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  • Malaysian king abruptly abdicated throne after reported marriage to Russian beauty queen

    January 7, 2019 10:24 AM 39

    Malaysian King Sultan Muhammad V abdicated in an unexpected and rare move, just after two years on the throne. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun, File) The Malaysian king unexpectedly abdicated Sunday after just two years on the throne -- with some reports pegging his early exit as being related to his marriage to a Russian beauty queen last year. The palace said in a statement

  • A Cardinal Is Among Six on Trial in France's Biggest Church Sex Abuse Case

    January 7, 2019 8:48 AM 29

    (LYON, France) — A Catholic cardinal and five others are going on trial in France accused of covering up for a pedophile priest who abused Boy Scouts. It’s France’s most important church sex abuse case yet, and poses a new challenge for the Vatican amid growing French demands for a reckoning with clergy sexual abuse. Cardinal Philippe Barbarin is appearing

  • Israeli military strikes Gaza after overnight rocket fire

    January 7, 2019 5:50 AM 36

    JERUSALEM – The Israeli military has struck Hamas sites in Gaza in response to rocket fire toward Israel. The military says it targeted a militant camp in the northern Gaza Strip early Monday. It followed an overnight rocket attack toward the city of Ashkelon. The rocket was intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome defense system. There were no reported injuries

  • Ex-Cuban vice president, Bay of Pigs commander, dies at 95

    January 7, 2019 12:05 AM 32

    FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2017 file photo, Cuba's former Vice-President on the Council of Ministers Jose Ramon Fernandez attends the annual International Book fair opening ceremony in Havana, Cuba. Fernandez, a career soldier who joined Cuba's 1950s Revolution and became a prominent collaborator with the Castro brothers, died on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, according

  • Key Cuban figure in Bay of Pigs victory dies at 95

    January 6, 2019 7:10 PM 32

    HAVANA (Reuters) - Jose Ramon Fernandez Alvarez, who commanded Cuban forces under the leadership of Fidel Castro at the Bay of Pigs, repelling an exile invasion supported by the United States, died on Sunday at 95. Fernandez passed away in the early hours of the morning, Cuban state-run media reported, but as is customary in Cuba no information was given

  • Fatah withdraws officers from Gaza-Egypt crossing

    January 6, 2019 6:52 PM 30

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – The Palestinian Authority says it is withdrawing its officers from a key crossing point between the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and Egypt. The announcement on Sunday came amid rising tension between the Islamic militant movement, which took control of Gaza in a 2007, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party. The Palestinian

  • Hapag Lloyd evacuates crew from burning container ship off Canada

    January 6, 2019 6:28 PM 30

    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The German shipping line Hapag Lloyd said on Sunday it had evacuated the crew from its container ship, the Yantian Express, off Canada’s east coast after a fire spread. “Due to bad weather conditions, the fire has not been successfully contained yet and has significantly increased in intensity at times,” the firm said in a statement

  • Palestinians protest patriarch ahead of Orthodox Christmas

    January 6, 2019 2:07 PM 32

    BETHLEHEM, West Bank – Dozens of Palestinians are protesting the arrival of the Greek Orthodox patriarch of the Holy Land at an Orthodox Christmas celebration in Bethlehem. The protesters shouted "traitor" at Patriarch Theophilos III as he made his way under heavy guard Sunday toward the Church of the Nativity, revered by Christians as the traditional

  • Malaysia's king abdicates in unexpected and rare move

    January 6, 2019 12:53 PM 37

    FILE - In this July 17, 2018, file photo, Malaysian King Sultan Muhammad V salutes during the national anthem at the opening of the 14th parliament session at the Parliament house in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Muhammad V has abdicated in an unexpected and rare move, just after two years on the throne. The palace said in a statement on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, that Sultan

  • 3 dead after heavy rain turns Greek creek into torrent

    January 6, 2019 12:32 PM 29

    ATHENS, Greece – Greece's fire service says the bodies of two men missing since a downpour on Thursday have been found separately in a creek southeast of Athens. The two men, 67 and 64 years old, along with the older man's wife, had set out from Keratea, a town about 45 kilometers (28 miles) southeast of Athens, in the pouring rain. The 64-year-old had volunteered