October 14, 2019

Britain says EU is getting ‘quite cross’ over Brexit divorce bill

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Reuters  From Daily Star LONDON: Britain said Tuesday that the European Union’s chief negotiator was getting quite cross over the Brexit divorce bill that he thinks Britain should pay but that an agreement would be eventually made. Brexit Secretary David Davis said he wanted to have an interim arrangement with the EU after the March […]

Man convicted of having pipe bomb in luggage at UK airport

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From WN A British jury Tuesday convicted a man who arrived at a British airport for a flight with a pipe bomb in his carry-on luggage of trying to smuggle explosives on a plane, The Associated Press reported. At the time of the incident, Nadeem Muhammad, 43, denied wrongdoing after security staff discovered the device […]

Kenyan election official found dead ahead of presidential vote

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By AMY HELD From NPR The man in charge of Kenya’s electronic voting system was found dead days before citizens will cast their ballots for president on Aug. 8. Christopher Msando was the IT director of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. His body was found with evidence of torture, said IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati […]

15 children die in South Sudan during botched measles vaccination campaign

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Report From WN.com The Associated Press reported a measles vaccination campaign in South Sudan has resulted in the death of 15 children as reports said children as young as 12 years old administered the vaccine, South Sudan’s government announced Friday. Reports, quoting the United Nations, said the children died of “severe sepsis/toxicity” from the contaminated […]

North Korea has been branded as a ‘weed-smoker’s paradise’ — but the truth is more complicated

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By Melia Robinson From Business Insider For years, there have been rumors that North Korea is a “weed-smoker’s paradise.” Cannabis is said to grow wildly there, and people can reportedly buy it in large, bazaar-style marketplaces and smoke it wherever they like. But marijuana’s legal status in North Korea is hazy. An investigation by the […]

U.S. urges punishment for peacekeepers tied to sex abuse as U.N. ends tainted Haiti mission

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From The Japan Times UNITED NATIONS – U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Thursday urged all countries that provide troops for U.N. peacekeeping missions to hold soldiers accountable for sexual abuse and exploitation, an appeal that came after she cited an Associated Press investigation into a child sex ring in Haiti involving Sri Lankan peacekeepers. She […]

U.S. probes banking of ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort

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By Jack Gillum, Menelaos Hadjicostis, Eric Tucker Associated Press From Chicago Tribune The U.S. government investigation of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, crossed the Atlantic earlier this year to the Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus, once known as a haven for money laundering by Russian billionaires. Treasury agents in recent months obtained […]

US airlines add seats ahead of expected record passenger demand

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From The National Coming off another highly profitable year in 2016, US airlines expect traffic this spring to increase 4 per cent over last year, and they are adding seats to handle the crush. The trade group Airlines for America forecasts that a record 145 million US passengers will fly between March 1 and April […]

Germany axe attack: Seven injured at Duesseldorf train station

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From BBC Seven people have been injured in an axe attack at the main railway station in the western German city of Duesseldorf, police say. The attack happened at about 21:00 local time (20:00 GMT) on Thursday. One man has been arrested. The 36-year-old suspect from the former Yugoslavia suffers from psychological problems, Duesseldorf police […]

Refugees housed in abandoned Dutch prisons

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Abandoned Dutch prisons are being used to house refugees — here’s what they’re like inside By Chris Weller From business Insider Tens of thousands of refugees from all over the Middle East — including countries like Syria, Iraq, Morocco, and Libya — have found an unlikely haven in the Netherlands. Crime there has been declining […]