Emboldened Xi lays out vision for China, warning for Taiwan

China Politics

BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping vowed Tuesday to protect “every inch” of China’s territory,...


Return of a hawk on North Korea and Iran sparks concerns abroad

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. BRUSSELS - President Donald Trump’s decision to make John Bolton his new national security adviser ricocheted around the globe Friday, unsettling allies and raising alarm that a hawk who advocates military action against North Korea and Iran will have the president’s...


In Egypt, wall-to-wall el-Sissi banners inspire satire

Egypt Election Satire

CAIRO (AP) — In a surreal scene from the 2001 film “Vanilla Sky,” Tom Cruise runs through a deserted Times Square before screaming in despair. In a satirical version widely shared in Egypt, the square is filled with campaign billboards for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Open your eyes anywhere in...


2 Chinese rescued more than 50 hours after dredger capsized

Malaysia Boat Capsizes

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two Chinese sailors have been rescued more than 50 hours after their sand dredger capsized off Malaysia’s southern coast, a maritime official said Saturday. Three more bodies were also discovered, leaving nine others still missing. Divers heard knocking sounds and...


Thousands expected to leave second pocket in Syria's Ghouta

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state media is reporting that some 7,000 members of a rebel group and their relatives are getting ready to leave eastern Ghouta near the capital Damascus to opposition-held areas north of the country. The government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media says that a corridor...


Russia's old realm poses a challenge for Western Europe again

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. For three weeks, people in the Slovak capital of Bratislava left work on Friday, headed to the main square and jingled their keys in unison to demand a new government. This week, they got one. A new leadership was installed on Thursday after protests following the murder of a...


Brexit bankers may call Luxembourg's red-light district home

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. Luxembourg’s red-light district could soon be a home for bankers escaping Brexit. As the Grand Duchy prepares to welcome financiers relocating from the U.K., a lack of housing has pushed the price of relatively modest family homes beyond the 1 million-euro mark ($1.2 million)....


French hero officer who swapped himself for hostage dies

France Shooting

TREBES, France (AP) — A French police officer who offered himself up to an Islamic extremist gunman in exchange for a hostage died of his injuries, raising the death toll in the attack to four, and the officer was honored Saturday as a national hero of “exceptional courage and selflessness.” Lt....


China tells US it will defend interests after Trump tariffs

China US Trade

BEIJING (AP) — China’s newly appointed economic czar told U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Saturday that Beijing is ready to defend its interests after President Donald Trump announced plans to slap tariffs on nearly $50 billion in Chinese imports. Vice Premier Liu He told Mnuchin in a...


Egypt Interior Ministry says explosion in Alexandria kills 1

CAIRO (AP) — A bomb placed under a nearby car exploded Saturday in the coastal city of Alexandria as the city security chief’s convoy passed by, killing at least one policeman and wounding four others, the Interior Ministry said. Local media reports said Gen. Mostafa al-Nimr survived the explosion...


Buhari's trump card for Nigeria's 2019 vote: weak opposition

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. Samuel Okunola shares the frustration of many Nigerians with the man he voted for three years ago, President Muhammadu Buhari. The 52-year-old tailor no longer feels he can support him in elections next year, but he doesn’t see an alternative. “I can’t vote for Buhari in 2019,”...

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