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'Offensive,' 'shocking,' 'shameful': World leaders blast Trump's 's—hole' remarks

'Offensive,' 'shocking,' 'shameful': World leaders blast Trump's 's—hole' remarks

World
World condemnation came quickly today after President Donald Trump's remarks calling Haiti and other African countries "s---hole countries" Rupert Colville, the spokesperson for the Office of the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, characterized the remarks as "racist." "This isn't just a story about vulgar language, it's about opening the door to humanity's worst side, about validating and encouraging racism and xenophobia," he told reporters at a briefing in Geneva Friday. "If confirmed, these are shocking and shameful comments from the president of the United States." In an Oval Office meeting at the White House Thursday, Trump grew frustrated at a proposed bipartisan immigration plan that would scale back the visa lottery program, but not eliminate it, asking those in the...
Man dies after Stockholm metro station blast

Man dies after Stockholm metro station blast

World
A man has died and a woman been injured after an explosion outside a metro station in Stockholm.Police spokesman Sven-Erik Olsson said witnesses saw the man, in his 60s, pick up an object off the ground "which promptly exploded".He died after being taken to hospital and a 45-year-old woman also suffered minor wounds to her face and both legs.The Expressen and Aftonbladet newspapers said the device was a hand grenade, but that has not been confirmed."It is too early to say," Mr Olsson said. "Technicians are still working on it."Nothing indicates that the (injured) couple were targeted."More from WorldMr Olsson added that it did not appear to have been an act of terrorism.The Varby Gard station, in the Huddinge residential district in southwest Stockholm, was closed off for investigation.Let...
3 astronauts blast off for International Space Station

3 astronauts blast off for International Space Station

Technology
A capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, Japan and the United States has blasted off for a two-day trip to the International Space Station. The Soyuz capsule with Anton Shkaplerov, Norishige Kanai and Scott Tingle launched at 1:23 p.m. (0723 GMT; 2:23 a.m. EST) Sunday from Russia's manned space-launch complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. It entered orbit nine minutes later. It is the first space flight for Tingle and Kanai; Shkaplerov is on his third mission to the ISS. The capsule is to dock on Tuesday with the orbiting space laboratory. The three will join Russia's Alexander Misurkin and Joe Acaba and Mark Vandde Hei of NASA, who have been aboard since September.Let's block ads! (Why?) ABC News: Technology
The Latest: Death toll from Somalia blast rises to 276

The Latest: Death toll from Somalia blast rises to 276

World
The Latest on explosion in Somalia's capital (all times local): 12:45 a.m. Somalia's information minister Abdirahman Osman says the death toll from Saturday's truck bombing in Mogadishu has risen to 276, with about 300 people injured. It is the deadliest single attack in Somalia's history. The toll is expected to rise. Somalia's government has blamed the al-Shabab extremist group, which has not yet commented. ——— 12:40 a.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he is "sickened" by the deadliest single attack in Somalia's history. Guterres in a tweet Sunday night urged "unity in the face of terrorism." Saturday's truck bombing in Mogadishu killed at least 231 people. Another 275 are hurt. Somalia's government has blamed the al-Shabab extremist group, which has not yet commented. Off
Jet engine blast kills woman on Caribbean beach

Jet engine blast kills woman on Caribbean beach

World
A 57-year-old New Zealand woman died Wednesday after being knocked over by the blast of air released from a jet engine at a beach in St. Maarten, a Caribbean island known for its main airport's extremely close proximity to the beach. Police said in a statement that Emergency Central Dispatch in St. Maarten, a Dutch constituent country, received the first of several phone calls reporting the incident at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, and that the victim died shortly after arriving at a hospital. YouTube videos of tourists at the beach, clinging to a fence that runs along the intersection of an area between the shore and a runway at Princess Juliana International Airport, have racked up millions of views in some cases, and helped to award the beach a singular kind of fame. “This comes as a shock