July 18th, 2018

World News

After Mugabe, how free and fair will Zimbabwe’s vote be?

By Christopher Torchia, The Associated Press on July 4th, 2018

JOHANNESBURG – It will be a first for Zimbabwe’s voters: The name of Robert Mugabe won’t be on the ballot when elections are held on July 30. But the military-backed system that kept the former leader in power for decades, and then pushed him out, is still in control. That is the conundrum facing a ... Read More »

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Passengers rescued from stricken Indonesia ferry; 31 dead

By The Associated Press on July 4th, 2018

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Passengers trapped for a night on a stricken ferry off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi were rescued early Wednesday, officials said, as the death toll rose to 31 with three people missing and believed drowned inside the vessel. The latest in a succession of boat tragedies in Indonesia began on the same ... Read More »

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White House tweets draw ire over their political content

By Ken Thomas, The Associated Press on July 4th, 2018

WASHINGTON – The White House is using its official Twitter handle to target Democratic lawmakers who have criticized President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, drawing complaints that government resources are being used to undercut potential 2020 presidential rivals. The White House Twitter handle, which has more than 17.3 million followers, falsely accused California Sen. Kamala Harris ... Read More »

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Trump praises service members during charity dinner in W.Va.

By Jill Colvin, The Associated Press on July 4th, 2018

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – President Donald Trump celebrated active-duty service members and veterans during a military tribute Tuesday on the eve of Independence Day. Delivering remarks at a “Salute to Service” charity dinner at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, Trump praised “Americans of every generation” who have served in the ... Read More »

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Trump talks to 3 more candidates for Supreme Court vacancy

By Catherine Lucey, Ken Thomas And Lisa Mascaro, The Associated Press on July 4th, 2018

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump spoke with three more potential Supreme Court candidates on Tuesday as a key senator privately aired concerns about one of the contenders. As Trump weighs his options, he has heard from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who has expressed reservations about one top potential nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, according to a person ... Read More »

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Warm in blankets, Thai boys smile, joke with rescuer in cave

By Tassanee Vejpongsa, The Associated Press on July 4th, 2018

MAE SAI, Thailand – Their skinny faces illuminated by a flashlight, the Thai soccer teammates stranded more than a week in a partly flooded cave said they were healthy on a video released Wednesday, as heavy rains forecast for later this week could complicate plans to safely extract them. The 12 boys and their coach ... Read More »

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UK police probing 6 assault claims against Kevin Spacey

By The Associated Press on July 4th, 2018

LONDON – British police are investigating six claims of sexual assault or assault by Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey, three more than previously disclosed. British media reported earlier this year that London’s Metropolitan Police force was investigating allegations against the former “House of Cards” star. Police in Britain don’t name suspects until they are charged. ... Read More »

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Burning bird falls from wire in Germany, torches dry field

By The Associated Press on July 4th, 2018

BERLIN – Police say a burning bird falling from an overhead electric line set fire to a field in northern Germany that was parched by dry weather, torching some 7 hectares (17 acres) of land. Police in the Baltic Sea port city of Rostock said witnesses reported that the bird caused a short-circuit in a ... Read More »

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British police: 2 people critical near poisoned spy city

By Matt Dunham And Danica Kirka, The Associated Press on July 4th, 2018

AMESBURY, England – British police declared a “major incident” Wednesday after two people were exposed to an unknown substance in a town near where a former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned with a nerve agent. In a statement, the Wiltshire Police force says a man and a woman – both in their 40s ... Read More »

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Exploding wildfires in US West derail holiday plans

By Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press on July 4th, 2018

DENVER – A growing wildfire destroyed more than 100 homes in the Colorado mountains, while other blazes across the parched U.S. West kept hundreds of other homes under evacuation orders and derailed holiday plans. Authorities announced late Monday that a fire near Fort Garland, about 205 miles (330 kilometres) southwest of Denver, had destroyed 104 ... Read More »

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