- World/Middle East
- 2017-03-22 14:12:51Z
Eleven Syrian refugees drowned after a migrant boat sank off Turkey's Aegean coast on Friday, the coast guard command said, with local media reporting that five children were among the dead. The bodies of the migrants, including two women, were discovered in the western province of Aydin, the private Dogan news agency reported. "Nine migrants were rescued while 11 migrants' bodies were taken from the sea," the coast guard said in a statement on its website.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday lauded President Donald Trump, saying the 70-year-old in the White House had the hardy good health to excel in his new job. Trump has boasted of his own robust health and Friday's remarks echoed statements made in 2015 by his personal physician Harold Bornstein, who proclaimed in a letter that Trump would be "the healthiest individual ever" to win the presidency. Bornstein subsequently revealed that he had written the letter in five minutes and told The New York Times that Trump took statins to treat elevated cholesterol, as well as antibiotics to treat rosacea, a common skin condition, and a hair-growth drug.
Some officials are calling for an investigation into the disappearances, while police maintain there is nothing unusual about them.
DUJIANGYAN, China (AP) - American-born giant panda Bao Bao made her first appearance Friday before the public in southwestern China following her move there from Washington, D.C.
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Outside a Maryland high school dragged into the national immigration debate by an alleged rape, a makeshift sign reflects that strain: "Rockville Strong."
By Ece Toksabay and Nick Tattersall ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey will review all political and administrative ties with the European Union after an April referendum, including a deal to curb illegal migration, but will maintain economic relations with the bloc, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday. In an interview with broadcaster CNN Turk, Erdogan said everything "from A to Z" in Turkey's relations with Europe would be reviewed after the April 16 referendum on constitutional changes that would extend his powers.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's hours-long televised visits to clinics and schools are meant to soften his image, but foes say they instead highlight his disconnect from a national economic crisis in which millions of people are missing meals.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., discusses the health care debate and says President Trump "doesn't always tell the truth." Sanders also talks about the Russia investigation and Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court.
President Donald Trump's chest-thumping nationalism and harsh immigration policies are the subject of a new play depicting an apocalyptic America where stadiums are turned into prisons and people become sick, hungry and frightened. The play is set in the very near future, after the Trump administration makes good on a pledge to hunt down and arrest millions of unauthorized immigrants by imposing martial law. Schenkkan told AFP that the play is a very personal response to what he sees happening in the United States and many other countries: a "nativist, anti-immigrant, right-wing and proto-fascist" movement.
Republican U.S. Representative Mo Brooks said he believed up to 40 Republicans still opposed their party's healthcare legislation on Thursday, while the chairman of the House of Representatives Ways and Means committee said he was not sure when a vote would be taken. "In my judgment right now there are probably about 30 or 40 'no' votes on the Republican side," Brooks, a member of the conservative Freedom Caucus, said on MSNBC. Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady said he believed Republicans were getting closer to a measure they could agree on.
Since 1988, hot air balloons have filled the skies over the historic Cappadocia region in Nevsehir, Turkey, contributing to the region's tourism industry. Cappadocia is a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its chimney rocks, hot air balloon trips, underground cities and boutique hotels carved into rocks.
TOKYO (AP) - Global stocks were mixed Thursday, as investors awaited a vote in the U.S. Congress on health care legislation that is seen as a bellwether for President Donald Trump's ability to deliver on campaign promises of tax and regulatory reforms.
BAGHDAD (AP) - A leading international relief organization has appealed for more medical assistance to cope with the increasing numbers of civilians fleeing the intensified fighting between Iraqi government forces and the Islamic State group in western Mosul.
Chinese, Saudi and Turkish troops for the first time joined the Pakistan Day parade in the capital Islamabad on Thursday, in a sign of deepening ties. Before Pakistan showed off long-range rockets, tanks and other military hardware, armed Chinese troops marched past Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the chief of Pakistan's powerful military. Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain said it was the first time Chinese troops participated in a parade in a foreign country, terming it a "historic event", with the two countries embarking on building vast infrastructure together.
By Patricia Zengerle and Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives intelligence committee set off a political firestorm on Wednesday when he said the communications of members of Donald Trump's transition team were caught up in incidental surveillance targeting foreigners. Representative Devin Nunes said at a news conference that it was possible President Trump's own communications were also intercepted and disseminated among U.S. intelligence agencies.
