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Rio security chief wants soldiers to start policing city

Brazil Rio Airport Expansion

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The head of security for the state of Rio de Janeiro wants soldiers to start...

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Asian markets down slightly as investors wait for Fed

Financial Markets Wall Street-1

TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets were down slightly in subdued trading Tuesday amid anticipation the U.S. Federal Reserve may raise interest rates in June. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 slipped 0.5 percent in early trading to 16,566.23 as the yen continued to strengthen, putting a...


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South Korea: Overseas North Korean restaurant workers flee

Koreas Restaurant Defectors

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — An unspecified number of North Koreans working at a Pyongyang-run restaurant overseas have escaped their workplace and will come to South Korea, South Korean officials said Tuesday. The announcement by Seoul’s Unification Ministry came after South Korean media reported...


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IS attacks undermine Iraqi state in war weary capital

Mideast Iraq Security

BAGHDAD (AP) — Even as Iraq slowly claws back territory from the Islamic State group, faith in the government is crumbling among many, particularly the country’s Shiites, angered by political disarray and the continual pounding of the capital, Baghdad, by militants’ bombings. Prime Minister Haider...


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Getting in rhythm: Over 31,000 in China set dance record

China Dance Record

BEIJING (AP) — China’s dancing grannies have taken their moves to the record books. Guinness World Records says more than 31,000 Chinese participants have set a record for mass plaza dancing in multiple locations. It says on its website that 31,697 participants in Beijing, Shanghai and four other...


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Obama pushes for better rights in Vietnam after arms deal

APTOPIX Obama Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday pressed Vietnam to allow greater freedoms for its citizens, arguing that better human rights would improve the communist country’s economy, stability and regional power. On his second full day in Vietnam, Obama met with activists and...


World

South Korea: Overseas North Korean restaurant workers flee

Koreas Restaurant Defectors

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — An unspecified number of North Koreans working at a Pyongyang-run restaurant overseas have escaped their workplace and will come to South Korea, South Korean officials said Tuesday. The announcement by Seoul’s Unification Ministry came after South Korean media reported...


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Greek authorities begin evacuation of Idomeni refugee camp

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IDOMENI, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities began an operation at dawn Tuesday to gradually evacuate the country’s largest informal refugee camp of Idomeni on the Macedonian border, blocking access to the area and sending in more than 400 riot police. The government’s spokesman for the refugee crisis,...


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Obama's Hiroshima visit stirs differing views across Pacific

Japan US Hiroshima Voices-12

TOKYO (AP) — Two very different visions of the hell that is war are seared into the minds of World War II survivors on opposite sides of the Pacific. Michiko Kodama saw a flash in the sky from her elementary school classroom on Aug. 6, 1945, before the ceiling fell and shards of glass from blown-...


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Iraqi leader cites early success in push to retake Fallujah

Iraq Protests

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister hailed “big successes” Monday by government troops after launching an offensive to retake Fallujah from Islamic State militants, but the operation promises to be one of the toughest challenges yet for the country’s struggling security forces. Troops recaptured...


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Is Lego stuck in an arms race to make children's play more violent?

(c) 2016, Foreign Policy. Legos: How children learn to identify their primary colors, construct miniature homes, robots, and cars. Oh, and, increasingly start miniature conflicts with the tiny toys. At least that’s according to a group of researchers at University of Canterbury in New Zealand, who...


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