Putin claims crushing victory in Russian presidential vote

APTOPIX Russia Presidential Election-23

Vladimir Putin has rolled to a crushing re-election victory for six more years as Russia's...


Trump attacks Iranian government in Nowruz holiday message

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. President Donald Trump used the annual presidential statement marking the Persian holiday of Nowruz to criticize Iran’s government and military leaders with sharp-tongued language rarely before seen in a celebratory presidential message. “The history of Nowruz is rooted in Iran,...


UK is infused with Russian money, making a crackdown hard

Britain Russians in London

LONDON (AP) — As Prime Minister Theresa May solemnly told a packed House of Commons last week that she would expel 23 Russian diplomats over the nerve-agent attack on a former spy, British investors across town were lending millions of dollars to Moscow’s state-controlled natural gas giant, Gazprom....


Tokyo museum explores the world of parasites

(c) 2018, The Japan News/Yomiuri. It’s hard to believe that about 60,000 parasitological specimens are housed in a building on bustling Meguro-dori avenue in Tokyo, which is lined with fashionable shops. Stepping inside Meguro Parasitological Museum, I prepared myself for an eerie atmosphere, but...


Xi gives stark warning on Taiwan in hands-off message to Trump

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. Chinese President Xi Jinping warned that efforts to widen divisions with Taiwan would be “punished by history” in a nationalistic speech to mark the start of his second term. In an address to China’s almost 3,000-member national parliament, Xi said China had the capabilities to...


Sarkozy detained over allegations of bribery

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. PARIS - Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was taken into police custody early Tuesday over allegations that he illegally accepted 50 million euros ($68.5 million) from the government of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to finance his successful 2007...


Stand-alone photo: Japan float

(c) 2018, The Japan News/Yomiuri. Stand-alone photo: A nebuta float with a framework of bamboo instead of wire has been brought to life and exhibited at the Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse in Aomori, Japan. The bamboo nebuta measures about 2.3 meters high, 4.5 meters wide and 2.2 meters deep, and is...


UK parliament asks Zuckerberg to testify in data misuse case

Facebook Expansion

LONDON (AP) — A British parliamentary committee on Tuesday summoned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to answer questions on fake news as authorities step up efforts to determine whether data has been improperly used to influence elections. The request comes amid reports that a U.K.-based company...


World's last male northern white rhino, Sudan, dies

Kenya Ailing Rhino

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The world’s last male northern white rhino, Sudan, has died after “age-related complications,” researchers announced Tuesday, saying he “stole the heart of many with his dignity and strength.” A statement from the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya said the 45-year-old rhino was...


England weak in key areas as World Cup approaches

Soccer England Key Issues

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — With less than three months to go, at least half of England’s starting lineup for its opening match of the World Cup remains uncertain. It makes the upcoming friendlies against Netherlands and Italy pivotal for England coach Gareth Southgate — and also for a slew of...


Needs go unmet 6 months after Maria hit Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Generators are still humming. Candles are still flickering. Homes are still being repaired. Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria exactly six months ago, and the U.S. territory is still struggling to recover from the strongest storm to hit the island in nearly a...

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