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Fractured Ethiopia parliament endorses emergency decree

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 15:28

Ethiopia's parliament approved a nationwide state of emergency on Friday despite unusual opposition from some lawmakers, in the latest sign of fractures within the all-powerful ruling coalition. The council of ministers made the emergency declaration last month, one day after Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn's surprise resignation amid a growing political crisis and divisions in the ruling party. The six-month decree, which required approval from two-thirds of lawmakers, has been condemned by several of Ethiopia's allies including the United States and the European Union.

Prominent Bangladeshi writer, teacher stabbed during lecture

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 15:04

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — An unidentified young man stabbed a prominent teacher, writer and promoter of secular values at a university in a northeastern city in Bangladesh on Saturday, police said.

Turkey tightens its grip on Syrian Kurdish enclave

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 13:40

MARSAWA, SYRIA (AP) — Turkey's prime minister said Saturday that Turkish troops have captured a strategic village in the Kurdish-held enclave in northwestern Syria, tightening its grip on Kurdish militia in the sixth week of its offensive on the area.

Roy Moore Is Now Asking For Money On Facebook To Defend Himself

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 12:46

Former Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore has asked supporters for financial assistance to defend against a defamation lawsuit brought by an Alabama woman who accused him of sexually abusing her when she was 14 years old. In a Facebook post this week, Moore said his “resources have been depleted” and he has “struggled to make ends meet” due to legal fees and expenses. “I now face another vicious attack from lawyers in Washington D. C. and San Francisco who have hired one of the biggest firms in Birmingham Alabama to bring another legal action against me and ensure that I never fight again,” he wrote in the lengthy screed.

Iraq adopts 2018 budget, slashing allocations for Kurds

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 12:35

Iraq's parliament on Saturday adopted an $88.5 billion budget for 2018, with Kurdish lawmakers boycotting the vote to protest against a cut in the amount allocated to their autonomous region. The budget is based on projected oil exports of 3.9 million barrels per day, including 250,000 bpd produced in the Kurdistan autonomous region of northern Iraq, at a price of $46 per barrel. Kurdish lawmakers boycotted the vote because it reduced Kurdistan's part of the national budget from 17 percent to 12.6 percent.

Marcador de la jornada 29 de la Premier League

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 12:16

Marcador de la vigésima novena jornada de la Premier League:

Bronze stars for an elite team of Air Force surgeons

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 11:13

Members of the Air Force Special Operations Surgical Team can set up an operating room on the battlefield in just 15 minutes. Their skills are tested in Syria as they treat civilians, many of them children.

Parkland: Brother of Nikolas Cruz says he 'regrets' bullying Florida shooting suspect

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 11:08

Nikolas Cruz, 19, was targeted by Zachary Cruz because of resentment over his status as the “favoured” child in the family, it is claimed. Zachary, now 18, admitted to investigators from Palm Beach and Broward Counties that it was something he “now regrets ever doing”, according to a report seen by CNN. The report states that Zachary wishes he had been nicer to his brother.

Trump’s tariff proposal brings threats of retaliation, fears of potential job losses

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 11:05

After President Trump proposed tariffs on important steel and aluminum, Europe has threatened its own taxes on some U.S. products, with experts warning there could be negative consequences for American workers.

At least eight dead after Nor’easter slams east coast

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 10:55

Massachusetts is under a state of emergency, with residents along the coast battling cold, wind and flooding, and more than a million across the Northeast are without power.

Populists, far-right eye gains in Italian election

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 10:35

Rival parties held their final rallies on Friday as no campaigning was allowed on Saturday, at the end of a bitter race marred by clashes between far-right and anti-fascist activists. The result could end up in a draw between the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, three-time prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's right-wing coalition and the ruling centre-left Democratic Party. One of the most remarkable features of the election has been the return to the political limelight of the 81-year-old Berlusconi despite a career overshadowed by sex scandals and legal woes.

U.N. halts aid work in northeast Nigeria town after humanitarian workers killed

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 10:19

The United Nations has suspended aid work helping tens of thousands of people in northeastern Nigeria after an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants left three humanitarian workers dead and at least three others missing, possibly kidnapped. The suspension of aid work in the town of Rann, which hosts a camp for 55,000 people displaced by the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency, was announced late on Friday in a statement from the spokesman for the UN Secretary-General. "At the time of the attack, over 40 humanitarian workers were in Rann," said the UN statement.

Vatican indicts ex-bank head, says embezzlement loss is $62M

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 10:13

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Vatican prosecutors have indicted the former president of the Vatican bank and his lawyer on embezzlement charges, holding them responsible for losses of more than 50 million euros ($62 million) from real estate sales.

Bomb-sniffing dogs mistreated by US Army after returning from service in Afghanistan

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 09:42

Bomb-sniffing dogs were mistreated by the US Army after returning from duty in Afghanistan, according to an official report. Several dogs had to be rescued by the soldiers they served with during Operation Enduring Freedom. The Army allowed one dog described as having canine PTSD and another which may have received bite training to go to families with children.

BlackRock: Investment giant threatens to pull funds from gunmakers after Florida high school shooting

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 08:55

BlackRock, the world’s largest money manager, will offer its clients the ability to opt out of investing in gun manufacturers in the wake of the deadly Florida high school shooting. The firm, which manages close to $6 trillion (£4.3 trillion) in assets, said on Friday the attack had “driven home the terrible toll from gun violence in America”. BlackRock said its clients will also be offered the opportunity to avoid investing in gun makers.

Porsche could build flying taxis, says sales chief

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 08:06

Volkswagen's sports car maker Porsche could develop a flying passenger vehicle to compete with rivals in a possible market for urban air taxis and ride-sharing services, Porsche sales chief Detlev von Platen told a German magazine. If I drive from (the Porsche plant in) Zuffenhausen to Stuttgart airport, I need at least half an hour, if I'm lucky. Flying would take only three and a half minutes," Automobilwoche quoted von Platen as saying.

Saudi crown prince sets off on maiden foreign tour

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 05:29

Saudi Arabia's crown prince lands in Egypt Sunday on the first leg of his maiden foreign tour as heir to the throne, a diplomatic charm offensive that follows his stunning rise to power. Prince Mohammed bin Salman's two-day visit to Cairo comes ahead of a scheduled trip to Britain on Wednesday for talks with Prime Minister Theresa May and the United States from March 19-22. The son of Saudi King Salman is already seen as the country's de facto ruler controlling the major levers of government.

Police arrest Michigan college student suspected of killing parents

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 01:57

(Reuters) - A student at Central Michigan University suspected of shooting to death his parents inside a campus dormitory during a domestic dispute was arrested on Saturday, the school said, after a daylong manhunt. The suspect was seen by a bystander on a train passing through the north end of campus in Mount Pleasant, about 125 miles (200 km) northwest of Detroit, shortly after midnight and taken into custody without incident, said Heather Smith, a university spokeswoman, in a statement. The suspect was identified as James Eric Davis Jr., 19, after the two victims were found inside a residence hall at the university, police said.

5 Avalanche Victims Rescued At California's Squaw Valley Ski Resort

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 00:52

A powerful avalanche Friday at Squaw Valley Ski Resort above Lake Tahoe in Northern California buried five skiers and snowboarders, injuring two, officials reported. Officials are investigating what may have triggered the avalanche.