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  • Canada prioritising deportation of border-crossers from US

    November 1, 2018 3:48 PM 20

    Canada is prioritising the deportation of asylum seekers who walked across the border from the United States illegally, federal agency statistics show, as the Liberal government tries to tackle a politically sensitive issue ahead of an election year. The number of people deported after their refugee applications were rejected was on track to drop 25 percent

  • Freed! Pakistan court acquits Christian on death row for blasphemy

    November 1, 2018 5:00 AM 26

    A Christian woman who spent eight years on death row under Pakistan's blasphemy law was acquitted and ordered released Wednesday by the country's top court, a ruling that raised fears of violence by religious extremists who held angry protests over the verdict. Asia Bibi was in an undisclosed location for her safety, and her lawyer said he expected that she would

  • European tech leaders warn against EU digital services tax

    November 1, 2018 2:33 AM 18

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Technology company chiefs have warned that a digital services tax proposed by the European Union would hinder innovation and hurt economic growth. Johannes Bahrke, spokesman at the EU’s executive Commission, defended the proposal Tuesday, saying it aims to create a “level playing field” for companies whether they are based

  • Gum, bottled water, pizza bagels want to be called ‘healthy’ in US

    November 1, 2018 2:31 AM 22

    Pizza bagels, chewing gum, and bottled water want to play a starring new role in our diets: Foods that can be called healthy. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is revamping its definition of healthy to reflect our changing understanding of nutrition science. The push is fuelling debate about eating habits and what the new standard should say. Frozen

  • Seven shot, hurt at California nightclub holding Halloween party

    October 30, 2018 5:00 AM 8

    Seven people were shot and wounded early Monday during a Halloween party at a Southern California nightclub, police said. Two victims found by officers inside the nightclub were taken to a hospital for treatment. Five other victims later arrived at local hospitals with gunshot wounds, police said. Police watch commander Sgt Ryan Wilson said none of the victims'

  • 'We're heading north!' Migrants refuse offer to stay in Mexico

    October 28, 2018 4:26 AM 17

    Hundreds of Mexican federal officers carrying plastic shields blocked a Central American caravan from advancing towards the United States yesterday, after a group of several thousand migrants turned down the chance to apply for refugee status and obtain a Mexican offer of benefits. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto announced what he called the "You are at home"

  • The Latest: Migrant caravan advances after police blockade 56 minutes ago

    October 27, 2018 5:39 PM 18

    Mexican federal officers have abandoned a blockade they formed on a bridge to prevent a caravan of thousands of Central American migrants from advancing. The officers ended a standoff after representatives from Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission told police that a rural stretch of highway without shade, toilets or water was no place to hold negotiations

  • Congo hospitals openly jail poor patients

    October 26, 2018 3:03 PM 19

    LUBUMBASHI, Congo (AP) — The most surprising thing about the fact that Congolese hospitals detain patients who fail to pay their bills is that it’s no secret: administrators, doctors and nurses openly discuss it, and the patients are held in plain sight. An Associated Press investigation found that only one of more than 20 hospitals and clinics

  • 'French Spiderman' arrested after scaling London skyscraper

    October 26, 2018 5:00 AM 11

    French urban climber Alain Robert has been arrested after scaling one of London's tallest buildings. Robert climbed the 662-foot (202-metre) Heron Tower without ropes or safety gear yesterday as police cordoned off the building, closed roads and ushered spectators away. Robert, known as 'the French Spiderman', has climbed many of the world's tallest

  • Ethiopia elects 1st female president

    October 25, 2018 8:07 PM 19

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian lawmakers on Thursday unanimously elected the country’s first female president, days after approving one of the world’s few “gender-balanced” Cabinets. As seasoned diplomat Sahle-Work Zewde takes the largely ceremonial post, many celebrated Africa’s only current female head of state. Africa’s first