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Johnson refuses to apologise for burka remarks

Johnson refuses to apologise for burka remarks

A source close to the former foreign secretary told Sky News it was “ridiculous” his views were being “attacked”. They said Britain must not “fall into the trap of shutting down the debate on serious issues”. “We have to call it out,” the source added. “If we fail to speak up for liberal values then we are simply yielding ground […]

Lula da Silva‘s party chooses Plan B in Brazil race

Lula da Silva‘s party chooses Plan B in Brazil race

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil‘s left-leaning Workers‘ Party announced Monday that former Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad will become its presidential candidate if, as expected, jailed ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is barred from running in the October election. The announcement by party chairwoman Gleisi Hoffman immediately propels a candidate who has barely registered in the polls thus far […]

The Latest: Hurricane forms off Mexico; no threat to land

The Latest: Hurricane forms off Mexico; no threat to land

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The latest on storms in eastern Pacific off Mexico‘s western coast (all times local): 4:05 p.m. Tropical Storm John has strengthened into a hurricane in the Pacific off Mexico‘s western coast, though forecasters say it poses no immediate threat to land. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Ileana is trailing behind John and had been expected to become a […]

Brazil rushes to thwart measles outbreak from Venezuelans

Brazil rushes to thwart measles outbreak from Venezuelans

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian health workers on Monday moved to stem an outbreak of measles being brought by Venezuelans, many famished and sick, who have fled their homeland amid economic and political turmoil. The initiative follows a measles outbreak that has affected more than 1,000 people and killed five children, coming shortly after the disease was eradicated in […]

Storm strengthens to Hurricane John off Mexico‘s coast

Storm strengthens to Hurricane John off Mexico‘s coast

MEXICO CITY (AP) — One of two storms off Mexico‘s Pacific coast strengthened into a hurricane Monday afternoon, while forecasters said the other was no longer expected to gain hurricane strength and neither posed an immediate threat to land. Hurricane John was centered about 320 miles (515 kilometers) southwest of the Mexican port of Manzanillo, with maximum sustained winds of […]

Pope praises Chile bishops for reflecting on their failures

Pope praises Chile bishops for reflecting on their failures

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis has praised Chilean bishops for reflecting on their failure to listen to victims of clerical sex abuse. The pontiff said in a letter to the Chilean church‘s Episcopal Conference that he is “impressed by the reflection, discernment and decisions” taken by bishops when they met last week. “May the Lord reward you abundantly for […]

Malaysia: Indonesia returns yacht seized in graft probe

Malaysia: Indonesia returns yacht seized in graft probe

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Monday that Indonesia has handed over a yacht allegedly bought with money stolen from the multibillion-dollar looting of a state investment fund. In a Facebook video, Mahathir thanked Indonesia‘s government and President Joko Widodo for returning the $250 million yacht, Equanimity, which was seized by Indonesia off Bali in […]