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16 May 2018

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  • Malaysian police search five places linked to ousted PM Najib
    Reuters

    Malaysian police search five places linked to ousted PM Najib

    By A. Ananthalakshmi and Tom Westbrook KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian police conducted searches through the night and into the Thursday morning at five places linked to ousted Prime Minister Najib Razak, including the family home where he stays, a senior police officer said. A lawyer for Najib,

  • Taliban battle Afghan government forces in western city near Iran
    Reuters

    Taliban battle Afghan government forces in western city near Iran

    Taliban fighters battled police and troops in the western city of Farah overnight, officials said on Thursday, as security forces struggled to regain control of a city that has been under growing pressure from the militants for months. The latest fighting in Farah came a day after officials said the

  • Myanmar policeman denies planting documents on Reuters reporters
    Reuters

    Myanmar policeman denies planting documents on Reuters reporters

    By Shoon Naing and Thu Thu Aung YANGON (Reuters) – A Myanmar policeman told a court on Wednesday he met two Reuters reporters on the night of their arrest in December, but denied giving them secret documents to incriminate them. “During my meeting with Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, I didn’t take

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  • Christian Science Monitor

    North Korea, in word and deed, signals how tough negotiations will be

    On June 27, 2008, North Korea blew up a big symbol of its nascent nuclear program, the cooling tower of the plutonium-producing reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear site. Within weeks a developing deal to end North Korea’s nuclear ambitions fell apart, in part because Pyongyang got a look at sweeping and

  • Christian Science Monitor

    World sees US paying high diplomatic price for Trump’s Iran deal withdrawal

    At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last January, President Trump insisted that his trademark America First policy “does not mean America alone.”

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Behind death penalty’s sharp global decline, a shift in attitudes?

    When the United Nations was created in 1945, eight countries had abolished the death penalty. “When it comes to the death penalty, the progress the world has witnessed in the past decades is incredible,” says Chiara Sangiorgio, Amnesty’s adviser on the death penalty. Amnesty recorded 993 executions

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Argentina’s cry for help: How the world can respond

    Since taking office in December 2015, Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri has undertaken significant economic and political reforms, which have won widespread praise at home and abroad. Now Mr. Macri and his government need support from international partners to help manage a run on Argentina’s currency

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  • Far from zen: Japan monk sues temple for overwork
    AFP

    Far from zen: Japan monk sues temple for overwork

    A Japanese monk is suing his temple, claiming he was forced to work non-stop catering to visiting tourists and that the heavy workload gave him depression, his lawyer told AFP on Thursday. The monk in his forties is seeking 8.6 million yen ($78,000) from his temple on Mount Koya, a World Heritage Site

  • Reuters

    Malaysian police say searches at ousted PM’s homes, former office relate to 1MDB probe

    Police searches at places linked to former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak are related to an investigation into state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a senior police official told Reuters. Amar Singh, the director of police commercial crime investigations, told Reuters that searches are

  • Reuters

    Turkey issues detention warrants for 101 soldiers: Hurriyet

    Turkish authorities on Thursday detained 33 members of the air force over alleged links to the U.S.-based cleric Ankara blames for a July 2016 failed military coup, the Hurriyet daily said. It said those detained were among 101 members of the air force facing arrest in an investigation launched by Ankara

  • Reuters

    No time frame for UK’s cut in gambling machine stakes: minister

    The British government has not set an exact timetable for implementing a decision to slash the maximum stake on fixed odds betting terminals to 2 pounds from the current 100 pounds, the minister responsible for the sector said on Thursday. Matt Hancock, secretary of state for digital, culture, media

  • Yemen coastal offensive driving mass displacement: Amnesty
    AFP

    Yemen coastal offensive driving mass displacement: Amnesty

    A Yemen government offensive backed by ground troops and warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition has displaced tens of thousands of people along the country’s western coast, Amnesty International said Thursday. The rights group warned “the worst could be yet to come” after surveying civilians

  • Britain slashes top stake on gambling machines to 2 pounds
    Reuters

    Britain slashes top stake on gambling machines to 2 pounds

    Britain will cut the maximum stake on fixed odds betting terminals to just two pounds after the government rejected claims that it would damage the industry in favor of efforts to tackle problem gambling. The decision follows complaints that the machines, which enable people to bet up to 100 pounds

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  • Burundi votes in referendum on the president's power
    Associated Press

    Burundi votes in referendum on the president’s power

    BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi is voting Thursday in a referendum proposing constitutional changes that could extend the president’s rule until 2034.

