Taliban Attack on Afghan Military Base and Police Training Center Kills 12

Associated Press (KABUL, Afghanistan) — A coordinated Taliban assault on a military base and police training center in eastern Afghanistan on Monday morning killed at least 12 and wounded over 30 people, provincial officials said. Salem Asgherkhail, head of the area’s public health department, said that most of those killed in the attack in Maidan Wardak province were military personnel. Some of the wounded were taken to provincial hospitals for treatment while the more serious cases were sent to the capital, Kabul. Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman for the interior minister, said a suicide car bomber struck the base first, followed … Continue reading Taliban Attack on Afghan Military Base and Police Training Center Kills 12

The World’s Top 26 Billionaires Now Own as Much as the Poorest 3.8 Billion, Says Oxfam

Casey Quackenbush Global wealth inequality widened last year as billionaires increased their fortunes by $2.5 billion per day, anti-poverty campaigner Oxfam said in a new report. While the poorest half of humanity saw their wealth dwindle by 11%, billionaires’ riches increased by 12%. The mega-wealthy have also become a more concentrated bunch. Last year, the top 26 wealthiest people owned $1.4 trillion, or as much as the 3.8 billion poorest people. The year before, it was the top 43 people. Oxfam’s annual study, released as political and business leaders prepare to descend on Davos for the World Economic Forum, emphasized … Continue reading The World’s Top 26 Billionaires Now Own as Much as the Poorest 3.8 Billion, Says Oxfam

China’s 2018 Economic Growth Sunk to a Three-Decade Low

Joe McDonald / AP (BEIJING) — China’s 2018 economic growth fell to a three-decade low, adding to pressure on Beijing to settle a tariff war with Washington. The world’s second-largest economy expanded by 6.6% over a year earlier, down from 2017’s 6.9%, official data showed Monday. Growth in the three months ending in December dipped to 6.4% — the lowest quarterly level since the 2008 global crisis — from the previous quarter’s 6.5%. Communist leaders are trying to steer China to slower, more self-sustaining growth based on consumer spending instead of trade and investment. But the deceleration has been sharper … Continue reading China’s 2018 Economic Growth Sunk to a Three-Decade Low

4 Arrested Over a Car Bombing in Northern Ireland as Police Probe New IRA Links

Eli Meixler Police in Northern Ireland have arrested four men after a car bombing this weekend that is being investigated for links to the New Irish Republican Army (IRA) militant group, Reuters reports. Two suspects in their 20s were detained hours after the Saturday evening explosion in North Ireland’s Londonderry. Another two suspects, men aged 34 and 42, were arrested later on Sunday, according to Reuters. No one was injured by the bomb, which was detonated outside the city’s courthouse. “Fortunately it didn’t kill anybody but clearly it was a very significant attempt to kill people here in this community,” … Continue reading 4 Arrested Over a Car Bombing in Northern Ireland as Police Probe New IRA Links

Athletes’ Group Raises Sex Abuse Allegations in South Korean Speed Skating

Associated Press (SEOUL, South Korea) — An athletes’ group has raised further allegations of sexual abuse in South Korean speed skating following explosive claims by two-time Olympic champion Shim Suk-hee that she had been raped by her former coach since she was a teen. The group said Monday it found five more skaters who were sexually abused by their coaches, but did not reveal their names. It says the current leadership at the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee should step down for failing to safeguard athletes. The announcement comes amid a growing #MeToo movement that is rocking South Korea’s elite … Continue reading Athletes’ Group Raises Sex Abuse Allegations in South Korean Speed Skating

The New England Patriots Will Face the Los Angeles Rams In Super Bowl 53 After Thrilling Overtime Game

Sean Gregory The championship Sunday was unforgettable. And it’ll be a Super Bowl LIII for the ages. Tom Brady, already the oldest quarterback to ever start a Super Bowl, will be back for his ninth trip to America’s greatest sporting spectacle, as his New England Patriots defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, 37-31, in a thrilling overtime AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium. Jared Goff, 24, became the youngest quarterback to win an NFC title game; he led the Los Angeles Rams to a controversial 26-23 overtime road victory over the New Orleans Saints. Once again, New England and Los Angeles … Continue reading The New England Patriots Will Face the Los Angeles Rams In Super Bowl 53 After Thrilling Overtime Game

The Teen at the Center of the D.C. March Video Disputes Taunting Native Americans

Associated Press A teen at the center of a video confrontation with a Native American organizer of a march in Washington, D.C., says he did nothing to provoke anyone and sought to calm the situation. The student identified himself in an email Sunday evening as junior Nick Sandmann of Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky. An official working with the family confirmed Sandmann’s identity, speaking on condition of anonymity because the source didn’t want to distract from the teen’s statement. Sandmann says students were waiting at the Lincoln Memorial for buses to return to Kentucky on Friday when four African-American … Continue reading The Teen at the Center of the D.C. March Video Disputes Taunting Native Americans