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Military: West Bank shooting spree kills 1 Israeli, wounds 2

Military: West Bank shooting spree kills 1 Israeli, wounds 2JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian killed an Israeli and seriously wounded two others in a West Bank shooting and stabbing spree Sunday before fleeing, setting off a massive manhunt, the Israeli military said.



03/17/2019 - 11:33 AM

 

'Clear similarities' between Boeing crashes in Ethiopia, Indonesia

'Clear similarities' between Boeing crashes in Ethiopia, IndonesiaFlight recorder data recovered from the wreckage of Boeing 737 MAX planes that crashed in Ethiopia and Indonesia shows "clear similarities," Addis Ababa said Sunday as the US maker announced it was finalizing a software update for its under fire anti-stall system. Pressure was mounting meanwhile on the US Federal Aviation Administration, which insisted it had followed standard procedures in certifying the plane model, even as it was reported to have come under investigation by the Department of Transport. "The 737 MAX certification program followed the FAA's standard certification process," the agency said in an email to AFP.



03/18/2019 - 01:49 AM

 

New Zealand rampage suspect fires lawyer, may turn trial into platform for racist views

New Zealand rampage suspect fires lawyer, may turn trial into platform for racist viewsThe man accused of a shooting rampage that left 50 people dead at two New Zealand mosques has fired his lawyer and wants to represent himself at trial, his court-appointed lawyer said.



03/18/2019 - 08:40 AM

 

President Trump urges Fox News to bring back Jeanine Pirro, 'keep fighting' for Tucker Carlson

President Trump urges Fox News to bring back Jeanine Pirro, 'keep fighting' for Tucker Carlson"We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar,” the Fox News statement read. But Trump urged Fox News to reinstate Pirro, whom he’s personally known for years.



03/17/2019 - 01:02 PM

 

Utrecht shooting: Turkish-born suspect, 37, on run after three killed in 'possible terror attack'

Utrecht shooting: Turkish-born suspect, 37, on run after three killed in 'possible terror attack'Police are hunting a Turkish-born 37-year-old in connection with a suspected terror attack in the Dutch city of Utrecht which has left three dead.  The gunman has been on the run since this morning, forcing vast parts of the city - including mosques and schools - into lockdown. Officers reported "multiple" injuries having been called to the incident on the tram in a residential neighbourhood on Monday morning.  The suspect was named by police in Utrecht as Gökmen Tanis, and local media reported the perpetrator escaped in a red car.  Moments before the attack, police confirmed a red Renault Clio had been stolen in a carjacking around a mile from the tram shooting.  It was later found abandoned some three miles away in a suburban area of the city.  Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte said in a press conference that if it was a terror attack, it would not undermine Dutch openness and democracy. The terror threat level to a maximum level of five in the Utrecht region, the first time that this has happened in The Netherlands. Parties have also suspended campaigning for upcoming elections. But police said they were not ruling any motive out, after a witness said it appeared the gunman was targeting one particular woman and attacking anyone who tried to help her. Mr Rutte said: "Our country has been shocked by an attack in Utrecht. The police and prosecution services are investigating what precisely happened. What is certain is that people sitting in a tram in Utrecht have been shot, there are wounded and possible dead. "Culprits with a possible terrorist motive have not been ruled out. The first reports have caused a mixture of disbelief and horror. "Violence has hit innocent people hard. Our thoughts are with them, and their near and dear. We will do everything to catch the culprit or culprits as soon as possible. "An act of terrorism is an attack on our civilisation, our open and tolerant society. If this is indeed a terror attack, there is only one answer: our rule of law and our democracy are stronger than fanaticism and violence."  Counter-terror officers preparing a raid on a house in the Trumanlaan district have surrounded a building a few hundred yards from 24 Oktoberplein where the shooting took place. All mosques in Utrecht have been evacuated and the Utrecht University and Utrecht Central train station are also on lockdown, according to NOS. Three trauma helicopters were called to the scene and police have appealed for the public to keep the roads clear for emergency services. A witness, Jimmy de Koster, told RTV Utrecht he saw a woman lying on the ground shouting: "I didn't do anything." Four men rushed towards her in an attempt to drag her to safety, but a gunman opened fire again, forcing them to take cover, he said.  It was not immediately clear if it was a lone attacker or if it was a coordinated attack involving more than one gunman. Local news outlet AD said police were looking into other reported shootings at nearby locations and whether or not they are linked.  Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the Government and the country's anti-terrorism coordinator were holding a "crisis meeting" in the aftermath of the shooting. Police forces and emergency services stand at the 24 Oktoberplace in Utrecht Credit: Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/AFP He said the situation was "very worrying", and security was tightened at The Hague. Schools in the area have been told to keep their doors closed. Mayor of Utrecht Jan van Zanen said: "Shortly before noon a shooting took place on a tram in Utrecht around 24 Octoberplein.  A horrible and radical incident in which victims have fallen.  My thoughts are with them and their loved ones. "I am in close contact with the police and the public prosecutor... I can confirm that the police and the public prosecutor are currently looking for the person responsible for this incident. "The most important thing at the moment is taking care of the wounded and investigating the circumstances of the incident. We do not exclude anything, not even a terrorist attack." No arrests have been made.



