Nation and World

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Afghan officials say toll from suicide bombing in Kabul rises to 31 dead, 54 wounded
    by The Associated Press on April 22, 2018 at 8:32 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say toll from suicide bombing in Kabul rises to 31 dead, 54 wounded. […]