Thai junta boss eyes staying on with little stopping him

Thailand Time of the Generals

BANGKOK (AP) — When Prayuth Chan-Ocha seized control of Thailand in a military coup, he vigorously...


In Chile, pope met by protests, threats, burned churches

APTOPIX Chile Pope

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — As he does during every papal visit, Pope Francis produced plenty of surprises in Chile: He married a couple during a flight, stopped his motorcade to help a fallen police officer and wept with victims of sex abuse by priests. But the pope also faced protests and a level of...


Peru's indigenous await Pope Francis in scorching Amazon

Peru Pope

PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru (AP) — After lengthy treks through the muddy Amazon, indigenous men, women and children will greet Pope Francis Friday in a visit to the world’s largest rainforest that native leaders hope will mark a turning point for the increasingly threatened ecosystem. Francis is...


Drone rescue off Australian beach heralded as world-first

Australia Drone Rescue

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A flying drone has dropped a flotation device to two teens caught in a riptide in heavy seas off the Australian coast in what officials describe as a world-first rescue. Monty Greenslade and Gabe Vidler got into trouble on Thursday at Lennox Head, 750 kilometers (470...


Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander

Chile Pope-2

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country. Francis said that until he sees proof...


Asian shares mixed as US government shutdown threat looms

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HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets were uneven and the dollar fell on Friday following Wall Street’s retreat as the threat of a U.S. federal government shutdown loomed on the weekend. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 climbed 0.3 percent to 23,836.84 and South Korea’s Kospi was flat at...


Joint Olympic flag deal angers conservatives in South Korea

Koreas Tensions Unification Flag

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — When athletes from the rival Koreas paraded together behind a single flag for the first time at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, it was a highly emotional event that came on a wave of hope for reconciliation following their leaders’ first-ever summit talks....


Report links hacking campaign to Lebanese security agency

Lebanese Hackers

LONDON (AP) — A major hacking operation tied to one of the most powerful security and intelligence agencies in Lebanon has been exposed after careless spies left hundreds of gigabytes of intercepted data exposed to the open internet, according to a report published Thursday. Mobile security firm...


UK and French leaders reach border deal, disagree on Brexit

Britain France

CAMBERLEY, England (AP) — The leaders of Britain and France met Thursday against a military backdrop to pledge closer cooperation on defense, security and borders after Britain leaves the European Union. But President Emmanuel Macron also delivered a firm message: the U.K. cannot keep coveted...


Pressed by France, Britain agrees to do more to stop migrants in Calais

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. PARIS - British Prime Minister Theresa May offered France an additional $62 million on Thursday to strengthen migrant security at the French border, a calculated move likely to earn Britain some leverage in Brexit negotiations. Although the agenda for the one-day...


Venezuelan opposition skips reconciliation talks with Maduro government

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela’s opposition refused to return to reconciliation talks with the government of President Nicolás Maduro on Thursday, opening a fresh breach in a national dialogue that observers hoped could ease the country’s deepening political and...

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