UN: Excessive drinking killed over 3 million people in 2016

GENEVA — Drinking too much alcohol killed more than 3 million people in 2016, mostly men, the World Health Organization said. The U.N. health agency also warned that current policy responses are not sufficient to reverse trends predicting an increase in consumption over the next 10 years. In a new report Friday, the agency said that about 237 million men and 46 million women faced alcohol problems, with the highest prevalence in Europe and the Americas. Europe has the highest global per capita alcohol consumption, even though it has already dropped by 10 percent since 2010. Around a third of alcohol-related deaths were a result of injuries, including car crashes… Read More

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Militants attack Iran military parade, killing at least 25

TEHRAN, Iran — Militants disguised as soldiers opened fire Saturday on an annual Iranian military parade in the country’s oil-rich southwest, killing at least 25 people and wounding over 60 in the deadliest terror attack to strike the country in nearly a decade. Women and children scattered along with once-marching Revolutionary Guard soldiers as heavy gunfire rang out at the parade in Ahvaz, the chaos captured live on state television. The region’s Arab separatists, once only known for nighttime attacks on unguarded oil pipelines, claimed responsibility for the brazen assault. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif blamed regional countries and their “U.S. masters” for funding and arming the separatists, issuing… Read More

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Travel still dangerous amid flooding in parts North Carolina

BLADENBORO, N.C. — Travel remained dangerous in Saturday southeastern North Carolina, where the governor warned of “treacherous” floodwaters more than a week after Hurricane Florence made landfall, and urged residents to stay alert for flood warnings and evacuation orders. Gov. Roy Cooper said nine of the state’s river gauges are at major flood stage and four others are at moderate stage, while parts of Interstates 95 and 40 will remain underwater for another week or more. Emergency management officials said residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed will begin moving into hotel rooms next week. South Carolina also has ordered more evacuations as rivers continue to rise in the aftermath… Read More

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Some Democrats warn of dangers of election overconfidence

WASHINGTON — The fight for the House majority is over. At least that’s the sense from a growing number of Democrats who are increasingly confident in their quest to seize control of at least one chamber of Congress six weeks before Election Day. The surging optimism among Democrats, usually shared in private, has begun to spill into the open as President Donald Trump’s approval ratings sink and the Republican Party struggles under the weight of the president’s self-imposed political crises and erratic behavior. “I do believe Democrats will win back the House of Representatives,” said New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Our candidates… Read More

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The Gulf Country That Will Shape the Future of Yemen

In the August heat, Yemen’s port city of Mukalla gleams like a gem. Its ancient, whitewashed houses and mosques lie nestled between ragged mountains and the crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean. On the sidewalks of the city’s rundown roads, a stream of stall owners and fishermen dressed in colorful sarongs ply their wares. The placid hum of the souq belies the city’s recent history. Just two years ago, Mukalla was under the firm grip of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). When AQAP swept into Mukalla on April 2, 2015, Yemen was falling apart. The Houthis, a Zaidi Shia rebel group, had seized control of the country, prompting… Read More

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Death toll 209 as survivor found in capsized Tanzania ferry

NAIROBI, Kenya — The death toll soared past 200 while a survivor was found inside a capsized Tanzania ferry two days after the Lake Victoria disaster, officials said Saturday, while search efforts were ending to focus on identifying bodies. The survivor, an engineer, was found near the engine of the upturned vessel, Mwanza regional commissioner John Mongella told reporters. The Tanzanian Broadcasting Corporation, which reported the new death toll, said he had shut himself into the engine room. His condition was not immediately known. Coffins arrived, and the work would now focus on identifying bodies, Tanzania’s defense chief Venance Mabeyo told reporters at the scene. Families of victims gathered and… Read More

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Thousands rally across Russia against raising pension ages

MOSCOW — For yet another weekend, thousands rallied across Russia on Saturday to protest the government’s plan to raise the eligibility age for retirement pensions by five years. Several thousand people attended a Moscow rally organized by the Communist Party and other leftist groups, which was authorized by city officials. Communist Party chief Gennady Zyuganov called for rolling back the proposed changes, arguing that the government should redistribute resources to avoid raising the pension age. “They keep reaching into your pockets,” he told protesters, who waved red flags. The government’s plan to lift the retirement age to 65 for men and 60 for women has irked a wide range of… Read More

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Standoff has Kavanaugh accuser’s Senate appearance in limbo

WASHINGTON — The high-stakes confrontation over whether Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee grinded into Saturday as Republican Chairman Chuck Grassley gave Christine Blasey Ford more time to decide whether to tell her story to his panel and a riveted nation. Grassley had set a Friday night deadline for the 51-year-old California psychology professor to agree to the latest offer setting terms for her appearance. He’d said if she missed that deadline, he would scrap the hearing and his committee would vote on sending Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate. Ford’s lawyers asked for another day. In a tweet aimed at Kavanaugh shortly before… Read More

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This is how it starts: Woolly mammoths will roam new ‘Jurassic Park’-style theme park

SALT LAKE CITY — We might be 10 years away from a “Jurassic Park”-style theme park. Emphasis on the “might be.” The Siberian Times reported Thursday that Russian scientists plan to develop cloned woolly mammoths, cave lions and extinct horse species within the next 10 years. The animals will then be put on display in a theme park in front of paying tourists. It may seem like this is the beginning of a new, snowy “Jurassic World” movie. But the Northern-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk hopes to clone species born 10,000 years ago, which walked alongside humans. Experiments have already begun to create lions and horses once found in Yakutia,… Read More

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California man arrested in 10 ‘horrific’ cold-case rapes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A married 58-year-old man has been arrested in connection with at least 10 rapes across Northern California between 1991 and 2006 in what’s known as the NorCal Rapist case, Sacramento police announced Friday. Roy Charles Waller of Benicia was arrested without incident at the University of California in Berkeley, where he worked for 25 years as a safety specialist in the office of environment, health and safety. District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said her office used DNA and genealogy websites to zero in on Waller. His arrest comes five months after police used the same tactic to arrest 72-year-old former police officer Joseph DeAngelo in the Golden… Read More

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