Militants free 10 Indonesian hostages in south Philippines
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Militants free 10 Indonesian hostages in south Philippines

MANILA, Philippines(AP) — Abu Sayyaf militants have freed 10 Indonesian crewmen who were seized at sea in March in the first of three attacks on tugboats that have sparked a regional maritime security alarm, officials said Sunday, May 1st. The Indonesians appeared to be in good health when they were dropped off Sunday afternoon in … Continue reading

Mystery solved? Australian says he’s Bitcoin founder
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Mystery solved? Australian says he’s Bitcoin founder

LONDON (AP) — An Australian man long rumored to be associated with the digital currency Bitcoin has publicly identified himself as its creator, a claim that would end one of the biggest mysteries in the tech world. BBC News said Monday, May 2nd, that Craig Wright told the media outlet he is the man previously … Continue reading

Journalist close to opposition detained in Bangladesh
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Journalist close to opposition detained in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police in Bangladesh questioned a prominent journalist and close aide of opposition leader and ex-Prime Minister Khaleda Zia over the weekend for his alleged role in a conspiracy to kidnap the only son of the current prime minister. Shafik Rehman, head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party, … Continue reading

Australian minister: Depp dog apology video no award winner
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Australian minister: Depp dog apology video no award winner

SYDNEY (AP) — Was the filmed apology over an international dog smuggling scandal supposed to look like a hostage video? Was the weirdly wooden delivery a deliberate protest by the unhappy actors? And does the Australian politician at the heart of the world’s most bizarre biosecurity case think he could have directed it better himself? … Continue reading

South Korean president’s party suffers election setback
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South Korean president’s party suffers election setback

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean voters handed President Park Geun-hye a stunning political setback by denying her conservative party a majority in the next National Assembly, poll results showed Thursday, Apr 14. The outcome, which came as a surprise to many, will likely threaten Park’s plans to push ahead with controversial economic reforms, including plans … Continue reading

US says Russian planes buzzed Navy ship in Baltic Sea
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US says Russian planes buzzed Navy ship in Baltic Sea

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian attack planes buzzed a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Baltic Sea multiple times Monday Apr. 11 and Tuesday, Apr. 12, coming as close as an estimated 30 feet from the ship and twice passing below the ship’s navigation bridge, U.S. officials said Wednesday, Apr. 13. The Russian Su-24 planes appeared unarmed … Continue reading

US, India agree to improve military cooperation
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US, India agree to improve military cooperation

NEW DELHI (AP) — The U.S and India are working to make it easier for the two countries’ militaries to coordinate during disasters or other emergencies, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday, Apr. 12. During a joint news conference with Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, Carter said the two countries have “agreed in principle” on … Continue reading

British royal couple goes on northeast India safari
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British royal couple goes on northeast India safari

KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK, India (AP) — After a night of traditional music and dance, The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, headed out in a jeep Wednesday, Apr. 13, morning into the wilds of remote northeast India for a wildlife safari to see rhinos, elephants and more. Dressed in cotton casuals and wearing local Assamese … Continue reading