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MADRID | Spanish police seize marijuana heading to UK, Netherlands

MADRID—Jan 11, 2019— Spanish police say they have seized 2,700 kilograms (6,000 pounds) of marijuana bound for the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. The Interior Ministry said in a statement Friday that Civil Guard officers in Barcelona arrested 25 people in the operation, which the ministry said was the largest-ever seizure of marijuana in Spain. … Continue reading MADRID | Spanish police seize marijuana heading to UK, Netherlands

WASHINGTON | Dems to push gun control on anniversary of Giffords shooting

WASHINGTON— Jan 04, 2019—Days after reclaiming the House majority, Democrats are introducing gun control legislation timed for the anniversary of the shooting of former Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats will introduce a bill to expand background checks for sales and transfers of firearms on Tuesday, the eighth anniversary of the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Dems to push gun control on anniversary of Giffords shooting

WASHINGTON | Army officer charged with murder of Afghan bomber suspect

WASHINGTON— A former U.S. Army commando is being charged with murder in a long-simmering case alleging he tracked down and killed a suspected bomb-maker in Afghanistan. Army Lt. Col. Loren Bymer said in a statement Friday that Maj. Mathew Golsteyn is charged with killing the Afghan during his 2010 deployment to Afghanistan. Bymer said Golsteyn’s … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Army officer charged with murder of Afghan bomber suspect

BAGHDAD | Iraq summons Turkish ambassador over airstrikes

BAGHDAD— Iraq’s Foreign Ministry says it has summoned Turkey’s ambassador to protest Turkish airstrikes on Kurdish militia positions in northern Iraq. The ministry said in a statement Friday that it had rebuked Turkey over two air raids on Iraq’s Sinjar and Makhmour mountains the previous night, where the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, operates. PKK … Continue reading BAGHDAD | Iraq summons Turkish ambassador over airstrikes

LONDON | British zoo defends decision to kill escaped snow leopard

LONDON  — A British zoo has defended its decision to kill a rare snow leopard that got out of its enclosure when a door was left open. Dudley Zoo says it had “no other option in the interest of public safety” but to shoot 8-year-old Margaash after he escaped on Oct. 23. The central England … Continue reading LONDON | British zoo defends decision to kill escaped snow leopard

CHICAGO | Suspended shortstop Russell offered 2019 contract by Cubs

CHICAGO— The Chicago Cubs have offered suspended shortstop Addison Russell a 2019 contract while maintaining his future with the team is not uncertain. Russell is serving a 40-game domestic violence suspension following allegations by his ex-wife. President of president of baseball operations Theo Epstein says in a statement Friday the “procedural step” by the Cubs … Continue reading CHICAGO | Suspended shortstop Russell offered 2019 contract by Cubs

BERLIN | VW to appeal German court ruling ordering diesel car buyback

BERLIN — German automaker Volkswagen says it will appeal a court ruling that orders it to buy back a six-year-old diesel vehicle at the original sales price. In a statement Friday, Volkswagen said it expects an appeals court to overturn the verdict issued last week by judges in the southern German city of Augsburg. The … Continue reading BERLIN | VW to appeal German court ruling ordering diesel car buyback

HONG KONG | Raymond Chow, film producer behind Bruce Lee, dies at age 91

HONG KONG  — Legendary Hong Kong film producer Raymond Chow, who introduced the world to Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan and even brought the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the big screen, has died at age 91. Hong Kong’ secretary for commerce and economic development, Edward Yau, said in a statement Friday that Chow “helped … Continue reading HONG KONG | Raymond Chow, film producer behind Bruce Lee, dies at age 91

NEW YORK | NHL criticizes reduction of suspension for Predators’ Watson

NEW YORK — The NHL is criticizing an arbitrator’s decision to reduce the suspension of Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson, who pleaded no contest in July to a domestic assault charge. Watson received a 27-game suspension from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman last month. The NHL and NHL Players’ Association announced Thursday that arbitrator Shyam Das … Continue reading NEW YORK | NHL criticizes reduction of suspension for Predators’ Watson

VATICAN CITY | Pope accepts Washington cardinal’s resignation amid scandal

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis accepted the resignation Friday of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl after he became entangled in two major sexual abuse and cover-up scandals and lost the support of many in his flock. But in a letter released by Wuerl’s office, Francis praised his longtime ally and suggested Wuerl had unfairly become a … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Pope accepts Washington cardinal’s resignation amid scandal

HONG KONG | Financial Times says Hong Kong denied editor’s visa renewal

HONG KONG — The Financial Times said Friday that Hong Kong’s government has refused to renew the work visa of its Asia news editor, in what human rights activists say is the latest sign of a deteriorating human rights situation in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. The London-based newspaper said in a statement Friday that it … Continue reading HONG KONG | Financial Times says Hong Kong denied editor’s visa renewal

VATICAN CITY | Pope defrocks Chile priest at center of global abuse scandal

VATICAN CITY  — Pope Francis has defrocked the Chilean priest at the center of the global sex abuse scandal rocking his papacy, invoking his “supreme” authority to stiffen a sentence originally handed down by the Vatican in 2011. In a statement Friday, the Vatican said Francis had laicized the 88-year-old Rev. Fernando Karadima, who was … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Pope defrocks Chile priest at center of global abuse scandal

WASHINGTON | DHS secretary: FEMA chief misused cars, but won’t lose job

WASHINGTON  — The head of the federal disaster response agency used government vehicles without proper authorization, but will not lose his job over it. That from Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator William “Brock” Long had been under investigation by the Homeland Security Department’s watchdog over possibly misusing government vehicles to … Continue reading WASHINGTON | DHS secretary: FEMA chief misused cars, but won’t lose job

PARIS | Macron talks to Trump, says tariffs illegal and a mistake

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron has told U.S. President Donald Trump that the new U.S. tariffs on European, Mexican and Canadian goods are illegal and a “mistake.” Macron’s office said in a statement Friday that the two presidents spoke by phone after Trump’s administration announced the decision Thursday to impose 25 percent tariffs on … Continue reading PARIS | Macron talks to Trump, says tariffs illegal and a mistake