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Can we talk? Ugandans try to coax longtime leader to leave

Can one of Africa's longest-serving leaders be talked into giving up power? A new movement in Uganda wants to find out, encouraged by the president's tentative embrace of a so-called "national dialogue" as the government is in a showdown with an opposition pop star whose popularity with disaffected young people is unsettling the ruling party. The talks, set to be launched on Dec. 18, are...

May to argue 2nd referendum would violate public trust

Prime Minister Theresa May is set to condemn calls for a second referendum on Britain's departure from the European Union, saying it would do irreparable damage to trust in democracy. In remarks released ahead of her speech in the House of Commons on Monday, May says that staging another referendum "would say to millions who trusted in democracy that our democracy does not deliver." She's...
Miss Universe 2018: Who is Miss Philippines Catriona Gray, this year's winner?

Miss Universe 2018: Who is Miss Philippines Catriona Gray, this year's winner?

Miss Philippines Catriona Gray was crowned the winner of this year's Miss Universe competition Monday in Bangkok, Thailand. Here are five things you should know about Gray, a 24-year-old model, singer and TV host from the Philippines' Albay province: 1. She grew up in Australia. Gray, whose father is Scottish and mother is Filipina, was born in Cairns, Queensland, where she attended Trinity Anglican...
Indian troops enforce lockdown to foil Kashmir public march

Indian troops enforce lockdown to foil Kashmir public march

Soldiers and police fanned out across Indian-controlled Kashmir on Monday to enforce a security lockdown for a second straight day to stop anti-India protests and foil a call by separatists for a march toward India's main military garrison in the disputed region. Government forces patrolled streets in the region's main city of Srinagar and sealed off all the roads leading to India's military garrison...
Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate's 'interference' in kingdom

Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate's 'interference' in kingdom

Saudi Arabia issued an unusually strong rebuke of the U.S. Senate on Monday, rejecting a bipartisan resolution that put the blame for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi squarely on the Saudi crown prince and describing it as interference in the kingdom's affairs. It's the latest sign of how the relationship between the royal court and Congress has deteriorated, more than two months after...
White House closer to partial shutdown with wall demand

White House closer to partial shutdown with wall demand

Pushing the government to the brink of a partial shutdown, the White House is insisting that Congress provide $5 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border despite lawmaker resistance from both parties. Without a resolution, parts of the federal government will shut down at midnight Friday. "We're going to do whatever is necessary to build the border wall to stop this ongoing crisis...
Germany to compensate hundreds who fled Nazis as children

Germany to compensate hundreds who fled Nazis as children

Germany has agreed to one-time payments for survivors, primarily Jews, who were evacuated from Nazi Germany as children, many of whom never saw their parents again, the organization that negotiates compensation with the German government said Monday. The New York-based Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany said the government had agreed to payments of 2,500 euros ($2,800) to those still...
Nissan to replace rock-star chairman amid arrest scandal

Nissan to replace rock-star chairman amid arrest scandal

Nissan's board is meeting to pick a chairman to replace Carlos Ghosn, arrested last month on charges of violating financial regulations. Monday's meeting comes amid an unfolding scandal that threatens the Japanese automaker's two-decade alliance with Renault SA of France and its global brand, as well as highlighting shoddy governance at the manufacturer of the Leaf electric car. Ghosn and another...
FOX Memphis reporter arrested on domestic assault charges

FOX Memphis reporter arrested on domestic assault charges

A reporter at the FOX TV affiliate in Memphis, Tennessee, is facing charges of domestic assault after a fight with his wife Saturday night. >> Read more trending news  Scott Madaus was arrested Saturday night after his wife called 9-1-1 during an argument that appeared to escalate. According to the police report, Madaus’ wife told officers the couple had been fighting and Madaus tried...
Bomb explodes outside private Greek TV station, no one hurt

Bomb explodes outside private Greek TV station, no one hurt

A powerful bomb exploded outside private Greek television station Skai early Monday, causing extensive damage but no injuries. Police said the blast occurred at 2:35 a.m. outside the broadcaster's headquarters in a coastal area near Athens after telephoned warnings to a news website and another TV station prompted authorities to evacuate the building. There was no immediate claim of responsibility...
Taliban say they're meeting US officials again on Monday

Taliban say they're meeting US officials again on Monday

The Taliban say they are holding "another" meeting on Monday with U.S. officials, this time in the United Arab Emirates and also involving Saudi, Pakistani and Emirati representatives in the latest attempt to bring a negotiated end to Afghanistan's 17-year war. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid offered no further details. Khalil Minawi, director of Afghanistan's state-run Bakhtar news...
New 11-foot-long, horned dinosaur discovered in southwestern U.S.

New 11-foot-long, horned dinosaur discovered in southwestern U.S.

