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18/08/2019

Migrants jump off rescue boat to try to reach Italian island

Frustrated by Italy's interior minister in their quest to set foot in Europe, several migrants jumped into the sea from a Spanish rescue boat that has been blocked for days from docking at an Italian island in a thwarted bid Sunday to reach land on their own. "We have been warning for days, desperation has its limits," said Open Arms founder Oscar Camps, who released a video showing four migrants, in orange life vests, swimming toward Lampedusa island, while several crew members from the humanitarian group's ship swam quickly to catch up with them and bring them back aboard. For...
18/08/2019

Backers of rural dental care find something to smile about

It can be hard to keep smiles healthy in rural areas, where dentists are few and far between and residents often are poor and lack dental coverage. Efforts to remedy the problem have produced varying degrees of success. The biggest obstacle? Dentists. Dozens of countries, such as New Zealand, use "dental therapists" — a step below a dentist, similar to a physician's assistant or a nurse practitioner — to bring basic dental care to remote areas, often tribal reservations. But in the U.S., dentists and their powerful lobby have battled legislatures for years on the drive to allow therapists to...
18/08/2019

Epstein's purported madam now a focus in sex abuse cases

The daughter of a British publishing magnate is one of the most prominent figures left from the orbit of Jeffrey Epstein after his suicide in jail while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. Ghislaine Maxwell has been called Epstein's madam, the woman who recruited girls for his sexual appetites, and at times his social planner and household organizer in places ranging from New York to Palm Beach, Florida. David S. Weinstein is a former federal prosecutor now in private practice in Miami. He says that "if I were drafting an indictment against her, it would be the same conspiracy to...

18/08/2019

Demolition levels UK power plant once named a top eyesore

A British power station once voted one of the country's ugliest sights has been mostly destroyed in a controlled demolition. The cooling towers of the disused coal-fired plant in Didcot, 55 miles (90 kilometers) west of central London, were leveled early Sunday. The complex, including its massive towers and giant chimney — which is due to leveled later — was voted Britain's third-worst eyesore by Country Life Magazine in 2003. The plant has been out of commission since 2013 but plans to demolish it were delayed when four workers were killed on the site in 2016. British media are reporting...
18/08/2019

Backers of rural dental care find something to smile about

It can be hard to keep smiles healthy in rural areas, where dentists are few and far between and residents often are poor and lack dental coverage. Efforts to remedy the problem have produced varying degrees of success. The biggest obstacle? Dentists. Dozens of countries, such as New Zealand, use "dental therapists" — a step below a dentist, similar to a physician's assistant or a nurse practitioner — to bring basic dental care to remote areas, often tribal reservations. But in the U.S., dentists and their powerful lobby have battled legislatures for years on the drive to allow therapists to...
18/08/2019

The Islamic State group's affiliate in Afghanistan claims responsibility for Kabul wedding blast that killed at least 63

The Islamic State group's affiliate in Afghanistan claims responsibility for Kabul wedding blast that killed at least 63.

18/08/2019

The Latest: IS says it carried out attack on Kabul wedding

The Latest on the late-night suicide bombing that struck a wedding hall in the Afghan capital, Kabul (all times local): 3 p.m. The Islamic State group's affiliate in Afghanistan has claimed responsibility for the Kabul wedding blast that killed at least 63 on Saturday night. A statement by the militant group posted on an IS-linked website on Sunday says that a Pakistani IS fighter seeking martyrdom targeted a large Shiite gathering in Kabul. The IS affiliate claimed that after the suicide bombing, a car bomb was also detonated in the attack. Afghan officials say that nearly 200 people were wounded...
18/08/2019

Top Iran diplomat suggests 90-year-old Kuwait ruler is ill

Iran's foreign minister says he's praying for the "speedy recovery" of Kuwait's ruling emir, though there has been no public word on the 90-year-old ruler being ill or injured. Mohammad Javad Zarif made the comment on Sunday on Twitter as part of a visit to the small, oil-rich Mideast nation. Zarif wrote: "Praying for Emir's speedy recovery," apparently in reference to Kuwait's ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah. Zarif did not elaborate and Iranian media did not immediately acknowledge the remarks. Kuwait's Information Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment. There was no statement on Kuwait's...
18/08/2019

Syrian troops close to western outskirts of rebel-held town

Syrian state media and an opposition war monitor say government forces have gained more ground in the country's northwest, almost reaching the western outskirts of a major rebel-held town. The state SANA news agency says government troops made advances on Sunday around the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun after intense fighting with insurgents. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks the war, said the troops are now about 1 kilometer, or half a mile, from Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province, the last major rebel-held area in Syria. The government offensive in the northwest began on April 30 and...

18/08/2019

Police: Mudslide in Pakistani-administered Kashmir kills 7

Pakistani police say a mudslide after heavy rains killed seven members of a single family, including five children, in Pakistani-administered Kashmir. Police official Raja Zulqarnain said on Sunday that the seven died when their house collapsed the previous day in the village of Ajeera. Two other village homes were damaged. The village lies near the militarized Line of Control in the district of Rawla Kot. Zulqarnai says rescue teams with the help of villagers retrieved the bodies of those killed. Landslides and flash floods are common across Pakistan during the monsoon season, especially in the mountains, killing many people every...
18/08/2019

Israeli troops kill 3 Palestinians near Gaza fence

Gaza's Health Ministry says Israeli troops have killed three Palestinians and severely wounded a fourth near the heavily guarded perimeter fence. The Israeli military said Sunday that a helicopter and a tank fired at armed suspects near the fence overnight. After weeks of calm, Palestinian militants have attempted a number of raids in recent days. They fired rockets into Israel on two occasions over the weekend, without wounding anyone. Israel holds Hamas responsible for all attacks emanating from Gaza, which the Islamic militant group has ruled since 2007. Hamas has said recent attacks were carried out by individuals frustrated by...
18/08/2019

French police suicide rate climbs, French govt is flummoxed

Three riot police officers, a police commander, a police academy teacher — all are among eight French police officers who have killed themselves recently. That makes 64 so far this year — and the number just keeps on climbing. Deaths by suicide for French police now outnumber deaths in the line of duty. The protectors need protecting, say police unions, which are demanding more help to stop the problem. Those who choose to end their lives are from everywhere in France and of all ages, many with young children. The latest death came Wednesday in the Ardeche region in southeast...