Huge Moroccan protests against UN chief’s stance on W Sahara
Africa / International News

Huge Moroccan protests against UN chief’s stance on W Sahara

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Up to 1 million Moroccans marched through their capital Sunday March 13, to protest the U.N. secretary-general’s remarks about the contested Western Sahara territory. It was an unusually massive show of public anger for Morocco, and was encouraged by leading political parties. Morocco considers the vast mineral-rich Western Sahara as its … Continue reading

Philippine leader welcomes Japan’s emperor as ties blossom
Asia / Politics

Philippine leader welcomes Japan’s emperor as ties blossom

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Benigno Aquino III gave a red-carpet welcome to Japan’s emperor Wednesday in a sign of blossoming ties between the two nations, both mired in territorial disputes with China, while further moving past painful memories of Japan’s World War II aggression. Aquino and Emperor Akihito held talks at Manila’s Malacanang … Continue reading

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