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China networks merger seen as party bid to control message

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 06:47:16 GMT

Analysts and state media say China's merger of its major government-owned broadcast networks under the ruling Communist Party's propaganda arm aims to strengthen the party's control over messaging at a time when Beijing is struggling to sooth concerns about its rising global influence.

18 dead as Thai tour bus loses control, crashes off road

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 06:38:14 GMT

A chartered tour bus has reportedly lost control on downhill curve in Thailand's northeast and plunged off the side of the road, killing at least 18 people and injuring dozens more.

Palestinian leaders health scares spark succession talk

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 06:15:10 GMT

A series of recent health scares have raised new concerns about octogenarian President Mahmoud Abbas, reviving anxiety about a potentially chaotic, and even bloody, succession battle that is bound to further weaken the Palestinian cause.

Report: Turkmenistan border guards kill 2 Iranian fishermen

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:22:07 GMT

Iran's semi-official ILNA news agency has reported that Turkmenistan border guards opened fire, killing two Iranian fishermen and detaining another two for trespassing.

Sarkozy, ex-leader of France, charged in connection with alleged Libyan funding

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:15:00 GMT

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was placed under formal investigation and handed preliminary charges over allegations his 2007 presidential campaign received more than $60 million from former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Malaysia police deny prejudice against Kim murder suspects

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:05:52 GMT

A Malaysian police investigator says the absence of four North Korean suspects believed to have orchestrated the killing of their leader's half brother didn't cause prejudice against the two women who are on trial.

Bank of England set to offer clues on possible May rate hike

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:04:33 GMT

The Bank of England is expected to keep its main interest rate unchanged Thursday but indicate that it could hike again in May to keep a lid on inflation as wages start to pick up.

Global tourism predicted to slow after best year ever

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:04:26 GMT

The travel and tourism sector is set for a modest slowdown in 2018 as a result of higher oil prices and airfares, a year after it experienced its best year on record, according to a leading global industry body.

NKorean sanctions evasion reveal Hong Kong's middleman role

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:02:10 GMT

Recent U.N. and U.S. watch lists and Japanese surveillance reports have identified ships and companies suspected of helping North Korea evade sanctions for its nuclear weapons program.

Pakistani troops foil suicide attack on convoy in southwest

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:01:14 GMT

A Pakistani official says security forces have shot and killed a would-be suicide bomber after he opened fire on a security convoy on the outskirts of the southwestern city of Quetta.

13 holiday hikers rescued from snowy Tokyo mountain

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 04:50:15 GMT

Thirteen holiday hikers, reportedly including Chinese citizens, have been rescued after getting trapped overnight on a snowy Tokyo mountain trail.

League orders player to repay New York assault victims

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 04:36:29 GMT

The National Rugby League has ordered Brisbane Broncos player Matt Lodge to begin paying back the victims of his New York City assault or risk having his contract terminated.

Peru president undone by corruption scandals he vowed to end

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 04:14:50 GMT

He took office in 2016 as a political outsider boasting that his strong business credentials would buoy Peru's economy while sweeping away endemic corruption.

30 treated for exposure as Indonesian volcano belches fumes

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 03:36:38 GMT

Indonesia's disaster agency says 30 people were treated for gas exposure after Mount Ijen in eastern Java belched toxic fumes from its crater.

2 US tourists die in helicopter crash on Great Barrier Reef

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 01:55:48 GMT

Police say two American tourists were killed and two other Americans sustained minor injuries when a helicopter crashed on Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

What's next for Peru after president's resignation offer?

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:58:53 GMT

With Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's resignation signed, the embattled leader's departure seems all but guaranteed.

Peru President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski offers to quit amid corruption controversy

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 23:15:00 GMT

Embattled President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski offered up his resignation Wednesday ahead of an impeachment vote, seeking to put an end to a debilitating political drama playing out just three weeks before the Andean nation is set to host U.S. President Donald Trump for a regional summit.

Pope appoints archbishop to replace arrested Brazil bishop l

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 21:19:07 GMT

Pope Francis has appointed a high-ranking clergyman to temporary replace a bishop who was arrested on suspicion of diverting the equivalent of more than $600,000 from the coffers of churches in three cities near Brazil's capital.

The Latest: Thursday vote set on picking Catalonia's leader

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 21:17:48 GMT

The Latest on the struggle to form a new government in Spain's secession-minded Catalonia region (all times local): 10:00 p.m.

Mnuchin: US to consider TPP re-entry after other priorities

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 21:03:27 GMT

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says that the United States will consider rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership after it deals with other priorities.


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