South African photographer Juda Ngwenya is remembered
JOHANNESBURG (AP) ? Juda Ngwenya, a former South African photographer for the Reuters news agency, was remembered on Wednesday for skillfully recording some of the most pivotal moments in his country's transition from white racist rule to multi-racial democracy. He was also remembered as a friend, a mentor and a smart dresser.
Experts hope bacteria can beat ZikaLONDON (AP) ? Researchers are trying to infect mosquitoes in Brazil and Colombia with a type of bacteria that could prevent them from spreading Zika virus and other dangerous diseases.
Pentagon suspends claw-back of decade-old enlistment bonuses
The Pentagon is halting efforts to claw back recruitment bonuses paid out a decade ago to enlist troops to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced Wednesday, responding to public outrage. Nearly 10,000 California National Guard members were being ordered to pay back at least $15,000 each in bonuses used as inducements during recruitment drives to overcome a troop shortage. The national guard members would have faced interest charges, wage garnishments and tax liens if they refuse to comply.
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US, UK expect Raqa offensive in next few weeks
The offensive to drive the Islamic State group from its Raqa stronghold in Syria will begin in the next few weeks, top US and British defence officials said Wednesday. US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter and his British counterpart Michael Fallon made the predictions nearly 10 days into a US-backed Iraqi offensive on Mosul, the last major Iraqi city under IS control. "It will be within weeks, not many weeks," Carter told reporters at a two-day NATO defence ministers meeting in Brussels.
Trump praises Gingrich for criticism of Kelly
NEW YORK (AP) ? Donald Trump praised Newt Gingrich Wednesday for an "amazing interview" with Fox News Channel host Megyn Kelly, in which the former speaker told Kelly that she is "fascinated with sex."
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Virus-resistant mosquitoes to be unleashed in Colombia, Brazil
Governments and philanthropists on Wednesday announced an $18 million plan to release mosquitoes resistant to Zika, dengue and other viruses in urban areas of Colombia and Brazil. The program aims to boost mosquito-control efforts by using Wolbachia bacteria beginning next year, following the alarming spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which can cause devastating birth defects. Wolbachia occurs naturally in 60 percent of insects, but not mosquitoes.
Bridgegate: Christie says he never knew, others say he did
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) ? New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has maintained for three years that he didn't know anything about the George Washington Bridge lane closures either before they happened or while they were going on.