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Western nations urge swift Sudan accord to install civil rule

Published on 22.05.2019 at 09h54 by AFP The United States, Britain and Norway called for a swift agreement between Sudanese protesters and generals on installing civilian rule, saying it would be harder for them to work with any other new authority. Talks between protest leaders and army generals who seized power after ousting longtime leader […]

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Air raids kill 12 civilians in jihadist-held Syrian town: monitor

Published on 22.05.2019 at 09h54 by AFP Air strikes by Damascus or its ally Moscow killed 12 civilians in a market in Syria’s Idlib province, a monitor said Wednesday, as fierce fighting raged for the jihadist-held northwestern region. Another 18 people were wounded when the warplanes hit the jihadist-held town of Maarat al-Numan around midnight […]

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Harris’ bill seeks to address racial bias in maternal care

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris is offering a new bill to address racial disparities in maternal health care, one of several plans by 2020 presidential candidates on the issue. The California Democrat’s bill would create some $150 million in grant programs to medical schools and states to fight implicit racial bias in medical […]

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China cuts taxes on circuit industry in face of US pressure

BEIJING (AP) — China is cutting taxes on its fledgling software and integrated circuit industries to spur development in the face of U.S. export controls that threaten to handicap Chinese tech companies. The Finance Ministry’s announcement Wednesday comes amid tension over Washington’s decision to restrict technology exports to Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei and other […]

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Daimler CEO Zetsche hands over to successor amid tech change

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche is handing off to his successor after 13 years at the helm as the company faces challenges from the transition to electric cars and digital transportation technologies. Zetsche received prolonged applause from shareholders at the company’s annual meeting in Berlin on Wednesday until he made the time-out […]

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Pope urges China’s Catholics to unify after bishop deal

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is urging China’s divided Catholic community to come together in communion, as he seeks to heal decades of estrangement following a landmark deal with Beijing over bishop nominations. Francis made a special appeal at the end of his weekly audience Wednesday, noting that May 24 is a feast day […]

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Threat or promise? E-auto boom could cost some industry jobs

ZWICKAU, Germany (AP) — Over 115 years the auto industry in the east German town of Zwickau has lived through wrenching upheavals including World War II and the collapse of communism. Now the city’s 90,000 people are plunging headlong into another era of change: top employer Volkswagen’s total shift into electric cars at the local […]

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Seeking energy independence, Palestinians open solar plant

JERICHO, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian officials say they have inaugurated their first solar panel plant as part of a plan to reduce their dependence on Israeli power sources. Mohammed Mustafa, head of the government’s investment fund, says that Tuesday’s plant opening in the ancient West Bank city of Jericho is one of four planned […]

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Kenyan author, LGBT activist Binyavanga Wainaina dies at 48

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A colleague and friend of Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina says he has died at age 48. Tom Maliti, the chairman of the Kwani Trust which Wainaina founded, says the author died Tuesday night in Nairobi after an illness. Wainaina was one of Africa’s best-known authors and will be remembered as a […]

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Lawmaker says Iran doesn’t want direct or proxy war with US

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A prominent reformist lawmaker in Iran has reportedly said the Islamic Republic “under no circumstance” will enter a war with the U.S., either directly or through proxy forces. Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh’s comments on Wednesday, reported by the semi-official ILNA news agency, come amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington a year after […]

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Indonesian capital tense after violent election clashes

Published on 22.05.2019 at 08h54 by AFP Indonesia’s capital Jakarta erupted in violence on Wednesday as police in riot gear fired water cannons and tear gas at protestors opposed to President Joko Widodo’s re-election, with parts of the sprawling city littered with debris and burned-out cars. The city’s governor Anies Baswedan was quoted by local […]

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Beshear vs. Bevin political showdown set in Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In Kentucky political circles, Beshear vs. Bevin has become shorthand for the bitter feud between the state’s governor and attorney general over legal issues with sweeping implications for the future. The drama between Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear has been spiced by subplots — some involving […]

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