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UN panel: $40 billion needed to aid people in war, disasters

 

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An estimated $40 billion is needed annually to help the rapidly growing number of people needing humanitarian aid as a result of conflicts and natural disasters — and one possibility to help fill the $15 billion funding gap is a small voluntary tax on tickets for soccer games and other sports, concerts and entertainment events, airline travel, and gasoline, a U.N.-appointed panel said.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 January 2016

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Taiwan elects 1st female president, rejects pro-China party

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan elected Tsai Ing-wen as its first female president Saturday, handing her pro-independence party its first majority in the national legislature and rejecting the China-friendly party that has led the self-governing island for eight years.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 January 2016

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Obama signs emergency order over Flint water

DETROIT (AP) — President Barack Obama signed an emergency declaration Saturday that clears the way for federal aid for Flint, Michigan, which is undergoing a drinking water crisis.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 January 2016

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Man dies after taking part in botched French clinical trial

PARIS (AP) — A man died in a French hospital Sunday after taking part in an experimental drug trial for a painkiller, and five other participants remain hospitalized after one of France's most troubling medical incidents.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 January 2016

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Warehouse worker takes third of $1.6 billion Powerball pot

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A small-town warehouse supervisor turned in one of three tickets splitting the world-record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot on Friday, and swiftly announced that he would take his money now, giving up hundreds of millions of dollars in the future.

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 January 2016

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Top US, Iranian diplomats focus on clinching nuclear deal

VIENNA (AP) — Iran's foreign minister suggested Saturday that the U.N. atomic agency is close to certifying that his country has met all commitments under its landmark nuclear deal with six world powers, as he began a series of meetings with his European Union and U.S. counterparts on implementing the accord.

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 January 2016

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Police say man arrested in US vehicle stolen from refuge

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — Authorities arrested a man they said was driving a government vehicle stolen from a wildlife refuge being occupied by an armed group protesting federal land policies as the standoff in Oregon's high desert hit the two-week mark.

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 January 2016

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Gov. Snyder asks Obama for federal aid in Flint water crisis

DETROIT (AP) — The state of Michigan can't meet all the needs of Flint residents whose water system has been contaminated by lead, Gov. Rick Snyder said in a request for a federal disaster declaration and millions of dollars that could pay for clean water, filters and other essentials.

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 January 2016

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