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  • New Zealand to ban disposable plastic shopping bags by next July

    August 10, 2018 7:03 PM 9

    WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND—New Zealand plans to ban disposable plastic shopping bags by next July as the nation tries to live up to its clean-and-green image. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Friday that New Zealanders use hundreds of millions of the bags each year and that some of them end up polluting the precious coastal and marine environment

  • Turkey’s currency nosedives on economic concerns, U.S. dispute

    August 10, 2018 1:34 PM 11

    Erdogan on Thursday portrayed the currency drop as a “campaign” to harm Turkey and called on the people not to worry. “If they have their dollar, we have the people, we have Allah,” he said. Last week, he called on Turks to convert their foreign currency and gold into Turkish lira to help the currency. Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak — who is Erdogan’s

  • ‘I ruined my life over this’: Facebook fight between two Florida men ends in shooting

    August 10, 2018 1:18 PM 11

    According to Sebring, a registered Democrat, he responded to a post on Facebook by a felon who said he wanted to share his political opinions even though he’d lost his right to vote. Sebring said he responded that if you want to voice an opinion, “don’t do criminal activity, don’t get caught, be a productive member of society.” It quickly escalated when Stephens

  • Texas grand jury indicts gunman of school shooting

    August 9, 2018 9:32 PM 12

    Investigators say Pagourtzis has admitted going on a shooting rampage at Santa Fe High School that killed eight students and two teachers. Authorities say the teen used his father’s pistol and shotgun, and described planning the attack in private journals. It was the nation’s deadliest such attack since the mass shooting at a Florida high school that gave rise to a campaign

  • Pence outlines plans to have new U.S. Space Force by 2020

    August 9, 2018 5:10 PM 11

    WASHINGTON—Faced with growing competition and threats from Russia and China, the White House on Thursday said it will create the U.S. Space Force as a sixth, separate military service by 2020. U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence told a Pentagon audience that the plan fulfils U.S. President Donald Trump’s vow to ensure America’s dominance in space — a domain

  • Court upholds ex-Stanford swimmer Brock Turner’s sex assault conviction

    August 9, 2018 4:46 PM 9

    Persky’s sentence sparked nationwide outrage by those who felt it too lenient. The sentence was not part of the appeal and the judges didn’t address it. Turner filed an appeal in December seeking a new trial, arguing that the evidence presented at his trial didn’t support his convictions. The jury convicted him of sexually assaulting an intoxicated victim

  • Trump obliterates his dishonesty record: 132 false claims last week, 280 for July

    August 9, 2018 12:00 PM 10

    The U.S. president made 132 false claims last week, 19 per day, almost five times his average. That shatters his previous record of 103 false claims in a week, which he set in June. Trump might have been expected to set a new record. He has grown steadily more dishonest over the course of his term, and he held three campaign rallies last week, the type of event

  • Saudi Arabia executes, ‘crucifies’ Burma man convicted of murder

    August 8, 2018 8:31 PM 14

    It said Elias Abulkalaam Jamaleddeen entered a Burma woman’s home firing a gun, then stabbed her to death. He was convicted of robbing her home and another home, attempted rape, and stealing firearms and ammunition. The report said his conviction was upheld by the courts and his execution was endorsed by King Salman. Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s

  • Gaining control of Portugal wildfire will take days, prime minister says

    August 8, 2018 7:56 PM 11

    Costa acknowledged that much more work was needed to prevent catastrophic fires, including diversifying the vegetation in Portugal's forests and establishing fire breaks. High clouds of black smoke have towered for days over the Algarve region, a top European vacation destination. While winds have made the firefighting effort more difficult, crew working

  • U.S. announces sanctions against Russia over nerve agent attack

    August 8, 2018 7:40 PM 9

    WASHINGTON—The U.S. will impose sanctions on Russia for its use of a nerve agent in an attempt to kill a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain. The U.S. State Department says Wednesday the sanctions will be imposed on Russia because it used a chemical weapon in violation of international law. Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter