Emboldened Xi lays out vision for China, warning for Taiwan

China Politics

BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping vowed Tuesday to protect “every inch” of China’s territory,...


The Latest: French supermarket manager praises dead officer

France Shooting-1

TREBES, France (AP) — The Latest on the extremist attack in southern France (all times local): 11:40 a.m. The manager of a supermarket in southern France that was attacked by an extremist gunman has praised the officer who exchanged himself for a hostage as a hero who saved her co-worker’s life....


French hero officer who swapped himself for hostage dies

France Shooting

TREBES, France (AP) — A French police officer who offered himself up to an Islamic extremist gunman in exchange for a hostage died of his injuries, raising the death toll in the attack to four, and the officer was honored Saturday as a national hero of “exceptional courage and selflessness.” Lt....


Brexit bankers may call Luxembourg's red-light district home

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. Luxembourg’s red-light district could soon be a home for bankers escaping Brexit. As the Grand Duchy prepares to welcome financiers relocating from the U.K., a lack of housing has pushed the price of relatively modest family homes beyond the 1 million-euro mark ($1.2 million)....


Russia's old realm poses a challenge for Western Europe again

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. For three weeks, people in the Slovak capital of Bratislava left work on Friday, headed to the main square and jingled their keys in unison to demand a new government. This week, they got one. A new leadership was installed on Thursday after protests following the murder of a...


Egypt Interior Ministry says explosion in Alexandria kills 1

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s Interior Ministry says an explosion in the coastal city of Alexandria has killed at least one policeman and wounded four others. Saturday’s explosion comes just days ahead of Egypt’s presidential election, in which President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is virtually certain to be re-...


Thousands expected to leave second pocket in Syria's Ghouta

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state media is reporting that some 7,000 members of a rebel group and their relatives are getting ready to leave eastern Ghouta near the capital Damascus to opposition-held areas north of the country. The government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media says that a corridor...


China's economic czar tells US Beijing will defend interests

BEIJING (AP) — China’s newly-appointed economic czar told U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Saturday that Beijing is ready to defend its interests after President Donald Trump announced plans to slap tariffs on nearly $50 billion Chinese imports. Chinese Vice Premier Liu He told Mnuchin in a...


2 Chinese rescued more than 50 hours after dredger capsized

Malaysia Boat Capsizes

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two Chinese sailors have been rescued more than 50 hours after their sand dredger capsized off Malaysia’s southern coast, a maritime official said Saturday. Three more bodies were also discovered, leaving nine others still missing. Divers heard knocking sounds and...


Koreas to hold high-level talks next week to set up summit

South Korea Koreas Tensions

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The rival Koreas agreed to hold high-level talks next week to prepare for an April summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, South Korea said Saturday. The summit aims to improve relations and resolve the standoff over the...


In Egypt, wall-to-wall el-Sissi banners inspire satire

Egypt Election Satire

CAIRO (AP) — In a surreal scene from the 2001 film “Vanilla Sky,” Tom Cruise runs through a deserted Times Square before screaming in despair. In a satirical version widely shared in Egypt, the square is filled with campaign billboards for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Open your eyes anywhere in...

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