AP Exclusive: Sold NKorean brides face hard choices in China

China North Korea Trafficked Brides

WESTERN LIAONING PROVINCE, China (AP) — The North Korean woman drives a motorbike slowly down a...


North Korea marks 6th anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death

North Korea Anniversary

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Crowds of flower-bearing North Koreans on Sunday streamed passed statues and portraits of their leaders to pay respects on the sixth anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Un’s father, Kim Jong Il. With somber, recorded music playing in the sub-zero air, thousands upon...


Indonesia clerics want boycott of US products over Jerusalem

Indonesia Jerusalem Protest

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Muslim clerics called for a boycott of American products Sunday in Indonesia’s largest protest against President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Wearing white robes and carrying banners reading “Indonesia unites for Palestine” and “Save our...


Skyscraper city becomes citadel of Putin's state capitalism

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. Russia built it, but they didn’t come. Two decades in the making, Moscow City is finally filling up with tenants, just not necessarily the kind Russia had in mind when it conceived the glass-and-steel district as an international financial hub. With the economy besieged by...


Big Data, bullet train drive India-Japan strategic ties ahead

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. Many of the cargo containers passing through India’s busiest port in Mumbai have a small piece of Japan Inc. attached: Devices from NEC Corp. that can be tracked as the containers rumble through the interior of Asia’s third-largest economy. The partnership between NEC and the...


Latte lovers from Moscow to Prague driving coffee-chain boom

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. When the founders of Poland’s Green Caffe Nero opened the first store nearly 15 years ago, the global ‘Starbucks-on-every-corner’ coffee-chain explosion had yet to reach the eastern European country. As the only cafe in the neighborhood and lacking the expertise to whip up...


Defiant Theresa May: UK 'proving doubters wrong' on Brexit

Belgium EU Summit

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday her government is “proving the doubters wrong” after European Union leaders agreed that Brexit negotiations can finally move on to their next phase in the new year. Leaders of the other 27 EU nations gave a boost to May on Friday when...


French sailor Gabart sets new solo round-the-world record

France Solo Sailing Record

BREST, France (AP) — French sailor Francois Gabart broken the record Sunday for sailing around the world alone, circumnavigating the planet in just 42 days and 16 hours. That is more than six days faster than the last record, set by fellow Frenchman Thomas Coville last year. The organizers,...


AP Exclusive: Digital police state shackles Chinese minority

China Digital Police State

KORLA, China (AP) — Nobody knows what happened to the Uighur student after he returned to China from Egypt and was taken away by police. Not his village neighbors in China’s far west, who haven’t seen him in months. Not his former classmates, who fear Chinese authorities beat him to death. Not his...


Yes, that's a monkey grinding on top of a deer

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. After spending a few months observing macaque monkeys living in a Japanese forest, a group of scientists found a pattern of behavior they described as both “unusual” and “intriguing.” Adolescent female macaques climbed on top of a sika deer and crouched. Then, they...


Paris, the city of the svelte, is cracking down on fat shaming

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. PARIS - Chic, svelte, feline. This is the caricature of “la Parisienne,” the well-heeled woman who embodies the essence of the world’s most fashionable city. Think Coco Chanel, Catherine Deneuve and Inès de la Fressange: paragons of style, arbiters of taste. To make...

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