Myanmar takes back 1 Rohingya family despite UN concerns

Bangladesh Myanmar Rohingya

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar has accepted what appears to be the first five among some 700,000 Rohingya...


Firing of striking nurses stokes concern over Zimbabwe Democracy

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. The Zimbabwean government’s dismissal of thousands of striking nurses drew condemnation from labor unions and dimmed hopes that the removal of Robert Mugabe as president last year would usher in a new era of stability in the southern African nation. The firings may hinder the...


South America's star economy set to vote to keep it that way

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. With Paraguay’s economy booming, this Sunday’s elections are less about policies and more about the candidates and their party machines. In terms of growth, this landlocked country -- roughly the size of California -- is one of the few bright spots in Latin America in recent...


How American neglect imperils the victory over ISIS

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. RAQQA, Syria - Every three or four days, Fatima Mahmoud hitchhikes 37 miles across a hilly expanse of northeastern Syria to her home town of Raqqa. She comes to visit her husband’s final resting place, beneath a large mound of concrete that once was their home. She...


Rebels in Syria's south brace for onslaught, fear wider war

Syria Southern Front

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Rebels in southern Syria who were once backed by the United States fear a new offensive by President Bashar Assad’s forces, one that risks igniting a wider conflict. A government push to the south could bring allied Iranian and Russian forces even closer to the increasingly...


Intruders thought stealing gold mace would disrupt Nigeria's parliament. It didn't work.

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. A group of intruders stormed into Nigeria’s senate on Wednesday, leaving lawmakers stunned after they absconded with their apparent prize: A ceremonial mace. Just a day later, police announced they had found the mace under an overpass in Abuja - releasing a statement...


Seoul: N. Korean leader removes major nuclear sticking point

South Korea Koreas Tension Ending the War

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday that his rival, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, isn’t asking for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Korean Peninsula as a precondition for abandoning his nuclear weapons. If true, this would seem to remove a major...


Queen drafted to charm ex-colonies into post-Brexit free trade

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. It’s 21 years since the Commonwealth, the group of countries that used to make up the British Empire, met in Britain. Then the U.K. had an ardently Europhile leader, Tony Blair, basking in the glory of a record-breaking win, and a queen whose popularity was in crisis over her...


Diaz-Canel replaces Raul Castro as Cuba's president

Cuba Transition

HAVANA (AP) — HAVANA (AP) — A 57-year-old bureaucrat replaced Raul Castro as the president of Cuba on Thursday, launching a new political era as a government led by a single family for six decades tries to ensure the long-term survival of one of the world’s last communist states. The National...


Italy to face Saudi Arabia in friendly next month

ROME (AP) — Italy will play World Cup qualifier Saudi Arabia in St. Gallen, Switzerland on May 28. While four-time champion Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades, Saudi Arabia will play in the tournament for the first time since 2006. Saudi Arabia will face...


Volcano erupts in Kyushu, Japan

(c) 2018, The Japan News/Yomiuri. An explosive eruption occurred at Mount Io in the Kirishima mountain range in Kyushu at around 3:39 p.m. on Thursday, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. Following the eruption, the agency raised the volcanic alert level from Level 2 (do not approach the...

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