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

North Korea, again, demands halt to US-South Korea war games
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North Korea, again, demands halt to US-South Korea war games

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — It’s a demand North Korea has been making for decades: The United States and South Korea must immediately suspend their annual military exercises if there is to be peace on the Korean Peninsula. And, once again, it’s a demand that is falling on deaf ears. Following the North’s recent nuclear … Continue reading

US to beef up military presence in Eastern Europe
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US to beef up military presence in Eastern Europe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon plans to deploy an armored brigade combat team to Eastern Europe next February as part of the ongoing effort to rotate troops in and out of the region to reassure allies worried about threats from an increasingly aggressive Russia. The decision will put three fully equipped Army brigades in Europe … Continue reading

Myanmar democracy takes momentous step with new president
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Myanmar democracy takes momentous step with new president

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s slow transition to democracy took a momentous step Wednesday, Mar. 30, as a trusted aide to ruling-party leader Aung San Suu Kyi took over as the country’s president, officially ending more than 50 years of the military’s control over government. In a day full of ceremony and symbolism, Htin Kyaw … Continue reading

Indonesia blows up illegal toothfish ship sought by Interpol
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Indonesia blows up illegal toothfish ship sought by Interpol

PANGANDARAN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities on Monday, Mar. 14, bombed the last major ship internationally wanted for years of illegally taking toothfish from southern waters, reiterating a strong message to would-be poachers who enter the country’s waters. The navy seized the Nigeria-flagged Viking on Feb. 25 operating in waters off Tanjung Berakit in Riau Islands … Continue reading

Airlines slow to adopt safety technologies after MH370
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Airlines slow to adopt safety technologies after MH370

WASHINGTON (AP) — Airline-safety standards are changing in the wake of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 nearly two years ago, but the head of one of the world’s top air crash investigation agencies says it’s not happening fast enough. On Wednesday, Mar. 2, the International Civil Aviation Organization, the U.N. agency that sets … Continue reading

Change in command of US-NATO forces in Afghanistan
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Change in command of US-NATO forces in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Army General John W. “Mick” Nicholson took command Wednesday, Mar. 2, of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, inheriting America’s longest war and a vicious Talban-led insurgency. Nicholson, 58, took over from U.S. Army General John F. Campbell, who oversaw the end of the international combat mission in 2014 and a … Continue reading