Thursday, November 20, 2014

Protesters, police clash in Mexico before marches

MEXICO CITY — Protesters marched in the capital Thursday to demand authorities find 43 missing college students, seeking to pressure the government on a day traditionally reserved for the celebration of Mexico’s 1910-17 Revolution. Authorities canceled the traditional Nov. 20 Revolution Day parade, but did not give a reason. About 200 youthful protesters, some with […]

Egypt acquits doctor in female genital mutilation

CAIRO — An Egyptian court on Thursday acquitted a doctor charged with performing female genital mutilation that led to a 13-year-old girl’s death in a Nile Delta village, the country’s first trial on charges of breaking the ban on the practice. The verdict surprised activists against the practice, who had been hoping for a conviction […]

Slain beauty queen, sister buried in Honduras

GUALJOCO, Honduras — Grieving family members laid to rest a beauty queen and her sister amid drenching rains Thursday, pleading for divine justice after the women were shot to death in what police say was a jealous rage by the sister’s boyfriend. Miss Honduras, 19-year-old Maria Jose Alvarado, and her sister Sofia, 23, were interred […]

Boko Haram said to kill about 45 people in Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — The leader of a vigilante fighter group in Nigeria says Boko Haram militants have killed about 45 people in an attack on a village. Muhammed Gava of the Nigeria Vigilante Group said the assault occurred Wednesday in Azaya Kura village in northeastern Nigeria’s Borno state. He told The Associated Press on Thursday […]

Israeli mayor’s ban on Arab workers ignites uproar

JERUSALEM — The mayor of a southern Israeli city sparked a national uproar Thursday by barring Israeli Arab construction workers from jobs in local preschools, citing security concerns after a rash of attacks by Palestinian assailants elsewhere in the country. The proposal was condemned as racist by Israeli leaders, but it reflected the tense mood […]

Fairfield police log: Nov. 18, 2014

12:42 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 3000 block of TRAVIS BOULEVARD 5:44 a.m. — Drunken driving, TRAVIS BOULEVARD 7:37 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 2800 block of ALMONDWOOD WAY 8:05 a.m. — Arson, 1500 block of WEST TEXAS STREET 8:14 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 2200 block of GATEWAY COURT 8:17 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 800 block of CHADBOURNE ROAD 9:10 a.m. — Residential burglary, 2900 block of CARMEL […]

Suisun City police log: Nov. 18, 2014

10:30 a.m. — Shots fired, 200 block of JOSIAH WAY 11:48 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 500 block of WOOD DUCK DRIVE 2:36 p.m. — Vehicle theft, 400 block of MEEHAN COURT 5:40 p.m. — Assault, sub-100 block of ALEXANDER WAY 11:29 p.m. — Prowler, 1200 block of WORLEY ROAD

Spain symbolically recognizes Palestinian state

MADRID — Spain’s Parliament has overwhelmingly approved a largely symbolic resolution that recognizes a Palestinian state. The non-binding resolution follows moves in other European countries intended to push for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The vote Tuesday night was 319 in favor with two opposed and one abstention. Britain and Ireland approved similar motions last […]

Doctor hesitates, then returns to Ebola front line

JOHANNESBURG — Returning last month to Sierra Leone to treat Ebola victims after a break, volunteer doctor Juli Switala was shocked to see the obituaries and photographs of colleagues who had died of the disease in her absence, pinned to a board in the treatment center. “That was quite terrible, to realize that people you met a […]

7th doctor dies of Ebola in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — A top health official says a seventh doctor in Sierra Leone has died of Ebola. Dr. Moses Kargbo, who had been a retired medical officer in the Ministry of Health, died Tuesday at the Hastings Ebola Treatment Center east of the capital, Freetown, where he had been receiving treatment. He had been volunteering to […]

UN push against North Korea on rights moves ahead

UNITED NATIONS — The world’s boldest effort yet to hold North Korea and leader Kim Jong Unaccountable for alleged crimes against humanity moved forward Tuesday at the United Nations, where a Pyongyang envoy threatened further nuclear tests. The U.N. General Assembly’s human rights committee approved a resolution that urges the Security Council to refer the country’s harsh […]

UN committee demands that Iran stop executions

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. General Assembly human rights committee approved a resolution Tuesday expressing deep concern about rights violations in Iran, including the “alarmingly high frequency” of the use of the death penalty. Support came from 78 member countries, with 35 voting no and 69 abstaining. Several countries have objected to the targeting of a […]

Prague wall dedicated to John Lennon painted over

PRAGUE — Prague’s colorful wall dedicated to the memory of John Lennon has been painted over, leaving just a single message: “Wall is over!” The wall, located at the heart of the Czech capital in the picturesque Little Quarter neighborhood, began to be painted with Lennon’s images and related graffiti after the Beatle’s assassination in 1980. Under the […]

Israel vows harsh response to synagogue attack

JERUSALEM — Israel vowed harsh retaliation Tuesday for a Palestinian attack that killed five people and left blood-smeared prayer books and shawls on the floor of a synagogue in Jerusalem — an assault that sharply escalated already-high tensions after weeks of religious violence. The attack during morning prayers in the west Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof was […]

