• 'Tarnished image': Myanmar touts troubled Rakhine as investment destination
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    'Tarnished image': Myanmar touts troubled Rakhine as investment destination

    Myanmar denies the charge and says its offensive was a legitimate response to an insurgent threat and that it is welcoming the refugees back. Myanmar hopes the Rakhine State Investment Fair – the first of its kind – will bring money into the impoverished region. Civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who

  • Rouhani says Iran- U.S. tensions are at 'a maximum'
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    Rouhani says Iran- U.S. tensions are at 'a maximum'

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that tensions between Tehran and Washington were at "a maximum" rarely seen in the decades-long contentious relations of the two countries. Animosity between Washington and Tehran - bitter foes since Iran’s 1979 revolution - has intensified

  • Explainer: Does Islamic State still pose a threat?
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    Explainer: Does Islamic State still pose a threat?

    Islamic State looks about to lose its last foothold on the banks of the Euphrates in Syria, but though its era of territorial rule may have been expunged for now, there is near universal agreement that the group remains a threat. Islamic State's possession of land in Iraq and Syria set it apart

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Who’s a populist? Democrats taking on Trump look to reclaim the mantle

    “Stop calling Donald Trump a populist,” liberal New York Times columnist Paul Krugman ordered the media last August. It’s true, Mr. Krugman wrote, President Trump does occasionally “pose” as a champion of ordinary Americans against the elite. Mr. Trump, for his part, boasts that his policies have been

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Bearing witness: When hospital work becomes a test of faith

    When Tom Catena moved to Sudan in 2008 to work as a surgeon in a remote, rebel-held territory, he first needed to earn the community’s trust. A decade into the job, Dr. Catena, who is also a Catholic missionary, leads the Mother of Mercy Hospital in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan, Sudan. Catena

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Trump meets his Magna Carta

    Perhaps never before in the history of Presidents’ Day has the power of an American president been so openly challenged as it was during the holiday on Feb. 18. Thousands rallied nationwide to protest President Trump’s use of emergency powers to take money for a border wall. Many in Congress plotted

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Peaceful revolutionary: Can Armenia’s prisoner-turned-prime minister govern?

    Eventually Pashinyan turned himself in when a general amnesty was announced for political prisoners. Pashinyan delivered a passionate lecture on how inappropriate a poster promoting assault rifles was for a judge’s office. In the end, the judge took the poster down and granted Pashinyan partial amnesty

  • The Latest: Valero stops importing Venezuela crude oil
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    The Latest: Valero stops importing Venezuela crude oil

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):

  • French senators call for perjury investigation against ex-Macron aide Benalla
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    French senators call for perjury investigation against ex-Macron aide Benalla

    A French senate committee on Wednesday recommended President Emmanuel Macron's former security aide, Alexandre Benalla, be prosecuted for perjury during a seven-month investigation into his violent conduct on the sidelines of a protest. Benalla was caught on video last year beating a May Day protester

  • Egypt hangs nine for 2015 murder of top prosecutor
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    Egypt hangs nine for 2015 murder of top prosecutor

    Egypt hanged nine men on Wednesday for the 2015 assassination of the prosecutor general, judicial sources said, bringing to 15 the number of executions it has carried out this month. Hisham Barakat was killed in June 2015 when a car bomb struck his convoy in Cairo following jihadist calls for attacks

  • The Latest: Russia 'remains open' for arms talks with US
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    The Latest: Russia 'remains open' for arms talks with US

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Putin's state-of-the-nation speech (all times local):

  • Associated Press

    Egypt executes 9 over 2015 assassination of top prosecutor

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt on Wednesday executed nine suspected Muslim Brotherhood members convicted of involvement in the 2015 assassination of the country's top prosecutor, security officials said.

  • Mozambique arrests another journalist in jihadist-hit north
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    Mozambique arrests another journalist in jihadist-hit north

    Mozambique authorities have detained a journalist working in a northern region that has been rocked by a jihadist insurgency, a media watchdog said Wednesday, the third such arrest in as many months. Germano Daniel Adriano, who works for a local radio and television broadcaster, Radio e Televisao Macomia

  • Reuters

    Syrian fighters start to evacuate civilians from Islamic State pocket: spokesman

    Trucks began evacuating civilians from Islamic State's last pocket of ground in east Syria on Wednesday, a spokesman for U.S.-backed fighters there said, a step seen as crucial towards the final capture of the area. A spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Mustafa Bali, said they were

  • Associated Press

    EU border guard chief says 'no burning crisis' over migrants

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The head of the European Union's border agency says there is "no burning crisis" right now in Europe due to migrant arrivals, but that more and more Africans are trying to enter Spain from Morocco.

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 11:05 a.m. GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — With their second summit fast approaching, speculation is growing that U.S. President Donald Trump may try to persuade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to commit to denuclearization by giving him something he wants more than almost anything else: an announcement of peace and an end to the

  • Possible peace declaration looms large over Trump-Kim summit
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    Possible peace declaration looms large over Trump-Kim summit

    TOKYO (AP) — With their second summit fast approaching, speculation is growing that U.S. President Donald Trump may try to persuade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to commit to denuclearization by giving him something he wants more than almost anything else: an announcement of peace and an end to the

  • Israel should apologize to Poland in Holocaust row: U.S. ambassador to Warsaw
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    Israel should apologize to Poland in Holocaust row: U.S. ambassador to Warsaw

    The row, initially sparked by media reports suggesting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Poles of complicity in the Holocaust, deepened on Monday after the comment by his minister Israel Katz, who also labeled Poles anti-Semites. Katz's words led Poland to pull out of a planned summit of

  • The Latest: Pope says church's attackers are linked to devil
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    The Latest: Pope says church's attackers are linked to devil

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on the Vatican summit on dealing with sex abuse of minors (all times local):

  • Egypt executes nine men over killing of public prosecutor: prison source, lawyer
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    Egypt executes nine men over killing of public prosecutor: prison source, lawyer

    Egyptian authorities have executed nine men convicted over the 2015 killing of the country's chief prosecutor, a prison source and a lawyer said on Wednesday. Public prosecutor Hisham Barakat was killed in a car bomb attack on his convoy in the capital, Cairo. Egypt blamed the Muslim Brotherhood

  • Ghosn case a chance to 'mend' Japan's system: lawyer
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    Ghosn case a chance to 'mend' Japan's system: lawyer

    Carlos Ghosn's lawyer said Wednesday his client's high-profile and controversial detention was a chance to "mend" Japan's justice system, as he insisted the former Nissan boss was innocent of all charges. In his first media appearance since his surprise appointment earlier this

  • Ghosts of '81 defeat haunt Bayern boss after Anfield draw
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    Ghosts of '81 defeat haunt Bayern boss after Anfield draw

    Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has warned Bayern Munich not to let history repeat itself against Liverpool in their home Champions League last 16, second leg after a goalless draw at Anfield. Bayern earned the draw in a nervy first leg on Merseyside to put the German giants in a good position for the return

  • Butt hopes for Pakistan return, replaces Hafeez in PSL
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    Butt hopes for Pakistan return, replaces Hafeez in PSL

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Salman Butt is hoping to make a national team comeback after replacing the injured Mohammad Hafeez in the Pakistan Super League.

  • Associated Press

    Academic: Very few climate change doubters, issue now action

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A prominent American economist says there are "very few" individuals left who still doubt climate change because the evidence of its impact is clear.

  • Federer to play Madrid Open after 2-year absence
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    Federer to play Madrid Open after 2-year absence

    MADRID (AP) — Roger Federer will play at the Madrid Open as part of his return to the clay court.