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Obama family matriarch has died in a Kenyan hospital at 99

Obama family matriarch has died in a Kenyan hospital at 99

NAIROBI, Kenya — Sarah Obama, the matriarch of former U.S. President Barack Obama's Kenyan family has died, relatives and officials confirmed Monday. She was at least 99 years old. Mama Sarah, as the step-grandmother of the former U.S.
Paris court convicts, fines pharma firm for deadly diet pill

Paris court convicts, fines pharma firm for deadly diet pill

PARIS — A French pharmaceutical company on Monday was ordered to pay hundreds of millions of euros in damages and fines for its role in one of the nation’s biggest modern health scandals, with a Paris court finding the firm guilty of manslaughter and
Merkel faults German 'perfectionism' for current virus woes

Merkel faults German 'perfectionism' for current virus woes

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has blamed her country's difficulties during the coronavirus pandemic — from the slow vaccine rollout to the back-and-forth over lockdown rules — partly on “a tendency toward perfectionism” and called for grea
Alabama Shakes drummer facing child abuse charges

Alabama Shakes drummer facing child abuse charges

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The drummer for Grammy Award-winning rock band Alabama Shakes is in custody on child abuse charges.
Eddie Murphy inducted into NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame

Eddie Murphy inducted into NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame

LOS ANGELES — Eddie Murphy was inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame at the organization’s show that highlighted works by entertainers and athletes of colour .
Indians gather for Holi celebrations as virus cases surge

Indians gather for Holi celebrations as virus cases surge

NEW DELHI — Hindus threw colored powder and sprayed water in massive Holi celebrations Monday despite many Indian states restricting gatherings to try to contain a coronavirus resurgence rippling across the country.
No Oscars or sensitive art spark Hong Kong censorship fears

No Oscars or sensitive art spark Hong Kong censorship fears

HONG KONG — Decisions in Hong Kong not to display a politically sensitive photograph in a museum exhibition and not broadcast the annual Academy Awards for the first time in decades have prompted concerns that Beijing’s crackdown on dissent in the ci
China pressures brands to reject reports of Xinjiang abuses

China pressures brands to reject reports of Xinjiang abuses

BEIJING — China stepped up pressure Monday on foreign shoe and clothing brands to reject reports of abuses in Xinjiang, telling companies that are targeted by Beijing for boycotts to look more closely and pointing to a statement by one that it found
Tributes paid to Czech billionaire killed in chopper crash

Tributes paid to Czech billionaire killed in chopper crash

PRAGUE, Czech Republic — Politicians and friends in the Czech Republic have paid tribute to Petr Kellner, the country's richest man, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Alaska. He was 56.

Afghan group probes reports of 20 civilians killed in Khost

KABUL — A human rights group in Afghanistan said Monday it was probing a shooting last week in which CIA-trained Afghan forces reportedly killed 20 civilians during an anti-Taliban operation in eastern Khost province.
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