A new, 11-foot-long, horned dinosaur was discovered in the southwestern United States from bones collected 20 years ago, according to paleontologists at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. >> Read more trending news  The new ceratopsid, which is from the same genus as the more well-known triceratop, weighed 1,500 pounds and walked the Earth 73 million years ago, scientists...
Wahoo: Voice of Mario honored with Guinness World Record

Wahoo: Voice of Mario honored with Guinness World Record

With a “wahoo” and “let’s-a go,” “It’s-a me, Mario,” made it into the record books.  >> Read more trending news  Charles Martinet, the man who has voiced the video game plumber 100 times in Nintendo games through the years, was recently honored with a Guinness World Record for most video game voiceover performances as the same character...
Bankrupt Sears to pay $25.3 million in bonuses to executives

Bankrupt Sears to pay $25.3 million in bonuses to executives

Sears, which filed for bankruptcy in October, is planning to pay out more than $25 million in bonuses to its top executives. >> Read more trending news  A federal judge has signed off on the company’s request to pay bonuses to some of its high-ranking employees, the Chicago Tribune reported. Sears Holdings filed for Chapter 11 banruptcy protection in October after reportedly...
How to prevent ID theft amid holidays and ‘data breach fatigue’

How to prevent ID theft amid holidays and ‘data breach fatigue’

Last year’s massive data breach at Equifax highlighted the importance for consumers to take steps to protect their personal data. >> Read more trending news  With holiday shopping in full swing, consumer advocacy groups are urging the public to be cautious. It’s prime time for ID thieves to try to snatch sensitive information, experts say. “People need to clearly understand...
Officer pens open letter to ‘invincible’ teen pulled over for speeding

Officer pens open letter to ‘invincible’ teen pulled over for speeding

A police officer chastised a speeding 18-year-old he pulled over Sunday in an open letter posted on social media.  >> Read more trending news  The driver was going 100 in a 65 mph zone when he was pulled over, the officer wrote.  “I can tell you dozens of stories of dead and broken 18 year old bodies that I’ve pulled from cars. Broken bodies that I’ve found in...
Former Trump chief of staff Reince Priebus joins the Navy

Former Trump chief of staff Reince Priebus joins the Navy

  Former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus has joined the Navy as a reserve officer with the backing of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, according to media reports. >> Read more trending news  Priebus, 46, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee before joining the Trump White House, was selected as a reserve officer with help from a recommendation letter from...
Tiny house heisted in St. Louis

Tiny house heisted in St. Louis

Thieves in St. Louis may have reached a milestone -- stealing an entire house, albeit a tiny one, Saturday in St. Louis.  >> Read more trending news  “It’s just so surreal, because you hear about trailers and cars being stolen all the time," Meghan Panu, who spent two years and nearly $20,000 building the tiny home, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She said the...

Maine shuts down pot Facebook page after critics poke fun

The state of Maine has shut down a Facebook page detailing the potential dangers of marijuana use in response to a satirical page launched by pro-pot critics. State Center for Disease Control spokeswoman Emily Spencer tells Maine Public that Maine took the page down out of concerns about consumer confusion, misinformation and message dilution. She said Maine asked Facebook to review the satire page...
Letters to Santa delivered 106 years later

Letters to Santa delivered 106 years later

Letters to Santa hidden behind a chimney mantle for more than 100 years  were recently revealed during a town’s Christmas celebration.  >> Read more trending news  Two children, whose great-grandparents likely played with the letters’ authors, delivered them to Santa during the Beverly Old Fashioned Christmas. One of the letters, written Dec. 25, 1912, by Page...
South Carolina prisoner suing to smoke pot in jail, says his religion requires it

South Carolina prisoner suing to smoke pot in jail, says his religion requires it

A prisoner is suing the South Carolina Department of Corrections, contending the agency has violated his religious freedoms by refusing to allow him to smoke pot or wear dreadlocks. >> Read more trending news  Inmate James Rose, 41, filed the federal lawsuit last week, contending the agency has violated his constitutional rights by not providing him marijuana “as part of the Rastafarian...
Patriots’ Julian Edelman wears cleats to honor synagogue shooting victims 

Patriots’ Julian Edelman wears cleats to honor synagogue shooting victims 

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is wearing cleats in honor of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting victims during Sunday night’s game against the Steelers. >> Read more trending news  Edelman tweeted a photo of the cleats, along with the words "In Remembrance" with all of the victims’ names. The cleats say, "#Strongerthanhate" and feature...
Woman trying to return U.S. Army ring found at Georgia Dairy Queen

Woman trying to return U.S. Army ring found at Georgia Dairy Queen

A Georgia woman is hoping to find the owner of a U.S. Army ring. >> Read more trending news  Kimberly Smith reached out to Channel 2 Action News with photos of the ring. She found it at a Dairy Queen in Newnan on Dec. 14. In an Instagram post, Smith said, "I’d love to find the amazing, brave soul (and) owner of this special ring, to not only thank him for his services and...
Child's death highlights communication barriers on border

Child's death highlights communication barriers on border

Shortly before a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died in U.S. custody, her father signed a form stating that his daughter was in good health. But it's unclear how much the man understood on the form, which was written in English and read to him in Spanish by Border Patrol agents. The death of Jakelin Caal highlights the communication challenges along the U.S.-Mexico border as agents come in contact with...
Hungary sees 4th day of protests over overtime, other issues

