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Readers write: Marmalade origin, rugby injuries, correct punishment

The Dec. 19 essay in The Home Forum, Marmalade worthy of Paddington Bear,' mentions quince as only one of the fruits used to make marmalade, but it didn't give the origin of the word marmalade.' Marmalade in Portugal, explains my husband, who was born and brought up there, is made from the marmelo, ...

Kim Jong-nam killed by nerve agent, Malaysian police say, putting spotlight on chemical weapons

Kim Jong-nam, the North Korean Supreme Leader's estranged and exiled half-brother, was killed by a VX nerve agent, which is classified by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction, Malaysian police said on Friday. This latest development in Mr. Kim's assassination, which South Korean and ...

Trump team tries to calm US-Mexico relations. Why that's not easy

Nothing raises nationalist hackles in Mexico like talk of United States military acting south of the border or targeting Mexican citizens. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, who joined Mr. Tillerson for high-level meetings in the Mexican capital this week, was quick to try to tamp ...

Sessions memo: Reversal on private prisons could portend shift on justice, observers say

Private prisons could be here to stay, Jeff Sessions signaled on Thursday. In a memo to the Bureau of Prisons Thursday, the attorney general rolled back Obama-era guidance in which then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates directed the BOP not to renew contracts with private prisons. The move may ...

Victim in Kansas shooting hailed as a hero for 'standing up to hate'

Witnesses at Austins say patron Adam Purinton was kicked out of the bar for directing racial slurs at two Indian men, also dining at the bar. Mr. Purinton later came back with a gun and told the two men to, Get out of my country,' before opening fire, according to witness reports. Mr. Grillot said ...

Could Betsy DeVos be an ally for transgender students? It's complicated

In the bathroom bill' debate, LGBT students may have found an unlikely ally in the Trump administration: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The newly minted secretary of Education reportedly balked at President Trump's efforts to reverse an Obama-administration directive that folded gender identity ...

Can parental spyware keep kids safe online?

For parents concerned about what's happening on their kids' smartphones, there are a growing number of apps for monitoring children's digital lives. 

Ivanka Trump pushes $500 billion child care subsidy plan: Who would benefit?

First daughter Ivanka Trump is asking Congress to rein in child-care expenses – but at a hefty price. According to a report from Bloomberg News, Ms. Trump met with members of Congress in the White House's Roosevelt Room last week to discuss her plans for a child care tax benefit which could cost ...

Once suspect, Trump now a hero at conservative 'Woodstock'

Donald Trump has not always been a hero at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering that's something of a Woodstock for the right-leaning faithful. On Friday President Trump was welcomed to CPAC 2017 as a conqueror home from the political wars. Big thing Trump proved with ...

In Mexico, momentum grows to put out welcome mat for 'Dreamers'

Before Maggie Loredo left her home in Georgia's Dalton County for her grandfather's house in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, she called the office of the Mexican public education secretariat. If I want to apply to a public university, she asked, but I grew up in the United States, which documents am I ...

As famine threatens, an unprecedented global challenge – and response

The challenge is unprecedented. Twenty million people in four countries face famine in the next six months, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned this week, unless the world steps in with $4.4 billion. Millions of people are barely surviving in the space between malnutrition and death' in ...

Trump administration sets sights on state recreational marijuana laws

Thus far into his presidency, President Trump has largely ignored the legalization of recreational marijuana. I do believe you'll see greater enforcement of it,' said Mr. Spicer. Eight states – Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Alaska, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Maine – and Washington, ...

Critic of Duterte's anti-drug crusade charged with receiving bribes from drug lords

Philippine Sen. Leila de Lima has been one of the harshest critics of President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. Now, she herself has been charged with receiving bribes from drug dealers. Senator de Lima has announced that she will submit to arrest and face the charges.

Meeting hate with love in St. Louis

After vandals damaged nearly 200 tombstones in a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis last weekend, it wasn't only Jews who rose up to denounce the act of hate. Muslim groups helped raised more than $120,000 to repair the damage and offered a reward to catch those responsible. Some 2,000 people – ...

CPAC dismisses Richard Spencer: How conservatives are severing alt-right ties

Richard Spencer, a white nationalist and a leader of the so-called "alt-right" movement, says he has been booted from the Conservative Police Action Committee by organizers who disagree with his views. A controversial figure, Spencer is credited with coining the term alt-right, which refers to a ...

What do those red Xs on Facebook mean?

Facebook users may have noticed a sudden proliferation of red Xs in their news feeds on Thursday, thanks to a campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking.

Behind raucous town halls, a return to messy roots of democracy?

Across the United States, Republican representatives have been enduring unruly "town hall" meetings, facing down angry questions from constituents unhappy with their handling of President Trump's new administration. Some GOP lawmakers have even canceled town hall appearances or opted for ...

