Israeli PM's wife charged with fraud, breach of trust

Israel Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli prosecutors on Thursday charged the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with misusing over $100,000 in public funds to order lavish meals from some of the country’s most famous chefs. While the prime minister was not directly implicated in the case, the indictment...


Official: Polish leader's ill health not sparking infighting

Poland Kaczynski

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A government official denied rumors Thursday that the illness of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Poland’s powerful ruling party leader, has sparked infighting at the highest political levels. Kaczynski, 69, has been in retreat from active political life for several weeks, first...


Military vows to recover bodies from sunken Indonesia ferry

Indonesia Ferry Sinks

TIGARAS, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s military chief said Thursday that specialist navy equipment will be deployed to pinpoint a ferry that sank in the crater lake of an ancient supervolcano, offering a glimmer of hope to distraught relatives that the bodies of more than 180 people presumed drowned...


Pope, in Geneva, says Christians can work together on peace

Switzerland Pope Vist-1

GENEVA (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday encouraged Christians to work together to further peace and justice in the world and resist the temptation to use religious differences as excuses to thwart unity as he made a visit to Geneva, one of the first cities to embrace the Protestant Reformation....


Japan to scrap evacuation drills for NKorean missile threat

Koreas Tensions

TOKYO (AP) — Japan plans to suspend the civilian evacuation drills it started last year while North Korea was repeatedly test-firing missiles near and over Japanese islands, officials said Thursday, citing diplomatic overtures from Pyongyang. Nine drills to prepare residents in Japan for possible...


Voting machines raise worries in Congo ahead of elections

Congo Voting Machines

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Congo’s government is moving forward with plans to use electronic voting machines in this year’s highly anticipated presidential election despite warnings from watchdog groups that transparency and credibility could suffer. The vast, mineral-rich nation is under pressure to...


Stocks mostly lower amid caution over US-China tensions

Japan Financial Markets

TOKYO (AP) — Global stock markets were mostly lower Thursday amid concern over the trade tensions between the U.S. and China. KEEPING SCORE: France’s CAC 40 was down 0.4 percent at 5,349 and Germany’s DAX shed 0.7 percent to 12,601 after Daimler warned about its outlook due to Chinese tariffs on...


EU says tax on Harleys aimed to 'make noise' in trade debate

New Zealand Europe US Tariffs

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said Thursday that the grouping has targeted some iconic American imports like Harley-Davidson motorcycles and bourbon for tariffs in hopes that it will “make noise” and put pressure on U.S. leaders amid a trade...


Malaysia to go ahead with skyscraper despite stolen funds

Malaysia Politics

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia said Thursday it will not cancel a skyscraper project billed as the tallest in Southeast Asia, even though 3 billion ringgit ($747 million) from the venture has been misappropriated by the 1MDB state fund linked to former premier Najib Razak. Finance Minister...

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China says US swinging 'big stick' of unfair trade tactics

China US Trade

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday accused the United States of using bullying tactics and blackmail in threatening to impose tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of Chinese imports, ramping up criticism that the measures levied in the name of balancing trade would harm both countries’...

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