Hungary sees 4th day of protests over overtime, other issues

Several thousand people marched through Hungary's capital Sunday in a fourth day of demonstrations against new laws that critics say restrict workers' rights and undermine democracy. Protesters chanted anti-government slogans amid sub-zero temperatures outside parliament as speakers denounced revised overtime rules that lawmakers approved Wednesday. The crowd became increasingly angry as speakers...
Sudan president lands in Syria in 1st visit by Arab leader

Sudan president lands in Syria in 1st visit by Arab leader

Sudan's president on Sunday became the first Arab League leader to visit Syria since civil war erupted there nearly eight years ago. Omar al-Bashir was greeted at the Damascus airport by Syrian President Bashar Assad before they both headed to the presidential palace, where they held talks on bilateral relations and the latest developments in Syria and the region, according to the state-run news agency...
Artist paints Iowa’s largest mural on side of 110-foot silo

Artist paints Iowa’s largest mural on side of 110-foot silo

An Australian artist turned the side of a 110-foot silo into what is believed to be the largest mural in Iowa.  >> Read more trending news  Guido van Helten finds a challenge in all his projects, but he especially enjoyed adding the details and accounting for the silo’s curves in achieving the final product. "This one's probably the most designed mural I've done, in terms...
'Nobody should work here, ever': Teen quits Walmart job over store intercom

'Nobody should work here, ever': Teen quits Walmart job over store intercom

A 17-year-old delivered a pointed message to people inside a Canada Walmart before quitting his job. The Edmonton Journal reported that Jackson Racicot posted a video of himself speaking over the intercom of a Walmart in Grand Prairie, Alberta, addressing customers and co-workers. The profanity-laced video was posted on his Facebook page Dec. 6. >> Read more trending news  “Attention...

Israeli PM's son gets temporary ban on Facebook

Facebook has blocked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's son Yair for 24 hours after he wrote a post criticizing the social media platform as "thought police" and sharing previously banned content. Yair Netanyahu blasted the website on Sunday for removing an earlier post in which he called for "avenging the deaths" of two Israeli soldiers killed last week by Palestinian...
Iraq lays cornerstone to rebuild iconic Mosul mosque

Iraq lays cornerstone to rebuild iconic Mosul mosque

Iraqi religious leaders have laid the cornerstone to rebuild Mosul's landmark al-Nuri mosque, which was blown up in the battle with Islamic State militants in 2017. The mosque, also known as The Great Mosque of al-Nuri, and its iconic leaning minaret were built in the 12th century. It was from the mosque's pulpit that IS's self-styled caliph, Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi, declared the caliphate's establishment...

Colin Kroll, co-founder of HQ Trivia, found dead

Colin Kroll, a tech executive who co-founded the HQ Trivia app, has died. He was 34. The New York Police Department says officers went to Kroll's Manhattan apartment early Sunday after getting a call asking for a wellness check on him. They found him unconscious and unresponsive on his bed. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The medical examiner's office will determine the cause of death. "...
Teen daughter raising money to buy wheelchair for paralyzed mother 

Teen daughter raising money to buy wheelchair for paralyzed mother 

A teen daughter is trying to raise money to help her paraplegic mother get an upright wheelchair.  >> Read more trending news  Kariyana Fields has been working and saving money each week to buy a standing electric wheelchair, which costs about $8,500 and is not covered under insurance, WWL reported.  Kariyana has written letters asking for help, organized fundraisers and...
Canada gets access to detainee in China 6 days after arrest

Canada gets access to detainee in China 6 days after arrest

Canada's ambassador to China was given access Sunday to detained Canadian entrepreneur Michael Spavor six days after he was arrested, the country's Global Affairs department said. Ambassador John McCallum also met with ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig on Friday. Both were detained in China last Monday in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive on behalf of the United States....
Colin Kroll, CEO of HQ Trivia, Vine co-founder dead of alleged drug overdose, police say

Colin Kroll, CEO of HQ Trivia, Vine co-founder dead of alleged drug overdose, police say

Colin Kroll, the CEO and co-founder of HQ Trivia, an app and trivia game, has died of an alleged drug overdose. He was 35. The Daily Beast reported that a senior New York Police Department official said Kroll was found dead in his apartment late Saturday from an apparent overdose. Officials said police arrived at his apartment after his girlfriend called for a welfare check. >> Read more trending...

