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  • Fallout from S. Korea scandal could reach as far as U.N. chief Ban

    SEOUL (Reuters) — Besides South Korean President Park Geun-hye, the biggest casualty of the country’s mushrooming political corruption scandal may be the presidential aspirations of United Nations…

  • Pipeline opponents to ride out snowstorm in casino

    MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Some protesters who have been fighting the Dakota Access pipeline retreated to a nearby casino and area shelters overnight as a blizzard blew through, but many remained at a cam…

  • Trump Taiwan call ‘calculated’

    Donald Trump’s protocol-breaking telephone call with Taiwan’s leader was an intentionally provocative move that establishes the incoming president as a break with the past, according to interviews…

  • Merkel sets out 4th term vision

    ESSEN, Germany (Reuters) — Angela Merkel laid out her case for a fourth term as German chancellor on Tuesday, seeking to energize her conservatives with a call to ban full-face Muslim veils and the …

  • Trump lets fly on plans for new Air Force One

    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump, a political newcomer who touts his corporate skills, turned businessman-in-chief Tuesday, first demanding the government cancel a multibillio…

  • China crackdown relies on ‘torture, detentions’

    HONG KONG (Reuters) — The corruption crackdown ordered by Chinese President Xi Jinping is reliant on a secret system of detentions and torture beyond the reach of the formal Chinese criminal justic…

  • EU tells U.K. to ‘keep calm and negotiate’ until Oct. 2018

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) — The European Union’s chief negotiator set a target of agreeing a Brexit deal with Britain by October 2018, assuming London keeps a promise to formally launch the process of le…

  • Syrian troops take Old City of Aleppo

    BEIRUT/GENEVA (Reuters) — Syria’s army and allies pushed into rebel-held parts of Aleppo’s Old City on Tuesday, a monitoring group said, looking closer than ever to achieving their most importan…

  • 12 more prisoners released in Gambia

    BANJUL (Reuters) — Gambia’s high court released a further 12 political prisoners on Tuesday, their lawyer said, adding to hopes of an end to years of repression after long-ruling President Yahya J…

  • Frantic rescue after deadly Indonesia quake

    MEUREUDU, Indonesia (AP) — A strong undersea earthquake rocked Indonesia’s Aceh Province early on Wednesday, killing nearly 100 people and sparking a frantic rescue effort in the rubble of dozens…

  • South Korea corporate chiefs questioned over Park scandal

    SEOUL (Reuters) — South Korean corporate chiefs told a parliamentary panel on Tuesday that they were not seeking favors when they made contributions to two foundations at the heart of a scandal tha…

  • U.S. drug bill clears Senate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan bill to speed government drug approvals and bolster biomedical research cleared its last procedural hurdle in the Senate on Monday in an emotional moment for outgoing…

  • Contenders emerge for N.Z. leadership

    WELLINGTON (Reuters) — At least three senior ministers joined the race to replace New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on Tuesday, a day after Key stunned the nation by resigning to spend more time w…

  • Valls quits govt, launches bid to become French president

    EVRY, France (Reuters) — French Prime Minister Manuel Valls declared on Monday that he would seek the Socialist Party’s nomination for next year’s presidential election and said he was quitting …

  • China urges U.S. to block Tsai’s transit

    BEIJING/GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) — China called on the United States on Tuesday not to let Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen transit there when she visits Guatemala next month, days after President-ele…

  • Top U.K. court hears challenge to Brexit plans

    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s top judges vowed Monday to consider with impartiality the contentious question of who has the power to trigger the U.K.’s exit from the European Union — the government…

  • Is Europe’s populist genie out of the bottle?

    THE HAGUE (AP) — Another crisis looms in an already shook-up European Union. Italian voters rocked Europe’s boat more this weekend than Austrian voters were able to steady it. With its shaky banks…

  • Park ‘to calmly accept impeachment outcome’

    SEOUL (AP) — South Korean President Park Geun-hye will calmly accept impeachment if the opposition-controlled parliament votes for her removal this week, but prefers to resign on her own terms, law…

  • ISIL on brink of losing Sirte

    MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) — Libyan forces said on Monday they were close to securing a final patch of land where Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants have been holding out in their f…

  • Russia, China veto U.N. truce for Aleppo

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — Russia and China on Monday vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have demanded a seven-day truce in Syria’s Aleppo, with Russia arguing it would allow reb…

  • Carson heeds Trump’s call to fill housing role

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a rival-turned-supporter of Donald Trump, overcame his stated qualms about a lack of government experience on Monday to accept the president-e…

  • Original pyramid may lie within Chichen Itza

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Archaeologists have discovered what may be the original structure built at the pyramid of Kukulkan at the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, experts said on Nov. 16. Last year, archae…

  • Scientists aim for first U.S. aquatic species map

    IDAHO (AP) — It sounds like a big fish story: a plan to create a biodiversity map identifying thousands of aquatic species in every river and stream in the western U.S. But scientists say they’re…

  • Male monkeys go to war to maintain status

    PARIS (AFP-Jiji) — Female vervet monkeys manipulate males into fighting battles by lavishing attention on brave soldiers while giving noncombatants the cold shoulder, researchers said on Nov. 23. A…

