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Beyonce, Hillary, Bollywood royalty: India's richest man throws the wedding to end all weddings
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 08:05:00 PST

A private performance by pop superstar Beyonce at a $1,000-a-night lakeside resort. Two former secretaries of State grooving awkwardly on the dance floor. A guest list that looked like India's version of an Oscars red carpet.

This isn't just a big fat Indian wedding; it's the biggest, fattest wedding...

Train collision in Turkey leaves 9 dead, dozens injured
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 07:10:00 PST

A high-speed train hit a railway engine and crashed into a pedestrian overpass Thursday at a station in the Turkish capital of Ankara, killing nine people and injuring dozens, officials said.

The 6:30 a.m. train from Ankara to the central Turkish city of Konya collided head-on with the engine,...

How murals are lifting Taiwan villages from economic decline
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 03:00:00 PST

This quiet hamlet of gray-walled houses is cut off from rail lines and expressways. Many younger people have left to find work, and the elderly get by harvesting oysters from the Taiwan Strait. Empty shells litter the uncut grass along roadsides.

But things began turning around three years ago...

A second Canadian disappears in China, escalating crisis
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 23:55:00 PST

A second Canadian man is believed detained by Chinese officials, after he disappeared following questioning by authorities in the country's northeast, near the border of North Korea.

News of the disappearance of businessman Michael Spavor deepens a diplomatic row between Beijing and Ottawa, amid...

Turkey's Erdogan promises to clear U.S.-backed Kurds from eastern Syria, prompting warning from Pentagon
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:30:00 PST

Turkey will launch a military operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in northern Syria "within a matter of days," President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday, prompting warnings from the Pentagon and State Department.

Washington backs the Kurds with thousands of service members, special...

What's the big deal about Huawei?
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:05:00 PST

The arrest of a Chinese tech executive in Canada this month has quickly become a focal point in a wider battle between the U.S. and China over trade, national security and trust in the age of globalization.

Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei, was charged with helping the company...

British Prime Minister Theresa May survives no-confidence vote, pledges to press on with controversial Brexit deal
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 15:35:00 PST

Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May late Wednesday survived a no-confidence vote by Conservative Party legislators challenging her leadership, a result that reaffirmed her authority to press forward with her heavily criticized proposed Brexit deal.

May, who has struggled in working out...

Did Trump just throw Canada under the bus by saying he might intervene in Huawei case?
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 13:15:00 PST

Did President Trump just throw Canada under the bus?

After days of angry protests from Chinese officials over the arrest in Canada of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou — and explanations from Canadian and U.S. officials that this was not a political stunt, just a matter of legal process — Trump upended...

In rebuke of Trump, Senate advances resolution calling for end of U.S. support for Saudi-led Yemen war
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 12:45:00 PST

The Senate on Wednesday advanced a resolution calling for an end to American support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, a reaction to Saudi Arabia's killing of a U.S.-based Saudi journalist. The measure, which advanced by a vote of 60-39, is largely symbolic and still faces a final vote. Even if it...

Tit for tat? China detains former Canadian diplomat as Canada releases Huawei executive on bail
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 18:35:00 PST

China has detained a former Canadian diplomat, exerting intense pressure on relations between the two countries, but the arrest is not expected to alter the outcome of an extradition hearing in Vancouver for a top Chinese tech conglomerate executive.

Canadian officials confirmed news of Michael...

With setbacks in state elections, India's Narendra Modi suddenly looks vulnerable
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 14:10:00 PST

Five months before a crucial national election, India's ruling Hindu nationalist party led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday apparently lost control of three state assemblies.

The state elections had been billed in the Indian press as something of a semifinal before the nationwide vote...

As Brexit deadlock deepens, Theresa May reaches out to EU leaders — without success
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 14:05:00 PST

Key European leaders on Tuesday rebuffed appeals by British Prime Minister Theresa May to renegotiate terms for Britain's intended departure from the 28-nation bloc, heightening the prime minister's political peril and deepening the deadlock over Brexit.

A day earlier, May was forced to call off...

Mexico pledges $30 billion in development aid in part to deter migration
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 18:55:00 PST

Mexico's new government — under pressure from the Trump administration to curb illegal immigration to the U.S. — will pump more than $30 billion into development for southern Mexico, an investment plan meant in part to deter illicit migration from Central America, the country's top diplomat said...

