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CARACAS, Venezuela | Venezuelan jittery ahead of sudden economic reforms

CARACAS, Venezuela  — Venezuelans are bracing for dramatic economic measures the government has announced, including a 3,000 percent hike in the minimum wage. The changes start to take effect Monday with introduction of a new currency that lops five zeros off the country’s fast-depreciating bills. President Nicolas Maduro is also raising gasoline prices in hopes … Continue reading CARACAS, Venezuela | Venezuelan jittery ahead of sudden economic reforms

TEHRAN, Iran | Iran appoints former F-14 Tomcat pilot as air force chief

TEHRAN, Iran  — Iran’s official IRNA news agency is reporting that the country’s top leader has appointed a new chief for its air force. The Sunday report says Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has appointed Gen. Aziz Nasirzadeh as the new air force chief. Gen. Nasirzadeh, a former F-14 Tomcat pilot and veteran of the … Continue reading TEHRAN, Iran | Iran appoints former F-14 Tomcat pilot as air force chief

NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. | Missouri school district embraces gender-neutral bathrooms

NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — A Kansas City-area school district that garnered national attention when a transgender student was crowned homecoming queen in 2015 has installed gender-neutral restrooms at two new elementary schools and in some existing locations. The individual bathroom stalls at Rising Hill Elementary and Northview Elementary in the North Kansas City School … Continue reading NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. | Missouri school district embraces gender-neutral bathrooms

SEMBALUN, Indonesia | Big quakes trigger landslides on Indonesia’s Lombok island

SEMBALUN, Indonesia — Strong earthquakes jolted the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday, causing power blackouts, landslides and damage to buildings, as the tourist hot-spot tries to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people. A shallow quake Sunday evening was measured at magnitude 6.9 by the U.S. Geological Survey and … Continue reading SEMBALUN, Indonesia | Big quakes trigger landslides on Indonesia’s Lombok island

Man City highlights gulf to fierce rival United in EPL

Manchester City delivered yet another reminder that it is the team to beat in the Premier League this season. On Sunday’s evidence, winning the league title looks beyond Manchester United. A few hours after City thrashed Huddersfield 6-1 — mainly thanks to a hat trick by Sergio Aguero — United slumped to a 3-2 loss … Continue reading Man City highlights gulf to fierce rival United in EPL

Science Says: ‘The warmer it is, the more fire we see’

As temperatures rise in the U.S. West, so do the flames. The years with the most acres burned by wildfires have some of the hottest temperatures, an Associated Press analysis of fire and weather data found.  As human-caused climate change has warmed the world over the past 35 years, the land consumed by flames has … Continue reading Science Says: ‘The warmer it is, the more fire we see’

CAIRO | 2 monks referred to trial over abbot’s killing in Egypt

CAIRO— Egypt’s state-run news agency says prosecutors have referred two monks to trial on charges of killing an abbot in a monastery north of Cairo last month. The MENA news agency reported Sunday that prosecutors are charging a recently defrocked monk, identified as Isaiah, and another hospitalized one, identified as Faltaous, with the killing of … Continue reading CAIRO | 2 monks referred to trial over abbot’s killing in Egypt

SEMBALUN, Indonesia | Indonesia’s Lombok island jolted by multiple quakes

SEMBALUN, Indonesia— Strong earthquakes jolted the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok on Sunday, causing power blackouts, landslides and damage to buildings, as the island tries to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people. A shallow quake late Sunday evening was measured at magnitude 6.9 by the U.S. Geological Survey and … Continue reading SEMBALUN, Indonesia | Indonesia’s Lombok island jolted by multiple quakes