  • Renzi loss energizes Italy’s populists

    ROME (AP) — Italian voters dealt Prime Minister Matteo Renzi a stinging defeat on his reforms referendum, triggering his resignation announcement and galvanizing the populist, opposition 5-Star Move…

  • Moderates celebrate poll results in Austria

    VIENNA (AP) — Left-leaning Alexander Van der Bellen triumphed over his right-wing rival Sunday in the vote for Austria’s presidency, a victory welcomed by moderate politicians across Europe as a …

  • Thousands pray for late Thai king as nation adjusts to life without him

    BANGKOK (AFP-Jiji) — Thousands of Thais gathered on a Bangkok bridge named after the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on what would have been his birthday Monday, the latest organised mass display of g…

  • Trump complains about China policy

  • N.Z. premier announces resignation

    WELLINGTON (AP) — New Zealand’s popular Prime Minister John Key stunned the nation on Monday when he announced, in a breaking voice, he was resigning after eight years as leader. Key had been wi…

  • Fidel interred in rock

    SANTIAGO, Cuba (Reuters) — Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro’s ashes were encased in a large granite boulder on Sunday in a ceremony that capped nine days of public mourning and aimed to literally…

  • Citing differences, R.P. vice president quits Cabinet

    MANILA (AP) — There was no immediate reaction Monday from Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to the country’s vice president saying she will resign her Cabinet post, citing “major differences…

  • U.S. Army to re-route N.D. oil pipeline

    CANNON BALL, N.D. (AFP-Jiji) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Sunday nixed plans for a controversial oil pipeline crossing in North Dakota, a major victory for Native Americans and environment…

  • Italy’s Premier says he’s resigning after defeat of reforms referendum

    ROME (AP) — Italy’s Premier Matteo Renzi says he’s resigning after defeat of reforms referendum .

  • Toll in California loft fire rises to 33

    OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) — A fire that devastated an Oakland, Calif., loft building during a weekend dance party has taken at least 33 lives and the toll will likely rise, authorities said on Sund…

  • Austrians reject far right in presidential election

    VIENNA (Reuters) — Austrian voters roundly rejected on Sunday a candidate vying to become the first freely elected far-right head of state in Europe since World War II, halting at least temporarily…

  • Renzi vows to resign after Italians defeat referendum

    ROME (Reuters) — Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi vowed to resign after suffering a crushing defeat on Sunday in a referendum on constitutional reform, tipping the eurozone’s third-largest econ…

  • 1st Thai held for royal insult under new king

    BANGKOK (Reuters) — Thai police arrested an anti-junta activist on Saturday for defaming the monarchy in what rights groups said was the first case of lese-majeste brought under Thailand’s new ki…

  • Ex-Chelsea player ‘paid to keep abuse quiet’

    LONDON (AP) — A former Chelsea player said he was paid £50,000 ($77,500) by the Premier League club to “keep a lid” on sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of its former chief scout. Gary Jo…

  • Chelsea apologizes to victim

    LONDON (AP) — Chelsea has apologized to a former player who was sexually abused while a member of the club’s youth team, and said Saturday it was “inappropriate” to pay him £50,000 to keep t…

  • Cuba will ban naming of monuments after Fidel

    SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba (AP) — After a week of national mourning that reached near-religious peaks of adulation, Cuban President Raul Castro announced Saturday that his government would prohibit the…

  • Carter: U.S. must stay in Iraq after ISIL defeated

    SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — The American military, along with its international partners, will need to remain in Iraq even after the expected defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL…

  • Uzbekistan votes to elect 2nd ever president

    BISHKEK (AFP-Jiji) — Uzbekistan went to the polls on Sunday to elect a successor to the late strongman Islam Karimov with long-serving prime minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev expected to score a comforta…

  • Stein: Penn. recount bid will head to federal court

  • Beijing protests over Trump Taiwan call

    BEIJING (AFP-Jiji) — Beijing has lodged a protest with the United States over a call between U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing-wen, the foreign ministry said in a stat…

  • Austrian far-right on cusp of power in poll

    VIENNA (AFP-Jiji) — Austrians returned to the polls on Sunday in a bitterly fought marathon election, which could propel the European Union’s first far-right president to power and boost the anti…

  • Calif. fire kills 9 at dance party; dozens missing

    OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) — A fire that roared through a warehouse dance party in Oakland, Calif., killed more than nine people and left at least two dozen others missing and feared dead inside the…

  • Rain, sorrow for final goodbye

    Military personnel carry a coffin with the remains of a Chapecoense soccer team member, the victim of an air crash in Colombia, during a funeral ceremony at the Arena Conda stadium in Chapeco, Brazil,…

  • Europe holds its breath as Italy votes in key referendum

    ROME (AFP-Jiji) — Italians went to the polls Sunday in a constitutional referendum on which reformist Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has staked his future. Whatever the outcome of a vote being anxious…

  • Study: Swimming, dance, racket sports delay death

    LONDON (Reuters) — Swimming, racket sports and aerobics are associated with the best odds of staving off death, and in particular of reducing the risk of dying from heart disease or stroke, scientis…

