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  • Robert Mugabe refuses to step down as thousands march for President's ouster

    Posted 2017-11-18 12:13:30 by: George Alston

    Zimbabweans took to the streets of Harare on Saturday to demand the resignation of Robert Mugabe four days after a military takeover in the southern African ...

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  • Where to eat in Chicago right now

    Posted 2017-11-17 18:27:30 by: George Alston

    New York and Los Angeles might occasionally vie for the title, but many experts agree: Chicago is the best restaurant city in America right ...

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  • The Chinese connection to the Zimbabwe 'coup'

    Posted 2017-11-17 16:22:26 by: George Alston

    A visit by Zimbabwean army commander Constantino Chiwenga to China would not normally be seen as unusual, given Beijing's status as Zimbabwe's largest foreign investor and longtime ...

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  • Liberals, don't waste your time trying to defend Franken

    Posted 2017-11-17 16:19:22 by: George Alston

    Add liberal Democratic Sen. Al Franken to the long and growing list of prominent men (yes, it's all men) who turn out to have abused their power by engaging in sleazy, self-indulgent misconduct. A credible, infuriating account by radio news anchor Leeann Tweeden describes Franken allegedly forcibly kissing Tweeden against her will in 2006 while rehearsing for a USO overseas tour to entertain troops in the Middle ...

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  • The Brexit psychodrama is going exactly as expected

    Posted 2017-11-17 15:42:20 by: George Alston

    So far, the Brexit negotiations between Britain and the EU have been entirely ...

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  • Former world No. 1 golfer Luke Donald hospitalized with chest pains

    Posted 2017-11-17 10:49:53 by: George Alston

    Former world No. 1 golfer Luke Donald has been hospitalized following a bout of chest pains and will not return to the course until ...

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  • Airline restores historic planes

    Posted 2017-11-17 10:15:21 by: George Alston

    While flying is still considered a quintessentially modern way to travel, many airlines have now clocked up decades of ...

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  • Two days after a military takeover in Zimbabwe, neighboring countries urge peaceful transition

    Posted 2017-11-17 05:20:18 by: George Alston

    Two days after a remarkable military takeover of Zimbabwe's government, its long-serving leader appears to be resisting efforts to force him to stand ...

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  • How change came to a 'machine gun city'

    Posted 2017-11-17 04:34:50 by: George Alston

    The hometown of infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar became a hotbed of crime in the 1990s and early 2000s, plagued by thousands of murders. Its sprawling suburbs were particularly dangerous, cut off from the wealthier city center by steep hills. Over the past decade, however, city authorities have found a way to connect these neighborhoods with the rest of the city, and the world - by building libraries. "The city has always developed more towards the city center," said Daniel Felipe Zapata Hincapié, a Medellin city official responsible for Libraries, Reading and Heritage. "Historically we didn't put much care into the outskirts... the rural territories." But since the first of 10 "library parks" was unveiled in 2008, they have become anchors for the community, Hincapié said. Residents have taken ownership of the libraries and are shaping their communities around them. The libraries aren't just for reading and borrowing books - their impressive architecture houses exhibition halls, classrooms and auditoriums that host reading lessons for children and adults, as well as workshops on tech and robotics. The sprawling parks that surround them provide respite from the urban sprawl and a connection to nature. "More than having well equipped, architecturally beautiful buildings, what we prioritized is to have symbols," said Hincapié, speaking to CNN at the Fernando Botero library in the Medellin neighborhood of San Cristobal. "The library parks are a symbol for the city... of transformation, innovation and inclusion," he added. "There's room for everybody here." Other initiatives - like a cable car system launched in 2004 - have also helped connect poorer neighborhoods with richer ones in the valley. Fewer people are left out of the city's development, and crime rates have gone down. The libraries have also given Medellin's citizens a renewed appreciation of Colombia's literary traditions that produced writers such as Gabriel Garcia ...