In major setback for British government, Theresa May delays Brexit vote
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 17:10:00 PST

Facing an embarrassing defeat, British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday delayed a critical parliamentary vote on her plan for Britain to depart the European Union, leaving the long-running process in question and casting fresh doubts on her ability to hold on to power.

After spending weeks...

British Parliament in a tizzy when angry lawmaker walks off with the ceremonial mace
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 16:50:00 PST

It had already been a dramatic day in Parliament when a British lawmaker drew gasps from his colleagues by walking briskly through the chamber and making off with the ceremonial mace.

Members, still digesting Prime Minister Theresa May's announcement that she would delay a vote on her much-criticized...

The U.N. climate talks are focused on reducing fossil fuels. The U.S. showed up and promoted coal
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 16:20:00 PST

Protesters on Monday disrupted the Trump administration's only official event at the U.N. climate conference — a panel defending fossil fuels — with laughter and chants of "Keep it in the ground."

Scores of demonstrators from youth and indigenous groups let President Trump's energy advisor Wells...

French President Macron responds to protests by announcing wage hike and tax cuts as he denounces violence
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:55:00 PST

After weeks of civil unrest, all eyes were on French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday evening as he attempted to talk "yellow vest" protesters out of another wave of demonstrations that could wreak further havoc across the country.

In a televised address — his first public statement since protests...

With fresh 'Brexit' chaos over Britain's delayed parliamentary vote, what are some potential scenarios?
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 12:25:00 PST

It was the showdown that wasn't.

On the eve of a key parliamentary vote expected Tuesday on the terms of Britain's departure from the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May called it off. That postponement set off a new round of now-familiar chaos associated with "Brexit," Britain's intended...

Aboard the longest trolleybus in the world in one of the most disputed places in Europe
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 06:10:00 PST
Crimeans are proud of what they say is the longest trolleybus in the world. The Yalta-Simferopol trolleybus is 53 miles long.

Ecuador faces a huge budget deficit because of loans it received from China
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 03:00:00 PST

Rafael Correa wanted to fast-track development projects when he was president of Ecuador, so he borrowed billions of dollars from China. But the loans have come back to haunt his successor, Lenin Moreno, who will go hat in hand to China this month to seek more flexible terms and breathing space.


At climate conference, vulnerable island nations are 'the ants trying to move the elephants'
Sun, 9 Dec 2018 18:30:00 PST

Small island states and poor nations already suffering from sea level rise and other global warming effects took a stand at the U.N. climate change conference over wealthier nations' relative lack of urgency. It boiled down to a fight over one word.

The diplomatic standoff centered on whether to...

U.S. legal action against Huawei executive could backfire in unexpected ways
Sun, 9 Dec 2018 17:40:00 PST

The arrest in Canada this month of a member of China's corporate elite may shake Sino-U.S. relations for years, but may also push China to take steps to quicken its rise as a global tech leader.

The arrest of Meng Wanzhou, vice chairwoman of Chinese smartphone giant Huawei, on U.S. fraud charges...

Chilean prosecutors probe rural Catholic diocese for evidence in abuse case
Sat, 8 Dec 2018 13:45:00 PST

The offices of the Roman Catholic diocese in Chillan, a small agricultural city in southern Chile, recently had some unusual and unexpected visitors: Chilean prosecutor Emiliano Arias and 10 armed police officers.

Arias, wearing a loose gray suit and a brown backpack over one shoulder, walked briskly...

Police deploy in massive numbers across France to contain and subdue violent protesters
Sat, 8 Dec 2018 11:35:00 PST

The French government contained a fourth weekend of civil unrest on Saturday by employing a massive show of strength against demonstrators.

A force of 89,000 police and gendarmes were deployed across the country, 8,000 of them in the French capital, to try to prevent a repeat of the violence that...

Tijuana's Haitian immigrants seen as a model for other newcomers
Sat, 8 Dec 2018 04:00:00 PST

Julio Viaje, 30, had lunch last week in a Haitian restaurant in Tijuana and watched a European soccer game with friends while waiting for his bartending shift to start.

One of more than 3,000 Haitian migrants living in Tijuana, Viaje works at an upscale restaurant in the city called Los Arcos....

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