  • Trump speaks with Taiwan’s Tsai, risking China tensions

  • Beijing: Call a ploy by Taipei

  • Suu Kyi says intl attention fueling divisions in north

    SINGAPORE/SITTWE, Myanmar (Reuters) — Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi accused the international community on Friday of stoking resentment between Buddhists and Muslims in the country’s northwest, …

  • Gambians celebrate defeat of “billion year” leader

    BANJUL (Reuters) — Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh, who once vowed to rule the tiny West African nation for “a billion years,” said he had accepted his shock election defeat on Friday, 22 years aft…

  • Renzi makes final appeal to Italians

    ROME (Reuters) — With his career on the line, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi made a final appeal to Italians on Friday to support a crucial referendum to change the constitution, saying Italy could be…

  • Bill to impeach Park filed in ROK

    SEOUL — South Korea’s three opposition parties filed an impeachment bill against President Park Geun-hye early Saturday in the National Assembly over a scandal in which Park is alleged to have al…

  • Indonesia ‘blasphemy’ protest grows

    JAKARTA (AP) — At least 200,000 conservative Muslims rallied in the Indonesian capital on Friday in the second major protest in a month against its minority Christian governor who is being prosecut…

  • Charlie Hebdo mocks Merkel in 1st German edition

    BERLIN (Reuters) — The first German edition of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo hit the news stands on Thursday, with a front page lampooning Chancellor Angela Merkel, almost two years after Islamist…

  • Bolivia suspends airline after Colombia crash

    LA PAZ/MEDELLIN, Colombia (Reuters) — Bolivian authorities on Thursday suspended the license of a tiny charter airline whose plane crashed in Colombia this week after apparently running out of fuel…

  • Trump to name Mattis for Pentagon

  • Park foes eye Dec. 9 impeachment vote

    SEOUL (Reuters) — South Korean opposition parties said on Friday they will hold a parliamentary impeachment vote on scandal-tainted President Park Geun-hye next week, while her own party remains un…

  • Trump kicks off ‘thank you’ tour in U.S. heartland

  • Yoga philosophy joins UNESCO list

    ADDIS ABABA (AFP-Jiji) — The ancient Indian philosophy behind yoga, the mind-body discipline now practiced the world over, on Thursday joined UNESCO’s list of intangible world heritage. The disc…

  • Hollande won’t stand for 2nd term as French president

    PARIS (Reuters) — President Francois Hollande shocked France on Thursday by announcing he would not seek a second term next year, acknowledging his deep unpopularity and making way for another lefti…

  • Thai crown prince ascends to throne

    BANGKOK (Reuters) — Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, 64, became Thailand’s new king on Thursday after he accepted an invitation from parliament to succeed his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, wh…

  • 30,000 flee east Aleppo; Russia proposes ‘humanitarian corridors’

    GENEVA (Reuters) — About 30,000 people are receiving aid after fleeing the besieged eastern zone of Aleppo in the past few days, taking the total number of displaced people in the Syrian city to mo…

  • Trump vows to step back from business, focus on White House

  • FBI to gain expanded hacking powers

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) — A last-ditch effort in the Senate to block or delay rule changes that would expand the U.S. government’s hacking powers failed Wednesday, despite concerns the changes would…

  • CIA chief: Trump killing Iran deal would be folly

    LONDON (Reuters) — Outgoing CIA Director John Brennan has said it would be the “height of folly” for U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to tear up Washington’s deal with Tehran because it woul…

  • House Democrats reelect Pelosi as head amid discord

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats reelected Nancy Pelosi as their leader Wednesday, ratifying the status quo in a changing Washington despite widespread frustration over the party’s direction. T…

  • U.S. military vets to form human shield at N.D. protests

    CANNON BALL, N.D. (Reuters) — More than 2,000 U.S. military veterans plan to form a human shield to protect protesters of a pipeline project near a Native American reservation in North Dakota, orga…

  • Colombia’s congress ratifies peace deal with FARC rebels

    BOGOTA (AP) — After five decades of war, more than four years of negotiations and two signing ceremonies, Colombia’s congress late Wednesday formally ratified a peace agreement allowing leftist re…

  • Cubans cheer Castro’s ashes on final journey

    JOVELLANOS, Cuba (Reuters) — Feted by cheering Cubans, a funeral cortege carried the ashes of Fidel Castro out of Havana on Wednesday on a three-day journey to his final resting place in the east of…

  • China warns against ‘pomp’ for bigwigs

    BEIJING (Reuters) — China’s ruling Communist Party has issued new rules to push its fight against deeply entrenched corruption, telling senior officials to travel “without pomp,” not to have …

  • Norwegian keeps chess crown

    NEW YORK (AP) — On a dreary, rainy Manhattan night, a huge, happy roar arose in a crowd of chess fans from around the world. Two-time world chess champion, Magnus Carlsen, had just reached for a f…

  • India’s Supreme Court orders cinemas to play national anthem

    NEW DELHI (Reuters) — Indian cinemas must play the national anthem before screening a film and the audience must stand and listen, the country’s Supreme Court said on Wednesday in a ruling echoin…

  • Thai crown prince returns home to be King Rama X

    BANGKOK (Reuters) — Thailand’s Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn returned to Bangkok on Thursday, two days after parliament said it would invite him to become the country’s new king following th…

