Saturday, April 21, 2018
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Europe reports influenza is on the rise

Europe reports influenza is on the rise

The flu is now widespread in at least 10 European countries, and a growing number are reporting an increase in cases. Much of it is the northwestern part of the continent, according to the latest weekly surveillance report from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control in Stockholm, Sweden. Norway appears to be hardest hit. So far it is the only nation on the continent reporting "high intensity" flu transmission.

Tampa

Funeral set for Gen. Schwarzkopf

The funeral for Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf will be held at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York. A West Point spokesman said Tuesday that the retired general's family has scheduled the funeral for Feb. 28. Schwarzkopf was a 1956 graduate of the academy. He died in Tampa on Dec. 27 at age 78.

Washington

Obama to use D.C.'s license plate

President Barack Obama's limousine will display the District of Columbia license plate reading "Taxation Without Representation" during inauguration activities and through the remainder of his term to call attention to the district's lack of voting power in Congress. The decision, announced by a White House aide Tuesday, comes in response to a resolution unanimously passed by the D.C. Council calling on Obama to display the slogan. President Bill Clinton also displayed the "Taxation Without Representation" plate — the district's standard license plate — on the presidential limo.

U.S. condemns Morsi's comments

The Obama administration on Tuesday gave a blistering review of disparaging remarks that Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi made almost three years ago about Jews and called for him to repudiate what it called unacceptable rhetoric. Morsi was a leader in the Muslim Brotherhood in 2010 when, according to video broadcast last week on Egyptian TV, he asked Egyptians to "nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred." Later in a TV interview, he referred to Zionists as bloodsuckers who attack Palestinians, describing Zionists as "the descendants of apes and pigs."

Providence, R.I.

Backers lobby for same-sex marriage

Hundreds of supporters of same-sex marriage rights assembled at the Rhode Island Statehouse on Tuesday, urging lawmakers to make the nation's smallest state the 10th to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed — and the last to do so in New England. House Speaker Gordon Fox, who is gay, has called for a vote on same-sex marriage legislation in his chamber by month's end.

Thailand

Wildlife group says ban trade in ivory

The World Wildlife Fund on Tuesday urged Thailand to ban all ivory trading, warning that rising demand for tusks is fueling an unprecedented slaughter of elephants in Africa. The group said "massive quantities" of African ivory are being imported illegally into Thailand, where ivory from domesticated elephants can be traded legally. The government said it has established measures to help tackle the problem.

Elsewhere

Iraq: A suicide bomber killed a Sunni lawmaker in western Iraq on Tuesday, raising tensions in a part of the country roiled by weeks of demonstrations against the Shiite-led government.

Times wires

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