Hurricane Maria destroys homes, triggers flooding in Puerto Rico

APTOPIX Dominican Republic Hurricane Maria

The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years destroyed hundreds of homes,...


China watches in frustration as North Korea crisis enters dangerous spiral

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. BEIJING - The view from China could hardly be much worse: the leaders of North Korea and the United States threatening to rain down total destruction on each other, while U.S. bombers and fighters stage a show of military might close to China’s shores. In public,...


Germany votes as Merkel bids for a fourth term, far right eyes seats in Parliament

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. BERLIN - From the Baltic Sea to the Alps, German voters cast ballots Sunday in an election that is expected to deliver a fourth term to Chancellor Angela Merkel even as the country prepares for a far-right presence in its parliament for the first time in over half a...


Nuclear experts head to China to test experimental reactors

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. China is becoming the testing ground for a new breed of nuclear power stations designed to be safer and cheaper, as scientists from the U.S. and other Western nations find it difficult to raise enough money to build experimental plants at home. China National Nuclear Power Co....


Painkiller sales take off as Japan's baby boomers demand relief

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. Selling painkillers in Japan used to be like pulling teeth. That was until baby boomers discovered how analgesics could take the sting from arthritis, diabetic nerve damage and the ravages of cancer. Now demand is taking off and drugmakers are introducing new products to a...


Merkel bids for fourth term as Germans head to the polls

Germany Election

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel was widely expected to win a fourth term in office as Germans went to the polls on Sunday in an election that is also likely to see the farthest right-wing party in 60 years, the anti-migrant Alternative for Germany, win seats in parliament. Merkel campaigned...


Asia learns to live with Trump rhetoric, but unease remains

Asia Trump Threats

TOKYO (AP) — Declare China a currency manipulator? Hasn’t happened. Make Japan and South Korea pay more to host U.S. troops? Hasn’t happened. Unleash fire and fury on North Korea? Hasn’t happened — at least not yet. Asia is getting used to living with Donald Trump’s broadsides, though it can’t...


Life, death in balance for Mexico quake survivors

Mexico Earthquake Survivors

MEXICO CITY (AP) — In a hospital room blocks away from where he survived 26 hours buried under the rubble of his nine-story apartment building, Jose Luis Ponce lay sedated and on a respirator, alive but with fractures to multiple bones and damage to his lungs and a kidney. “You said you would be...


Aid begins to flow to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria

A humanitarian crisis is growing in Puerto Rico as towns are left without fresh water, fuel, power or phone service following Hurricane Maria's devastating passage across the island


North Korea stages anti-US rally in battle with Trump

CORRECTION North Korea Koreas Tensions

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea has held a large anti-U.S. rally in its capital city, backing its leader Kim Jong Un as he exchanges insult-laden threats with President Donald Trump. A huge crowd gathered Saturday in Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square, named for the current leader’s...


New earthquake, magnitude 6.1, shakes jittery Mexico

Mexico Earthquake-7

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A strong new earthquake shook Mexico on Saturday, killing at least two people, toppling already damaged homes and a highway bridge, and causing new alarm in a country reeling from two even more powerful quakes that together have killed more than 400 people. The U.S. Geological...

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