Trump: 'Steel and business' at stake in House election

(Photo: AP)President Donald Trump invoked “steel and business” Monday as he and his son made a final push to sway voters in a special election for a Pennsylvania House seat that will reverberate nationally.Trump has already visited the district twice to try to buoy Republican Rick Saccone. On the last day before voting, Trump weighed in again as Saccone tried

Longtime Dow Chemical chief Andrew Liveris to depart

(Photo: AP)The longtime chief executive of Dow Chemical, who led the company through the financial crisis, a merger with rival DuPont and the planned disassembly of the entire enterprise, is stepping down.Andrew Liveris announced two years ago he’d retire by mid-2017, but that was delayed until the company named a successor to head its materials-science division, one of three companies

US pushes UN to demand truce in Syria's east Ghouta, Damascus

The United Nations Security Council meets on Syria at the U.N. headquarters in New York, US, March 12, 2018. (Photo: Reuters)The United States pushed the United Nations Security Council on Monday to demand a ceasefire in Damascus and rebel-held eastern Ghouta, where Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces say they are targeting “terrorist” groups who are shelling the capital.The United Nations

US woman trapped in Syria’s Ghouta wants action from Trump

(Photo: AP)An American woman living in the besieged suburbs of the Syrian capital on Monday called on President Donald Trump to put more pressure on Russia to “stop bombing us” amid an air and ground assault by government forces that has killed more than 1,000 people over the past three weeks.Deana Lynn, from Detroit, Michigan, and her family are among

Trump Jr., donor have longtime undisclosed ties

(Photo: AP)Donald Trump Jr. has a previously undisclosed business relationship with a longtime hunting buddy who helped raise millions of dollars for his father’s 2016 presidential campaign and has had special access to top government officials since the election, records obtained by The Associated Press show.The president’s oldest son and Texas hedge fund manager Gentry Beach have been involved in

Ahead of Trump wall tour, little change on US-Mexico border

The daily commute from Mexico to California farms is the same as it was before Donald Trump became president. Hundreds of Mexicans cross the border and line the sidewalks of Calexico’s tiny downtown by 4 a.m., napping on cardboard sheets and blankets or sipping coffee from a 24-hour doughnut shop until buses leave for the fields.For decades, cross-border commuters have

British pedophile ring abused 1,000 children

Pedophiles in central England abused up to 1,000 girls, some as young as 11, over a four-decade period, the Sunday Mirror newspaper reported.In what may be one of the worst British pedophile rings in recent history, girls were lured from their families to be drugged, beaten and raped, the newspaper said.Telford lawmaker Lucy Allan said the newspaper’s ­findings were “extremely

Knife attacker shot dead near Iranian ambassador's home in Vienna

VIENNA, March 12 (Xinhua) -- A 26-year-old Austrian citizen was shot dead on Sunday after attacking a soldier in front of Iranian ambassador's residence in Vienna, police said on Monday.On Sunday night around 11:30 pm, a suspect was first spotted by the 23-year-old soldier who was serving as a guard in front of Iranian ambassador's residence, according to a police

Fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy passed away at age 91

Hubert de Givenchy in 2002. (Photo: Noemi Bruzak/ AP)French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy passed away at age 91 on Saturday, his family announced via French news agency AFP on Monday.The fashion world has lost a shining star. The French aristocrat founded the house of Givenchy in 1952. He is famous for the "little black skirt" and having dressed his

1 killed, 2 injured in Belgrade downtown shootout

BELGRADE, March 12 (Xinhua) -- A 31-year-old ex-employee of a company in downtown Belgrade entered an office of the company on Monday morning and shot at two former colleagues, killing one and getting himself and another colleague injured, the police said.The incident occurred at around 11:00 a.m. local time (0100 GMT), when the former employee with initials N.S. shot several

9 killed by IS militants at fake checkpoint in Iraq

BAGHDAD, March 12 (Xinhua) -- Nine people were killed by the extremist Islamic State (IS) militants at a fake checkpoint near Iraqi ethnically mixed town of Tuz-Khurmato, a local security source said on Monday.The incident took place late on Sunday night when IS militants intercepted several civilian cars at a fake checkpoint on the main road in north of the

Multinational navies display advanced warships at Doha expo

DOHA, March 12 (Xinhua) -- Advanced warships from navies of different countries have been on show at the Doha International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX 2018) in Doha, the Qatari local media reported Monday. A procession of advanced warships from different navies have arrived at Hamad port to participate at the sixth installment of DIMDEX 2018. More than 11

New Zealand sees record guest nights in January: statistics

WELLINGTON, March 12 (Xinhua) -- Guest nights spent in short-term accommodation reached record levels in January, New Zealand's statistics department Stats NZ said on Monday.Guest nights rose to 4.97 million, 1.4 percent higher than in January 2017, Stats NZ said.(Photo: VCG)Hotels and holiday parks were especially busy, with more international guest nights in January 2018. However, fewer New Zealanders stayed

US-Bangla aircraft crash-lands at Nepal's int'l airport

KATHMANDU, March 12 (Xinhua) -- An aircraft of US-Bangla crash-landed at Nepal's Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on Monday afternoon, officials confirmed.(Photo courtesy: Bishnu

Commonwealth scientists join forces to combat climate change

CANBERRA, March 12 (Xinhua) -- The Australian Academy of Science has joined an international coalition of expert bodies calling for the Commonwealth of Nations to guide action on climate change.The 22 national academies from around the Commonwealth issued a Consensus Statement on Climate Change ahead of April's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in the United Kingdom (UK).Adelie penguins walk

All five passengers in NYC helicopter crash confirmed dead

NEW YORK, March 12 (Xinhua) -- A helicopter crashed into New York City's East River Sunday night and flipped upside down in the water, killing all five passengers aboard, police confirmed.Lieutenant Thomas Antonetti with Public Information, New York Police Department (NYPD) confirmed the deaths to Xinhua early Monday morning when reached by phone.At a press conference Sunday night, Fire Department

Libyan army seizes foreign ship entering eastern military zone

Libya's eastern-based army, led by General Khalifa Haftar, seized a foreign ship that entered a banned military zone in eastern Libya, a spokesman said on Sunday."Omar al-Mukhtar Operation Chamber, in cooperation with the air force, managed to seize a foreign ship near Darna city. The ship's Syrian captain and Turkish crew were arrested," Army Spokesman Ahmad Mismari said in a

Trump administration’s words, deeds on Africa are colliding

(Photo: AP)On the outskirts of a sprawling reserve of Kenyan grasslands where endangered animals roam wild, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson lavished praise on an American-funded forensics lab that tracks down elephant-poachers for prosecution, and urged aggressive action in Africa on conservation.Yet earlier this month, the Trump administration quietly lifted the U.S. ban on importing African elephant trophies, to

What's in a name? France's Le Pen proposes far-right rebranding

Marine Le Pen is trying to improve the French National Front's image (Photo: AFP)French far-right leader Marine Le Pen proposed changing the name of her party to the National Union on Sunday as part of efforts to improve its image after she was re-elected for a third term as leader.At a party conference in the northeastern city of Lille, the

Any gas attack in Syria would be 'very unwise': Mattis

US Secretary for Defense Jim Mattis speaks to reporters aboard a military jet as he travels for a visit to Oman late on March 10, 2018 (Photo: AFP)US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Sunday it would be "very unwise" for the Syrian regime to use gas as a weapon against the people of Eastern Ghouta and elsewhere.Mattis's warning came amid

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