US general: Afghan army being ‘rebuilt’ for Taliban battle
Asia / Middle East

US general: Afghan army being ‘rebuilt’ for Taliban battle

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — After months of ferocious fighting, Afghan army units battling the Taliban in southern Helmand province are facing major restructuring and leadership changes, with several key commanders being replaced, a U.S. military official said Monday. Helmand has been a fierce battleground since last fall, with fighting taking place in 10 districts. At … Continue reading

Big beer merger leaves future uncertain for competitors
Business / International News / U.S. News

Big beer merger leaves future uncertain for competitors

LONDON (AP) — It’s no fun being in the middle. Heineken, Molson Coors and Carlsberg are storied brewers that trace their roots back hundreds of years and have loyal drinkers around the world. But the merger of their two biggest competitors leaves such mid-size brewers without a clear way forward. They find themselves squeezed between … Continue reading

Idris Elba to open for Madonna in Berlin
Arts & Entertainment / Celebrities / Europe / Music / Theater & Dance / TV

Idris Elba to open for Madonna in Berlin

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Idris Elba is co-starring with Madonna on stage — not screen. The actor-musician will be the opening act during her “Rebel Heart” tour stop Tuesday at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany. The “Luther” and “The Wire” actor is also a DJ, rapper and producer who has performed at … Continue reading

Asia / International News / Middle East

Russian intelligence chief: IS may invade Central Asia

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian intelligence on Wednesday warned of an increased risk of Taliban or Islamic State fighters invading Central Asia. FSB director Alexander Bortnikov said in comments carried by Russian news agencies that a concentration of Taliban fighters, some of whom had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, at Afghanistan’s northern border make … Continue reading

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United States, 11 Pacific Rim countries reach trade deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries have agreed to an ambitious trade pact that cuts trade barriers, sets labor and environmental standards and protects multinational corporations’ intellectual property. The agreement on the Trans Pacific Partnership was reached Monday after marathon negotiating sessions in Atlanta through the weekend. “We think … Continue reading

Asian stock markets higher, Japan gains on stimulus hopes
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Asian stock markets higher, Japan gains on stimulus hopes

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets bounced higher Wednesday, led by gains in Japan where investors were buoyed by expectations for more economic stimulus. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 surged 2.5 percent to 17,347.42 after sliding 4.1 percent on Tuesday amid a global market sell-off. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index added 1.2 percent … Continue reading