An NBC News analysis shows that 28 House Republicans will probably vote against the bill. If those "no" votes hold, and no Democrats vote for the bill, the bill would fail during Thursday's vote.
New face and new tech for Toyota's preeminent people mover.
A state-by-state analysis shows the most 1 percenters gaining tax relief from the bill live in California but the region with the greatest percentage of beneficiaries is the District of Columbia.
PARIS/RENNES (Reuters) - Three French schoolchildren were hurt in the attack near London's parliament on Wednesday, French officials said. The three students from the Concarneau Lycee in Brittany, western France, were on a school trip there, a foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement. A total of 90 students from the school were in London, about a dozen of which were in the area of the attack, an official at the school told Reuters.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The mother of an Oregon teenager who was fatally shot by a Portland police officer is demanding a federal Justice Department investigation into her son's death.
Students with disabilities have a legal right to educational support at school that will enable each one to make measurable progress, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Wednesday. It is not enough that progress is simply more than a bare minimum, the court said in an opinion written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.
Ahead of President Trump's meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus, Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga looks at the history of the caucus and how the meeting came about as well as Trump's outreach to black voters on the campaign trail.
Senator urges House to cancel Thursday's vote on the American Health Care Act after President Trump's arm-twisting effort failed to convince conservatives.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson surprised many by parroting Chinese talking points, but it's unlikely to signal a policy shift.
Far-right party leader Marine Le Pen warned of "Islamic fundamentalism" while her socialist opponent accused her of threatening to form a fashion police.
Rebels and jihadists on Tuesday launched a fresh assault on east Damascus, two days after Syrian government forces repelled an initial attack, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. "There was a big blast at dawn, most likely due to a car bomb attack by the rebels against a regime position between the districts of Jobar and Qabun," Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP, adding that fierce clashes continued during the morning. Syria's air force responded with raids on opposition positions while rebels shelled the Abbasids and Tijara neighbourhoods near Jobar, a few kilometres (miles) from the city centre.
Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, gave his opening statement Monday to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying, "My decisions have never reflected a judgment about the people before me." He noted later that "a judge who likes every outcome he reaches is probably a pretty bad judge, stretching for the policy results he prefers, rather than those the law compels."
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said in the daily briefing that despite FBI Director James Comey testifying to Congress there was "no evidence" to support Trump's wiretapping claims, the White House will not apologize.
A fisherman whose body was pulled from the water Monday was likely killed by a large crocodile, police said, after his empty dinghy and speargun were found in northern Australia. The 35-year-old was fishing alone off Innisfail, south of Cairns in Queensland state, and was reported missing on Sunday evening when the boat and floating speargun, which was pierced through a fish, were discovered. "Initial investigations suggest the man may have been taken by a crocodile," Queensland police said, adding that they believe it was a four-metre (13-feet) beast.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes says there was no physical wiretap at Trump Tower.
ABC News' David Wright spoke to people in Florida about their thoughts on the future of health care in the United States.
PARIS (AP) - The Latest on incident at Orly Airport in Paris where a man was shot to death after attempting to seize a soldier's weapon (all times local):
By Mica Rosenberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government took the legal battle over President Donald Trump's travel ban to a higher court on Friday, saying it would appeal against a federal judge's decision that struck down parts of the ban on the day it was set to go into effect. The Department of Justice said in a court filing it would appeal against a ruling by U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang in Maryland to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia. On Thursday, Chuang issued an emergency halt to the portion of Trump's March 6 executive order temporarily banning the entry of travelers from six Muslim-majority countries.
Thousands across the world are waiting for April, a pregnant giraffe at an upstate New York zoo, to give birth.
Bread has become all but impossible to find at many Venezuelan bakeries, which say Maduro's socialist government is not importing enough flour for them to make it. Not so, insists the mustachioed heir to the late Hugo Chavez, who accuses bakeries of hoarding flour to destabilize his government and using it in expensive cakes and pastries rather than cheap, subsidized bread. Maduro, whose popularity has plummeted amid a crushing three-year recession, has dispatched the army, police and uniformed civilian militias to escort officials from the National Superintendency for the Defense of Socioeconomic Rights in a wave of bakery inspections.