  • Grassroots groups herald messy new chapter in Catalan secession bid
    Reuters

    Grassroots groups herald messy new chapter in Catalan secession bid

    By Isla Binnie BARCELONA (Reuters) – Masked protesters cheer and wave cars through open toll road barriers in a small town south of Barcelona, flying a banner that reads “Welcome to the Catalan Republic”. Stunts of this kind have been carried out in the wealthy Spanish region by local groups

  • Syrian rebels pull out of their last besieged area
    Reuters

    Syrian rebels pull out of their last besieged area

    (This May 16 story corrects figure on evacuations to northern Syria in paragraph 5) BEIRUT (Reuters) – The remaining fighters started to withdraw from the last rebel-held enclave in central Syria on Wednesday, state television reported, sealing the government’s control over the area and opening

  • The LA cottage where Meghan learned how to take tea with the Queen
    AFP

    The LA cottage where Meghan learned how to take tea with the Queen

    Months before meeting the Queen for the first time and having a “cuppa” with her Majesty, Meghan Markle brushed up on tea drinking etiquette at a cottage near Los Angeles — where she was apparently a natural. “Well, she learned it all here,” Edmund Fry, the British-born owner of

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 7:10 a.m. GMT

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Pardoned Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim says decades-old affirmative action policies for the country’s Malay majority must be discarded in favor of a new program to help the poor regardless of race. In an interview with The Associated Press, the prime minister-in-waiting

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  • AP Interview: Anwar wants Malaysia to scrap race policies
    Associated Press

    AP Interview: Anwar wants Malaysia to scrap race policies

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Pardoned Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim says decades-old affirmative action policies for the country’s Malay majority must be discarded in favor of a new program to help the poor regardless of race.

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  • Reuters

    New rules on ship emissions herald sea change for oil market

    By Libby George and Ahmad Ghaddar LONDON (Reuters) – New rules coming into force from 2020 to curb pollution produced by the world’s ships are worrying everyone from OPEC oil producers to bunker fuel sellers and shipping companies. This raises the risk of a chaotic shift when the new rules are

  • Reuters

    Malaysia’s Mahathir says police have ‘enough reasons’ to search Najib’s home

    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday said he believed the police had “enough reasons” to search properties linked to ousted premier Najib Razak. Malaysian police conducted searches through the night and into Thursday at five places linked to Najib,

  • EU urges Balkans reform, cool on accepting new members
    Associated Press

    EU urges Balkans reform, cool on accepting new members

    SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — European Union leaders are encouraging Balkans countries to continue on the path of EU-oriented reform but they are reluctant to say when any of the six might be able to join the bloc.

  • Associated Press

    Anwar: Preferential treatment for Malaysia’s Malay majority must be replaced by program to help poor regardless of race

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Anwar: Preferential treatment for Malaysia’s Malay majority must be replaced by program to help poor regardless of race.

  • Australia restricts live sheep exports after shocking treatment
    AFP

    Australia restricts live sheep exports after shocking treatment

    Horrific footage of dead and dying sheep on ships bound for the Middle East has prompted sweeping reforms to Australia’s live export trade, but Canberra stopped short of an outright ban Thursday. Agriculture Minister David Littleproud on Thursday labelled the footage “disgraceful” but

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  • Mueller concedes he can't indict Trump, says Giuliani
    AFP

    Mueller concedes he can’t indict Trump, says Giuliani

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team has told the White House that whatever evidence it comes up with in the Russian meddling probe, it cannot indict President Donald Trump, according to Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani told CNN and Fox News on Wednesday that Mueller’s team had accepted

  • Associated Press

    Israel says its planes bombed militant targets in Gaza

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has carried out airstrikes on militant sites in Gaza overnight in response to machine gun fire that hit a building in the Israeli city of Sderot.

  • Royal wedding: A Church of England classic with a twist
    AFP

    Royal wedding: A Church of England classic with a twist

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will put their own modern twist on their wedding, but with his grandmother heading the Church of England, Saturday’s service will still be a traditional Anglican ceremony. A Church of England wedding service begins with a welcome and a hymn. Justin Welby, the Archbishop

  • Peso crisis is over, says Argentina's Macri
    AFP

    Peso crisis is over, says Argentina’s Macri

    Argentine President Mauricio Macri said a crisis that saw the country’s currency plummet in recent weeks had ended, adding that reducing the budget deficit was a priority for his administration. A crisis of confidence in the Argentine peso saw it plunge nearly 20 percent over six weeks, and forced

  • China vows to defend its own interests in US trade talks
    Associated Press

    China vows to defend its own interests in US trade talks

    HONG KONG (AP) — China said Thursday it doesn’t want to see increased trade tensions with the U.S. as the two countries hold talks in Washington this week, but it’s prepared for any outcome and will defend its own interests.

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  • Associated Press

    3 Japanese seek damages for forced sterilization policy

    TOKYO (AP) — Three Japanese who were forcibly sterilized under a government policy decades ago have filed lawsuits demanding apology and compensation.

  • Fiji 4 await verdict in case that tests press freedoms
    Associated Press

    Fiji 4 await verdict in case that tests press freedoms

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — An opinion writer and three newspaper executives in Fiji are awaiting a judge’s verdict Friday on sedition charges in a case that has major implications for press freedom in the South Pacific nation.

