Myanmar takes back 1 Rohingya family despite UN concerns

Bangladesh Myanmar Rohingya

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar has accepted what appears to be the first five among some 700,000 Rohingya...


New Russian weapons alarm Israel, may trigger next Syrian crisis

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. Angered by last week’s U.S. attack on Syria, Russia warned that there would be consequences. Only one of them was spelled out: The Kremlin said it may supply its Syrian ally with state-of-the-art air defenses. If the prospect rings alarm bells among President Bashar Assad’s...


Alleged bitcoin heist mastermind escapes from Iceland prison, goes to airport and flies

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. Prison breaks, in the movies at least, usually involve digging with MacGyvered tools or rappelling down walls using ropes fashioned from bedsheets, but one man didn’t need any of the classic escape techniques when he broke out of a rural low-security prison in Iceland...


An 8-year-old girl's gang rape and murder trigger new outrage over India's rape culture

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. KATHUA, India - The young girl’s body lay for three days in the forest where they left her. Eight-year-old Asifa Bano had been raped, strangled with her own scarf and been bashed in the skull with a rock, police said. The case - one more devastating example of child...


Japan finance official denies sexual misconduct allegation

Japan Sexual Misconduct

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s vice finance minister denied sexual misconduct allegations against him on Thursday and challenged a TV station’s report that its employee was a victim. Junichi Fukuda announced his resignation Wednesday, citing difficulty carrying out his duties amid escalating criticism and...


Bureaucrat set to replace Raul Castro as Cuba's president

Cuba Transition

HAVANA (AP) — A 57-year-old bureaucrat will take Raul Castro’s place as the president of Cuba on Thursday as a government led by a single family for six decades tries to ensure the long-term survival of one of the world’s last communist states. Members of the National Assembly voted Wednesday on...


North Korea has a new budget and it's full of fiscal hijinks

North Korea Cooking the Books

TOKYO (AP) — Imagine a national budget that reflects steady growth, gives a healthy boost to science and technology while reserving big slices of the overall pie to defense and social spending. It’s generous with infrastructure improvements, and is certain of unquestioning, unanimous approval in...


She shared drug-smuggling vacation on social media. Now 'Cocaine Babe' is off to prison.

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. A Canadian woman who tried to smuggle millions of dollars worth of cocaine into Australia has been convicted and sentenced to eight years behind bars. Melina Roberge, 24, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to smuggling 95 kilos (209 pounds) of the drug into...


Cuba's successor to Castro brothers

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. HAVANA - He was born a year after the last shot was fired in the Cuban revolution, prefers basketball to baseball, and clutches a tablet as he attends meetings with aging communists. Now Miguel Díaz-Canel, 57, is poised to take over what may be this island’s toughest...


Correction: Malaysia-Mahathir Interview story

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — In a story April 18 based on an interview with former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, The Associated Press reported erroneously that he was Asia’s longest-serving political leader when he retired. He was one of the region’s longest-serving leaders, but not the...


China holds live-fire drills off coast in warning to Taiwan

BEIJING (AP) — China has held live-fire exercises off its southeast coast, state media said Thursday, in an apparent warning to the democratic, self-ruled island of Taiwan against what Beijing deems as provocative remarks on independence. The official Xinhua News Agency said Thursday an air unit of...

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