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Polish PM nixes trip to Israel after Netanyahu Holocaust 'comment': govt

17 Feb 2019 at 4:11pm

Polish PM nixes trip to Israel after Netanyahu Holocaust 'comment': govtPolish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has cancelled a visit to Israel for a high-level summit, a government spokesperson told AFP on Sunday, after uproar in Poland over reported comments by Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu about the Poles and the Holocaust. Netanyahu -- who was initially quoted in Haaretz newspaper as saying that "The Poles collaborated with the Nazis" -- has been condemned in Poland for appearing to accuse all Polish people of cooperating with Germany during World War II. Warsaw has long been at pains to point out that Poland, which was occupied by Nazi Germany, could not have and did not collaborate in the Holocaust although individual Poles may have done so.




India takes Pakistan to UN's highest court in spying case

18 Feb 2019 at 12:47pm

India takes Pakistan to UN's highest court in spying caseTHE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) ? India on Monday accused Pakistan of breaching the rights of an alleged spy who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court, a case at the U.N.'s highest court that has exacerbated tensions between the longtime rivals.




How many push-ups can you do? Study finds men who can do 40 have lower risk o...

17 Feb 2019 at 10:02pm

How many push-ups can you do? Study finds men who can do 40 have lower risk of heart diseaseActive, middle-aged men who could do more than 40 push-ups in timed test had significantly lower risks for heart problems, according to a new study.




In Syria's Baghouz, dying palms and a wilting IS 'caliphate'

17 Feb 2019 at 10:04am

In Syria's Baghouz, dying palms and a wilting IS 'caliphate'The wilted palms and pomegranate trees at the entrance to Baghouz were struggling to survive, much like diehard Islamic State group fighters in the Syrian village. "The SDF were here," read a spray-painted Arabic message on a one-storey house. Atop a building captured by the SDF, a fighter peered out at columns of smoke from fresh bombardment.




Gone in a New York minute: How the Amazon deal fell apart

16 Feb 2019 at 7:59pm

Gone in a New York minute: How the Amazon deal fell apartNEW YORK (AP) ? In early November, word began to leak that Amazon was serious about choosing New York to build a giant new campus. The city was eager to lure the company and its thousands of high-paying tech jobs, offering billions in tax incentives and lighting the Empire State Building in Amazon orange.




GMC Acadia souped up with new engine, trim, and tech

18 Feb 2019 at 3:53pm

GMC Acadia souped up with new engine, trim, and techGMC has unveiled the refreshed Acadia for the 2020 model year complete with a new trim, a fresh look, and the latest GMC infotainment system. GMC announced on Monday that the Acadia has gotten its midcycle refresh, and now, the lineup looks more like a group of Sierra pickups from the front than mid-size SUVs. In addition to its new exterior styling, the Acadia has a new powertrain option and an assortment of new technologies including an enhanced infotainment system and heads-up display.




Here?s What?s Open and Closed on President?s Day 2019

17 Feb 2019 at 2:23pm

Here?s What?s Open and Closed on President?s Day 2019Find out if banks, schools and the post office are open on President's day




Biden shames US policies in Munich speech, calls America 'an embarrassment'

18 Feb 2019 at 11:57am

Biden shames US policies in Munich speech, calls America 'an embarrassment'Former Vice President Joe Biden slams President Trump's treatment of European allies as speculation mounts of a possible 2020 run. Rep. Michael Waltz reacts.




Emails show how fake university set up by ICE lured foreign students

18 Feb 2019 at 11:18am

Emails show how fake university set up by ICE lured foreign studentsEmails obtained by the Detroit Free Press offer a glimpse into how a fake university in Detroit may have convinced students it was real.




Poland pulls out of Israel summit in row over WW2 role

18 Feb 2019 at 2:42pm

Poland pulls out of Israel summit in row over WW2 rolePolish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki branded the remarks "racist and unacceptable". The leaders of the other three 'Visegrad Group' nations - Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia - all still planned to attend the talks, Israel said, but Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said they would instead consist of bilateral discussions and that the summit would be rescheduled for later in 2019. Poland's right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) government has made what it sees as the defense of national honor over its wartime record a cornerstone of foreign policy since taking power in 2015.




Six More Killed in Kashmir as India-Pakistan Tensions Rise

18 Feb 2019 at 9:43am

Six More Killed in Kashmir as India-Pakistan Tensions RiseThe soldiers, including one major, were killed during a search operation in Pulwama district, near the summer state capital of Srinagar, an Indian Army spokesman said in New Delhi. Earlier on Monday, Pakistan called back its envoy from New Delhi for consultations reciprocating a similar move by India last week. Combined with rising crude prices, heightened Kashmir tensions -- with Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledging a ?befitting reply? last week -- have weighed on India?s currency.




The Latest: Cardinal calls McCarrick punishment 'important'

16 Feb 2019 at 11:21pm

The Latest: Cardinal calls McCarrick punishment 'important'VATICAN CITY (AP) ? The Latest on the defrocking of former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick (all times local):




Venezuela expels Europe lawmakers as aid showdown intensifies

18 Feb 2019 at 10:51am

Venezuela expels Europe lawmakers as aid showdown intensifiesVenezuela has expelled five visiting European lawmakers, an act opposition leader Juan Guaido branded "irrational" as his showdown with President Nicolas Maduro over the arrival of international aid intensifies. The members of the European Parliament were being tossed out with no explanation, said Spanish MEP Esteban Gonzalez Pons, who led the group. "We are being expelled from Venezuela.




