Articles from Jacksonville - Nation & world

Indonesia passes new terror law after attacks using children

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) ” Indonesia’s parliament unanimously approved a tougher anti-terrorism law on Friday, lengthening detention periods and involving the military in counter-terrorism policing, spurred into action by recent bombings that involved children as perpetrators.Rights groups have criticized the revisions as overly broad and vague and warned against rushing them into law. The scope for the military to become involved in counter-terrorism operations is contentious because […]

Voting begins throughout Ireland in major abortion decision

DUBLIN (AP) ” Voters throughout Ireland have begun casting votes in a referendum that may lead to a loosening of the country’s strict ban on most abortions.The referendum Friday will decide whether the eighth amendment of the constitution is repealed, which would open the way for more liberal legislation.The amendment, in place since 1983, requires authorities to equally protect the right to life of a mother and that of a fetus, from the moment of conception.Prime […]

Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson a century later

WASHINGTON (AP) ” President Donald Trump has granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing’s first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson’s name more than 100 years after what many see as his racially charged conviction.”I am taking this very righteous step, I believe, to correct a wrong that occurred in our history and to honor a truly legendary boxing champion,” Trump said Thursday during an Oval Office ceremony. He was joined by WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, […]

Shooting survivors share their stories with Texas governor

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) ” Survivors of last week’s shooting at a high school near Houston told gripping stories of dodging bullets, hiding from the attacker and seeing classmates get shot as they pleaded with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for more armed security to keep campuses safe.The emotional three-hour discussion on Thursday marked the end of three days of meetings Abbott held on school safety and mass shootings. And while the governor has appeared to embrace ideas of boosting security and […]

Officials: Weinstein to surrender in sexual misconduct probe

NEW YORK (AP) ” Harvey Weinstein was expected to turn himself in to police Friday morning to face charges involving an aspiring actress who said he forced her to perform oral sex on him, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.It would be the first criminal case against Weinstein to come out of the barrage of sexual abuse allegations from scores of women that destroyed his career and set off a national reckoning that brought down other powerful men in what has become known […]

Cyclone Mekunu to be 'extremely severe' on landfall in Oman

SALALAH, Oman (AP) ” Cyclone Mekunu will be “extremely severe” when it crashes into the Arabian Peninsula this weekend, meteorologists warned Friday, after earlier thrashing the Yemeni island of Socotra. At least 17 people are missing from Socotra, with one Yemeni official describing them as likely dead.The cyclone is expected to make landfall early Saturday near Salalah, Oman’s third-largest city and home to some 200,000 people near the sultanate’s border with war-ravaged Yemen. […]

China sets trial for dissident who chronicled rights abuses

BEIJING (AP) ” A Chinese dissident who founded a website documenting rights abuses will be tried on June 20 for allegedly leaking state secrets, his lawyer said Friday.Huang Qi was arrested in November 2016. His attorney, Liu Zhengqing, confirmed his trial date and said he was charged with “illegally providing state secrets abroad.”Huang, 55, has been jailed twice before, including in 2008 after advocating for parents whose children were killed in a massive earthquake in the […]

Officials: Deadly Nipah virus has not spread in south India

NEW DELHI (AP) ” Indian officials say an outbreak of a deadly virus has not spread but issued a series of warnings to people in stricken areas.Press Trust of India news agency quoted an unidentified senior Health Ministry official saying a total of 12 people had died of Nipah virus since the outbreak began a few weeks ago in the southern state of Kerala.Officials have issued a set of warnings to two parts of Kerala, including telling the public to avoid consuming partially […]

Explosion in Canadian restaurant wounds 15 people

TORONTO (AP) ” An explosion caused by “improvised explosive device” ripped through an Indian restaurant in a mall in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, wounding 15 people, Canadian police said.Peel Region Sergeant Matt Bertram said two suspects with their faces covered to conceal their identity entered the Bombay Bhel restaurant, and dropped some sort of IED device and fled.”We have no indication to call it a hate crime or any kind of terrorism act,” Bertram said.Peel […]