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- 2018-02-21 05:06:02Z
MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) - As a young man, he practiced his sermons by preaching to the alligators and birds in the swamp. At his height years later, he was bringing the word of God into living rooms around the globe via TV and dispensing spiritual counsel - and political advice - to U.S. presidents.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican environmental inspectors said Wednesday they found 7.4 acres (3 hectares) of illegal avocado plantations in the Monarch butterfly wintering grounds west of Mexico City.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - An explosion ripped through a ferry as it unloaded passengers in the Caribbean beach city of Playa del Carmen on Wednesday, hurting 25 people, but authorities said none of the injuries were life-threatening.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Venezuela's opposition threatened to boycott an election challenging socialist President Nicolas Maduro unless the government drops a ban on major candidates and takes other steps to ease fears it's rigged, leaders said Wednesday.
Venezuela's opposition coalition said on Wednesday it could not participate in a "fraudulent, illegitimate" presidential election on April 22 due to unfair conditions created by President Nicolas Maduro's government. The announcement by the Democratic Unity movement, which confirmed
In addition, they hoped their forgiveness might enable them to better reach others prone to violence and perhaps prevent a similar massacre. In contrast, the killing of 17 people at the high school in Parkland, Fla., has yet to reveal much forgiveness toward the shooter. The anger over the murders, especially among Parkland students, is directed mainly at elected officials and the cause of controlling access to guns, especially assault rifles.
When IBM lost its chief diversity officer, Lindsay-Rae McIntyre, to rival Microsoft earlier this month, Big Blue went to court to stop her working for a year. It seems that ways to recruit talented women, then retain and promote them, have become proprietary business data, just like more traditional trade secrets. In the eyes of a growing number of companies such as IBM, gender equality is central, not peripheral, to their business success.
For many Americans, last week's indictment of the Russian "troll farm" by special counsel Robert Mueller was the first time a spotlight had been shown on the enterprise that allegedly meddled in US elections. The IRA is a well-funded "internet marketing" operation that may perform commercial functions, but has become notorious for its political activities. Experts believe there are several such operations around Russia, some aimed at regional audiences.
Viking descendants, you may be crushing the rest of the world with your impressive Olympic medal haul. For the first time, an Asian athlete - Korean Yun Sung-bin - captured Olympic gold in the skeleton competition, which also included the first-ever African woman and a Ghanaian who financed his Olympic dreams by selling vacuum cleaners. On ice, Jordan Greenway has broken a 98-year-old color barrier to become the first African-American on a USA Hockey team, and siblings Alex and Maia Shibutani on Tuesday became the first-ever ice dancers of Asian descent to win an Olympic medal.
By Jan Strupczewski BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Money and top jobs will be the main topics of an informal summit of 27 European Union leaders on Friday, as the bloc tries to deal with the consequences of Britain's exit from the EU in 2019. EU leaders except Britain are to say whether they agree to increase
CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's official news agency says police have arrested six suspected Muslim Brotherhood members on a farm allegedly owned by a recently detained Islamist politician.
A Florida state representative's aide was fired from his position on Tuesday after he sent an email to a reporter alleging that two outspoken survivors of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were "actors."
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to meet with North Korean officials, including leader Kim Jong Un's sister, while in South Korea for the Winter Olympics this month but the North Koreans canceled at the last minute, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. "North Korea dangled a meeting
Time and again, America's worst mass shootings have featured a common thread: the killer's use of a military-style assault rifle that is inexpensive, easy to use and deadly efficient. The type of weapon, commonly known as the AR-15, is once again under scrutiny with critics calling for a ban after last week's massacre at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead. The AR-15 is a semi-automatic weapon, meaning a user can fire off multiple shots in quick succession.
Lorenzo Prado, a student who survived last week's deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, recounted the terrifying experience of being mistaken for the gunman.
When freshman Braden survived last week's shooting spree that killed 17 of his classmates, as well as adults, at his Parkland, Florida, high school, there was one person he knew who could understand the horrors he experienced: his father.
