Maduro: Digital currency puts Venezuela on tech vanguard

Venezuela Virtual Currency

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Cash-strapped Venezuela on Tuesday became the first country to launch its...


China proposes removal of two-term limit, potentially paving way for President Xi Jinping

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. BEIJING - China plans to remove presidential term limits from its constitution, potentially allowing President Xi Jinping to stay on beyond his second term, which ends in 2023. The official newswire of the ruling Communist Party announced on Sunday a proposal to...


North Korea expresses willingness to talk to the United States, South Korean presidential

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. PYEONGCHANG, South Korea - The North Korean delegation to the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics said that Pyongyang was “willing to have talks” with the United States, South Korea’s presidential Blue House said Sunday night. North Korea agreed that inter-Korean...


Political end to Olympics: NKorea offers talks with US

Pyeongchang Olympics

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The overtly political 2018 Winter Olympics closed Sunday night very much as they began, with humanity’s finest athletes marching exuberantly across the world stage as three nations with decades of war and suspicion among them shared a VIP box — and a potential path...


North Korean envoy, in South, opens door to US talks

South Korea Koreas Olympics

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — A North Korean envoy making a rare visit to South Korea said Sunday that his country was willing to open talks with the United States, a rare step toward diplomacy between enemies after a year of North Korean missile and nuclear tests and direct threats of war from...


Syrian capital, its suburbs calm after UN cease-fire vote

United Nations Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian capital and its embattled eastern suburbs were relatively calm Sunday despite some violence that killed at least three people, following the U.N. Security Council’s unanimous approval of a resolution demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria, opposition activists and...


Crackdown on dissent puts Kenya's democratic status at risk

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. Once considered an island of stability in a neighborhood bedeviled by conflict and one-party rule, Kenya is mired in a protracted electoral dispute that is undermining its democratic credentials. Political tensions have been simmering in the East African nation since opposition...


Olympic flag passes to acting Beijing Mayor Chen Jining, signifying transfer of

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Olympic flag passes to acting Beijing Mayor Chen Jining, signifying transfer of responsibility for Winter Games to China.


With no flag or anthem, Russians end Olympics with gold

Pyeongchang Olympics Ice Hockey Men

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — They weren’t allowed to fly their flag or play their anthem. That didn’t mean there were no celebrations for the Russians in Pyeongchang. A drought-breaking hockey victory on Sunday and a women’s figure skating title provided a prestige boost for a team of athletes who...


China paves way for Xi Jinping to extend rule beyond 2 terms

China Politics

BEIJING (AP) — China’s ruling Communist Party has proposed scrapping term limits for the country’s president, the official news agency said Sunday, appearing to lay the groundwork for party leader Xi Jinping to rule as president beyond 2023. The party’s Central Committee proposed to remove from the...


Column: Americans over-promise, under-deliver in SKorea

Pyeongchang Olympics Paul Newberry-Falling Short

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — They had their moments, without a doubt. From a nerve-wracking victory in women’s hockey to the fun-loving guys over at the curling sheet to Shaun White’s spiraling run of redemption, the American athletes gave the folks back home some compelling reasons to stay up to...

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