China appoints US-trained central banker

China Central Bank

BEIJING (AP) — A U.S.-trained economist was appointed Monday to succeed the longtime governor of...


US hits Iranian hacker network with sanctions

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. WASHINGTON - The Trump administration on Friday announced sanctions and criminal indictments against an Iranian hacker network it said was involved in “one of the largest state-sponsored hacking campaigns” ever prosecuted by the United States, targeting hundreds of U....


Syrian rebels agree to evacuation from desperately besieged enclave

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. BEIRUT - Syrian rebel groups said Friday that a deal had been struck to evacuate thousands of people from the besieged and broken Syrian enclave of Eastern Ghouta amid growing reports that men who crossed to government territory are being forcibly conscripted....


Extremist slain, 3 dead after rampage in southern France

France Shooting

TREBES, France (AP) — A gun-wielding extremist went on a rampage Friday in a quiet corner of southern France, killing three people as he hijacked a car, opened fire on police and took hostages in a supermarket, where panicked shoppers hid in a meat locker or ran through the aisles. After an hours-...


After escape from North Korea, family adjusts to Seoul's dizzying pace

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. SEOUL - Last August, they were making a terrifying escape from North Korea, fleeing over rivers and on buses and in rickety taxis through China, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. The fisherman and his wife hadn’t been doing too badly in North Korea, by the low standards of...


Venezuela hopes to tackle the world's worst inflation by deleting zeros from its currency

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. CARACAS, Venezuela - Economic pledges may be par for the course in election campaigns, but in hyperinflationary Venezuela, the candidates’ dueling promises are going further, with the incumbent vowing to lop a few zeros off the currency, while his main challenger...


China targets $3 billion of US goods in tariff spat

China US Trade Dispute

BEIJING (AP) — China announced a $3 billion list of U.S. goods for possible retaliation in a tariff dispute with President Donald Trump and girded Friday for a bigger battle over technology policy as financial markets sank on fears of global disruption. The Commerce Ministry said higher duties on...


May served secrets over dinner to win EU allies for Russia fight

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. For a war zone veteran who as U.K. national security adviser deals daily with terrorist threats, cyber attacks and now the use of a Russian nerve agent on British soil, Mark Sedwill is a very good sleeper. When he flies long haul for work, the 53-year-old reclines his business...


Police kill gunman in possible terrorist attack in southern France, government says

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. PARIS - A gunman killed three people and injured several others Friday in an attack that roiled the country that has borne the brunt of Europe’s recent struggle with terrorist violence. By midafternoon, police had shot and killed the suspect, French Interior Minister...


Afghanistan: Car bomb near stadium kills 13, says official


KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A car bombing outside a sports stadium in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province on Friday killed 13 people and wounded 40 others, an official said. Aminullah Abed, the chief of the province’s public health department, said the casualties were received at a hospital in...


Camels, swordsmen and jaw-dropping jets: Pakistan flexes military might at invite-only

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - It is the nuclear-armed adversary of next-door India and a mistrusted anti-terror partner of the United States. It sucks up huge chunks of the national budget, while millions of children receive next to no education or health care. But nobody...

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