G-20 leaders finalize details of growth plan

BRISBANE, Australia — World leaders on Sunday prepared to release details of a plan aimed at injecting life into the world’s listless economy, with infrastructure investment and the lowering of trade barriers flagged as key components of the initiative. Leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies, wrapping up a two-day gathering in the Australian city of […]

US, Japan, Australia agree to deepen security ties

BRISBANE, Australia — Eyeing Chinese aggression, President Barack Obama and the prime ministers of Japan and Australia committed Sunday to deepen their military cooperation and work together on strengthening maritime security in the Asia Pacific. The meeting, the first since 2007 among leaders of the three allies, risked antagonizing Beijing after a week when Obama reached […]

Space agency: Now-silent lander does main tasks

BERLIN — The pioneering lander Philae completed its primary mission of exploring the comet’s surface and returned plenty of data before depleted batteries forced it to go silent, the European Space Agency said Saturday. “All of our instruments could be operated and now it’s time to see what we got,” ESA’s blog quoted lander manager Stephan […]

Response to Ebola needs flexibility, experts say

DAKAR, Senegal — Many beds are empty at newly opened Ebola treatment units in Liberia’s urban centers because the outbreak is now flaring in more rural parts of the country. In Sierra Leone’s capital, there aren’t enough treatment units as the epidemic spreads there. Those helping battle the world’s worst Ebola outbreak must be more […]

India doctor arrested, denies role in women deaths

NEW DELHI — The doctor who conducted sterilization procedures after which 13 women died in central India was arrested, but insisted he didn’t do anything wrong — even though he said he used to perform up to 10 times more surgeries a day than allowed. Dr. R.K. Gupta, who had been hiding since Saturday’s operations, […]

100 police patrol in town with tiger on prowl

PARIS — Scores of police patrolled a small town west of the French capital on Thursday night after a tiger eluded a massive search and remained on the prowl in the region near Disneyland Paris. The small beast was spotted Thursday morning near a parking lot in Montevrain by a woman who snapped a photo […]

Liberia president to end Ebola state of emergency

MONROVIA, Liberia — Liberia’s president said Thursday she is lifting a state of emergency imposed to control an Ebola outbreak that has ravaged the country, as Mali reported a fourth person now believed to have died of Ebola in its capital. Also Thursday, Doctors Without Borders announced that accelerated clinical trials will be launched in […]

Space agency: Comet lander ends up in cliff shadow

BERLIN — A shadow was cast — literally — across Europe’s historic mission to land on and explore a comet. Scientists said Thursday the landing craft not only bounced twice, it also came to rest next to a cliff that’s blocking sunlight from its solar panels. The good news is that the lander Philae is […]

Russian bomber patrols to reach Gulf of Mexico

MOSCOW — In a show of military muscle amid tensions with the West, Russia will send long-range strategic bombers on regular patrol missions across the globe, from the Arctic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, a top official said Wednesday. The announcement by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu came as NATO’s chief accused Russia of […]

Ebola drug testing sparks ethics debate

WASHINGTON — Health officials are scrambling to begin human testing of a handful of experimental drugs for Ebola. But the effort has sparked an ethical debate over how to study unproven medicines amid an outbreak that has killed nearly 5,000. U.S. officials say the studies must include one critical feature of traditional medical testing: a […]

US-China climate deal aims to prod others to act

BEIJING — A groundbreaking agreement struck by the United States and China is putting the world’s two worst polluters on a faster track to curbing the heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming. With the clock ticking on a worldwide climate treaty, the two countries are seeking to put their troubled history as environmental adversaries behind […]

Israeli move in east Jerusalem draws US concern

JERUSALEM — Israeli authorities gave preliminary approval Wednesday to build 200 homes in a Jewish area of east Jerusalem, a move that threatened to push Israelis and Palestinians deeper into conflict after weeks of unrest over the city’s holiest sites. The announcement came hours before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was scheduled to arrive […]

Ebola workers ask Congress for help

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration told Congress Wednesday that a $6.2 billion emergency aid request to fight Ebola is crucial to tackling the epidemic in West Africa and preventing it at home, to continue the training of 250,000 U.S. nurses and other health workers in how to safely handle any infected patients who arrive in […]

WHO says more than 5,000 have now died of Ebola

BAMAKO, Mali — More than 5,000 people have died in the Ebola outbreak that is ravaging West Africa, the World Health Organization reported Wednesday, marking another grisly toll in the epidemic. This is the largest Ebola outbreak ever recorded, with more than 14,000 people sickened, the vast majority in the West African countries of Liberia, […]

Missouri governor outlines Ferguson preparations

WELDON SPRING, Mo. — Police will work to protect peaceful protesters after a grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown shooting case is announced, but those who cross the line into violence will face consequences, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon warned Tuesday. More than 1,000 police officers have received special training ahead of a decision expected […]