Kim Jong Un: 'Deranged' Trump will 'pay dearly' for threat

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is calling President Donald Trump


The Latest: Japan's Abe moves away from balanced budget goal

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s dissolution of the lower house of parliament (all times local): 7:50 p.m. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said it will be difficult to achieve the goal of achieving a balanced budget except for interest payments by 2020 as...


British lesbian wins landmark Hong Kong residency case

HONG KONG (AP) — A British lesbian has won a landmark legal challenge allowing her residency in Hong Kong as a dependent, in a ruling Monday that could make it easier for gay couples to move to the Asian financial center. Hong Kong’s Court of Appeal found that the woman, identified only as QT,...


The rise of Germany's far right leaves Merkel stuck with the 'Jamaican' option

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. In one sense, it was business as usual: Germany voted, the center held, stability won out and Chancellor Angela Merkel will stay in power, poised to extend her time at the helm of her nation to a staggering 16 years. But Merkel and her ruling Christian Democrats, or...


Holocaust denier in Belgium ordered to visit concentration camps and write about them

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. A court in Brussels has ordered a former Belgian lawmaker to visit five Nazi concentration camps and write about his experiences as punishment for publicly denying the Holocaust, a crime in Belgium. Laurent Louis, a far-right politician and self-proclaimed “anti-...


Almost no North Koreans travel to the U.S., so why ban them?

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. HONG KONG - President Donald Trump’s extension of the travel ban to North Korea is mostly symbolic and will have little to no effect on Kim Jong Un’s regime, experts said Monday. Trump on Sunday issued an executive order indefinitely banning travel to the United...


Wounded by the far right, Merkel faces the tricky task of forming the next German

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, victorious in national elections but wounded by a fall in support for her party and a sharp rise for the far right, faced the complex task Monday of cobbling together a government for her fourth and final term. The Sunday vote...


Merkel's bloc regroups after `nightmare victory' in Germany

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. Angela Merkel’s political bloc is starting to draw lessons from its electoral losses to the Alternative for Germany party as pressure mounts for the chancellor to win back voters lost to the populist right. Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union-led bloc met in Berlin on Monday in...


'Too many people': Refugee influx worries Bangladesh town

APTOPIX Bangladesh Myanmar Attacks Cox's Bazar

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — On the miles-long beach that makes this Bangladesh’s top tourist destination, thousands of people picnic and splash in the water. There are balloons and cotton candy for the kids, fried snacks and tender coconuts for the rest. Families sit under umbrellas. Young...


Kurds in Iraq vote in historic referendum for independence

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. IRBIL, Iraq - Kurds began casting ballots on Monday in a historic referendum on independence from Iraq despite vigorous opposition from the country’s central government as well as regional and world powers. Starting at about 8 a.m., church bells tolled and imams...


Evacuations from Bali volcano swell to about 50,000

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Nearly 50,000 people have fled the Mount Agung volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, fearing an imminent eruption as dozens of tremors rattle the surrounding region, officials said Monday. Waskita Sutadewa, spokesman for the disaster mitigation agency in Bali,...

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