Wallaby hops across Sydney Harbor Bridge, captured uninjured

Australia Wayward Wallaby

SYDNEY (AP) — A wayward wallaby disrupted downtown traffic by bounding across the Sydney Harbor...


Pope: Corruption is 'social virus' infecting Latin America

Peru Pope

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Pope Francis strongly condemned corruption in Latin America as a “social virus” infecting all aspects of life in stern remarks Friday to Peru’s president and high-ranking political leaders, several of whom are embroiled in the region’s biggest graft scandal. Hours after decrying...


Analysis: Trump support carries rewards and risks for Israel

Israel-Trump Effect Analysis

JERUSALEM (AP) — From recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital to cutting aid to Palestinians, President Donald Trump has given Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the unprecedented gift of strong U.S. alignment with a nationalist Israeli government. With the two leaders in sync personally and...


Indian army soldiers fight fire from highly polluted lake

BANGALORE, India (AP) — Thousands of Indian troops battled for hours a huge fire emanating from a highly polluted lake, causing panic among thousands of people in the southern city of Bangalore, the army said Saturday. Nearly 5,000 soldiers swung into action on Friday after the fire threatened a...


Thai police arrest suspected kingpin of wildlife trafficking

Thailand Wildlife Suggling

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police have arrested a suspected kingpin of wildlife trafficking who allegedly fueled much of Asia’s illegal trade for over a decade, officials said Saturday. Boonchai Bach, a 40-year-old Thai of Vietnamese descent, was arrested Friday in the northeastern border province of...


Russian police face the unexpected: crocodile in basement

Russia Police Meet Crocodile

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russian police had an unexpected encounter while searching a house in St. Petersburg — a crocodile in the basement. The news portal said the incident happened Thursday while detectives were looking for undeclared weapons in the house of a man involved in...


Church conservatives question pope's airborne nuptials

APTOPIX Chile Pope

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The honeymoon, as it were, is apparently over. A day after Pope Francis grabbed headlines by pronouncing two flight attendants man and wife while flying 36,000 feet over Chile, the conservative Catholic commentariat on Friday questioned the legitimacy of the impromptu sacrament...


North Korea offers to resume pre-Olympic visit to South

South Korea Koreas Tensions

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday proposed sending a delegation led by the leader of a hugely popular girl band to South Korea to check preparations for a trip by a North Korean art troupe during next month’s Winter Olympics. The new proposal came less than 24 hours after North...


IOC President Thomas Bach offers "sincere thanks" to governments of North and South Korea

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach offers “sincere thanks” to governments of North and South Korea for Olympic unity deal.


The world's most valuable distiller is running out of liquor

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. You know you’re in Maotai when you smell it. The picturesque town of about 100,000 in southwestern China is home to the world’s most valuable liquor company -- and the soy-sauce-like scent of the Chinese grain alcohol baijiu, made by the eponymous Kweichow Moutai Co., permeates...


Kashmir fighting escalates between India, Pakistan

India Kashmir Pakistan

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian and Pakistani troops traded fire Saturday along their volatile frontier in Kashmir, killing at least five civilians and a soldier in the latest escalation of violence in the disputed region. The deaths on both the sides of the border came as the nuclear-armed rivals...

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