Israeli envoy: no action on West Bank until after peace plan

UNITED NATIONS – Israel’s U.N. ambassador says he believes the government will take no action on annexing Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank until after the Trump administration releases its long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. Danny Danon told reporters Wednesday he thinks the U.S. will present the plan between May and the summer. Israeli Prime […]

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Bus crash kills 28, mostly Germans, on Portugal’s Madeira

LISBON, Portugal – An official on Portugal’s Madeira Island says a tour bus crash has killed 28 people, most of them German tourists. Local mayor Filipe Sousa tells cable news channel SIC that the victims include 17 women and 11 men. He says the bus carrying 55 people rolled down a steep hillside Wednesday after […]

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Italian students handed $30M fine after barbecue started massive forest fire

Two university students are accused of igniting a massive forest fire in northern Italy last December and they were hit with the bill for the damages: a cool $15.3 million each. The two students – identified in the Italian press as Alessio Molteni and Daniele Borghi, both 22 – were having a cookout to celebrate […]

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Egypt schedules referendum on constitutional changes

People walk past a banner supporting proposed amendments to the Egyptian constitution with a poster of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Egypt’s parliament was holding its last debate Tuesday on proposed amendments to the constitution that could see President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi remain in power until 2030. Arabic reads, “do […]

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Dust storm, lightning and rain kill at least 30 in India

NEW DELHI – A powerful dust storm, lightning and unseasonal rain have killed at least 30 people in central and western India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet Wednesday expressed anguish over the loss of lives and announced relief for the victims’ families. Tuesday’s storm had winds touching 50 kilometers per hour (30 miles […]

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Indonesians vote in vast democratic exercise

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Indonesia’s elections pit Joko Widodo, the first Indonesian president from outside the Jakarta elite, against Prabowo Subianto, a former special forces general from the era of authoritarian rule under military dictator Suharto. Some facts and figures about Wednesday’s elections: ___ BY THE NUMBERS Nearly 193 million Indonesians are eligible to vote in […]

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Voting underway in Indonesia presidential elections

prev FILE – In this Sept. 21, 2018, file photo, Indonesian presidential candidates Prabowo Subianto, second from left, and his running mate Sandiaga Uno, left, Joko Widodo, second from right, and his running mate Ma’ruf Amin, show the ballot numbers that will represent them in the upcoming presidential election, during a draw at the General […]

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Qatari academic seen in shocking video explaining how Muslim men should beat their wives

A video has emerged showing a Qatari academic demonstrating how Muslim men should beat their wives. (MEMRI) A leading academic and cleric from World Cup host country Qatar has filmed a shocking guide on how Muslim men should beat their wives. The vile video features Abd Al-Aziz Al-Khazraj demonstrating how to “punish” a woman in […]

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