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Greece: 2 still missing in deadly floods that killed 20

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 02:17:00 GMT

Rescue crews are continuing the search for two people still missing from last week's deadly flash floods west of the Greek capital that killed at least 20 people, while the government announced relief measures for those whose homes or businesses were damaged.

The Latest: Suu Kyi blames conflicts on illegal immigration

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 03:23:00 GMT

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi says the world is facing instability and conflict in part because illegal immigration spreads terrorism in a speech that comes as her country is accused of violently pushing out hundreds of thousands of unwanted Rohingya ...

US Marine arrested following fatal Okinawa truck crash

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 19:19:00 GMT

Tokyo (CNN)A US service member has been arrested following a deadly vehicle crash on the Japanese island of Okinawa early Sunday morning. Marine Pvt. First Class Nicholas James-McLean was driving a truck when it collided with another vehicle at 5:25 a.m ...

15 dead, 10 hurt in a stampede for food aid in Morocco

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 13:56:00 GMT

A stampede erupted while food aid was being distributed in a Moroccan village Sunday and at least 15 people died and 10 were injured, authorities said. The crush took place in Sidi Boulalam as a local association was handing out food at a local weekly ...

Merkel to meet German president after coalition talks fail

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 03:26:00 GMT

BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel is to meet with the country's president after talks on forming a new government collapsed in the night, raising the possibility of new elections. Merkel will meet President Frank-Walter Steinmeier later on Monday ...

How traffickers exploit children in Haiti's orphanages

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 02:58:00 GMT

There are at least 30,000 children living in orphanages in Haiti. It is a staggering number for a country of 10 million people, but perhaps even more shocking, most of them are not orphans. The government estimates 80 percent of the children living in ...

British fruit left to rot as looming Brexit squeezes seasonal labor

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 12:59:00 GMT

KENT, England — Fruit grower Tim Chambers left 150 tons of raspberries, worth just over $1 million, to rot on the bush in June. With too few laborers to pick produce on his farms, he also decided not to plant a good portion of the late-season raspberries ...

U.S. marine accused in drink drive case as Japanese man dies

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 03:27:00 GMT

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese man was killed in a truck collision involving a 21-year-old U.S. marine who was well over the legal alcohol limit for driving, police said of a case that was likely to stoke resentment over the U.S. military presence on the ...

Clamor for justice: Yugoslav court leaves global legacy

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 03:08:00 GMT

BELGRADE (Reuters) - When a court on the Dutch North Sea coast issues its final verdict this week, it will signal the end of an experiment that has reverberated around the world, from the killing fields of Rwanda to the CIA’s secret cells in Europe.

Robert Mugabe addresses Zimbabwe after ruling party cuts ties — does not resign

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 02:33:00 GMT

Hours after Zimbabwe’s ruling party voted to oust Robert Mugabe as its leader, the embattled president addressed the political turmoil in the African country in a speech to the nation — but did not say he was resigning. In an extraordinary meeting of ...

US Envoy to Russia Slams Moscow's Pending Curbs on US-funded News Outlets

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:58:00 GMT

The U.S. ambassador to Russia has attacked Moscow's move toward forcing nine United States government-funded news operations to register as "foreign agents" as "a reach beyond" what the U.S. government did in requiring the Kremlin-funded RT television ...

Mugabe Faces Impeachment, Ignores Resignation Deadline

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 01:53:00 GMT

Zimbabwe's longtime president Robert Mugabe has ignored a Monday noon deadline to either step down or face impeachment. Mugabe made clear in a televised speech Sunday that he did not intend to resign. Millions tuned in to radio and television Sunday ...

India opens first-ever EV charging station

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 01:48:00 GMT

Nov. 20 (UPI) --In announcing a first, a state-owned oil company in India said charging stations for electric vehicles can address some fundamental pollution issues. State-owned Indian Oil Corp. and online transportation network company Ola said they took ...

After Huge Truck Bombings, U.S. Steps Up Attacks Against Somali Militants

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 01:48:00 GMT

WASHINGTON — The United States has sharply increased attacks against Qaeda-backed Shabab militants in Somalia in recent days, conducting a flurry of airstrikes in the wake of the country’s deadliest terrorist assault last month and President Trump’s ...

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