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  • Kushner got emails about Wikileaks, Russia

    Posted 2017-11-17 02:55:56 by: George Alston

    Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking member Dianne Feinstein sent a letter Thursday requesting more information on President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner related to his security clearance and questions over whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 ...

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  • Pro-ISIS group threatens Vatican

    Posted 2017-11-16 23:22:23 by: George Alston

    A pro-ISIS group released a propaganda poster designed as a threat to the Vatican on Christmas. CNN's Brian Todd ...

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  • Woman survives jail by writing poetry

    Posted 2017-11-16 23:16:23 by: George Alston

    The sun had already set when the woman with long gray hair descended the steps to the same prison gate she had passed through all those years ...

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  • US Senator's accuser: Forced kiss was 'persistent' and 'uncomfortable'

    Posted 2017-11-16 22:25:13 by: George Alston

    Leeann Tweeden, who has said that Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken forcibly kissed and groped her, said Thursday that Franken's forced kiss on her years ago was "persistent" and ...

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  • Controversial oil pipeline leaks 210,000 gallons

    Posted 2017-11-16 22:15:59 by: George Alston

    A total of 210,000 gallons of oil leaked Thursday from the Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota, the pipeline's operator, TransCanada, said. Crews shut down the pipeline Thursday morning and officials are investigating the cause of the ...

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  • Russia vetoes Syria chemical weapons probe

    Posted 2017-11-16 22:11:30 by: George Alston

    Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution on Thursday that would have renewed a mandate for the independent group investigating chemical weapons attacks in ...

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  • Al Franken's absolutely awful apology

    Posted 2017-11-16 22:08:11 by: George Alston

    Shortly after Leeann Tweeden went public with allegations that Al Franken had groped her during a USO tour through the Middle East in 2006, the Minnesota Democrat released a ...

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  • Where from here?: Elites struggle to broker post-Mugabe deal

    Posted 2017-11-16 21:18:08 by: George Alston

    In a country that has known only one leader since independence in 1980, the very idea that Zimbabwe could be seeing a change of guard at the top has people here wondering what change even ...

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  • Lebanon PM to fly to France: Exile or holiday?

    Posted 2017-11-16 19:44:12 by: George Alston

    Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has accepted an invitation to leave Saudi Arabia and go to France, an Elysee Palace spokewoman told CNN on Thursday. It comes a day after Lebanon's President accused Riyadh of holding Hariri ...

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  • Woman alleges Franken groped, kissed her without consent

    Posted 2017-11-16 16:39:59 by: George Alston

    A woman accused Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken on Thursday of groping her and kissing her without her consent in 2006 while she was on a USO Tour ...

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  • Ayrton Senna: How F1 legend's legacy helps educate youth

    Posted 2017-11-16 14:49:52 by: George Alston

    Just weeks before his death in May 1994, Ayrton Senna spoke to his sister about his plans to give back to ...

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  • Drake tells off fan for 'touching girls'

    Posted 2017-11-16 14:30:47 by: George Alston

    Famous rapper Drake halted his performance in Sydney to tell a man in the crowd to "stop touching ...

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  • Roy Moore denies writing in accuser's yearbook

    Posted 2017-11-16 12:00:19 by: George Alston

    Former Judge Roy Moore continues to deny allegations of sexual abuse against him, his attorney Phillip L. Jauregui said at a news conference Wednesday, during which he attempted to cast doubt on the story of one of Moore's ...

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  • Moore case spotlights a risk to young girls

    Posted 2017-11-16 01:47:13 by: George Alston

    People are looking in shocked disgust at the defenders of Roy Moore. How can so many Alabamans throw their support behind Moore, the Republican nominee for a United States Senate seat there, who is accused of pursuing or sexually abusing teens - including a 14 year-old - back when he was in his 30s? Moore denies the allegations, and is threatening to sue the Washington Post, where the report appeared last ...

