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Taliban attack death toll at least 140

They looked like Afghan army soldiers returning from the front lines, and carried the bodies of wounded comrades as part of the ruse. Dressed in military uniforms, a squad of 10 Taliban militants drove in two army Ford Ranger trucks past seven checkpoints. They arrived insideFULL STORY

Protests against ‘assault on facts’ held worldwide

Tens of thousands of people on Saturday joined a global March for Science, with Washington the epicenter of a movement to fight against what many see as an “assault on facts” by populist politicians. US President Donald Trump passed dozens of protesters on his way toFULL STORY

AfD to announce campaign team

Germany’s anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) is scheduled to wrap up a fractious party congress today by choosing the team to lead it into Germany’s September general election, after it dramatically sidelined its most prominent personality. The AfD’s telegenic co-leader Frauke Petry had already announced lastFULL STORY

FEATURE: Students return to Fukushima schools

The children returned to Naraha this spring. For more than four years, residents were barred from this hamlet in Fukushima after an earthquake and tsunami caused a meltdown at the Dai-ichi nuclear power plant north of town. When the government lifted the evacuation order in 2015,FULL STORY

Vietnam villagers release 19 officials held in land dispute

Villagers near Hanoi on Saturday released 19 officials they had held hostage for about a week, ending a rare standoff that underscored tensions over land rights in the country. Thirty-eight police and security officials were captured about 10 days ago in Dong Tam village, 40km southFULL STORY

Sobbing mom video sparks American Airlines strife

Less than two weeks after United Airlines prompted a public relations crisis for dragging a passenger from his seat on an overbooked flight, rival American Airlines is being buffeted by its own controversy. The airline on Saturday said it is investigating video footage of a flightFULL STORY

At least 12 killed during night of riots in Caracas2017-04-23

At least a dozen people were killed as the streets of Caracas erupted into a night of riots, looting and clashes between government opponents and the Venezuelan National Guard late on Thursday and early on Friday, with anger from two days of pro-democracy demonstrations spillingFULL STORY

Power outage hits San Francisco2017-04-23

A massive power outage threw San Francisco into chaos for most of the work day on Friday, knocking out traffic signals, paralyzing businesses and halting the city’s famed cable cars. The power outage, which was triggered by a fire in a PG&E Corp utility substation, disruptedFULL STORY

Sex prank gets man off NZ golf club’s e-mail list2017-04-23

A Canadian man sent out invitations to a fake swingers’ sex party in a desperate attempt to get himself removed from a New Zealand golf club’s mailing list. Ian Campbell from Toronto was accidentally added to the e-mail list for a Friday group at the RussleyFULL STORY

Suspect in Fresno killings shouts at court hearing2017-04-23

The suspect in Tuesday’s racially motivated shooting rampage in Fresno, California, on Friday shouted that natural disasters would increasingly hit the US as he was ushered into a cramped courtroom for his first appearance before a judge. Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, was supposed to be officiallyFULL STORY

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