Sons of slain journalist call for Malta leader’s resignation
Europe / Uncategorized

Sons of slain journalist call for Malta leader’s resignation

MILAN (AP) — Maltese authorities faced mounting pressure Thursday to ensure an independent investigation into the slaying of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was known for her fearless reporting on corruption in the small Mediterranean island nation. The 53-year-old journalist’s three grown sons called on Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to resign, saying he … Continue reading

Spain set to strip Catalonia of powers over independence bid
Europe

Spain set to strip Catalonia of powers over independence bid

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The crisis over Catalonia’s quest for independence escalated Thursday, as Spain’s central government prepared the unprecedented step of stripping the wealthy region of some of its self-governing powers after its leader refused to abandon secession. In his latest display of brinkmanship, Catalan President Carles Puigdemont sent a letter to Spanish Prime … Continue reading

Ryan blasts states that send billions to federal government
Politics / U.S. News

Ryan blasts states that send billions to federal government

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top House Republican on Thursday blasted high-tax states that deliver billions to the federal government as he faced a backlash from rank-and-file GOP lawmakers over a sweeping tax-cut proposal. But beyond the tough rhetoric from Speaker Paul Ryan, disgruntled lawmakers met privately with Republican leaders and reached for possible compromises to … Continue reading

Trump lashes out at Puerto Rico as House passes aid package
Latin America & the Caribbean

Trump lashes out at Puerto Rico as House passes aid package

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out at hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico on Thursday, insisting in tweets that the federal government can’t keep sending help “forever” and suggesting the U.S. territory was to blame for its financial struggles. His broadsides triggered an outcry from Democrats in Washington and officials on the island, which has been … Continue reading

Dangerous sound? What Americans heard in Cuba attacks
International News / Latin America & the Caribbean

Dangerous sound? What Americans heard in Cuba attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — It sounds sort of like a mass of crickets. A high-pitched whine, but from what? It seems to undulate, even writhe. Listen closely: There are multiple, distinct tones that sound to some like they’re colliding in a nails-on-the-chalkboard effect. The Associated Press has obtained a recording of what some U.S. Embassy workers … Continue reading

Turkish troops move into al-Qaida-dominated Syrian province
Europe / Middle East

Turkish troops move into al-Qaida-dominated Syrian province

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkish armored vehicles have rolled into northwestern Syria to impose a “de-escalation zone” in a province dominated by al-Qaida-linked militants, an incursion that the Turkish leader said was meant to secure his country’s border. The Turkish military said it began an operation late Thursday to set up “observation points” in Idlib, without … Continue reading

The Latest: Quentin Tarantino ‘stunned’ by Weinstein scandal
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The Latest: Quentin Tarantino ‘stunned’ by Weinstein scandal

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein (all times local): 10:15 a.m. Director Quentin Tarantino says he is “stunned and heartbroken” about the sexual harassment allegations lodged against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, but needs time to wrap his head around it. In a brief statement via Twitter relayed by … Continue reading

Thais mark 1 year since king’s death with prayers, ceremony
Asia / Uncategorized

Thais mark 1 year since king’s death with prayers, ceremony

BANGKOK (AP) — Thais marked one year since the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej with solemn ceremonies and acts of personal devotion Friday before an elaborate five-day funeral later this month. Official commemorations of Bhumibol were organized at Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital, where he died, and at Government House and the ornate royal palace. But many … Continue reading

Tillerson: Trump will scorn but not bolt from Iran nuke deal
International News / Middle East / Politics / U.S. News

Tillerson: Trump will scorn but not bolt from Iran nuke deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will say Friday the Iran nuclear deal is no longer in America’s national security interests, but he won’t withdraw from the landmark 2015 accord or immediately re-impose sanctions against Tehran, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, other U.S. officials and outside advisers to the administration. Trump’s speech from … Continue reading

Former Virginia governor weighs in on Confederate monuments
Politics / U.S. News / Virginia

Former Virginia governor weighs in on Confederate monuments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The nation’s first elected black governor says improving education is more important than spending tax money to remove Confederate monuments. Former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder said during an interview on C-SPAN Thursday his election in 1989 showed how Virginia had changed. He said the violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville in … Continue reading

The Latest: Marc Anthony spits fire at Trump for Puerto Rico
Politics / U.S. News

The Latest: Marc Anthony spits fire at Trump for Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s criticism of protesting athletes (all times EDT): 10:50 p.m. Marc Anthony has some scathing words for Donald Trump, pleading with the president to forget about football and focus instead on hurricane-hammered Puerto Rico. Anthony tweeted on Monday night: “Mr. President shut the f— up about NFL. … Continue reading