Fire Chief Razif Mohamad Haris says firefighters heeded an emergency call Thursday and found the turtle, believed to be a hawksbill, trapped in the barrier gate ... Read More »

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Turkey detains ex-stock exchange workers over links to coup

By The Associated Press on May 12th, 2017

ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey’s state-run news agency says police have detained 62 former employees of the Istanbul stock exchange over their alleged links to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric blamed for last year’s coup attempt. Anadolu Agency said the suspects were detained Friday in simultaneous police raids in Istanbul and five other cities. Detention warrants were ... Read More »

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Iraqi’s Shiite militias launch anti-IS push west of Mosul

By The Associated Press on May 12th, 2017

BAGHDAD – An Iraqi official says the country’s Shiite-led militia force has launched an operation to retake a small village held by the Islamic State group west of the embattled city of Mosul Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who heads the government-sanctioned militia forces known as the Popular Mobilization Units, says the push began in the early ... Read More »

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