August 16th, 2018

World News

Suicide bomber targets Shiite students in Kabul, killing 25

By Rahim Faiez And Amir Shah, The Associated Press on August 15th, 2018

KABUL – A suicide bomber targeted students preparing for university exams in a Shiite neighbourhood of Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least 25 young men and women studying together in an attack that was blamed on the Islamic State group. Najib Danish, spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry, said at least 35 people were also ... Read More »

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Death toll hits 39 in Italy bridge collapse; blame begins

By Paolo Santalucia And Frances D'Emilio, The Associated Press on August 15th, 2018

GENOA, Italy – Italian emergency workers pulled two more bodies out of tons of broken concrete and twisted steel Wednesday after a highway bridge collapsed in Genoa, raising the death toll in the disaster to at least 39 people. The collapse of the Morandi Bridge sent dozens of cars and three trucks plunging as much ... Read More »

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Priests molested 1,000 children in Pennsylvania, report says

By Marc Levy And Mark Scolforo, The Associated Press on August 15th, 2018

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A priest raped a 7-year-old girl while he was visiting her in the hospital after she’d had her tonsils removed. Another priest forced a 9-year-old boy into having oral sex, then rinsed out the boy’s mouth with holy water. One boy was forced to say confession to the priest who sexually abused ... Read More »

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US, Mexico to announce new plans on cartels

By Michael Tarm, The Associated Press on August 15th, 2018

CHICAGO – Top U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials will unveil new plans to combat Mexican drug cartels Wednesday in Chicago alongside members of the Mexican government and federal police, DEA officials told The Associated Press. The announcement at a joint news conference will be a public display of bilateral co-operation amid ongoing tensions over President ... Read More »

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Manafort jury to hear closing arguments in his fraud trial

By Chad Day, Matthew Barakat And Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press on August 15th, 2018

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Closing arguments were expected Wednesday in the trial of Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman accused of tax evasion and bank fraud. Manafort’s defence rested its case Tuesday without calling any witnesses. Manafort himself chose not to testify. It’s the first trial to emerge from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, although ... Read More »

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Foe accused by Maduro says Venezuela military is fracturing

By Christine Armario, The Associated Press on August 15th, 2018

BOGOTA – The exiled opposition leader accused by Venezuelan authorities of directing a failed plot to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro says the greatest threat to the embattled socialist leader may be his detractors in uniform standing quietly behind him. Julio Borges, who once led Venezuela’s opposition-controlled National Assembly, said Tuesday that the arrests of two ... Read More »

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Germany creates 3rd gender identity for records: ‘diverse’

By The Associated Press on August 15th, 2018

BERLIN – Germany’s Cabinet on Wednesday approved a third gender option for official records that will allow people to be registered as “diverse,” complying with a ruling from the country’s highest court. In November, the Federal constitutional Court decided that people must be allowed to be entered in records as neither male nor female, ordering ... Read More »

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Judge may acquit women or call defence in Kim Jong Nam trial

By Eileen Ng, The Associated Press on August 15th, 2018

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Two Southeast Asian women on trial in Malaysia for the brazen assassination of the North Korean leader’s half-brother could be acquitted Thursday or called to enter their defence in a case that has gripped the world. Indonesia’s Siti Aisyah, 25, and Vietnam’s Doan Thi Huong, 29, are accused of smearing VX ... Read More »

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African migrants reel as Israeli law cuts into salaries

By Caron Creighton, The Associated Press on August 15th, 2018

TEL AVIV, Israel – African migrants in Israel have been detained, threatened with deportation and faced hostility from lawmakers and residents. Since last year, they face another burden: a de facto 20 per cent salary cut that has driven them further into poverty. Israel’s roughly 35,000 African migrants and the groups that support them say ... Read More »

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Japanese emperor tries to make amends for his father’s war

By Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press on August 15th, 2018

TOKYO – For his last time, Japan’s Emperor Akihito addressed a memorial service Wednesday marking the end of World War II. Once again, he expressed “deep remorse” for the war. It was in keeping with what by all appearances has become a mission for Akihito over his 30-year reign: to make amends for a war ... Read More »

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