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Maldivian authorities assure free vote amid fears of rigging

MALE, Maldives (AP) ” Opposition supporters in the Maldives are demanding that officials ensure a free and fair presidential election, as the country prepares to vote in an election seen as a referendum on whether democracy will stay.The archipelago nation’s election chief, Ahmed Shareef, said Saturday that all measures have been taken to hold Sunday’s election in a free and fair manner and without violence.Still, opposition activists voiced fears that the polls may be rigged […]

Survivor found inside capsized Tanzania ferry; toll hits 167

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) ” A survivor has been found inside a capsized Tanzanian ferry two days after the disaster on Lake Victoria, an official said Saturday, while coffins arrived for at least 167 victims and counting.An engineer was found near the engine of the upturned vessel, Mwanza regional commissioner John Mongella told reporters. The Tanzanian Broadcasting Corporation reported he had shut himself into the engine room. His condition was not immediately clear.Search efforts […]

Gunmen attack Iran military parade, killing at least 24

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) ” Gunmen disguised as soldiers attacked an annual Iranian military parade Saturday in the country’s oil-rich southwest, killing at least 24 people and wounding 53 in the bloodiest assault to strike the country in recent years.The attack in Ahvaz saw gunfire sprayed into a crowd of marching Revolutionary Guardsmen, bystanders and government officials watching from a nearby riser. Suspicion immediately fell on the region’s Arab separatists, who previously only attacked […]

The Latest: Iran: 24 dead, 53 wounded in parade attack

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) ” The Latest on attack on Iranian military parade(all times local):1:25 p.m.Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency says 24 people are dead and 53 wounded in an attack on a military parade in the country’s oil-rich southwest.The agency cited “knowledgeable sources” without elaborating. It said gunmen were dressed in Guard uniforms and targeted a riser where military and police commanders were sitting.The attack left at least eight members of the […]

Small North Carolina town latest to feel Florence's fury

BLADENBORO, N.C. (AP) ” Benetta White and David Lloyd slogged through waist-deep water filling their yard to escape Hurricane Florence’s latest life-threatening punch to a town in the Carolinas.It was their second evacuation in a week. They were among 100 people rescued with helicopters, boats and high-wheeled military vehicles during a six-hour rescue operation in southeastern North Carolina’s Bladen County that lasted into Friday morning.Officials in North and South Carolina […]

First black female White House reporter gets Newseum statue

WASHINGTON (AP) ” Journalist Alice Allison Dunnigan triumphed over sexism and racism to become the first black woman accredited to cover the White House.In recognition of her achievements, the Newseum unveiled a statue in her honor on Friday.The bronze life-size statue will remain in the Newseum, just steps away from the National Mall and the White House, until December. The statue, based on a photo of Dunnigan standing on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, depicts her in hat and […]

Committee gives Kavanaugh accuser more time

WASHINGTON (AP) ” The high-stakes brinkmanship over whether Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser would testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee came to a momentary standstill as GOP Chairman Chuck Grassley gave Christine Blasey Ford more time to decide on the terms of her appearance.The Republican-led committee insisted that if Ford missed a Friday night deadline to respond to the panel’s latest offer it would hold a vote Monday on recommending Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination for the […]

The Latest: Iranian news agency says 8 killed in parade

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) ” The Latest on attack on Iranian military parade(all times local):10:30 a.m.The semi-official Tasnim news agency says at least eight members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard have been killed in the Ahvaz military parade attack.Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency says 20 people were wounded, including a woman and a child. The agency did not elaborate.State TV earlier described the gunmen as “Takfiri gunmen,” a term previously used to describe […]

Trump promises to rid Justice Dept. of 'lingering stench'

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) ” President Donald Trump has issued an ominous warning about the Justice Department and the FBI, promising further firings to get rid of a “lingering stench” following reports that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed secretly recording the president.Trump, speaking at a rally in Missouri Friday, did not explicitly mention the Rosenstein furor, which was first reported by The New York Times and confirmed by The Associated Press.But Trump lashed […]

DHS secretary: FEMA chief misused cars, but won't lose job

WASHINGTON (AP) ” The head of the federal disaster response agency used government vehicles without proper authorization, but will not lose his job over it. That from Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator William “Brock” Long had been under investigation by the Homeland Security Department’s watchdog over possibly misusing government vehicles to travel to his home in Hickory, North Carolina. Word leaked of the investigation just […]