Tuesday, February 20, 2018
News Roundup

Iranian parliamentary speaker cancels trip to Canada

TEHRAN, Iran

Iran speaker cancels Canada trip

Iranian Parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani canceled on Saturday a visit to Canada to protest Ottawa's decision to cut diplomatic relations, and Tehran's foreign ministry called "unwise" a five-day deadline set by Canada for Iranian diplomats to leave the country.

Canada shut its embassy in Tehran on Friday, accusing the Islamic Republic of being the most significant threat to world peace. The surprise action reinforces the Conservative government's close ties with Tehran's arch foe Israel.

Larijani decided not to attend a meeting of legislators from different countries scheduled for late October, Fars news agency said.

Tehran's Foreign Ministry, meanwhile, said , Ottawa's five-day deadline for its diplomats to leave was "unwise." It said Canada cut relations in an "unprofessional, unconventional, and unjustifiable manner while resorting to misusing international law."

LOUISVILLE, Ky.

$1M bond for man accused in shooting

A Louisville man accused of opening fire at a homeowners association meeting, killing one and critically wounding another, was ordered held on a $1 million bond Saturday at an initial court hearing where a prosecutor called him "the epitome of danger to the community." A not guilty plea was entered on behalf of Mahmoud Yousef Hindi, 55, to charges of murder, assault and wanton endangerment in the Thursday evening shooting at a church. Police say Hindi, a doctor educated in Jordan, had a history of disputes with the homeowners group revolving around a fence that the association said didn't meet its height or design requirements in the upscale neighborhood of Spring Creek.

Islamabad, Pakistan

India, Pakistan ease visas, travel rules

Pakistan and India signed a new visa agreement Saturday, easing restrictions for travelers in what was seen as a step toward warming relations between the rival countries after years of heightened mistrust and hostility. The agreement, which will make travel between the countries easier for businessmen, tourists and others, was signed by Indian Minister for External Affairs S.M. Krishna and Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik in Islamabad. The visa requirements have been strict in the past because of suspicions on each side. Among other changes, the agreement will exempt travelers older than 65, children younger than 12 and businessmen from reporting to the police during their travels.

Elsewhere

Managua, Nicaragua: The San Cristobal volcano spewed out a column of ash and gas 2 ½ miles high Saturday, leading Nicaraguan authorities to evacuate about 3,000 people from nine communities around the country's tallest mountain. The 5,740-foot volcano sits 87 miles northwest of Managua, the capital. It has been active since 1520.

Tokyo: A man allegedly masquerading as a doctor conducted health checks on 2,300 people in 2010 and 2011 at a Tokyo hospital, Tokyo, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported Saturday. Though officials at the Takashimadaira Chuo Sogo Byoin hospital said no serious flaws have been found in the man's medical examinations, all the affected patients will be asked to come in for another checkup.

Times wires

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