03/18/2019 - 09:39 AM

 

Rep. Doug Collins: Loretta Lynch has some explaining to do

Rep. Doug Collins: Loretta Lynch has some explaining to doGeorgia Republican Rep. Doug Collins says that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch told former FBI Director James Comey to consider Hillary Clinton email scandal a ‘matter’ not an investigation.



03/17/2019 - 02:07 PM

 

Australia bans tour by alt-right star Milo Yiannopoulos over New Zealand massacre remarks

Australia bans tour by alt-right star Milo Yiannopoulos over New Zealand massacre remarksAustralia — home of the suspected gunman in the killing of at least 50 people at a New Zealand mosque — has banned right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos from touring over his social media response to the  massacre.



03/16/2019 - 05:07 PM

 

The Latest: Up to 500 homes damaged in 1 Nebraska county

The Latest: Up to 500 homes damaged in 1 Nebraska countyST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on flooding in the Midwest (all times local):



03/18/2019 - 02:57 AM

 

Putin, in Crimea for annexation anniversary, launches power stations

Putin, in Crimea for annexation anniversary, launches power stationsThe power stations, in the cities of Sevastopol and Simferopol, were partially launched last year, but Monday's inauguration marked the moment they began working at full capacity. Russia denied that. Putin, who has poured billions of Russian taxpayer dollars into Crimea since Moscow seized control of it in 2014, attended the launch of the Sevastopol power station and oversaw the launch of the Simferopol facility by video conference.



03/18/2019 - 10:24 AM

 

UN envoy says Hamas violently suppressed Gaza protests

UN envoy says Hamas violently suppressed Gaza protestsA United Nations envoy condemned Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas on Sunday, accusing the group of violently suppressing peaceful protests. Since Thursday hundreds of Palestinians have taken to the streets in multiple locations throughout the Gaza Strip, protesting the rising cost of living in the Palestinian enclave. "I strongly condemn the campaign of arrests and violence used by Hamas security forces against protesters, including women and children, in Gaza over the past three days," UN envoy to Israel and the Palestinian territories Nickolay Mladenov said in a statement.



03/17/2019 - 09:42 AM

 

Photos of the 2020 Bentley Continental GT V8

Photos of the 2020 Bentley Continental GT V8



03/18/2019 - 10:53 AM

 

New Zealand's Biggest Gun Show Was Canceled in Light of the Christchurch Mosque Attacks

New Zealand's Biggest Gun Show Was Canceled in Light of the Christchurch Mosque AttacksOrganizers said the event was cancelled "in respect for the victims"



03/18/2019 - 12:27 AM

 

Ethiopian official: 'Clear similarities' between catastrophic Boeing plane crashes

Ethiopian official: 'Clear similarities' between catastrophic Boeing plane crashesAs Ethiopians mourned those killed in last Sunday's plane crash, the transport minister said there are 'clear similarities' with an October accident.



