February 18th, 2019

World News

First-ever ‘Jeopardy!” team contest draws top champions

By Lynn Elber, The Associated Press on February 18th, 2019

CULVER CITY, Calif. – The first-ever “Jeopardy!” team tournament is bringing together 18 of the game’s top players. There’s Brad Rutter, whose overall “Jeopardy!” haul, $4.3 million, is the most won on any game show. Ken Jennings is a 74-game winner and top moneymaker in non-tournament “Jeopardy!” competition, with $2.5 million, and Buzzy Cohen is ... Read More »

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Nigeria’s female candidates seek victory despite harassment

By Cara Anna, The Associated Press on February 18th, 2019

KANO, Nigeria – Nervous ahead of Nigeria’s delayed election, a group of young women picked up their cellphones and wished each other well. “Honestly I’m so tensed and scared,” one typed. “I feel like crying. This is so touching,” another wrote. “What we are about to do is the beginning of an era,” texted a ... Read More »

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Border wall a complex issue for 2020 prospect Beto O’Rourke

By Will Weissert, The Associated Press on February 18th, 2019

EL PASO, Texas – When President Donald Trump visited Beto O’Rourke’s hometown to argue that walling off the southern border would make the U.S. safer, the former Democratic congressman and possible 2020 presidential hopeful was ready. As the president filled an El Paso arena with supporters, O’Rourke helped lead thousands of his own on a ... Read More »

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Israeli leaders’ Nazi remarks scuttle summit with Europeans

By Aron Heller, The Associated Press on February 18th, 2019

JERUSALEM – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s off-hand comment in Warsaw about Poland and the Holocaust set in motion a diplomatic crisis that on Monday scuttled this week’s summit of central European leaders in Israel. Poland’s abrupt decision to cancel its participation in the planned Visegrad conference in protest blew up the gathering, which Netanyahu has ... Read More »

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Ex-FBI official: ‘Crime may have been committed’ by Trump

By Eric Tucker, The Associated Press on February 18th, 2019

WASHINGTON – Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said in an interview that aired Sunday that a “crime may have been committed” when President Donald Trump fired the head of the FBI and tried to publicly undermine an investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia. McCabe also said in the interview with “60 Minutes” that ... Read More »

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Brex-split: 7 lawmakers quit Labour over EU, anti-Semitism

By Jill Lawless, The Associated Press on February 18th, 2019

LONDON – Seven British lawmakers quit the main opposition Labour Party on Monday over its approach to issues including Brexit and anti-Semitism – the biggest shake-up in years for one of Britain’s major political parties. The announcement ripped open a long-simmering rift between socialists and centrists in the party, which sees itself as the representative ... Read More »

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Israel-Central Europe summit cancelled after Polish pullout

By Vanessa Gera And Aron Heller, The Associated Press on February 18th, 2019

WARSAW, Poland – Poland’s prime minister cancelled plans for his country to send a delegation to meeting in Jerusalem on Monday after the acting Israeli foreign minister said that Poles “collaborated with the Nazis” and “sucked anti-Semitism with their mothers’ milk.” The Polish pullout triggered the collapse of a planned summit of Israeli Prime Minister ... Read More »

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Sex abuse survivors to meet with Vatican summit organizers

By Nicole Winfield, The Associated Press on February 18th, 2019

VATICAN CITY – Organizers of Pope Francis’ summit on preventing clergy sex abuse will meet this week with a dozen survivor-activists who have come to Rome to protest the Catholic Church’s response to date and demand an end to decades of coverup by church leaders. These survivors will not be addressing the summit of church ... Read More »

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Besieged IS militants refuse to surrender, ask for an exit

By Sarah El Deeb, The Associated Press on February 18th, 2019

AL-OMAR OIL FIELD BASE, Syria – More than 300 Islamic State militants who are holed up in a tiny area in eastern Syria are refusing to surrender to U.S.-backed Syrian forces and are trying to negotiate an exit. A person familiar with the negotiations says the militants are asking for a corridor to the rebel-held ... Read More »

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Barred from Venezuela, European lawmakers call for action

By The Associated Press on February 18th, 2019

MADRID – Conservative European lawmakers who were barred from entering Venezuela this weekend are urging the European Union’s top diplomat to suspend contacts with Nicolas Maduro’s government. Esteban Gonzalez Pons, the head of the European Popular Party parliamentary group, is also calling for European sanctions against Venezuela’s foreign minister, Jorge Arreaza, who had ordered that ... Read More »

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