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  • Cyclone death toll above 750; fighting disease new challenge

    BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — Cyclone Idai’s death toll has risen above 750 in the three southern African countries hit 10 days ago by the storm, as workers restore electricity, water and try to prevent outbreak of cholera, authorities said Sunday. In Mozambique the number of dead has risen to 446 while there are 259 dead […]
  • Mozambican families hunt for loved ones separated by cyclone

    BUZI, Mozambique (AP) — The young mother huddled on a wooden boat clutching her 2-year-old daughter, headed for the unknown: The flooded town of Buzi, which thousands have fled with little but the clothes on their backs. Fishermen’s boats have been ferrying out Buzi’s displaced, sometimes scores of people crammed into a single vessel. But […]
  • Kurds to be key swing vote in Turkey’s local elections

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Millions of Kurdish votes will be crucial in determining the fate of Turkey’s March 31 local elections, as a pro-Kurdish party has made the strategic decision to send votes to an opposition rival to challenge the ruling party in key races in Istanbul and Ankara. The Peoples’ Democratic Party, or HDP, is […]
  • Russian arrested smuggling drugged orangutan in Indonesia

    DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities have arrested a Russian tourist who was attempting to smuggle a drugged orangutan out of the resort island of Bali, a conservation official said Sunday. Andrei Zhestkov, 27, was arrested late Friday at Bali’s international airport after customs officers found a 2-year-old male orangutan sleeping in a rattan basket […]
  • Thousands attend New Zealand vigil to honor 50 mosque dead

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Thousands of people gathered in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Sunday to listen to prayers, songs and speeches at a vigil to remember the 50 people killed in a terrorist attack on two mosques. One of those watching from a wheelchair was 21-year-old Mustafa Boztas, who was shot […]
  • Venezuelan power struggle creates diplomatic duel abroad

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — When Lorena Delgado approached the Venezuelan consulate in Colombia’s capital on a recent afternoon hoping to extend the life of her expiring passport, she found the metal gates to the languishing building shuttered. Days earlier, Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro had severed ties with the neighboring Andean nation where over a million […]
  • Indonesia’s first subway opens in its gridlocked capital

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s long-awaited first subway opened Sunday in the country’s capital with the aim of relieving crippling traffic gridlock in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy. Minutes after inaugurating the 16-kilometer (10-mile) transit line running south from Jakarta’s downtown, President Joko Widodo presided over a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of the second […]
  • Another cyclone bears down on northwest Australian coast

    SYDNEY (AP) — Residents of Australia’s northwest coast were bracing for a torrid night of fierce winds and heavy rain on Sunday as the country’s second major cyclone of the weekend slowly wound toward land. A day after Cyclone Trevor hit a remote part of the Northern Territory coast, slow-moving Cyclone Veronica settled just off […]
  • The Latest: Leader of oldest Thai political party resigns

    BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on Thailand’s general election (all times local): 10:20 p.m. The leader of Thailand’s oldest political party has resigned after his party’s poor showing in the country’s general election. Abhisit Vejjajiva, a former prime minister, announced his resignation after an unofficial but mostly complete tally Sunday night showed his Democrat Party […]
  • Military-backed party takes lead in Thailand’s election

    BANGKOK (AP) — A military-backed party has taken the lead in Thailand’s first election since a 2014 coup, preliminary results showed Sunday, suggesting junta leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha could stay in power. With 92 percent of votes counted, the Palang Pracharat party was first with 7.5 million votes, according to the country’s Election […]