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  • Hopes Growing China May Ease Informal South Korea Sanctions

    South Korea’s recent election of liberal politician Moon Jae-in as the country’s new president has triggered a shift in China’s approach to relations with Seoul. After months of harsh criticism of South Korea’s decision to deploy a U.S.-made missile defense system and the enactment of harsh economic sanctions, Beijing appears to be changing its tact. Its opposition to South Korea’s deployment of the advanced Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system has not gone...

  • Gay Men Publicly Caned in Indonesia

    Religious police in Indonesia publicly caned two men Tuesday for having consensual gay sex. The men received more than 80 lashes each, inflicted by hooded men inside a mosque in the city of Banda Aceh as hundreds of people watched, many of them recording the scene on mobile phones. "The convicts will be returned to their family after being caned publicly as the caning is considered a social sanction," Yusnardi, head of the Sharia police force in the conservative province of...

  • Afghan Forces Continue to Suffer Battlefield Casualties

    A Taliban attack on a military base in southern Afghanistan has killed at least 11 government soldiers and wounded as many others, while a major insurgent offensive on a remote western district has triggered deadly clashes. A Defense Ministry statement said Tuesday the overnight Taliban assault targeted the military base in Shawali Kot district in the Kandahar province, saying ensuing clashes lasted several hours.  Officials claimed at least a dozen assailants were killed. A...

  • Trump: Manchester Bomber an ‘Evil Loser’

    U.S. President Donald Trump responded to the bombing of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, Tuesday, calling the attackers and other terrorists “evil losers.” "So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives, murdered by evil losers," he said while standing in Bethlehem next to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. "I won't call them monsters because they would like that term, they would think that is a great name. I will call them,...

  • Computer Beats Chinese Champion in Ancient Board Game of Go

    A computer defeated China's top player of the ancient board game go on Tuesday, earning praise that it might have finally surpassed human abilities in one of the last games machines have yet to dominate.   Google's AlphaGo won the first of three planned games this week against Ke Jie, a 19-year-old prodigy, in this town west of Shanghai. The computer will also face other top-ranked Chinese players during the five-day event.   AlphaGo beat Ke by a half-point, "the...

  • Health Care Ranks Near Top of CEO Pay Trends, Again

    Pay checks have remained healthy for executives in the health care industry. A year after earning the highest compensation of any industry, health care remained close to the top in 2016. The typical CEO in the industry made $12.9 million, just a touch below their counterparts in industrial goods. A look at the top and bottom-paid CEOs last year, by industry, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm. Top paid: 1. Industrial goods, median compensation of...

  • Male Circumcision Ritual Stirs Controversy in Uganda

    The Ugandan government has found itself at loggerheads with a tribe from the eastern part of the country this month after a state official threatened to ban the tribe’s centuries-old traditional rite of passage. Halima Athumani has the story for VOA from Kampala.

  • Hospital Bombing Coincides with Thai Military Rule Anniversary

    A bomb blast at the military training hospital in central Bangkok this week coincided with the third anniversary of the rise to power of the present military leaders in the May 2014 coup. The 2014 coup brought an end to months of street protests against the civilian government led by Yingluck Shinawatra, with the junta promising early elections. Monday’s bomb blast in a reception room of the hospital left 25 people injured, some seriously, from shrapnel wounds and broken glass. The...

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  • Cannes Fetes Itself with Massive 70th Anniversary Bash

    The Cannes Festival is celebrating its 70th anniversary by bringing together an array of stars, filmmakers and former Palme d'Or winners.   On Tuesday, Cannes gathered more than 100 big names from across cinema to pose for a photo together. Eleven Palme d'Or winners were flanked by a riser full of actors and directors who are previous or current participants in the French festival.   Among those in attendance were Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Tilda Swinton, Nicole...

  • On The Scene: Manchester Suicide Bombing

    Our reporter Henry Ridgwell is at the scene of the suicide bombing that targeted an Ariana Grande Concert May 22, with the latest developments.

