Tag Archives: Associated Press

US builds drone base in Niger, crossroads of extremism fight

AGADEZ, Niger –  On the scorching edge of the Sahara Desert, the U.S. Air Force is building a base for armed drones, the newest front in America’s battle against the growing extremist threat in Africa’s vast Sahel region. Three hangars and the first layers of a runway command a sandy, barren field. Niger Air Base 201 is expected to be ...

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Police arrest brother of man killed by Sacramento police

SACRAMENTO, Calif. –  Police on Thursday arrested the brother of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man who was shot and killed by Sacramento officers last month, on suspicion of felony assault and vandalism, authorities said Thursday. Stevante Clark, 25, also is accused of making criminal threats and abusing a 911 emergency line. Police did not provide further details, citing an ...

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Berlin councilwoman wants to shut legendary Berghain club

BERLIN –  A nationalist councilwoman in Berlin has been ridiculed online for proposing to close one of the city’s most famous techno clubs because of its long opening hours as well as partygoers’ drug consumption and lascivious behavior on the dance floor. Sibylle Schmidt, a district councilor for the fa-right Alternative for Germany party, demanded that a future owner of ...

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Starbucks to train workers on 'unconscious bias,' CEO says

PHILADELPHIA –  Starbucks wants to add training for store managers on “unconscious bias,” CEO Kevin Johnson said Monday, as activists held more protests at a Philadelphia store where two black men were arrested after employees said they were trespassing. Johnson, who has called the arrests “reprehensible,” arrived in Philadelphia this weekend after video of the incident gained traction online. He ...

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S. Carolina inmate: Bodies stacked up during riot; 7 slain

COLUMBIA, S.C. –  Inmates armed with homemade knives fought each other for more than seven hours inside a maximum-security prison, leaving seven of them dead in the worst U.S. prison riot in a quarter-century, officials said. An inmate who witnessed the violence told The Associated Press that bodies were “literally stacked on top of each other.” At least 17 prisoners ...

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AP Exclusive: Jailed Chinese pastor's US family seeks mercy

BEIJING –  The Rev. John Sanqiang Cao paid no more than three dollars for the trip that would end up costing him his freedom. For years, he and fellow Chinese Christian teachers would cross the river on a narrow bamboo raft from a tree-shrouded bank in southern China into neighboring Myanmar, carrying with them notebooks, pencils and Bibles. The journey ...

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Boston marks 5 years since marathon attack with tributes

A wreath is displayed at the memorial site in Boston where one of the bombs exploded in 2013 at the Boston Marathon.  (WFXT) BOSTON –  Boston marked the fifth anniversary of the deadly Boston Marathon bombings Sunday with solemn remembrances and charitable acts. Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh and Republican Gov. Charlie Baker laid wreaths early in the morning at the ...

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