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Apartheid, the race-based system ended 25 years ago

South Africa's first all-race vote 25 years ago turned the page on an oppressive system of racial segregation called apartheid that for roughly 50 years privileged whites over blacks. Here is a reminder. - Races apart - Apartheid -- an Afrikaans-language word meaning the state of "apartness" --....

Sudan protest leaders halt talks with military

Sudanese protest leaders Sunday suspended talks with military rulers, after the army failed to meet their demand for an immediate transfer to civilian rule. The protest leaders had planned to name members of a civilian body to take over from the ruling military council which took power on April 11 after ousting veteran leader Omar al-Bashir.

'Horrific', 'cruel', 'sad': World reacts to Sri Lanka blasts

Religious and world leaders have condemned a series of blasts in Sri Lanka that killed at least 290 people on Sunday, including dozens of foreigners with British, Dutch and American citizens believed to be among them. Japan also confirmed one of its citizens was among those killed by the bombs which....

Fresh arrests as Sri Lanka Easter attack toll hits 290

More than 500 people were injured in the Easter Sunday assault that saw suicide bombers hit three high-end hotels popular with foreign tourists and three churches, unleashing carnage in Colombo and beyond. Two additional blasts were triggered as security forces carried out raids searching for suspects.

‘Horrific’, ‘cruel’, ‘sad’: World reacts to Sri Lanka blasts

Here is a summary of the reactions: – Pope: ‘Cruel violence’ – Pope Francis expressed his sadness over the attacks during his traditional Easter address at the Vatican. “I want to express my affectionate closeness with the Christian community, attacked while it was at prayer, and to all the victims of such cruel violence,” he said.

Capitol session wraps up this week

Legislative leaders aren't expecting much, if any, action when the 92nd General Assembly reconvenes at noon Wednesday at the state Capitol to wrap up the regular session. After meeting for 87 days, lawmakers recessed their regular session April 10 for a two-week break with plans to return Wednesday....

How Sri Lanka attacks unfolded: 20 minutes of carnage

Bomb blasts ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing 290 and injuring 500 people, in the first major attack on the Indian Ocean island since the end of a civil war 10 years ago. Many of the attacks were carried out by suicide bombers, police said.

Asia stocks hold steady, crude hits 5-month high on Iran sanctions report April 21 Updated

Asian stocks were steady on Monday as investors awaited the return of major financial markets from the Good Friday holiday, while oil prices spiked on a report the U.S. is likely to ask all importers of Iranian oil to end their purchases or face sanctions. Brent futures rallied to a five-month high, after the Washington Post said U.

Sudanese protesters suspend talks with army for failing to meet demands for immediate civilian rule Subscriber content

The organizers of Sudan’s protests said Sunday they have suspended talks with the ruling military council because it has failed to meet their demands for an immediate transfer to a civilian government following the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir.

Canada looks to United States for help on solving no-fly list headaches

OTTAWA — Canadian security officials have turned to their U.S. counterparts for advice on revamping Ottawa's troublesome no-fly list that has ensnared young children trying to check in at the airport. Newly released memos show Canadian representatives held a series of consultations with American....

Climate protesters shift to political negotiations after nearly 1,000 arrests

Protests calling for the Government to declare a climate emergency are set to enter a second week after nearly 1,000 people were arrested during the first seven days of Extinction Rebellion demonstrations. Activists have stopped traffic in a series of demonstrations across London since Monday with....

The Latest: Japan confirms 1 fatality in Sri Lanka blasts

11:45 p.m. A group that monitors internet censorship says Sri Lankan authorities have blocked most social media services in the country following attacks that killed more than 200 people on Easter Sunday. The NetBlocks observatory says it detected an intentional nationwide blackout of popular....

NEW: Demographic study reveals Palm Beach County's Jewish community bucks national trend

WEST PALM BEACH — The county's Jewish community has grown, and grown younger, according to a demographic study just released by the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County. In the Federation's first count since 2005, the study completed in 2018 found a 21 percent increase in Jewish population from....

One Japanese national killed, several others injured in Sri Lanka terrorist attacks

One Japanese national has been confirmed dead in a series of Sri Lankan terrorist attacks Sunday that killed more than 200 people and injured over 450 others, a Japanese government source said. The Japanese, who was believed to be a local resident, sustained severe injuries and was pronounced dead....

Death toll in Tripoli air raid rises

Explosions have shaken Libya’s capital Tripoli following an air strike, residents said, in an escalation of a two-week offensive by eastern forces on the city held by the internationally-recognised government. Powerful explosions, believed to be caused by aerial bombing, were reported early....

Comedian Zelenskiy wins Ukrainian presidential race by landslide - exit polls

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine entered uncharted political waters on Sunday after exit polls showed a comedian with no political experience and few detailed policies had easily won enough votes to become the next president of a country at war. The apparent landslide victory of Volodymyr Zelenskiy, 41, is....

