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Notorious Mafia ‘boss of bosses’ Toto Riina Dead At 87

(AP) – Italian media say Mafia ‘boss of bosses’ Salvatore ‘Toto’ Riina has died while serving multiple life sentences. He was 87.  The justice ministry on Thursday had allowed his family a bedside visit at a hospital in Parma shortly before his death. The reports said he died Friday morning but the government had no […]

Zimbabwe Ruling Party Branches Want Mugabe Out

(AP) – A UK-based official with Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party says all 10 of the party’s provincial branches are calling for the removal of President Robert Mugabe.  Nick Mangwana says on Twitter that the branches have agreed to direct the party’s Central Committee to recall Mugabe as party leader. Recently fired Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa […]

Russia Vetoes US Resolution On Syria Chemical Weapons Use

(AP) – Russia has vetoed a U.S.-drafted resolution to extend the mandate of experts trying to determine who was responsible for chemical attacks in Syria. Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia then withdrew a rival Russian resolution – which was opposed by the United States and other Security Council members – on procedural grounds. The result […]

High-level Chinese envoy heads to North Korea amid chill

(AP) – China is sending its highest-level envoy to North Korea in two years amid a prolonged chill in relations. The visit by Song Tao planned to begin Friday follows President Donald Trump’s trip to Beijing last week, during which he called on China to use its influence to convince Pyongyang to cease its nuclear […]

Iraq Officials Say Last IS-Held Town Liberated

(AP) – Iraq’s Ministry of Defense says Iraqi forces backed by U.S.-led coalition have liberated the last Iraqi town held by Islamic State group. The ministry said in a statement Friday morning that Iraqi military units and local tribal fighters entered the western neighborhoods of Rawah on the Euphrates River in the western province of […]