Thai junta boss eyes staying on with little stopping him

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BANGKOK (AP) — When Prayuth Chan-Ocha seized control of Thailand in a military coup, he vigorously...


Pope to indigenous: Amazon is 'heart of the church'

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PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru (AP) — From deep in the scorching Amazon rainforest, Pope Francis demanded Friday that corporations stop their relentless extraction of timber, gas and gold from God’s “holy ground,” and called on governments to recognize the indigenous peoples living there as the primary...


The Latest: Traditionalist blog questions mid-flight wedding

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PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis’ visit to Peru (all times local): 8 p.m. 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...


Pope brings environmental crusade to Peru's Amazon

Special To The Washington Post. PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru - Pope Francis landed in the Amazon on Friday, bringing his environmental crusade to a rough-and-tumble corner of Peru’s jungle that is besieged by deforestation and illegal mining. The visit to Peru, the second leg of a trip that ends Sunday...


With Merkel's fate in the balance, would-be partners prepare to vote in Germany

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. BERLIN - Germany’s long and tortuous path to a new government could hit yet another obstacle Sunday. Four months after the nation’s voters delivered a muddled message, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s would-be coalition partners will cast ballots on a contentious question...


German officials believe rapper-turned-militant Denis Cuspert has been killed

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. BERLIN - German rapper-turned-militant Denis Cuspert is most likely dead, according to three German security officials and one person close to him. Also known as “Deso Dogg” and later by the nom de guerre “Abu Talha al Almani,” Cuspert was one of Germany’s most...


Pele skips public appearance in England, stays home to rest

SAO PAULO (AP) — Pele has cancelled a trip to England, where the 77-year-old Brazilian was to receive an award from the country’s Football Writers Association. Pele’s spokesman said Friday that the cancellation was due to fatigue. “He didn’t travel because it was going to be to exhausting to go and...


Tensions soar along Indian, Pakistan frontier in Kashmir

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SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Tensions have soared along the volatile frontier between India and Pakistan in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, as rival troops shelled villages and border posts for a third day Friday. Three civilians and two soldiers were killed on both sides in the latest clash,...


Trudeau's strict branding rules will take fun out of legal weed

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. Recreational pot should be legal in Canada by summer, but it won’t be glamorous. Producers trying to market their product face a battery of proposed government restrictions similar to those governing the sale of cigarettes. Labels may have to display graphic health warnings,...


IOC: More initiatives coming to promote Korean unity

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Olympics organizers on Friday welcomed an agreement between North and South Korea to unite athletes at the upcoming Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and promised that “much more exciting initiatives” promoting Korean unity will emerge this weekend. “Watch this space,”...


Unelected Labour Lords offer hope to business on Brexit

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. Prime Minister Theresa May’s key Brexit law is about to face its toughest battle in Parliament, as the main opposition Labour Party vows to re-write the legislation in the interests of protecting jobs and the economy. Angela Smith, Labour’s leader in the second chamber of...

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