75 years to the day after they were freed from living hell, 200 Auschwitz survivors return

Survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp are gathering for today's commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Army's liberation of the camp - using the testimony of survivors to warn about the signs of rising anti-Semitism and hatred in the world today.In all, more than 200 survivors of the camp are expected, many of them elderly Jews who have traveled far from homes in...

Chinese sentences ex-boss of Interpol to 13 years for bribes

BEIJING (AP) — China has sentenced the former president of Interpol, Meng Hongwei, to 13 years and six months in prison on charges of accepting more than $2 million in bribes.Meng was elected president of the international police organization in 2016, but his four-year term was cut short when he vanished after traveling to China from France in late 2018.Interpol was not informed and was forced...

What’s open and closed New Year’s Day, NYE 2020: Mail, banks, stores

As we enter a new year — and a new decade — most federal offices and plenty of private businesses will be closed on New Year's Day.But if you need to get some last-minute shopping and errands done on New Year's Eve, you're in luck. Most private businesses and government agencies will remain open on Dec. 31, though most will have modified business hours. Same goes for sending and receiving...

London New Year’s Eve celebrations: Police warn revellers not to attend River Thames fireworks without a ticket

Police are warning revellers not to attend new year celebrations on the River Thames in London without a ticket, as the UK prepares to see in the start of a new decade. More than 100,000 people have booked to be at Tuesday night’s sold-out firework extravaganza in the capital. But the Metropolitan Police told anyone who had not got a ticket to stay away. Download the new Indpendent Premium app...

Former Sudan dictator Bashir sentenced to two years ‘rehabilitation’ over corruption charge

Omar al-Bashir, former president of Sudan, has been sentenced to two years in a rehabilitation facility for money laundering and corruption.  It is the first verdict in a series of legal proceedings against Bashir, who is also facing charges relating to the killing of protesters during the uprising against his authoritarian rule earlier this year.  Before he was sentenced, supporters of the...

U.S. health spending recovers after two slow years: CMS

FILE PHOTO: A nurse walks along the hallways of a health center in Lepanto, Arkansas, U.S., May 2, 2018. REUTERS/Karen Pulfer Focht (This Dec. 5 story corrects first paragraph to say growth was slower not declined in previous years, removes reference to projected spending in eighth paragraph) (Reuters) - U.S. healthcare spending grew faster in 2018 after two slower growth years, a government...

Greta Thunberg says people underestimate ‘angry kids’ as decade ends with one of hottest years on record

Teenage activist Greta Thunberg said the world was underestimating "angry children" as she arrived for this year's international climate summit in Spain after a three-week journey crossing the Atlantic.  Her arrival came as the UN said this decade will be the warmest on record, with 2019 among the top three hottest years in history.    “Everyone should do what they can to be on the right...

Herstories: Book honours 14 women killed at Polytechnique 30 years ago

Geneviève Bergeron; Hélène Colgan; Nathalie Croteau; Barbara Daigneault; Anne-Marie Edward; Maud Haviernick; Barbara-Maria Klucznik-Widajewicz; Maryse Laganière; Maryse Leclair; Anne-Marie Lemay; Sonia Pelletier; Michèle Richard; Annie St-Arneault; and Annie Turcotte.Their names are etched in bronze on a memorial plaque. They are read aloud with great solemnity at a remembrance ceremony...

Iran sentences McGill-trained scientist to 10 years in prison: reports

Niloufar Bayani, being held in Iran at notorious Evin prison, was arrested by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards. Centre for Human Rights in Iran An Iranian court has reportedly sentenced a McGill-trained scientist to 10 years in jail after she was accused of being an American spy while doing research on cheetahs.The sentence comes as Iran has all but shut down the internet in the country amid...