  • U.N. imposes new sanctions on N. Korea to slash export revenue

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — The U.N. Security Council imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Wednesday aimed at cutting the Asian country’s annual export revenue by a quarter in response to Pyong…

  • ROK’s ruling party proposes Park quit in April

    SEOUL — Chung Jin Suk, floor leader of South Korea’s ruling Saenuri Party, said Wednesday his party intends to talk with opposition parties about a proposal for President Park Geun-hye to step do…

  • Opposition rejects Park’s offer to quit, pushes impeachment

    SEOUL (Reuters) — South Korean opposition parties vowed on Wednesday to push ahead to try to impeach President Park Geun-hye amid a growing influence-peddling scandal, rejecting her offer to resign…

  • Beijing stays calm despite Taiwan S. China Sea drills

    ITU ABA, South China Sea (Reuters) — Taiwan held rescue drills on Tuesday off the coast of its sole outpost in the Spratly Islands of the South China Sea, but the biggest claimant in the disputed ar…

  • China tells Taiwan: Stay out of H.K. issue

    BEIJING (Reuters) — China called Wednesday on Taiwan to stay out of Hong Kong’s affairs, saying self-ruled Taiwan was “talking nonsense” about the former British colony and warning it not to …

  • Trump picks loyalists, D.C. vets for cabinet posts

  • Pro-Syria forces surge in Aleppo

    BEIRUT (Reuters) — Syria and its allies aim to drive rebels from Aleppo before Donald Trump takes office as U.S. president, a senior official in the pro-Damascus military alliance said, as pro-gover…

  • N. Korea sanctions must be ‘clear,’ China says

    BEIJING (Reuters) — China said on Tuesday it hoped for a “clear” message to be sent with new U.N. sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear program, but would not comment on the draft, saying th…

  • U.N. warns Myanmar on Rohingya situation

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — The reputation of Aung San Suu Kyi’s government in Myanmar is at stake amid international concerns over how it is dealing with violence in the country’s divided north…

  • ‘Lip service’ rued in failed Ukraine peace talks

  • Giant arch to seal Chernobyl ‘for century’

    CHERNOBYL, Ukraine (Reuters) — In the middle of a vast exclusion zone in northern Ukraine, the world’s largest land-based moving structure has been slid over the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site to…

  • May calls Trump after ‘snubs’ to discuss security

    LONDON (Reuters) — British Prime Minister Theresa May and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump agreed on Tuesday that they should work to build relationships through the U.S. transition and meet at the…

  • Cuba’s allies pay tribute to Castro in Havana

    HAVANA (Reuters) — Cuba’s leftist allies and Washington’s top diplomat in Havana joined a sprawling throng of Cubans at a rally on Tuesday to commemorate Fidel Castro, the man who built a Commun…

  • Violence erupts in Brazil over austerity

    BRASILIA (Reuters) — Youths protesting against austerity measures aimed at restoring fiscal discipline in Brazil burned cars and smashed windows of government buildings with rocks on Tuesday as lawm…

  • Cubans come out in Havana en masse to mourn Castro

    HAVANA (Reuters) — Tens of thousands of Cubans, some wrapped in red, white and blue national flags, paid final respects in Havana on Monday to Fidel Castro, who led a leftist revolution, ruled for h…

  • Legal clouds gather over Brexit

    LONDON (Reuters) — A British think-tank said on Monday it planned to take legal action over whether the government can take Britain out of the single market as part of its exit from the European Uni…

  • New foreign minister hints at shift in Denmark

    COPENHAGEN (Reuters) — Denmark’s new coalition government on Monday picked an outspoken eurosceptic as its new foreign minister, marking a potential political shift in a country where opposition …

  • Ireland to get 1st papal visit in 40 years

    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) — Pope Francis will make the first papal trip to Ireland in nearly 40 years, the country’s prime minister said on Monday, amid signs he could also become the first Roman Cat…

  • Syrian girl’s harrowing tweets resonate online

    LONDON (Reuters) — A seven-year-old Syrian girl, whose depictions of daily life in Aleppo have gained a large Twitter following, has sent harrowing messages describing the bombardment of her house …

  • Trudeau’s schedule ‘does not permit’ Castro funeral

    TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will not be attending the funeral of Fidel Castro amid an uproar over his comments over the weekend praising the late Cuban leader. Andree-Lyne…

  • Fewer North Korean workers entering China border

    DANDONG, China (Reuters) — A labor agent sat in his bus on a recent frigid morning, waiting to cross the “Friendship Bridge” at China’s main border post with North Korea. He had come to pick u…

  • Trump, GOP members set to collide on Cuba

  • South Korea leader offers conditional resignation

    SEOUL (AP) — South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Tuesday that she will resign — if parliament arranges the technical details — in her latest attempt to fend off impeachment efforts and ma…

  • ROK’s textbook drafts include more on ‘comfort women’

    SEOUL — The South Korean government released Monday drafts of its government-issued history textbooks set to be introduced in junior high and high schools from March 2017, allocating more space to …

  • Chinese state paper warns Singapore over military ‘hypocrisy’

    BEIJING (Reuters) — The Global Times, China’s nationalist state-owned tabloid, has warned that Singapore’s “hypocrisy” over its military relationship with Taiwan could harm bilateral relatio…

