RAMAT HASHARON, Israel — Surrounded by more than 100 fellow Holocaust survivors and young volunteers, a blind Ernest Weiner sat in his wheelchair with a puffy crown on his head as the crowd sang happy birthday and showered him with hugs and greetings.
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LYON, France — Canadian chef James Olberg was shut out of the top three at the prestigious Bocuse d’Or cooking competition, an event widely heralded as the culinary Olympics.
MOLCAXAC, Mexico — Tamara Alcala Dominguez sobbed, barely able to speak, as she buried her face in the sweater of the woman who cared for her when she was a toddler.
“My little girl, I hugged you so much,” Petra Bello Suarez told her now 23-year-old granddaughter, tears dampening her own creased cheeks. “I have you in my arms, my girl. ... You found me still alive.”
MONTPELIER, Vt. — A Syrian chocolate maker who brought his family business from his war-ravaged homeland to Canada said Monday he was denied entry into the United States, where he had planned to meet with the governor of Vermont and some recently arrived Syrian refugees.
WASHINGTON — They line up near the Oval Office, down the hallway toward the Cabinet Room, trailed by their spouses and young kids in their finest clothes. When it’s their turn, the White House staffers enter for a few private moments with President Barack Obama, a photo and a farewell hug from the boss.
LONDON — U.S. President-elect Donald Trump wanted to praise his daughter on Twitter instead he accidentally sent his message to another Ivanka.
Trump retweeted a message from a Twitter user that said his daughter was “great, a woman with real character and class.”
Luke and Hillary Gardner never have a problem remembering each other’s birthday. After all, the husband and wife were born the same day. And so was their son, 27 years later this past December.
PRAGUE, Czech Republic — Nearly 30 years ago, Donald Trump was confident he would win the U.S. presidential election as an independent in 1996, according to recently uncovered files from Czechoslovakia’s Communist-era secret police.
WASHINGTON — More than half of Americans view President Barack Obama favourably as he leaves office, a new poll shows, but Americans remain deeply divided over his legacy. Fewer than half of Americans say they’re better off eight years after his election or that Obama brought the country together.
CHICAGO — He entered the White House a living symbol, breaking a colour line that stood for 220 years.
Barack Obama took office, and race immediately became a focal point in a way that was unprecedented in American history. No matter his accomplishments, he seemed destined to be remembered foremost as the first black man to lead the world’s most powerful nation.