  • Four years after coup, Thais tire of corruption and democratic delays
    Reuters

    Four years after coup, Thais tire of corruption and democratic delays

    By Patpicha Tanakasempipat and Panarat Thepgumpanat BANGKOK (Reuters) – When Thailand’s army took power in a bloodless coup four years ago, it promised to bring happiness back to the “Land of Smiles” and return the country to democratic rule within two years. The military said the coup

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  • Economic crisis cuts swathe through Venezuela society
    AFP

    Economic crisis cuts swathe through Venezuela society

    On an avenue in Maracaibo, the once-thriving heart of Venezuela’s oil industry, the buses no longer run. Instead, people squeeze onto a dinky tourist train to take them home. Maracaibo’s crippled transportation system is symptomatic of Venezuela’s deterioration, locked in a deep economic

  • Salvador ex-president Saca to face trial for embezzlement
    AFP

    Salvador ex-president Saca to face trial for embezzlement

    San Salvador (AFP) – A Salvadoran judge has decided to send former president Elias Antonio Saca and six ex-administration officials to trial over charges of embezzling $301 million in public funds, prosecutors said.

  • Mideast conflicts connected by vying powerbrokers
    Associated Press

    Mideast conflicts connected by vying powerbrokers

    The modern Middle East has been plagued by ruinous wars: country versus country, civil wars with internecine and sectarian bloodletting, and numerous eruptions centered on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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  • 'Thank the Party!' China tries to brainwash Muslims in camps
    Associated Press

    ‘Thank the Party!’ China tries to brainwash Muslims in camps

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — Day after day, Omir Bekali and other detainees in far western China’s new indoctrination camps had to disavow their Islamic beliefs, criticize themselves and their loved ones and give thanks to the ruling Communist Party.

  • Survivors of China's far west political camps detail ordeal
    Associated Press

    Survivors of China’s far west political camps detail ordeal

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — Hour upon hour, day upon day, Omir Bekali and other detainees in far western China’s new indoctrination camps had to disavow their Islamic beliefs, criticize themselves and their loved ones and give thanks to the ruling Communist Party.

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  • A look at the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan
    Associated Press

    A look at the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world began fasting on Thursday from sunrise to sunset for the month of Ramadan, a time of contemplation, fortitude and intense worship.

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  • Mideast rivals weigh next moves after Gaza violence
    Associated Press

    Mideast rivals weigh next moves after Gaza violence

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The aftershocks of the U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem and bloodshed on the Gaza border are shaking up the region, including the relationship between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his former negotiating partners, Israel and the U.S.

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  • Associated Press

    India’s Hindu nationalists defeat Congress in state election

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party has ended Congress party rule in a key southern state, a victory that will boost morale with national elections less than a year away.

  • Associated Press

    News agency says violent protest leaves 1 dead in south Iran

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency is reporting that a violent protest in the southwest city of Kazerron has left at least one person dead and six others injured.

  • Coach in Japan denies telling players to commit fouls
    Associated Press

    Coach in Japan denies telling players to commit fouls

    TOKYO (AP) — The head coach of a Japanese college football team has denied instructing his players to commit fouls against opponents after footage of a controversial tackle went viral.

  • Policeman in Malaysian murder scandal should face new trial: Anwar
    AFP

    Policeman in Malaysian murder scandal should face new trial: Anwar

    A man who fled Malaysia after being sentenced to hang for the killing of a Mongolian model, in a scandal linked to his country’s ousted government, should face a new trial, political leader Anwar Ibrahim reportedly said Thursday. Former Malaysian police officer Sirul Azhar Umar, who is now in Australian

  • Windsor businesses cash in on royal wedding boom
    AFP

    Windsor businesses cash in on royal wedding boom

    Gift shops, pubs and street vendors are doing a roaring trade in Windsor ahead of the royal wedding, cashing in as tourists throng the town. If it’s got Prince Harry or Meghan Markle’s face on it, it’s likely to fly off the shelves ahead of their nuptials in Windsor Castle on Saturday.

  • EU reaches out to Balkans, under Trump's shadow
    AFP

    EU reaches out to Balkans, under Trump’s shadow

    European Union leaders will meet their Balkan counterparts Thursday to hold out the promise of closer links to counter Russian influence, while steering clear of openly offering them membership. The summit comes a day after a dinner of the 28 EU leaders focused on forging a united front in the face

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  • Reuters

    China draft plan sets tough 2020 emissions targets for steel mills

    By Muyu Xu and Josephine Mason BEIJING (Reuters) – Roughly half of China’s steelmaking capacity would have to comply with tough new emissions targets by 2020, according to a draft plan issued by the government and reviewed by Reuters, the latest move by Beijing to clean up its smoke-stack industries

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  • Two Sherpa climbers set new summit records on Everest
    Reuters