  • U.N. chief ‘humbled’ by crisis in S. Korea

    NEW YORK (Jiji Press) — U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on Monday said he has been “humbled” by the ongoing political crisis in his home country, South Korea, over suspected intervention in …

  • Plane with Brazilian soccer team crashes in Colombia; some survivors found

    MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — A chartered aircraft with 81 people on board, including a Brazilian first division soccer team heading to Colombia for a regional tournament final, has crashed on its way …

  • Asteroid crater tells about Ice Age sea level

    MEXICO CITY (AFP-Jiji) — The massive underwater crater left by the asteroid that exterminated the dinosaurs has provided new evidence that sea levels were much lower during the last Ice Age, researc…

  • Pluto may hide underground ocean

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Evidence is mounting for an ocean on Pluto, buried beneath its frozen heart. Scientists said that Pluto may have rolled over on its axis eons ago, the result of tidal fo…

  • Study: Your dog can remember what you did

    MIAMI (AFP-Jiji) — When it comes to having a short memory and getting easily distracted, dogs often get a bad rap. A study out on Nov. 23 suggests their recall ability may be deeper than previously …

  • Trump assails push for vote recount

  • Fillon proposes radical reforms

    PARIS (Reuters) — Francois Fillon, the center-right candidate in France’s presidential election as of Sunday and pollsters’ favorite to win that vote next May, is a social conservative and free …

  • New Orleans shooting leaves 1 dead

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Police had already increased patrols in New Orleans’ bustling French Quarter before gunfire erupted early Sunday, leaving one man dead and nine other people wounded in a touris…

  • Swiss reject plan to speed up exit from N-energy

    BERLIN (AP) — Swiss voters rejected a plan to accelerate the country’s exit from nuclear energy in a referendum Sunday, turning down an initiative that would have forced their government to shut …

  • Elian Gonzalez: Late Cuban leader ‘a friend’

    HAVANA (AP) — Elian Gonzalez, the center of an international custody battle waged by Fidel Castro nearly two decades ago, returned to the public eye Sunday to praise the leader who fought to return…

  • Trudeau defends Castro remarks

    TORONTO (Reuters) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, criticized for fondly remembering Fidel Castro without mention of his human rights record, defended his comments on Sunday and said the l…

  • Temer to block any corruption amnesty

    BRASILIA (AFP-Jiji) — Brazil’s President Michel Temer, together with congressional leaders, vowed on Sunday to block any attempt by legislators to grant themselves a corruption amnesty as he sou…

  • Syria forces take Aleppo rebel areas

    ALEPPO, Syria (AFP-Jiji) — Government forces have retaken a third of rebel-held territory in Aleppo, forcing nearly 10,000 civilians to flee as they pressed their offensive to retake Syria’s seco…

  • Zimbabwe rolls out ‘surrogate’ dollars amid unease

    HARARE (AFP-Jiji) — Zimbabwe on Monday starts issuing “bond notes,” its own currency equivalent to the U.S. dollar in a bid to ease critical cash shortages amid widespread fears of a return to …

  • Israel kills 4 ISIL-linked gunmen

    JERUSALEM (AFP-Jiji) — Israeli forces killed four gunmen linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group after they fired on soldiers Sunday, the military said, in the first such att…

  • Fillon wins French conservative presidential primary

    PARIS (Reuters) — Hardline reformist Francois Fillon scored a resounding win in France’s conservative primaries on Sunday, making him favorite to win a presidential election five months from now …

  • A real difference: Leading the fight to eliminate land mines

    Ever since Agnes Marcaillou became director of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in 2012, she has been motivated every day by the direct impact of her mission on the people she works for…

  • U.N. nears sanctions on DPRK coal exports

    The U.N. Security Council’s five veto powers are close to approving new sanctions on North Korea to cut the isolated state’s earnings from exports by more than a quarter, principally by targeting…

  • Iraq adopts law fully legalizing Shiite militias

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Rekindling sectarian rivalries at a sensitive time, Iraq’s Parliament on Saturday voted to fully legalize state-sanctioned Shiite militias long accused of abuses against minority S…

  • South Sudan accepts more U.N. peacekeepers

    JUBA (AP) — South Sudan’s government has accepted with “no conditions” an increase in the peacekeeping force in the country as mandated by the U.N. Security Council in August, Cabinet Affairs…

  • Juncker urges Turkey not to disregard EU warnings

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) — Turkey should heed European Union warnings over halting membership talks and carry out reforms demanded by the bloc, the president of the European Commission said on Saturday i…

  • Analysis / What next for Cuba after Castro’s death?

