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China's Xi joins Russia, Zimbabwe in global autocrat club

Top Stories - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 23:25

BEIJING (AP) — Recent history offers sobering lessons to China's Communist Party following its decision to allow President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely.

Father Of Parkland Victim Creates Powerful Mural Honoring Son And 16 Others Killed

Top Stories - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 20:14

In a silent, moving tribute, Manuel Oliver, the father of Parkland school shooting victim Joaquin Oliver, painted a mural on Saturday honoring his son and the 16 other people killed in the Florida massacre last month. The event was captured on a viral video as part of an art exhibit created by artist Evan Pestaina located in an art space in Miami. It was organized by Miami Heat NBA star Dwyane Wade.

China, the South China Sea and North Korea

Top Stories - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 20:01

The United States needs to diplomatically engage China over the South China Sea to reduce tensions, build trust, and achieve a quick and lasting solution to the North Korea problem. The USS Carl Vinson’s port call to Danang, Vietnam, the first port call of its kind since the Vietnam War, is aimed at China’s posture in the South China Sea and will no doubt elicit criticism from Beijing.

Caitlyn Jenner: Trump's Administration Has Set Trans People 'Back 20 Years'

Top Stories - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 19:33

Over a year after she publicly supported Donald Trump’s candidacy, Caitlyn Jenner continues to distance herself from the increasingly unpopular president, saying on Thursday that his administration has been the worst ever for trans people. “As far as trans issues, this administration has been the worst ever,” she told Newsweek at the Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala in New York on March 9. The former Olympian has flip-flopped somewhat on Trump before.

Trump Gun Proposal Probably Won't Include Universal Background Checks

Top Stories - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 18:22

Less than two weeks ago, at a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers at the White House, Trump expressed support for the idea. White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah shied away from an embrace of that position during an appearance Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” His backtracking was consistent with Wall Street Journal reporting from Saturday and what many skeptics had predicted. Host Jon Karl reminded Shah of what Trump had said at the Feb. 28 meeting ― in particular, the president’s support for universal background checks.

Hong Kong democrats struggle to recapture lost ground in by-elections

Top Stories - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 18:09

By Venus Wu and James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) - A low turnout in by-elections in Hong Kong on Sunday raised alarms among the city's pro-democracy camp as its candidates struggled to gain sufficient seats to win back a legislative veto bloc and a recount was ordered in one closely fought district. Some voters voiced concerns about the city's future in light of news that China's parliament had passed a constitutional change paving the way for President Xi Jinping to stay in power indefinitely. The city's democratic opposition has so far won two of the four seats up for grabs, and the pro-establishment camp one.

Trump Brags That He Won Most Of The Women's Vote In 2016. He Didn't.

Top Stories - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 18:02

President Donald Trump inaccurately bragged that he won the majority of women’s votes in the 2016 presidential election at a political rally on Saturday. Appearing before a crowd in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, Trump boasted that he had proved his naysayers wrong when he received 52 percent of women’s votes. It will be a rough night for Donald Trump because the women won’t come out.’ We got 52 percent, right?

Photograph of Joe Biden talking with homeless man in Washington DC goes viral

Top Stories - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 17:30

An image of former Vice President Joe Biden speaking with a homeless man in Washington DC has gone viral, being shared more than 100,000 times on Facebook. The photograph was taken by Caleb Baca on Thursday night, according to local television station Fox 5, but was posted into Facebook businessman Paul Equale, with that post being shared 103,000 times since it was posted on Friday - with more than 148,000 people reacting to it. Speaking about Mr Biden, he added that “character is about what you do when no one is watching”.

Cuba's likely next president pledges more responsive gov't

Top Stories - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 16:45

SANTA CLARA, Cuba (AP) — Cuba on Sunday took the final political step before a promised transition from the founders of the Communist state to a younger generation of officials.

Black Filmmakers Make History At The Box Office This Weekend

Top Stories - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 15:56

This weekend marks the first time when two movies directed by black filmmakers, with budgets over $100 million, hold the number one and two spots at the box office. The Ryan Coogler-helmed “Black Panther” continues its fourth week of domination, bringing in another $41.1 million. “A Wrinkle In Time” opens this weekend in second place with $33.3 million.

Israel's Netanyahu in emergency talks amid coalition crisis

Top Stories - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 15:05

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister held emergency negotiations with key coalition partners on Sunday in hopes of averting a crisis that has threatened to plunge the country into early elections.

Srebrenica award to Bosnian Serb leader angers victims' families

Top Stories - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 14:34

Authorities in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica angered relatives of the 1995 massacre there by handing its top municipal award on Sunday to the leader of the Bosnian Serbs, local media reported. The town's city hall under its Serb mayor Mladen Grujicic awarded the distinction, the Golden Plaque of Srebrenica, to Milorad Dodik, president of the Serb entity of Bosnia, Republika Srpska, the N1 television channel said. Dodik declines to describe the Srebrenica massacre as genocide.

Norway's Hydro says Brazil plant made unauthorized spills

Top Stories - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 14:20

Norwegian aluminum maker Norsk Hydro's Alunorte alumina refinery in Brazil made unauthorized spills of waste water last month, the company said on Sunday, more than two weeks after local authorities first began to raise questions. Authorities in late February ordered the plant, the world's largest alumina refinery, to cut output in half until it addressed concerns, leading Hydro to declare force majeure with no time set to restart production. A Brazilian government-backed research institute on Friday told Reuters it will soon publish evidence of a waste leak from Alunorte, located in the northern state of Para.

Jonathan Karl: Trump's unpredictable, risky move on North Korea may prove successful

Top Stories - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 13:37

President Donald Trump turned the usual "strategic patience" practice upside down by accepting a meeting with North Korea.

Lightning Strike at Rwanda Church Kills 16

Top Stories - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 13:20

Lightning strikes are frequent across Rwanda

Israel's Netanyahu accused of stoking 'fake' crisis to force poll

Top Stories - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 12:50

Members of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition accused the embattled premier on Sunday of perpetuating a "fake crisis" over a political dispute to potentially force early elections. The dispute comes as Netanyahu faces a possible indictment on bribery charges in the coming months. Polls suggest he could remain prime minister and his Likud party could win the most seats in fresh elections despite police investigations into his affairs.

All 11 People On Board Dead After Turkish Private Plane Crashes in Iran, Authorities Say

Top Stories - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 12:49

The plane was flying from the U.A.E. to Istanbul

Putin says grandfather cooked for Stalin and Lenin

Top Stories - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 12:46

In the two-hour documentary, called Putin, the president said Spiridon Putin was a valued member of Stalin's staff. The wartime Soviet leader, who died in 1953, conducted extensive purges during his around three decades in power. "(He) was a cook at Lenin's and later at Stalin's, at one of the dachas in the Moscow area," Putin said in the film seen by Reuters.

Hundreds urged to wash clothes after UK nerve agent attack

Top Stories - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 12:34

By Henry Nicholls and Alex Fraser SALISBURY, England (Reuters) - Hundreds of people who visited the Zizzi restaurant or the Mill pub in the English city of Salisbury were told on Sunday to wash their clothes after traces of nerve agent used to attack a former Russian spy last week were found at both sites. Public Health England said there was no immediate health risk to anyone who may have been in either the restaurant or the pub, but their was a small chance that any of the agent that had come into contact with clothing or belongings could still be present in minute amounts and contaminate skin. Former double agent Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, have been in hospital in a critical condition since March 4, when they were found unconscious on a bench in the southern English cathedral city of Salisbury.

Ford Revises the Ka+ for 2019

Top Stories - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 12:00

There's a 2019 Ka+ for any occasion.


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