Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Time, CNN suspend Fareed Zakaria over plagiarism incidents

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Wildfire threatens ancient forest in Spain

Smoke clings to trees as fires burn in La Palma, Spain. Wildfires fanned by fierce winds and high temperatures raged across Spain's Canary Islands of La Palma and La Gomera on Saturday. A wildfire thought to be under control is sweeping through parts La Gomera, threatening some of Europe's oldest surviving forests, officials said. Garajonay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, contains forests "of incalculable ecological value," regional agriculture spokeswoman Nancy Melo said. Garajonay — a very rare example of the type of humid subtropical forest that covered almost all of Europe before the arrival of humans — was declared a national park in 1981 and a World Heritage Site in 1986.

New York City

Time, CNN suspend Zakaria over plagiarism incidents

Time magazine and CNN suspended Fareed Zakaria, the writer and television host, on Friday after he apologized for plagiarizing sections of his column on gun control in the Aug. 20 issue of Time. Some passages in Zakaria's column, The Case for Gun Control, closely tracked those in a longer article on guns in America by the historian Jill Lepore in the April 23 issue of the New Yorker. The similar text was spotted by the conservative website Newsbusters, and appeared on the media blog JimRomenesko.com. Time said it was suspending Zakaria's column for a month, pending review. CNN said he has been suspended while the matter is under review. Fred Hiatt, the Washington Post's editorial page editor, for which Zakaria is a columnist, said he also would start examining Zakaria's work.

Elsewhere

Tegucigalpa, Honduras: The U.S. government is withholding funds to Honduran law enforcement units directly supervised by new national Police Chief Juan Carlos Bonilla until the U.S. can investigate allegations that he ran a death squad a decade ago, according to a State Department report released last week. The U.S. had pledged $56 million in bilateral security and development assistance for 2012.

Manama, Bahrain: Nineteen members of the U.S. Congress have written to Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to call for the release of prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab, who is serving a three-month jail sentence for making anti-government statements on Twitter.

Buenos Aires, Argentina: A weeklong subway strike by workers demanding a 28 percent pay hike to match inflation continued Saturday in Argentina's capital, affecting a million commuters.

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad: Two people died in a tropical wave that lashed the eastern Caribbean with heavy rains and wind, authorities said Saturday.

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