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...


IOC: More initiatives coming to promote Korean unity

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,”...


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....


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...


Drone rescue off Australian beach heralded as world-first

Australia Drone Rescue

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A flying drone has dropped a flotation device to two teens caught in a riptide in heavy seas off the Australian coast in what officials describe as a world-first rescue. Monty Greenslade and Gabe Vidler got into trouble on Thursday at Lennox Head, 750 kilometers (470...


Olympics organizer to AP: 'More exciting initiatives' promoting North Korea-South Korea

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Olympics organizer to AP: ‘More exciting initiatives’ promoting North Korea-South Korea unity to be announced Saturday.


After a year of Trump, Russians are still waiting for the thaw

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. MOSCOW - Russian nationalist leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky still fondly remembers the time he says a Russian official working at the United Nations arranged a meeting for him with Donald Trump. “He understood that the way Russia is portrayed in the American press does...


Drone helps rescue boys caught in 9-foot ocean swell

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. In what is being described as a “first,” lifeguards successfully deployed a drone to rescue two boys in trouble while swimming off the eastern coast of Australia Thursday. It was all a bit of serendipity, too. Members of the Australian Lifeguard Service just happened...


Tensions soar along Indian, Pakistan frontier in Kashmir

India Kashmir Pakistan

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 a soldier were killed on both sides in the latest clash,...


New Zealand's prime minister is pregnant. 'I am not the first woman to multitask,' she

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. The day after 37-year-old Jacinda Ardern was elected leader of New Zealand’s Labour Party in August, two different television hosts asked about her plans for a family. One of the hosts specifically asked whether it was acceptable for a nation’s prime minister to take...


Pope brings environmental crusade to Peru's Amazon

Special To The Washington Post. PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru - Pope Francis brought his environmental crusade to the heart of the Amazon on Friday, landing in a rough and tumble corner of Peru’s jungle that is besieged by deforestation and illegal mining. The visit to Peru, the second leg of a trip that...

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