US, China putting trade war on hold after progress in talks

China US Trade

The world's two biggest economies are pulling back from the brink of a trade war after making...


A divine welcome for cruise ship in Tohoku

(c) 2018, Japan News-Yomiuri. STANDALONE PHOTO: The Ryori Daigongen, a giant incarnation of the Ryori deity, welcomes the arrival of the 26,594-ton cruise ship Pacific Venus at Ofunato Port in Ofunato, Japan, on Tuesday. The lion-shaped Ryori Daigongen, which is about seven meters high, was created...


Palestinians want international court to investigate Israel

Israel Palestinians

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Calling it a “historic step” toward justice, the Palestinian foreign minister asked the International Criminal Court on Tuesday to open an “immediate investigation” into alleged Israeli crimes committed against the Palestinian people. The development was sure to worsen...


Correction: Denmark-Minister-Ramadan story

HELSINKI (AP) — In a story May 21 about a Danish minister’s comments on Ramadan, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Denmark’s government has been formed of only Liberal Party representatives since 2015. In November 2016, Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen expanded his Liberal Party...


As summit looms, North Korean media return to angry tone

North Korea Angry Rhetoric

TOKYO (AP) — North Korean media stepped up their rhetorical attacks on South Korea and joint military exercises with the United States, warning Tuesday that a budding detente could be in danger. State media unleashed three strongly worded commentaries slamming Seoul and Washington for the maneuvers...


Russia adopts bill that could stymie trade with US

Russia Sanctions

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s parliament on Tuesday adopted a wide-ranging bill that could freeze crucial exports to the United States and imports to Russia from the U.S. and other countries. The bill, drafted by leading lawmakers at the State Duma in response to the latest round of U.S. sanctions, lays...


Israel accuses head of human rights group of anti-Israel activities, orders him to leave

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. JERUSALEM - Unless a last-minute appeal is successful, Omar Shakir, the Israel and Palestine director of Human Rights Watch, will be forced to leave here on Thursday as Israel puts into practice a recent amendment to its immigration laws aimed at fighting supporters...


Najib queried on 1MDB as task force seeks to recover funds

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission questioned former Prime Minister Najib Razak over 1MDB, as a special task force hones in on recovering assets from the troubled state fund. The commission is compiling evidence and reaching out to two important witnesses to build a case...


Taliban, Islamic State make millions from mining Afghan minerals

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. Rising global demand for cosmetics, marble and stainless steel is helping Taliban and Islamic State militants in Afghanistan fund their increasingly violent insurgencies, according to an investigation by Global Witness. The militant groups make millions of dollars annually...


New government leaflets tell peaceful Swedes to be prepared for war

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. In a country that hasn’t been at war for more than 200 years, preparing for the worst means going back to the basics. “Good hand hygiene is important for avoiding infection,” cautions a new leaflet that is due to be distributed to all 4.8 million Swedish households by...


Facebook chief to face EU questions over user data scandal

Gates Zuckerberg Education

BRUSSELS (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faces senior European Union lawmakers later Tuesday to answer questions about a scandal over the alleged misuse of the data of millions of Facebook users. In testimony to be broadcast live, Zuckerberg will be questioned by leaders of the European...

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