Aid begins to flow to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria

A humanitarian crisis is growing in Puerto Rico as towns are left without fresh water, fuel, power...


Analysis: Tokyo Gov. Koike steps to fore of national politics with new party

(c) 2017, The Japan News/Yomiuri. TOKYO - With the dissolution of the House of Representatives just around the corner, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike made a daring decision to lead the lower house election campaign as the face of a political party while also continuing to serve as the governor of Tokyo....


Fat-cat Brazilian bureaucrats see betrayal as austerity looms

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. After six decades, Brasilia is losing some of its charm. Sure, yachts still ply Lake Paranoa, and the famous modernist buildings gracing Three Powers Square and the Esplanade of Ministries are as magnificent as ever. But the train to happiness? It’s coming to an end. Brazilians...


Mexico tallying the economic cost of big earthquake

Mexico Earthquake

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials are tallying up the economic losses of the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that caused widespread damage in the capital, as the number of buildings that may need to be pulled down or need major repairs rose to 500. The death toll in the quake rose to 331, with 192 of...


Ethiopia says Somaliland displaced thousands of Oromo

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. Ethiopia accused neighboring Somaliland of illegally displacing more than 3,000 long-term Oromo residents in the wake of clashes on the boundary between two of Ethiopia’s regional states. The semi-autonomous northern territory of Somalia displaced the Oromos, who belong to...


Turkey warns Iraq Kurds it can `close valves' on oil exports

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. Turkey can choose to “close the valves” on oil exports from Iraq’s Kurdish region through the Turkish port of Ceyhan, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned as Kurds voted in a referendum on independence from Iraq. The landlocked Kurdish enclave in northern Iraq can ship as much...


Experts: NKorea lacks ability, intent to attack US planes

North Korea Threats

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Military analysts say North Korea doesn’t have either the capability or the intent to attack U.S. bombers and fighter jets, despite the country’s top diplomat saying it has every right do so. They view the remark by North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and a recent...


North Korea may struggle to shoot U.S. bombers out of the sky

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. It’s been almost half a century since North Korea shot down a U.S. military aircraft. These days its generals might find it even tougher. North Korea’s top diplomat on Monday called President Donald Trump’s warnings to Pyongyang a declaration of war, and said his country would...


Fears of Bali volcano eruption spark exodus of 75,000

APTOPIX Indonesia Bali Volcano

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Warnings that a volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali will erupt have sparked an exodus of more than 75,000 people that is likely to continue to swell, the country’s disaster agency said Tuesday. Authorities have ordered the evacuation of villagers living within a...


UK's May meets EU leader in hopes to restart Brexit talks

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May and European Council president Donald Tusk met Tuesday as Britain seeks to kick start deadlocked negotiations on leaving the European Union. Tusk met May at her office at 10 Downing Street as negotiators for the two sides held a fourth round of Brexit talks...


The Latest: Iran concerned over security after referendum

Iraq Kurdish referendum

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The Latest on the Iraqi Kurdish referendum on support for independence from Baghdad and the tensions surrounding the vote (all times local): 3:50 p.m. Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency reports that the country’s defense minister has expressed concerns over the security...

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