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Michelle Gisin of Switzerland wins Olympic gold in women’s combined; Mikaela Shiffrin gets silver; Vonn skis out

WASHINGTON POST - 11 min 15 sec ago
Michelle Gisin of Switzerland wins Olympic gold in women’s combined; Mikaela Shiffrin gets silver; Vonn skis out.

African asylum seekers facing expulsion have embraced Israel

WASHINGTON POST - 29 min 15 sec ago
Tens of thousands of African asylum seekers fear their stay in Israel is coming to an abrupt end.

Sen. Menendez probes whether U.S. officials helped Trump Jr. on speech, India trip

WASHINGTON POST - 46 min 13 sec ago
The president's son is on a private business trip to India to promote real estate projects.

Blinded investigator to Indonesia graft fighters: Stay brave

WASHINGTON POST - 50 min 10 sec ago
An anti-corruption investigator blinded by an acid attack is urging graft fighters to “stay brave” as he returns to Indonesia after months of medical treatment.

The world sits by as another massacre unfolds in Syria

WASHINGTON POST - 52 min 13 sec ago
"We in Ghouta have been getting hit by airstrikes for more than five years ... But we have never seen anything like this."

Andre Myhrer of Sweden wins Olympic gold medal in men’s slalom

WASHINGTON POST - 1 hour 11 min ago
Andre Myhrer of Sweden wins Olympic gold medal in men’s slalom.

Venezuelan pastor fills presidential void left by opposition

WASHINGTON POST - 1 hour 41 min ago
With two months to go before Venezuela’s presidential election, the only challenger to jump in the ring against President Nicolas Maduro is a little-known television evangelist who was once arrested for fuel smuggling and has a range of business ventures.

Philippine rebels reject terror tag but still open to talks

WASHINGTON POST - 1 hour 50 min ago
Communist guerrillas say a Philippine government court petition to have them designated as terrorists is a desperate attempt to alienate them from the people and add they’re “heaven and earth” different from extremists notorious for beheadings and other atrocities.

First Person: How Pyeongchang might feel to a North Korean

WASHINGTON POST - 2 hours 6 sec ago
What’s it like to wake up in North Korea one day and South Korea the next?

Greek parliament to probe 10 politicians over pharma scandal

WASHINGTON POST - 2 hours 41 min ago
Greece’s parliament voted early Thursday following a marathon 20-hour session to investigate 10 senior politicians, including two former prime ministers, over allegations they were involved in a pharmaceutical bribery scandal.

China says fire in sacred Tibetan monastery not arson

WASHINGTON POST - 3 hours 2 min ago
Chinese authorities say they’ve ruled out arson as the cause of a fire that damaged a 1,300-year-old monastery that is one of Tibetan Buddhism’s most sacred sites.

Mexican candidate: government erred in not going after arms

WASHINGTON POST - 3 hours 2 min ago
Ruling-party presidential candidate Jose Antonio Meade says the government made a mistake by focusing more on seizing drugs headed for the United States than on weapons heading into Mexico.

Mystery cloaks Japanese dad of 13 born from Thai surrogates

WASHINGTON POST - 3 hours 11 min ago
A Japanese businessman who won legal custody of his 13 children born from surrogates in Thailand is virtually anonymous in his home country.

6 teens in Australian hospital after drug overdose at school

WASHINGTON POST - 3 hours 53 min ago
Six boys remain in an Australian hospital after suffering drug overdoses at a private school.

AP Exclusive: Migrant recounts his deportation from Israel

WASHINGTON POST - 4 hours 12 min ago
Inside the immigration office in Tel Aviv, Yohannes Tesfagabr considered his options. He could not dare return to his native Eritrea, a country he risked his life to flee in 2010. He also hoped to avoid the fate of compatriots who languished in a notorious desert jail for illegally staying in Israel.

50 girls missing from Nigerian town after Boko Haram attack

WASHINGTON POST - 4 hours 21 min ago
About 50 girls have been missing since Boko Haram extremists attacked a village in northern Nigeria that has a girls’ boarding school, provoking fears they may have kidnapped like those from the town of Chibok nearly four years ago.

Colombia arrests cop who got Escobar for money laundering

WASHINGTON POST - 4 hours 21 min ago
The Colombian cop who commanded the operation that killed drug kingpin Pablo Escobar has been arrested for laundering money on behalf of a demobilized right-wing militia.

