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January 15, 2019

Activists say dozens arrested in new gay purge in Chechnya

shaadjutt/iStock(MOSCOW) -- LGBT activists have said authorities in the Russian republic of Chechnya have killed two people and detained nearly 40 in what the activists fear is a renewed campaign of persecution against gay people living there. The reports on Monday recall those from 2017 when accounts emerged of over 100 gay men being rounded up and tortured by security forces in Chechnya. Those accounts, which described gay men being electrocuted and heavily beaten, sparked international condem..
January 14, 2019

Rome mayor agrees to keep Trevi Fountain coins going to charity

fazon1/iStock(ROME) -- Each day, some $3,500 in coins are thrown into Rome’s Trevi Fountain by tourists making wishes. This scene, made famous by the 1954 film "Three Coins in the Fountain," has been a windfall for a local charity. But a leaked document suggesting Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi's administration may want to keep those coins for the city’s empty coffers caused confusion -- and concern from many of the charity's supporters. After a weekend of social media outrage, Raggi said o..
January 14, 2019

Canadian air traffic controllers sending support in the form of pizzas to US counterparts during government shutdown

Courtesy of the Canadian Air Traffic Control Association(NEW YORK) -- Canadian air traffic controllers are really leaning in to the stereotypical niceness associated with our neighbors to the north. As a show of solidarity, a number of air traffic controllers have banded together to get meals for their American counterparts amid the ongoing government shutdown. The grassroots effort started on Thursday, according to Peter Duffey, the president and CEO of the Canadian Air Traffic Control Associat..
January 14, 2019

Indonesian divers recover recorder from Lion Air plane that crashed into Java Sea

AZWAR IPANK/AFP/Getty Images(JAKARTA, Indonesia) -- Indonesian Navy divers recovered a cockpit voice recorder from a missing Lion Air plane that crashed into the Java Sea in October, killing all 189 people on board, officials said Monday. The device, one of two recorders on the jet, could offer insight into the final moments of the fatal flight as investigators search for clues about why the brand new Boeing 737 Max 8 went down. Investigators now will work to retrieve data from the so-called bla..