Australia’s conservative coalition wins surprise 3rd term Saturday, May 18th, 2019

By ROD McGUIRK, CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s ruling conservative coalition won a surprise victory in the country’s general election on Saturday, defying opinion polls that had tipped the center-left opposition party to oust it from power and promising an end to the revolving door of..

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US: Iran military could misidentify airliners amid tension

By JON GAMBRELL, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Commercial airliners flying over the Persian Gulf risk being targeted by “miscalculation or misidentification” from the Iranian military amid heightened tensions between the Islamic Republic and the U.S., American diplomats warned Saturday,..

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Once again, Iraq caught up in tensions between US and Iran Friday, May 17th, 2019

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and BASSEM MROUE, BAGHDAD (AP) — When U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sat down with Iraqi officials in Baghdad last week as tensions mounted between America and Iran, he delivered a nuanced message: If you’re not going to stand with us, stand aside. The message,..

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Taiwan approves same-sex marriage in first for Asia

By RALPH JENNINGS, TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan’s legislature voted Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, a first in Asia and a boost for LGBT rights activists who had championed the cause for two decades. Lawmakers pressured by LGBT groups as well as church organizations opposed to the move..

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Sudan generals, protesters in crunch talks on ruling body Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

KHARTOUM, (AFP): Army generals and protest leaders are on Wednesday expected to finalise the make-up of a new body to govern Sudan for three years, the thorniest issue in installing civilian rule. The protest movement that brought down president Omar al-Bashir after 30 years of iron-fisted rule is..

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Alabama Senate passes ban on abortion, with few exceptions Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

By KIM CHANDLER, MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s Senate passed a near-total ban on abortion Tuesday, sending what would be the nation’s most stringent abortion law to the state’s Republican governor. The GOP-dominated Senate voted 25-6 to make performing an abortion at any stage of..

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Saudi Arabia says its oil pipeline was attacked by drones

By AYA BATRAWY and JON GAMBRELL, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An oil pipeline that runs across Saudi Arabia was hit by drones Tuesday west of its capital of Riyadh, the Saudi energy minister said, shortly after rebels in Yemen claimed they carried out coordinated drone strikes against the..

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Trade row deepens as China ups tariffs on $60B in US goods Monday, May 13th, 2019

By JOE McDONALD, BEIJING (AP) — Deepening a trade battle and sending financial markets spinning, China announced Monday it was raising tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. goods in retaliation for the latest hike in U.S. tariffs on its exports. The Finance Ministry said Monday the new penalty duties..

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Female Afghan former journalist shot dead in Kabul

KABUL, (AFP) - A former journalist who worked for the Afghan parliament was shot and killed in Kabul on Saturday, an official said, in the latest brazen attack to rock Afghanistan's capital. Mena Mangal was well known in Kabul circles for her work presenting shows on several television networks,..

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N. Korean cargo ship seized by US arrives in American Samoa Sunday, May 12th, 2019

By FILI SAGAPOLUTELE, PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — A North Korean cargo ship seized by the U.S. because of suspicion it was used to violate international sanctions arrived at the capital of this American territory, where it will undergo inspections. The Wise Honest was slowly towed to the..

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Venezuela’s Guaidó asks for relations with US military Saturday, May 11th, 2019

By SCOTT SMITH, CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó on Saturday said he’s instructed his political envoy in Washington to immediately open relations with the U.S. military in a bid to bring more pressure on President Nicolás Maduro to resign. The leader said..

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The Global Consequences of a Sino-American Cold War Monday, May 20th, 2019

A few years ago, as part of a Western delegation to China, I met President Xi Jinping in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People. When addressing us, Xi argued that..