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Trump Mulling Full Pardon for Boxing Legend Johnson

President Donald Trump said Saturday that he was considering "a Full Pardon!" for boxing's first black heavyweight champion, more than 100 years after Jack Johnson was convicted by an all-white jury of "immorality" in connection with one of his relationships. Trump tweeted that actor Sylvester Stallone had called him to share Johnson's story. The president said Johnson's "trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial."  The president added: "Others have looked at… Read Full Article

Earth Day 2018 Focuses on Plastics Pollution

Each year on April 22, many people stop to think about the health of the world environment, as as if it were a New Year's Day for nature, many make resolutions to treat the world around them more responsibly. The day first celebrated in 1970 is approaching a half-century of existence with a movement that started in the United States and spread around the world. People celebrate the day with environmental action such as natural area cleanups, public demonstrations, tree plantings and, in 2016… Read Full Article

Cameroon Denies It Forcibly Sent Back Nigerian Refugees

Cameroon is denying a report by the U.N. refugee agency that it has forcibly repatriated close to 400 Nigerian refugees and asylum-seekers since January, but it says people running to areas prone to regular attacks by Boko Haram had to be moved to safer localities.  Midjiyawa Bakari, governor of Cameroon's far northern region that shares border with Nigeria's Borno State, a former stronghold of Boko Haram, said Saturday that there had been no forced repatriations of refugees from Cameroon's… Read Full Article

Armenia leader intervenes in protest against predecessor

Armenia's president walks into a crowd of protesters to try to defuse a crisis about his predecessor.

Barcelona win Copa del Rey

Barcelona turn on the style to hammer Sevilla and win the Copa del Rey for the fourth successive season.

Saudi Security Shoots Down Toy Drone Near Palace

Saudi Arabian security forces shot down a toy drone Saturday in Riyadh, a senior Saudi official and the state news agency said, after videos were posted online showing gunfire in a neighborhood where a royal palace is located. A spokesman for the Riyadh police said forces at a checkpoint in the Khozama district identified the drone and "dealt with it according to their orders," state news said. No information was given about whether there were any injuries or damage.

Tens of Thousands of Hungarians Protest Orban's Rule

Tens of thousands of Hungarians protested Saturday against government control over the media, which they say helped Prime Minister Viktor Orban to a landslide election victory this month. The rally in Budapest was the second mass protest against Orban since the April 8 election, with demonstrators urging the fragmented opposition parties to join forces against the right-wing nationalist Fidesz party, which won two-thirds of parliamentary seats at the polls. Since 2010, the Hungarian premier… Read Full Article

Marchers: Jail Basque Inmates Closer to Homes

Several thousand protesters have marched in northern Spain to demand that imprisoned members of the militant Basque group ETA be moved to prisons closer to their homes. The demonstration in Bilbao on Saturday came a day after ETA made an unprecedented apology for the killings of more than 850 people during the group's four-decade armed campaign for the Basque region's independence from France and Spain. The group, which ceased killing in 2011, is expected to announce it is dissolving next… Read Full Article

IMF Says Trade Tensions, Debt Load Threaten World Economy

The International Monetary Fund's policymaking committee said Saturday that a strong world economy was threatened by increasing tension over trade and countries' heavy debt burden. Longer-term prospects are clouded, it said, by sluggish growth in productivity and aging populations in wealthy nations. In a statement at the end of three days of meetings, the lending agency urged countries to take advantage of the broadest-based economic expansion in a decade to cut government debt and to enact… Read Full Article

Nicaragua Says It's Open to Dialogue After 9 Dead in Unrest

Nicaragua's government says it is willing to negotiate over controversial social security reforms that have prompted protests and deadly clashes this week. Vice President Rosario Murillo said nine people had been killed in the unrest. She called the protests "cruel'' but offered no other details. Dozens of others have been injured or arrested in the chaos in various cities across the Central American nation. Murillo said late Friday that President Daniel Ortega's government was responding… Read Full Article