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...


Lula, once Brazil's 'most popular politician,' faces ruling that could send him to jail

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. RIO DE JANEIRO - Former president Barack Obama once called him “the most popular politician on earth.” That politician will find out this week whether he is still on track to retake the Brazilian presidency - or move one step closer to a prison cell. Luiz Inácio Lula...


As US raises tariffs, India's Modi defends free trade

Switzerland Davos Forum

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned Tuesday against a new wave of protectionism, saying that trade barriers pose a danger to the world on par with climate change and extremist attacks. Modi delivered the message in a speech just hours after the U.S. government of...


Egypt's military arrests presidential hopeful, ex-general

Egypt Elections

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s military on Tuesday arrested former military chief of staff and presidential hopeful Sami Annan, leveling an array of serious allegations against him in what appears to be a calculated move by the armed forces and the incumbent to push him out of the race. With his bid to win...


Injured Nadal out of Australian Open; Cilic into semifinals

Australian Open Tennis

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An injured and visibly struggling Rafael Nadal retired while trailing in the fifth set of his Australian Open quarterfinal match against Marin Cilic. Top-ranked Nadal fended off five break points in the last game before Cilic broke his serve, then the 16-time major...


The Latest: Modi sees Indian economy doubling by 2025

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Prime Minister Narendra Modi says India’s economy would more than double and touch $5 trillion by 2025. Modi made the comments in his keynote speech at the World Economic Forum in...


Defense Secretary Mattis seeks ties with once brutal Indonesia special forces unit, with

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. JAKARTA, Indonesia - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is pushing to reestablish contact with Indonesia’s premier counterterror force, he said Tuesday, decades after it was barred from working closely with U.S. forces due to human rights abuses. Mattis told reporters a...


Skepticism, worry amid preparation for Rohingya repatriation

Myanmar Rohingya

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar says it’s ready for a gradual repatriation of Muslim Rohingya refugees chased out by the Buddhist-majority country’s military. Bangladesh says it’s preparing for the transfer, but it might need more time. And the refugees themselves? In interviews in recent weeks with...


The Latest: France worried by Turkish advances in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 1:45 p.m. France’s top diplomat is urging Turkey to exercise restraint in Syria, expressing concern about the violent Turkish offensive against a Kurdish enclave. Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Tuesday intense fighting...


In Israel, Pence says US aims to pull out of Iran nuke deal

Israel Pence

JERUSALEM (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence reiterated to Israeli leaders on Tuesday that the Trump administration plans to pull out of the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal unless the pact is amended. The remarks came as Pence wrapped up his visit to Israel. On Monday, he repeatedly referred to...


After girl's killing, Pakistani women speak out on abuse

Pakistan Children Under Attack

KASUR, Pakistan (AP) — The brutal rape and killing of Zainab Ansari, a 7-year-old girl whose body was left in a garbage dump, has unleashed a wave of revulsion around Pakistan, revealing a string of child abductions and killings by a suspected serial predator and generating outrage at a culture of...

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