When Norway and Sweden contest Olympic cross-country races, their crown prince and king routinely attend. While Obama didn't quite manage to do that for her, she did it on her own. In the team sprint event on Wednesday, it came down to Norway, Sweden, and … the United States.
A Colorado congressman was met with boos at a town hall on Tuesday night as he repeatedly declined to back an assault-weapons ban.
A survivor of the Columbine High School shooting has said the reaction of the Parkland victims has renewed her hope of meaningful action finally happening on gun control. Anne Marie Hochhalter said social media had given survivors of mass shootings a platform to call for change that the teenagers of Columbine never had. In recent days students from the Florida school have held emotive rallies and are planning further marches calling for tighter gun regulations after 17 people were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day. Ms Hochhalter was left paralysed when she was shot during the 1999 massacre that killed 13 at the Colorado high school. Yet social...
NEW YORK (AP) - Award-winning chef Jose Andres is working on a book about his efforts to help Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
PARIS (AP) - Two French soldiers died in Mali when their armored vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device.
A U.S.-led air strike against al Shabaab militants in Somalia on Monday killed three members of the al Qaeda-linked Islamist insurgency group, the U.S. military said in a statement on Wednesday. The strike near the town of Jilib, about 230 miles (370 km)southwest of Mogadishu, was coordinated with Somalia
Millions around the globe gathered around their TVs beginning Feb. 8 to watch the 2018 Winter Olympics, which are taking place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, a mountainous rural village, 110 miles east of Seoul. As the world turned its gaze to the Korean Peninsula, it witnessed North Korea and South Korea unified, together under one flag, during the opening ceremony. In 2017, the crisis in North Korea was the most underreported humanitarian issue globally.
International reaction to the death of the Rev. Billy Graham on Wednesday:
In 1957, when celebrity evangelist Billy Graham was gearing up for four months of nightly revival meetings at New York's Madison Square Garden, his fellow conservative Christians warned he was playing with fire - and not in a good way. Fundamentalists said he was making a mistake by partnering with liberal New York Protestants, who in their view would corrupt the crusade. "Graham's view was that if people wanted to help promote the revivals… then find ways to bridge theological differences," said Barry Hankins, a Baylor University historian and author of "American Evangelicals: A Contemporary History of a Mainstream Religious Movement." "That became a sort of metaphor for his whole life.
The timing of California Rep. Adam Schiff's visit to the Monitor Breakfast table on Wednesday couldn't have been better. Three Monitor subscribers came to observe, including an old colleague of Schiff's, former Rep. Chris Shays (R) of Connecticut. Indeed, as Schiff took his seat, he commented that the event is "a bit risky, because you very soon forget that you're talking to reporters, and it's all on the record." But this was Schiff's fifth Monitor Breakfast, and he's a pro.
By Shoon Naing and Simon Lewis YANGON (Reuters) - The first civilian to testify in the case of two Reuters reporters accused of violating Myanmar's Official Secrets Act contradicted police and prosecutors on Wednesday about where the pair were arrested, a defense lawyer said. Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw
For Toru Takeda, the best and worst parts of life in Yonezawa are the same: snow. It snows so much that many streets in Yonezawa are equipped with sprinklers that spray warm underground water to keep them clear. Mr. Takeda is still getting used to the sheer amount of snow and the inconveniences that come with it.
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The pristine white sand beaches of Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos top this year's list of TripAdvisor's World's Best Beaches Awards.
CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's president says his country "scored a goal" by signing a $15 billion deal with an Israeli company to supply natural gas that will help turn Egypt into a regional energy hub.
LONDON (AP) - A ban on voters publicly endorsing a 2026 World Cup bid has been lifted by FIFA in the face of criticism from soccer officials.
