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Woman accused of mailing explosives to Texas Governor Greg Abbot, President Obama

WALLER COUNTY, Texas-- A woman in the Brookshire area is accused of sending explosives to three government leaders in 2016.<p>According to the six-count indictment, 46-year-old Julia Poff mailed explosives to Governor Greg Abbott, President Barack Obama and Commissioner of the Social Security …

Barack Obama

Sound ‘consistent with an explosion’ heard near missing Argentine sub’s last-known location

A sound detected near the last known location of an Argentine navy submarine carrying 44 crew members is believed to have come from an explosion.<p>Enrique Balbi, spokesman for the Argentine navy, told reporters at a news conference Thursday that officials have found evidence showing that the abnormal …

U.S. Navy

Trump To Troops On Thanksgiving: 'You're Fighting For Something Good'

President Trump spoke to U.S. troops Thursday from his private Florida club Mar-a-Lago, telling them "we're really winning" in the fight against ISIS and in Afghanistan — all thanks to his administration's leadership.<p>"They say we've made more progress against ISIS than they did in years of the …

War

Baltimore Detective Sean Suiter killed day before testimony in police corruption case

A Baltimore detective was fatally shot with his own gun just one day before he was set to testify before a federal grand jury in a case involving other officers, the city’s police commissioner said Wednesday.<p>“Detective Suiter was going to offer federal grand jury testimony about an incident that …

Policing

Russia Says It Will Reduce Troops in Syria

Russia will likely scale down the size of its military force in Syria by the end of the year, the chief of the Russian military general staff said …

Russia

Pope faces diplomatic dilemma in Myanmar visit

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis visits Myanmar next week, a delicate trip for the world's most senior Christian to a majority Buddhist country accused by Washington of the "ethnic cleansing" of Muslim Rohingya people.<p>He will also visit Bangladesh to where more than 600,000 people have fled …

Asia

S.D. lawmaker drowns trying to save brother-in-law in South Pacific

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A South Dakota lawmaker drowned Wednesday while trying to save a relative whose kayak capsized off an island in the South Pacific, according to a local news report.<p>State. Rep. Craig Tieszen, 68, was attending a family reunion on the island of Rarotonga, New Zealand's state-run …

South Dakota

Human Brains Have Evolved Unique 'Feel-Good' Circuits

A brain system involved in everything from addiction to autism appears to have evolved differently in people than in great apes, a team reports Thursday in the journal <i>Science</i>.<p>The system controls the production of dopamine, a chemical messenger that plays a major role in pleasure and rewards.<p>"Humans …

The Brain

Venezuelan president: U.S. 'thieves and traitors' will be prosecuted

Nicolás Maduro

Manus Island: Fears of violence as PNG forces enter

Security forces storm former Australian detention camp to remove hundreds of refugees refusing for weeks to leave.<p>Concerns for the safety of hundreds of refugees have been raised after Papua New Guinea security forces stormed a former detention camp and forcibly removed about 60 men who refused for …

Refugees

Drowning sparks outrage over Turkish crackdown

A family of five fleeing Turkish authorities has drowned after their boat capsized in the Aegean Sea. Their bodies washed up on the Greek island of Lesbos.<p>The victims were named as Hüseyin Maden, his wife Nur Maden, and their children Nadire Maden, Bahar Maden and Feridun Maden.<p>A Turkish MP said …

Turkey

Schulz comes under pressure to offer Merkel a lifeline after coalition talks collapse

Talks were underway in Berlin on Thursday night to end the political crisis in Germany following the collapse of Angela Merkel’s coalition talks.<p>Martin Schulz, leader of the rival Social Democratic Party (SPD), was widely expected to drop his insistence on new elections and offer to throw Mrs …

Germany

Rwanda offers refuge to enslaved Libya migrants

<b>Rwanda has offered to give refuge to around 30,000 African migrants stuck in Libya often in enslaved conditions.</b><p>It comes in the wake of a video, released by CNN last week, showing men being auctioned off as farm workers.<p>"Given our own history... we cannot remain silent when human beings are being …

Africa

Charges dropped over protest at Israeli military drones factory in UK

Company witnesses pull out of case involving five activists accused of blocking access to UAV Engines in Staffordshire<p>Criminal charges have been dropped against a group of protesters over a demonstration that blocked access to a factory making engines for Israeli military drones after witnesses …

Crime

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Pictures

Parades

Juan Orlando Hernández looks headed for re-election in Honduras

JUAN ORLANDO HERNÁNDEZ is the first presidential candidate in Honduras’s recent history to run for re-election as an incumbent. He is making the most …

Economics

Yemen war: Aid agencies await Saudi clearance to reach rebel ports

<b>Humanitarian groups are waiting to see if aid flights and shipments to rebel-held Yemen can resume after a Saudi-led coalition eased its blockade.</b><p>UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator Jamie McGoldrick told the BBC that he hoped to receive clearance within hours.<p>The coalition closed Yemen's borders two weeks …

Middle East

President Trump Praises His Afghanistan Strategy in Thanksgiving Address to Troops

President Trump addressed troops from five different branches of the military in a special Thanksgiving video call on Thursday from his Mar a Lago …

Donald Trump

Burma has committed ‘ethnic cleansing,’ U.S. says. Where does Aung San Suu Kyi go from here?

