Romania president won’t ax prosecutor who backs graft fight

BUCHAREST, Romania – Romania's president has refused a request from the justice minister to dismiss the county's top prosecutor, who has clashed with the government over its commitment to fight corruption.President Klaus Iohannis on Friday said he wouldn't fire Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar, a critic of a judicial overhaul that he and others say will…
Zoo elephants eat Berlin’s leftover Christmas trees

Zoo elephants eat Berlin’s leftover Christmas trees

next Two Asian Elephants eat Christmas trees at Tierpark zoo in Berlin, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. Vendors donate not sold Christmas trees to the zoo after Christmas to feed the trees to animals. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) prev Barbary macaque sits next to a Christmas tree decorated with vegetables at Tierpark zoo in Berlin, Friday, Jan.…

Controversy around extreme-right member of Polish government

WARSAW, Poland – A new member of Poland's right-wing government has appealed on Facebook for public support amid a political storm over his previous far-right and anti-West statements.The controversial appointment of Adam Andruszkiewicz as deputy minister for digital affairs comes at the start of a year of elections that will be crucial for the future…
Saudi prosecutor seeks death penalty for five charged in Khashoggi murder

Saudi prosecutor seeks death penalty for five charged in Khashoggi murder

A Saudi prosecutor is seeking capital punishment for five of the 11 suspects currently detained over the death of Jamal Khashoggi in the Kingdom’s Istanbul consulate last October.The Khashoggi case has deeply strained international relations with Turkey and much of the West, prompting a diplomatic outcry that such an attempt to silence a dissident would take…

The Latest: US urges Congo to release accurate vote results

KINSHASA, Congo – The Latest on Congo's presidential election (all times local):9:25 p.m.The United States is urging Congo's government to release accurate results of its presidential election and warns that those who undermine the democratic process could face U.S. sanctions.The State Department also says internet access must be restored and media must be allowed to…
Bosnians light candles for dead student, challenge police

Bosnians light candles for dead student, challenge police

next People carry candles in memory of 21-year-old David Dragicevic in Banja Luka, 240 kms northwest of Sarajevo, Bosnia, on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. Braving a police ban, dozens of Bosnians have lit candles to honor a 21-year-old student whose unresolved death has inspired months of protests alleging police cover-up in the case. The citizens…
US airstrike kills 10 al-Shabab extremists in Somalia, military says

US airstrike kills 10 al-Shabab extremists in Somalia, military says

FILE - The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab continues to control large parts of the country’s southern and central regions and carry out deadly bombings against high-profile targets in the capital, Mogadishu. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File) The U.S. military launched its first airstrikes of 2019 in Somalia, picking up where it left off at year’s end.The U.S.…

Congo’s Catholic church says data show clear election winner

KINSHASA, Congo – The Catholic church in Congo says its data show a clear winner in Sunday's presidential election, and it calls on the electoral commission to publish the true results in "respect of truth and justice."The church deployed some 40,000 electoral observers. Congo's electoral regulations forbid anyone but the electoral commission to announce results.Observers…
Top US trade official voices concern over Peru logging

Top US trade official voices concern over Peru logging

LIMA, Peru – The top U.S. trade official contends Peru's government is not living up to its commitment to combat illegal logging in a case that could have broader implications as Washington debates ratifying a new North American free trade deal.In a letter sent Dec. 21 to a congressman, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said…
Scientologist stabbed to death by boy, 16, outside Australian headquarters, police say

Scientologist stabbed to death by boy, 16, outside Australian headquarters, police say

A Scientologist in Australia was stabbed to death by a 16-year-old boy outside of the headquarters in Sydney. (Reuters)A 16-year-old boy stabbed two Church of Scientology members outside the organization's headquarters in Sydney, Australia, killing one and injuring another on Thursday, police said.The teen was being escorted out of the church in Sydney’s Chatswood district…

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