Romania targets longer-lasting government with premier pick

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. Romania’s political leaders quickly agreed on a new prime minister after this week’s shock government collapse, picking one who may last longer than her predecessors as the Black Sea nation gears up for the rotating European Union presidency and navigates a slowdown in its...


Emirates throws Airbus A380 a lifeline with $16 billion deal

Emirates Airbus-1

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Middle East’s largest airline, Emirates, announced Thursday it struck a deal with Airbus to purchase 20 A380 aircraft with the option to buy 16 more in a deal worth $16 billion, throwing a lifeline to the European-made double-decker jumbo jets. The Dubai-based...


Joint Olympic flag deal angers conservatives in South Korea

Koreas Tensions Unification Flag

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — When athletes from the rival Koreas paraded together behind a single flag for the first time at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, it was a highly emotional event that came on a wave of hope for reconciliation following their leaders’ first-ever summit talks....


The new ambassador to The Hague might be Dutch American, but he's not like anyone the

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. THE HAGUE - When President Donald Trump picked Peter Hoekstra to be his ambassador to the Netherlands, he was inadvertently setting up an experiment: Would an exponent of the U.S. leader’s own devil-may-care approach to accuracy flourish outside the hothouse...


Expert says major eruption in Papua New Guinea could be soon

APTOPIX Papua New Guinea Volcano

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Seismic activity beneath a Papua New Guinea volcano could mean that a major eruption was imminent, a scientist said Thursday. Thousands of people have been evacuated from islands surrounding Kadovar Island off the South Pacific nation’s north coast since a volcano there...


China criticizes US moves on intellectual property, telecoms

China US Fake Goods

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday criticized recent moves by the U.S. targeting the sale of fake goods and Chinese telecoms equipment, saying Washington lacks “objectivity” in its approach to Chinese businesses. Separately, the foreign ministry sought to deflect accusations that China is requiring...


Pence visit showcases dilemma facing Egypt, Jordan leaders

Mideast Pence

CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s upcoming visit to the Middle East comes at a time of intensely publicized friction between his administration and the Palestinian leadership, posing a dilemma for his Arab hosts — Egypt’s president and Jordan’s king — on how to safeguard their vital...


Israel's PM says India reconsidering shelved missile deal

India Israel

NEW DELHI (AP) — Israel’s prime minister said that a $500 million Spike anti-tank missile deal that India shelved with Israel is back on the table. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted late Wednesday that following his talks with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Indian government...


Pope wraps up Chile stop with visit to migrants, on to Peru

APTOPIX Chile Pope

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis wraps up his Chile visit Thursday by meeting with members of the South American nation’s booming immigrant community, who are flocking to the region’s strongest and most stable economy but are increasingly the focus of political and social discontent. After an...


Lebanon's Hariri overrules ban on 'The Post' after public uproar

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. BEIRUT - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri personally intervened Wednesday to override a ban on screening the movie “The Post” after an outcry among many Lebanese, government officials said. The reversal of the ban represented a rare contradiction by the government...

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