Amazon pays zero federal taxes for second year in succession despite doubling...

16 Feb 2019 at 8:49pm

Amazon pays zero federal taxes for second year in succession despite doubling profits, says new reportAmazon has paid zero federal taxes for the second year in succession, despite a doubling of its profits, according to a new report. Although the tech giant founded by Jeff Bezos saw its profits grow from $5.6bn (£4.3bn) in 2017 to $11.2bn (£8.7bn) in 2018, it will actually receive a tax rebate of $129m (£100m). ?The company?s newest corporate filing reveals that, far from paying the statutory 21 per cent income tax rate on its US income in 2018, Amazon reported a federal income tax rebate of $129m,? said the report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), which describes itself as a ?non-partisan, non-profit think tank?, based in Washington DC.




Alabama man awarded $151M in Ford Explorer rollover lawsuit

18 Feb 2019 at 4:36pm

Alabama man awarded $151M in Ford Explorer rollover lawsuitJury finds company failed to meet safety guidelines and destroyed testing data.




U.S. envoy on Syria tells allies troop withdrawal won't be abrupt

17 Feb 2019 at 11:09am

U.S. envoy on Syria tells allies troop withdrawal won't be abruptThe United States will not make an abrupt and rapid withdrawal of its troops from Syria and will consult closely with its allies on the issue, its special envoy on Syria said on Sunday. "We've been telling them (allies) continuously this is not going to be an abrupt, rapid withdrawal but a step-by-step withdrawal," James Franklin Jeffrey told the Munich Security Conference, addressing concerns from allies over the U.S. decision to pullout 2,000 troops.




Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend

17 Feb 2019 at 11:37pm

Here's the biggest news you missed this weekendFrom the latest on the Jussie Smollett attack to Trump and SNL, here's what to know.




Hong Kong economy stalls amid trade dispute: finance chief

17 Feb 2019 at 9:31am

Hong Kong economy stalls amid trade dispute: finance chiefHong Kong's economy stalled last year as the ongoing China-US trade dispute and retail woes dragged down local business, the city's financial chief said Sunday. Beijing and Washington have already imposed duties on more than $360 billion in two-way trade, roiling global financial markets and weighing heavily on manufacturing output in both countries. "The impact of China-US trade frictions on Hong Kong's exports has clearly emerged at the end of last year," said finance secretary Paul Chan.




Macau police investigate suspected murder at Sands casino resort: media

18 Feb 2019 at 6:02am

Macau police investigate suspected murder at Sands casino resort: mediaPolice in the world's biggest gambling hub of Macau are investigating what they suspect is a rare murder in a five-star casino resort after a Chinese man was found stabbed in his bed, broadcaster TDM reported on Monday. Murder cases have been rare in the Chinese territory since Portugal ceded control of what had been a colonial backwater on the heel of China's southern coast 20 years ago. The suspected murder took place in Sands China's Conrad Macau hotel, TDM reported, citing police.




Global Slowdown Leaves Growth Weakest Since Financial Crisis

18 Feb 2019 at 2:17pm

Global Slowdown Leaves Growth Weakest Since Financial CrisisEuropean Central Bank Governing Council member Francois Villeroy de Galhau said in an interview published at the weekend that the euro-area slowdown is ?significant.? The ECB will on Thursday publish the accounts of its January meeting, when it changed language to say risks to the outlook were to the downside.




The Latest: Unsealed ballots collected in US House race

18 Feb 2019 at 6:13pm

The Latest: Unsealed ballots collected in US House raceRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) ? The Latest on an evidentiary hearing outlining a ballot fraud investigation in an undeclared North Carolina congressional race for which a winner hasn't been finalized (all times local):




Iran arrests 3 'terrorists' over suicide bomb attack

18 Feb 2019 at 11:47am

Iran arrests 3 'terrorists' over suicide bomb attackIran's elite Revolutionary Guards said Monday it has arrested three "terrorists" involved in last week's deadly suicide bomb attack on security forces in a region bordering Pakistan. "Safe houses in (the cities of) Saravan and Khash were identified and eliminated, and the terrorists based in them were arrested," the force said on its official Sepah news agency. The Guards said the three arrested had "produced, guided and supported" the vehicle used in Wednesday's suicide bombing.




Sex abuse survivors say Vatican summit must deliver action

17 Feb 2019 at 6:28pm

Sex abuse survivors say Vatican summit must deliver actionVATICAN CITY (AP) ? Roman Catholics who were sexually abused by clergy are insisting that decisive actions to confront the decades-long problem of pedophile priests and church cover-ups must come out of an upcoming Vatican summit.




Police: Gunman in shooting rampage had 6 prior arrests in Aurora, Illinois, i...

16 Feb 2019 at 11:33pm

Police: Gunman in shooting rampage had 6 prior arrests in Aurora, Illinois, including domestic battery chargesFive male workers of Henry Pratt Co. were found dead and the gunman was killed in a shootout with police after a search of the sprawling warehouse.




7 Lawmakers Quit U.K.'s Labour Party Over Brexit and Anti-Semitism

18 Feb 2019 at 12:41pm

7 Lawmakers Quit U.K.'s Labour Party Over Brexit and Anti-SemitismSeven U.K. lawmakers resigned in an act of protest against the party?s Brexit policy and persistent allegations of anti-Semitism.