Museum or church? St. Isaac's becomes bone of contention in Russia

The immense, golden-domed St. Isaac's Cathedral dominates the skyline of historic St. Petersburg, occupies a special place in the hearts of its citizens, and is a main tourist attraction. It's been a state museum for 80-plus years, is a UNESCO heritage site, and receives 4 million paying visitors ...

Where next for Putin and Trump?, China: storming the seas by stealth, Nigeria's forgotten violence, The world must take a stand, Peace can prevail in Cyprus

The latest flare-up of violence in Eastern Ukraine ... is not about changing the status-quo or a warming-up for ... another major escalation,' writes Vladimir Frolov. It is an inescapable result of the fog of war, which the Minsk peace agreements failed to completely stop.... he Kremlin was quick to ...

In Somali diaspora, lessons for refugees – and their host countries

For Casiman Abdullahi, Jan. 30 was a very good day. After four years, this was to be one of the very last steps in his application to leave South Africa, where he had been a victim of xenophobic violence, for the United States. Recommended: Think you know Africa?

This man has created a different kind of urban school for students of color

Should an urban school serving black and Hispanic students try to emulate schools for affluent white kids? In many struggling cities like Oakland, Calif., the answer has been no. That's true in the regular public schools, where resources often don't exist to replicate programs offered at high-income ...

The logistical case for Trump's deportation plan – and the legal case against it

When the Trump administration outlined its rationale this week for ramping up immigration enforcement, it cited the unacceptable' delays that currently plague the country's immigration courts. The department's resources are already significantly strained,' the DHS memo noted – even as it outlined ...

Pulling out of ICC would be unconstitutional, South African court rules

South Africa was poised to leave the International Criminal Court in October, making it the first state to withdraw from the human rights tribunal. On Wednesday, a South African court ruled that the government cannot pull South Africa from the ICC without parliamentary consent. Siding with the ...

Why Trump inauguration singer wants a private meeting with the president

Jackie Evancho, the teenage singer who performed the national anthem at President Trump's inauguration in January, is disappointed" with the president's decision to roll back Obama-era guidelines on transgender bathroom rules in public schools. Take the quiz!

With explosion in upscale mall, terror attacks continue in Pakistan

A bomb detonated in an upscale shopping center in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Thursday has killed at least eight people and wounded 20 others, in the latest of a blitz of terror attacks to strike cities across the country. Since then, suicide bombers claiming affiliation with multiple Islamic ...

Survey says the majority of Americans trust the media over Trump

In a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, 52 percent of respondents chose the media over Mr. Trump when asked who they trusted to "tell you the truth about important issues." Just over one-third, 37 percent, reported finding Trump more trustworthy. Recommended: Are you smarter than a Fox ...

Flood waters force thousands from homes in Northern California

Hit by a once-in-100 years flood, more than 14,000 residents near the swollen Coyote Creek that runs through San Jose, Calif., were ordered to evacuate on Wednesday. While some were able to return to their homes early Thursday morning as the water levels began to subside, an evacuation order ...

Hundreds protest in Anaheim after an off-duty cop fired shots at teens

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday to express their outrage after a video surfaced that appears to show a local police officer roughing a young teen and eventually firing his weapon. The protest followed a Tuesday incident, in which an off-duty, white Los ...

Cressida Dick becomes Scotland Yard's first female top cop

Senior counter-terrorism officer Cressida Dick was named chief of police in London on Wednesday, making her the first woman to head a 31,000-member force in what is often considered the top police job in Britain. Ms. Dick, a former assistant commissioner of the force who left in 2015 to join ...

Md. appeals court upholds 'assault weapon' ban: a new challenge to scope of Second Amendment?

A Maryland law banning so-called assault rifles survived its day before a federal appeals court Tuesday, marking a victory for gun control advocates that could bring the question of whether military-style weapons receive Second Amendment protection before the nation's highest court. At its core, the ...

Trump's been quieter lately. Is that a trend?

On Tuesday, for instance, President Trump went to the African-American Museum in Washington, and the visit seemed ... normal. Mr. Trump walked the halls like any respectful visitor, paying particular attention to Nat Turner's Bible and an exhibit on boxer Muhammad Ali. Nothing more important,' Trump ...

In age of Trump, apocalyptic rhetoric becomes mainstream

The longer President Trump is in office, the more Cat Deakins worries about the future – for herself and her children. With every executive order and cabinet appointment, she envisions another scenario: an America that rejects immigrants, that succumbs to climate change, that erupts in war. It's ...

Larry Nassar, former USA gymnastic coach, is charged with sexual assault

Dr. Nassar, who specialized in treating female gymnasts at Michigan State University and through the USA Gymnastics organization, faces charges in two Michigan counties, including first-degree criminal sexual conduct in 2015 against a victim younger than 13 years old. The high-profile allegations ...

ErdoÄźan fans an Islamic nationalism in bid to build Ottoman-style influence

They portray themselves as the average Joes' of Turkish politics: a builder-handyman and his fiancée, a cleaner, who both work for the same small Istanbul company that has been going through tough times.

