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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jeb Bush's recent cancellation of advertising plans in Iowa and South Carolina was yet another cost-saving step for a down-in-the-polls presidential campaign that had already thinned its staff. If not for his flush super PAC, the Republican might be gone from the contest by now....
HONG KONG (AP) -- Five men associated with a Hong Kong publisher known for books critical of China's leaders have vanished one by one in the last three months, alarming activists and deepening suspicions that mainland authorities are squeezing free expression in the enclave....
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Powerful computers that can drive better than people, high-definition road maps and low-cost sensors are about to remove some big barriers to self-driving cars....
Latakia, Syria, Jan 5, 2016 / 12:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Franciscan priest Fr. Dhiya Aziz, who had been briefly kidnapped by unknown jihadist militants in Syria in July and was abducted a second time just before Christmas, and has again been set free by his captors.“Today we received the communication that Fr. Dhiya Azziz has been liberated and that he is doing well,” a brief Jan. 4 statement from the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land read.The statement reported that the Custody is unable to provide further details of Fr. Aziz’ abduction and release due to reasons of confidentiality, but thanked all those who helped to liberate the friar.Fr. Aziz, 41, is currently in Damascus. He is the parish priest at Yacubiyeh, a village in Syria's Idlib province, more than 56 miles northeast of Latakia. The Islamist rebel group al-Nusra Front has a strong presence in the province.According to a Dec. 28 statement from the Custody, Fr. Aziz disappeared Dec. 23. He was trave...
(Vatican Radio)  Winter weather in the Balkans and Eastern Europe has already killed dozens of people, most of them in Poland, which is experiencing one of the country's deadliest cold-snaps ever. Listen to Stefan Bos' report: Polish authorities are anxiously watching frozen rivers and icy roads. Officials say dozens of people have already died of hypothermia, including many homeless people sleeping in makeshift shelters, while have been fallen to their deaths in the mountains in sub-freezing temperatures.The spokeswoman of the government's center for national security, Anna Adamkiewicz said many died over the weekend. "Unfortunately since November 1, 39 people have died because of the cold in Poland. This weekend was the most tragic as temperatures dropped in some places to minus 24 degrees celsius. Saturday and Sunday, 21 people have died," she said.     Later Tuesday the deathtoll had already risen to more than 40. Police have...
(Vatican Radio)  At least 27 migrants and refugees from the Middle East are reported to have drowned Monday night while trying to cross from Turkey to the eastern Greek islands.Listen to John Carr's report: Turkish media showed images of bodies being washed ashore, including those of several children, in the coastal areas of Aivalik and Dikili. The victims were trying to make their way in a small plastic boat to the Greek island of Lesbos just a few kilometres away, when the craft is believed to have capsized in choppy seas.Meanwhile, figures from the global entertainment industry have been coming to Greece to help raise awareness of the migrants’ plight.  British actress Vanessa Redgrave is scheduled to arrive in Athens this week.  American actress Susan Sarandon was in Lesbos last month on what was called a mercy mission to personally help refugeesAnd as the weather in Greece is expected to improve this week, with higher-than-usual temperatures &nda...
(Vatican Radio)  Denmark has tightened its border controls with Germany, hours after Sweden imposed similar measures to deter migrants entering from Denmark.Listen to Matthew French's report: Denmark has become the latest EU country to impose border restrictions to deal with the flow of illegal immigration in Europe.The Nordic countries of Finland, Norway, and Sweden have already imposed border restrictions between themselves and other EU countries to restrict the flow of illegal immigrants.Danish Prime Minister Lars Lökke Rasmussen said the decision was "not a happy moment" but Denmark "must respond" to Sweden's restrictions.The new controls would not cause a problem for "ordinary" Danes and Germans, Mr Rasmussen said.However rail commuters from Denmark to Sweden will now have to change trains at Copenhagen Airport and go through checkpoints. The move is expected to cause serious disruption to traffic flows from Denmark.Sweden's...
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) -- The U.S. Pacific Fleet is shrinking even as the U.S. and its allies are facing challenges posed by China's growing military power....
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tears streaking his cheeks, President Barack Obama launched a final-year push Tuesday to tighten sales of firearms in the U.S., using his presidential powers in the absence of tougher gun restrictions that Congress has refused to pass....
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's move to tighten controls on guns could curb the unregulated buying and selling of weapons over the Internet and at gun shows. But the overall effect on violence in the U.S. could prove to be modest....
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