    Two Sherpa climbers set new summit records on Everest

    (This May 16 story corrects name in paragraph two to Kami Rita Sherpa, not Ang Kami Sherpa) By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A Nepali mountaineer climbed Mount Everest on Wednesday for a 22nd time while a female climber made it to the top for the ninth time, each setting a new record on the world

  • Trump discloses payment to attorney who paid off porn star
    AFP

    Trump discloses payment to attorney who paid off porn star

    President Donald Trump has formally disclosed that he reimbursed his personal attorney more than $100,000 last year, apparently in connection with the payment of hush money to a porn star, government records show. The disclosure caps a series of contradictory statements from Trump and his representatives

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  • Burundians vote in referendum to extend president's rule
    AFP

    Burundians vote in referendum to extend president’s rule

    Burundians began voting Thursday in a referendum on constitutional reforms that, if passed, will shore up the power of President Pierre Nkurunziza and enable him to rule until 2034. The referendum comes as Burundi remains mired in a deep political crisis — triggered by Nkurunziza’s run for a controversial

  • South Korea to play 'mediator' to resolve North Korea-U.S. summit doubts: official
    Reuters

    South Korea to play ‘mediator’ to resolve North Korea-U.S. summit doubts: official

    By Joyce Lee SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea said on Thursday it would seek to mediate between the United States and North Korea after Pyongyang threatened to pull out of an unprecedented summit between its leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump on June 12 in Singapore. North Korea on Wednesday

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  • Reuters

    French police move to clear eco-activists from abandoned airport site

    French police on Thursday started another operation to evacuate eco-activists and anarchists squatting on a site in western France that had been planned as a new airport, and which had sparked previous clashes. The latest move to clear out the squatters from the Notre-Dame-des-Landes site in western

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  • China launches first rocket designed by a private company
    Reuters

    China launches first rocket designed by a private company

    China launched its first privately developed rocket from a launchpad in northwestern China on Thursday, state media said, the latest milestone in the country’s ambitious space exploration program. Since coming to office in 2012, Chinese President Xi Jinping has made becoming a “space flight

  • Ex-PM lawyer says no docs seized in Malaysia police search
    Associated Press

    Ex-PM lawyer says no docs seized in Malaysia police search

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A seven-hour police search of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s property as part of a money-laundering investigation being pushed by his successor did not find any incriminating documents, his lawyer said Thursday.

  • Associated Press

    Pakistan army kills militant wanted for slaying 100 Shiites

    QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s military says security forces have raided a militant hideout, triggering a shootout in which an intelligence officer and a notorious militant wanted for over 100 deaths of minority Shiites were killed along with two other suspects.

  • Nicaragua's Ortega holds crisis talks with opposition after unrest
    AFP

    Nicaragua’s Ortega holds crisis talks with opposition after unrest

    Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega opened talks on Wednesday with opposition groups in a bid to quell a month of anti-government unrest that has seen more than 50 people killed. The Church-mediated dialogue, which got underway in the capital Managua, involved representatives of university students who

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  • US has daunting to-do list to prepare for NKorea summit
    Associated Press

    US has daunting to-do list to prepare for NKorea summit

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Who sits where? What’s on the agenda? Will they eat together? What’s the security plan?

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  • The year of Mueller: 12 months in, here's what we've learned
    Associated Press

    The year of Mueller: 12 months in, here’s what we’ve learned

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It was one year ago Thursday when Robert Mueller, the former FBI director, was appointed as special counsel to take over the Justice Department’s investigation into possible coordination between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

  • Meghan Markle, Grace Kelly: stars who became royalty
    AFP

    Meghan Markle, Grace Kelly: stars who became royalty

    Meghan Markle is not the first American actress to give up her career for the love of a prince. More than six decades ago her fellow countrywoman Grace Kelly walked away from Hollywood to take on a new role as princess of Monaco. “Meghan Markle is the Grace Kelly of the iPhone generation,”

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  • Asian dealers cautious with eye on trade talks, geopolitics
    AFP

    Asian dealers cautious with eye on trade talks, geopolitics

    Asian traders were biding their time in early trade on Thursday as a healthy lead from Wall Street was tempered by geopolitical concerns and caution ahead of high-level China-US trade talks. In Hong Kong the Hang Seng Index edged down slightly, Shanghai eased 0.2 percent and Sydney was 0.3 percent down

  • Reuters

    Pakistan kills senior Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militant in Baluchistan raid

    By Gul Yousafzai QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistan’s military has killed a senior member of Islamist militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi(LeJ) along two suicide bombers in a raid in the southwestern province of Baluchistan, the army’s media wing said on Thursday. A military intelligence officer

  • Three more victims sue Japan government over forced sterilisation
    AFP

    Three more victims sue Japan government over forced sterilisation

    Three people who were forcibly sterilised under a now-defunct eugenics law in Japan are suing the government Thursday as part of a movement seeking an apology and compensation for victims. The suits, which are being filed in Tokyo and elsewhere in Japan, come after the first such legal action by a victim

