Activists praise Trudeau's comments about Duterte crackdown

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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Human rights advocates praised Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau...


Baron Cohen to pay fine for Czechs sporting Borat mankinis

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PRAGUE (AP) — Comic actor Sacha Baron Cohen has offered to pay the fines for six Czech tourists who were reportedly detained by authorities in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana for dressing up as his character Borat. Sporting lime green “mankinis” and black wigs, the men had hoped to take a picture in...


Australia coach quits despite guiding Socceroos to World Cup

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Ange Postecoglou framed his departure as Socceroos head coach with a stereotypically Aussie scenario. He’d decided to quit last week immediately after Australia qualified for a fourth consecutive World Cup, only to be talked out of it an hour later. Five beers later, he was wavering amid the...


Mugabe leaves legacy of economic ruin, upheaval in Zimbabwe

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — From widely acclaimed liberator of his nation to despotic dictator, Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule of Zimbabwe has been one of Africa’s most controversial and influential. Wily and ruthless, the 93-year-old Mugabe outmaneuvered his opponents for decades but was undone by his own...


A Putin-Assad embrace launches Russia's new peace bid for Syria

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a major new push to end the war in Syria on Tuesday, following an unannounced visit by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to Russia that seemed to affirm his future role in any eventual settlement. The Russian initiative builds...


Robert Mugabe resigns as Zimbabwe's president after 37 years

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HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, who once vowed to rule for life, resigned on Tuesday, succumbing to a week of overwhelming pressure from the military that put him under house arrest, lawmakers from the ruling party and opposition who started impeachment proceedings and a...


Google is getting pulled into a fight with Russia over RT and Sputnik

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. The Russian telecom regulator said Tuesday that it will retaliate against Google if the search giant lowers the search ranking of the Kremlin-backed news outlets RT and Sputnik, escalating a tense back and forth over Russian news coverage that has entangled American...


Afghan leaders in Helmand criticize US airstrikes on Taliban drug labs

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. KABUL - A newly announced campaign of U.S. and Afghan airstrikes against Taliban-run narcotic centers was met with alarm and criticism Tuesday from political leaders in Helmand province - the heart of Afghanistan’s huge opium trade - where officials said 10 such air...


UN chief warns that traffickers may be guilty of war crimes

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Terrorist groups and criminals are capitalizing on conflict to exploit innocent civilians sexually and physically which may constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday. The U.N. chief said the brutality of extremist groups...


Abductees' families welcome Trump move

(c) 2017, The Japan News/Yomiuri. The families of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea welcomed President Donald Trump’s declaration on Monday that North Korea would be returned to the list of state sponsors of terrorism. The decision was reasonable, the families said, and would help the...


Schaeuble presses German parties to end deadlock

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party is betting on a revived alliance with the Social Democrats to dodge the risk of a snap return to the ballot, according to people familiar with discussions in Berlin. While Merkel has publicly stated she’s open to elections, it’s clear her...

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