Trump letter to African leaders says Tillerson to visit soon

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia/January 27, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — President Donald Trump in a new letter to African leaders says he “deeply respects” the people of Africa and that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will make an “extended visit” to the continent in March, his first in that role. The letter dated Thursday is addressed to African leaders as … Continue reading Trump letter to African leaders says Tillerson to visit soon

The Latest: Official: 63 dead, 151 wounded in Afghan attack

KABUL, Afghanistan/January 27, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The Latest on explosion in Afghanistan (all times local): 5 p.m. Afghan Public Health Ministry says death toll in suicide car bomb attack in Kabul has risen to 63, with 151 wounded in the deadliest insurgent attack in the country so far this year. Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility … Continue reading The Latest: Official: 63 dead, 151 wounded in Afghan attack

Irish PM to campaign to ease abortion laws in referendum

LONDON/January 27, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The prime minister of Ireland said Saturday he will campaign for a liberalization of the country’s strict abortion laws in an upcoming referendum on the divisive issue. Leo Varadkar said he hopes the referendum will be held this summer. The date of the referendum and its wording have not been worked out … Continue reading Irish PM to campaign to ease abortion laws in referendum

Rain-swollen Seine burst its banks, engulfs quays

PARIS/January 27, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Floodwaters are nearing their peak in Paris, with the rain-swollen Seine River engulfing scenic quays and threatening wine cellars and museum basements. Unusually heavy rains have engorged the Seine and other rivers in the region, forcing a halt to all boat traffic in Paris, including tourist cruises. Some quay-side restaurants were submerged, … Continue reading Rain-swollen Seine burst its banks, engulfs quays

Officials say 40 killed, 140 wounded in Afghan car bombing

KABUL, Afghanistan/January 27, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — A suicide car bomber killed at least 40 people and wounded about 140 more in an attack claimed by the Taliban on Saturday in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, authorities said. The bombing came just a week after Taliban militants killed 22 at an international hotel in the city. The attacker used an … Continue reading Officials say 40 killed, 140 wounded in Afghan car bombing

Wozniacki beats Halep to win 1st major at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia/January 27, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Caroline Wozniacki has won her first Grand Slam singles title in her 43rd major with a 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-4 win over Simona Halep in the Australian Open final on Saturday. Wozniacki, 7 ½ years after appearing in her first Grand Slam final, finally claimed the elusive title and can remove … Continue reading Wozniacki beats Halep to win 1st major at Australian Open

Worley leads WCup giant slalom; Shiffrin 5th after 1st run

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland/January 27, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Tessa Worley of France mastered a tough top section to lead the first run of a World Cup giant slalom Saturday, and Mikaela Shiffrin was fifth. Two-time world champion Worley found the fastest line through steep and twisting opening gates to finish 0.52 seconds faster than Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany. Federica … Continue reading Worley leads WCup giant slalom; Shiffrin 5th after 1st run

World remembers Holocaust amid signs of rising hatred

WARSAW, Poland/January 27, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that anti-Semitism is on the rise in her country as political leaders, Holocaust survivors and others mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day. In a weekly podcast Saturday, she called it “incomprehensible and a disgrace that no Jewish institution can exist without police security —whether it is … Continue reading World remembers Holocaust amid signs of rising hatred