Southern Africa’s deadly drought leaving millions hungry

VOSBURG, South Africa (AP) — Residents call this drought-stricken community a “forgotten town.” The flat, dusty roads to Vosburg are surrounded by withered fields. The streams feedin...

AP: Catholic Church boards reviewing sex abuse fail victims

Facing thousands of cases of clergy sex abuse, U.S. Catholic leaders addressed their greatest crisis in the modern era with a promised reform: Mandatory review boards. These independ...

Colombia protesters hope to channel wave of discontent

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombians angry with conservative President Iván Duque are hoping to channel Latin America’s wave of discontent as they take to the streets Thursday with a long list of grieva...

Indonesian caregiver steals Taiwanese boss's safe with NT$2.08 million inside

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An Indonesian woman stole her employer's safe containing NT$2.08 million (US$68,000) and tried to make away with the loot on an e-bike with her boyfriend, but they wer...

Review: ‘Dark Waters’ plunges into ‘forever chemicals’

Todd Haynes’ “Dark Waters,” about the prolonged (and ongoing) legal fight to uncover the environmental damage of cancer-inducing “forever chemicals” and hold their corporate makers accountable, is a s...

UAW president steps down as GM sues rival over union bribery

DETROIT (AP) — United Auto Workers President Gary Jones abruptly resigned Wednesday, capping a tumultuous day that saw union leaders move to oust him, and General Motors accusing rival Fiat Chrysler i...

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___ GM accuses Fiat Chrysler of bribing UAW to get lower costs DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is suing Fiat Chrysler, alleging that its crosstown rival got an unfair...

Speedy Bloodhound car finishes testing in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — After hitting a top speed of 628 miles per hour (1,010 kilometers per hour) in South Africa’s Kalahari Desert, the earthbound jet that is Bloodhound is being packed up to return wi...

French government to boost funding in public hospitals

PARIS (AP) — The French government is to boost funding into the country’s public hospitals over the next three years by 1.5 billion euros ($1.6 billion) after years of cost cuts. The...

In rare move, N. Carolina county removes Confederate statue

PITTSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina county removed a Confederate statue from a historic courthouse early Wednesday, joining the handful of places around the state where such monuments have come do...

Syracuse University janitor battles racism with kindness

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A janitor who removed racist graffiti at Syracuse University has started a campaign of kindness. Syracuse.com reports that Keri Courtwright has...

Man faces murder trial for allegedly poisoning wife’s cereal

DAVISON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man accused of killing his wife by spiking her cereal with heroin has been ordered to trial on a murder charge. Judge Christopher Odette on Tuesday f...

Filipino-American priest opens doors for migrant workers in Taiwan

In 2003, when Filipino-American priest Father Joy Tajonera was sent by his Catholic society Maryknoll to central Taiwan's Taichung City, the first thing he set out to do was to find a safe space f...

Hiker who went missing in S Taiwan says ‘ghost couple’ saved him

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Taiwanese hiker who went missing for 10 days and was found by indigenous villagers on Wednesday morning (Nov. 20) claimed that he had been guided by a ghost couple he me...

Monkeys use new bridge in E Taiwan to cross natural barrier

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Engineers working intensely to prepare the new road constructed under the Suhua Improvement Project for its scheduled opening on Jan. 5, 2020, found that a bridge connecti...