Emboldened Xi lays out vision for China, warning for Taiwan

China Politics

BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping vowed Tuesday to protect “every inch” of China’s territory,...


French hero officer who swapped himself for hostage dies

France Shooting

TREBES, France (AP) — A French police officer who offered himself up to an extremist gunman in exchange for a hostage has died of his injuries, the interior minister said Saturday. Col. Arnaud Beltrame was among the first officers to respond to the attack on the supermarket in the south of France...


China's economic czar tells US Beijing will defend interests

BEIJING (AP) — China’s newly-appointed economic czar told U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Saturday that Beijing is ready to defend its interests after President Donald Trump announced plans to slap tariffs on nearly $50 billion Chinese imports. Chinese Vice Premier Liu He told Mnuchin in a...


Koreas to hold high-level talks next week to set up summit

South Korea Koreas Tensions

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The rival Koreas agreed to hold high-level talks next week to prepare for an April summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, South Korea said Saturday. The summit aims to improve relations and resolve the standoff over the...


Lincoln to Thai king: Thanks but no thanks for the elephants

Thailand Lincoln Elephants

BANGKOK (AP) — Elephants are Thailand’s national animal, so it’s only natural that King Mongkut in 1861 offered to send a pair to the United States as a gift of a friendship that has endured 200 years. President Abraham Lincoln, likely bemused and relieved at the distraction from America’s then-...


Return of a hawk on North Korea and Iran sparks concerns abroad

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. BRUSSELS - President Donald Trump’s decision to make John Bolton his new national security adviser ricocheted around the globe Friday, unsettling allies and raising alarm that a hawk who advocates military action against North Korea and Iran will have the president’s...


Australian volunteers save 5 of over 150 stranded whales

Australia Beached Whales

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Volunteers in western Australia have managed to rescue only five of 150 short-finned pilot whales that became stranded on a beach. The surviving whales, up to 5 1/2 meters (16.4 feet) long, have been moved to deeper waters, but Parks and Wildlife Service Incident Controller...


Extremist slain, 3 dead after rampage in southern France

France Shooting

TREBES, France (AP) — A gun-wielding extremist went on a rampage Friday in a quiet corner of southern France, killing three people as he hijacked a car, opened fire on police and took hostages in a supermarket, where panicked shoppers hid in a meat locker or ran through the aisles. After an hours-...


US hits Iranian hacker network with sanctions

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. WASHINGTON - The Trump administration on Friday announced sanctions and criminal indictments against an Iranian hacker network it said was involved in “one of the largest state-sponsored hacking campaigns” ever prosecuted by the United States, targeting hundreds of U....


Syrian rebels agree to evacuation from desperately besieged enclave

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. BEIRUT - Syrian rebel groups said Friday that a deal had been struck to evacuate thousands of people from the besieged and broken Syrian enclave of Eastern Ghouta amid growing reports that men who crossed to government territory are being forcibly conscripted....


After escape from North Korea, family adjusts to Seoul's dizzying pace

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. SEOUL - Last August, they were making a terrifying escape from North Korea, fleeing over rivers and on buses and in rickety taxis through China, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. The fisherman and his wife hadn’t been doing too badly in North Korea, by the low standards of...

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