Somalia closes notorious prison amid abuse allegations

Somalia has closed an underground prison where the government has held extremist suspects and journalists amid allegations of abuses against inmates, the security minister said Sunday. Ahmed Abukar said that Godka Jilaow prison, which held hundreds of prisoners including suspected al-Shabab fighters, would be turned into a technical school. Prisoners would be transferred elsewhere, he said. The prison...
Man proposes to dog-lover girlfriend with 16 pups

Man proposes to dog-lover girlfriend with 16 pups

A man took his girlfriend’s love of dogs to new heights when he proposed to her after a hike in Los Angeles. CBS News reported that Maurice Goldstein dated Laura Stampler for more than four years. Goldstein invited Stampler out for a hike in Runyon Canyon while in town for Thanksgiving. As they continued to hike, Stampler noticed rose petals on the trail. “I saw the rose petals and I see...
Trump to review case of Matt Golsteyn, Army veteran accused of murder

Trump to review case of Matt Golsteyn, Army veteran accused of murder

President Donald Trump announced on Twitter Sunday morning that he would be reviewing the case of a former special forces officer and Afghanistan war veteran who is facing a murder charge. He said the review is being done “at the request of many.” >> Read more trending news  The Washington Post reported that the Army notified former Army Maj. Mathew L. Golsteyn Thursday...

Trump says he'll review murder case against ex-Army commando

President Donald Trump said Sunday that he will be "reviewing" the case of a former U.S. Army commando being charged with murder, raising questions about the possibility he could jeopardize the ongoing military legal proceedings. Trump tweeted that "at the request of many" he will examine allegations that Mathew Golsteyn hunted down and killed a suspected bomb-maker in Afghanistan...
Police K-9 shot in eye, released from animal hospital

Police K-9 shot in eye, released from animal hospital

A DeKalb County police dog that was shot in the head while hunting down a suspect accused of shooting and killing a DeKalb officer has been released from a veterinary hospital, police said. K-9 officer Indi, 7, lost his right eye after being shot above his right ear Thursday afternoon, DeKalb County police said in a news release Sunday. Brandon Taylor is accused of shooting Indi after shooting and...

Report: Iranian general fatally shoots himself by accident

The website of Iran's Revolutionary Guard is reporting that a general who fought in Syria and Iraq has allegedly accidentally killed himself while cleaning a gun. Gen. Ghodratollah Mansouri allegedly shot himself in the head by accident while cleaning his pistol, according to the Sunday report. The report added that Mansouri was veteran of the 1980s Iran-Iraq war and a "defender of the shrine...
Florida police searching for ‘Grinch’ who stole Christmas decorations

Florida police searching for ‘Grinch’ who stole Christmas decorations

Police are searching for a woman caught on home surveillance video stealing Christmas decorations.  >> Read more trending news  The woman is seen getting out of a light colored Volkswagen Dec. 14 and taking decorations from a few houses in a Davie neighborhood, police said.  “Davie Police are looking for this Grinch,” the department wrote on social media...

Fighting around Yemen's Hodeida leaves 12 dead, 25 wounded

Fighting has erupted between Shiite rebels and forces loyal to Yemen's internationally recognized government near the strategic Red Sea port of Hodeida, leaving at least 12 people dead and 25 others wounded from both sides, officials said on Sunday, just two days ahead of the implementation of a cease-fire agreed in talks in Sweden earlier this week. They said the fighting south and east of Hodeida...
Tens of thousands rally in Gaza to mark Hamas anniversary

Tens of thousands rally in Gaza to mark Hamas anniversary

Tens of thousands of Palestinians have gathered in Gaza City for a rally marking the 31st anniversary of the militant Hamas group's establishment. Hamas fighters in military fatigues paraded with rockets and heavy machineguns during Sunday's rally. The Islamist group said the large turnout reflects widespread support despite domestic and external challenges. Gaza has been under an Israeli-Egyptian...
Higher percentage of California pot passing safety tests

Higher percentage of California pot passing safety tests

A higher percentage of California marijuana products are passing strict safety tests, but the sudden closing of a lab that state authorities found wasn't correctly checking for pesticides has raised new questions about the system intended to protect the purity and potency of legal cannabis. California broadly legalized marijuana at the start of the year, and mandatory testing began in July 1. During...

Report: Iran prisoner who died in hospital was a terrorist

Iranian semi-official ISNA news agency is reporting that a detained activist who died last week was a member of terrorist group planning attacks. The Sunday report quotes an unnamed official as saying Vahid Sayyadi Nasiri died in a hospital a week after he was transferred there from a prison in Qom, some 120 kilometers south of the capital Tehran. Earlier last week authorities confirmed Nasiri's death...
Georgia's 1st woman president is inaugurated amid protests

Georgia's 1st woman president is inaugurated amid protests

The first woman president of Georgia has been sworn into office amid continued protests from opposition figures who allege her election was tainted. President Salome Zurabishvili said during her inauguration speech on Sunday that she would work "to promote our country's integration process into NATO and the EU." Opposition activists clashed with police after authorities blocked access to...
Police, anti-migration protesters clash at EU headquarters

Police, anti-migration protesters clash at EU headquarters

Police fired tear gas and water cannons on demonstrators who had congregated around the European Union's headquarters in Brussels after marching against a new United Nations migration pact. About 5,000 people gathered on Sunday for the march that local authorities initially banned for fear of violence. Belgium's high court overturned the ban, citing the right to protest peacefully. Police in Brussels...
White House digs in on border wall demand, risking shutdown

White House digs in on border wall demand, risking shutdown

The White House on Sunday pushed the federal government closer to the brink of a partial shutdown later this week, digging in on its demand for $5 billion to build a border wall as congressional Democrats stood firm against it. "We're going to do whatever is necessary to build the border wall to stop this ongoing crisis of illegal immigration," said White House senior adviser Stephen Miller...

