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  • A Lebanese woman faces 11 years in prison for posting a video insulting Egyptians

    July 7, 2018 4:34 PM 9

    CAIRO—An Egyptian court has sentenced a Lebanese woman to 11 years in prison for posting a video online in which she insulted Egyptians. Saturday’s ruling against Mona el-Mazbouh, reported by state-run Al-Ahram news agency, can be appealed. In the video, el-Mazbouh uses profanities to describe her vacation in Cairo where she says she was sexually harassed

  • Death toll climbs as heavy rain and flooding hit Japan

    July 7, 2018 1:39 PM 10

    TOKYO—Torrents of rainfall and flooding battered a widespread area in southwestern Japan on Saturday, leaving at least 15 people dead and more than 50 missing, according to Japanese media. As the death toll continued to climb from the rainfall, which began earlier this week, Okayama prefecture said a man caught in a landslide was pronounced dead. Kyodo

  • Man who called police on Black woman at North Carolina pool loses his job

    July 6, 2018 8:53 PM 26

    “We are aware of a terrible incident involving the actions of one of our employees outside the workplace,” the statement said, adding that the “employee is no longer employed by the company in any respect.” Company spokesperson Brian Risinger confirmed that Bloom’s separation was “effective immediately.” Risinger said Bloom was a business development

  • Portuguese lawmakers overwhelmingly reject proposal to ban bullfighting

    July 6, 2018 3:16 PM 34

    LISBON, PORTUGAL—Portugal’s parliament has voted overwhelmingly against a bill banning bullfights, which are a traditional summer event. A lone lawmaker with the People-Animals-Nature party tabled the bill Friday, but it earned just 31 votes in the 230-seat Republican Assembly, Portugal’s parliament. Unlike in Spain, bulls are not killed in the ring in Portugal

  • Woman shoots car thief trying to take SUV with her kids inside

    July 5, 2018 9:02 PM 48

    Dallas police say a woman shot a man in the head who was trying to steal her sport utility vehicle with her two children inside. Police say 36-year-old Ricky Wright got into the woman’s vehicle Wednesday night in a gas station parking lot. The woman jumped in the vehicle and told the suspect to stop. When he didn’t, she pulled a gun from her glove box and shot him once in the head. The vehicle

  • ‘Trump baby’ blimp to fly over London during U.S. president’s visit

    July 5, 2018 5:41 PM 46

    Activist Leo Murray, one of those behind the blimp, said Thursday that City Hall “originally told us that they didn’t recognize Trump Baby as legitimate protest. But, following a huge groundswell of public support for our plan, it looks like City Hall has rediscovered its sense of humour.” Anti-Trump protests are planned in London — a city the president

  • Puerto Rico to sue U.S. federal control board over budget differences

    July 5, 2018 2:38 PM 74

    SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO—Puerto Rico’s governor announced Thursday that his administration will sue a federal control board to resolve a disagreement over two competing budgets that aim to pull the U.S. territory out of an 11-year recession. Gov. Ricardo Rossello said he is seeking an injunction to stop the board from imposing an $8.76-billion budget that contains

  • Three charged with kidnapping actress, holding man naked for 30 hours in Los Angeles

    July 4, 2018 7:09 PM 47

    LOS ANGELES—Three suspects were charged Tuesday with kidnapping two people from a Los Angeles home and holding one of them naked in a bathtub for 30 hours while demanding the other pay a $10,000 (U.S.) ransom, prosecutors said. Neal’s arrest at gunpoint by Los Angeles police officers on Monday was captured on video by a bystander and had been viewed

  • Joey Chestnut downs 74 hot dogs to set contest record amid judging errors

    July 4, 2018 6:39 PM 43

    NEW YORK—Joey “Jaws” Chestnut extended his reign as champion eater at the Nathan’s Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest Wednesday, downing a record 74 wieners and buns in 10 minutes to take home the coveted Mustard Belt for an 11th time. Miki Sudo held onto her title as the top women’s competitor at the annual Brooklyn eat-off, chomping 37 franks

  • Tunisia’s capital elects first female mayor

    July 4, 2018 4:39 PM 12

    TUNIS, TUNISIA—A woman from Tunisia’s moderate Islamic party was elected on Tuesday as mayor of the capital city, Tunis, the first time a woman holds the post. Souad Abderrahim, a 54-year-old pharmacist of the Ennahdha party, won the post in the second round of voting by the municipal council. She defeated her top rival, Kamel Idir, of the party Nida Tounes