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  • Players arrested in China apologize, thank Trump, get suspended

    Posted 2017-11-15 20:57:34 by: George Alston

    LiAngelo Ball and two teammates on UCLA's basketball team - who have been suspended indefinitely - publicly apologized after they shoplifted during a trip to ...

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  • UCLA players arrested in China publicly apologize

    Posted 2017-11-15 19:41:07 by: George Alston

    College basketball players Cody Riley, LiAngelo Ball and Jalen Hill publicly apologized Wednesday after they were accused of shoplifting in ...

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  • Lebanon's Hariri to fly to France in coming days, Elysee Palace says

    Posted 2017-11-15 18:33:00 by: George Alston

    Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri will fly to Paris "in the coming days," a spokeswoman for the French presidency said Wednesday, after days of speculation that he was being held against his will in Saudi ...

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  • How Mugabe destroyed Zimbabwe's economy

    Posted 2017-11-15 18:19:13 by: George Alston

    Military leaders have of the country in an apparent coup, deploying tanks in the capital city of Harare and placing 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe under house arrest. has led the nation for nearly four decades, and is widely blamed for its economic collapse. Here's the story behind Zimbabwe's economic rise and fall: 1980s Mugabe was elected the first prime minister of a newly independent Zimbabwe in 1980 after spending years in prison for his politics. He was adored by many as a Nelson Mandela-style figure who would lead the country forward following decades of British and white-dominated rule. "He always had a populist stance, which meant he wanted to work in the best interest of his people but not necessarily the economy," said Funmi Akinluyi, a portfolio manager who invests in Africa and frontier markets at Silk Invest. Mugabe earned international recognition for education and health initiatives, and the nation steadily grew its exports of manufactured and agricultural products. Zimbabwe was famous for its tobacco production, and its weather supported year-round farming. 1990s As Mugabe's political momentum faded, critics accused him of using brutality and bribery to maintain his power. He has consistently . Mugabe's mismanagement of the country's farming sector was a turning point that contributed to an economic catastrophe. The aim of government land reforms was to end decades of farm ownership by white landlords, which many viewed as a colonial injustice. The 1992 "Land Acquisition Act" allowed Mugabe to force landowners to give up their property and redistribute it. In 1993, Mugabe threatened to expel white landowners who objected to the rules. 2000s It wasn't until 2000 that Mugabe's campaign gathered strength and he forced 4,000 white farmers to give up their land. Zimbabwe's agricultural output dropped almost overnight. "There was an immediate food shortage," remembers Akinluyi. "People went hungry." The ...

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  • Lebanese President: PM 'held captive' in Saudi Arabia

    Posted 2017-11-15 15:08:01 by: George Alston

    Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is being "held captive" in Saudi Arabia in violation of diplomatic protocol, Lebanon's President said ...

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  • Push to outlaw bad air as Delhi slum dwellers choke

    Posted 2017-11-15 01:15:31 by: George Alston

    As the Indian capital continues to choke under a blanket of thick brown smog, an opposition lawmaker wants clean air to be a legal right for ...

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  • North Korean defector begs China to free wife and young son

    Posted 2017-11-15 01:09:28 by: George Alston

    A North Korean defector has issued an emotional plea to one of the world's most powerful men, China's President Xi ...

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  • 16,000 scientists' dire warning to humanity

    Posted 2017-11-14 23:00:26 by: George Alston

    More than 16,000 scientists from 184 countries have published a second warning to humanity advising that we need to change our wicked ways to help the ...

