Archive for the ‘WORLD’ Category

Defiant Governor in Northern Afghanistan Tests President Ghani

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

The ousted governor of Afghanistan’s northern Balkh province is daring President Ashraf Ghani to come after him—posing a crucial test of the president’s resolve to end the power of the country’s regional leaders and build a functioning state.

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Venezuelans Watch as Soldiers Besiege Rebel Group

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

The saga of a police pilot and former actor who authorities said stole a helicopter in June and tossed grenades over official buildings took another violent turn as government forces said they had engaged in a bloody shootout with him and supporters at their rural hideout.

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U.S. Plans New Nuclear Weapons

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

The Pentagon is planning to develop two new sea-based nuclear weapons to respond to Russia and China’s growing military capabilities, according to a sweeping Defense Department review of nuclear strategy.

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Philippines Shuts Down News Site Critical of Duterte

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Rappler, a popular news website that has been critical of the government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, was shut down by the country’s securities regulator, a move the company called harassment.

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U.S. Weighs Cut to U.N. Money for Palestinian Refugees

Monday, January 15th, 2018

The Trump administration is preparing to withhold tens of millions of dollars from the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, cutting the year’s first contribution by more than half or perhaps entirely, and making additional donations contingent on major changes to the organization, according to U.S. officials.

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Former Lawmaker Sadat Won’t Run for President in Egypt

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Former lawmaker Mohamed Anwar Sadat said he wouldn’t seek the country’s presidency in March, an unexpected move that draws focus on an election where many say the odds are already stacked in favor of the state-backed incumbent.

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North Korea Brings Pop Star to Talks With South

Monday, January 15th, 2018

When North Korea’s delegation filed into talks to discuss Pyongyang’s participation in the Winter Olympics, one figure stood out: the reclusive state’s best-known female pop star.

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Two Suicide Bombers Attack Baghdad

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in a square in central Baghdad, killing at least 26 people in the deadliest attack since Iraq claimed victory over Islamic State late last year.

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Myanmar Readies First Camp for Returning Rohingya Refugees

Monday, January 15th, 2018

A top Myanmar official said Monday that a camp to house Rohingya Muslim and Hindu refugees who return from Bangladesh will be ready by its promised deadline next week.

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Drone Attacks on Russian Bases in Syria Expose Security Holes

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Recent attacks against Russian bases on Syria’s Mediterranean coast by improvised combat drones have exposed weaknesses in President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to cement a permanent military presence there.

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Crews Take Up Two Fronts in Cleanup of Sunken Iranian Tanker

Monday, January 15th, 2018

The sinking of an Iranian tanker in the East China Sea left cleanup crews battling to contain environmental damage on two fronts—an oil slick on the surface and the light crude and engine oil carried toward the seafloor.

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Balcony Collapses at Indonesia Stock Exchange, Injuring at Least 75

Monday, January 15th, 2018

A mezzanine walkway crumbled during lunch hour in the building’s busy lobby, wounding office workers and university students on a tour.

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Anger Over Clerical Sex Abuse Awaits Pope in Chile

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Pope Francis’ three-day visit to Chile will draw attention to what activists describe as one of the most conspicuous weaknesses of his nearly five-year-old pontificate: his failure to take enough action to protect children from clerical sex abuse and punish priests for perpetrating it.

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Iranian Tanker Sinks Off China After Collision

Monday, January 15th, 2018

A large Iranian oil tanker that collided with a cargo ship in the East China Sea had sunk and there are no hopes of finding any survivors, Chinese and Iranian state media said.

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Cigarettes and Murky Joint Ventures Help North Korea Evade Crackdown

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Global businesses faced a deadline last week to exit joint ventures operating in North Korea, but dozens of them are still there, providing the country with significant revenue and diluting the effects of financial sanctions against leader Kim Jong Un’s rogue regime.

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Hawaii Missile-Attack False Alarm Triggered by Clicking Wrong Button

Sunday, January 14th, 2018

The false alert of a ballistic missile attack that unleashed panic across Hawaii was triggered when a state employee accidentally hit the wrong button on a computer, an official said.

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Koreas Set to Meet Again for Winter Olympics Talks

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

The two Koreas agreed to meet for a second time on Monday to work out plans on how to accommodate North Korea’s participation in next month’s Winter Olympics, in talks that are likely to determine how closely the two rivals will interact on the world stage.

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Renzi’s Comeback Hopes Fade as Italy’s ‘Demolition Man’ Sinks in Polls

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

In 2014, Matteo Renzi swept to power on promises to ‘demolish’ the country’s discredited political establishment and revive its economy. A year after his resignation, his popularity—and his party’s—is plummeting.

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Syrian Offensive Targets Remaining Rebel Strongholds

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

Syrian rebels are fighting to maintain territory amid a new government offensive to capture parts of the country’s last opposition strongholds.

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World Bank Unfairly Influenced Its Own Competitiveness Rankings

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

The World Bank’s chief economist said it repeatedly changed the methodology of one of its flagship economic reports over several years in ways that were unfair and misleading.

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Hours Before Crash, Iranian Tanker and Chinese Ship Stopped Transmitting Signals

Friday, January 12th, 2018

An Iranian oil tanker and Chinese freighter stopped transmitting their locations to naval tracking systems hours before their deadly crash off the coast of China.

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U.S. Extends Iran Deal, Issues Sanctions

Friday, January 12th, 2018

The Trump administration extended sanctions relief under the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, keeping the deal intact for at least another several months, but said it would issue no more such waivers as it negotiates a modified deal.

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Saudi Arabia Takes Reins of Construction Giant

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Saudi Arabia is assuming supervisory control of the Saudi Binladin Group and could take a stake in the construction giant, people familiar with the matter said, a sign of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s willingness to disrupt the established corporate order in the kingdom.

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The Latest Freedom for Saudi Women: Watching Live Soccer

Friday, January 12th, 2018

On Friday evening, Saudi women will attend a pro-soccer match for the first time in the kingdom, as one of the first measures aimed at relaxing strict social restrictions takes effect.

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London’s Royal Opera Lost Its Soprano. It Had 36 Hours to Find a New One.

Friday, January 12th, 2018

After the diva in “Rigoletto” went down, the scramble for a replacement Gilda created a do-or-die opportunity for a singer from Madrid.

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Muslim Hard-Liners Accuse Facebook of Blocking Accounts

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Hundreds of protesters rallied against Facebook in Jakarta, accusing the social-media giant of blocking their accounts and threatening to lobby for its ouster from Indonesia.

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Merkel Takes Big Step Toward Forming Coalition Government

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Angela Merkel made a breakthrough toward forming a government and securing her fourth term as Germany’s chancellor, according to a draft policy agreement reached by her conservative party and its center-left rivals.

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German Engineering Yields New Warship That Isn’t Fit for Sea

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Germany’s naval brass dreamed up a warship that could ferry marines into combat anywhere, go up against enemy ships and stay away from home ports for two years with a skeleton crew. But now it turns out it doesn’t work.

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Czech Election Highlights Allure of Russia

Friday, January 12th, 2018

The Czech Republic’s presidential vote on Friday and Saturday is set to be an illuminating moment for a region where some believe better relations with Russia can be a counterweight to the influence of the European Union and Washington.

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EU Finds Irregularities in Projects Linked to Hungarian Leader’s Son-in-Law

Friday, January 12th, 2018

The European Union’s antifraud office is recommending that Hungary’s top authorities take legal action over “serious irregularities” in projects carried out by a company once controlled by the son-in-law of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, the agency told The Wall Street Journal.

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