Turkey expects 'concrete steps' from US on cleric's return

Turkey's foreign minister is expressing impatience with the United States for not extraditing a cleric whom the Turkish government alleges masterminded a failed 2016 coup. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said during Sunday that Turkey has demanded the return of 84 suspects from the U.S., including Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen. The cleric lives in Pennsylvania and has denied orchestrating the coup...
Kosovo president: Decision to form army 'irreversible'

Kosovo president: Decision to form army 'irreversible'

The decision to transform Kosovo's security force into an army is "irreversible," the country's president said Sunday while offering assurance that a new national military does not threaten ethnic Serbs living in the former Serbian province. President Hashim Thaci gave a briefing on the army plan before he left for New York, where the United Nations Security Council is expected in coming...
Trump lawyer Giuliani rules out Mueller interview with Trump

Trump lawyer Giuliani rules out Mueller interview with Trump

With a number of probes moving closer to the Oval Office, President Donald Trump and his attorney unleashed a fresh series of attacks on the investigators, questioning their integrity while categorically ruling out the possibility of a presidential interview with the special counsel. Trump and Rudy Giuliani used Twitter and television interviews Sunday to deliver a series of broadsides against special...
Archaeologists discover 4,400 year-old tomb in Egypt

Archaeologists discover 4,400 year-old tomb in Egypt

Archaeologists have discovered a tomb in Egypt that has gone untouched for 4,400 years. The Associated Press reported that Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities announced the discovery Saturday at the Saqqara burial ground in Giza, west of Cairo.  >> Read more trending news  Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said the tomb is from the 5th dynasty of the pharaohs and belonged...
Kids at a Vatican charity give Pope Francis a birthday cake

Kids at a Vatican charity give Pope Francis a birthday cake

Children who frequent a Vatican pediatric dispensary have given Pope Francis a birthday cake, a day before he turns 82. Francis joked with them Sunday, saying he hoped "such a big cake doesn't give indigestion" and blew out a candle atop the treat decorated in the Vatican's yellow-and-white official colors. He said children are good at teaching grown-ups to be humble, to better understand...

Croatia denies police violently push migrants into Bosnia

Croatian authorities on Sunday denied a report by an international watchdog group that alleged police were illegally and sometimes violently pushing migrants back into neighboring Bosnia. The Interior Ministry issued the denial in response to a video published by the Border Violence Monitoring group that showed armed Croatian police officers shouting orders at a group of migrants and escorting them...
Texas mom sentenced in hot car deaths of 2 toddlers

Texas mom sentenced in hot car deaths of 2 toddlers

A Texas judge has sentenced a mom to 40 years in prison for the hot car deaths of her two toddler daughters. According to the Kerrville Daily Times, Amanda Hawkins, 20, was sentenced Wednesday, about three months after she pleaded guilty to child abandonment and endangerment charges in the June 2017 deaths of her daughters, Brynn Hawkins, 1, and Addyson Overgard-Eddy, 2, in Kerrville. Authorities...

Bomb kills 8 in Syrian town held by Turkey-backed forces

A bomb blast in a northwestern Syrian town held by Turkish-backed opposition forces killed at least eight people and wounded two dozen Sunday, activists and local security said, the latest in a series of attacks along the border where Turkey has troops. The spike in attacks follows Turkish threats to expand its offensive against U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces, moving from the areas it currently...

Moscow police arrest least 5 protesters near security office

A human rights activist says Moscow police have arrested at least five protesters at an unsanctioned rally outside the headquarters of the Federal Security Service (FSB), the successor agency to the KGB. Oleg Yelanchik told the Interfax news agency that five people were arrested outside the building, while another three were arrested after they left the protest. There was no immediate comment from...
Investors seeking tax breaks skip poverty-stricken areas

Investors seeking tax breaks skip poverty-stricken areas

A real estate investment firm co-founded by President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, is betting big on the administration's Opportunity Zone tax breaks but isn't that interested in steering its investors to the poorest, most-downtrodden areas that the program seeks to revitalize. New York-based Cadre, in which Kushner still holds at least a $25 million passive stake, made it...
Frogs, fish and small birds die in English zoo fire

Frogs, fish and small birds die in English zoo fire

A zoo in northwest England says insects, frogs, fish and small birds perished in a fire that broke out in an enclosure devoted to exotic tropical habitats. Chester Zoo said in a statement issued on Sunday that keepers were able to lure all mammal species to safety, including critically endangered Sumatran orangutans, Sulawesi macaques and endangered silvery gibbons. But creatures that were kept near...
UK ministers seek to downplay chance of second Brexit vote