Turkey lifts ban on headscarves in the military

Turkey will allow female military officers and cadets to wear headscarves with their uniforms, provided that they don't cover the face or have patterns. Other military forces, including the US Army, are also adjusting dress and grooming standards to accommodate religious personnel. In a country ...

Faster play: how pro baseball commissioner hopes to speed up America's pastime

Many of the rule changes the MLB is interested in – including implementing a 20-second pitch clock, and forcing the ball into play more rapidly while also limiting visits to the pitcher's mound made by players, coaches, and managers – are geared towards reducing slow moments between action in ...

Trump's mixed message on immigration: An opening for a deal?

Despite a raw partisanship in American politics right now, a new poll by Morning Consult/Politico finds that both Democratic and Republican voters – about 70 percent – want political leaders to compromise to get things done.' If lawmakers choose to reflect that cooperative spirit among voters, ...

Judge stalls Texas efforts to defund Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood will remain eligible for Medicaid funds in Texas until a court rules on the merits of the state's case against the organization, a federal judge has determined. On Tuesday, US District Judge Sam Sparks of Austin granted Planned Parenthood an injunction, temporarily blocking state ...

UK Supreme Court: lawful to have income test to bring foreign spouses

The controversial measure allowing the government to keep spouses hailing from outside a group of mainly European Union nations out of Britain if their British partner does not earn at least 18,600 pounds each year was introduced in 2012 as a way to make sure immigrants wouldn't draw on public ...

Conservatives are 'hopeful but wary' going into annual gathering near D.C

The conference, which kicks off Wednesday just outside Washington, D.C., inadvertently found itself at the center of a scandal this weekend when a 2016 podcast interview with slated speaker Milo Yiannopoulos, in which the controversial former senior editor at Breitbart News appeared to ...

Second Amendment does not cover 'weapons of war,' US appeals court finds

"Assault weapons" are not covered by the Second Amendment, a federal appeals court has found. On Tuesday, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals voted 10-4 to uphold a Maryland law, which bans 45 kinds of guns and places a 10-round limit on gun magazines. The law – implemented after the 2012 Sandy ...

American Muslims raise money to repair vandalized Jewish cemetery

Amid a flurry of anti-Semitic incidents in recent weeks, many American Muslims are stepping forward to support the Jewish community. The most recent effort, a fundraising campaign started by Muslim-American activists to help repair a vandalized historic Jewish cemetery, had garnered more than ...

Why the Trump administration wants to roll back transgender bathroom guidelines

Under guidance issued by the Obama administration last May, transgender students are allowed to access restrooms and participate on athletic teams that match with the gender they identify by, not the sex on their birth certificate. Now, the Trump administration is reportedly working on a new set ...

As world's support ebbs, Myanmar refugees feel pushed back to unsafe homes

Myanmar's harsh military rulers were swept aside more than a year ago in a democratic tsunami. A ceasefire was supposed to put an end to decades of civil war between the government and minority ethnic groups. The 100,000 refugees living in camps along the border with Thailand should be rejoicing, ...

Expanded immigration enforcement will not lead to 'mass deportations,' says DHS

As the Trump administration steps up its enforcement of immigration law, officials work to reassure communities that the measures are not intended to produce mass deportations. Over the weekend, media reports disclosed two new memos from Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly. ...

Why McMaster is only one step toward ending Trump's intel wars

Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster in some ways symbolizes the very changes that President Trump needs to make to right its tempestuous relationship with the United States intelligence community. General McMaster, Mr. Trump's pick to be national security adviser, does not hail from an intelligence background. ...

UN accolades pour in after passing of Russia's Vitaly Churkin. Who was he?

Diplomats from around the world shared tributes to Vitaly Churkin, Russia's ambassador to the United Nations and the longest-serving member of the Security Council, after news of his sudden death in New York on Monday. Recommended: Sochi, Soviets, and czars: How much do you know about Russia?

What does Trump's claim about migrant crime tell us about Sweden?

Swedish authorities probably don't hold their breath for a mention from President Trump every time he approaches a platform. Last Saturday night, at a rally in Florida, they got an unpleasant surprise. Sweden's refugee commitment, which saw the country take in about 160,000 foreigners in 2015, was ...

Study links same-sex marriage laws and decline in teen suicide attempts: What next?

Teen suicide attempts are a persistent challenge. In a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, researchers from Harvard and Johns Hopkins looked at the correlation between student-reported suicide attempts and state policies in the 16 years before June 2015, when the US Supreme Court ...

In the most populous Muslim nation, a test of tolerance

Last year, British voters in London elected a Muslim as mayor. A good example is happening in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation and its third-largest democracy. On Feb. 15, in a three-way race for the governorship of the capital, Jakarta, the Christian incumbent – who faces ...