03/17/2019 - 06:42 PM

 

Trump news – LIVE: President rails at Joe Biden as 2020 announcement looms, after New Zealand terror complaint and angry attack on dead war hero

Trump news – LIVE: President rails at Joe Biden as 2020 announcement looms, after New Zealand terror complaint and angry attack on dead war heroDonald Trump hit out at an array of targets on Twitter over the weekend, calling on Fox News to restore anchor Judge Jeanine Pirro after she was suspended for making Islamophobic remarks, retweeting a theory the UK is to blame for the Russia investigation and even criticising the late senator John McCain.



03/18/2019 - 11:53 AM

 

3 Things Students Should Know About AP Registration Changes

3 Things Students Should Know About AP Registration ChangesThe College Board, the not-for-profit organization that oversees the Advanced Placement program, recently announced its plans to alter AP registration policies. Since this decision directly affects students who are considering enrolling in AP courses, you must know exactly which changes will take place, as well as when. -- AP exam registration will now take place in November.



03/18/2019 - 10:09 AM

 

The Latest: O'Rourke sticks with coffee on St. Patrick's Day

The Latest: O'Rourke sticks with coffee on St. Patrick's DayDUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic race for president (all times local):



03/17/2019 - 11:43 AM

 

Students look to love at New Zealand school hit by tragedy

Students look to love at New Zealand school hit by tragedyCHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Three students from Cashmere High School were at the Al Noor Mosque for Friday prayers when a gunman started shooting. When classes resume Monday, none will be there.



03/17/2019 - 10:17 PM

 

Mesut Ozil sparks new political row over wedding invite for Turkish president

Mesut Ozil sparks new political row over wedding invite for Turkish presidentThe footballer Mesut Özil has become embroiled in a new political row in Germany over reports he asked Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s president, to be guest of honour at his wedding. The Arsenal star resigned from the German national team last year claiming he was a victim of racism after coming under fire over his public support for Mr Erdoğan . German politicians spoke out after he was pictured with his fiancee, Amine Gulse, meeting Mr Erdoğan at Istanbul airport last week. “The fact this is still going on will disappoint a lot of football fans, including me,” Angela Merkel’s chief of staff, Helge Braun, told reporters. Bild, Germany’s highest-selling newspaper, carried reports of the wedding invitation on its front page. Last year's extraordinary political row which culminated in one of Germany’s biggest football stars quitting the national team began when Özil and Ilkay Gündoğan, another player of Turkish descent, posed for photographs with Mr Erdoğan in London. Özil's decision to pose alongside Mr Erdoğan last year set off a political row that culminated in his retirement from the German national team Credit: KAYHAN OZER/AFP Several Germans were being held in Turkey at the time as part of the regime’s crackdown on opposition and press freedom, and the footballer's decision to pose alongside the Turkish president caused widespread public anger in Germany. Many blamed the controversy for Germany’s poor performance in the World Cup, and Özil  subsequently announced his retirement from the national team on Twitter, writing: “If we win, I’m German. If we lose, I’m an immigrant." A third-generation German whose grandparents immigrated from Turkey, Özil defended his decision to pose with Mr Erdoğan as “respecting the highest office of my family's country”. He announced his engagement to Ms Gulse, a former Miss Turkey, earlier this year. “Everyone can invite whoever he likes to his wedding, and of course this also applies to Mesut Özil,” said Cem Özdemir of the Green Party, Germany’s highest-profile politician of Turkish heritage. “But both current and former national players are role models and must ask themselves whether they live up to that role if they indulge autocrats who enrich themselves at the expense of their country and make their opponents disappear in dungeons. I think that is inappropriate.”



