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Maduro’s Party Wins Venezuela's Local Elections

Maduro’s Party Wins Venezuela's Local Elections

In Venezuela the United Socialist Party of President Nicolas Maduro won local elections boycotted by the opposition, which considered the vote a corrupt process. The majority of about 2,500 council
Huawei Executive Due in Canadian Court For Bail Hearing

Huawei Executive Due in Canadian Court For Bail Hearing

The chief financial officer for Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies is due back in a Canadian courtroom Monday for a hearing on whether she should be granted bail while awaiting possible
Japanese Economy Experiences the Worst Downturn in Four Years

Japanese Economy Experiences the Worst Downturn in Four Years

Japan's economy contracted 2.5 percent in the third quarter of this year, July-September, which marks the worst downturn in the past four years. The revised data released Monday was more than double
Why One Philippine Island Can’t Get Enough of Martial Law

Why One Philippine Island Can’t Get Enough of Martial Law

Martial law seldom excites people who live under it. Ukrainians were nervous when an order took effect last month, against a growing threat from Russia, to let the military mobilize citizens, ban mass
Nissan Motor and its Former Chairman Indicted

Nissan Motor and its Former Chairman Indicted

Tokyo prosecutors have formally indicted former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn, another Nissan executive and the Nissan Motor Corporation itself for underreporting about $44 million of Ghosn's income in
Armenian Reformist Leader Wins by Landslide in Early Parliamentary Elections

Armenian Reformist Leader Wins by Landslide in Early Parliamentary Elections

Armenian reformist leader Nikol Pashinyan won by landslide the early parliamentary elections Sunday, Central Election Commission's (CEC) results showed.The bloc led by Pashinyan's Civil Contract party
Thousands Dressed as Santa Race in Madrid Raising Money for Cancer Care

Thousands Dressed as Santa Race in Madrid Raising Money for Cancer Care

He is best known for his legendary delivery skills, but imposturous Santa Claus lookalikes are everywhere this time of year. They are hard to miss at malls and on TV specials, but thousands of them
Kenyan Advocacy Group Works to Counter Stigma and Superstitions About Albinos

Kenyan Advocacy Group Works to Counter Stigma and Superstitions About Albinos

In East Africa, people with the genetic disorder albinism face difficult lives marked by bullying at school, discrimination in jobs, and being hunted because of superstitious beliefs. An advocacy
British Protesters Demand Vote On Brexit Deal

British Protesters Demand Vote On Brexit Deal

Critics of Britain's Brexit deal are calling for renegotiation of the agreement negotiated between Britain and the European Union on the conditions of Britain's departure from the bloc. The vote on
One House, Many Voices: Art Depicting the Best of US

One House, Many Voices: Art Depicting the Best of US

Three hundred local artists in the Washington DC area came together to showcase the American values using their visual art skills. The installation art they created featuring immigration stories makes
Amnesty Calls on ICC to Fully Probe Boko Haram Conflict Atrocities

Amnesty Calls on ICC to Fully Probe Boko Haram Conflict Atrocities

Amnesty International on Monday said the International Criminal Court should start a full-blown investigation into atrocities committed in the Boko Haram insurgency, accusing Nigeria of failing to
As Climate Talks Stutter, Africa Suffers The Impact Of A Warming World

As Climate Talks Stutter, Africa Suffers The Impact Of A Warming World

Efforts to boost global action against climate change are stuttering – as several key nations have objected to a key United Nations-backed report on the impacts of rising temperatures, at the COP24
US, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait Have not Endorsed a Key Study on Global Warming

US, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait Have not Endorsed a Key Study on Global Warming

As the U.N. global climate conference in Katowice, Poland entered its second week Sunday, the non-governmental environmental organization Greenpeace demanded urgent action from world leaders to tackle
Huge Winter Storm Hits US South

Huge Winter Storm Hits US South

Crews in several southern U.S. states are working Monday to clear roads and restore electricity after a strong storm dumped snow, sleet and freezing rain.Parts of Virginia, North Carolina, South
Trump's Expected Pick for Chief of Staff Declines the Job

Trump's Expected Pick for Chief of Staff Declines the Job

The candidate U.S. President Donald Trump was widely expected to pick as his new chief of staff is apparently out of the running for the high-profile White House job.Nick Ayers, who is currently Vice
Official: Trump Backs $750 Billion Defense Budget Request to Congress

Official: Trump Backs $750 Billion Defense Budget Request to Congress

U.S. President Donald Trump has backed plans to request $750 billion from Congress for defense spending next year, a U.S. official said on Sunday, signaling a Pentagon spending hike at a time of
Report: North Korea’s Kim Unlikely to Visit Seoul This Year

Report: North Korea’s Kim Unlikely to Visit Seoul This Year

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is unlikely to visit Seoul in the final three weeks of this year, South Korean TV channel YTN said on Monday, citing an unidentified official in the South Korean
Yemen Rebel Leader Seeks Torture Probe

Yemen Rebel Leader Seeks Torture Probe

A top leader of Yemen's Houthi rebels has called for an investigation after The Associated Press found evidence of extreme torture in Houthi-run lockups.Thousands have been imprisoned by the Houthi
Saudi FM Rules Out Extraditing Suspects in Khashoggi Case

Saudi FM Rules Out Extraditing Suspects in Khashoggi Case

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Sunday ruled out the extradition of suspects in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, after Istanbul's chief prosecutor filed warrants for the arrest of two
Huge Winter Storm Clobbers Southern US States

Huge Winter Storm Clobbers Southern US States

An enormous early winter storm is clobbering the southern U.S. with snow, ice, and strong winds.More than 20 million people from Virginia to Georgia and west to parts of Mississippi are under storm