Monday, July 27, 2015

International

Obama: Kenya at a ‘crossroads’ between peril and promise, says country faces ‘tough choices’

NAIROBI, Kenya — Declaring Kenya at a “crossroads” between promise and peril, President Barack Obama on Sunday pressed the nation of his father’s birth to root out corruption, treat women and minorities as equal citizens, and take responsibility for its future.

3 dead in Louisiana movie theatre shooting, including gunman; 7 injured

LAFAYETTE, La. — A lone gunman sitting in a packed movie theatre stood up about 20 minutes into the showing of “Trainwreck” and began firing into the crowd, killing two and wounding at least nine others Thursday night before fatally shooting himself, authorities said.

Canada displeased with latest U.S. move in trade spat

WASHINGTON — The Canadian government isn’t satisfied by the latest step taken by U.S. lawmakers to avoid a continental trade war.
The government said a bill introduced Thursday in the U.S. Senate falls short of what would be required to avoid tariffs on American products.

Pfizer is expanding its vaccine portfolio, developing other shots to cover entire lifespan

Pfizer has expanded its research on vaccines to eventually safeguard people from cradle to grave, from shots for pregnant women to protect their babies from the moment of birth to vaccines for senior citizens with waning immune systems, company officials said Tuesday during a media briefing.

Librarian at Chinese university admits to replacing famous paintings with his own fakes

BEIJING — A former chief librarian at a Chinese university admitted in court Tuesday to stealing more than 140 paintings by grandmasters in a gallery under his watch and replacing them with fakes he painted himself.
For two years up until 2006, Xiao Yuan substituted famous works including landscapes and calligraphies in a gallery within the library of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.

U.S, Cuba restore full diplomatic relations after more than 5 chilly decades

WASHINGTON — The United States and Cuba restored full diplomatic relations Monday after more than five decades of frosty relations rooted in the Cold War.

Eco-friendly pope to rally likeminded green mayors from around the world at Vatican

VATICAN CITY — One city banned Styrofoam. Another has the highest percentage of “clean” cars in Europe. Still another has cut greenhouse gas emissions by 29 per cent since 1990 — while seeing its GDP grow 19 per cent.

Just a kangaroo feeding in the vineyard as southeast Australia gets hit by winter storm

SYDNEY, Australia — Kangaroos are a common sight for Australian vineyard owner Bill Shrapnel. But a winter storm this week was the first time he’d seen a ‘roo in the snow.
Shrapnel guesses about 30 of the “timid” and “watchful” creatures live on his 77-acre Colmar Estate vineyard in Orange, New South Wales.

2 rail cars leaking crude after oil train derails in northeast Montana, some homes evacuated

CULBERTSON, Mon. — More than 20 cars on an oil train derailed in rural northeastern Montana and at least two of them were leaking crude, authorities said. Some area homes were evacuated.
There were no immediate reports of injury or fire, but of the 21 cars that derailed only two remained upright, Roosevelt County Sheriff Jason Frederick said.

Nuke deal reached: Obama says it’s built on verification, Iran’s Rouhani declares new chapter

VIENNA, Austria — After 18 days of intense and often fractious negotiation, world powers and Iran struck a landmark deal Tuesday to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions — an agreement designed to avert the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran and another U.S. military intervention in the Muslim world.

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