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Trump sends American troops to Central Africa for possible ‘violent’ Congo vote protests

Congo faces what could be its first democratic, peaceful transfer of power since independence from Belgium in 1960, but election observers and the opposition have raised numerous concerns about voting irregularities as the country chooses a successor to longtime President Joseph Kabila. Read More
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In France, 1st ‘yellow vest’ protest of 2019 brings riots, tear gas and fires

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Hundreds of protesters were trying to breathe new life into France’s apparently waning yellow vest movement with marches in Paris and gatherings in other cities. Read More

Bluefin tuna sells for $3M at Tokyo’s Toyosu Market

The winning bid for the prized but threatened species at the predawn auction Saturday was more than double the 2013 annual New Year auction. Read More

Jailed American spent years collecting Russian contacts

A U.S. corporate security executive and former Marine who has been jailed in Moscow on spying charges has spent more than a decade cultivating friends and contacts in Russia, both virtual and real. Read More
 

Congo’s Ebola outbreak exceeds 600 cases, WHO says

There are now more than 600 confirmed or probable cases of Ebola in Congo, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today. Read More

Foreign diplomats urge Venezuela’s Maduro to hand over power

Diplomats from a dozen Latin American countries and Canada today urged President Nicolas Maduro to abstain from being sworn in for a second term and cede power until new elections can be held, saying it is the only way to restore democracy in Venezuela. Read More
 

North Korean envoy to Italy vanishes, might have defected

North Korea’s top diplomat in Italy has gone into hiding along with his wife, according to a South Korean lawmaker, raising the possibility of a defection of a senior North Korean official. Read More
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Bail sought for ex-Marine held in Moscow for alleged spying

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The defense lawyer for a former U.S. Marine who was arrested in Russia for alleged spying said today that he is trying to get the American released from the Moscow prison where he has dealt well with his detention. Read More

Lawyers try to seize Japanese assets over Korean forced work

Lawyers for South Koreans forced into wartime labor have taken legal steps to seize the South Korean assets of a Japanese company they are trying to pressure into following a court ruling to provide them compensation. Read More

Chinese spacecraft makes first landing on moon’s far side

A Chinese spacecraft on Thursday made the first-ever landing on the far side of the moon, state media said. Read More

2 women enter Hindu temple in India, breaking years-long ban

Two women today entered one of India’s largest Hindu pilgrimage sites that had been forbidden to females between the ages of 10 and 50, sparking protests across a southern state, with police firing tear gas at several places to disperse stone-throwing protesters, police said. Read More
 
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Death toll in Russian apartment collapse rises to 33

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The building’s pre-dawn collapse on Monday came after an explosion that was believed to have been caused by a gas leak. Read More

China’s leader urges action on unification with Taiwan

Chinese President Xi Jinping, declaring that independence is not an option for Taiwan, urged both sides to reach an early consensus on unification and not leave the issue for future generations. Read More

Russian baby rescued after nearly 36 hours in frozen rubble

Rescue crews on Tuesday temporarily halted their search through the rubble in the city of Magnitogorsk while workers tried to remove or stabilize sections of the building in danger of collapse. Read More

6 killed, 16 injured in Danish bridge train accident

A passenger train on a bridge linking central Denmark’s islands hit an “unknown object” early today, killing six people and injuring 16 others, Danish police said. Read More

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