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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Votes in Ireland will decide Friday whether to keep or repeal a constitutional amendment banning abortions in most cases. The existing amendment has been in place since 1983 and originally banned all abortions before a change was made five years ago to allow abortions in cases where the mother's life is in danger. If voters decide in Friday's referendum to further loosen the rules, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar's government intends to put forth legislation allowing... (Full Story)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
The U.S. State Department issued a health alert Wednesday for its citizens in China in response to what it said was a recent report of a U.S. government employee in Guangzhou experiencing "subtle and vague, but abnormal, sensations of sound and pressure." The U.S. Embassy in Beijing said the employee was sent back to the United States for evaluation and diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury. Wednesday's alert said the U.S. government does not know the cause of the... (Full Story)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Indonesia won its independence from Dutch rule in 1945, but it became a true democracy in May 1998, when military dictator Suharto stepped down after 33 years in power. This month marks 20 years since Reformasi (Reformation), the tumultuous end of his dictatorship, and two decades into their democratic experiment, many Indonesian activists are reflecting on the promises, both kept and broken, of that era. President Suharto, an army general who seized power in 1965 after... (Full Story)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Health officials in Nigeria say 12 people have died from cholera in recent days. More than 100 people have been sickened in the outbreak located in the Mubi district in the northeastern state of Adamawa. Cholera is a bacterial disease spread by contaminated food or drinking water. It causes severe diarrhea and subsequent dehydration, and can kill within hours if not treated. (Full Story)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
The latest search for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 will end next week, keeping alive one of the world's biggest aviation mysteries. U.S.- based Ocean Infinity agreed with the Malaysian government in January to launch a 90-day hunt for the plane, which vanished on March 8, 2014 during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing carrying 239 passengers and crew. Transport Minister Anthony Loke told reporters Wednesday the search had been extended to May 29. A three-year... (Full Story)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
She’s young, has super powers and is indigenous! This week, a new superhero makes her debut in Marvel Comics’ Champion series: Amka Aliyak, alias Snowguard, an Inuit teenager who hails from the town of Pangnirtung, in Nunavut, one of the four regions that comprise the homeland for the Inuit population of Canada. She debuted in Champion’s April issue #19 as a normal Inuit girl whose curiosity is piqued by the sudden appearance of a mysterious factory near her community. When she decides... (Full Story)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
The war that Cameroon's government declared on armed separatists fighting for the independence of the English-speaking regions from the bilingual English/Francophone country is leaving many casualties among both the military and the insurgents. Hundreds have died in the fighting that is now in its sixth month — and hundreds more are missing. A military ambulance rushes to the Yaounde military hospital on Tuesday with four people wounded in a flare-up of fighting in the... (Full Story)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
The dangers posed by cybercrime are on the rise across the globe – with high profile incidents like the recent ‘Wannacry’ ransomware attack an example of the growing threat. As the adoption of Internet and mobile technology grows, cyber experts say Africa is particularly at risk, as the continent's cyber security lags behind. Henry Ridgwell reports from London. (Full Story)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Georgia Democrats gave Atlanta lawyer Stacey Abrams a chance to become the first black female governor in American history on a primary night that ended well for several women seeking office. Abrams set new historical marks with a primary victory Tuesday that made her the first black nominee and first female nominee for governor of either majority party in Georgia. Voters also picked nominees in Kentucky, Arkansas and Texas ahead of the November midterms. A closer look at key story... (Full Story)
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