UK ministers seek to downplay chance of second Brexit vote

Supporters of British Prime Minister Theresa May dampened suggestions Sunday that the government is planning a second referendum on whether to leave the European Union, arguing that another Brexit vote would exacerbate divisions in the U.K., not heal them. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox told the BBC that holding another vote on Britain's EU membership would settle little in a country that...
For sale: Restored home of Salem witch trials refugee

For sale: Restored home of Salem witch trials refugee

A once-run-down historic home that stands where a woman accused of witchcraft during the 1692 Salem witch trials settled after she was spared the noose is on the market after an extensive renovation project. The home in Framingham, Massachusetts, known as the Peter and Sarah Clayes House, hit the market Thursday with an asking price of $975,000. An open house is planned Sunday. Annie Murphy, executive...
New Ukrainian Orthodox leader gives 1st liturgy, urges unity

New Ukrainian Orthodox leader gives 1st liturgy, urges unity

In his first liturgy as head of the freshly christened Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Epiphanius called Sunday for Ukrainians to unite under the new church and pray for peace in Ukraine. Speaking the day after Ukrainian bishops approved the charter for a religious authority separate from the Russian Orthodox Church, Epiphanius appealed to Ukrainian priests who have worked under the Russian...
Breast cancer risk increases after childbirth, study says

Breast cancer risk increases after childbirth, study says

While scientists do not know what causes cancer, they believe childbirth may increase the possibility of a diagnosis, according to a new report.  Researchers from the University of North Carolina's Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center recently conducted a study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, to determine the association between the disease and childbirth.  To...

Prosecutor: Bavarian stabbing suspect has long arrest record

Bavarian authorities say the 38-year-old German man arrested in connection with stabbing three women in Nuremberg last week has a long criminal record, including a sexual assault conviction. The three separate stabbings took place late Thursday and all the women are still in the hospital being treated for their injuries. Authorities said Sunday that the man, whose name wasn't released, was arrested...
Yellow vest protesters still block French traffic circles

Yellow vest protesters still block French traffic circles

Yellow vest protesters occupied dozens of traffic roundabouts across France on Sunday even as their movement for economic justice appeared to be losing momentum on the fifth straight weekend of protests. The road blockades remained despite a call by Interior Minister Christophe Castaner to free the roundabouts from the traffic chaos created by the protests. Eight people have died in incidents tied...

2 killed in attack in Rwanda, near border with Burundi

At least two Rwandan civilians were killed and eight injured when attackers set fire to three passenger vehicles in the southern Nyamagabe district, which borders Burundi, said a Rwandan army official. "We have been watching the situation in this area for some time now and have a good idea of who is behind today's incident. We are in pursuit of the attackers and action will be taken against those...

4 die in crash of Portuguese medical emergency helicopter

Portuguese authorities say four people have died when a helicopter in the country's medical emergency service crashed. Portugal's National Institute of Medical Emergencies says Sunday that the helicopter went down Saturday in the Serra de Pias hills east of Porto while it was returning to base after transporting a patient. The two pilots, a doctor and a nurse died in the crash. The service says the...

Pope hopes new UN global pact sparks compassion for migrants

Pope Francis is expressing hope that the new U.N. global pact on safe, orderly migration spurs solidarity toward migrants. He told the faithful in St. Peter's Square on Sunday that the non-binding accord serves as a reference point for the international community, which he hopes will act with "responsibility, solidarity and compassion toward those, who, for various reasons, leave their own country...
Talks adopt 'rulebook' to put Paris climate deal into action

Talks adopt 'rulebook' to put Paris climate deal into action

Almost 200 nations, including the world's top greenhouse gas producers, China and the United States, have adopted a set of rules meant to breathe life into the 2015 Paris climate accord by setting out how countries should report their emissions and efforts to reduce them. But negotiators delayed other key decisions until next year — a move that frustrated environmentalists and countries that...
Pete Davidson appears on 'SNL' after concerning Instagram post, deleting account

Pete Davidson appears on 'SNL' after concerning Instagram post, deleting account

Pete Davidson made an appearance on this week's "Saturday Night Live," putting worried fans at ease hours after the comedian told his Instagram followers that he didn't "want to be on this Earth anymore" before deleting his account. "I'm doing my best to stay here for you but I actually don't know how much longer I can last," Davidson, who has been vocal about his struggles...
North Korea marks 7th anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death

North Korea marks 7th anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death

North Koreans are marking the seventh anniversary of the death of leader Kim Jong Il with visits to statues and vows of loyalty to his son and successor, Kim Jong Un. As snow fell Sunday, tens of thousands of people offered flowers and paid respects to the late leader at Mansu Hill in central Pyongyang, the location of huge bronze statues of the "Dear Leader" and national founder Kim Il...