After a week-long break, James Corden started his Tuesday night edition of The Late Late Show with a passionate speech addressing the recent school shooting in Florida. SEE ALSO: After the Parkland shooting, the gun control debate isn't fading away "I may not be American, but I have experience of what happened in my country when a mass shooting happened," says Corden in the clip above. "And I also have children who are American, and they go to school here." Corden goes on to show a graph illustrating just how huge a problem mass shootings are in the U.S. compared to the rest of the world, before using the UK and Australia as examples of countries who have used...
By Ardo Hazzad BAUCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - More than 90 Nigerian schoolgirls are feared missing after Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram attacked a village in the northeastern state of Yobe, two sources told Reuters on Wednesday. "I saw girls crying and wailing in three Tata vehicles and they
Donald Trump Jr. is catching heat on social media over a tone-deaf comment he made about India's poorest citizens during his visit to the country to promote Trump-branded luxury real estate.
A Sports Illustrated report detailing widespread workplace sexual misconduct in the Dallas Mavericks organization that involved its former CEO is sending shock waves through the league and drawing sharp criticism.
The bodies of seven victims of Sunday's air crash in Iran were brought down from the mountainous crash site on Wednesday, according to Mizan, the official news site of the Iranian judiciary. There were no survivors among the 65 passengers and crew on the plane that plowed into a mountaintop in southwest
By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A confidant of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to turn state's witness in one of several corruption investigations posing a serious threat to the conservative leader's political survival, local media said. Shlomo Filber's decision
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local):
ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistan says it has been given three months to prove it is doing enough to stay off an international watch list for countries that fail to curb the financing of terror groups.
ANKARA (Reuters) - Pro-Syrian government forces which tried to enter the Afrin region on Tuesday retreated after artillery fire by Turkish forces fighting a Kurdish militia there, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said on Wednesday. Ibrahim Kalin told a news conference there will be serious
Sports Illustrated report describes a "culture rife with misogyny"
Moscow on Wednesday said it would be "very difficult" to improve US-Russia relations, which have plummeted to Cold War lows on accusations of election meddling and crises in Syria and Ukraine. Deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov accused the US of trying to meddle in Russia's internal affairs ahead of a presidential election next month, after Washington indicted 13 Russians for an alleged covert effort to interfere in 2016 US polls. "Paradoxically, the Americans are taking steps towards meddling in our internal affairs and exacerbating tensions in bilateral relations ahead of the presidential election" in Russia on March 18, Ryabkov told the news agency Interfax.
By Andrew Osborn MOSCOW (Reuters) - Two young anti-Putin activists trudged through a snow-logged Moscow housing estate on a recent Saturday, putting up fliers promoting a boycott of a presidential election next month. "It's not an election, it's a trick," read one, depicting a goggle-eyed
Malaysian police have arrested 10 people on suspicion of aiding the movement of militants between the eastern state of Sabah and the southern Philippines, a hotbed of Islamic insurgency, the second batch of arrests this year. The Muslim-majority Southeast Asian nation has been on high alert since gunmen linked to Islamic State launched several attacks in Jakarta, the capital of neighboring Indonesia, in January 2016. Police arrested the 10 suspects in three separate raids between Jan. 25 and Feb. 6, inspector-general of police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said in a statement.
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Vice President Mike Pence was all set to hold a history-making meeting with North Korean officials during the Winter Olympics in South Korea, but Kim Jong Un's government canceled at the last minute, the Trump administration said Tuesday. A potential meeting between Pence and the
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - Russia has named an honorary consul in a Pakistani province on the Afghan border, signaling closer ties with Islamabad at a time when U.S.-Pakistani relations are spiraling downward.
JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) - Over coffee last November at Lindsey Vonn's home in Coloradao, Sofia Goggia of Italy asked her friend for some advice.
Russia's ceasefire monitoring center has been damaged by shelling from the rebel-held district of eastern Ghouta outside the Syrian capital Damascus, the TASS news agency cited Russia's Ministry of Defense as saying late on Tuesday. "Residential areas, Damascus hotels, as well as Russia
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner doesn't want to give up the interim security clearance that gives him access to highly classified information, even though his current duties likely don't require him to view top-secret material, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.