Top Greek politicians facing probe over pharma scandal

WASHINGTON POST - 5 hours 3 min ago
Greek lawmakers were voting early Thursday, following an 18-hour debate, on whether to investigate 10 senior politicians, including two former prime ministers, over allegations they were involved in a pharmaceutical bribery scandal.

UN vote expected on 30-day cease-fire in Syria to help needy

WASHINGTON POST - 5 hours 23 min ago
Sweden and Kuwait called for a vote Thursday on a U.N. resolution ordering a 30-day cease-fire throughout Syria to enable delivery of humanitarian aid to millions of people in acute need, and the evacuation of the critically sick and wounded.

The Latest: Slalom shock as favorite Hirscher skis out

WASHINGTON POST - 5 hours 23 min ago
The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local):

Mexico judge rules arrest of alleged cartel boss was illegal

WASHINGTON POST - 5 hours 42 min ago
A judge in Mexico has ruled that the arrest earlier this week of an alleged drug cartel boss in a city bordering Texas was illegal.

Magnitude-4.8 quake strikes off Greek island of Zakynthos

WASHINGTON POST - 5 hours 53 min ago
Greek authorities say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.8 has struck off the western island of Zakynthos, but no injuries or damage have been reported.

Russian curler to return Olympic medal over failed drug test

WASHINGTON POST - 6 hours 3 min ago
Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky will give back his Olympic bronze medal after failing a drug test at the Pyeongchang Games, a spokeswoman for the Russian Curling Federation told state TV.

Ferry blast injures passengers in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

WASHINGTON POST - 6 hours 22 min ago
An explosion ripped through a ferry as it unloaded passengers in the Caribbean beach city of Playa del Carmen on Wednesday, hurting as many as 25 people, but authorities said none of the injuries were life-threatening.

Hospitals overwhelmed by bombing blitz of Damascus suburbs

WASHINGTON POST - 6 hours 22 min ago
Doctors in Syria’s rebel-controlled suburbs of Damascus said Wednesday they were unable to keep up with the staggering number of casualties, amid a ferocious bombing campaign by government forces that has targeted hospitals, apartment blocks and other civilian sites, killing and wounding hundreds of people in recent days.

Russian curler to return Olympic medal over failed drug test

WASHINGTON POST - 6 hours 42 min ago
Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky will give back his Olympic bronze medal after failing a drug test at the Pyeongchang Games, a spokeswoman for the Russian Curling Federation told state TV.

White House intends to meet with leading veterans groups amid drama at VA

WASHINGTON POST - 6 hours 47 min ago
The meeting would appear to be a platform to address anxiety there is a desire by some of President Trump's political appointees to oust VA chief David Shulkin.

Crews to leave Puerto Rico as $830M Fluor contract nears end

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:36
Crews who are helping restore power in Puerto Rico as part of an $830 million federal contract are leaving as nearly a quarter of a million customers remain in the dark more than five months after Hurricane Maria.

Argentina truckers gridlock traffic to protest Macri reforms

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 22:47
Tens of thousands of Argentines joined a demonstration on Wednesday organized by truckers and other labor unions in the first major protest so far this year against President Mauricio Macri’s austerity measures.

Ferry explosion injures 18 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 22:06
Mexican authorities say an explosion on a ferry has hurt 18 people in the Caribbean beach city of Playa del Carmen, but none of the injuries are life-threatening.

Mexico finds illegal avocado plantation in Monarch reserve

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:57
Mexican environmental inspectors say they’ve found 7.4 acres (3 hectares) of illegal avocado plantations in the Monarch butterfly wintering grounds west of Mexico City.

50 girls missing from Nigerian town after Boko Haram attack

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:57
About 50 young women remained missing Wednesday after Boko Haram extremists attacked a village in northern Nigeria that is home to a boarding school for girls, provoking fears that they may have met the same fate as those kidnapped from the town of Chibok nearly four years ago.

Venezuela opposition demands fair presidential election

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:25
Venezuela’s opposition says it will boycott an election challenging socialist President Nicolas Maduro unless the government drops a ban on major candidates and takes other steps to ease fears it’s rigged.

Federal judiciary to track and release data on sexual harassment complaints in wake of judge’s resignation

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:10
The judiciary has been grappling with reforms in how it handles complaints after Alex Kozinski stepped down from the bench following allegations of sexual misconduct.