03/18/2019 - 10:44 AM

 

Anti-government protesters briefly break into Serbia TV building

Anti-government protesters briefly break into Serbia TV buildingProtesters briefly broke into Serbia's state television building in the capital Belgrade on Saturday demanding media freedom and unbiased coverage of more than three months of anti-government demonstrations. The protesters had been taking part in a demonstration by several thousand people against the rule of President Aleksandar Vucic and his Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), calling for media freedom as a condition for free and fair elections.



03/16/2019 - 05:25 PM

 

Saudi crown prince approved 'intervention' against dissidents: report

Saudi crown prince approved 'intervention' against dissidents: reportMore than a year before the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved a secret campaign to silence dissenters, The New York Times reported on Sunday. American officials referred to it as the Saudi Rapid Intervention Group, the Times said. At least some of the clandestine missions were carried out by members of the team that killed and dismembered Khashoggi in October at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, suggesting his murder was part of a wider campaign against dissidents, the report said, citing the US officials and associates of some Saudi victims.



03/17/2019 - 10:28 PM

 

Chelsea Clinton Confronted at Vigil for New Zealand Mosque Shooting Victims Over Her Criticism of Rep. Ilhan Omar

Chelsea Clinton Confronted at Vigil for New Zealand Mosque Shooting Victims Over Her Criticism of Rep. Ilhan Omar"This right here is the result of a massacre stoked by people like you"



03/16/2019 - 01:04 PM

 

Las Vegas Casino robbery suspect dies after shootout with police

Las Vegas Casino robbery suspect dies after shootout with policeInvestigators say the suspected robbed the packed casino and was confronted by an officer while trying to carjack a vehicle.



03/17/2019 - 09:48 AM

 

South Korea Says It's Considering Holding Talks With North Korea

South Korea Says It's Considering Holding Talks With North KoreaSouth Korea’s Blue House presidential office confirmed a Yonhap News Agency report that it’s mulling a meeting with its reclusive neighbor. Both the U.S. and North Korea “absolutely don’t want” to revert to the situation before 2017 when there was conflict and confrontation, Yonhap cited an unidentified high-level official at the Blue House as saying. U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walked away from the negotiation table in February without a plan to denuclearize Pyongyang.



03/17/2019 - 05:35 AM

 

College admissions scandal: Does attending an elite school mean you'll earn more money?

College admissions scandal: Does attending an elite school mean you'll earn more money?The college admissions scandal comes down to money. Graduating from elite schools translates into better jobs and higher salaries, most people think.



03/16/2019 - 03:52 PM

 

Factbox: What we know about Boeing 737 MAX crash and what comes next

Factbox: What we know about Boeing 737 MAX crash and what comes nextMore than 300 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 passenger jets around the world have been taken out of service following two fatal crashes over the past five months in Ethiopia and Indonesia that killed almost 350 people in all. WHAT WE KNOW   - Boeing has stopped delivery of all new MAX jets to its customers. - Satellite data gathered from the Ethiopian Airlines flight and evidence from the crash site showed similarities with a Lion Air accident in Indonesia, which prompted the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to ground all Boeing MAX jets in service.



03/17/2019 - 11:26 AM

 

The Latest: Downstream Missouri River prepares for flooding

The Latest: Downstream Missouri River prepares for floodingST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on flooding in the Midwest (all times local):



03/17/2019 - 06:00 AM

 