    HAVANA (AFP-Jiji) — A page in Cuba’s history has turned with the death of its revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. So what happens now on the communist island? The Caribbean nation is at a crossroa…

  • Clinton team to take part in vote recount

  • 3 California mosques get threatening letters

  • Joy erupts in Miami while Havana mourns

    HAVANA (AFP-Jiji) — Havana plunged into mourning Saturday and celebrations erupted in Miami at the death of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, whose iron-fisted rule defied the United States …

  • K-pop video director charged in scandal

    SEOUL (AFP-Jiji) — A prominent K-pop music video director was charged Sunday as part of a corruption scandal rocking South Korea and engulfing President Park Geun-hye. Cha Eun Taek, who has worked…

  • Filipinos march in Manila to protest dictator’s divisive burial

    MANILA (Reuters) — Thousands of Filipinos demonstrated on Friday against last week’s burial of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos in a heroes’ cemetery, showing disdain for the veneration afforde…

  • Duterte: Talks, not war may solve Philippine conflict

    ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AFP-Jiji) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte raised the prospect Friday of holding peace talks with Abu Sayyaf, an Islamic militant group which has abducted dozens of fo…

  • Erdogan, Putin in Syria talks after Turkish soldiers killed

    ISTANBUL (AFP-Jiji) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the Syrian conflict with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin by phone Friday after the Turkish army accused Moscow ally Dam…

  • British fashion photographer David Hamilton dies

    PARIS (AFP-Jiji) — Controversial British fashion photographer David Hamilton, 83, was found dead in his Parisian home Friday, emergency services sources said, just weeks after being accused of rape…

  • Fidel Castro a revolutionary, lifelong learner

    HAVANA (AFP-Jiji) — His long-winded political rants were legendary. But Fidel Castro also loved burning the midnight oil, the written word, and, ironically, the sport that unites Cuba and its U.S. …

  • French prosecutor: 4 friends plotted imminent attack in Paris

    PARIS (AP) — Four long-time friends in their 30s, living in the same French city and communicating through a closed phone line, were planning a terror attack in France as early as next week on orde…

  • Strong quake kills 1 in western China

    BEIJING (AFP-Jiji) — A powerful 6.5-magnitude quake rocked a mountainous area of far western China Friday night, with one person killed when a house collapsed in a region often plagued with seismic…

  • 43 killed in Iranian train collision

    TEHRAN (AP) — A train collision in northern Iran killed at least 43 people and injured 100 on Friday, Iran’s state media reported. The official IRNA news agency quoted Mostafa Mortazavi, a spoke…

  • Cuba’s Fidel Castro, who defied U.S. for 50 years, has died

    HAVANA (AP) — Former President Fidel Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half century r…

  • Protesters gather for 5th week

    SEOUL (Reuters) — Hundreds of thousands rallied in central Seoul on Saturday for a fifth week of protests against President Park Geun-hye, in the largest ongoing series of demonstrations in the cou…

  • France’s Fillon makes patriotic pitch for final votes

    PARIS (AFP-Jiji) — Conservative presidential frontrunner Francois Fillon drew cheers for his uncompromising views on Islam and French identity at a final rally in Paris Friday ahead of a primary vot…

  • Trump names McGahn counsel, McFarland to security post

    WASHINGTON (Bloomberg) — President-elect Donald Trump named Donald F. McGahn as White House counsel and Kathleen McFarland as deputy national security adviser, moves that add a lawyer seasoned in po…

  • Indonesia arrests bombing suspect

    JAKARTA (Reuters) — Police in Indonesia have arrested a suspected Islamist militant and seized a large quantity of bomb making material that he planned to use in attacks on government buildings and…

  • ‘Brady Bunch’ star Henderson dies at 82

    WASHINGTON (AFP-Jiji) — Florence Henderson, who played the virtuous matriarch on “The Brady Bunch” — the iconic U.S. TV series of the early 1970s — has died at the age of 82. Henderson pas…

  • Park’s approval rating sinks to new record low

    SEOUL (Reuters) — South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s approval rating fell to 4 percent amid a deepening political crisis, marking an all-time low for any democratically elected leader in the …

  • Colombia govt, rebels ink new deal

    BOGOTA (AP) — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos signed a revised peace agreement with the country’s largest rebel movement on Thursday, making a second attempt within months to end a half ce…

  • Schulz to return to German politics

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) — European Parliament President Martin Schulz is returning to German politics, raising the prospect he may challenge Angela Merkel as chancellor and prompting speculation of a re…

  • EU lawmakers vote to halt Turkey membership talks

    STRASBOURG (Reuters) — European Union lawmakers called on Thursday for a temporary halt to EU membership talks with Turkey because of Ankara’s “disproportionate” reaction to July’s failed c…

  • Man gets life for killing U.K. lawmaker

    LONDON (Reuters) — A loner obsessed with Nazis and extreme right-wing ideology was sentenced on Wednesday to spend the rest of his life in prison for murdering lawmaker Jo Cox in a frenzied street …

  • Suicide bomb kills 100 in Iraq / Scores of Iran pilgrims among attack victims

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) — A suicide truck bomb killed about 100 people, most of them Iranian Shiite pilgrims, at a petrol station in the city of Hilla, 100 kilometers south of Baghdad on Thursday, police …

  • Tens of thousands flee wildfire in Israel

    HAIFA, Israel (AP) — A wildfire roared through parts of Israel’s third-largest city on Thursday, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes as the country’s leaders raised the …

  • Stricter sanctions on N. Korea ‘agreed upon by U.S., China’

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — The United States and China have agreed on new U.N. sanctions to impose on North Korea over the nuclear test it conducted in September, but Russia is delaying action on a…

  • Court upholds life sentences for 2 Khmer Rouge leaders

    PHNOM PENH (AP) — A special Cambodian court on Wednesday upheld the life sentences for the two most senior surviving members of the Khmer Rouge regime, which was responsible for the deaths of 1.7 mi…

  • Trump names Haley as envoy to U.N.