  • Reuters

    U.S. demanded North Korea ship some nuclear warheads, ICBM abroad within six months: media

    The United Stated has demanded North Korea ship some nuclear warheads, an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and other nuclear material overseas within six months, the Asahi newspaper said on Thursday, citing several sources familiar with North Korean issues. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

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  • 'A fairy tale for adults': Academic dissects royal wedding
    AFP

    ‘A fairy tale for adults’: Academic dissects royal wedding

    When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot in Windsor on Saturday anthropologist Kaori O’Connor will be keeping a close academic eye on what she refers to as “a fairy tale for adults”. “It’s like our wedding, our bride,” the University College London academic told AFP

  • Maduro's backers press socialism amid Venezuela's nightmare
    Associated Press

    Maduro’s backers press socialism amid Venezuela’s nightmare

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — On cue each week, Hector Madera takes his battle for Venezuela’s socialist revolution to the airwaves of a small radio station in the capital of Caracas, even as his once-wealthy country crumbles around him.

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  • Bosnia helpless as migrants open new Balkan route
    AFP

    Bosnia helpless as migrants open new Balkan route

    A growing number of migrants are carving a new Balkan route through Bosnia to reach the European Union raising fears of a humanitarian and security crisis in the impoverished country. In the tourist centre of Sarajevo, a park in front of the national library has been turned into a makeshift camp with

  • Utah man jailed in Venezuela pleas for freedom in video
    Associated Press

    Utah man jailed in Venezuela pleas for freedom in video

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Utah man imprisoned in Venezuela for two years without a trial is making an emotional plea for Americans’ help getting out of a Caracas jail, saying Wednesday in a clandestinely shot video that his life was threatened during a riot in the country’s most-notorious prison

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  • Far-right Dutch MP Wilders appeals discrimination ruling
    AFP

    Far-right Dutch MP Wilders appeals discrimination ruling

    Firebrand Dutch politician Geert Wilders returns to court Thursday to appeal his 2016 conviction for discrimination, unrepentant in the personal battle he is waging against Islam. The far-right MP has seen the fortunes of his Freedom Party (PPV) soar in both general and local elections in recent years

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  • Associated Press

    Venezuela: Canada bans expat voters from casting ballots

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela says Canada is blocking its citizens living there from voting in the South American nation’s weekend presidential election.

  • Hamas official says 50 members killed this week on Gaza border
    AFP

    Hamas official says 50 members killed this week on Gaza border

    A senior member of Gaza’s Hamas rulers has said that all but a dozen of the 62 Palestinians killed by Israeli fire during Gaza border protests this week were members of the Islamist group. The remarks made on Wednesday were seized upon by Israel in an attempt to fend off harsh global criticism over

  • Fearing attack, Russian-backed rebels dig trenches in Ukraine
    AFP

    Fearing attack, Russian-backed rebels dig trenches in Ukraine

    In the mid-day heat, a dozen volunteers are spading dry soil in the pro-Russian separatist east of Ukraine, digging a new line of trenches aimed at keeping out Kiev’s tanks. “We are preparing reserve positions in the event of a possible offensive by Kiev,” says Oleg, a 49-year-old unemployed

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  • Reuters

    Earthquake jolts eastern Japan’s Chiba, no tsunami warning

    TOKYO (Reuters) – An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 hit eastern Japan on Thursday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The epicenter of the quake was off the coast of Chiba prefecture, the agency said, adding that a tsunami warning had not been issued. There were no immediate reports

  • Unapologetic Trump Jr.: Not troubled that I met with Russian
    Associated Press

    Unapologetic Trump Jr.: Not troubled that I met with Russian

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Questioned intently by a Senate committee, President Donald Trump’s son struck a firmly unapologetic tone, deflected many queries and said he didn’t think there was anything wrong with meeting a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in hopes of election-season dirt on Hillary Clinton

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 3:10 a.m. GMT

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — Hour upon hour, day upon day, Omir Bekali and other detainees in far western China’s new indoctrination camps had to disavow their Islamic beliefs, criticize themselves and their loved ones and give thanks to the ruling Communist Party. When Bekali, a Kazakh Muslim, refused

  • Burundians to vote in referendum to extend president's rule
    AFP

    Burundians to vote in referendum to extend president’s rule

    Burundians vote Thursday in a referendum on constitutional reforms that are set to shore up the power of President Pierre Nkurunziza, enabling him to rule until 2034. The referendum comes as Burundi remains mired in a deep political crisis — triggered by Nkurunziza’s run for a controversial third

  • Nicaraguan opposition talks with President Daniel Ortega
    Associated Press

    Nicaraguan opposition talks with President Daniel Ortega

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — President Daniel Ortega’s first formal talks with Nicaraguan opposition and civic groups since he returned to power in 2007 quickly became heated and confrontational Wednesday.

