American evangelist leads rare event in communist Vietnam

Vietnam Franklin Graham

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — More than 10,000 Vietnamese filled up a stadium in a rare Christian...


Palestinian leader rejects US role in peace process

Turkey Islamic Summit

ISTANBUL (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told an international summit Wednesday that the United States was unfit to mediate the Mideast conflict, marking a major policy shift after decades spent courting American goodwill. He announced the shift, which came in response to President...


Cruise ships spark first signs of tourism recovery in storm-battered Caribbean

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. Almost three months after Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico as a nearly Category 5 storm, a third of the island is still without power. Roughly two-thirds of its 45,000 small businesses suffered closures, with as many as 10,000 planning never to reopen their doors. Just 129...


The Latest: Muslim summit rejects Trump's Jerusalem move

Turkey Jerusalem Islamic Summit

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on the gathering of Islamic nations seeking a united stance against the Trump administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Muslim nations have “rejected and condemned” President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the...


S. African court blasts Zuma, orders `state capture' inquiry to proceed

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. South Africa’s High Court ruled that a commission of inquiry into allegations that President Jacob Zuma allowed the Gupta family to influence state decisions be set up within 180 days, as the graft ombudsman ordered last year, dealing Zuma a third legal blow in less than a week....


KHL undecided on allowing players to go to the Olympics

Russian Doping

MOSCOW (AP) — The president of the Kontinental Hockey League said Wednesday he is waiting to find out how many Russians will be banned from the Pyeongchang Olympics before deciding if he will allow his players to compete in South Korea. Dmitry Chernyshenko, the head of the organizing committee for...


Rio's Pentecostal mayor takes on the capital of Carnival

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - The mayor of this sultry metropolis slashed funding for Carnival, its gay pride parade and a procession honoring an Afro-Brazilian goddess. Mayor Marcelo Crivella, a Pentecostal Christian, calls the moves fiscal prudence. But Rio’s libertines...


Under Putin, Russia increases clout in the Middle East

Syria Putin

MOSCOW (AP) — When Russia launched a military campaign in Syria two years ago, President Vladimir Putin sought to save his ally from imminent collapse and break Russia’s international isolation over a crisis in Ukraine. He achieved that and more, emerging as a key stakeholder in the Middle East who...


Russian nuclear plant says it emits leaked nuclear isotope

Russia Radioactivity

MOSCOW (AP) — A senior executive at the Russian nuclear processing plant suspected of being behind a spike of radioactivity over Europe this fall admitted Wednesday that the isotope recorded does emerge as part of the plant’s production cycle but said its levels are negligible. Russian officials...


Indonesia politician's graft trial delayed by stomach woes

Indonesia Corruption

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A top Indonesian politician accused of involvement in one of the country’s biggest corruption scandals told a court on the first day of his trial that he was suffering a stomach complaint, forcing a postponement while his medical condition was checked. Lawyers for Setya...


EU Parliament votes against banning key kebab additive

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament narrowly defeated plans to ban an additive that is considered key in industrial meats for the popular doner kebab. Needing an absolute majority of at least 376 votes for a ban on phosphates, the legislature fell 3 votes short on Wednesday. The decision had...

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