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US transgender woman wins Democratic nod for governor in Vermont

August 15, 2018 09:50 AM

"HISTORY MADE! @christineforvt just became the first trans/non-binary gubernatorial candidate from a major political party in American history!" tweeted the Victory Fund, an organization that supports LGBTQ candidates.Hallquist transitioned while heading the Vermont Electricity Coop, several years before launching her gubernatorial bid.In 2015, "Christine made the decision, after years of holding it inside, to come out as her true self, a transgender woman, becoming the first business leader in the country to transition while in office," according to her campaign's website. "Working to ensure that Vermont remains the special, inclusive and progressive place that it has always been... is what motivates Christine to seek the honor and opportunity to serve the people of Vermont as its next governor," it says.Hallquist beat out James Ehlers, a Navy veteran and environmentalist, and Brenda Siegel, the executive director of a dance festival, to win the Democratic nomination.Also among the primary candidates was 14-year old schoolboy Ethan Sonneborn, who took advantage of a quirk in the constitution of the bucolic northeastern state that imposes no age limit on running for governor.His website proclaims him a champion for middle- and working-class families, with "the right ideas" on healthcare reform, economic development and education -- never mind that he's still years from graduating high school.But despite praise for Sonneborn's "maturity" and political awareness, his campaign attracted calls for Vermont lawmakers to close the loophole."I think we should probably take a look at that to be perfectly honest," Governor Scott told reporters when asked if he thought 14-year-olds should be eligible to run."I think you should at least be able to get your driver's license at the time that you become governor."

More than 70,000 homeless after deadly Lombok quake

August 8, 2018 11:00 AM

More than 70,000 people have been left homeless in the deadly earthquake that hit Lombok island, forced to sleep in makeshift shelters and lacking food, medicine and clean water, authorities said Wednesday.

More than 70,000 homeless after deadly Lombok quake

August 8, 2018 11:00 AM

More than 70,000 people have been left homeless in the deadly earthquake that hit Lombok island, forced to sleep in makeshift shelters and lacking food, medicine and clean water, authorities said Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia expels Canadian ambassador and recalls its envoy over 'interference'

August 6, 2018 09:35 AM

SAUDI ARABIA, Aug 6: Saudi Arabia announced Monday it was expelling the Canadian ambassador and had recalled its envoy while freezing business ties with Ottawa, over what it called "interference" in its internal affairs.

At over 3 million liters for a $1, how far can Venezuela go in raising price of world’s cheapest gas?

August 5, 2018 14:00 PM

CARACAS, Aug 5: In Venezuela’s inflation-hit economy, a single U.S. dollar can buy 3.5 million liters of gasoline — an absurdity that the government says it will tackle with a hike in the cost of state-subsidized fuel.

Made in Fukushima: Japan farmers struggle to win trust

August 1, 2018 10:30 AM

The pumpkin is diced, the chicken carved and the eggs beaten into an omelette, but the people preparing the food are not chefs -- they are scientists testing produce from Japan's Fukushima region.

Alexis Sanchez, Ander Herrera Score As Manchester United Beat Real Madrid 2-1

August 1, 2018 09:39 AM

Jose Mourinho was finally given something to smile about as a tempestuous trip to the United States ended with a 2-1 victory over former club Real Madrid thanks to first-half strikes from Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera.

Chile to restrict tourists and non-locals on Easter Island

July 30, 2018 10:30 AM

Easter Island is known for its unique Moai monumental statues carved by the Rapa Nui people, believed to have arrived on the remote landmass in the southeastern Pacific Ocean in around the 12th century.

Palestinian teenager jailed for slapping soldiers leaves prison

July 29, 2018 11:25 AM

Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi left prison Sunday after an eight-month sentence for slapping two Israeli soldiers, an episode captured on video that made her a symbol of resistance for Palestinians, a prison service spokesman said.

Record drought grips Germany's breadbasket

July 29, 2018 11:00 AM

GERMANY, July 29: Withered sunflowers, scorched wheat fields, stunted cornstalks -- the farmlands of northern Germany have borne the brunt of this year's extreme heat and record-low rainfall, triggering an epochal drought.

Qatar used secret 'black operations' campaign to sabotage rival bids for 2022 World Cup, claims report

July 29, 2018 09:20 AM

Qatar's World Cup team used a secret "black operations" propaganda campaign to undermine rival bids in violation of FIFA rules, a British Sunday broadsheet has reported.

Ronaldo to make Serie A debut for Juventus at Chievo

July 28, 2018 09:43 AM

ROME: Cristiano Ronaldo will kick his first ball in Serie A at troubled Chievo on the weekend of August 18/19 when new club Juventus begin their bid for a record eighth straight league title.

Cricket Australia shake-up national selection process

July 27, 2018 14:00 PM

SYDNEY, July 27: Australia coach Justin Langer was handed more power on Friday in a shake-up of the national cricket selection process following the resignation of Mark Waugh.

When fake news sparks violence: India grapples with online rumours

July 16, 2018 13:54 PM

NEW DELHI, July 16: India has been shaken by a spate of mob killings sparked by a hoax about child kidnappers spread on WhatsApp.

Climate change wreaking havoc with Colombia's glaciers: government

July 13, 2018 14:04 PM

Climate change has helped melt nearly a fifth of Colombia's mountaintop glacier cover in just seven years, the government said Thursday.

57 dead as Japan scrambles to rescue flood victims

July 8, 2018 15:09 PM

JAPAN, July 8: Earlier Sunday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned of a "race against time" to rescue flood victims as there were still many people whose safety has yet to be confirmed.

Turkey fires 18,500 state employees for alleged terror links

July 8, 2018 14:56 PM

TURKEY, July 7: Turkish authorities ordered the dismissal of more than 18,500 state employees including police officers, soldiers and academics, in a decree published on Sunday.

Over 270,000 displaced by southern Syria fighting: UN

July 3, 2018 09:34 AM

AMMAN, July 3: A regime offensive in southern Syria has forced more than 270,000 people from their homes, the United Nations said on Monday.

'Unnecessary rescues' soar in Nepal on profits from insurance payouts

June 28, 2018 12:30 PM

Tourists hiking in Nepal's Himalayan mountains are being pressured into costly helicopter evacuations at the first sight of trouble by guides linked to powerful brokers who are making a fortune on "unnecessary rescues", industry insiders say.

Spain, Portugal target last 16 as Russia ride momentum

June 25, 2018 11:26 AM

World Cup heavyweights Spain and Portugal can lock down spots in the last 16 on Monday, as hosts Russia ride a wave of national euphoria into their clash with Uruguay.