War dead remains returned by North Korea headed to Hawaii

The 55 boxes, which North Korea returned last week, are scheduled to receive a formal send off at South Korea’s Osan Air base before being loaded onto a C-17 transport plane on Wednesday afternoon and sent to a military laboratory in Hawaii for identification. “This is a great first step in terms of bringing a bunch of fallen Americans home,” said Rear Admiral Jon Kreitz, the deputy director of the agency in charge of identifying the remains, the Defense POW/MIA

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Three killed as Zimbabwe troops, protesters clash after vote

HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe police said three people were killed in Harare on Wednesday as soldiers dispersed stone-throwing opposition supporters who accused the ruling party of trying to rig Monday’s presidential election. The deployment of soldiers and their beating of unarmed protesters set back President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s efforts to shed Zimbabwe’s pariah status after decades of repression under Robert Mugabe, who was ousted in a coup in November. Even before the violence, European Union observers questioned the conduct of the

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Scripture offers much material for arguments about dividing families

AMERICAN commentators both religious and secular have been digging deep into the Bible over the past week. They have been searching for answers to the claim by Jeff Sessions, the attorney-general, that a new practice of separating parents and children at the Mexican border is founded in holy writ. Mr Sessions defended the policy of placing minors and their parents in separate detention facilities by referring to a passage in Saint Paul’s letter to the Romans. As he put it,

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Kosovo’s president rejects ethnic land swap with Serbia

PRISTINA, Kosovo –  The president of Kosovo has rejected the idea of dividing the country along ethnic lines to resolve a dispute over its independence from Serbia. But President Hashim Thaci told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday that he was open to discussing “a correction” of borders during the difficult European Union-mediated peace negotiations between Kosovo and Serbia. “Serbia’s claim for a Kosovo division will not be successful. It is unacceptable,” he said. In 1999, NATO intervened to

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Protecting US industries from Trump tariffs would cost billions: Report

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Passengers ‘grateful to God’ after plane crashes in Mexico with no deaths

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Dozens of people were injured when a packed Aeromexico-operated (AEROMEX.MX) Embraer (EMBR3.SA) jet crashed right after takeoff in Mexico’s state of Durango on Tuesday, but authorities said most were not seriously hurt and there were no fatalities. The mid-sized jet was almost full, with 103 people including two infants and four crew members on board, when it crashed at about 4 p.m. local time (2100 GMT), authorities said. Passengers and crew jumped to safety before the

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Hospitals are learning from industry how to cut medical errors

AFTER a brain aneurysm in 2004, Mary McClinton was admitted to Virginia Mason Medical Centre in Seattle. Preparing for an x-ray, the 69-year-old was injected not, as she should have been, with a dye that highlights blood vessels, but with chlorhexidine, an antiseptic. Both are colourless liquids. The dye is harmless; the antiseptic proved lethal. After kidney failure, a stroke and two cardiac arrests McClinton died 19 days later. In response, Virginia Mason committed itself to improving safety. It used

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Zimbabwe’s ruling party wins control of parliament

HARARE, Zimbabwe –  Zimbabwe’s ruling party has won a majority of seats in Parliament, the electoral commission announced Wednesday, as the country braced for the first official results of the presidential election. The ruling ZANU-PF won 109 seats while the main opposition MDC party had 41 in the country’s 210-seat House of Assembly. The commission said 58 seats had yet to be declared. The commission says it will announce the results of Zimbabwe’s presidential race, pitting President Emmerson Mnangagwa against

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Trump could raise tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods

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Ukraine in focus as Manafort trial in U.S. heads to second day

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Reuters) – The political consulting work that President Donald Trump’s onetime campaign chairman Paul Manafort did to earn $60 million in Ukraine is expected to take the spotlight on Wednesday on the second day of his criminal trial. FILE PHOTO: Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort departs from U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, U.S., February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo The first witness set to be questioned by prosecutors is Daniel Rabin, a political consultant who produced

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