Russia's Kremlin counts days to Trump's inauguration, blasts Obama

Russia Waiting For Trump

With eager anticipation, the Kremlin is counting the days to Donald Trump's inauguration and...


South Korea seeks arrest of Samsung scion in graft scandal

South Korea Politics

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In a departure from the leniency typically given South Korean big businesses, prosecutors on Monday requested the arrest of the de facto head of Samsung Electronics, the country’s most valuable company, in an influence-peddling scandal that has toppled the country’s...


Kyrgyzstan Health Ministry says cargo plane crash kills 37

APTOPIX Kyrgyzstan Plane Crash

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — A cargo plane crashed Monday in a residential area just outside the main airport in Kyrgyzstan, killing at least 37 people, the Emergency Situations Ministry said on Monday. The Turkish Boeing 747 crashed just outside the Manas airport, south of the capital Bishkek,...


Oman says it accepts 10 Guantanamo Bay inmates at US request

Oman Guantanamo

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Oman said Monday it accepted 10 inmates from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay ahead of President Barack Obama leaving office, part of his efforts to shrink the facility he promised to close. There was no immediate word from the U.S. Defense Department about the...


Correction: Jordan-New Cabinet story

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan’s interior and foreign ministers have been replaced in a Cabinet reshuffle, at a time of public discontent with perceived security lapses and rising unemployment. King Abdullah II swore in the new Cabinet on Sunday, which included six new ministers. Interior Minister...


A look at how Trump might shake things up in Asia

Trump Asia Impact

BEIJING (AP) — Donald Trump has offered views on U.S. relations with Asia that could indicate radical shifts in long-standing policy toward the region. From opposing free trade agreements to confronting China and questioning Japan-South Korea alliances, he appears set to be charting a course far...


China state media call Trump's Taiwan strategy 'despicable'

China Trump-1

BEIJING (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump “speaks like a rookie,” China’s state-run media said Monday, describing his suggested use of America’s position on Taiwan as a bargaining chip as “despicable.” The nationalist tabloid Global Times published an editorial blasting Trump’s strategy and...


Stark inequality: Oxfam says 8 men as rich as half the world

Myanmar Daily Life

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The gap between the super-rich and the poorest half of the global population is starker than previously thought, with just eight men, from Bill Gates to Michael Bloomberg, owning as much wealth as 3.6 billion people, according to an analysis by Oxfam released Monday....


One of Europe's most powerful jobs is up for grabs, but no one's paying

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. BRUSSELS - One of the most powerful jobs in the European Union is up for grabs Tuesday - but few on this continent know about the election. The president of the European Parliament, a bit like the U.S. House speaker, has a sweeping ability to dictate the course of...


World diplomats tell Trump, Israel: Mideast needs peace

France Midesast Peace

PARIS (AP) — Sending a forceful message to Israel’s prime minister and the incoming Trump administration, dozens of countries called Sunday on Israel and the Palestinians to revive work toward long-elusive peace — including an independent Palestinian state. The closing declaration at a Mideast...


Mideast conference has an urgent message for Trump

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. PARIS - In a diplomatic gambit that at times sounded as though the clock was about to run out, envoys from some 70 countries Sunday called on Israel and the Palestinians to recommit to the goal of two states for two peoples, before the possibility slips away. But...

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