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Defying crackdown, Venezuelans stage new protest march

CARACAS — Venezuelan protesters planned a new march Wednesday against President Nicolas Maduro, defying his government despite the deaths of more than 25 people in an increasingly violent political crisis. The opposition called on protesters to march on central Caracas, a pro-Maduro bastion where the seat of government is located. Previous attempts to reach the […]

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

French line up abroad to vote

LONDON – From London to Berlin, Washington to Tel Aviv, French voters lined up at polling stations abroad at the weekend to cast ballots for one of the closest presidential elections in years back home. Around 1.3 million French people abroad are registered to vote – representing around two percent of the total electorate. In […]

Posted: April 24th, 2017 in World | Read More »

Syrians in frantic search for their children after blast

BAB AL-HAWA, Syria — Fatima Rashid was recovering in a Syrian hospital after a deadly suicide blast when she glanced at a teenager with a bloody, disfigured face. She did not recognize her daughter. The wounded teenager was later taken across the border to Turkey for treatment and now Rashid, like many parents caught up […]

Posted: April 19th, 2017 in World | Read More »

Saigon is one beautiful canvas

HANOI, Vietnam —Shrouded by fumes and surrounded by spray cans, Vietnamese graffiti artist Kong conjures his latest masterpiece, a monkey clutching an aerosol, a color-splashed act of rebellion in a communist country where the youth are expected to follow strict social mores. “Young people want to break the rules,” said the 21-year-old, his fingers speckled […]

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

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 »

Sri Lanka garbage dump collapse kills 11

COLOMBO — The death toll from a collapsed garbage mountain in Sri Lanka’s capital rose to 11 Saturday, officials said, with the disaster destroying 145 homes. Colombo National Hospital spokesperson Pushpa Soysa said two boys and two girls were among the 11 confirmed killed following the Friday incident. They were aged between 11 and 15. […]

Posted: April 15th, 2017 in World | Read More »

Fire destroys Grande-Synthe migrant camp

GRANDE-SYNTHE, France — A huge fire, apparently started deliberately, tore through the Grande-Synthe migrant camp near the northern French city of Dunkirk late Monday, reducing it to “a heap of ashes,” the regional chief said. Firefighters said at least 10 people had been injured in the blaze at the camp, which was home to some […]

Posted: April 11th, 2017 in World | Read More »

South Korea test-fires missile that can hit all of North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has successfully test-fired a home-developed ballistic missile with a range long enough to hit any part of North Korea, Yonhap news agency reported Thursday. It comes a day after the North fired its own ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan — which analysts dubbed a warning ahead of […]

Posted: April 6th, 2017 in World | Read More »

India state approves life sentences for cow slaughter

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat on Friday increased the punishment for cow slaughter from seven years to life imprisonment as Hindu hardliners push for tougher protections for the holy animal. Under the stiffened penalties passed by Gujarat’s state assembly, anyone caught transporting cows for slaughter could also face up to 10 […]

Posted: April 1st, 2017 in World | Read More »

Australian towns submerged in flood after cyclone Debbie

BRISBANE, Australia — Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from towns in two Australian states as authorities warned Friday there could be deaths from severe flooding caused by a powerful tropical cyclone. Category four Cyclone Debbie hit northeastern Australia on Tuesday between Bowen and Airlie Beach in Queensland state, ripping up trees, washing […]

Posted: March 31st, 2017 in World | Read More »