Raul Castro leaves Cuba with new freedoms, deep problems

Cuba After Castro

HAVANA (AP) — In 2008 Raul Castro took over a country where most people couldn’t own computers or...


Indonesia's Aceh canes couples for public shows of affection

Indonesia Aceh Caning

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s deeply conservative Aceh province on Friday caned several unmarried couples for showing affection in public and two women for prostitution before an enthusiastic audience of hundreds. The canings were possibly the last to be done before large crowds in Aceh...


Moon faces tough challenges ahead of summit with Kim

Koreas Summit Moon Challenge

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The meeting next week between the leaders of the rival Koreas will be the ultimate test of South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s belief that his nation should lead international efforts to deal with North Korea. Previous summits saw beaming grins, strong handshakes and high...


First clues emerge about Cuba's future under new president

Cuba Transition

HAVANA (AP) — Miguel Diaz-Canel has been the presumptive next president of Cuba since 2013, when Raul Castro named the laconic former provincial official to the important post of first vice president and lauded him as “neither a novice nor an improviser,” high praise in a system dedicated to...


Ahead of summits, North Korea's ruling party calls meeting

TOKYO (AP) — North Korea’s ruling party was scheduled to convene a meeting of its full Central Committee on Friday to discuss what state media are calling a “new stage” of policies. The meeting comes just a week before leader Kim Jong Un is to hold a summit with South Korea’s president on the...


Asian shares fall back on trade worries, tech outlook

South Korea Financial Markets-8

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Shares are lower in Asia after a major supplier to Apple forecast continued weak demand for mobile devices. A warning by the head of the IMF over the potential for trade tensions to harm global growth also weighed on sentiment. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 edged 0.1...


Raul Castro retires as Cuban president, outlines future

APTOPIX Cuba Transition-9

HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro turned over Cuba’s presidency Thursday to a 57-year-old successor he said would hold power until 2031, a plan that would place the state the Castro brothers founded and ruled for 60 years in the hands of a Communist Party official little known to most on the island....


South Korean president says North isn't insisting on American troop withdrawal

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. TOKYO - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will not demand the withdrawal of the American military from South Korea as part of a denuclearization deal, the South’s president said Thursday as preparations for their meeting next week proceeded apace. The Kim regime has...


Women take fall in Nobel scandal for man's alleged misdeeds

Sweden Acadamy

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Thousands of protesters called Thursday for the resignation of the secretive board that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature after a sex-abuse scandal linked to the prestigious Swedish academy forced the ouster of its first-ever woman head and tarnished the reputation of the...


A willingness to fix the euro's flaws is fading fast

Germany Politics

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — When Angela Merkel was re-elected as Germany’s leader in March, the way looked open for European nations to finally patch the remaining cracks in the euro — the structural flaws that threatened to break apart the shared currency in 2010-12. Suddenly, those prospects for...


Castros' successor, Miguel Diaz-Canel, takes over in Cuba, pledges 'continuity'

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. HAVANA -- In his first hour as Cuba’s new head of state, Miguel Díaz-Canel sought to make one thing clear: Raúl Castro may no longer be president, but he is still the power to be reckoned with in this island nation. “Raúl . . . will be key to the process of making the...

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