Younger party official faces test as Cuba's next president

Cuba The Next President

SANTA CLARA, Cuba (AP) — Raul Castro travels in motorcades of gleaming imported sedans. Rings of...


AP Analysis: Kim Jong Un tests Trump with latest nuke offer

South Korea Koreas Tension

TOKYO (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has finally broken his silence on what he plans to bring to the table during his summits with the South Korean and U.S. presidents, and it doesn’t have a whole lot to do with tossing out his hard-won nuclear arsenal. Instead, Kim appears to be...


After rare gunfire in Saudi capital, officials say they shot down a toy drone

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. ISTANBUL - After residents in Saudi Arabia’s capital reported hearing rare bursts of gunfire on Saturday evening, followed by videos of heavy shooting that circulated on the Internet, the Saudi government said it had an explanation: Someone had flown a recreational...


Tokyo seeks stricter rules on smoking in bars, diners

(c) 2018, The Japan News/Yomiuri. The Tokyo metropolitan government’s draft ordinance on an indoor smoking ban with penalties will likely prohibit smoking, in principle, in drinking and eating establishments that hire employees or allow children to enter, regardless of their size, according to...


Abe to closely watch how North Korea's move impacts denuclearization

(c) 2018, The Japan News/Yomiuri. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday stressed that Japan will pay close attention to whether North Korea’s latest decision will eventually lead to Pyongyang completely abandoning its nuclear and missile programs. Speaking to reporters in Tokyo about North Korea’s...


India institutes death penalty for child rape in wake of 8-year-old's brutal death

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. NEW DELHI - Offenders who rape girls under 12 may now be subject to the death penalty in India, according to an ordinance passed by India’s cabinet Saturday after a nationwide furor over the rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl. In an emergency meeting, India’s...


Israel's Lieberman blames Hamas over Gaza deaths

Palestinians Israel-13

JEBALIYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel’s defense minister said Saturday that Hamas leaders are the “only culprits” in continued bloodshed on the Gaza border, as the European Union and a top United Nations official made new demands to investigate shootings of unarmed Palestinians by Israeli...


Suspicious factory underscores challenge of verifying North Korea's nuclear promises

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. During the same week that CIA Director Mike Pompeo flew to Pyongyang for secret talks on ending North Korea’s nuclear program, U.S. weapons experts were studying a construction site near the Chinese border for clues that North Korean officials might be moving in the...


Chemical weapons inspectors collect samples from Syria site


BEIRUT (AP) — Chemical weapons inspectors collected samples from Syria’s Douma on Saturday, two weeks after a suspected gas attack there followed by retaliatory strikes by Western powers on the Syrian government’s chemical facilities. The site visit, confirmed by the Organization of the Prohibition...


International inspectors enter Douma, site of alleged Syrian chemical attack

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. BEIRUT - Weapons inspectors on Saturday entered the Syrian city of Douma, where a suspected poison gas attack two weeks earlier killed at least 43 people and prompted U.S.-led airstrikes against Syrian military facilities. After a week of delays, the Organization for...


North Korea is setting the mood for a summit with Trump. And that is progress.

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. TOKYO - North Korea’s announcement Saturday that it would stop firing missiles and detonating nuclear bombs, and would even close its nuclear test site, prompted a wave of strong reactions. There was surprise at the sudden, superficially positive move from Kim Jong Un,...

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