Macron risks his image as a humane globalist by approving a crackdown on migrants

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:10
A bill headed to Parliament would make it harder to win asylum in France and also step up deportations.

How Billy Graham took his crusade to North Korea

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 20:42
The evangelical minister forged ties to the world's most notorious communist dictatorship.

Arctic temperatures soar 45 degrees above normal, flooded by extremely mild air on all sides

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 20:42
This latest temperature spike is another striking indicator of the Arctic's rapidly changing climate.

Authorities in northern Nigeria say as many as 50 girls remain missing after an attack by Boko Haram extremists

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 20:35
Authorities in northern Nigeria say as many as 50 girls remain missing after an attack by Boko Haram extremists.

Vandalism, violent incidents mark Italy’s election campaign

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 20:17
More acts of vandalism and violence have occurred during Italy’s tense election campaign, with targets including far-right and far-left advocates and other politicians.

Egypt arrests 6 on a farm owned by Islamist politician

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 20:05
Egypt’s official news agency says police have arrested six suspected Muslim Brotherhood members on a farm allegedly owned by a recently detained Islamist politician.

Former UN chief says Koreas dialogue must be kept alive

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:55
Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the dialogue between the two Koreas that began during the Winter Olympics must be kept alive so it can hopefully lead to reconciliation, peace and denuclearization of North Korea.

US lawmakers say it’s time to restore staff at Cuba embassy

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:38
U.S. lawmakers on a visit to Cuba are urging the State Department to restore embassy staff pulled from the country last year in response to mysterious ailments among diplomats and their families.

China's caves are hiding plants that exist nowhere else in the world

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:19
A result, scientists say, of deforestation.

Watchdog group: Countries move too slowly against corruption

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:17
A watchdog group says corruption continues to be a global problem and the majority of counties are moving too slowly in their efforts to address it.

Polish kidnap suspect says model agreed to plot

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:36
A Polish man charged with kidnapping a British model for ransom has claimed she agreed to the ploy in a bid to boost her career.

Mexican front-runner promotes ‘well-being of the soul’

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:36
Religion has been the electrified “third rail” of Mexican politics since anti-clerical laws in the 1920s sparked a bloody uprising by Catholics in which thousands died.

Liberia’s new president pays visit to France

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:25
Newly-elected Liberian President George Weah and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron have announced the creation of a fund to support sport projects in Africa.

President says Egypt ‘scored a goal’ with Israel gas deal

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:06
The Egyptian president declared on Wednesday that his country “scored a goal” by signing a $15 billion deal with an Israeli company to supply natural gas that will help turn Egypt into a regional energy hub.

AP PHOTOS: Bolivians pick their Andean god of abundance

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:54
Juan Ricaldi may not yet be rich, but he’s the very image of the god of abundance in the eyes of celebrating devotees in the Bolivian capital.

European space probe prepares to sniff Martian atmosphere

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:35
A European space probe has swung into position around Mars in preparation to analyze its atmosphere for possible signs of life.

2 French soldiers killed in Mali by explosive device

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:15
Two French soldiers died in Mali when their armored vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device.

US says airstrike in Somalia kills 3 al-Shabab extremists

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:43
The United States military says it has carried out an airstrike against al-Shabab extremists in Somalia, killing three “terrorists.”

UK Supreme Court: Police liable for failings in rapist case

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:15
Britain’s Supreme Court says police can be held liable for failing to bring serious criminals to justice — a ruling that could open U.K. forces to a wave of lawsuits from victims.

Pakistan’s top court rules against disqualified PM Sharif

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:15
Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, declaring that anyone disqualified from holding office cannot serve as head of a political party.

German court hands Swede life sentence for 1992 killing

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:15
A German court has sentenced a Swede to life in prison for shooting dead a woman in Frankfurt 26 years ago.

How Billy Graham-inspired megachurches are taking over the world

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:38
Often located in stadium-like venues, these churches can grow to attract tens of thousands of people.

Explosion at bank in northern Myanmar kills 2, wounds 21

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:35
Myanmar authorities says a bomb exploded in a bank in the northern city of Lashio, a region where there is fighting between the government and ethnic minority guerrillas, killing two people and injuring 21 others.

Runaway cow defends its freedom in Poland

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:35
A local governor in Poland says a cow that escaped while being taken to a slaughterhouse is still avoiding capture even though the order to kill it has been canceled.

