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Saturday, March 24, 2018


The Latest: German parliament approves same-sex marriage

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on German vote on same-sex marriage (all times local): 9:20 a.m. German lawmakers have voted to legalize same-sex marriage in a snap vote only days after Chancellor Angela Merkel changed her longstanding position. Lawmakers voted 393 for legalizing "marriage for everybody" and 226 against with 4 abstentions. Merkel herself voted

A look at Philippine leader's stormy first year in power

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — It's been a remarkably turbulent first year for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, whose war on drugs has left thousands of suspects dead and prompted critics to call his rule a "human rights calamity." One accused him of crimes against humanity before the International Criminal Court. A former state prosecutor, Duterte denies

German parliament paves way for same-sex marriage

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers have agreed to put the legalization of same-sex marriage to a vote in parliament's last session before its summer break, paving the way for the likely passage of the law. Bringing the measure to a vote in Friday's session, the last before September elections, was fast-tracked after Chancellor Angela Merkel

Feds will now target relatives who smuggled in children

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Trump administration plans to arrest parents and other relatives who authorities believe smuggled their children into the United States, a move immigrant advocates said would send a wave of fear through vulnerable communities. A new "surge initiative" aims to dismantle human smuggling operations, including identifying and arresting the adult sponsors

US approves 1st arms sale to Taiwan under Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has approved arms sales to Taiwan worth a total of $1.4 billion, the first such deal with the self-governing island since President Donald Trump took office, officials said Thursday. The sale will anger China, which regards Taiwan as part of its territory. It comes at a delicate time for

Maasai tribesmen spear 2 lions in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Maasai tribesmen on Thursday speared two lions that strayed out of Nairobi National Park in Kenya, killing at least one, said a conservationist with contacts in the community where the incident happened. The spearing occurred one day after wildlife officials shot and killed another lion that had wandered out of the

Foundation defends award to Palestinian teacher

JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.K.-based foundation that awarded a Palestinian schoolteacher a $1 million prize for preaching nonviolence is sticking by its choice following revelations that the woman's husband participated in an attack that killed six Israelis three decades ago. Earlier this month, the Varkey Foundation awarded Hanan al-Hroub its Global Teacher Prize. In its

Ice wall at Fukushima plant switched on, but will it work?

TOKYO (AP) — The operator of Japan's destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant switched on a giant refrigeration system on Thursday to create an unprecedented underground ice wall around its damaged reactors. Radioactive water has been flowing from the reactors, and other methods have failed to fully control it. The decontamination and decommissioning of the plant, damaged

Russia nabs Ukrainian spy, says he will be sent home

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's domestic security agency said Thursday it has captured a Ukrainian security officer who volunteered to spy for Moscow and will send him back because they believe he is a double agent. The Federal Security Service, or FSB, the main KGB successor agency, said in a statement that the man, Yuri Ivanchenko,

Russian sappers arrive in Syria to clear mines in Palmyra

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian combat engineers arrived Thursday in Syria on a mission to clear mines in the ancient town of Palmyra, the military said. The Defense Ministry said the sapper units were airlifted to Syria with an array of equipment, including state-of-the art robotic devices, to defuse mines at the 2,000-year-old archaeological site. Russian

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