Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has died at 76

Britain Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking, whose brilliant mind ranged across time and space though his body was paralyzed by...


Morocco bid: $16bn for 2026 World Cup venues, infrastructure

Morocco Soccer CHAN Total 2018

Morocco would need to spend almost $16 billion to prepare to host the 2026 World Cup, with every proposed stadium and training ground built from scratch or renovated, the bid said Saturday. With less than three months to go until the FIFA vote, the north African nation presented the first...


Polls open in Russia as Putin eyes 4th presidential term

Russia Putin

YEKATERINBURG, Russia (AP) — Vladimir Putin’s victory in Russia’s presidential election Sunday isn’t in doubt. The only real question is whether voters will turn out in big enough numbers to hand him a convincing mandate for his fourth term — and many Russian workers are facing intense pressure to...


Japan's Abe mulls removing TV, internet barriers

(c) 2018, The Japan News/Yomiuri. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aims to abolish barriers separating communication operations such as those using the internet and broadcast operations involving television and radio stations, in his plan to review the broadcasting business, The Yomiuri Shimbun...


Kono, Pence in sync over measures against N. Korea

(c) 2018, The Japan News/Yomiuri. WASHINGTON - Foreign Minister Taro Kono agreed with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to maintain pressure and sanctions on North Korea to urge Pyongyang to take specific steps toward complete denuclearization. The two came to the common understanding during their...


Once-fringe Soros conspiracy theory takes center stage in Hungarian election

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. BUDAPEST - After eight years of bending this nation to his increasingly autocratic and illiberal will, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has only a smattering of disorganized opposition parties to overcome on the road to winning four more in elections next month....


Europe's most famous Nazi hunters worry about where the continent is headed

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. PARIS - Serge and Beate Klarsfeld are not only Europe’s most famous Nazi hunters. For more than five decades, they’ve been the vigilante enforcers of the continent’s moral conscience. The husband-and-wife team - through painstaking research and often daring exploits -...


Pakistan's Christian minority weathers religious storm

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. DHAIR, Pakistan - It was a quiet February morning when the mob of men in green turbans came surging through the alleys of a run-down Christian neighborhood in this town outside Lahore. Some carried cans of fuel. They were hunting for a young man named Patras Masih,...


The Latest: Russian presidential vote kicks off in Far East

Russia Presidential Election

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Russia’s presidential election (all times local): 11:10 p.m. Polls have opened in Russia’s Far East regions for the presidential election in which Vladimir Putin is seeking a fourth term in the Kremlin. Voting started at 8 a.m. Sunday (2000 GMT Saturday; 4 p.m. EDT...


Russia boots 23 UK diplomats in spy-poisoning tit for tat

Russia Britain Spy

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Saturday announced it is expelling 23 British diplomats and threatened further retaliatory measures in a growing diplomatic dispute over a nerve agent attack on a former spy in Britain. Britain’s government said the move was expected, and that it doesn’t change their...


Sweden, North Korea end 3 days of talks on security issues

Sweden North Korea

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden’s foreign minister concluded three days of talks Saturday with her North Korean counterpart, saying they discussed the “opportunities and challenges for continued diplomatic efforts to reach a peaceful solution” to the Koreas’ security dispute. Minister Margot Wallstrom...

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