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Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Ethiopia arrested the former head of a military-run industrial conglomerate Tuesday, state media reported, a day after authorities announced investigations targeting senior members of the security forces. Kinfe Dagnew, a Brigadier General in Ethiopia's army and former chief executive of METEC, was taken into custody close to the border with Sudan and Eritrea, state-run broadcaster EBC said. Footage showed him surrounded by a ring of soldiers. A day earlier the attorney general... (Full Story)
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
The number of hate crime incidents reported in the United States jumped by 17 percent last year, the largest increase since 2001 when the terrorist attacks of 9/11 fueled a surge in attacks on Americans of Muslim and Arab ancestry.   U.S. law enforcement agencies reported a total of 7,175 hate crimes in 2017, up from 6,121 in 2016 and the third consecutive annual increase, the FBI said in its annual hate crime report released on Tuesday. About 5,000 of the incidents were listed as... (Full Story)
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
In the days after the midterm election, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker worked the phones with Democratic luminaries in Iowa. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock courted high-dollar donors in New York. Other Democrats openly mused about their White House ambitions on live television. Motivated by an urgency to unseat President Donald Trump and the prospect of a historically large primary field, Democrats see little incentive to delay or downplay their 2020 presidential hopes. Their more transparent... (Full Story)
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump launched verbal assaults Tuesday on France and President Emmanuel Macron, citing his low voter approval ratings and attacking French tariffs on U.S. wine exports and failure to meet NATO's defense spending goal. "Emmanuel Macron suggests building its own army to protect Europe against the U.S., China and Russia," Trump said first in a salvo of Twitter comments. "But it was Germany in World Wars One & Two - How did that work out for... (Full Story)
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Yemeni officials say an informal agreement to reduce hostilities between Saudi-led coalition forces and rebels in and around the Red Sea port city of Hodeida has taken hold. They said Tuesday that hostilities have ceased for the past 24 hours, with both sides respecting the truce. The truce followed advances by the coalition in their latest attempt to retake the city from the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis.   The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were... (Full Story)
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
During the height of Mexican drug wars in 1993, an attempted hit on Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman went wrong. A team of gunmen sent to rub out the notorious drug lord instead killed a Roman Catholic cardinal at an airport in Guadalajara, outraging the Mexican public enough to touch off a massive manhunt for Guzman. He was captured, but prosecutors say he was undeterred from a brutal pursuit of power that lasted decades, featured jail breakouts and left a trail of bodies. The story of the... (Full Story)
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Lebanon's prime minister-designate has accused Hezbollah of hindering the formation of a new government six months after parliamentary elections. At a press conference Tuesday in Beirut, Saad Hariri said "it's Hezbollah, full stop," when asked who was blocking the formation of a government. He says the Shi'ite militant group bears full responsibility for the consequences, including Lebanon's flagging economy. He stopped short of resigning, however, saying... (Full Story)
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
South Africa's Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has resigned, the president's office said on Tuesday, following calls from opposition parties for him to stand down over a High Court ruling which said he had lied under oath. Gigaba, who was finance minister between March 2017 and February 2018, has denied any wrongdoing. Gigaba, who in February was reappointed home affairs minister, apologized last month over a private sex video that was leaked on social media after his phone... (Full Story)
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Czech opposition parties on Tuesday called on Prime Minister Andrej Babis to resign and agreed to push for a no-confidence motion in his government after a news report that said his son had been sent abroad to hinder a fraud investigation. Babis, a billionaire with farming, chemicals and media businesses, has long battled police charges that he manipulated the ownership of one of his firms a decade ago so that it would qualify for 2 million euros in European Union development aid. He... (Full Story)
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