• Macron to give Trump seedling from World War I battle site
    by ANGELA CHARLTON on April 22, 2018 at 11:05 am

    PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is bringing an environmentally friendly gift to the White House when he visits President Donald Trump this week: a tree sapling. The young oak also has historical significance — it sprouted at a World War I battle site that became part of U.S. Marine Corps legend. Macron’s office […]

  • Thank you, Starbucks, for copping to the reality of implicit bias
    by Leonard Pitts Jr. on April 22, 2018 at 11:03 am

    The coffee giant deserves credit for one of the most authentic and creative corporate responses in recent memory. One of the bravest, too, given the likely hit to the company’s coffers the mass closure represents. […]

  • Malaysia: Security beefed up after Palestinian gunned down
    by EILEEN NG on April 22, 2018 at 10:08 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police said Sunday that an investigation was underway into the gunning down of a Palestinian man a day earlier and gave assurances that security was being beefed up in the country following recent high-profile assassinations. Gaza’s ruling Hamas militant group said Fadi al-Batsh was an important member of the […]

  • Local vote comes as Italy struggles to form government
    by The Associated Press on April 22, 2018 at 9:44 am

    ROME (AP) — Voting in one of Italy’s tiniest regions is being watched for any shift in voter sentiment as politicians in Rome struggle to form a national government. Residents of Molise, a southern region that is one of Italy’s least populous, were voting Sunday for governor and regional representatives. The March 4 national parliamentary […]

  • Police say 14 Maoist rebels killed in raid in western India
    by The Associated Press on April 22, 2018 at 9:39 am

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Government forces killed at least 14 Maoist rebels during a raid on their hideout Sunday in a forested area in western India, police said. The fighting began after police commandos raided the rebels’ hideout deep in a forested area in Gadchilori district in Maharashtra state, said police officer Prashant Diwate. Diwate […]

  • UK calls on social media firms to better protect children
    by The Associated Press on April 22, 2018 at 9:30 am

    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s health secretary says the government will introduce new laws targeting online social media companies if they don’t do more to protect children. In a strongly-worded letter to Facebook, Google, Snapchat, Twitter and others, Jeremy Hunt said their failure to prevent young children using social media and exposing children to its “harmful […]

  • Tourists at iconic French abbey evacuated after threat
    by ANGELA CHARLTON and Sheila Norman-Culp on April 22, 2018 at 9:10 am

    MONT-SAINT-MICHEL, France (AP) — French authorities evacuated tourists from the Mont-Saint-Michel abbey and were searching houses Sunday on the famed outcropping in the English Channel for a visitor who apparently threatened to attack security services. The exceptional and elaborate evacuation of one of France’s most-visited tourist sites came after a string of sporadic attacks around […]

  • Germany’s center-left Social Democrats to elect new leader
    by The Associated Press on April 22, 2018 at 8:51 am

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s center-left Social Democrats are electing a new leader to spearhead the party’s recovery from a disastrous election result and guide it through a fractious coalition government with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives. Andrea Nahles, the combative leader of the party’s parliamentary group, is overwhelmingly favored to win election at a congress in […]

  • Pope ordains 16 priests, tells them always ‘be merciful’
    by The Associated Press on April 22, 2018 at 8:50 am

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is reminding priests to always be merciful, as he ordained 16 men in a ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica. In remarks Sunday to the new priests from several nations, Francis said: “Please, don’t tire of being merciful” since they themselves sin. He told them to work only in service […]

  • Syrian military pummels IS-held districts in Damascus
    by The Associated Press on April 22, 2018 at 8:45 am

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian government forces used warplanes, helicopters and artillery on Sunday to pound districts of the capital held by the Islamic State group, in a bid to enforce an evacuation deal reached with the militants earlier in the week. The militants agreed to give up their last pocket in southern Damascus on […]