NAYPYIDAW, Burma — During the three months that Burma has been rocked by a refugee exodus the United States has now deemed “ethnic cleansing,” de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has for the most part remained hunkered down in her office in this capital city, hewn out of the jungle just over a decade …

Asia

After DNA test, California man freed from prison in 1978 double-murder

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A man wrongfully convicted in California of the 1978 double-murder of a woman and her child is spending his first Thanksgiving Day as a free man in 39 years, after being released on the basis of DNA evidence.<p>California Governor Jerry Brown pardoned 70-year-old Craig Coley on …

DNA

Canada announces $35-million to help women and girls in Bangladesh

Canada will spend $35-million over five years to help Bangladesh address the needs of women and girls as the country deals with a massive influx of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar.<p>International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced the new spending – to be directed through United Nations …

Canada

President Trump visits Coast Guard in Florida (full remarks)

Hundreds of thousands of Spaniards call for ban on Franco foundation

Petition filed in parliament says foundations glorifying Hitler or Mussolini would be unthinkable in Germany or Italy<p>More than 200,000 Spaniards have signed a petition filed in parliament on Thursday asking the government to ban the National Francisco Franco Foundation (FNFF), which glorifies …

Italy

Health minister provokes outrage in India after describing cancer as 'divine justice'

The health minister of an Indian state has provoked anger after describing cancer as “divine justice”.<p>Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is the minister for the Assam state in north western India, said the “background” of some cancer sufferers led him to believe that disease was a punishment from God for …

India

North Korea and Cuba reject 'US demands'

The Cuban and North Korean foreign ministers have expressed concern about growing tensions on the Korean peninsula, but have rejected so-called ‘unilateral and arbitrary’ demands made by the US.<p>Pyongyang is seeking support amid unprecedented pressure from Washington and the international community …

North Korea

Militant Leader Hafiz Saeed Is Released by Pakistani Court

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A Pakistani court has ordered the full release of Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the founder of the Islamist militant group that carried out the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks, 10 months after the government placed him under house arrest, his lawyer said.<p>The move will free Mr. Saeed to …

Pakistan

Group Lobbying To End Trophy Hunting Ban Is Alarmingly Close With Ryan Zinke

Animal advocates fear an "uncomfortably cozy and even improper" relationship.<p>WASHINGTON — Along with receiving thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Safari Club International while running for Congress, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spoke at the hunting advocacy group’s 2016 veterans …

Wildlife

Survivor searches for remains of Srebrenica victims

Ramiz Nukic searches the woods he fled nearly 22 yrs ago for remains of villagers killed in 1995 on the outskirts of Srebrenica. Melissa Bell tells us more.

Justice

Aid agencies say Yemen blockade remains, Egeland calls it 'collective punishment'

GENEVA (Reuters) - The Saudi-led coalition’s blockade of Yemen, which has cut off food imports to a population where 7 million people are on the brink of famine, is “illegal collective punishment” of civilians, a prominent aid official said on Thursday.<p>General view of Sanaa International airport, …

Middle East

Slovenia PM facing impeachment over support for refugee

Miro Cerar accused of seeking to interfere with judiciary after he voiced support for Syrian man, Ahmad Shamieh, who is facing deportation<p>The prime minister of Slovenia, Miro Cerar, one of the few liberal leaders in central and eastern Europe, is facing impeachment over his support for a Syrian …

Migration

Husband of Las Vegas shooting victim gets Thanksgiving Day surprise

Girl, 14, went missing late Wednesday on South Side

A 14-year-old girl went missing Wednesday in the Park Manor neighborhood on the South Side, Chicago police said.<p>Autumn Wynne was last seen about midnight Wednesday in the area of the 7000 block of South King Drive. She was wearing a puffy navy jacket, gray jogging pants and black boots, police said.<p>…

Chicago

Texans displaced by Harvey readjust plans for holiday feast

HOUSTON (AP) — The kitchen where George and Arva Dorsey prepare an 18-dish feast every Thanksgiving has been stripped of everything but its granite countertops, standing on their own with no appliances below. The house they renovated and expanded over three decades has been gutted down to its …

Hurricane Harvey

Missing submarine: 'Explosion' heard

<b>Hopes that the 44 crew of a missing Argentine submarine might still be alive have been dashed after the navy said an event consistent with an explosion had been detected.</b><p>The "abnormal, singular, short, violent, non-nuclear event" was recorded in the south Atlantic by a nuclear test watchdog last …

Military

Holocaust memorial built outside home of far-right German politician

<b>(CNN) —</b> Political activists built a replica of Berlin's Holocaust Memorial outside the home of a far-right German politician to protest his call for Germany to stop feeling guilty about Nazi atrocities.<p>The Center for Political Beauty erected 24 large concrete slabs next to the house of Alternative …

Germany

Palestinian factions agree on elections in 2018

Preparations to start for presidential, legislative elections by the end of next year, groups decide during Cairo talks.<p>Palestinian factions led by Fatah and Hamas have agreed to hold general elections no later than at the end of 2018, as part of the latest round of reconciliation talks held in …

Gaza