Buy a Purple mattress and get some sheets for free

Buy a Purple mattress and get some sheets for freeMattresses in a box have exploded in popularity in the past few years. They give you the fresh feeling of a new bed without the hassle of getting it home from the store. Purple is one of these boxed bedding companies, but their mattresses stand out -- rather than foam or springs, Purple uses Smart Comfort Grid technology for its sleepers.SEE ALSO: These are the best mattresses of 2019The grid design is optimized when covered with Purple sheets that are stretchy enough to flex with the mattress. Now until March 25, Purple is actually giving away free sets of sheets when you purchase a mattress. That's a value of up to $129.Purple mattresses are designed for comfort as they are specially engineered to relieve pressure and keep you cool while you sleep. The grid design adjusts to your body's movements and pressure points and leaves room for air to flow through the mattress.Check out their promo video below:Purple sheets are made from a bamboo-based material making them soft, stretchy, and breathable. Plus the fitted sheets are made with a heavy-duty elastic so you don't have to put up a fight trying to keep them in place.Purple sheets come in four colors: White, slate, sand, and purple (obviously) and range in size from twin to split king. Image: purple Get a free pair of sheets when you purchase a mattress from Purple See Details



03/17/2019 - 05:00 AM

 

Unrest returns to Paris with worst yellow vest violence in weeks

Unrest returns to Paris with worst yellow vest violence in weeksAnti-government protesters hurled rocks and paving slabs at police, looted boutiques, smashed up a luxury restaurant on Paris’s famed Champs-Elysées and set a bank on fire on Saturday. A mother and her baby trapped on the second floor of the building, as flames surged up from the bank branch on the ground floor, were rescued by firefighters. The bank offices were gutted and 11 people were slightly injured, including two police officers. Smoke and tear gas shrouded the Champs-Elysées and at least 109 people were arrested in the worst outbreak of violence on the fringes of a “yellow vest” demonstration in Paris for several weeks. President Emmanuel Macron has cut short his skiing holiday to return to Paris to chair an emergency meeting over what the authorities are describing as "intolerable violence and damage".   Christophe Castaner, the interior minister, tweeted that those who set the bank on fire “are neither demonstrators nor troublemakers: they are killers.”  Grinning “yellow vest” protesters posed for photographs in front of the shattered facade of Le Fouquet’s, a restaurant that earned Nicolas Sarkozy the nickname of “President Bling-bling” when he celebrated his 2007 election victory there.  A Yellow Vest protester gestures in front of a newsagent set alight during clashes with riot police Credit:  ZAKARIA ABDELKAFI/ AFP A Yellow Vest protester destroys a shop window during clashes with riot police forces on the Champs-Elysees Credit: AFP Much of the violence on the 18th consecutive Saturday of protests against President Macron’s economic reforms was blamed on anarchists, far-Right and ultra-leftist agitators rather than the “yellow vests” themselves.  Police estimated the number of demonstrators at about 32,000 across France. About 5,000 police officers were deployed in Paris alone. The numbers of protesters have dwindled since the “yellow vest” movement began in November, amid growing anger over income inequality and a lack of public services in rural areas and small towns.  Fouquet’s was the favoured status restaurant of Nicolas Sarkozy. Was. GiletsJaunespic.twitter.com/LUXGoKy7yW— Peter Allen (@peterallenparis) March 16, 2019 More took to the streets on Saturday compared with recent weeks, following social media calls for a strong turnout to mark the four-month anniversary of the movement’s launch. President Macron wrapped up a “great debate” consultation exercise on Friday to allow people to vent their grievances, which has helped him to regain some of the popularity lost since his election. Some “yellow vests” have dismissed the exercise as a campaign ploy ahead of European elections in May. The Yellow Vest protests About 30,000 people took part in a separate, peaceful demonstration to demand urgent government action to combat climate change



03/16/2019 - 02:37 PM

 

Hero refugee chased gunman away from New Zealand mosque

Hero refugee chased gunman away from New Zealand mosqueWhen Afghan refugee Abdul Aziz saw a man brandishing a gun outside his mosque in Christchurch, he ran towards the attacker armed with the only weapon he could find -- a hand-held credit card machine. Seven people were killed when a white supremacist stormed Linwood Masjid -- the second mosque he attacked on Friday -- as worshippers knelt to pray.