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  • Reuters

    China says U.S. should cherish opportunity for peace on Korean peninsula

    BEIJING (Reuters) – The measures North Korea has taken to ease tension on the Korean peninsula should be acknowledged, and all other parties, especially the United States, should cherish the opportunity for peace, the Chinese government’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, said. Wang, a state councillor and

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  • Founded to protest Pakistan 'disappearances', group now sees supporters go missing
    Reuters

    Founded to protest Pakistan ‘disappearances’, group now sees supporters go missing

    By Saad Sayeed KARACHI (Reuters) – As they were about to enter the office of the Commissioner of Karachi for a meeting to discuss a rally planned in Pakistan’s largest city, leaders of a Pashtun-led rights movement were intercepted by armed men accompanied by paramilitary Rangers. “A car

  • Fujimori says he will not appeal travel ban
    AFP

    Fujimori says he will not appeal travel ban

    Lima (AFP) – Ex-president Alberto Fujimori said Wednesday he would not oppose a judge’s ban on his leaving Peru ahead of a new trial.

  • Reuters

    Malaysian police say searching five properties linked to ousted PM Najib

    Malaysian police are searching five locations linked to ousted Prime Minister Najib Razak, police director Amar Singh told Reuters on Thursday. At least a dozen armed policemen entered Najib’s home late on Wednesday after he returned from prayers at a mosque, Reuters witnesses said. Other than

  • US jury finds Oregon man guilty of abusing Cambodian orphans
    Associated Press

    US jury finds Oregon man guilty of abusing Cambodian orphans

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A U.S. jury found a Christian missionary from Oregon guilty Wednesday of multiple sex abuse charges for molesting children living at an unlicensed Cambodian orphanage that he operated in Phnom Penh over a period of years.

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  • Nicaraguan students yell 'Murderer' at Ortega, demand he resign
    Reuters

    Nicaraguan students yell ‘Murderer’ at Ortega, demand he resign

    By Delphine Schrank MANAGUA (Reuters) – Nicaraguan students taunted President Daniel Ortega with shouts of “murderer” as he spoke at an event aimed at negotiating a solution to weeks of deadly demonstrations that flared up again on Wednesday. The meeting was a rare opportunity for the protesters

  • Lions aim to regain winning form in Super Rugby
    Associated Press

    Lions aim to regain winning form in Super Rugby

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Lions will attempt to end a three-match losing streak when they host the Brumbies during a crucial round of matches this weekend in Super Rugby’s South African conference.

  • Malaysia police raid ex-PM house as part of corruption probe
    Associated Press

    Malaysia police raid ex-PM house as part of corruption probe

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police spent hours early Thursday searching former Prime Minister Najib Razak’s house, reportedly part of a money-laundering investigation linked to a state investment fund that is being investigated abroad.

  • Inmates revolt at Venezuela detention center, Utah man pleads for help
    Reuters

    Inmates revolt at Venezuela detention center, Utah man pleads for help

    There was no official information on the incident, but in videos posted on social media men identifying themselves as prisoners said they had taken over the headquarters of intelligence agency Sebin, known as the Helicoide, where hundreds of people are held. “This has been taken over peacefully

  • 'Ballistic blocks' shoot from Hawaii volcano, may mark start of violent eruptions
    Reuters

    ‘Ballistic blocks’ shoot from Hawaii volcano, may mark start of violent eruptions

    By Terray Sylvester VOLCANO, Hawaii (Reuters) – “Ballistic blocks” the size of microwave ovens shot from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano on Wednesday in what may be the start of explosive eruptions that could spew huge ash plumes and hurl smaller rocks for miles (km), the U.S. Geological Survey

  • Senegal student's death sparks fresh university clashes
    AFP

    Senegal student’s death sparks fresh university clashes

    Fresh clashes between protesters and police broke out at universities across Senegal on Wednesday, a day after a student was killed during a demonstration over late grant payments. Second-year student Mohamed Fallou Sene, 25, was killed after police were called in to quell a protest at Gaston Berger

  • Marseille's hopes dented when Payet limped off injured
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    Marseille’s hopes dented when Payet limped off injured

    LYON, France (AP) — As midfielder Dimitri Payet limped off the field injured, Marseille’s chances of winning the Europa League went with him.

  • Guatemala embassy move seen as domestic win, pleasing US
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    Guatemala embassy move seen as domestic win, pleasing US

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s move of its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Wednesday was the culmination of longstanding friendly ties between the two nations.

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  • British cyber expert's attorney says FBI deceived him
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    British cyber expert’s attorney says FBI deceived him

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Attorneys for a British cybersecurity expert credited with stopping a worldwide computer virus last year told a federal judge Wednesday that the FBI agents who arrested him for allegedly creating malware used deception when interrogating him and those statements should be inadmissible

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  • Associated Press

    50-carat white diamond fetches $6.5M at Christie’s Geneva

    GENEVA (AP) — A 50-carat white diamond has fetched 6.5 million Swiss francs (dollars) at a Christie’s auction of jewelry, with the auctioneer saying an anonymous trader snapped up the rare stone.

