July 21st, 2019

World News

Jet2 sends big bill to passenger for flight return to London

By The Associated Press on July 18th, 2019

LONDON – A passenger accused of severe misbehaviour on a Jet2 flight that had to return to London’s Stansted Airport in June has received a huge bill from the airline. The airline has accused Chloe Haines of “aggressive, abusive and dangerous behaviour” on a flight and sent her a bill for 85,000 pounds ($106,000). She ... Read More »

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Pope Francis names British-born Matteo Bruni as spokesman

By The Associated Press on July 18th, 2019

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has named a new Vatican spokesman, tapping Matteo Bruni, the British-born official who has handled media logistics for papal trips. Bruni takes over from Alessandro Gisotti, who became interim spokesman following the sudden Dec. 31 departure of Greg Burke. Gisotti had always said his term would be temporary given the ... Read More »

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Iran state TV: Iranian forces seize foreign oil tanker, crew

By The Associated Press on July 18th, 2019

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s state TV says Revolutionary Guard forces have seized a foreign tanker with 12 crew accused of smuggling oil. The seizure comes as tensions mount between the United States and Iran over the unravelling nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. Thursday’s report says the tanker was smuggling fuel from Iranian smugglers ... Read More »

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EU fines chipmaker Qualcomm for ‘predatory pricing’

By The Associated Press on July 18th, 2019

BRUSSELS – The European Union has fined U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm $271 million, accusing it of “predatory pricing.” EU Antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Thursday the U.S. company was abusing its market dominance in 3G baseband chipsets and said it sold below cost to force out a competitor. Vestager said the market was too important to ... Read More »

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Suspected arson hits Japan animation studio, dozens injured

By The Associated Press on July 17th, 2019

TOKYO – Japanese authorities say at least 38 people have been injured, some critically, after a man started a fire at a famous animation production studio in Kyoto. Kyoto prefectural police say the fire broke out Thursday morning at a three-story building of Kyoto Animation after a man burst in and spread unidentified liquid that ... Read More »

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Lin-Manuel Miranda joins rally against Puerto Rico governor

By The Associated Press on July 17th, 2019

NEW YORK – “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has joined protests in New York demanding the resignation of Puerto Rico’s governor. Miranda led about 200 people, many from Puerto Rico, at a rally in Manhattan’s Union Square on Wednesday. They waved Puerto Rican flags and followed him to a drumbeat, chanting in Spanish, “Viva Puerto Rico ... Read More »

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Nuclear industry push for reduced oversight gaining traction

By Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press on July 17th, 2019

WASHINGTON – Fewer mock commando raids to test nuclear power plants’ defences against terrorist attacks. Fewer, smaller government inspections for plant safety issues. Less notice to the public and to state governors when problems arise. They’re part of the money-saving rollbacks sought by the country’s nuclear industry under President Donald Trump and already approved or ... Read More »

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Prosecutors drop groping case against Kevin Spacey

By The Associated Press on July 17th, 2019

BOSTON – Prosecutors have dropped a case accusing Kevin Spacey of groping a young man at a Massachusetts resort island bar in 2016. The Cape and Islands district attorney said Wednesday that they dropped the indecent assault and battery case brought against the actor last year. Spacey was accused of getting an 18-year-old man drunk ... Read More »

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R. Kelly doesn’t have freedom, money for this legal battle

By Don Babwin, The Associated Press on July 17th, 2019

CHICAGO – The difference between R. Kelly’s life in 2002 when he was last charged with child sex-related crimes and his arrest last week on even more serious charges was on full display when the R&B singer turned and slowly walked out of court. Each step Tuesday was cut shorter than normal by the shackles ... Read More »

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Janet Jackson, 50 Cent to perform at Saudi Arabia concert

By Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press on July 17th, 2019

NEW YORK – Janet Jackson and rappers 50 Cent and Future have been added to the lineup for the Jeddah World Fest, the concert in Saudi Arabia that Nicki Minaj pulled out of after human rights organizations urged the rapper to cancel her appearance. The website for the event, to take place Thursday at the ... Read More »

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