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  • Some Air France long-haul flights cancelled due to strike

    21 February 2018 10:43 AM 29

    Paris — Air France says that half of its long-haul flights departing from Paris will not operate for 24 hours during a strike over pay. The French airline says that Thursday's, 22 February, long-haul flights would be affected during the day-long strike that aims to pressure management to increase employee salaries by 6%. Air France says it "plans to operate

  • Careless smoking causes fire that hurts 13 in NYC

    21 February 2018 5:08 AM 23

    New York - The Fire Department of New York says careless smoking caused a weekend fire in the city's historic Little Italy neighborhood that hurt 13 people. The fire on Saturday morning tore through Angelo's of Mulberry Street and apartments above it. The restaurant opened in 1902. FDNY officials say two people were seriously injured and 11 people suffered

  • Maldives extends draconian state of emergency for another 30 days

    21 February 2018 4:44 AM 28

    Mal - Maldives President Abdulla Yameen extended a draconian state of emergency by another month on Tuesday, ignoring a growing chorus of international concern and calls for democracy to be restored in the honeymoon islands. Yameen declared a 15-day state of emergency earlier this month, curtailing the powers of the judiciary and the legislature after

  • 7th-grader with distraction device shoots himself at school

    21 February 2018 3:29 AM 23

    Ohio - Authorities say a seventh-grader who shot and injured himself inside an Ohio middle school bathroom also had a device in his backpack meant to cause a distraction. Police emphasised the device wasn't an explosive that would've harmed anyone. Investigators say no other students were hurt on Tuesday morning in the shooting at Jackson Middle School

  • German man gets big fine for cheating at self-service till

    20 February 2018 5:23 PM 34

    Berlin - A German man has been fined €208 000 ($258 000) for cheating at a supermarket self-service till. Munich's district court convicted the 58-year-old businessman of theft for trying to pass off €47 worth of veal liver as cheaper fruit. The man, who wasn't identified, had done the same thing three times before and also had past convictions for theft

  • Peru court orders Fujimori tried for 1992 mass killing: official

    20 February 2018 10:31 AM 34

    Lima - A Peruvian court ordered former president Alberto Fujimori on Monday to stand trial for the 1992 killings of six farmers, arguing that he lacks immunity despite a recent pardon for a different crime. The National Criminal Court said the pardon granted to Fujimori in a human rights case for which he was serving a 25-year sentence did not apply

  • Candidates in Pennsylvania House race oppose weapons ban

    20 February 2018 10:31 AM 30

    Pittsburgh - In the year's first congressional race, Republican and Democratic candidates in suburban Pittsburgh oppose banning weapons like the semi-automatic rifle used in Florida last week to kill 17 students and teachers. Rick Saccone, a 60-year-old Republican state lawmaker, says existing laws need better enforcement and underlying societal problems

  • Indonesia's Sinabung volcano unleashes towering ash column

    20 February 2018 6:51 AM 31

    Jakarta - Rumbling Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra shot billowing columns of ash more than 5 000m into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes on Monday. There were no fatalities or injuries from the morning eruption, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said. The volcano, one of three currently erupting in Indonesia, was dormant

  • Pennsylvania awaits first look at court's congressional map

    20 February 2018 3:10 AM 32

    Harrisburg - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is on the cusp of imposing a new congressional district map for the state's 2018 elections, all but ensuring that Democratic prospects will improve for several seats. The court set a Monday deadline for itself to unveil a map of districts to take effect in the May 15 primary, although Republican lawmakers have said they'll

  • Afghan official: Bodies found of 9 people abducted last year

    19 February 2018 6:16 PM 38

    Kabul – An Afghan official says that bodies of nine civilians abducted by militants early last year have been found in the country's eastern province of Nangarhar. A district governor says the bodies, including three of tribal leaders, were found dumped in a common grave over the weekend. Sayed Rahman Mohmand of Kot district says the locals found the bodies