  • Associated Press

    Official says much still unknown about hack of Mexico banks

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The head of Mexico’s central bank says there is still much authorities do not know about the apparent hack of a system used by banks to transfer money among themselves.

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  • Associated Press

    Tejay van Garderen powers to Tour of California time trial

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Tejay van Garderen’s season started with a strong podium result at Volta ao Algarve, a stage race that takes place in Portugal and often serves as a harbinger of the things to come.

  • Griezmann owed it to coach Simeone to win Europa League
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    Griezmann owed it to coach Simeone to win Europa League

    LYON, France (AP) — Striker Antoine Griezmann figured he owed it to coach Diego Simeone to win the Europa League with Atletico Madrid.

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  • The Latest: Cyber expert's attorney say FBI deceived him
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    The Latest: Cyber expert’s attorney say FBI deceived him

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Latest on the case of British cybersecurity expert accused of creating software to steal banking passwords (all times local):

  • In Bangladesh, some 60 babies a day born in Rohingya camps: U.N.
    Reuters

    In Bangladesh, some 60 babies a day born in Rohingya camps: U.N.

    Around 60 babies a day are being born in vast refugee camps in Bangladesh, sheltering hundreds of thousands of mainly Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar, the United Nations children’s agency UNICEF said on Wednesday. Nearly 700,000 Rohingya fled to Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh in the past nine

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  • The Latest: Trump Jr. saw no issue with Trump Tower meeting
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    The Latest: Trump Jr. saw no issue with Trump Tower meeting

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on transcripts of testimony to Senate panel about 2016 Trump Tower meeting (all times local):

  • Reuters

    Huge numbers of Yemenis flee Hodeidah as fighting nears: Amnesty

    Tens of thousands of Yemenis have been fleeing Hodeidah as fighting intensifies on frontlines near the Houthi-held western province, Amnesty International said on Thursday, warning that “the worst is yet to come” if the war reaches urban areas. Forces backed by a Saudi-led military coalition

  • MLS this week: Costa Ricans punch (early) ticket to Russia
    Associated Press

    MLS this week: Costa Ricans punch (early) ticket to Russia

    Despite the U.S. national team’s absence, Major League Soccer will have plenty of representatives at the World Cup, especially on the Costa Rican team.

  • 'No means no!': Chilean students condemn sexual violence
    AFP

    ‘No means no!’: Chilean students condemn sexual violence

    Thousands of women chanted “No means no!” during a march in Santiago Wednesday called by students to protest sexual abuse and harassment, part of a new feminist wave sweeping Chile. To the rhythm of drums, dancing and the chants of “No means no”, the students, mostly women, filled

  • U.N. has 'collapsed' in the face of Gaza violence, says Turkey's Erdogan
    Reuters

    U.N. has ‘collapsed’ in the face of Gaza violence, says Turkey’s Erdogan

    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that the United Nations had “collapsed” in the face of events in Gaza where Israeli forces killed 60 Palestinian protesters on Monday as the United States relocated its Israel embassy to Jerusalem. Turkey has been among the most vocal critics

  • Israel says Hamas curbed Gaza protests after Egyptian warning
    Reuters

    Israel says Hamas curbed Gaza protests after Egyptian warning

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Dan Williams GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Palestinian protests on the Gaza-Israel border have dropped off over the past two days, amid reports that Egyptian officials intervened to restore calm after dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire. Gaza’s dominant Islamist

  • Marco Andretti leads field on 2nd day of Indy 500 practice
    Associated Press

    Marco Andretti leads field on 2nd day of Indy 500 practice

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Marco Andretti led four Honda drivers atop the speed chart on the second day of practice for the Indianapolis 500.

  • GOP pushes for speedy confirmation vote for CIA nominee
    Associated Press

    GOP pushes for speedy confirmation vote for CIA nominee

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are pushing for a speedy confirmation vote as early as Thursday after the Senate intelligence committee endorsed President Donald Trump’s CIA nominee Gina Haspel to lead the spy agency.

  • Malaysia police seize handbags, other personal items from ex-PM's home
    Reuters

    Malaysia police seize handbags, other personal items from ex-PM’s home

    By Fathin Ungku KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian police seized handbags and few other personal items from the home of former prime minister Najib Razak in connection with a money laundering probe, a lawyer of the ex-leader said on Thursday. At least a dozen armed policemen entered Najib’s home

  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump misplaces blame for family splits
    Associated Press

    AP FACT CHECK: Trump misplaces blame for family splits

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — President Donald Trump is wrongly blaming Democrats for a law that he says is forcing migrant children to be taken from their parents at the border. The decision to separate families was made by the Trump administration.

