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U.K. judge rejects bid to take sick toddler Alfie Evans to Italy for treatment. Pope had tried to intervene

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 01:35:00 GMT

A British judge on Tuesday said the parents of a terminally ill toddler cannot take him to Italy for treatment, a course of action that U.K. courts have said would be futile and wrong. Justice Anthony Hayden rejected what he said was a final legal appeal ...


Alfie Evans' parents to appeal ruling that barred terminally ill British boy from traveling to Rome

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 07:11:00 GMT

Alfie Evans’ parents will appeal to a ruling Wednesday that barred the terminally ill child from being taken to Rome for care. The 23-month-old British boy is being treated in a Liverpool hospital. His parents, Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20 ...


Danish inventor found guilty of killing Swedish journalist

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 06:16:00 GMT

Danish inventor Peter Madsen was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison today for killing and sexually abusing Swedish journalist Kim Wall. Wall, 30, had disappeared in mid-August 2017 after boarding Madsen's submarine while researching a story.


Israel raises prospect of Trump opting for deal with Europe over Iran

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 06:56:00 GMT

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel’s intelligence minister said on Wednesday that a proposed new U.S.-European deal over Iran’s nuclear program might dissuade U.S. President Donald Trump from abandoning the current agreement between world powers and Tehran.


Russian scientist who developed nerve agent Novichok says he was hit by a car

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 06:55:00 GMT

A Russian scientist who helped develop the nerve agent believed to have been used in the recent poisoning of an ex-spy and his daughter in Britain is now in the hospital himself after he was hit by a car on Tuesday. Vladimir Uglev, who said in a BBC ...


Australia says admiral will be next US ambassador to Seoul

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 07:10:00 GMT

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s prime minister said Wednesday that the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, Adm. Harry Harris, will not become Washington’s next ambassador to Australia and will be posted to South Korea instead. Prime Minister ...


Isolated DMZ village spots a glimmer of hope in meeting of the Koreas

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 05:56:00 GMT

Tucked in the middle of the Korean demilitarized zone, villagers in Taesung Freedom Village hold high hopes for Friday’s planned summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The village of 193 people, living in ...


South Korea is sparing no effort to make summit with Kim a made-for-TV success

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 07:15:00 GMT

SEOUL — Nothing will be left to chance when Kim Jong Un on Friday becomes the first North Korean leader to cross to the Military Demarcation Line that has divided this peninsula since the Korean War ended in 1953. President Moon Jae-in’s government ...


First polar bear born in tropics dies in Singapore

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 07:11:00 GMT

April 25 (UPI) --Inuka, the first polar bear to be born and raised in a tropical climate, died in Singapore on Wednesday at the age of 27. "With a heavy heart, we bade farewell to our beloved senior polar bear Inuka this morning," Wildlife Reserves ...


Inter-Korean summit food will have touch of Swiss

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 07:03:00 GMT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will be served a nod to his Swiss school days following a high-stakes meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in over the future of his nukes. A Korean "re-interpretation" of the Swiss fried ...


Palestinian journalist shot at Gaza protest dies of wounds: family

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 07:06:00 GMT

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - A Palestinian journalist shot two weeks ago by Israeli forces on the Gaza border has died, Israeli and Palestinian sources said Wednesday, the second journalist killed in a month of unrest. Ahmed Abu Hussein, 25 ...


UK parliament will back government on customs union - Brexit minister

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 07:10:00 GMT

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s Brexit minister David Davis said on Wednesday he expects parliament to back the government’s policy of leaving the customs union at a crunch vote which could come as early as next month. Debate over remaining in a customs ...


Vincent Bolloré Held by French Police Over Alleged Corruption

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 07:15:00 GMT

PARIS—French police detained tycoon Vincent Bolloré for questioning Tuesday as part of an investigation into how his logistics empire won port concessions in two African countries nearly a decade ago. French prosecutors are investigating allegations ...


Spanish police made their largest bust of cocaine ever — hidden in a shipment of bananas

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 06:27:00 GMT

Spanish police found nearly 9 metric tons of cocaine hidden in a shipment of bananas. The shipment was the largest ever found by Spanish police and the most found in a shipping container in Europe. Spain is a major transshipment point for drugs entering ...


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