Raul Castro leaves Cuba with new freedoms, deep problems

Cuba After Castro

HAVANA (AP) — In 2008 Raul Castro took over a country where most people couldn’t own computers or...


Myanmar policeman testifies arrested reporters were set up

Myanmar Journalists

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A Myanmar police officer testified Friday that he and several colleagues were ordered to entrap two reporters working for the Reuters news agency, dealing a major blow to the government’s case against the journalists under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act. Wa Lone and...


Gaza border clashes resume between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - At least two Palestinians were killed and dozens injured Friday as Israeli forces tried to disperse mass demonstrations along the border zone with the Gaza Strip for a fourth consecutive week, officials in Gaza said. Israeli troops fired tear...


First clues emerge about Cuba's future under new president

Cuba Transition

HAVANA (AP) — Miguel Diaz-Canel has been the presumptive next president of Cuba since 2013, when Raul Castro named the laconic former provincial official to the important post of first vice president and lauded him as “neither a novice nor an improviser,” high praise in a system dedicated to...


BC-SOC--WCup Coverage Advisory

EDITORS: The World Cup runs from June 14-July 15 in Russia. Here are highlights of Associated Press coverage leading up to the tournament. This advisory will be updated weekly. An overall preview for the tournament will be published on April 23 ahead of the 50-day countdown, followed by pieces...


Stand-alone photo: Japan highway

(c) 2018, The Japan News/Yomiuri. Stand-alone photo: Cars pass through a snowy corridor along National Highway Route 292 in Nakanojo, Gunma Prefecture, Japan, on April 20, 2018, as a 23.1-kilometer section on the route reopened after being closed to traffic during the winter. The reopening came...


Japan's Imperial Palace to start guided tours in English

(c) 2018, The Japan News/Yomiuri. The Imperial Household Agency announced Thursday that it will start offering English-language guided tours of the Imperial Palace to the public in May. The tours will be offered along with the existing Japanese-language guided tours provided twice a day from...


'Distressed at recent events' in Israel, Natalie Portman pulls out of Jerusalem ceremony

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. JERUSALEM - Natalie Portman has pulled out of a ceremony in Jerusalem honoring her as the recipient of a $2 million prize, dubbed by some as the “Jewish Nobel,” the organization said on Thursday. The Genesis Prize Foundation, which annually honors individuals for...


Islamic State group to give up last pocket in Syrian capital

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state media says Islamic State group militants have agreed to give up their last pocket in Damascus. The SANA news agency says militants will be given the option to stay and reconcile with the government or leave on buses to IS-held territory in the eastern Syrian desert. The...


Correction: Israel at 70 story

JERUSALEM (AP) — In a story on April 18 and April 19 about Israel’s 70th independence day, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Israel’s founding document described the country as a “light unto the nations.” While the biblical phrase has been widely used by leaders, it does not appear in...


Unexploded WWII bomb forces mass evacuation in Berlin

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. BERLIN - Other countries may have hurricanes, blizzards or flooding that regularly shut down major transport hubs. Germany, meanwhile, is still dealing with the legacy of a war the country launched itself: thousands of unexploded bombs, hidden beneath one of Europe’s...

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