News archive from 6 April 2017, page 5

Syrian activists: Islamic State group kills 33 men in Syria

BEIRUT –  Syrian activists say the Islamic State group has killed 33 young men in eastern Syria, close to the border with Iraq. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says IS members slit the throats of the men, aged between 18 and 25,...

 

Philippines to occupy and fortify Spratly islands it claims

MANILA, Philippines –  Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the military to occupy and fortify all Philippine-held islands in the disputed South China Sea to assert the country's claims amid what he says is a race to control territory in...

 

UK firms to publish pay data in bid to eliminate gender gap

LONDON –  The British government has introduced new rules aimed at eliminating a gender pay gap that sees men earn almost a fifth more than women. By April 2018, public- and private-sector companies that employ 250 people or more will have to disclose...

 

Islamic State militants execute 33 young men in Syria, activists say

BEIRUT –  Syrian activists say the Islamic State group has killed 33 young men in eastern Syria, close to the border with Iraq. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says IS members slit the throats of the men, aged between 18 and 25,...

 

Thai king endorses new constitution, 20th since 1932

BANGKOK –  Thailand's king has signed the country's new constitution, the 20th charter since the absolute monarchy was abolished in 1932. King Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun endorsed the document Thursday in an elaborate ceremony at the Ananta...

 

Calm urged in South Africa protests against president

JOHANNESBURG –  South Africa's ruling party says it is concerned about reports of "sporadic violence and intimidation" ahead of planned protests against the scandal-tainted president on Friday. The ruling African National Congress on...

 
European Central Bank's Draghi says stimulus still needed

European Central Bank's Draghi says stimulus still needed

FRANKFURT, Germany –  European Central Bank head Mario Draghi insisted Thursday that the bank's stimulus efforts were still needed, while acknowledging that the risks to the economy across the 19-country eurozone appear to have diminished. "The...

 

Gambians head to polls to choose parliament under new leader

BANJUL, Gambia –  Voters are heading to the polls in Gambia for parliamentary elections that are expected to end two decades of domination by the party of former leader Yahya Jammeh. Thursday's vote is crucial for the transition promised by President...

 
DeGrasse Tyson's Mars challenge to Elon Musk

DeGrasse Tyson's Mars challenge to Elon Musk

Neil deGrasse Tyson is willing to fly to Mars with SpaceX, as long as company founder and CEO Elon Musk meets a few key conditions. "I really like Earth. So any space trip I take, I'm double-checking that there's sufficient funds for me to...

 
A car-size asteroid just whipped by Earth

A car-size asteroid just whipped by Earth

A car-size asteroid was caught on camera just before it approached within 10,100 miles of Earth today April 4 — less than one-twentieth the distance from Earth to the moon. The 12-foot-wide celestial visitor, called 2017 GM, whipped by at 11.5 miles...

 

Dutch men hold hands in solidarity with beaten gay couple

AMSTERDAM –  In a simple act of solidarity, same-sex couples and many others across the Netherlands have held hands this week to protest the beating of two gay men — an attack that shook a nation that has long prided itself on its tolerance. The...

 

Up to 17 dead as Zimbabwe bus crashes, bursts into flames

HARARE, Zimbabwe –  Zimbabwe police say as many as 17 people are feared dead after a bus went up in flames Wednesday night after colliding with a truck. Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said Thursday that more than 40 other people suffered serious...

 

Norway to build world's first ship tunnel through coast

COPENHAGEN, Denmark –  Norway plans to build a 1,700-meter (5,610-feet) tunnel for ships — a world first — through a piece of rocky coast to allow vessels avoid a treacherous part of sea. Construction of the Stad Ship Tunnel, which will be 36 meters...

 

India asks states to allow transgender choice in bathrooms

NEW DELHI –  India's government has asked all states to let transgendered people use any public toilet of their choice. The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation issued guidelines earlier this week that asked state governments to make an effort to...

 

Swiss president: Efforts advance with EU on bilateral deals

GENEVA –  The Swiss president says "things are moving" in efforts to improve ties with the European Union after a Swiss referendum three years ago to limit immigration soured bilateral relations. Doris Leuthard said in an interview with the...

 

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