Asian shares gain on oil price rebound, strong Japan exports

Financial Markets Wall Street-9

TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Thursday after crude oil prices rebounded from an...


Digital devices snub Icelandic language

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. If you want to change the default language on your iPhone, you have many options to choose from, such as Turkish, Dutch, Catalan and both the Brazilian and Portuguese dialects of Portuguese. If you speak Icelandic though, you’re out of luck. The same is true on many...


Pence cites 'challenging times' to troops in American Samoa

Australia Pence

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has thanked American service members based in American Samoa, citing “challenging times” for the military in the Asia-Pacific. Completing a visit to the region and en route back to the United States, Pence addressed some 200 soldiers...


French voters face choose between hope and fear in runoff for presidency

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. PARIS - French voters woke up Monday to a runoff battle for the presidency between a candidate who has preached hope for a more open nation and another who has darkly warned that globalization will destroy France. The victories by Emmanuel Macron, 39, a fresh-faced...


Mainstream politics shut out as Le Pen, Macron win in France

APTOPIX France Election

PARIS (AP) — French voters shut out the political mainstream from the presidency for the first time in modern history, and on Monday found themselves being courted for the runoff election between populist Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron. French politicians on the moderate left and right,...


The Latest: European Jewish leaders call Le Pen 'dangerous'

France Election

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French election (all times local): 12:20 p.m. The president of the European Jewish Congress has lamented the success of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the first round of the French presidential elections. Speaking on Holocaust Remembrance Day, Moshe Kantor...


In Pakistan, student's lynching for alleged blasphemy a new low - but no

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. ZAIDA, Pakistan - Even in his ancestral village here in northwestern Pakistan, where 23-year-old Mashal Khan was the pride of the community, the pointed finger of blasphemy made him an instant pariah. As word reached Zaida earlier this month that Khan, a journalism...


Trump gets on the phone to Asia as another North Korea flashpoint looms

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. BEIJING - President Trump was working the phones Monday morning Asia time, speaking to his counterparts in China and Japan ahead of another key anniversary and potential flashpoint in North Korea. Just days after marking the birthday of founder Kim Il Sung with a...


U.S. defense chief arrives in Kabul as Afghan defense minister resigns in

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. KABUL, Afghanistan - Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis arrived for a surprise visit to Afghanistan Monday as the Trump administration considers boosting U.S. military support for the struggling country. The visit, Mattis’ first as secretary of defense, comes just days...


Xi urges restraint on North Korea in phone call with Trump

Koreas Tension

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping called for restraint in dealing with North Korea during a telephone call with U.S. President Donald Trump, Chinese state media reported Monday, amid speculation that the North could soon carry out a sixth nuclear test. State broadcaster CCTV quoted Xi as...


South Korea, allies brace for North Korea follow-up act

North Korea Koreas Tension

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea marks the founding anniversary of its military on Tuesday, and South Korea and its allies are bracing for the possibility that it could conduct another nuclear test or launch an intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time. North Korea often marks...

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