  • Malaysia's Anwar walks free, says will not join cabinet any time soon
    Reuters

    Malaysia’s Anwar walks free, says will not join cabinet any time soon

    By Joseph Sipalan and Tom Westbrook KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Jailed Malaysian reformist Anwar Ibrahim was granted a full pardon and freed on Wednesday, capping dramatic changes in the Southeast Asian country since the government was ousted in an election upset last week. The question for Malaysia now

  • Riot erupts at Venezuela detention center where activists, Utah man jailed
    Reuters

    Riot erupts at Venezuela detention center where activists, Utah man jailed

    By Luc Cohen and Leon Wietfeld CARACAS (Reuters) – A riot erupted on Wednesday at a detention center where dozens of government opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and a Mormon missionary from Utah are detained, activists and relatives said on Wednesday. There was no official information

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  • Four years after coup, Thais tire of corruption and democratic delays
    Reuters

    Four years after coup, Thais tire of corruption and democratic delays

    By Patpicha Tanakasempipat and Panarat Thepgumpanat BANGKOK (Reuters) – When Thailand’s army took power in a bloodless coup four years ago, it promised to bring happiness back to the “Land of Smiles” and return the country to democratic rule within two years. The military said the coup

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  • Polish president meets with mayor on statue removal dispute
    Associated Press

    Polish president meets with mayor on statue removal dispute

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Poland’s president met Wednesday with a New Jersey mayor who stirred controversy recently by making plans to move a statue honoring Polish World War II victims, with the two men having a brief exchange the mayor described as “straightforward and spontaneous” about

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  • Macri says Argentina's currency crisis is over
    Associated Press

    Macri says Argentina’s currency crisis is over

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — President Mauricio Macri said Wednesday that Argentina’s currency crisis is over, speaking as the country’s currency rebounded somewhat and prices for its stocks and bonds rose.

  • Jeter upbeat but unhappy with Marlins' record and attendance
    Associated Press

    Jeter upbeat but unhappy with Marlins’ record and attendance

    MIAMI (AP) — Derek Jeter was chatting with a cluster of fans during Marlins batting practice Wednesday when a preschooler wearing a Dodgers cap asked him to sign a baseball.

  • From Madrid to Miami, Venezuelan migrants seethe at Maduro yet sit out vote
    Reuters

    From Madrid to Miami, Venezuelan migrants seethe at Maduro yet sit out vote

    By Alexandra Ulmer, Angus Berwick and Mitra Taj CARACAS/MADRID/LIMA (Reuters) – Often arriving thin and penniless in South American capitals after long bus trips across the continent, many Venezuelan migrants blame President Nicolas Maduro for the crushing economic crisis that forced them to flee.

  • Reuters

    France’s Total to quit Iran gas project if no sanctions waiver

    By Sudip Kar-Gupta and John Irish PARIS (Reuters) – Total will pull out of a multibillion-dollar gas project in Iran if it cannot secure a waiver from U.S. sanctions, the French energy company said on Wednesday. Companies are starting to take matters into their own hands as European and some other

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  • EU leaders struggle to save Iran economic ties from U.S. sanctions
    Reuters

    EU leaders struggle to save Iran economic ties from U.S. sanctions

    By Gabriela Baczynska SOFIA (Reuters) – European Union leaders agreed on Wednesday to try to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive and maintain their reviving economic cooperation with Tehran after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the pact. “As long as Iran respects the provisions of the deal

  • Reuters

    Russia backs EU plan to meet on Iran nuclear deal in Vienna next week: Ifax

    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Wednesday Russia supported a European Union proposal to hold a meeting on the Iran nuclear deal in Vienna next week, Interfax news agency said. The deal between Iran and six world powers lifted most international sanctions

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  • France's Total warns of Iran exit as EU struggles to save economic ties
    Reuters

    France’s Total warns of Iran exit as EU struggles to save economic ties

    By Gabriela Baczynska and Sudip Kar-Gupta SOFIA/PARIS (Reuters) – French energy giant Total joined other European companies in signaling on Wednesday they could exit Iran, casting doubt on whether European leaders meeting to try to salvage the Iran nuclear deal can safeguard trade with Tehran. President

  • With friends like Trump, who needs enemies: EU chief
    AFP

    With friends like Trump, who needs enemies: EU chief

    The European Union’s top official launched a stinging attack Wednesday on President Donald Trump, slamming his “capricious assertiveness” and saying the US leader acted more like an enemy than a friend. EU president Donald Tusk urged leaders meeting in Bulgaria to form a “united European

  • The Latest: Arizona's Flake opposes Haspel for CIA chief
    Associated Press

    The Latest: Arizona’s Flake opposes Haspel for CIA chief

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the nomination of Gina Haspel to head the CIA (all times local):

  • EU leaders agree 'united approach' on Iran deal, trade
    AFP

    EU leaders agree ‘united approach’ on Iran deal, trade

    European Union leaders agreed on a “united EU approach” to keeping the Iran nuclear deal alive after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the pact, a European source said after talks in Bulgaria. The 28 EU leaders also backed a plan for dealing with trade tariffs that Trump is imposing

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