Macedonia replaces road signs in goodwill gesture to Greece

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:15
Macedonian authorities have begun replacing road signs on the country’s main highway named by the previous government after the ancient warrior king Alexander the Great, in a goodwill gesture toward neighboring Greece.

At least 25 dead as bus veers off cliff in Peru

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:04
Police say at least 25 people were killed when their bus veered off a highway and tumbled 200 meters (about 650 feet) down a cliff in southern Peru.

Spain: Judge orders arrest of separatist if she returns

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:04
A Spanish judge has ordered the arrest of a leading Catalan separatist politician if she returns to Spain from Switzerland, where she has moved to avoid a judicial inquiry.

Can Brexit be stopped? Pro-EU campaigns try to turn the tide

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:55
Britain is due to leave the European Union in just over a year. The country’s main political parties agree that the decision can’t be reversed. But with the U.K. government divided over the direction Brexit should take, pro-EU campaigners are stepping up efforts to make the country change course.

CAS to hear doping case against Krushelnitsky on Thursday

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:33
The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it will hear the doping case against Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky on Thursday.

Scientists in Germany improve malaria drug production

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:33
Scientists in Germany who developed a new way to make a key malaria drug several years ago have come up with a technique to make the process even more efficient, which should increase global access and reduce the cost.

Germany won’t become the ‘leader of the free world’ after all, and Germans don't mind

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:31
It may be a strange worldview for most people in Washington, but it’s far from being a minority perception in history-burdened Berlin.

Vatican’s sex abuse investigator hospitalized in Chile

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:15
Vatican’s sex abuse investigator hospitalized in Chile.

A look at the scandals surrounding Israel’s prime minister

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:03
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is fighting for his political life as a dizzying array of scandals has engulfed him, his family and his inner circle.

Can Brexit be stopped? Pro-EU campaigns try to turn the tide

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:45
Britain is due to leave the European Union in just over a year. The country’s main political parties agree that the decision can’t be reversed. But with the U.K. government divided over the direction Brexit should take, pro-EU campaigners are trying to make the country change course.

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe marks 94th birthday in near solitude

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:25
Zimbabwe’s former leader Robert Mugabe was celebrating his first birthday since his resignation in near solitude on Wednesday, far from the lavish affair of years gone by.

Did the U.S. ‘hack back’ at Russia? Here’s why this matters in cyberwarfare.

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:19
CIA Director Mike Pompeo dropped a big hint last week.

AP PHOTOS: Athletes, fans embrace flags as symbols of pride

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:15
Flags play an integral role at the Olympics as symbols of national pride.

Snow isolates Moroccan mountain villages more used to sun

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:15
Bitter cold and exceptionally heavy snowfall have beleaguered parts of Morocco this winter, disrupting schools, closing national highways — and delighting residents in cities where it hadn’t snowed for decades.

Spain helps keep alive archaic language of Sephardic Jews

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:15
A language still spoken by the descendants of Jews expelled from Spain 500 years ago is getting a helping hand from the Spanish Royal Academy to keep it alive.

Polish official: no criminal charges under Holocaust law

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:43
A Polish government official says a controversial law makes it a criminal act to blame Poles for Holocaust crimes they did not commit will not lead to criminal charges.

Japanese father of 13 surrogate children veiled in mystery

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:23
A Japanese man who has won legal custody of 13 surrogate children in Thailand has remained virtually anonymous in Japanese media.

Latvian official to miss ECB meeting amid corruption reports

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:23
Latvia’s banking chief will miss a meeting of the European Central Bank’s top council, of which he is a member, amid an investigation into suspected corruption.

Budget carrier flydubai sees profits and revenue increase

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:23
Budget carrier flydubai says its earnings and profits have increased, with revenue reaching 5.5 billion dirhams ($1.5 billion) in 2017 compared to 5 billion dirhams ($1.37 billion) in 2016.

Column: Let’s hope gay Olympians spark even greater change

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:15
They are the stars of the Winter Games, and not for what they’ve done on the ice and slopes.

EU anti-trust watchdog imposes big cartel fines

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:53
The European Union’s anti-trust watchdog is sounding the warning to business cartels by announcing fines totaling more than half a billion euros ($600 million) in three anti-trust cases.

Cyprus: Gas search to continue despite Turkey’s opposition

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:53
Cyprus’ president says a search for offshore gas will carry on as planned despite strong opposition from Turkey and the ethnically split island nation’s breakaway Turkish Cypriots.

