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Big quakes trigger landslides on Indonesia's Lombok island

Subscriber onlySEMBALUN, Indonesia -- Strong earthquakes jolted the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday, causing power blackouts, landslides and damage to buildings, as the tourist hotspot tries to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people. Continue reading...

800,000 displaced in flooding in southern Indian state

Subscriber onlyCHENGANNUR, India -- Some 800,000 people have been displaced and over 350 have died in the worst flooding in a century in southern India's Kerala state, officials said Sunday, as rescuers searched for people stranded in the worst-affected areas. Continue reading...

Annan, ex-leader of U.N., dies at 80

Subscriber onlyA hush fell on the streets of the capital Saturday as the West African nation of Ghana mourned Kofi Annan, the grandson of tribal chiefs and the first black African to assume the world's top diplomatic post. Continue reading...

Italians mourn bridge deaths

President calls collapse ‘unacceptable,’ demands answers

Subscriber onlyItaly's president demanded guarantees Saturday that all of the nation's roads are safe in the wake of the Genoa highway bridge collapse last week, after he hugged and comforted mourners at a state funeral in the grieving port city. Continue reading...

Putin urges EU to help Syrian refugees go home

Subscriber onlyRussian President Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Angela Merkel he supports the return of Syrian refugees to their homeland, warning that Europe can't afford another migration crisis. Continue reading...

British politician to hit at EU ties

Subscriber onlyFormer U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage announced Saturday that he was returning to political campaigning in a bid to derail British Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan for future ties with the European Union. Continue reading...

Pakistan swears in new premier

Opponents protest Khan, claim fraud in July election

Subscriber onlyPakistan's cricket-star-turned-politician Imran Khan was sworn in as prime minister Saturday despite protests by opposition parties, which accuse the security services of intervening on his behalf in last month's elections. Continue reading...

Taliban: 'Occupation' prevents peace

Subscriber onlyThe leader of the Taliban said Saturday that there will be no peace in Afghanistan as long as the foreign "occupation" continues, reiterating the group's position that the 17-year war can only be brought to an end through direct talks with the United States. Continue reading...

China adds to firings in vaccine scandal

Subscriber onlyThe Chinese government said Saturday that it has fired six more officials in connection with a scandal over faulty vaccines that has undermined President Xi Jinping and fueled parent-led protests. Continue reading...

Taiwan responds to China arms buildup with missile program of its own

Subscriber onlyTaiwan is responding to China’s arms buildup by developing missiles and interceptors of its own that could reduce Beijing’s military advantage over the self-ruled island, defense experts say. Continue reading...

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Thousands await rescue amid deadly south Indian floods

Subscriber onlyTRIVANDRUM, India -- Thousands of stranded people were waiting to be rescued Saturday and officials pleaded for more help as relentless monsoon floods battered the southern Indian state of Kerala, where more than 190 have died in a little over a week and much of the state is partially submerged. Continue reading...

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80

Subscriber onlyACCRA, Ghana -- Kofi Annan, a charismatic global diplomat and the first black African to become United Nations secretary-general who led the world body through one of its most turbulent periods, died early Saturday at age 80. Continue reading...

U.S. sanctions Burma for abuses

New penalties target commanders, groups linked to violence

Subscriber onlyThe United States intensified its sanctions against Burma on Friday, blacklisting four commanders and two units of security forces for their alleged role in violent campaigns against Rohingya Muslims and other ethnic minorities. Continue reading...

U.S. ends Syria stabilization funding

Subscriber onlyPresident Donald Trump's administration is ending funding for Syria stabilization projects as it moves to extricate the U.S. from the conflict, citing increased contributions from anti-Islamic State coalition partners. Continue reading...

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