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  • Starbucks is ditching plastic straws, cities ocean threat

    July 9, 2018 7:18 PM 9

    NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from all of its locations within two years, the coffee chain announced Monday, becoming the largest food and beverage company to do so as calls for businesses and cities to cut waste grow louder. While the straws account for a small percentage of the pollution that ends up in the ocean, theyâ

  • With hugs, leaders of rivals Ethiopia, Eritrea finally meet

    July 9, 2018 5:20 AM 6

    With laughter and hugs, the leaders of longtime adversaries Ethiopia and Eritrea met for the first time in nearly two decades Sunday amid a rapid and dramatic diplomatic thaw aimed at ending one of Africa's longest running conflicts. Ethiopia's reformist new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed arrived in Eritrea's capital and a live broadcast by Eritrean state

  • Jamaican Lee Boyd Malvo appeals life sentence

    July 6, 2018 6:17 PM 16

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Convicted sniper Jamaican Lee Boyd Malvo is appealing a judge’s rejection of his claim that his sentence of life without parole is unconstitutional. Malvo was convicted for his role in the sniper shootings that killed 10 people and wounded three in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. He was 17 at the time of the shootings

  • Scandal-plagued EPA administrator resigns

    July 5, 2018 9:32 PM 15

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned Thursday amid ethics investigations of outsized security spending, first-class flights and a sweetheart condo lease. With Pruitt’s departure, President Donald Trump loses an administrator many conservatives regarded as one of the more effective members of his Cabinet

  • Australian bishop sentenced to one year detention for child sex abuse cover-up

    July 3, 2018 4:14 PM 9

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The most senior Roman Catholic cleric to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse was sentenced to 12 months in detention by an Australian court Tuesday in a landmark case welcomed by some abuse survivors as a strong warning to institutions that fail to protect children. Newcastle Magistrate Robert Stone ordered Adelaide

  • African leaders talk security with French president

    July 3, 2018 4:34 AM 9

    African heads of state yesterday pledged to coordinate efforts to improve security on the continent and defeat jihadist organisations, particularly in the Sahel and Nigeria, during talks at the 31st African Union summit being held in Mauritania's capital. French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Nouakchott to discuss the battle against Islamic extremism

  • Spain rescues 63 migrants near southern coast

    July 1, 2018 4:38 AM 14

    A Spanish rescue boat yesterday plucked 60 migrants from a patched-up rubber dinghy in the Mediterranean Sea near Libya, igniting another political row between Italy and Malta over who should let the aid boat dock. The vessel, Open Arms, run by Spanish aid group Proactiva Open Arms, said it rescued the migrants, including five women, a nine-year-old

  • Suspect in Maryland newspaper rampage denied bail

    June 29, 2018 5:44 PM 10

    ANNAPOLIS, Maryland. (AP) — A man with a long grudge against Maryland’s capital-city newspaper was ordered remanded in jail Friday on five counts of first-degree murder after police said he blasted his way into the newsroom with a pump-action shotgun, killing five people in one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in U.S. history. Jarrod W. Ramos

  • Italian giants AC Milan banned from European football for one season

    June 27, 2018 3:57 PM 9

    MILAN (AP) — UEFA has given AC Milan a one-year Europa League ban for overspending on player transfer and wages. Milan last year spent more than 200 million euros (then nearly US$250 million) on new players amid questions over the financial stability of the Chinese-led consortium that purchased the Italian club from Silvio Berlusconi for US$800 million

  • FIFA fines 3 Swiss players for goal celebration gestures

    June 25, 2018 10:00 PM 18

    MOSCOW (AP) — FIFA has fined three Switzerland players for making hand gestures of an Albanian national symbol to celebrate World Cup goals against Serbia and cleared them to continue playing. Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri received a warning and a fine of 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,100) for unsporting behaviour, in a judgement Monday by FIFAâ