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'Cut off hands': Mexican presidential candidate's plan to deter thieves

23 April 2018

MEXICO CITY – Thieves should have their hands chopped off, a Mexican presidential candidate said in a televised debate on Sunday, provoking disbelief from a moderator and setting off a storm of comments and jokes on Twitter. Jaime Rodriguez, an independent known... Read More


Zimbabwe sets up special courts for election violence

23 April 2018

HARARE – Zimbabwe has established special courts to deal with cases of political violence, the police said on Monday, part of the government’s drive to curtail unrest and intimidation ahead of the first post-Robert Mugabe elections set for July. Delivering a vote... Read More


It's a boy: UK's Prince William, Kate have third child

23 April 2018

LONDON – Kate, the wife of Prince William, gave birth to a boy at a hospital in London on Monday, the third child for the British royal couple and now fifth in line to the throne. Kensington Palace said the baby was born at 1001 GMT and weighs 8 lbs 7oz (3.8 kg).... Read More


China pledges support for new Cuban president

23 April 2018

BEIJING – China says it’s ready and willing to work with Cuba’s newly elected president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, to expand bilateral cooperation between the two countries. Diaz-Canal, the former first vice president was sworn in last Friday to succeed Raúl Castro who... Read More


Air France says 25 per cent of flights could be cancelled on Monday

23 April 2018

PARIS − Air France KLM’s French unit is predicting that 25 per cent of its flights will be cancelled on Monday, on the 10th day of a strike by staff over pay. In a statement on Sunday, the airline company said 65 per cent of its long-haul and medium-haul flights... Read More


Nude gunman kills four, hero snatches gun at Nashville waffle house

22 April 2018

NASHVILLE, Tennessee − At least four people died when a nearly nude gunman opened fire at a Waffle House restaurant near Nashville, Tennessee early Sunday, and police were issuing murder warrants as they hunted for the suspect. The death toll could have been higher... Read More


Britain's Queen Elizabeth celebrates 92 years with star-studded concert

22 April 2018

LONDON − Britain’s Queen Elizabeth attended a star-studded special concert on Saturday as the world’s oldest and longest-reigning living monarch celebrated her 92nd birthday. Welsh singer Tom Jones kicked off the show with his hit “It’s not Unusual” before Elizabeth... Read More


Verne Troyer, ‘Mini-Me’ in Austin Powers films, dies at 49

21 April 2018

Verne Troyer, who played Mini-Me in two of the Austin Powers comedy films, has died at the age of 49, according to statements posted to his social media accounts. “Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh,” a... Read More


Death toll in Nicaragua protests rises to six

21 April 2018

MANAGUA − At least six people have died in violent protests in Nicaragua over changes to social security, the Red Cross said on Saturday, as pressure increased on the government of President Daniel Ortega to halt the bloodshed. Nicaraguans have been protesting since... Read More


Updated observation guidelines for Commonwealth elections

20 April 2018

New guidelines for Commonwealth election observation have been agreed and released at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) today - the first such update in 27 years. In that time, the Commonwealth has observed 137 elections in 38 countries. Commonwealth... Read More


US regulator to order jet engines inspection after Southwest explosion

19 April 2018

The US Federal Aviation Administration said it will order inspections of at least 220 aircraft engines as investigators are focusing on a broken fan blade in an engine that exploded Tuesday on a Southwest Aiirlines flight, killing a passenger. The regulator said... Read More


Netanyahu says at least six states considering moving embassies to Jerusalem

19 April 2018

JERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that “at least half a dozen” countries were considering moving their embassies to Jerusalem following the US decision to do so. US President Donald Trump announced in December that the United States... Read More


Former US first lady Barbara Bush dead at 92

17 April 2018

Former US first lady Barbara Bush, the only woman to see her husband and son sworn in as US president, died on Tuesday, the Bush family said. She was 92. Bush was the wife of the 41st president, George H.W. Bush, and mother of the 43rd, George W. Bush. Read More


Kenya election officials quit, pressure on chairman to go

16 April 2018

NAIROBI – Three Kenyan election officials resigned on Monday, increasing chaos at the electoral Commission following last year’s botched presidential vote that had to be rerun and was then boycotted by the opposition. The resignations leave only two commissioners... Read More


Starbucks chief executive apologises for arrests of two black men

16 April 2018

Starbucks Chief Executive Kevin Johnson apologised late on Saturday for the arrests of two black men at a Philadelphia coffee shop last week, which sparked accusations of racial profiling. Promising to make everything right, Johnson promised a thorough investigation... Read More


Question raised over US Syria strategy

15 April 2018

qWASHINGTON - Just over a year ago US President Donald Trump ordered a missile strike against the Syrian government for a chemical weapons attack against its own people. Trump did the same on Friday, with allies France and Britain, in a response intended to deter... Read More


Russia lawmakers draft list of US imports that could be banned

13 April 2018

MOSCOW – Russia’s lower house of parliament is to consider draft legislation that would give the Kremlin powers to ban or restrict a list of US imports, reacting to new US sanctions on a group of Russian tycoons and officials. Senior lawmakers in the State Duma,... Read More


Trump lawyer to seek halt to Stormy Daniels' lawsuit

13 April 2018

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, will seek on Friday to halt porn star Stormy Daniels’ defamation lawsuit, and Daniels’ attorney said he expected Cohen to refuse to testify if the effort fails. Cohen notified US District Court... Read More


Mexican states should start legalising marijuana: tourism minister

12 April 2018

MEXICO CITY – Taking a lead from the United States, Mexico should allow states to begin legalising marijuana while broader efforts are in limbo, a senior government official said, as the country seeks ways to tackle record gang violence. Tourism minister Enrique... Read More


Death toll from Indonesia tainted liquor rises to 82

11 April 2018

JAKARTA – Eighty-two Indonesians have died and many more have been hospitalized after drinking tainted bootleg liquor last week, police said on Wednesday. The deaths occurred in the capital Jakarta and neighboring province of West Java and at least a dozen men had... Read More


House Speaker Ryan announces retirement

11 April 2018

WASHINGTON – US House Speaker Paul Ryan, the top Republican in Congress, told Republicans in the House of Representatives on Wednesday he will not seek re-election in November, his office said. The House speaker will serve out his full term and retire in January,... Read More




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