03/17/2019 - 05:24 AM

 

Australian police search homes linked to NZealand mosque gunman

Australian police search homes linked to NZealand mosque gunmanAustralian counter-terrorism police searched two homes early Monday linked to the gunman accused of killing 50 people at two New Zealand mosques last week, police said. The homes were in the New South Wales towns of Sandy Beach and Lawrence, both near the town of Grafton where Brenton Tarrant, the alleged shooter, grew up. "The primary aim of the activity is to formally obtain material that may assist New Zealand police in their ongoing investigation," a police statement said.



03/17/2019 - 08:18 PM

 

The U.S. Navy Had a Weird, Hand-Cranked Grenade Launcher

The U.S. Navy Had a Weird, Hand-Cranked Grenade LauncherBut the old-school design set the stage for weapons still in use today.



03/16/2019 - 04:00 PM

 

View Photos of the 2020 Cadillac CT5

View Photos of the 2020 Cadillac CT5



03/18/2019 - 12:16 AM

 

Are universities the victims here? What colleges have to do right now to clean up admissions after largest-ever cheating scandal

Are universities the victims here? What colleges have to do right now to clean up admissions after largest-ever cheating scandalWe're victims, universities said, after they were caught in largest college admissions scandal ever. Here's why no college has offered sweeping change.



03/17/2019 - 07:19 PM

 

Argentina closes airspace to Boeing 737 MAX flights: state news agency

Argentina closes airspace to Boeing 737 MAX flights: state news agencyArgentina has temporarily closed its airspace to flights using Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, following similar measures taken by other countries in the region after two fatal crashes involving the plane, the state-run news agency said on Saturday. The decision comes after the crash as week ago of a Boeing 737 MAX operated by Ethiopian Airlines[ETHA.UL] that killed 157 people. The National Civil Aviation Administration (ANAC) did not immediately reply to a request for comment.



03/16/2019 - 10:35 PM

 

Mourners pay tribute to New Zealand victims, await burials

Mourners pay tribute to New Zealand victims, await burialsCHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Thousands of people paid tribute Sunday at makeshift memorials to the 50 people slain by a gunman at two mosques in Christchurch, while dozens of Muslims stood by to bury the dead when authorities finally release the victims' bodies.



03/17/2019 - 06:51 PM

 

What Makes the 2019 Honda Civic Si So Ex-Si-ting?

What Makes the 2019 Honda Civic Si So Ex-Si-ting?



03/18/2019 - 09:55 AM

 

Joe Biden (almost) announces he is running for president

Joe Biden (almost) announces he is running for presidentThe vice president indicated he was "running" before correcting himself and saying, "I didn't mean it!"



03/16/2019 - 08:49 PM

 

Convicted French cardinal meets pope after saying he would resign

Convicted French cardinal meets pope after saying he would resignPhilippe Barbarin, the French Roman Catholic cardinal convicted this month of failing to report sexual abuse allegations, met Pope Francis on Monday after saying he planned to resign as archbishop of Lyon. Barbarin, 68, the highest-profile cleric to be caught up in the child sex abuse scandal inside the French Church, was handed a six-month suspended prison sentence on March 7. Barbarin is appealing against the verdict.



03/18/2019 - 07:47 AM

 

Thousands believed still inside last IS pocket: Syria force

Thousands believed still inside last IS pocket: Syria forceThousands of people are believed to remain inside the Islamic State group's last sliver of territory in eastern Syria, a US-backed force said Sunday citing evacuees, hampering the operation to crush the jihadists. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have been trying to flush jihadists from their last desert holdout in the village of Baghouz near the Iraqi border since January. At the time, Mazloum Kobani, the SDF's top commander, estimated that the operation would take one month.



