New hope: Armenia’s young celebrate political changes

YEREVAN, Armenia — As mass protests wracked Armenia last month, 23-year-old Arman Arutyunian laid down his law school books in Vienna and returned to his homeland, sensing that the country was at a watershed. Now, as the leader of those protests is expected to become prime minister on Tuesday, Arutyunian believes that political changes in the poverty-ridden former Soviet republic could bring back many other Armenians who fled to seek their fortunes abroad. “Life and hope returned to Armenia. We finally saw some prospects and believed that the hopeless situation in the country can change,” he said. About 900,000 people who were born in Armenia, a country of 3 million,… Read More

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Watch: Shocking video shows Air Canada plane nearly crashing into other aircraft on runway

The National Transportation Safety Board released a video this week that showed how close an Air Canada plane came to crashing into another airline last year at San Francisco International Airport. According to The Mercury News, the footage shows the Air Canada jet almost landing on top of four other passenger jets on July 7, 2017. The plane came within 5 feet of a Philippine Airlines plane sitting on the taxiway. Watch the footage below. Aviation experts said the crash would “have led to one of the worst aviation disasters in history with the fully loaded planes carrying upward of 1,000 passengers and crew,” according to The Mercury News. The… Read More

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Hawaii volcano destroys 26 homes, spews lava 200 feet in air

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — The number of homes destroyed by Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano jumped to 26 Sunday as scientists reported lava spewing more than 200 feet (61 meters) into the air. Some of the more than 1,700 people who evacuated prepared for the possibility they may not return for quite some time. Hawaii officials said the decimated homes were in the Leilani Estates subdivision, where molten rock, toxic gas and steam have been bursting through openings in the ground created by the volcano. Officials updated the number of lost homes after an aerial survey of the subdivision. “That number could change,” Hawaii County spokeswoman Janet Snyder said. “This is heartbreaking.”… Read More

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Hawaii volcano destroys 9 homes, spews lava 200 feet in air

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — The number of homes destroyed by Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano climbed to nine Sunday as scientists reported lava spewing more than 200 feet (61 meters) into the air. Some of the more than 1,700 people who evacuated prepared for the possibility they may not return for quite some time. Hawaii officials said the decimated homes were in the Leilani Estates subdivision, where molten rock, toxic gas and steam have been bursting through openings in the ground created by the volcano. Black-and-orange ribbons of molten rock have curled onto roadways. Amber Makuakane, 37, a teacher and single mother of two, said her three-bedroom house in Leilani Estates was… Read More

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CIA nominee offered to withdraw over interrogation program

WASHINGTON — Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, offered to withdraw her nomination, two senior administration officials said Sunday, amid concerns that a debate over a harsh interrogation program would tarnish her reputation and that of the CIA. White House aides on Friday sought out additional details about Haspel’s involvement in the CIA’s now-defunct program of detaining and brutally interrogating terror suspects after 9/11 as they prepared her for Wednesday’s confirmation hearing. This is when she offered to withdraw, the officials said. They said Haspel, who is the acting director of the CIA, was reassured that her nomination was still on track and will… Read More

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Britain hopes to address Trump concerns on Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON — Britain’s ambassador to the U.S. said Sunday his country believes it’s still possible to address President Donald Trump’s concerns about the Iran nuclear deal in time to prevent him from pulling out of the agreement. Kim Darroch said Britain has ideas for dealing with those concerns. They include Iran’s ballistic missile program and its involvement in Mideast conflicts, issues that aren’t part of the international agreement. Trump also objects to the accord’s sunset clause, which allows Iran to resume part of its nuclear program after 2025. “We think that we can find some language, produce some action that meets the president’s concerns,” Darroch told CBS’ “Face the Nation.”… Read More

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Lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has destroyed 9 homes

PAHOA, Hawaii — The number of homes destroyed by lava shooting out of openings in the ground created by Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano climbed to nine Sunday as some of the more than 1,700 people who evacuated prepared for the possibility they may not return for quite some time. “I have no idea how soon we can get back,” said Todd Corrigan, who left his home in Leilani Estates with his wife on Friday as lava burst through the ground three or four blocks from their home. They spent the night on the beach in their car and began looking for a vacation rental. Hawaii County civil defense officials said two… Read More

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Lava flowing from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano destroys 9 homes

PAHOA, Hawaii — The number of homes destroyed by lava shooting out of openings in the ground created by Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano climbed to nine Sunday as some of the more than 1,700 people who evacuated prepared for the possibility they may not return for quite some time. “I have no idea how soon we can get back,” said Todd Corrigan, who left his home in Leilani Estates with his wife on Friday as lava burst through the ground three or four blocks from their home. They spent the night on the beach in their car and began looking for a vacation rental. Hawaii County civil defense officials said two… Read More

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Israeli PM steps up calls to end the Iranian nuclear deal

JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister on Sunday stepped up his calls for world powers to end the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran as President Donald Trump decides whether to withdraw from the agreement by next week. In a briefing to foreign reporters, Benjamin Netanyahu said the world would be better off without any deal than with what he called the “fatally flawed” agreement reached in 2015. Netanyahu said Israel is sharing a trove of confiscated Iranian nuclear documents with the six world powers that signed the deal, as well as other countries, in hopes of mounting further opposition to the deal. He heads to Moscow later this week for a… Read More

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Spain rescues 476 migrants crossing Mediterranean Sea

MADRID — Spain’s maritime rescue service said Sunday that it saved 476 migrants who were attempting the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea from African shores. The migrants were pulled from 15 small boats on Friday and Saturday, officials said. There were no reported casualties. Separately, a Spanish nonprofit dedicated to helping migrants at sea rescued 105 more migrants in waters near Libya during a mission on Sunday. The aid group Proactiva Open Arms found the migrants, from Bangladesh, Egypt, Libya, Nigeria and other countries, drifting at sea in a motor-less boat. The migrants told an Associated Press photographer onboard who documented the rescue that human smugglers sailing in a… Read More

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