• U.S. prepares to end exemptions on Iran sanctions, and oil prices soar
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    U.S. prepares to end exemptions on Iran sanctions, and oil prices soar

    WASHINGTON/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The United States is expected to announce on Monday that buyers of Iranian oil need to end imports soon or face sanctions, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters, triggering a 3 percent jump in crude prices to their highest for 2019 so far. The source confirmed

  • Myanmar’s top court to rule on jailed Reuters journalists' appeal
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    Myanmar’s top court to rule on jailed Reuters journalists' appeal

    Myanmar's Supreme Court will rule on Tuesday on an appeal of two Reuters journalists imprisoned for breaking a colonial-era official secrets law, in a case that has raised questions about the country's transition to democracy. Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, have spent more than 16 months

  • Tripoli forces push opponents back slightly south of Libyan capital-witnesses
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    Tripoli forces push opponents back slightly south of Libyan capital-witnesses

    The Libyan National Army (LNA) force loyal to commander Khalifa Haftar allied to a parallel government in the east started an offensive more two weeks ago but has been unable to breach the southern defenses of the Tripoli government. The latest flare-up in the cycle of anarchy gripping Libya since dictator

  • Christian Science Monitor

    North Macedonia’s election: a victory for Western diplomacy?

    The newborn Republic of North Macedonia is unique in a part of the world where nationalist strongmen, religious extremists, and organized criminals are amassing ever greater influence. “We are the most successful story in the region,” says Bujar Osmani, deputy prime minister for European affairs. Less

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Why frustrated Ukrainians may elect a comedian as president

    Election billboards across Ukraine feature a stern-jawed incumbent President Petro Poroshenko facing off with his main opponent in second-round voting for the presidency this Sunday. Ukrainians seem ready to overwhelmingly elect a political novice, a comedian whose main claim to fame is that he played

  • Christian Science Monitor

    After Mueller report, the pressure shifts to Congress

    One day after the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s much-anticipated report, the focus is shifting to Capitol Hill, with many observers suggesting it’s now Congress’s duty to pick up where the special counsel left off. “That’s their duty,” agrees John Yoo, a former Department of Justice deputy

  • Christian Science Monitor

    When saying no to a president saves democracy

    Few Americans will read the public portions of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. Congress will now decide if the president did obstruct justice. Mr. Mueller praises some of those around Mr. Trump for standing up for rule of law.

  • Populists expected to gain seats in May's EU elections
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    Populists expected to gain seats in May's EU elections

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament is predicting that nationalist, populist and anti-migrant groups will make significant gains in the May 23-26 EU elections but says it thinks mainstream parties will keep control over the assembly.

  • Reuters

    Factbox: Who will be Spain's next PM? A profile of the candidates

    Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's Socialists are in the lead ahead of Sunday's national election but opinion polls show no party will have enough seats to rule on its own, which could make for complicated coalition talks. PEDRO SANCHEZ - SOCIALIST WORKERS' PARTY (PSOE) With his Socialist

  • Sudan tensions escalate after talks with military break down
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    Sudan tensions escalate after talks with military break down

    KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Tensions are rising in Sudan after talks broke down between protesters and the country's military rulers who earlier in April ousted President Omar al-Bashir after months of street protests against his rule.

  • Ukraine enters uncharted new era after comedian wins presidency
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    Ukraine enters uncharted new era after comedian wins presidency

    The emphatic victory of Volodymyr Zelenskiy, 41, is a bitter blow for incumbent Petro Poroshenko who tried to rally Ukrainians around the flag by casting himself as a bulwark against Russian aggression and a champion of Ukrainian identity. With over 90 percent of the vote counted, Zelenskiy had won

  • Swedish teen climate activist joins London protest as arrests top 830
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    Swedish teen climate activist joins London protest as arrests top 830

    Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg on Sunday urged hundreds of climate-change protesters in London to never give up their campaign to save the planet as police arrests over disruptions to the city's landmarks rose above 830. Climate group Extinction Rebellion has targeted sites

  • Fresh arrests as Sri Lanka Easter attack toll hits 290
    AFP

    Fresh arrests as Sri Lanka Easter attack toll hits 290

    The death toll from bomb blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka rose dramatically Monday to 290 -- including dozens of foreigners -- as police announced new arrests over the country's worst attacks for more than a decade. More than 500 people were injured in the Easter

  • Asian markets lower, oil rises on Iran concerns
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    Asian markets lower, oil rises on Iran concerns

    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly lower while oil prices surged for a second day Monday following reports Washington wants to block Iranian exports.

  • Sri Lanka lifts curfew as death toll from attacks rises sharply
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    Sri Lanka lifts curfew as death toll from attacks rises sharply

    There was still no claim of responsibility for the Easter Sunday attacks on two churches and four hotels in and around Colombo, the capital of predominantly Buddhist Sri Lanka, and a third church on the South Asian nation's northeast coast. A government source said President Maithripala Sirisena

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 5:49 a.m. GMT

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Police in Sri Lanka said Monday the investigation into the Easter Sunday bombings will examine reports that the intelligence community failed to detect or warn of possible suicide attacks before the violence. The nine bombings of churches, luxury hotels and other sites was Sri

  • The Latest: China confirms 2nd death in Sri Lanka
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    The Latest: China confirms 2nd death in Sri Lanka

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday (all times local):

  • New indictment expands case against Nissan ex-chair Ghosn
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    New indictment expands case against Nissan ex-chair Ghosn

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese prosecutors said Monday they have indicted Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn with additional charges of breach of trust, with his alleged misconduct expanding further outside Japan.

  • Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea
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    Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

    BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:

  • Poachers threaten precious Madagascar forest and lemurs
    AFP

    Poachers threaten precious Madagascar forest and lemurs

    Alert to the slightest movement and sound, Michael Tovolahy's patrol is tracking poachers who are inflicting grievous harm to this jewel of biodiversity. The poachers are targeting lemurs, primates battling the threat of extinction, and are chopping down trees, some of them rare hardwoods, to burn

  • Greek researchers enlist EU satellite against Aegean sea litter
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    Greek researchers enlist EU satellite against Aegean sea litter

    Knee-deep in water on a picture-postcard Lesbos island beach, a team of Greek university students gently deposits a wall-sized PVC frame on the surface before divers moor it at sea. Holding in plastic bags and bottles, four of the 5 metre-by-5-metre (16 foot-by-16-foot) frames are part of an experiment

  • India's Modi condemns Sri Lanka attacks, says he can defeat the 'terrorists'
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    India's Modi condemns Sri Lanka attacks, says he can defeat the 'terrorists'

    After condemning the series of deadly bomb attacks on Sri Lankan churches and luxury hotels on Sunday that killed more than 200 people, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told voters that they needed to elect him to a second term as only he can beat the "terrorists" threatening India. Can

  • FBI arrests leader of armed group stopping migrants in New Mexico
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    FBI arrests leader of armed group stopping migrants in New Mexico

    The FBI on Saturday said it had arrested Larry Hopkins, the leader of an armed group that is stopping undocumented migrants after they cross the U.S.-Mexico border into New Mexico. The arrest came two days after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) accused the group of illegally detaining migrants

  • The Latest: Ukraine comedian romping to presidential win
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    The Latest: Ukraine comedian romping to presidential win

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The latest on Ukraine's presidential runoff: (all times local):

  • Apartheid, the race-based system ended 25 years ago
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    Apartheid, the race-based system ended 25 years ago

    South Africa's first all-race vote 25 years ago turned the page on an oppressive system of racial segregation called apartheid that for roughly 50 years privileged whites over blacks. Apartheid -- an Afrikaans-language word meaning the state of "apartness" -- became official government