Raul Castro leaves Cuba with new freedoms, deep problems

Cuba After Castro

HAVANA (AP) — In 2008 Raul Castro took over a country where most people couldn’t own computers or...


Ahead of summits, North Korea's ruling party calls meeting

TOKYO (AP) — North Korea’s ruling party was scheduled to convene a meeting of its full Central Committee on Friday to discuss what state media are calling a “new stage” of policies. The meeting comes just a week before leader Kim Jong Un is to hold a summit with South Korea’s president on the...


Moon faces tough challenges ahead of summit with Kim

Koreas Summit Moon Challenge

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The meeting next week between the leaders of the rival Koreas will be the ultimate test of South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s belief that his nation should lead international efforts to deal with North Korea. Previous summits saw beaming grins, strong handshakes and high...


Indonesia's Aceh canes couples for public shows of affection

Indonesia Aceh Caning

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s deeply conservative Aceh province on Friday caned several unmarried couples for showing affection in public and two women for prostitution before an enthusiastic audience of hundreds. The canings were possibly the last to be done before large crowds in Aceh...


Koreas set up 1st hotline between leaders ahead of summit

Koreas Summit Leaders Hotline

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea installed the first-ever telephone hotline between their leaders Friday as they prepare for a rare summit next week aimed at resolving the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang. South Korea’s presidential office said a successful test call was conducted on...


In Pakistan, a young Pashtun man was killed by police. Another has risen to lead a

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. PESHAWAR, Pakistan - The slight, sad-faced man of 26, in a plain white tunic and a red embroidered cap, might seem miscast as the emerging leader of millions of ethnic Pashtuns and the voice of pent-up grievances that this struggling tribal minority has accumulated in...


Turkey president's vote gamble brings him closer to one-man rule

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. Recep Tayyip Erdogan caught opponents off guard and divided with his call for snap elections, making it even more likely he’ll emerge in a few weeks as Turkey’s first all-powerful executive president. He had already changed election laws to his government’s advantage, primed...


North Korea dials down the anti-U.S. rhetoric

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. SEOUL, South Korea - As the presidents of South Korea and the United States prepare for summits with the previously-reclusive Kim Jong Un, there has been lots of conjecture about what, exactly, the North Korean leader is prepared to discuss. North Korea is willing to...


King Mswati III of Swaziland proclaims his nation will be henceforth known as eSwatini

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. NAIROBI, Kenya - King Mswati III of Swaziland is an absolute monarch, so what he says goes. But over the course of his 32-year rule, he has mostly gained international attention for how he has spent the royal treasury. While his populace is one of the poorest in the...


Australia won't abandon S. China Sea patrols after encounter

Vietnam Australia China

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister said his country has a “perfect right” to traverse the South China Sea after a media report Friday that the Chinese navy challenged three Australian warships in the hotly contested waterway. The Chinese “challenged” two Australian frigates and...


EU rejects May's Irish border solution as Brexit impasse deepens

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. European Union officials are set to reject a potential U.K. solution to the crucial issue of what happens to the Irish border after Brexit. Failure to find a solution to avoid a border on the island of Ireland jeopardizes the entire Brexit deal with less than a year before...

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