  • Trump claims ‘open mind’ on Paris deal

  • Power vacuum opens in Seoul as Park fights for her survival

  • De Niro among Obama’s good fellas and females

  • Russia defies EU sanctions

  • British warship arrives in Israel

  • Fillon bites back, says ‘I am no medieval reactionary’

  • Philippine general: U.S. agrees to scale back military drills

  • Ex-CIA boss hints at serving Trump

  • Pope extends to all priests power to forgive abortions

  • Queen could host Trump in months

  • Trump remains elusive on Cabinet

  • 6 children killed in bus crash

  • ISIL’s Mosul supply route on verge of being severed

  • Seoul ‘would accept’ bigger defense burden

  • Duterte to ban fishing in Scarborough Shoal

  • New device sparks hope for paralysis cure

  • Phone dirt reveals data

  • Mattis leading candidate for Trump’s defense secretary

  • Obama says goodbye to world stage after 8 years

  • Merkel to seek 4th term next year

  • ROK lawmakers move to impeach Park

  • Sarkozy defeated in conservative primary

  • Reeling from hurricane, Haiti awaits outcome of election

  • Record sale for a rare Tintin drawing in Paris auction

  • Egypt jails journalists’ union chief for 2 years

  • Merkel to increase spending in election year

  • Xi calls for ‘smooth transition’ in U.S. relations

  • Kin gather at Marcos’ tomb amid protests

  • ‘Hamilton’ cast’s plea to VP-elect ignites debate

  • Prosecutors consider Park as ‘accomplice’

  • Trump holds talks with old foe Romney

  • Hospitals in Aleppo ‘out of action’

  • At least 90 killed as Indian train derails

  • Dalai Lama visits Mongolia over China’s objections

  • Women’s cancer deaths predicted to soar

  • White coat hypertension may point to heart problem

  • Study: Anesthesia risks in early childhood minimal

  • Watch your self! India tops ranking for selfie deaths

  • Trump picks loyalists for top security, law enforcement jobs

  • Petraeus eyed for defense chief

  • NATO ‘absolutely confident’ Trump committed to alliance

  • UN climate talks end with pleas for Trump to join fight

  • Granddaughter of Trump sings ‘PPAP’

  • NYT subscriptions up despite Trump’s claim

  • Oxford Dictionaries names ‘post-truth’ word of the year

  • Vietnam ‘expanding’ S. China Sea runway

  • Trump ‘offers ex-general Flynn national security adviser job’

  • Park’s lawyer seeks more time from prosecutors

  • U.N. arms embargo sought on S. Sudan

  • IAEA chides Iran for failing to keep N-deal commitments

  • Obama urges Trump to stand up to Russia

  • Duterte threatens to leave ICC

  • Clinton: Fight for our values

  • Dozens killed in strikes on eastern Aleppo

  • Obama urges world to resist isolationism

  • Kerry: U.S. climate goals won’t be reversed

  • U.S. cancels energy leases in sacred Montana area

  • DAPL decision unlikely until 2017

  • Dylan won’t attend Nobel gala

  • Extensive cultural damage in Iraq’s historic Nimrud

  • Hollande ex-minister Macron launches bid for presidency

  • Team denies disorganization

  • Police pursue blasphemy case against Jakarta head

  • Hollande, Ban urge Trump to respect climate deal

  • DPRK ‘does not care’ who is U.S. president

  • Assad ready to work with Trump

  • Russia restarts airstrikes in Syria

  • Trump turns to Wall Street

  • ISIL executes 21 civilians in Mosul

  • Yemen ceasefire ‘agreed’

  • Hardliner says wall, Muslim registry plans ongoing

  • Luxury N.Y. apartments stripped of Trump name

  • Dakota pipeline protests escalate as firms step in

  • Thailand confirms 33 new Zika cases

  • Park’s lawyer requests prosecutors to delay deadline

  • Global temperatures head for new record

  • H.K. court sides with Beijing over lawmakers

  • 100s evacuated from N.Z. quake-hit areas

  • British PM May: It’s time to respond to transformed world

  • New EU defense plan aims for ‘strategic autonomy’

  • Giuliani tipped for secretary of state

  • FBI: Muslim hate crimes up 67%

  • U.S. may have committed war crimes, Hague court says

  • Gambia to quit ICC in 2017

  • Putin, Trump speak by phone, agree to work to improve ties

  • Obama says Trump is ‘pragmatic’

  • Human antibody gives hope for Zika treatment

  • Zebrafish offers clues for spinal repair

  • Does Shanghai lack long-term climate plan?

  • S. Korea’s Park to be quizzed as early as today

  • Trump’s new chief of staff a man with many friends

  • Xi, Trump agree to meet

  • Bulgaria premier quits over new pro-Russia president

  • France marks 1 year since Paris terrorist attacks

  • Colombia signs new peace deal

  • Trump names GOP head as chief of staff

  • 2 dead after M7.8 quake hits N.Z.

