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Russia buries legendary human rights activist Lyudmila Alexeyeva

(MOSCOW) -- Russia on Tuesday buried the legendary human rights activist, Lyudmila Alexeyeva, whose fearless efforts to force the Soviet Union and later Russia's government to observe its citizens’ rights made her a national celebrity.Alexeyeva died on Saturday at the age of 91.One of the last well-known Soviet-era dissidents, Alexeyeva…... Read More

Police arrest man outside British Parliament for trespassing

(LONDON) -- A man was arrested by British armed police on Tuesday for entering the grounds of the British Houses of Parliament.Police have yet to rule out whether the incident is terror-related.“A man was detained and arrested by Carriage Gates inside the Palace of Westminster on suspicion of trespassing at…... Read More

Five Marines missing off coast of Japan declared dead

(WASHINGTON) -- The five Marines missing off the coast of Japan for nearly a week following an aviation mishap have been declared dead by the U.S. Marine Corps.The Marines were aboard a KC-130 refueling aircraft that may have been attempting to refuel in midair a F/A-18 fighter jet last Wednesday."The…... Read More

Russia sends bombers to Venezuela amid country's economic, humanitarian crisis

(CARACAS, Venezuela) -- Two Russian bombers landed in Caracas, Venezuela Monday amidst an economic crisis there that has left three million refugees in its wake and caused shortages of food and medical supplies.The Russian Ministry of Defense said the Tu-160 bombers and two support aircraft landed at the Simon Bolivar…... Read More

Meghan Markle makes surprise appearance at British Fashion Awards

(LONDON) -- A glowing, pregnant Meghan Markle made a surprise appearance Monday night at the British Fashion Awards to honor the designer of her wedding gown during the British fashion industry's big night.The Duchess of Sussex presented the British Designer of the Year Womenswear Award to Clare Waight Keller, the…... Read More

Australian woman, 102, becomes oldest skydiver in the world

(ATHELSTONE, Australia) -- A 102-year-old Australian woman has become the oldest skydiver in the world while also raising awareness for the disease that killed her daughter.Athelstone, Australia, resident Irene O'Shea celebrated her 100th birthday by skydiving for the first time, and has taken the extreme leap of faith every year…... Read More

Legendary Russian human rights activist Lyudmila Alexeyeva dies at 91

(MOSCOW) -- Lyudmila Alexeyeva, the doyenne of Russia's human rights movement and one of the country's most revered activists, has died.Alexeyeva, who for decades exposed oppression under the Soviet Union and then post-Communist Russia, was so respected that even President Vladimir Putin found it necessary to show her deference.A veteran…... Read More

Eight people investigated for Italian disco stampede deaths, prosecutors say

(ROME) -- A teenage boy was being held in connection with the stampede at a disco in Italy that killed six people, including five children, prosecutors for the regional and minors said Monday.Seven other people -- three managers of the disco and four owners of the building -- were also…... Read More

US sanctions three senior North Korean officials amid stalled nuclear talks

(WASHINGTON) -- The Trump administration sanctioned three senior North Korean officials for human rights abuses and censorship in the country as discussions between the U.S. and North Korea over the regime's nuclear weapons program have stalled.The U.S. Treasury Department, which announced the sanctions, said they were in honor of American…... Read More

Macron addresses French nation after weeks of unrest, announces new economic measures

(PARIS) -- French president Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation in a recorded TV speech on Monday and announced new economic measures in response to weeks of violent protests across the country.Speaking calmly and slowly from the Elysee Palace, the 40-year-old head of state confessed that the anger of protesters was…... Read More

Theresa May says she will delay a planned vote on Brexit despite furious Parliament

(LONDON) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May says she is calling off a key Brexit vote in Parliament scheduled for Tuesday that has been building for weeks amid increased infighting among politicians within and across all major political parties.The so-called “meaningful vote” was intended to give MPs a say on…... Read More

'Your daughter should have been safe': New Zealand PM apologizes for tourist's murder

(LONDON) -- The prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, issued a heartfelt apology Monday on behalf of her country for the death of a female British tourist who was killed while backpacking in the country.Ardern opened a weekly news conference by directly addressing the death of Grace Millane, 22,…... Read More

Russia's crumbling Baikonur spaceport is Earth's only launch pad for manned flights

(NEW YORK) -- The landscape approaching Russia’s spaceport in Baikonur is otherworldly. The yellow steppe of southern Kazakhstan where it is located is effectively desert, unbroken flatlands for hundreds of miles covered by a layer of scrub. In December, the freezing winds that blow across it encase the scrub plants…... Read More

6 dead, 120 injured in Italian disco stampede, some say pepper spray sparked panic

(ROME) -- Six people are dead and at least 120 people are injured after being trampled by a panicked crowd running out of an Italian disco.The stampede occurred at the Lanterna Azzurra in Madonna del Piano di Corinaldo, near Ancona -- a city on the Adriatic coast, east of Florence…... Read More