Asian stocks mixed as investors await Fed meeting minutes

Financial Markets Wall Street-1

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed with subdued movements on Wednesday,...


Casualties mount as Iraqi troops advance in IS-held Mosul

Iraq Mosul

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — “We have wounded!” the men shouted from the roadside. Two soldiers, bleeding, were being bandaged beside their smoking vehicle on the side of a dusty dirt road. Iraqi special forces Maj. Saif Ali yelled to his driver to stop and leaped out. “Put one inside and the other on top!”...


Don't let Beijing push us around, warns 'frustrated' former ambassador to China

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. BEIJING -- The United States needs to stop getting pushed around by China and work out a long-term strategy to deal with the country’s rise, former U.S. ambassador Max Baucus said last week. In an interview more than five weeks after leaving Beijing, Baucus expressed...


Trinidad's women find a rallying cry for this year's Carnival

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago - Every year, an onslaught of high-octane soca music is released ahead of Trinidad’s pre-Lent Carnival. The songs are new, but the themes are well-worn: Rum. Partying. And the allure of a woman’s gyrating body, preferably backed into...


Egypt's Christians flee terror in north Sinai security void

Egypt Christians

ISMAILIA, Egypt (AP) — After Islamic militants barged into his uncle’s house, shot him and his son dead, then looted the place and set it on fire, Said Sameh Adel Fawzy knew it was time to leave. The 35-year-old Christian, who owns a plumbing supply business in Egypt’s troubled northern Sinai town...


Tokyo quake could incapacitate 20% of area hospitals, panel says

(c) 2017, The Japan News/Yomiuri. TOKYO - In the event of a strong earthquake with an epicenter directly under Tokyo, as many as 647 medical facilities with beds for inpatients in the metropolitan area - or about 20 percent of the total - might be unable to provide treatment due to tremors or fires,...


Hubs eyed for large cruise ships

(c) 2017, The Japan News/Yomiuri. TOKYO -- Japan’s tourism ministry will develop six domestic ports, including Yokohama, as “international cruise hubs” in a bid to respond to the rapid increase in foreign tourists arriving by cruise ship. The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry...


Syrian warplanes pound rebel-held area in central city


BEIRUT (AP) — Government warplanes pounded a rebel-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs on Sunday, killing at least three and wounding dozens, Syrian opposition activists said, and President Bashar Assad’s forces pushed ahead in Syria’s offensive on the historic town of Palmyra held by the...


Macron gets fresh endorsement as Fillon faces extended probe

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. Emmanuel Macron won his third endorsement in less than a week, giving the independent renewed momentum in polls that suggested he was again the favorite to become France’s next president as Republican Francois Fillon faced the prospect of an extended judicial investigation....


Malaysia says airport safe after poisoning of N. Korean leader's half-brother

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. Malaysian authorities have declared Kuala Lumpur International Airport is safe after a sweep of the terminal found no traces of the nerve agent that was used to kill Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korea’s leader. The airport is “a safe place” and is free from any...


Russians march to honor slain opposition leader Nemtsov

Russia Nemtsov

MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of Russians marched through Moscow on Sunday shouting slogans such as “Russia will be free!” and “Putin is war!” to mark two years since opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down outside the Kremlin. Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister, was a fierce critic of...

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