CORRECTS: Marit Bjoergen wins record 14th Winter Olympic medal; US wins 1st medal in women’s cross-country skiing

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:43
CORRECTS: Marit Bjoergen wins record 14th Winter Olympic medal; US wins 1st medal in women’s cross-country skiing. (Corrects APNewsAlert that said it was the first medal ever for the US in cross-country skiing)

Marit Bjoergen wins record 14th Winter Olympic medal; US wins 1st ever medal in cross-country skiing by taking gold

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:43
Marit Bjoergen wins record 14th Winter Olympic medal; US wins 1st ever medal in cross-country skiing by taking gold.

The Latest: Turkey vows to press on with Syria offensive

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:43
The Latest on the Syrian civil war (all times local):

Philippines to court: Declare communist groups as terrorists

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:43
Justice officials have asked a court to formally designate the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People’s Army, as terrorist groups in a move that could further damage chances of a resumption of stalled peace talks.

UK wages are rising even as unemployment ticks higher

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:24
Official figures show that basic wages in Britain are on the up but are still lagging price rises, meaning that household incomes remain stretched as the country enters a crucial stage in Brexit discussions.

Sri Lanka bus explosion injures 19, including 12 soldiers

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:24
Sri Lanka’s military says an explosion in a passenger bus has injured 19 people, including 12 military personnel.

Pakistan looks to avoid being added to terror financing list

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:05
Pakistan says it has been given three months to prove it is doing enough to stay off an international watch list for countries that fail to curb the financing of terror groups.

New strikes kill 10 in rebel-held suburbs of Syrian capital

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:53
The Syrian Civil Defense rescue organization says 10 people have been killed by government airstrikes and shelling on a town in the suburbs of Damascus.

French government unveils bill with new asylum procedure

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:43
French President Emmanuel Macron’s government is presenting its first big immigration bill, which human rights organizations criticize as repressive toward asylum-seekers.

Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia to discuss regional security

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:43
Moldova is to host a conference on the security challenges facing three former Soviet republics where there are ongoing concerns about Russian influence.

Migrant deported by Israel back to Africa recounts ordeal

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:13
Inside the immigration office in Tel Aviv, Yohannes Tesfagabr considered his options. He could not dare return to his native Eritrea, a country he risked his life to flee in 2010. He also hoped to avoid the fate of compatriots who languished in a notorious desert jail for illegally staying in Israel.

Pakistan says it will follow advice on radioactive material

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 09:53
Pakistan says it has agreed to follow the international nuclear agency’s guidelines on the import and export of radioactive material.

Gunmen kill 5 police, 1 soldier in South Africa attack

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 09:53
Gunmen have attacked a police station in a rural town in South Africa, killing five officers and an off-duty soldier in what the government calls a “national tragedy.”

Bahrain sentences prominent activist to 5 years in prison

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 09:14
A court in Bahrain has sentenced a prominent activist to five years in prison over tweets alleging torture at a prison in his country and criticizing Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen.

Court in Bahrain sentences prominent activist Nabeel Rajab to 5 years in prison over tweets

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 09:03
Court in Bahrain sentences prominent activist Nabeel Rajab to 5 years in prison over tweets.

Israeli media: Netanyahu confident to testify against him

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 09:03
Israeli media are reporting that one of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s closest confidants has turned state witness and will incriminate Netanyahu in corruption allegations.

Russia appoints honorary consul in Pakistan border province

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 08:03
Russia has named an honorary consul in a Pakistani province on the Afghan border, signaling closer ties with Islamabad at a time when U.S.-Pakistani relations are spiraling downward.

Asian shares gain on rosy Japan data, bucking Wall St losses

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 08:03
Shares were higher in Asia on Wednesday, supported by rosy manufacturing data from Japan. The gains came despite losses on Wall Street, where a six-day winning streak was snapped by a plunge in Walmart stock and losses in other sectors.

Philippines gives Aussie life sentence for child trafficking

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 07:42
A Philippine court has sentenced an Australian man to life imprisonment after finding him guilty on human trafficking and child pornography charges.

Lebanon gets tough on the press ahead of elections

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 07:23
A string of court cases and judicial investigations against Lebanese media figures is testing this country’s reputation as a forum for ideas in a region blanketed by censorship and threats to the press.

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