03/16/2019 - 08:20 PM

 

BlackRock Sees Emerging Stocks Almost Recouping Last Year's Loss

BlackRock Sees Emerging Stocks Almost Recouping Last Year's LossIn the face of slowing global growth, the Federal Reserve is unlikely to raise rates this year, causing the dollar to weaken and improving the flows into emerging markets, said Fraser, global emerging-market equities fund manager. “Markets should recoup most, if not all, of their losses from last year,” Fraser, who is based in Hong Kong and helped manage the firm’s approximately $40 billion of active EM equities as of the end of 2018, said in a phone interview.



03/17/2019 - 06:00 PM

 

Happy St Patrick's Day 2019! Facts, history and how to celebrate the Irish date

Happy St Patrick's Day 2019! Facts, history and how to celebrate the Irish dateErin go bragh! St Patrick's Day is here, with events in honour of the patron saint of Ireland taking place across the globe this weekend. Recognised annually since the 1700s, the people of Ireland celebrate their heritage and culture on St Patrick's Day, with the day growing as a commercial occasion rather than a religious event in recent years. While Ireland embraces its patron saint day by holding vibrant, green parades, wearing shamrocks and flying Irish flags more than usual, celebrations also take place in other countries around the world, including the UK, United States, Egypt and Australia. Here is everything you need to know about St Patrick's Day, from the patron saint himself to Irish recipes and worldwide celebrations. When is St Patrick's Day 2019? St Patrick's Day, the patron saint day of Ireland, falls each year on March 17. The first parade in name of the saint took place in Boston in 1737, followed by the first "official" parade in New York in 1766.  The celebration of St Patrick later spread to Dublin and other American cities and in recent years has grown in popularity elsewhere in Europe and Asia. Who was St Patrick? St Patrick's exact birthplace is unknown and debated. Born as Maewyn Succat around the year of 385 AD in either England, Scotland or Wales, the patron saint was captured by Irish pirates at the age of 16 and brought to Ireland as a slave. Working as a shepherd, Patrick was held captive for six years and grew closer to spirituality and prayer during this period of isolation. After a voice in his dream told him it was time to leave Ireland, Patrick successfully fled his master and sailed back to Britain to continue studying Christianity. Shortly after his return home, an angel in Patrick's dream told him to go back to Ireland as a missionary, and following this, he decided to travel to Gaul, to study religious instruction under Germanus, bishop of Auxerre. Later ordained a bishop and eventually returning to Ireland, Patrick began his mission to spread the Christian message. During this time, Patrick converted thousands of people to Christianity and built churches, schools and monasteries across the country. Legend suggests that Patrick used the three-leaf shamrock on his mission to explain the Holy Trinity, teaching his followers that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit exist as individual elements of the combined entity. While some experts claim this story was invented centuries later, the tale has led to the common practice of people wearing the symbol on the feast day. Patrick is also thought to have banished snakes from Ireland to help remove the evil and introduce a new age. But experts claim this is a myth due to evidence snakes never existed in the country in the first place. Some say this was due to the icy waters of the Irish Sea while others believe the cold weather stopped the snakes travelling to Ireland from Britain or afar.  Around 431 AD, Patrick was appointed as successor to St Palladius, the first bishop of Ireland, and during his later years, he wrote about his spirituality and life in his 'Confession'.  Believed to have died on March 17, in the year 461, Patrick's spiritual path led him to become a legendary figure, as he left behind an established church and an island of Christians. Today, his work is commemorated annually on March 17. Symbols and images associated with Ireland and St Patrick's Day The colours of the Irish flag represent Catholicism (green) and Protestantism (orange), unified by peace (white). Since the 18th century, green has also represented sympathy for Irish independence. Despite St Patrick popularising shamrocks, with many choosing to wear them on the patron saint day, he is historically associated with the red Saltire of St Patrick, featured in the flag of the United Kingdom. The patron saint of Ireland is also associated with the colour blue, after the creation of the Order of St Patrick in the 1780s made it the official colour. “St Patrick’s Blue” can be found on Ireland's Presidential Standard, and in the plume of bearskins worn by the Irish Guards.  