Monthly Archive: May 2016

May 31

Israel Fills UN Hall for Anti-BDS Conference

Over 1,500 students fill the United Nations General Assembly for a conference sponsored by the Israeli mission on how best to combat a movement on many U.S. campuses calling for a boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians. Taking place in the same hall where 40 years ago 72 …

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May 31

Canada’s Assisted Suicide Bill Approved by House of Commons

Canada’s House of Commons has passed the government’s proposed assisted suicide law. The House of Commons voted 186-137. The law still requires Senate approval. The Supreme Court last year struck down laws that bar doctors from helping someone die, but put the ruling on hold while the government came up with a new law. Despite …

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May 31

LFD: Investigators suspect arson in mobile home fire

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Investigators with the Lexington Fire Department say they suspect arson in a vacant trailer fire at Maple Grove Mobile Home Park. Firefighters were called to the park at around 1:00 a.m. Tuesday. Crews say when they arrived the trailer was fully engulfed in flames. The trailer was also in the back …

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May 31

Western Sahara Independence Movement Leader Abdelaziz Dies

Mohamed Abdelaziz, the head and co-founder of the Polisario Front independence movement in the Western Sahara, died Tuesday after a long illness, the group said. He was in his late 60s. The Polisario Front ordered a 40-day mourning period, after which it said a new secretary-general will be chosen. Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika also declared …

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May 31

Mediterranean Sea Disasters Leave More Than 1,000 Dead

The treacherous Mediterranean Sea crossing from Libya to Italy claimed the lives of at least 1,083 migrants over the past week — mostly because barely seaworthy smuggling boats foundered and sank despite calm seas and sunny skies, a migration agency said Tuesday, citing new accounts from survivors. The staggering death toll could foreshadow more disasters …

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May 31

Haiti Council Starts Deliberating Possible Election Redo

Haiti’s electoral authorities began deliberating Tuesday whether to annul the disputed presidential election and hold a new vote, as recommended by a special commission that reported finding what appeared to be significant fraud and professional misconduct. Electoral council chief Leopold Berlanger declined to comment on the verification commission’s findings, saying his panel would need until …

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May 31

Attorney General sues cemetery for not installing markers

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear has sued the owner of a Scott County cemetery he says has failed to install grave markers despite taking thousands of dollars from customers. Beshear said he filed the lawsuit Tuesday against Dale Shackelford, owner of the Crestlawn Cemetery in Georgetown. Beshear said at least 20 …

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May 31

Five Vehicle Crash shuts down Pulaski County Road

PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- Pulaski County officials are working a fire vehicle crash that has closed down a part of KY-194. According to Emergency Management four vehicles were stopped when a refrigerator truck approached and hit one of them which started a chain reaction. That refrigerator truck driver was flown to UK Hospital. Two other …

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May 31

Texas Floods: Brazos River Expected to Rise to Record Levels

Several rivers in Southeastern Texas are experiencing major and even record flooding on roadways and homes after receiving almost 20 inches of rain over the Memorial Day weekend. This morning, the Brazos River at Richmond rose to more than 52 feet of and is expected to crest at 53.5 feet by tonight — more than …

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May 31

OAS Chief Calls for Emergency Meeting to Evaluate Venezuela

The head of the Organization of American States called Tuesday for an emergency meeting of regional governments to evaluate Venezuela’s respect for democracy, a move that could lead to the country’s suspension from the hemispheric body. OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro said Venezuela had suffered “grave alterations of democratic order” and called for a vote …

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