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Hawaii Governor Takes 15 Minutes to Announce Missile Alert Is False

The Hawaii National Guard's top commander said Friday he told Gov. David Ige that a missile alert was a false alarm two minutes after it went out statewide. But the governor didn't tell the public until 15 minutes later.  Maj. Gen. Arthur “Joe” Logan told state lawmakers at a hearing that he called the governor at 8:09 a.m. Saturday after speaking to a supervisor at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, whose employee accidentally sent the alert.  Ige spokeswoman Cindy McMillan said the… Read Full Article

Former Military Chief of Staff Enters Egypt’s Presidential Race

Former Egyptian armed forces chief of staff General Sami Anan said Saturday he intended to run in the country’s presidential election in March. In a video declaration posted on Anan’s official Facebook page, he said he will run for president to save Egypt from incorrect policies and called on state institutions to maintain neutrality toward all candidates. General-turned-President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced late Friday he would run for a second term. The election is Egypt’s third since… Read Full Article

Huge Brazil rubbish dump closes after six decades

Its closure is likely to have an impact on a nearby favela as many people there rely on scavenging.

Britain Wants Comprehensive Trade Deal With EU, May Says

Britain wants to have a comprehensive trade deal with the European Union as well as a defense pact in place once it leaves the bloc, Prime Minister Theresa May said in remarks published in a German newspaper Saturday. May added that her government was not seeking to "cherry pick" in the negotiations and that it wanted a trade deal that goes further than the one that the EU has with Norway or Canada, simply because Britain is negotiating from a different position that those two countries. "… Read Full Article

In Fight to Release Memo, Republicans Gain Unusual Ally 

Republican lawmakers criticizing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into U.S. President Donald Trump’s ties with Russia found themselves Friday with an unusual — and perhaps unwelcome — ally. As Republicans called for the release of a classified memorandum that they say shows anti-Trump bias at the Justice Department, a network of Kremlin-controlled Twitter accounts swung into action to amplify that demand, according to specialists who monitor online activity sponsored by Moscow… Read Full Article

Sen. Paul's Alleged Attacker Charged with Federal Crime

The man accused of tackling U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in the Kentucky lawmaker's yard has been charged with assaulting a member of Congress as part of a federal plea agreement. And his lawyer confirmed what’s long been suggested by neighbors: The attack stemmed from a dispute about yard maintenance. Rene Boucher has signed the plea agreement but no date has been set for his guilty plea for the attack on the Republican senator, according to Josh J. Minkler, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of… Read Full Article

Iraqi Activist Returns to Ancient Mosul Church IS Used to Detain, Torture People

Mosul civilian activist Ahmed al-Rahal has returned to the ancient Tahira Church in Mosul, which was once used by the Islamic State to torture hundreds of prisoners. The church now lies in ruins following an Iraqi operation to remove IS from the city. VOA's Kawa Omar reports.

Mexico Ruling Party Hopeful Proposes Graft Law to Boost Election Campaign

Struggling to kick-start his campaign and clean up the image of the graft-stained ruling party he hopes to lead to election victory, Mexican presidential hopeful Jose Antonio Meade on Friday proposed tougher anti-corruption legislation. Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) contender Meade, a longtime public servant with a reputation for decency, is polling in third place ahead of the July election, weighed down by the PRI's record on corruption. At an event in the Caribbean tourist… Read Full Article

U.S. Hosts International Meeting On Maritime Security

Within the framework of the agreements on international cooperation and support to friendly nations, the second multinational meeting was held in Miami to boost the efforts of Colombia, Mexico and the United States aimed at strengthening international relations and maritime security in the region.

Why Italians are saying 'No' to takeaway coffee

Drinking takeaway coffee is a way of life in many parts of the world. So why do Italians refuse to do it?