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Iran votes in parliament elections that favor conservatives

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranians voted for a new parliament Friday, with turnout seen as a key measure of support for Iran's leadership as sanctions weigh on the economy and U.S. pressure isolates the country diplomatically.The disqualification of more than 7,000 potential candidates, most of them reformists and moderates, raised the possibility of lower-than-usual turnout. Among those disqualified were...

Grief, anger and calls for action after shooting in Germany

HANAU, Germany (AP) - Hundreds of grieving people are flocking to Friday prayers in the mosques of the German town of Hanau, two days after a racially motivated shooting shook the country and prompted fresh calls for a crackdown on far-right extremism.Germany's top security official said authorities would step up the police presence throughout the country and keep a...

Iran reports 2 more deaths, 13 new cases of new coronavirus

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranian health authorities on Friday reported two more deaths from the new virus that emerged in China and said the fatalities were from among 13 new confirmed cases of the virus in Iran.The report by the semiofficial Mehr news agency came as Iranians voted in nationwide parliamentary elections. After authorities reported two earlier deaths this...

Survivor: German shooter emptied magazine, calmly walked out

HANAU, Germany (AP) - Piter Minnemann and his friends were eating when they heard shots fired outside the door of the snack bar in Hanau where they had gathered.Minnemann, 18, recalled that he had just got his pizza when the first shots were heard at the Arena Bar. It was the second site targeted in Wednesday night's shooting of...

Ukraine condemns virus unrest; Italy seeks self-quarantines

NOVI SANZHARY, Ukraine (AP) - A Ukrainian village where residents clashed with riot police and threw rocks at buses while protesting the local quarantine of people evacuated from China is under control but the unrest may continue, Ukraine's prime minister said Friday. The daylong protests broke out after the government announced that more than 70 evacuees would spend two...

AP-NORC Poll: Democrats feel mixed about nomination process

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic voters feel generally positive about all of their top candidates running for president, but they have only moderate confidence that their party’s nomination process is fair, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. U.S. voters from across the political spectrum have mixed confidence in the fairness of either...

Virus cases balloon in S. Korea as outbreak shifts, spreads

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Schools were shuttered, churches told worshipers to stay away and some mass gatherings were banned as cases of a new virus swelled Friday in South Korea, the newest front in a widening global outbreak.The country said two people have died and 204 have been infected with the virus, quadruple the number of cases it...

Germany to raise police presence after racist shooting

BERLIN (AP) - German authorities will step up the police presence throughout the country and keep a closer watch on mosques and other sites after the racially motivated shootings that killed nine people,the country's top security official said Friday. A 43-year-old German man fatally shot the victims of immigrant backgrounds in the Frankfurt suburb of Hanau on Wednesday night...

Mother Tongue Special

Today is Mother Tongue Day. The mother tongue is the language first spoken by the mother with the child. This language comes traditionally handed down from generation to generation. Some people forget their traditional language and adopt new ones. They often proudly say that they do not know their own language. That should not happen. One’s culture...

Iran votes in parliament elections that favor conservatives

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranians were voting for a new parliament Friday, with turnout seen as a key measure of support for Iran's leadership as sanctions weigh on the economy and U.S. pressure isolates the country diplomatically.The disqualification of more than 7,000 potential candidates, most of them reformists and moderates, raised the possibility of lower-than-usual turnout. Among those disqualified...