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...


After a year of Trump, Russians are still waiting for the thaw

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. MOSCOW - Russian nationalist leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky still fondly remembers the time he says a Russian official working at the United Nations arranged a meeting for him with Donald Trump. “He understood that the way Russia is portrayed in the American press does...


Drone helps rescue boys caught in 9-foot ocean swell

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. In what is being described as a “first,” lifeguards successfully deployed a drone to rescue two boys in trouble while swimming off the eastern coast of Australia Thursday. It was all a bit of serendipity, too. Members of the Australian Lifeguard Service just happened...


Head of hugely popular N. Korea girl band to visit S. Korea

South Korea Koreas Tensions

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The head of a hugely popular North Korean girl band is visiting South Korea this weekend to check preparations for a trip by a little-known art troupe that she also leads during next month’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, officials said Friday. Earlier this week, the rival...


Tensions soar along Indian, Pakistan frontier in Kashmir

India Kashmir Pakistan

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Tensions have soared along the volatile frontier between India and Pakistan in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, as rival troops shelled villages and border posts for a third day Friday. Three civilians and a soldier were killed on both sides in the latest clash,...


New Zealand's prime minister is pregnant. 'I am not the first woman to multitask,' she

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. The day after 37-year-old Jacinda Ardern was elected leader of New Zealand’s Labour Party in August, two different television hosts asked about her plans for a family. One of the hosts specifically asked whether it was acceptable for a nation’s prime minister to take...


Pope brings environmental crusade to Peru's Amazon

Special To The Washington Post. PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru - Pope Francis brought his environmental crusade to the heart of the Amazon on Friday, landing in a rough and tumble corner of Peru’s jungle that is besieged by deforestation and illegal mining. The visit to Peru, the second leg of a trip that...


Russian police in unexpected encounter with crocodile

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russian police had an unexpected encounter while searching a house in St. Petersburg — a crocodile in the basement. The news portal said the incident happened Thursday while detectives were looking for undeclared weapons in the house of a man involved in...


Turkey determined to carry out offensive in Syrian enclave

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s defense minister says his country is determined to carry out a military offensive against an enclave in northwest Syria, saying Syrian Kurdish fighters there pose a “real” and ever increasing threat to Turkey. Nurettin Canikli on Friday would not say when the...


More Rohingya flee to Bangladesh despite repatriation deal

Bangladesh Myanmar Rohingya

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Rohingya refugees are continuing to flee from Myanmar into Bangladesh, even after the two countries said they will begin repatriating members of the minority ethnic group next week, a Bangladesh official said Friday. Over 650,000 Rohingya Muslims poured into Bangladesh...


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...

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