  • ‘2-3 million’ to be deported

  • Trump assigns Pence transition team head

  • Obamacare portions to be ‘kept’

  • Germany says time to support Africa

  • Trump begins laying transition groundwork

  • Hundreds of thousands rally in Seoul to demand Park’s ouster

  • After off the mark polls, some question value of ‘big data’

  • Analysis / Trump could easily erase Obama’s legacy

  • Xi vows zero tolerance for separatist movements

  • Protocol on press access bucked

  • Park’s approval rating remains at all-time low

  • Fresh protests erupt in U.S. cities; Trump blames media

  • Taliban car bomb strikes German consulate; 4 killed

  • Trump meets with Obama, discusses transfer of power

  • Hollywood in mourning over Trump victory

  • U.N. says food rations are out in east Aleppo

  • Singer-Songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen dead at age 82

  • Populist pandering no way to lead U.S.

  • Senate leader dashes hopes for TPP vote before year-end

  • Angry anti-Trump protesters march in cities across U.S.

  • Lab pig Ebola scare unfolds in Canada

  • An unexpected thrill ride on TV

  • Trump win elicits fears, some cheers around globe

  • Prince Harry condemns media ‘harassment’ of new girlfriend

  • Some look to Canada, N.Z. after Trump’s rise

  • Embattled Park to skip APEC meeting

  • H.K. lawyers march against China’s ‘interference’

  • GOP maintains control of Congress

  • Trump triumphs over Clinton / Real estate mogul wins key swing states in stunning run to White House

  • Donald Trump elected president

  • Trump takes Florida, Ohio, N.C. in battle for White House

  • Winner must help heal U.S. politics

  • Astronaut votes while he ‘floats’

  • Janet Reno, 1st female U.S. attorney general, dies

  • Samsung offices raided by prosecutors as Park scandal deepens

  • U.N. talks aim for action on COP22 pledges

  • Medics talk of ‘Humvees loaded with bodies’

  • Militia edges forward in Raqqa assault

  • Mass ISIL grave found near Mosul

  • Israel rejects French invite to Middle East peace conference

  • In defeat, Park to let parliament pick PM

  • Nature in Short / Flowering gentians catch your eye in late autumn

  • Heading affects memory

  • Mutant mosquitoes to breed out diseases

  • Humanity killing off wildlife, marine life

  • China moves to bar H.K. activists

  • U.S. turnout surges among minorities

  • Pope holds Mass for 1,000 prisoners

  • Assault launched on ISIL ‘capital’ in Syria

  • Michelin releases 1st Seoul guide

  • Trump, Clinton court voters in swing states

  • Melania worked ‘without proper visa’

  • Security scare for Trump in final days

  • U.S. warning of Al-Qaida election threat

  • Clinton sent daughter material later classified

  • Clinton, Trump clash in final campaign stretch

  • Fending off Trump, Clinton tries to secure ‘blue wall’

  • Trump, Clinton in close final week battle

  • Trump sticks to attacking Clinton

  • Trump seeks boost from Clinton’s email probe

  • Poll: Clinton extends lead

  • Trump touts urban policy and his new hotel

  • Trump’s Hollywood star smashed

  • Half of all Republicans would reject poll result

  • Youngsters prefer ‘giant meteor’

  • Analysis / Trump stays on scorched earth strategy

  • Trump says he may not accept election result

  • N.C. GOP office torched, graffiti threat sprayed nearby

  • Trump ramps up rigged election claim

  • Trump campaign rocked by new sexual allegations

  • Obama: ‘Democracy itself’ at stake in poll

  • Michelle Obama excoriates Trump over sexual assault

  • Trump campaign hit by new allegations of sexual assault

  • House Speaker Ryan dumps Trump

  • Forgiveness, praise focus of Pence’s resurfacing

  • 2nd debate marked by personal insults

  • More Republicans condemn Trump

  • Ryan ‘sickened’ by comments

  • Trump caught making lewd remarks about women

  • Clinton edges out in front of Trump in national poll

  • Twitter, ‘lies’ and videotape: Trump shames beauty queen

  • Clinton hits Trump over Cuba embargo ‘violation’

  • 1st Trump-Clinton showdown draws record ratings for debate

    NEW YORK (AP) — The showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was the most-watched presidential debate ever, with 84 million viewers. The Nielsen company said the viewership, over 13 netwo…

  • Analysis / Trump struggles to be ‘change’ candidate in 1st TV debate

  • Asia viewers see Clinton as winner

  • Trump plagued by sniffles during debate

  • Trump vows to accept ‘undivided’ Jerusalem

  • Clinton, Trump neck and neck heading into 1st showdown

  • Cruz endorses Trump, whom he called ‘utterly amoral’

  • Clinton leads Trump by 4 points

  • Politics takes center stage at Emmys

  • Clinton condemns triple ‘apparent terrorist attacks’

  • Clinton, Trump trade barbs over health amid tighter race

  • Powell criticizes candidates in slew of hacked emails

  • Clinton, Trump seek to prove fitness

  • Rio 2016 / U.S. swimmers were not robbed, Brazil police say

  • TV camera falls on Rio Games visitors in latest mishap

  • Putin slams discrimination at send-off ceremony

  • High alert for Olympics

  • Olympic torch lit by Rousseff

  • 100 days to Rio Olympics, many challenges remain

  • 6 months to Rio Games, troubles mount for Brazil

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