Feb 19 2018 Haiti Vows Abuse Review of All Charities After Oxfam ‘Hid Crimes’

Oxfam hid information about sexual misconduct from authorities in Haiti, a senior official in the Caribbean nation said on Monday, and he vowed to launch a wide-reaching investigation into charities operating there.
Oxfam officials met Haiti’s planning and external cooperation minister, Aviol Fleurant, in Port-au-Prince on Monday to hand over a copy of a 2011 internal [...]


Feb 19 2018 Trump Endorses Romney in Run for US Senate Seat in Utah

President Donald Trump on Monday endorsed former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s run for a U.S. Senate seat in Utah, despite Romney often being critical of Trump.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Romney excoriated Trump as a “fraud” who was “playing the American public for suckers.” Trump responded that Romney had “choked like a dog” in [...]


Feb 19 2018 Flights to New Zealand Capital Grounded as Former Cyclone Gita Hits

Air New Zealand on Tuesday cancelled all flights in and out of New Zealand’s capital, Wellington as the remnants of tropical cyclone Gita pummeled the country.
The national carrier said all flights to the capital would be grounded from 2.45 p.m. (0145 GMT) as weather authorities issued warnings of severe weather and heavy rain and gusts [...]


Feb 19 2018 UN Chief Warns of Nightmare Scenario if Israel, Hezbollah Clash

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Monday he was worried about the possibility of a direct confrontation between Israel and Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement.
Guterres said the latest signals from Israel and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah showed the will to not let this happen but “sometimes a spark is enough to unleash this kind of a conflict.”
Hezbollah said [...]


Feb 19 2018 Afghanistan’s ArtLords Daub Walls With Messages of Defiance, Hope

Activists in Afghanistan are speaking out against corruption and spreading messages of peace and social justice with murals, many painted on concrete blast walls that have risen to ward off militant bombs.
The activists call themselves the ArtLords, as opposed to the warlords and drug lords who have brought so much strife and misery to Afghanistan, [...]


Feb 19 2018 Experts: Underwater Archaeology Site Imperiled in Mexico

Pollution is threatening the recently mapped Sac Actun cave system in the Yucatan Peninsula, a vast underground network that experts in Mexico say could be the most important underwater archaeological site in the world.
Subaquatic archaeologist Guillermo de Anda said the cave system’s historical span is likely unrivaled. Some of the oldest human remains on the [...]


Feb 19 2018 New Exhibit Examines Native American Imagery in US Culture

Bold. Visionary. A spectacular success.
The words in an online promotion for a new museum exhibit in Washington, D.C., describe an 1830 U.S. law that forced thousands of American Indians from their lands in the South to areas west of the Mississippi River.
Provocative, yes, says the co-curator of the exhibit “Americans” that opened last month at [...]


Feb 19 2018 Healthiest Presidents Ever? New Compilation Doesn’t Place Trump Among Fittest  

Despite Donald Trump’s recent official clean bill of health and an assertion from his personal physician that he would be the “healthiest president ever,” the current officeholder ranks 26 out of 44 U.S. presidents, according to a new assessment released to coincide with Presidents Day. 
At the top of the list of the overall health rankings [...]


Feb 19 2018 More Newborns Dying in West, Central Africa as ‘World Fails Poorest Babies’

More babies are dying each year in West and Central Africa even as child health improves overall, aid agencies said on Tuesday, calling the region’s newborn death rate a “hidden tragedy.”
Five of the 10 most dangerous countries to be born are in West and Central Africa, with infants there 50 times more likely to die [...]


Feb 19 2018 Trump Again Blames Obama for Russia Meddling

U.S. President Donald Trump is again blaming his predecessor for mishandling Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
“Obama was President up to, and beyond, the 2016 Election. So why didn’t he do something about Russian meddling?” Trump said Monday on Twitter. It was the latest in a series of presidential tweets.
It’s been a common complaint [...]