By Mica Rosenberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government took the legal battle over President Donald Trump's travel ban to a higher court on Friday, saying it would appeal a federal judge's decision that struck down parts of the ban on the day it was set to go into effect. The Department of Justice said in a court filing it would appeal a ruling by U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang in Maryland to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia. ...
While taking a question from a German reporter during his joint news conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Donald Trump denies being an isolationist, slams fake news and says the "U.S. has been treated unfairly by many countries."
By Bill Berkrot WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Amgen Inc's cholesterol drug Repatha cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes by over 20 percent in patients with heart disease, but the extent of its benefits in the highly-anticipated study disappointed investors and shares fell 6 percent. The overall results unveiled on Friday demonstrated a clinical benefit beyond the drug's known ability to slash "bad" LDL cholesterol levels, but came in below heightened investor expectations. Sales of Repatha, and its competitor Praluent from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi, have been slow since the drugs were approved as insurers have been reluctant to pay for the $14,000 treatment instead of the...
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says the border with Mexico is already "getting extremely strong" and would-be illegal crossers are giving up because they think, "we can't get in." All without the wall he promises to build, or any reported boost in deportations, or any surge in patrol agents.
Over the past decade, several foreigners have died in Goa including 15-year-old British student Scarlett Keeling.
The U.S. State Department said on Thursday that President Donald Trump's proposed budget for the 2018 fiscal year would not reduce U.S. aid to Israel but that assistance levels to other nations, including Egypt and Jordan, were still being evaluated. "Our assistance to Israel is ... guaranteed and that reflects obviously our strong commitment to one of our strongest partners and allies," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said. "With respect to other assistance levels, foreign military assistance levels, those are still being evaluated and decisions are going to be made going forward," Toner added, noting that treaty obligations would be a factor.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota officials appear poised to go after the U.S. government - and thus U.S. taxpayers - to recoup more than $38 million in state expenses related to months of protests against the Dakota Access pipeline, though a longstanding offer from the project's developer to pay up is still on the table.
Amanda Miner, who turned 21 Wednesday, was in the back seat of a grey 2013 Infiniti sedan when it slammed into the median of the Williamsburg Bridge.
At CNN's town hall Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price discussed the GOP's plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. He took questions from people worried about defunding Planned Parenthood.
A landslide at a garbage dump in Addis Ababa buried slum residents.
History repeated itself again for far-right MP Geert Wilders. During his two-decade career in politics, Wilders has been deceived by the polls in the past when expectations hit hard reality, and the 2017 general elections proved no exception. For months he had been topping the opinion polls, but on Wednesday exit polls suggested he had been beaten into second place behind Prime Minister Mark Rutte with 19 seats like two other parties.
Eerie photographs reveal a warship graveyard in Landévennec, France, the final home for Cold War boats before they are scrapped. Rusting replica missiles and dentist chairs still remain on the abandoned ships, formerly used during the war years.
Two lawmakers sought legislative inquiries on Wednesday into Philippine policy on maritime territory, responding to what appeared to confusion by President Rodrigo Duterte about which sea Manila had accused China of illegally surveying. The Philippines has lodged a diplomatic protest with Beijing after a Chinese survey vessel was tracked moving back and forth over Benham Rise, a vast area east of the Philippines declared by the United Nations in 2012 as part of its continental shelf. Senator Antonio Trillanes, a former navy lieutenant and staunch critic of Duterte, has filed a resolution urging the house foreign and defense committees to come up with remedial legislation to uphold...
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By Thomas Escritt AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch conservative and nationalist parties could gain an extra five seats between them following the diplomatic row and weekend rioting over a Turkish minister's attempt to hold a political rally in Rotterdam, a snap poll published on Monday showed. With two days to go until the Dutch vote in a pivotal parliamentary election, pollster Maurice De Hond found that the spat between the Netherlands and Turkey, and Saturday's night of rioting by ethnic Turks in Rotterdam, had benefited the two parties that have been most skeptical on immigration. The poll showed Prime Minister Mark Rutte's pro-business VVD party on track to win 27 seats in the 150-seat...