Aid begins to flow to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria

A humanitarian crisis is growing in Puerto Rico as towns are left without fresh water, fuel, power...


Japanese parties scramble ahead of dissolution

(c) 2017, The Japan News/Yomiuri. Ruling and opposition parties have begun preparing Tuesday for a House of Representatives election the day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced he would dissolve the lower house. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party confirmed solidarity at its executive...


Around the world, flags and anthems can divide nations


JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump’s clash with scores of professional football players who knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner” last weekend has set off a heated debate over proper etiquette during the national anthem. But the U.S. is far from alone. Throughout the world, flags, anthems...


Mexico tallying the economic cost of big earthquake

Mexico Earthquake

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials are tallying up the economic losses of the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that caused widespread damage in the capital, as the number of buildings that may need to be pulled down or need major repairs rose to 500. The death toll in the quake rose to 333, with 194 of...


Despite North Korean threats, there is no sign its military is readying for attack,

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. WASHINGTON - The U.S. military’s top general told Senate lawmakers Tuesday that despite North Korea’s escalating threat to attack the United States with nuclear weapons, there is no indication that Pyongyang has mobilized the forces to do so. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph...


Iraq threatens flight ban after Kurdish independence vote

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister on Tuesday ordered the northern Kurdish region to hand over control of its airports to federal authorities or face a flight ban, signaling a tough response to a landmark Kurdish independence referendum held the day before. The Iraqi Kurdish leadership billed...


North Korea seeks help from Republican analysts: 'What's up with Trump?'

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. BERN, Switzerland - North Korean government officials have been quietly trying to arrange talks with Republican-linked analysts in Washington, in an apparent attempt to make sense of President Donald Trump and his confusing messages to Kim Jong Un’s regime. The...


Experts: NKorea lacks ability, intent to attack US planes

North Korea Threats

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Military analysts say North Korea doesn’t have either the capability or the intent to attack U.S. bombers and fighter jets, despite the country’s top diplomat saying it has every right do so. They view the remark by North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and a recent...


Puerto Rico emerges from storm; water and some food scarce

Puerto Rico Food Shortages

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Supermarkets are gradually re-opening in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico but the situation is far from normal and many customers are going home disappointed. Most food stores and restaurants remain closed. That is largely because power is out for most of the island and...


Uber's U.K. problems mount with sexual discrimination suit

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. Uber Technologies faced another legal setback in the U.K. as a 44-year-old female driver sued for sexual discrimination, claiming the company’s practices unfairly disadvantage women. The suit, being bought by GMB trade union on behalf of the woman, claims that the company fails...


Analysis: Tokyo Gov. Koike steps to fore of national politics with new party

(c) 2017, The Japan News/Yomiuri. TOKYO - With the dissolution of the House of Representatives just around the corner, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike made a daring decision to lead the lower house election campaign as the face of a political party while also continuing to serve as the governor of Tokyo....

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