• Afghanistan says Taliban mastermind of deadly attack on military base killed
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    Afghanistan says Taliban mastermind of deadly attack on military base killed

    Afghanistan's main spy agency has killed a Taliban commander who was the mastermind of this week's deadly attack on Afghan forces at a military base in the central province of Maidan Wardak, officials said on Wednesday. The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said the commander, whose name

  • Venezuela's opposition takes to streets to seize momentum against Maduro
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    Venezuela's opposition takes to streets to seize momentum against Maduro

    A spate of protests in Caracas on Monday, sparked by a brief military uprising, have spread hope that a new leader of the congress, Juan Guaido, could unify the opposition and dislodge Maduro, who this month began a second term under a barrage of criticism that his election was illegitimate. Guaido

  • Hong Kong moves to make disrespecting Chinese national anthem a crime
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    Hong Kong moves to make disrespecting Chinese national anthem a crime

    Chinese authorities have strived to instill greater patriotism in the former British colony at a time of heightened tension between democracy activists and forces loyal to Beijing, with some in Hong Kong even advocating independence from China. "I think teachers would feel worried about this proposal

  • Christian Science Monitor

    New Russian order: After presidency, yet another role for Putin?

    As Vladimir Putin's fourth, and almost certainly final, six-year term as president heads into its second year, the prospect of a Russia without him is becoming real, if not yet urgent. Inevitably, some are talking up schemes to keep Mr. Putin – and the relatively stable status quo he guarantees

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    After Nairobi attack, Somalis in Kenya cautiously hope for unity

    Abdimalik Anwar was sipping a cup of coffee at the popular Nomad Palace Hotel in Nairobi’s Eastleigh neighborhood on January 15 when a friend called to ask if he had heard the news. A few miles away, militants linked to the terror group Al Shabab had stormed 14 Riverside, an upscale hotel and office

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    Art of the deal: In politics, Trump finds negotiations a different ballgame

    Many of the steps businessman Trump and his coauthor lay out in their 1987 bestseller reflect the president’s aggressive approach to negotiation today: Think big. Over the weekend, Mr. Trump got a taste of just how difficult negotiating can be in Washington. As the partial government shutdown over

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Dousing the fires of corruption

    Sometimes the battle against corruption is driven by more than righteous indignation at the guilty. On Jan. 22, for example, Mexico’s new president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, began a tour of municipalities where theft from gasoline pipelines is high. Instead of cracking down on such local thieves

  • Reuters

    China detains students, labor activists in deepening crackdown

    A loose but active coalition of workers, activists and students across China has since July 2018 faced off against police, with dozens detained over their support for workers who protested after being blocked from forming a labor union with leaders of their choice. The clampdown has spread to top universities

  • Family prepares for funeral of Israeli student killed in Australia
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    Family prepares for funeral of Israeli student killed in Australia

    Maasarwe, 21, was killed while walking home after a night out with friends in Melbourne, where she was studying. A student at Shanghai University, she had been on a six-month exchange program at Melbourne’s La Trobe University. It was the second time in seven months that a young woman had been killed

  • Japan's Osaka feeling no pressure as Open semi looms
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    Japan's Osaka feeling no pressure as Open semi looms

    Japan's Naomi Osaka said she felt another Grand Slam title was close after routing an injured Elina Svitolina to reach the Australian Open semi-finals Wednesday. Osaka, 21, seeded fourth this year, denied the pressure created by her breakthrough win at Flushing Meadows last year was getting to her

  • The Latest: Mauresmo coaches Pouille to 1st Slam semifinal
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    The Latest: Mauresmo coaches Pouille to 1st Slam semifinal

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest at the Australian Open on Wednesday (all times local):

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    Sonia Gandhi's daughter formally enters politics in India

    NEW DELHI (AP) — A scion of India's most famous political dynasty has formally entered politics, with the opposition Congress party assigning her a position as it prepares for national elections due before May.

  • Search for missing Cardiff City's Sala resumes in English Channel
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    Search for missing Cardiff City's Sala resumes in English Channel

    The search for Cardiff City's new soccer star, Emiliano Sala, resumed on Wednesday 36 hours after the light aircraft he was flying on disappeared in the English Channel. Sala was flying from the French city of Nantes to Cardiff for his club debut when the plane lost radar contact off the English

  • Reuters

    Australia probes reports Chinese-Australian writer is missing in China

    The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported on Wednesday that friends feared Yang Hengjun, an author and former Chinese diplomat who is now an Australian citizen, had been detained because he had not been reachable for several days. Two friends contacted by Reuters said they had reported Yang as missing

  • 1 point away, Serena stunned by Pliskova at Australian Open
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    1 point away, Serena stunned by Pliskova at Australian Open

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Four times, Serena Williams was only one point — a single point — from closing out a victory in the Australian Open quarterfinals.

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    Sri Lanka aims for 1st test win in Australia

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Sri Lanka may have its best chance to win a cricket test in Australia when it faces an unsettled Australian lineup in a day-night match in Brisbane from Thursday.

  • Reuters

    A time-limited Brexit backstop would be useless: EU's Barnier

    A temporary safeguard to avoid erecting a physical border between Ireland and Northern Ireland after Brexit would serve no purpose, the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier said on Wednesday. In an interview to newspapers Le Monde, Rzeczpospolita and Luxemburger Wort, Barnier said the current backstop

  • Search resumes to find plane with soccer player Sala aboard
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    Search resumes to find plane with soccer player Sala aboard

    LONDON (AP) — The search has resumed to find the plane that was carrying Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala from France to Wales where he had just signed for Premier League club Cardiff.

  • Sudan's president, facing protests, looks for aid from Qatar
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    Sudan's president, facing protests, looks for aid from Qatar

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Sudan's embattled president is in Qatar looking for support amid weekslong protests against his 29-year rule in the African nation.

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 7:56 a.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's military has accused Japan of a "clear provocation" over what it says was a threatening low-altitude flight by a Japanese patrol plane over a South Korean warship. An official from Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday that the plane flew

  • Associated Press

    Seoul accuses Japanese patrol plane of threatening flight

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's military has accused Japan of a "clear provocation" over what it says was a threatening low-altitude flight by a Japanese patrol plane over a South Korean warship.

  • Reuters

    UK says trade partners underestimate no-deal Brexit risk

    Britain won't have some free-trade deals with other countries in place by March if it leaves the European Union with no deal because current trade partners are underestimating the chance of a no-deal Brexit, Trade Secretary Liam Fox said on Wednesday. Britain is seeking to replicate trade agreements

  • Natural gas fields give Israel a regional political boost
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    Natural gas fields give Israel a regional political boost

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A decade after discovering natural gas fields off its Mediterranean coast, Israel is starting to feel the geopolitical boost.

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    Report: Apartment fire in Syria's capital kills 7 siblings

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's state news agency says seven siblings were killed by a fire that broke out overnight in their apartment in the old quarter of the country's capital.

  • Russian spy chief met Saudi counterpart and Crown Prince:  Ifax
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    Russian spy chief met Saudi counterpart and Crown Prince: Ifax

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - The head of Russia's SVR foreign intelligence agency Sergei Naryshkin on Monday met Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as well as the head of the kingdom's intelligence services, the Interfax news agency said on Wednesday. Naryshkin discussed cooperation in