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  • In blasphemy case, Pakistani Christian woman transferred to capital

    November 7, 2018 8:35 PM 14

    ISLAMABAD — A Christian woman acquitted by Pakistan’s Supreme Court eight years after being sentenced to death for blasphemy was being flown Wednesday night to a facility in the capital Islamabad from an undisclosed location in another province for security reasons, two senior government officials said. Amid tight security, Asia Bibi left a detention

  • Macron praises divisive First World War general

    November 7, 2018 3:14 PM 12

    “My role isn’t to understand that it’s shocking or to comment about people. My role is to try to explain, be firm in my convictions, face our history,” he added. Petain led the French army to victory in Verdun in 1916, but gained infamy and a conviction for treason for his actions as leader of Vichy France from 1940 to 1944. He is despised for his complicity

  • Warsaw mayor bans far-right independence march

    November 7, 2018 2:43 PM 12

    WARSAW, POLAND—The mayor of Warsaw banned a march that radical Polish nationalists planned to hold to coincide with the centennial of Polish independence, saying Wednesday she made the decision to curb “aggressive nationalism.” Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz said she wanted to put a stop to extremist displays that have appeared during the past decade

  • Zuckerberg rebuffs request to appear before U.K. parliament

    November 7, 2018 12:57 PM 16

    LONDON—Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has rejected a request to appear before an international parliamentary committee delving into the questions around fake news. The rebuff came after Damian Collins, the head of the U.K. parliament’s media committee, joined forces with his Canadian counterpart in hopes of pressuring Zuckerberg to testify, as he did before

  • Surfer fends off shark that bit his leg at Australian beach

    November 7, 2018 12:52 PM 14

    CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA—A man used his surfboard to fend off a shark that bit him on his calf off an Australian beach two days after a fatal attack on the Great Barrier Reef. Lee Jonsson, a 43-year-old teacher aide at a local school, was bitten Wednesday at Shelly Beach off Ballina in New South Wales state. Japanese surfer Tadashi Nakahara died at the same beach

  • A political year dominated by women faces its electoral test in the U.S

    November 7, 2018 2:04 AM 15

    Women also were on the ballot for governor in 16 states this year. There are six women governors, and the record is nine, which was reached in 2004 and 2007. “This isn’t just the year of the woman, this is the year of every woman,” said Cecile Richards, who served as the president of Planned Parenthood for more than a decade, noting the groundbreaking

  • U.K. Prime Minister May says she won’t agree on Brexit deal ‘at any cost’

    November 6, 2018 3:40 PM 11

    The two sides are working on proposed solutions involving a common customs arrangement for the U.K. and the EU. But May faces pressure from some Cabinet members not to agree to a solution that binds Britain to EU trade rules indefinitely after it leaves the bloc in March. May spokesman James Slack said she told the ministers she was confident of reaching

  • Three found dead in collapsed buildings as search goes on in Marseille

    November 6, 2018 3:07 PM 12

    The two buildings, one apparently vacant and the other housing apartments, collapsed Monday at 9 a.m. local time. Authorities said the vacant building had been deemed substandard. It was not immediately clear why they collapsed, or how many people the apartment building housed. Fire crews working with sniffer dogs later brought down the remains of a third

  • Egypt says archeologists found more artifacts at Cairo dig

    November 6, 2018 2:19 PM 11

    Some of the fragments date back to the 12th and the 20th Dynasties and the Third Intermediate Period while others are more recent. Egyptologist Dietrich Raue, the head of the mission, says one inscription points to Atum, an important and frequently mentioned god, as being responsible for the flooding of the Nile River in the Late Period, from 664-332 B.C. Egypt

  • China city curbs dog walking, bans them in parks, stadiums

    November 6, 2018 12:57 PM 12

    Under communist China’s founder Mao Zedong, pet ownership was considered a bourgeois affectation but it has revived over recent decades with Chinese being more affluent but having smaller families. Many cities, however, still maintain rules on what size dogs can live in what areas, with the capital Beijing banning large dogs from the city centre. Dog parks