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Trump hits back at tax protests

WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump on Sunday hit back at nationwide protests calling for him to release his tax returns, questioning “who paid for the ‘small’ rallies.” “Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday. The election is over!” the president tweeted Sunday morning. That message came about an hour […]

Posted: April 17th, 2017 in AFP,World | Read More »

Japan avalanche kills 8

TOKYO – An avalanche killed eight high school students on a mountain-climbing trip in Japan Monday, with more than 30 people reportedly injured. More than 100 troops have been deployed in a major rescue effort after the avalanche hit ski slopes in Tochigi prefecture, with television footage showing rescuers climbing mountains as ambulances stood by. […]

Posted: March 27th, 2017 in AFP,World | Read More »

Saudi gov’t imposes ‘crazy’ hike in visa fees

RIYADH – A seven-fold hike in visa fees to do business in Saudi Arabia risks deterring the foreign investment needed to transform its oil-dependent economy, diplomats and other sources say. But a senior Saudi business leader has dismissed such concerns, insisting the country’s most sought-after business partners could easily afford the new charges. “It’s incredibly […]

Posted: October 22nd, 2016 in AFP | Read More »

UN to begin evacuations from Aleppo if truce holds

ALEPPO, Syria – The United Nations hopes to carry out the first medical evacuations from Aleppo on Friday, if a “humanitarian pause” in the Syrian army’s Russian-backed assault on the city holds. Despite a drop in violence after the unilateral ceasefire took effect on Thursday, there was little sign civilians were heeding calls to leave […]

Posted: October 22nd, 2016 in AFP,World | Read More »

Russia, Syria halts Aleppo bombing


MOSCOW – The Russian and Syrian air forces have stopped bombing Aleppo as of 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Russia’s defense minister said, in a move he said was meant to pave the way for an eight-hour truce on October 20. “Strikes in the Aleppo region by the Russian and Syrian air forces are stopping today […]

Posted: October 19th, 2016 in AFP,World | Read More »

Warming to deprive us of oxygen — study


Paris, France — Global warming has triggered an array of apocalyptic scenarios for future generations, from worsening drought, storms and floods to melted ice sheets and rising seas. Now a new study, published Tuesday and coinciding with the UN climate talks in Paris, adds to the grim tableau: the risk that warming at the far […]

Posted: December 3rd, 2015 in AFP,Environment | Read More »