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  • Heartbreaking images capture desperate rescue efforts

    Posted 2017-11-14 18:00:21 by: George Alston

    Heartbreaking images from the year’s deadliest earthquake People cry near the wreckage of their home in Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA-EFE People cry near the wreckage of their home in Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA-EFE Hundreds were killed and thousands were injured after hit the border region between Iraq and Iran on Sunday. Photos from the area show the desperate rescue efforts, with people still trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings. The powerful quake was felt as far away as Turkey and Pakistan, and many aftershocks have been reported. Members of the emergency services carry away the body of an earthquake victim in Sarpol-e-Zahab. Vahid Salemi/AP People try to get closer to the body of a relative who was killed in Sarpol-e Zahab. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA-EFE A man searches through a damaged building in Sarpol-e Zahab. Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images A woman cradles the body of her young daughter, who was killed in Sarpol-e Zahab. Mosleh Pirkhezranian/Islamic Republic News Agency via AP Rescuers use machinery to search for survivors in Sarpol-e Zahab. Ahmad Halabisaz/Xinhua/Sipa USA A wounded child receives medical treatment at a hospital in Sarpol-e Zahab. Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Rescue workers try to extract a victim’s body from a collapsed building in Sarpol-e Zahab. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA-EFE A man in Iraq’s Sulaimaniya province searches for people in the rubble. Feriq Fereçc/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Relatives mourn over the body of a quake victim in Sarpol-e Zahab. Farzad Menati/AFP/Getty Images A man rests atop salvaged belongings in Sarpol-e Zahab. Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images Two boys walk across the roof of a collapsed building in Darbandikhan, Iraq. Felipe Dana/AP Produced by Sarah Tilotta and Kyle Almond ...

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  • Brexit is getting messy and the UK is facing a political crisis

    Posted 2017-11-14 15:01:47 by: George Alston

    This sense of crisis would hamper a government at the best of times - even one that had a parliamentary majority, something May lacks.But against this backdrop of disarray, the British Prime Minister has just been confronted with the prospect that she won't be able to get Brexit through Parliament - meaning the entire project could fall into chaos.Talks between officials from Britain and negotiators for the European Union have progressed slowly, and are now at a near-stalemate. The EU has given Britain a deadline of two weeks to agree on a figure for the so-called "divorce bill" - the money May's government must pay into the EU budget as part of its membership obligations.As negotiations with the EU reach the crunch point, May's government is finding itself in ever-deeper trouble over its attempts to push through the legislation that will allow leaving the EU to happen at all.Lawmakers from all parties have put forward hundreds of amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill, and debates and votes are expected to take a month. At the heart of the problem is that the lack of progress in talks between the UK and EU - which must conclude by summer next year - has meant that May's government has recently had to concede a new alarming reality: that the differences are so great that no deal may be done at all.This prospect has made the many UK legislators who always feared that Brexit would be damaging to the UK even more fearful. Now they are worried that the UK will be stepping into a complete unknown with no transition deal or trade deal planned with the EU. But hardline pro-Brexiters still want the UK to leave, whatever the short-term damage. This is why the content of the Withdrawal Bill is now being even more strongly contested than it was just a few weeks ago.On Monday night, May's minister in charge of Britain's exit from the European Union, David Davis, attempted to buy off MPs worried about a "cliff edge" hard-Brexit - under which the UK would leave all the EU ...

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  • Lewandowski: Russians helped Clinton

    Posted 2017-11-14 13:35:35 by: George Alston

    Former Trump Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski tries to turn tables, tells CNN's Chris Cuomo Russians tried to influence the election by working with the Clinton campaign—not ...

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  • Trump's Asia trip: 6 takeaways

    Posted 2017-11-14 07:49:51 by: George Alston

    President Donald Trump completed his lengthy five-country trip through Asia on Tuesday, putting the cap on a nearly two-week jaunt that saw the President begin to remake the United States' position in the world, while looking to usher consensus around confronting North ...

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  • Survivors struggle in aftermath of year's most deadly earthquake

    Posted 2017-11-14 07:37:40 by: George Alston

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani traveled Tuesday to the areas worst hit by Sunday's devastating earthquake, where some residents say they are struggling to cope without basic ...

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  • Myanmar's military clears itself over reported Rohingya atrocities

    Posted 2017-11-14 04:57:28 by: George Alston

    Myanmar's military has acquitted itself of any wrongdoing against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State in an internal report, denying widespread reports of murder, rape and destruction in the west of the ...

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