January 13, 2017 RSS feed / Nation/World

Havana hails end to special U.S. immigration policy for Cubans

HAVANA   The Cuban government hailed President Barack Obama’s decision ending automatic legal residency for any Cuban who touches U.S. More...

Scientists hear voice of ancient humans in baboon calls

PARIS   Baboon grunts and mating calls may hold secrets about human speech, according to a new study suggesting that the origins of human language could reach back as much as 25 million years.  More...

Cabinet picks contradict Trump stands on some issues

WASHINGTON The lack of fireworks surrounding Senate consideration of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks may reflect a host of statements his choices have made contradicting positions the billionaire businessman has taken on issues ra More...

Averse to Trump, America’s poets fight back with words

BOSTON America’s leading poets are averse to Donald Trump, and they’re not about to go gentle into that good night. Poetry slams and other literary events are being organized nationwide in the run-up to the president-elect’s Jan. More...

Funeral set for paralyzed New York City detective who forgave shooter

NEW YORK   Funeral services are set for a New York City police officer known for publicly forgiving a teenage gunman who in 1986 left him paralyzed from the neck down.  Mourners will gather Friday morning at St. More...

Lie detectors trip 2 out of 3 applicants at border agency

SAN DIEGO David Kirk was a career Marine pilot with a top-secret security clearance and a record of flying classified missions. He was in the cockpit when President George W. More...

In tearful farewell, Obama awards Biden the Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON At the dusk of both of their political careers, surrounded by teary friends and family, President Barack Obama on Thursday bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Joe Biden, the man he called “the finest vice president we have More...

Cold, filth take toll on migrant moms in Greece

RITSONA, GREECE The squalid conditions and subfreezing temperatures in Greece’s migrant camps this winter are taking their toll on everyone living in them. More...

Chinese head home in world’s biggest annual human migration

BEIJING ( AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Chinese travelers were packing airports, train and bus stations Friday as they headed home for Lunar New Year celebrations.  More...

A farewell address, a frenetic news conference and White House change

WASHINGTON The outgoing president somberly ruminated about the fragility of democracy and earnestly implored Americans to reject corrosive political dialogue More...

Church members join relatives in grief and anger

CHARLESTON, S.C.   It wasn’t just the family members of the nine people Dylann Roof killed in a Charleston, South Carolina, church who suffered. More...

Ethics official denounces Trump’s plan for business

NEW YORK   President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday he will continue to profit from his global business empire after he enters the White House this month — a precedent breaking decision that the director of the Office of Government Ethi More...

U.S. military: November fight with Taliban killed 33 civilians

KABUL, Afghanistan The U.S. military in Afghanistan said today that its investigation into a November firefight with the Taliban in northern Kunduz province has shown that 33 civilians died in the raid during which U.S. troops fired on Afghan homes. More...

Report: More than 16,000 Iraqis killed by violence in 2016

IRBIL, IRAQ   Violence and military operations claimed the lives of more than 16,000 civilians in Iraq last year, a research group that tracks civilian deaths in Iraq said today, making it one of the deadliest years for war-weary Iraqis since th More...

Film and real-life legal woes fall on France’s far right

PARIS   Far-right leader Marine Le Pen says she is “ready, resolute, organized” for France’s presidential election. More...

Obama bids farewell in nostalgic last speech

CHICAGO President Barack Obama has bid farewell to the nation in an emotional speech that sought to comfort a country on edge over rapid economic changes, persistent security threats and the election of Donald Trump. More...

Trump to face questions on Russia hacking

NEW YORK   The last time Donald Trump held a news conference, he was plunging into a heated general election campaign with Hillary Clinton and suggested Russia could help dig up some of his rival’s emails.  More...

United Arab Emirates says five diplomats killed in Afghan blast

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates   The United Arab Emirates said today that five of its diplomats were killed in a bombing in southern Afghanistan the day before, the deadliest attack to ever target the young nation’s diplomatic corps.  More...

Nigerian governor: Aid groups profit from Boko Haram crisis

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria   Aid agencies including UNICEF are profiting from funds meant to help those fleeing Boko Haram’s Islamic uprising and should leave the country, the governor of Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state says, even as the More...

Trump unfiltered: Tweets reveal interests, insecurities

WASHINGTON His message came at the start of one of the busiest weeks of Donald Trump’s transition to the White House. More...