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AP PHOTOS: Bolivians pay homage to skulls in annual festival

LA PAZ, Bolivia –  Esperanza Mozon asks a marching band to play “Happy Birthday” to the two human skulls she is carrying outside a cemetery chapel in Bolivia’s capital. Every year, hundreds of Bolivians like Mozon bring human skulls adorned with flowers to a cemetery in La Paz, asking for money, health and other favors as part of a festival. Devotees showed up with the skulls, known as “natitas,” for a short Mass on Wednesday. The ritual is celebrated a week after the Day of the Dead and includes music,…

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UN warns of massive famine if Yemen blockade isn’t lifted

UNITED NATIONS –  The U.N. humanitarian chief warns that unless the Saudi-led military coalition lifts its blockade on Yemen the war-torn nation will face “the largest famine the world has seen for many decades with millions of victims.” Mark Lowcock told reporters after briefing the Security Council on Wednesday that there must be an immediate resumption of regular air flights to the cities of Aden and Sanaa by the United Nations and its partner organizations and immediate access to all ports for food, fuel and medicine. The coalition tightened its…

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This Is Why Trump Wants Saudi Arabia To List Its Oil Company On The New York Stock Exchange

President Trump, flanked by White House senior advisor Jared Kushner and chief economic advisor Gary Cohn, delivers remarks to reporters after meeting with Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman (L) at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Riyadh. President Donald Trump wants Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company to place its initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to bring in massive listing fees, as well as score some political points, Axios reports. President Donald Trump spoke with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in a…

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Mexico arrests 2 police in killing of US citizen, resident

MEXICO CITY –  Two police officers have been charged with fatally shooting a U.S. citizen and a U.S. legal resident at a highway checkpoint near Saltillo in the northern border state of Coahuila, prosecutors said Monday. Police apparently tried to cover up the killings with a now-discredited story that the Americans fired at officers first. The two officers of the elite, SWAT-style GROM police squad were manning a highway checkpoint near Saltillo on Oct. 28, when the two men later identified as the Americans allegedly failed to stop at the…

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