Germany sees notable drop in asylum applications in 2018

The German government anticipates a drop in asylum applications in 2018, even including the thousands of babies born to recent migrants. The Bild newspaper reported Sunday on a preliminary report it obtained showing about 166,000 asylum applications will have been filed by year's end, including 30,000 babies born to migrants in Germany. That's down from 198,317 in 2017 and well below the government's...
Executive's arrest, security worries stymie Huawei's reach

Executive's arrest, security worries stymie Huawei's reach

While a Huawei executive faces possible U.S. charges over trade with Iran, the Chinese tech giant's ambition to be a leader in next-generation telecoms is colliding with security worries abroad. Australia and New Zealand have barred Huawei Technologies Ltd. as a supplier for fifth-generation networks. They joined the United States and Taiwan, which limit use of technology from the biggest global supplier...
Kremlin candidate wins Far East governorship in repeat vote

Kremlin candidate wins Far East governorship in repeat vote

Russians living in the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai elected a Kremlin-backed candidate for governor Sunday after the results from a previous election were thrown out due to alleged voting fraud. Local election officials said the acting governor of the region, Oleg Kozhemyako, won 61.8 percent of the votes after more than 99 percent of the ballots had been counted in the Russian region on the...
Offset crashes Cardi B show, takes stage to beg for forgiveness

Offset crashes Cardi B show, takes stage to beg for forgiveness

Awkward. Less than two weeks after Cardi B announced her split from her husband, Offset, the Migos rapper made a surprising attempt to win back his ex Saturday night as she performed at the Rolling Loud Festival in Los Angeles. According to Variety, Cardi, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, and her fans looked stunned as Offset took the stage. Standing in front of a floral display that read, &ldquo...
French city honors victims of Christmas market attack

French city honors victims of Christmas market attack

People filled a square in the French city of Strasbourg on Sunday to show respect and sympathy for the victims of last week's shooting attack near a famous Christmas market as the death toll rose to five. French authorities said a Polish man died in a Strasbourg hospital Sunday, one of a dozen people wounded in last Tuesday's attack. Poland's Foreign Ministry extended condolences Sunday on Twitter...
1 dead, 44 injured in Switzerland bus crash

1 dead, 44 injured in Switzerland bus crash

Zurich police say a tour bus on its way to Germany has crashed in Switzerland, killing one person and injuring 44 others. The dpa news agency reported Sunday that bus traveling to Duesseldorf from Genoa in Italy crashed at 4:15 a.m. south of Zurich, a city in northern Switzerland that is the country's financial hub. Zurich canton (state) police say the bus went into a skid on the snowy road and crashed...
Heart attack risk spikes on Christmas Eve at this specific time, study says

Heart attack risk spikes on Christmas Eve at this specific time, study says

From good food to thoughtful gifts, Christmas Eve is often a time to spend with family. But beware; it’s also the time of year there’s the greatest risk of a heart attack, according to a new report.  Researchers from health institutions in Sweden recently conducted a study, published in the British Medical Journal, to explore national holidays and sporting events as...
Scam alert: Fake Netflix email seeks payment info, personal data

Scam alert: Fake Netflix email seeks payment info, personal data

Beware, Netflix customers: Scammers are trying to get your personal information using a realistic-looking email that falsely claims to be from the streaming service. Ohio's Solon Police Department took to Facebook earlier this month to warn subscribers of the phishing scam, an email that asks recipients to update their payment information. "We're having some trouble with your current billing...

Bus crash in snowy Serbia kills 3, injures 32

A bus skidded off the road and overturned amid wintry weather in southern Serbia, killing three people and injuring 32 others, police said. The accident happened early Sunday on the main highway in southern Serbia near the town of Leskovac. Police said the bus had Macedonian license plates and local media reported it was heading toward Austria from Macedonia. Doctors at the hospital in Leskovac say...
Teacher stole student's violin to pay $700 ticket, police say

Teacher stole student's violin to pay $700 ticket, police say

A Georgia teacher is facing charges after surveillance video captured him stealing a violin from one of his students, police say. Police in DeKalb County told WSB-TV's Michael Seiden that the teacher offered a full confession. Investigators said Brockett Elementary School teacher Kalif Jones, 21, made his move while students were eating lunch in the cafeteria. Days later, he ended up...
Sri Lankan president doubts he can work with reappointed PM

Sri Lankan president doubts he can work with reappointed PM

Sri Lanka's president accused newly reappointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of corrupt leadership in a scathing speech Sunday in which he voiced doubts about their ability to work together and signaled the 2-month political crisis is far from resolved. President Maithripala Sirisena administered the oath that returned Wickremesinghe to office, then gave a speech soon after the ceremony, telling...
Strike, lockdown shut Kashmir amid anger over killings

Strike, lockdown shut Kashmir amid anger over killings

A security clampdown and a strike sponsored by separatists fighting against Indian rule shut most of Indian-administered Kashmir on Sunday, a day after chaotic protests and fighting killed seven civilians and four combatants in the disputed region. Armed police and paramilitary soldiers in riot gear fanned out across the region in anticipation of anti-India protests and clashes. Shops and businesses...
Groom surprises bride, guests with Toys for Tots shopping spree

