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  • Rhode Island names deaf man School Counselor of the Year

    January 11, 2019 10:53 AM 118

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - In a first for the state, Rhode Island has named a deaf man as the 2018 School Counselor of the Year. The Providence Journal reports 44-year-old Joseph Batiano is the school counsellor at the Rhode Island School for the Deaf. Batiano says he helps with a student’s academic progress, emotional health and career readiness. He also developed

  • Judge upholds suspensions of frat brothers in crude video

    January 11, 2019 10:52 AM 108

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. - A judge has upheld the suspensions of several fraternity members at Syracuse University who were captured on video using racial slurs and simulating sexual assault. reported Wednesday the judge said in his ruling issued this week that the university was “clearly within guidelines” when it suspended the 18 Theta Tau fraternity

  • Snow in the Balkans disrupts traffic, closes down schools

    January 11, 2019 10:51 AM 141

    “We have snow in January the capital city (Podgorica) for the first time in nine years,” Buric told Montenegrin state TV. In the central Bosnian municipality of Kladanj, snow has disrupted power supplies and cut phone lines. Zijad Vejzovic, from the local civil protection agency, said authorities have declared an emergency. “Because of heavy snow, in some parts

  • Priest who abused boys, made 1 confess, due to be sentenced

    January 11, 2019 10:43 AM 119

    BROOKVILLE, Pa. - A Roman Catholic priest who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two boys and making one of them say confession after the assaults is set to be sentenced in Pennsylvania court. David Lee Poulson is one of two priests charged as a result of a damning Pennsylvania grand jury report that named almost 300 predator priests accused of abusing

  • Pope to visit Romania in spring during busy 2019 travel

    January 11, 2019 10:35 AM 117

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis is adding another trip to his busy 2019 travel schedule with a three-day visit to Romania May 31-June 2. The Vatican press office announced Friday Francis would visit the capital, Bucharest, Iasi in northeastern Romania known for its Orthodox churches and monasteries, and Blaj, the seat of the Catholic Church. Also on the itinerary

  • Poland arrests Chinese businessman, Pole on spying charges

    January 11, 2019 10:20 AM 124

    WARSAW, Poland - Poland’s Internal Security Agency has arrested a Chinese businessman and a Pole on suspicion of espionage, officials said on Friday. The operation that resulted in the arrest of the two suspects had been underway for a long time and was planned with care, said Maciej Wasik, deputy head of Poland’s special services. Wasik said that the Chinese

  • US official says troop withdrawal from Syria has started

    January 11, 2019 10:13 AM 112

    BAGHDAD - The U.S.-led military coalition in Syria has begun the process of withdrawing troops from Syria, a U.S. military official said Friday, declining to comment on specific timetables or movements. Col. Sean Ryan, spokesman for the coalition fighting the Islamic State group, said the U.S. started “the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria

  • EU’s top soldier: much expectation of what EU can do

    January 11, 2019 9:39 AM 113

    NICOSIA, Cyprus - The European Union’s top military official says he’s working with other EU army chiefs to come up with proposals aimed at enhancing the bloc’s military capabilities. EU Military Committee Chairman Claudio Graziano says there’s “a lot of expectation” about what the EU can do in defence matters. He says projects like military mobility

  • Once-prominent member leaves German far-right party

    January 11, 2019 7:59 AM 108

    BERLIN - A once-prominent figure in the far-right Alternative for Germany has left the party after a falling-out and has reportedly founded a new group. Andre Poggenburg, who as the party’s regional leader in eastern Saxony-Anhalt state led it to its strongest state election performance yet in 2016, confirmed to news agency dpa Friday he has left. The daily

  • Pakistan kills 2 militants in raids on hideouts

    January 11, 2019 7:29 AM 107

    QUETTA, Pakistan - Pakistan’s military says security forces have raided militant hideouts in the country’s southwest, triggering shootouts that left two of the insurgents dead. In a statement, the military says troops also seized a cache ofguns, grenades, rockets, land-mines, explosives and communications equipment in Friday’s operations. It provided