July 21st, 2019

World News

6 injured after gas explosion destroys New Zealand home

By Nick Perry, The Associated Press on July 19th, 2019

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Six people were injured and dozens of homes evacuated in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Friday after a huge gas explosion destroyed one home and damaged others. The explosion was felt far from the neighbourhood, with some fearing it might have been an earthquake or a bomb. Footage of ... Read More »

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Strong quake hits near Greek capital of Athens, sparks fear

By The Associated Press on July 19th, 2019

ATHENS, Greece – A strong earthquake has hit near the Greek capital of Athens, causing residents to run into the streets in fear. The Athens Institute of Geodynamics gave the earthquake a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 but the U.S. Geological Survey gave it a preliminary magnitude of 5.3. The Athens Institute says the quake struck ... Read More »

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Strong quake hits near Athens, Greeks run into the streets

By The Associated Press on July 19th, 2019

ATHENS, Greece – A strong earthquake has hit near the Greek capital of Athens, causing residents to run into the streets in fear. The Athens Institute of Geodynamics gave the earthquake a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 but the U.S. Geological Survey gave it a preliminary magnitude of 5.3. It struck at 2:38 p.m. local time ... Read More »

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Ex-Alabama officer gets prison for assaulting detained man

By The Associated Press on July 19th, 2019

TALLASSEE, Ala. – A former Alabama police officer has been sentenced to prison for slamming a compliant handcuffed man into the ground and then slamming the man’s head into his patrol car. News outlets report 27-year-old Michael Brandon Smirnoff was sentenced Thursday to 22 months in prison. Smirnoff pleaded guilty in April to federal excessive ... Read More »

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Sweden wants extension of rapper’s detention after fight

By The Associated Press on July 19th, 2019

COPENHAGEN – U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky should be held for another week in pre-trial detention to allow police to finish investigating a June 30 fight in downtown Stockholm, a prosecutor said Friday. Daniel Suneson has asked Stockholm’s District Court to hold A$AP Rocky – the stage name of Rakim Mayers – until July 25. A ... Read More »

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Ukraine’s president says he backs prisoner swap with Russia

By The Associated Press on July 19th, 2019

MOSCOW – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says Ukraine is willing to swap a jailed Russian journalist for an imprisoned Ukrainian film director. Zelenskiy said in televised comments Friday that Ukraine could release journalist Kirill Vyshinsky, who have been in jail for a year on treason charges, if Russia releases film director Oleg Sentsov from Russia-occupied ... Read More »

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Trump disavows ‘send her back’ cry, Omar stands defiant

By Alan Fram And Darlene Superville, The Associated Press on July 18th, 2019

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Thursday chided his supporters who chanted “send her back” when he questioned the loyalty of a Somali-born congresswoman, joining widespread criticism of the campaign crowd’s cry after Republicans warned about political blowback from the angry scene. In a week that has corkscrewed daily with hostile exchanges over race and ... Read More »

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Trump to nominate Eugene Scalia for labour secretary

By The Associated Press on July 18th, 2019

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump says he will nominate lawyer Eugene Scalia to be his new labour secretary. Scalia is the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. He is a partner in the Washington office of the Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher law firm. Trump tweets that Scalia “is highly respected not only ... Read More »

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Man shouting ‘You die!’ kills 33 in Japan anime studio fire

By Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press on July 18th, 2019

TOKYO – A man screaming “You die!” burst into an animation studio in Kyoto, doused it with a flammable liquid and set it on fire Thursday, killing 33 people in an attack that shocked the country and brought an outpouring of grief from anime fans. Thirty-six others were injured, some of them critically, in a ... Read More »

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Trump falsely claims he tried to stop ‘send her back’ chant

By Alan Fram And Darlene Superville, The Associated Press on July 18th, 2019

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Thursday chided his supporters who chanted “send her back” when he questioned the loyalty of a Somali-born congresswoman, joining widespread criticism of the campaign crowd’s cry and his Republican allies worried about political blowback from the angry scene. In a week that has corkscrewed daily with hostile exchanges over ... Read More »

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