The legend of the Leprechaun has also become a modern day symbol of Ireland. Known for their mischievous behaviour and leaving pots of gold at the end of rainbows, today, the mythical creatures feature heavily as a tourist symbol and some people choose to wear Leprechaun costumes and hats to St Patrick's Day parades. Dublin even has its very own Leprechaun Museum. The best things to do in Dublin St Patrick's Day celebrations in Ireland Unlike St David's Day and St George's Day, St Patrick's Day is a bank holiday in Ireland, allowing the Irish to fully embrace the festivities. The people of Ireland honour their patron saint day every year by joining parades and dressing head to toe in green, white and orange, the colours of the Irish flag. Dublin's famous St Patrick's Festival Parade will take place on Sunday March 17 this year, starting at Parnell Square, with music and live performances from bands helping to convey the 2019 theme of storytelling. Historically the "Feast of St Patrick", the day has been observed by the Irish for over 1,000 years and families would traditionally attend church in the morning, before celebrating with dance, drink and a feast of bacon and cabbage. Today, Irish stews and pints of Guinness are often enjoyed as part of the celebration.  As many as 13 million pints of Guinness are poured on St Patrick's Day alone, increasing from the average 10 million glasses poured every day around the world. In fact, 1.8 billion are sold each year and the Guinness Storehouse is situated in the heart of St James's Gate, Dublin, with visitors able to book a tour of the famous site.  Popular Irish toasts on St Patrick's Day, include: "Sláinte mhaith", meaning "good health" in Irish Gaelic, and "may the good St Patrick protect ye, and the devil neglect ye". Other celebrations around the world March 17 sees millions of people around the world, even those without Irish connections, turn out to celebrate St Patrick. In the United States, the White House first recognised the Irish holiday and the countries' relations more than 50 years ago, after President Harry Truman received a box of shamrocks from Ireland's ambassador. In 1956, the first St Patrick's Day meeting between the President and the Irish Taioseach took place and since the 1990s, the White House visit has been held annually. Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, presents US President Donald Trump, with a bowl of Shamrocks during the annual St Patrick's Day ceremony at the White House in Washington D.C. Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Every year, London showcases Irish heritage and culture as part of its annual St Patrick's Day festival and parade. While live stage performances and food stalls can be enjoyed in Trafalgar Square, colourful floats, dancers and Irish communities make their way through the capital's streets. This year, the festivities take place on Sunday March 17. In Tokyo, the "I Love Ireland" parade takes place over two days, on March 16 and 17, with vibrant costumes and marching bands, while in New York, 150,000 people join the parade travelling up Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. In fact, a range of celebrations are held across the globe to celebrate the legendary Irish figure, including parades in Sydney, Australia, Auckland, New Zealand, and Oslo, Norway.  In the British West Indies, the island of Montserrat has a public holiday for St Patrick's Day and observes the patron saint with a seven day festival and parade. Dubbed the "Emerald Isle" in memory of their Irish settlers, Montserrat even use a green shamrock as their official passport stamp. St Patrick's Day is also a provincial holiday in the Canadian province of Newfoundland, where a significant number of Irish people emigrated to during the 18th and 19th centuries.  In Chicago, their river has been traditionally dyed bright green on March 17 since 1962, with thousands heading to the city to see one of the most famous St Patrick's Day sights. Rowers navigate the Chicago River shortly after it was dyed green in celebration of St. Patrick's Day on March 17, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images Other countries join Chicago in turning their famous landmarks green on March 17, including the London Eye and HMS Belfast in London, the pyramids and Sphinx in Egypt, Burj Al Arab in Dubai, Sydney Opera House in Australia and the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. The best Irish recipes Clodagh McKenna's beef and Guinness stew Beautifully tender beef, cooked in the beloved Irish beverage. 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