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January 5, 2019 12:38 AM Japanese lawmaker under fire for LGBT comment

TOKYO – A Japanese legislator is drawing criticism for his comment that "a nation would collapse" if everyone became LGBT. Remarks by Katsuei Hirasawa, a veteran lawmaker of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, were carried on Nippon News Network's national broadcast Friday. Outrage has been popping up on social media. Hirasawa told a crowd in Yamanashi 121

January 3, 2019 6:18 PM US airstrike kills 10 al-Shabab extremists in Somalia, military says

FILE - The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab continues to control large parts of the country’s southern and central regions and carry out deadly bombings against high-profile targets in the capital, Mogadishu. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File) The U.S. military launched its first airstrikes of 2019 in Somalia, picking up where it left off at year’s end. The U.S. military's 130

January 3, 2019 2:43 PM College basketball player nails head on backboard while trying to block shot

A Division III college basketball player took a frightening fall Wednesday when he attempted to chase down and block an opponent who had stolen the ball. North Central guard Blaise Meredith leaped to block Augustana College’s Chrishawn Orange, but instead nailed his head on the bottom of the backboard and fell hard to the court. Meredith appeared fine after 123

January 3, 2019 5:22 AM China's Lunar Explorer Has Made Its Historic Touchdown on the Far Side of the Moon, State Media Says

(BEIJING) — China’s burgeoning space program achieved a first on Thursday: a landing on the so-called dark side of the moon. The United States, the then-Soviet Union and more recently China have all sent spacecraft to the near side of the moon, which faces Earth, but this is the first-ever landing on the other side. The China National Space Administration 136

January 2, 2019 3:53 AM Honduras to talk with Israel, U.S. on Jerusalem embassy

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Honduras will hold talks with Israel, joined by the United States, aimed at opening an embassy in Jerusalem, the countries said on Tuesday, as the small Central American nation looks to follow U.S. President Donald Trump’s much-criticized move. The three agreed to hold meetings in the capitals of each country “to advance the decision 140

December 30, 2018 4:29 AM Polling stations open in eastern Congo for presidential election: witness

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Polling stations opened in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday for a presidential election that is meant to lead to the country’s first democratic transfer of power, according to a Reuters witness in the city of Goma. Due to the time difference, voting is due to start an hour later in western 121

December 29, 2018 9:35 PM The Latest: Mourners gather for boy whose mother got to US

FILE - This recent undated photo, released Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, by the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Sacramento, Calif., shows Ali Hassan with his dying 2-year-old son Abdullah in a Sacramento hospital. Abdullah Hassan, the son of a Yemeni woman who sued the Trump administration to let her into the country to be with the ailing boy has died. The Council 110

December 29, 2018 11:16 AM Six men arrested after video shows them eating endangered monkey, report says

Six men in Vietnam confessed to slaughtering an endangered monkey and then live-streaming themselves eating the animal on social media, according to reports. Police said the men, ages 35 to 39, filmed themselves on Facebook eating the langur monkey on Nov. 17, Agence France-Presse reported. "It took time for us to figure out the suspects involved," a police 129

December 29, 2018 3:31 AM Australia strips citizenship from alleged Islamic State recruiter

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Australian government has stripped citizenship from a man it believes is a top recruiter for Islamic State, Australia’s home affairs minister said on Saturday. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said Melbourne-born Neil Prakash had been central to Islamic State’s efforts in the Middle East, was “a very dangerous individual” and had his citizenship 127

December 27, 2018 11:09 PM Transgender inmate gets rare transfer to female prison

This undated photo provided by the Illinois Department of Correction shows Deon "Strawberry" Hampton. The transgender woman serving a 10-year sentence in Illinois for burglary has been moved from a men's to a women's prison in one of the first cases of its kind in the state. Lawyers for Hampton announced her transfer Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, after year-long 114