Mutharika promises more development projects

President Peter Mutharika. By Chimwemwe Njoloma and Lusayo Singogo. President Peter Mutharika says his government is committed to bringing more development projects across the country if voted back into power in the forthcoming tripartite elections. Mutharika was speaking Saturday in Lilongwe during....

Sri Lanka bombing LIVE: Churches and hotels targeted in Easter Sunday attack - 185 dead

The horrifying Easter Sunday attacks are most violence the country has seen since the civil war ended 10 years ago. The blasts were reported in Colombo and Negombo, in the south west of the country 37 kilometres apart. An official said the church attacks are suspected to have been carried out by....

Brexit WARNING: EU to be stuck with 'ANGRY' MEPs if UK takes part in European elections THE EU will have 50 “angry and resentful” British MEPs if the UK is forced to take part in the...

The pro-Brexit International Trade Secretary said Parliament, which is supposed to elect the net European Commission president later this year, “will have an effect on the formation of the next commission”, according to the Telegraph. He said: “The last thing our European partners want are 50 disruptive and resentful UK MEPs.

N2.1 Billion Pension Fraud: Security agencies remove Maina from watch list

There are strong indications that the Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Mr Abdulrasheed Maina, who was embroiled in an alleged fraud case, might have been granted reprieve by the Federal Government. Maina, it was learnt, had been visiting the country more regularly than before from....

Mining Industry in Minas Gerais may Lose up to R$25 Billion

By Contributing Reporter. RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazilian miner Vale on Thursday estimated selling up to 75 million tonnes less iron ore and pellets this year after several mines were halted following its second deadly dam burst in less than four years.

One year into Nicaragua crisis, more than 60,000 forced to flee their country

(UNHCR) April 16, 2019 – A year into Nicaragua’s political and social crisis, an estimated 62,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries, with the vast majority – some 55,500 – seeking refuge in Costa Rica. Many – in what is overwhelmingly a refugee flow – have resorted to irregular crossings to....

Gov't can 'easily provide' jobs to OFWs from strife-torn Libya - Labor chief

At least 220 people have been killed and more than 1,000 wounded as eastern Libyan National Army (LNA) forces seek to take Tripoli from an internationally recognized government, the World Health Organization said. The Philippine government last week ordered a total ban on the deployment of Filipino workers to Tripoli.

For Years, Woman's Ulcers Came And Went. How Her Daughter Helped Cure Her

Kimberly Ho, a newly minted nurse at Children's National Medical Center just off a 12-hour overnight shift, struggled to focus on a presentation about working with sexually traumatized children and adolescents. As the picture of a skin infection flashed on the screen, the 22-year-old snapped to attention.

Could debt collectors send you texts, emails? Consumer groups fear CFPB may allow it

The $11 billion debt collection industry has been anxiously awaiting the proposal, hopeful that the Trump administration would set out clear rules making it easier for debt collectors to avoid fines and lawsuits. Consumer advocates, meanwhile, have asked the bureau to stop debt collectors from harassing consumers and collecting on “zombie” debts.

Despite criticism, few hopes for change as Egypt votes on extending Sissi’s rule

CAIRO — Egyptians cast their ballots Saturday on the first of three days of voting on constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030 and broaden the military’s role. Critics have blasted the proposed changes as another major step toward an....

MIL-OSI New Zealand: Metiria Turei’s resignation, the media and democracy

By Associate Professor Sean Phelan Dr Leon Salter. Two months before New Zealand’s 2017 elections, which eventually installed the Ardern coalition government, then Green party co-leader Metiria Turei gave a speech on welfare reform. Many political commentators had predicted an easy victory for the....

MIL-OSI Australia: Saving More Lives And Making North Richmond Safer

Source: Premier of Victoria. The Andrews Labor Government is stepping up its efforts to save more Victorian lives at risk of overdose and keep the North Richmond community safe. Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley and Member for Richmond Richard Wynne today announced a package of improvements....

Today in History

Today is Friday, April 19, the 109th day of 2019. There are 256 days left in the year. TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT IN HISTORY: On April 19, 1995, a truck bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people. (Bomber Timothy McVeigh, who prosecutors said had planned the....

Regional coalition helps health care facilities prepare for disasters

During the 2009 Ice Storm, Ohio County set up a special medical needs facility at a school in Cromwell, which provided a safe place for about 50 people who relied on oxygen and had other medical needs that would prohibit them from going to a regular shelter.

Maria Butina seeks a sentence of time served

, a Russian national accused of being a spy, is seeking a sentence of time served for the nine months she has spent in jail, according to a new court filing from her lawyers on Friday. Butina, who pleaded guilty in December to a charge of conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign official, is set to be sentenced on April 26.
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