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Thai junta boss eyes staying on with little stopping him

Thailand Time of the Generals

BANGKOK (AP) — When Prayuth Chan-Ocha seized control of Thailand in a military coup, he vigorously...

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N.Korea cancels S.Korea visit by advance team for art troupe

South Korea Koreas Tensions

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday abruptly canceled plans to send a delegation led by the head of a hugely popular girl band to South Korea over the weekend to check preparations for a trip by a North Korean art troupe she also leads during next month’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics....


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Peru's indigenous welcome Pope Francis to scorching Amazon

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PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru (AP) — Indigenous men, women and children wearing brightly colored headdresses greeted Pope Francis up his arrival in the Amazon Friday, urging the pontiff to help them protect the delicate ecosystem from an onslaught of new threats dramatically changing the biome. Francis...


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The Latest: Pope urged to help protect Amazon rainforest

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PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis’ visit to Peru (all times local): 11:20 a.m. Amazonian indigenous leaders in Peru are urging Pope Francis to help them protect the world’s largest rainforest from an onslaught of new threats that are dramatically changing the biome. One of...


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IOC: More initiatives coming to promote Korean unity

Koreas Tensions Unification Flag

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Olympics organizers on Friday welcomed an agreement between North and South Korea to unite athletes at the upcoming Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and promised that “much more exciting initiatives” promoting Korean unity will emerge this weekend. “Watch this space,”...


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France scoffs at Britain's Boris Johnson plan for bridge across the English Channel

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. LONDON - As Britain prepares for its departure from the European Union, there has been ample discussion about the building of bridges as Britain finds its new place in the world. And maybe that means building an actual bridge. Britain’s flamboyant foreign secretary,...


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Tensions soar along Indian, Pakistan frontier in Kashmir

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SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Tensions have soared along the volatile frontier between India and Pakistan in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, as rival troops shelled villages and border posts for a third day Friday. Three civilians and two soldiers were killed on both sides in the latest clash,...


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Shirtless Putin takes icy religious plunge

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. The president appears healthy. Russian leader Vladimir Putin dipped into frigid waters early Friday at a lake in northwestern Russia to mark the Orthodox observance of the Epiphany, which commemorates the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. The president arrived for...


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Japan looks at building new whaling ship

(c) 2018, The Japan News/Yomiuri. The Fisheries Agency plans to introduce a new vessel that will replace the aging Nisshin Maru, the 8,145-ton mother ship of the Japanese research whaling fleet in the Antarctic and Pacific oceans. The agency plans to begin work on a basic plan in fiscal 2018 for...


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Stand-along photo: Japan festival

(c) 2018, The Japan News/Yomiuri. Stand-alone photo: Girls wearing kimono look at colorful hanging decorations at a hall in the Inatori district of Higashiizu, Shizuoka Prefecture, on January 19, 2018. A festival featuring the decorations, which hang on both sides of hina doll stands, will take...


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Catalan ex-president to risk arrest, travel to Denmark

APTOPIX Spain Catalonia

MADRID (AP) — Catalonia’s former president, a fugitive sought by Spain over a foiled secession bid, will travel to Denmark next week for a university debate, officials said Friday, despite the possible risk of arrest. Carles Puigdemont plans to make the trip to Copenhagen as he tries to get his old...


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