Myanmar democracy takes momentous step with new president
Asia / International News / Politics

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

Amnesty criticizes India for intolerance of dissent
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Amnesty criticizes India for intolerance of dissent

NEW DELHI (AP) — Amnesty International has joined a growing chorus accusing India of supporting a climate of intolerance by cracking down on dissent through arbitrary arrests, caste-based discrimination, extrajudicial killings and attacks on freedom of expression. The rights group said in its annual global report, published Wednesday, Feb. 24, that India’s Hindu nationalist government led … Continue reading

Rob Thomas apologizes for making offensive joke in Australia
Australia & the Pacific / Celebrities / Music

Rob Thomas apologizes for making offensive joke in Australia

SYDNEY (AP) — Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas has apologized after being accused of making a racist joke during a solo concert in Australia. Thomas apologized on Facebook following the Saturday, Feb. 20, night show in Melbourne, where he made a joke about dealing with jetlag by drinking. “And then I drink until I think I’m … Continue reading