Daily Archive: August 19, 2018

Aug 19

Urena throws 1st complete game, Marlins rout Nationals 12-1

Jose Urena’s previous start ended after one very heated pitch. On Sunday, he went the distance. Urena made the most of his borrowed time, pitching a two-hitter for his first complete game in the majors and leading the Miami Marlins over the Washington Nationals 12-1 on Sunday. Urena (4-12) was suspended for six games by …

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Aug 19

Mexican poppy producing state pushes to decriminalize opium

Political leaders from Mexico‘s main heroin-producing state are pushing the federal government to legalize opium production for pharmaceutical use in a move they hope will reduce violence and help local farmers. Legislators in Guerrero state voted Friday to send an initiative to the Mexican Senate for further debate, since the proposal to legitimize opium output …

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Aug 19

Italy bridge designer warned in 1979 of risk of corrosion

The Italian engineer who designed the Genoa bridge that collapsed and killed 43 people warned four decades ago that it would require constant maintenance to remove rust given the effects of corrosion from sea air and pollution. RAI state television broadcast excerpts Sunday of the report that engineer Riccardo Morandi penned in 1979, 12 years …

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Aug 19

Venezuelan jittery ahead of sudden economic reforms

Venezuelans are bracing for dramatic economic measures the government has announced, including a 3,000 percent hike in the minimum wage. The changes start to take effect Monday with introduction of a new currency that lops five zeros off the country’s fast-depreciating bills. President Nicolas Maduro is also raising gasoline prices in hopes of rescuing a …

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Aug 19

Iraq's top court ratifies manual recount of May ballots

Iraq’s top court has ratified the results of the country’s May parliamentary elections following a manual ballot recount ordered by the outgoing chamber following charges of irregularities. The Federal Court’s decision on Sunday paves the way for the president to summon lawmakers to an inaugural session of the new, 329-seat house. In theory, parliament should …

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Aug 19

Irish archbishop urges pope to speak frankly about abuse

The archbishop of Dublin said Sunday he hopes Pope Francis will speak frankly about the “darkness” of priestly sex abuse during his upcoming visit to Ireland, which has been clouded by new revelations of misconduct in the U.S. Catholic Church. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, who has spent years trying to recover the Irish church’s credibility following …

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Aug 19

Brazil to send troops to town bordering Venezuela

The Brazilian government says it plans to send troops to the border town of Pacaraima after residents there attacked Venezuelan migrants. Government-run news agency Agencia Brasil said Sunday that the Public Security Ministry plans to send at least 60 soldiers of the elite National Force to Pacaraima. Calls to the ministry for details went unanswered. …

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Aug 19

Afghan president calls for Eid cease-fire, Taliban to reply

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has called for a conditional cease-fire with Taliban insurgents for the duration of the Eid al-Adha holiday. President Ghani made the announcement Sunday during celebrations of the 99th anniversary of Afghanistan‘s independence in the capital Kabul. “The cease-fire should be observed from both sides, and its continuation and duration also depend …

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Aug 19

The Latest: The new alternative facts: 'Truth isn't truth'

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 11:50 a.m. Move over, alternative facts. Now, truth isn’t truth. President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani used the line Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd. Giuliani was trying to make the case that having Trump sit down for an interview with special …

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Aug 19

'Crazy Rich Asians' shines bright at the box office

Glitz has won out over guns at the North American box office this weekend as the gilded romance “Crazy Rich Asians” took No. 1 over Mark Wahlberg’s action-packed “Mile 22.” Studios on Sunday say that “Crazy Rich Asians” took in an estimated $25.2 million from 3,384 locations over the weekend. The film starring Constance Wu …

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