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Pope demands bishops act now on abuse; victims speak of pain

February 21, 2019 19:28 PM

VATICAN CITY, Feb 21: Pope Francis opened a landmark sex abuse prevention summit Thursday by warning senior Catholic figures that the faithful are demanding concrete action against predator priests and not just words of condemnation.

What will win best picture? It’s a maddeningly close race

February 21, 2019 12:23 PM

On a year where one of the lead Oscar contenders is titled “The Favourite,” the 91st Academy Awards lack a clear front runner.

Gwyneth Paltrow: Skier sued me to exploit my fame, wealth

February 21, 2019 12:19 PM

Gwyneth Paltrow said Wednesday in a court filing that a man who accused her in a lawsuit of crashing into him at a Utah ski resort was actually the culprit in the collision and is trying to exploit her celebrity and wealth.

Obama arrives for North Carolina-Duke matchup

February 21, 2019 11:30 AM

DURHAM, N.C. Feb 21: Former President Barack Obama has arrived at Cameron Indoor Stadium for top-ranked Duke’s game against No. 8 North Carolina.

Meghan Markle spotted in New York for rumored baby shower

February 20, 2019 13:19 PM

Meghan Markle has been spotted at several swanky venues in New York City, cradling her baby bump as she visited friends for what is rumored to be a baby shower.

Chanel: Iconic couturier Karl Lagerfeld dies in Paris

February 19, 2019 20:36 PM

PARI, Feb 19: Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel’s iconic couturier whose designs had an unprecedented impact on the entire fashion industry, died Tuesday in Paris, prompting an outpouring of love and admiration for the man in the trademark white ponytail, high starched collar and dark enigmatic glasses who dominated high fashion for the past 50 years.

Scientist who popularized term “global warming” dies at 87

February 19, 2019 13:45 PM

NEW YORK, Feb 19: A scientist who raised early alarms about climate change and popularized the term “global warming” has died. Wallace Smith Broecker was 87.

New Zealand plans new tax for giants like Google, Facebook

February 19, 2019 13:00 PM

WELLINGTON, Feb 19: New Zealand’s government plans a new tax targeting online giants like Google and Facebook that earn plenty of money in the country but pay little tax.

China accuses US of trying to block its tech development

February 19, 2019 12:00 PM

BEIJING, Feb 19: China’s government on Monday accused the United States of trying to block its industrial development after Vice President Mike Pence said Chinese equipment poses a threat to countries that are rolling out next-generation mobile communications.

16 states sue Trump over emergency wall declaration

February 19, 2019 10:15 AM

SACRAMENTO, Feb 19: California and 15 other states filed a lawsuit Monday against President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Lisa Borders steps down as head of Time's Up organization

February 19, 2019 10:02 AM

Lisa Borders says she has resigned as president and CEO of Time’s Up, the gender equality initiative formed last year in response to sexual misconduct allegations in Hollywood.

For sake of pupils’ pupils, China to ban homework on apps

February 18, 2019 18:30 PM

BEIJING, Feb 18: An eastern Chinese province plans to ban teachers from assigning homework to be completed on cellphone apps as part of efforts to preserve students’ eyesight.

China seizes $1.5 billion in online lending crackdown

February 18, 2019 15:54 PM

BEIJING, Feb 18: Chinese police have investigated 380 online lenders and frozen $1.5 billion in assets following an avalanche of scandals in the huge but lightly regulated industry, the government announced Monday.

Nadav Lapid’s ‘Synonyms’ wins top prize at Berlin Film Fest

February 18, 2019 10:59 AM

Israeli director Nadav Lapid’s “Synonyms,” a movie about a young Israeli man who uproots himself to France and is determined to put his homeland behind him, won the Berlin International Film Festival’s top Golden Bear award on Saturday.

Julia Roberts to receive George Eastman Award for movie work

February 18, 2019 10:50 AM

Actress Julia Roberts will be this year’s recipient of the George Eastman Award, given to honor contributions to the art of cinema.

Chicago police: Jussie Smollett assault case has ‘shifted’

February 17, 2019 17:12 PM

Chicago police said Saturday the investigation into the assault reported by Jussie Smollett has “shifted” due to information received from two brothers questioned in the case, and attorneys for the “Empire” actor blasted reports alleging he played a role in his own attack.

US military planes land near Venezuela border with aid

February 17, 2019 14:45 PM

CUCUTA, Feb 17: The U.S. military airlifted tons of humanitarian aid to a Colombian town on the Venezuelan border Saturday as part of an effort meant to undermine socialist President Nicolas Maduro and back his rival for the leadership of the South American nation.

Nadav Lapid’s ‘Synonyms’ wins top prize at Berlin Film Fest

February 17, 2019 13:07 PM

Israeli director Nadav Lapid’s “Synonyms,” a movie about a young Israeli man who uproots himself to France and is determined to put his homeland behind him, won the Berlin International Film Festival’s top Golden Bear award on Saturday.

Nigeria delays election until Feb 23 over ‘challenges’

February 16, 2019 17:00 PM

KANO, Feb 16: Nigeria’s electoral commission delayed the presidential election until February 23, making the announcement a mere five hours before polls were set to open Saturday.

What are India’s options after Kashmir attack

February 16, 2019 14:06 PM

NEW DELHI, Feb 16: With India’s national elections barely months away, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is under heavy pressure from his supporters to punish nuclear-rival Pakistan for a suicide attack on an Indian paramilitary convoy that killed at least 41 soldiers in disputed Kashmir.