World News
U.S. Retracts Invitation to China to Participate in Military Exercise
Wed, 23 May 2018 14:12:55 EDT
The Pentagon rescinded China’s participation in international military exercises in the Pacific Ocean, signaling disapproval to Beijing for its militarization of South China Sea islands.
Nafta Talks Stalled on U.S. Auto Demands
Wed, 23 May 2018 10:49:45 EDT
Talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement have reached a stalemate, with Mexico and the U.S. accusing one another of intransigence and inconsistency after missing a key deadline.
Merkel Visits China With a Host of German Business Concerns
Wed, 23 May 2018 12:13:17 EDT
Trade between Germany and China reached an all-time record last year. But when Chancellor Angela Merkel visits the country this week, she will carry a growing list of concerns from a wary business delegation.
North Korean Waitresses' Fate Strains Moon-Kim Detente
Wed, 23 May 2018 10:53:25 EDT
For two years, Kim Jong Un’s regime has demanded the return of a group of North Koreans who defected from the restaurant in China where they worked, claiming they were tricked into leaving and taken to South Korea against their will by Seoul’s spies.
Egypt Widens Security Crackdown as Concerns of Unrest Grow
Wed, 23 May 2018 10:41:20 EDT
Egypt’s government has intensified a crackdown on political opponents, arresting a series of high-profile dissidents in raids on their homes in recent weeks as President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi prepares to begin a new term next month.
Malaysia Tapped Its Central Bank to Pay 1MDB Debt
Wed, 23 May 2018 16:42:48 EDT
The government of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, in its final months in office, turned to the nation’s central bank to pay off $500 million in debt owed by the troubled state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd.
U.S. Aide in China Taken Ill in a Case Echoing Cuba Acoustic Attacks
Wed, 23 May 2018 13:56:15 EDT
The U.S. State Department issued a health advisory to Americans in China, saying an unnamed employee in Guangzhou showed signs of “mild traumatic brain injury” after months of “abnormal” sensations of sound and pressure.
Deadly Virus Carried by Bats Hits India, Raising Fears It Will Spread
Wed, 23 May 2018 14:09:27 EDT
At least 11 people have died in the southern state of Kerala after they contracted the Nipah virus, a rare virus for which there are no drugs or vaccine.
Turkey's Central Bank Lifts Key Rate Amid Lira's Fall
Wed, 23 May 2018 15:33:28 EDT
Turkey’s central bank took emergency action late Wednesday, raising one of its interest rates by 3 percentage points, in a bid to stop the Turkish lira’s fall one month from presidential and parliamentary elections.
As Ireland Votes on Abortion, Catholic Church Takes a Background Role
Wed, 23 May 2018 10:12:07 EDT
The Catholic Church, a voice long dominant in Ireland, has largely stayed out of the emotional debate as the country prepares to vote on whether to repeal a constitutional abortion ban.