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  • Oklahoma considers chemical castration for sex offenders

    February 4, 2018 5:00 AM 22

    A Republican lawmaker is pushing to add Oklahoma to the list of states in which so-called chemical castration is an option for certain sex offenders, albeit an option that rarely gets used. State Republican Rick West, a first-term lawmaker from Heavener, said he filed the bill at the request of a constituent and that he fully intends to push for its passage

  • IAPA rejects free official advertising imposed by Bolivian government

    February 2, 2018 4:34 AM 17

    The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has expressed concern at the issuing of a recent official decree by Bolivia's President Evo Morales that requires all news media to distribute government messages free of charge, without distinguishing between public and privately owned companies. Morales last week issued the decree on obligatory dissemination

  • Man who drove van into Muslims in London convicted of murder

    February 2, 2018 4:34 AM 22

    A man who steeped himself in far-right, anti-Muslim ideas before driving a van into a crowd of worshippers near a north London mosque was convicted yesterday of murder and attempted murder. A jury at London's Woolwich Crown Court deliberated for just an hour before finding 48-year-old Darren Osborne guilty of the June 2017 attack in the city's Finsbury

  • UN reviews 206 companies over links to Israeli settlements

    February 1, 2018 5:00 AM 18

    GENEVA (AP) The U.N. human rights office said yesterday that 206 companies mostly Israeli and American are facing a review of their business practices involving Israeli settlements, which are considered illegal under international law. In a long-awaited report, the office said more resources were needed to handle the complex and unprecedented task of compiling

  • IMF concludes 2017 consultation with Caribbean nation

    February 1, 2018 5:00 AM 15

    On January 26, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with Barbados. Following the economic recovery in 2016, gross domestic product (GDP) growth is slowing reflecting increased pace of fiscal consolidation. Real growth reached 1.6 per cent in 2016 as a result of continued robust long-stay tourism

  • Automakers face heat over tests on monkeys, humans

    January 30, 2018 4:48 AM 12

    Public criticism of the German auto industry has escalated after a report that an industry-sponsored entity commissioned a study of the effects of diesel exhaust using monkeys, while another study exposed humans to low levels of one type of air pollutant. The German government yesterday condemned the experiments and Volkswagen sought to distance itself

  • ... ‘America is back’ to highlight State of the Union presentation

    January 29, 2018 5:00 AM 18

    Seeking to move past the shadow of the Russia investigation, President Donald Trump is aiming to use his first State of the Union address to note the economic progress under his watch while pushing for bipartisanship with Democrats on issues such as rebuilding roads and bridges. The White House said yesterday that the president would point to a robust

  • Mexico: 65 persons found in cramped bus cargo hold

    January 28, 2018 4:20 AM 13

    Authorities in Mexico say they have discovered 65 Central American migrants crowded inside the cargo hold of a passenger bus in the northern city of Saltillo. The country's Immigration Institute said in a statement that the migrants showed signs of weakness, exhaustion and dehydration and were given water, food and medical attention. Adults and children

  • Trudeau says US should see merits of NAFTA

    January 24, 2018 4:13 AM 18

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is working to convince the United States (US) of the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The government of US President Donald Trump is in talks to revise NAFTA and threatened to with-draw from it, saying it puts the US at a disadvantage. Trudeau told the World Economic Forum

  • Russian Orthodox bishop assails Putin, won't vote for him

    January 23, 2018 5:00 AM 17

    A Russian Orthodox bishop has said that he wouldn't vote for President Vladimir Putin in March's election an unprecedented show of dissent by a high-ranking clergyman in the church whose hierarchs have maintained warm ties with the Kremlin. Bishop Yevtikhiy of Ishim in Siberia said on social networks site VKontakte that he wouldn't "vote for darkness"