Maduro: Digital currency puts Venezuela on tech vanguard

Venezuela Virtual Currency

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Cash-strapped Venezuela on Tuesday became the first country to launch its...


Sacred Jerusalem church shuttered in dispute with Israeli authorities

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. JERUSALEM - The doors of Jerusalem’s sacred Church of the Holy Sepulchre remained shuttered Sunday amid a growing dispute between Christian leaders in the Holy Land and Israel over the future of multiple church-owned properties and lands they say should be protected...


Political end to Olympics: NKorea offers talks with US

Pyeongchang Olympics

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The overtly political 2018 Winter Olympics closed Sunday night very much as they began, with humanity’s finest athletes marching exuberantly across the world stage as three nations with decades of war and suspicion among them shared a VIP box — and a potential path...


UNICEF: Basic needs of young Syrian refugee children not met

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The U.N. agency for children said Sunday that 85 percent of Syrian refugee children in Jordan live in poverty, 38 percent are not in school and almost half of those under the age of five don’t have access to proper health care. The findings by UNICEF are based on responses from...


China paves way for Xi Jinping to extend rule beyond 2 terms

China Politics

BEIJING (AP) — China’s ruling Communist Party has proposed scrapping term limits for the country’s president, the official news agency said Sunday, appearing to lay the groundwork for party leader Xi Jinping to rule as president beyond 2023. The party’s Central Committee proposed to remove from the...


NAFTA talks go into their seventh round, and Canada isn't optimistic

Special To The Washington Post. OTTAWA, Canada - When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the United States this month, he didn’t go to the White House. Instead, he visited the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, where he was presented with pages of the original U.S.-Canada Free Trade...


The Venezuelan oil industry is on a cliff's edge, and a US embargo could tip it over

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. PUNTA DE MATA, Venezuela -The Trump administration is threatening to embargo Venezuelan oil, a potentially ruinous blow to the Saudi Arabia of South America. But here in the home of the world’s largest crude reserves, Venezuela is killing its largest industry all on...


As Winter Games close, Olympics chief lauds diplomatic thaw between the Koreas

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. PYEONGCHANG, South Korea - The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics closed in a burst of fireworks and diplomacy, with hosts South Korea passing over the baton for 2022 to the next hosts, Beijing, and opening a new channel to Pyongyang. Norway topped the medal table, with...


North Korean envoy, in South, opens door to US talks

South Korea Koreas Olympics

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — A North Korean envoy making a rare visit to South Korea said Sunday that his country was willing to open talks with the United States, a rare step toward diplomacy between enemies after a year of North Korean missile and nuclear tests and direct threats of war from...


AP PHOTOS: Highlights of Day 16 at the Pyeongchang Olympics

APTOPIX Pyeongchang Olympics Ice Hockey Men

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Norway’s Marit Bjoergen closed out a remarkable Olympic career in dominant fashion, winning the gold medal in the women’s 30-kilometer mass start at the Pyeongchang Games. The Russian men’s hockey team captured the gold over Germany with a 4-3 win in overtime. And...


China proposes removal of two-term limit, potentially paving way for President Xi Jinping

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. BEIJING - China plans to remove presidential term limits from its constitution, potentially allowing President Xi Jinping to stay on beyond his second term, which ends in 2023. The official newswire of the ruling Communist Party announced on Sunday a proposal to...

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