5 things to know about China's twice-a-decade party congress

APTOPIX China Party Congress

BEIJING (AP) — The crucial parts are being held behind closed doors, but journalists, academics and...


Czech president waves mock rifle 'at journalists' during press conference

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. Czech President Milos Zeman has long been an admirer of President Trump. Both have been accused of ties to Russia, sought ways to keep immigrants out - and essentially have declared war on the media. On Czech election day last Friday, however, Zeman took his virulent...


Catalan Separatists Plot Response to Spain's Planned Crackdown

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. Catalonia’s separatists are plotting their next move after Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced unprecedented measures to stamp his authority on the rebel region. Regional President Carles Puigdemont, who accused Rajoy of a “coup d’etat,” is set to be ousted by the Spanish...


At least 67 civilians found dead in Syria town taken from IS

BEIRUT (AP) — The bodies of at least 67 Syrian civilians, many summarily killed by the Islamic State group, have been discovered in a central town in Syria retaken from IS by government troops over the weekend, activists said Monday. The news of the gruesome find in the town of Qaryatayn, in Homs...


The Latest: IS oil production is greatly reduced since 2014


BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the war in Syria (all times local): 7:20 p.m. The U.S.-led coalition in Syria says the Islamic State group’s oil production has been reduced to less than $4 million per month. That’s from a peak of approximately $50 million per month since the coalition began operations...


After election win, Abe prioritizes North Korea, aging Japan

Japan Election

TOKYO (AP) — Fresh off a decisive election victory, Japan’s leader pledged Monday to tackle what he called Japan’s two national crises: the military threat from North Korea and an aging and shrinking population. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a news conference that he is committed to protect the...


Philippines declares end to 5-month militant siege in Marawi

Philippines Militant Siege

CLARK, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government declared the end Monday to the militant siege of a southern city that lasted five months, left more than 1,100 people dead and sparked fears of the Islamic State group gaining a foothold in Southeast Asia. Speaking at an annual meeting of the...


Abe retains supermajority in election in Japan, may push to amend constitution

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. TOKYO - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe secured a crucial victory in Japan’s parliamentary elections on Sunday, with his ruling bloc maintaining a supermajority that could allow it to push for a revision of the nation’s pacifist constitution. With results still trickling in...


Japanese Prime Minister Abe wins big in national elections

Japan Election-1

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s leader has scored a major victory in national elections that returned his ruling coalition to power in decisive fashion. Japanese media said Monday that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and a small coalition partner had together secured at least 312 seats in...


US-backed forces take Syria's largest oil field from IS


BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed fighters captured Syria’s largest oil field from the Islamic State group Sunday, marking a major advance against the extremists in an area coveted by pro-government forces. With IS in retreat, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and the Syrian government have been in...


Malta: Newspapers, citizens take up slain reporter's message

Belgium Europe Summit

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Several thousand Maltese citizens rallied Sunday to honor an investigative journalist killed by a car bomb, but the prime minister and opposition leader who were chief targets of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s reporting stayed away from the gathering. Participants at the rally in...

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