Feb. 13, 2017


At least 188,000 people remain under evacuation orders after Northern California authorities warned an emergency spillway in the country's tallest dam was in danger of failing Sunday and unleashing uncontrolled flood waters on towns below.

This week, in his first White House visit with President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's priority will be to make sure Israel is kept in the loop and that the two countries' positions are generally aligned, according to Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to the U.S. for much of Obama's term.

India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam have largely escaped U.S. President Donald Trump's glare on trade, but he may yet come looking. The U.S. runs trade deficits with all of them, in some cases quite big ones.

India's monthly oil demand fell the most since May 2003 as the government's crackdown on high-value currency notes continued to reverberate through the country's $2 trillion economy.

The Pentagon is paying hackers to test its key internal systems for vulnerabilities -- and they are finding weaknesses faster than expected.

Nigeria recovered more than $160 million in alleged corruption proceeds last week from four people, including $9.2 million from a former head of the state-owned oil company, said Information Minister Lai Mohammed.

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Philippine authorities have begun to restore electricity and water supply to areas hit by a 6.7 earthquake that rocked Surigao City on Friday night powerful that killed six and damaged public infrastructure.

Russia's powerful Orthodox Church faced off on Sunday with thousands of protesters in the northwestern city of Saint Petersburg over the fate of a cathedral that is one of the city's top tourist attractions. The city is preparing to hand over control of the central St Isaac's Cathedral -- Russia's largest -- to the Orthodox Church after decades as a museum.

The EU on Monday sharply improved its gloomy predictions for the British economy next year, admitting that the Brexit vote would have less impact than earlier thought.

Calling their dead "second-class victims", Serbian families of civilians killed by Kosovo's ethnic Albanian rebels in the late 1990s hope a new court at The Hague will finally bring them justice. Nineteen international judges were appointed this month to the tribunal, which will try crimes allegedly committed by the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) in its fight for independence from Serbia, a conflict that left 13,000 dead.

Yale University will change the name of its Calhoun College after protesters said the Ivy League school should drop the honor it gave to an alumnus who was a prominent advocate of U.S. slavery, the university said on Saturday. Yale said it will rename Calhoun College for Grace Murray Hopper, an alumnus who received a PhD in mathematics and mathematical physics in 1934.

The Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival, held on the 15th day after the beginning of the Lunar New Year in Tainan City, Taiwan, is an annual tradition that has been celebrated for more than 130 years. Participants in Yanshui District gear up with motorcycle helmets, fire-retardant clothing and thick gloves to prepare for the hundreds of thousands of firecrackers that go off at the same time.

Several hundred police returned to their patrols on Sunday after eight days of strikes in a southeastern Brazilian state that was plunged into violence during the work stoppage.

Greece's military has successfully deactivated an unexploded bomb from World War II found under a gas station Sunday morning in Thessaloniki. The large explosive prompted the evacuation of estimated 75,000 people in the country's second-largest city.

Swiss voters on Sunday approved making it easier for third-generation immigrants to become citizens, dismissing suggestions that the move could pose a security threat.

New York doll maker Tonner Doll Co. will soon release a doll based on teen activist and TV personality Jazz Jennings - a doll believed to be the first doll based on a transgender person to hit the market.


The Swedish government has defended its decision to have its officials wear headscarves during a trip to Iran, saying that failing to do so would have broken the law. Sweden says it has the world's first "feminist government". A prominent Iranian women's rights activist and Swedish politicians have criticized the decision. She said that since the only other option would be to send an all-male delegation, she was required to wear a headscarf.

Tens of thousands of people in Mexico have taken to the streets to protest against Donald Trump's immigration policies and plan for a border wall. Demonstrators in more than a dozen Mexican cities, dressed in white, waved Mexican flags and anti-Trump placards.

A suspected suicide bomber has targeted a protest rally in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore, killing at least 11 people, local officials say. The blast occurred when owners of medical shops were demonstrating against amendments to a law governing drug sales in Punjab province.

North Korea says it "successfully" test-fired a ballistic missile on Sunday in a launch supervised by leader Kim Jong-un. State news agency KCNA described the device, fired into the Sea of Japan, as a "surface-to-surface medium-to-long-range ballistic missile".


Hundreds of rallies were held across the United States on Saturday to express opposition to abortion, the Planned Parenthood abortion business, and especially the $500 million or so in taxpayer funding that goes to the abortion industry leader each year.

At UMass Amherst, students are required to take two "social justice" classes to earn diploma, and this course - Education 115: Embracing Diversity - fulfills one of those requirements. Another assignment has them coming up with ways to make a university more welcoming to a low-income black lesbian majoring in engineering. New vocabulary words thrown at students include "internalized classism" and "cultural imperialism."

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