Groom surprises bride, guests with Toys for Tots shopping spree

Newly-married Jessica Bond walked into a Kissimmee, Florida, Target store with her wedding gown on. She’d just had her first dance with Brad Bond at her wedding reception. Then he announced she and all their wedding guests would be taking a break from the reception to contribute to a cause dear to their hearts: Toys for Tots. The couple’s relationship started at a Target, shopping for...
Police visit 'Saturday Night Live' star after Instagram post

Police visit 'Saturday Night Live' star after Instagram post

New York City police were concerned about Pete Davidson after he wrote "I don't want to be on this earth anymore" on Instagram. And they visited the "Saturday Night Live" star to make sure he was OK. A police spokesman declined to say where officers met with Ariana Grande's ex-fiance on Saturday. But his Instagram posting was deleted and NBC did not cancel its live show. On the...
Foul-mouthed parrot uses Amazon Alexa to order things while owner is away

Foul-mouthed parrot uses Amazon Alexa to order things while owner is away

Rocco the parrot is in trouble again. The parrot, which  was kicked out of the National Animal Welfare Trust sanctuary for swearing too much, has learned how to use Amazon’s Alexa and decided to shop online when his owner was away, according to The Sunday Times. Rocco, who is an African grey parrot and lives in Berkshire, U.K., reportedly learned how to use the smart speaker to order...
Trucker rescues dogs thrown from vehicle along highway 

Trucker rescues dogs thrown from vehicle along highway 

A passing trucker stopped Saturday morning to rescue two beagle mixes that were thrown from a moving vehicle along a snowy New York highway.  >> Read more trending news  One of the dogs was badly injured and had to have a leg amputated, the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin reported.  "These animals have been through a lot, and people need to understand that this is not...
Deck collapses while family taking Christmas photos; multiple people injured

Deck collapses while family taking Christmas photos; multiple people injured

Two people were airlifted to an Atlanta hospital Saturday after a deck collapsed at a home in Conyers, Georgia, and several other people suffered injuries requiring transport to area medical centers. About 4:30 p.m., the Rockdale County Fire Department received a call of a deck collapse on Lake Sorrento Drive. About 15 people were on the deck at the rear of the home when the structure collapsed, according...
Father of Strasbourg attacker said his son backed IS group

Father of Strasbourg attacker said his son backed IS group

The man described as the father of the 29-year-old suspect in this week's deadly Christmas market attack in Strasbourg says his son subscribed to the beliefs of the Islamic State group. The interview with Abdelkrim Chekatt by the state-run France 2 television channel was shown Saturday night, two days after the son was killed in a confrontation with three police officers in his childhood neighborhood...
At least 4 officers injured during NJ SantaCon

At least 4 officers injured during NJ SantaCon

Eight people have been arrested and at least four police officers required medical attention after the SantaCon pub crawl kicked off in Hoboken, New Jersey on Saturday. Hoboken Police Chief Ken Ferrante began live tweeting Saturday, reporting each arrest, including those accused of aggravated assault on police officers: Two other police officers were exposed to blood after a fight at a restaurant...
Father speaks about Wright State degree given to family for Springfield woman killed in murder-suicide

Father speaks about Wright State degree given to family for Springfield woman killed in murder-suicide

Wright State University awarded nearly 1,700 degrees and certificates at its fall commencement Saturday. The graduation included over 1,000 bachelor’s degrees, students from 54 Ohio counties and 28 states, and 221 international students from 24 countries. One diploma was given to the family of a student who couldn’t attend because she was killed in May. The university gave a degree to...
Megachurch pastor John Gray defends $200K Lamborghini purchase for wife

Megachurch pastor John Gray defends $200K Lamborghini purchase for wife

Saying he is not a “pulpit pimp” or “prosperity preacher,” Pastor John Gray defiantly and emotionally defended a $200,000 Lamborghini he purchased as an anniversary gift to his wife in a 23-minute video posted on social media. >> Read more trending news  Gray, who leads Relentless Church and is an associate pastor at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church, was...
Lonely veteran flooded with Christmas cards after pizza shop’s social post

Lonely veteran flooded with Christmas cards after pizza shop’s social post

Glenn Tesnow has checked his mailbox twice daily the last few weeks, hoping for Christmas cards.  Each day, the 97-year-old has found none. >> Read more trending news  That is, until the staff at Sloopy’s shared his story Thursday on social media, hoping to bring some holiday cheer to the World War II veteran.  “We all may not be here today in this Holiday season...
Family of migrant girl disputes official story on her death

Family of migrant girl disputes official story on her death

The family of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in U.S. Border Patrol custody is disputing an account from U.S. officials who said she had not been given food or water for days. In a statement released by lawyers, the parents of Jakelin Caal said the girl had been given food and water and appeared to be in good health as she traveled through Mexico with her father, 29-year-old Nery Gilberto Caal...
Girl who died fled intensely poor Guatemalan village

Girl who died fled intensely poor Guatemalan village

Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin received her first pair of shoes several weeks ago, when her father said they would set out together for the United States, thousands of miles from this small indigenous community in Guatemala where she spent her days plodding through mud and surrounded by coconut trees. The 7-year-old was excited about the possibility of a new life in another country, relatives said...
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