  • New Deadline for Greece Set After Another Stalemate

    Hopes for a breakthrough in negotiations for cash-strapped Greece were dashed again and another deadline was set. Greece once again failed to get approval from its European creditors to receive the next batch of bailout loans that it needs to meet a debt repayment hump this summer. It also failed to secure an agreement on the sort of debt relief measures it can expect to get when its current bailout program ends next year.   Without the loans, Greece faces another brush with...

  • Spacewalking Astronauts Tackle Urgent Station Repairs

    Spacewalking astronauts made urgent repairs at the International Space Station on Tuesday, three days after a critical relay box abruptly failed. The 250-mile-high (400-kilometer-high) replacement job fell to commander Peggy Whitson, the world's most experienced female astronaut. She now ties the record for most spacewalks by an American - 10. Even though a second relay box managed the data load just fine after Saturday's breakdown, NASA scrambled to put together a spacewalk in...

  • Security Expert: Manchester Bomb Designed to Maximize Casualties

    The bomber who struck a concert by American pop star Ariana Grande in the northern English city of Manchester, killing 22 and injuring 59 Monday night, set out to kill and maim as many of the music fans — many of them teenagers and children — as possible, say British police. The device that exploded as concert-goers started exiting Europe’s largest indoor arena was a ‘nail bomb’ that sent metal shards ripping into the bodies of the music fans.   Security expert Will...

  • Trump: Israeli, Palestinian Leaders 'Ready to Reach for Peace'

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday declared that both the Israeli and Palestinian leaders are “ready to reach for peace.”   Trump made the remark alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a speech at the Israel Museum. Trump had held talks with Netanyahu on Monday and met him again on Tuesday after a brief visit to the West Bank for a one-hour discussion with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.   “We know that peace is possible if we put aside the...

  • IS Claims Responsibility for Blast Targeting Ariana Grande Concert

    Islamic State has claimed responsibility for Monday's blast at a concert by U.S. pop star Ariana Grande in Manchester, England that killed at least 22 people. The group said that "a soldier of the caliphate planted bombs" then detonated them.   British police have said investigators believe the attacker was carrying an improvised explosive device, which he detonated, and that he died at the site.  The blast has left at least 59 people wounded. Prime...

  • Proposed Trump Budget Spares Old Age Programs, Slashes Many Others

    President Donald Trump is proposing to balance the federal budget within 10 years by slashing many social programs, including those that help the poor pay for food and medical care, called food stamps and Medicaid. Officials outlined some details of the president's first proposed spending plan ahead of its official release Tuesday.  A president's budget has to be approved by Congress, so the final form is often quite different from what the chief executive submits. ...

  • Commune Elections a Big Test for Hun Sen

    Cambodians go to the polls early next month to elect more than 12,000 district officials, but the ballot is also shaping-up as a showdown between the two major parties amid threats of civil war and a crackdown on political dissent in the lead-up to national elections slated for the middle of next year. For Prime Minister Hun Sen and his Cambodian People's Party (CPP) believe the communal poll on June 4 will provide an important litmus test of their popularity, which has been under...

  • For Many Cambodians, June 4 Commune Elections Are About Change

    In 2001, Cambodian authorities forced Sar Neang and his family from their home in the center of Phnom Penh  to make way for a government-backed development. That experience with Prime Minister Hun Sen's government prompted Neang to embrace politics. He's the current deputy chief of the Khmuonh commune in Sen Sok, a district in the capital that is undergoing rapid growth. Today, he's campaigning to become commune chief in the closely watched June 4 commune elections....

  • Trial of Ousted South Korean President Begins

    Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye denied all charges against her at the opening of her trial Tuesday in Seoul. She faces charges of bribery, extortion, abuse of power and other high-profile corruption charges that could potentially send her to jail for life.  Park was impeached in December by parliament and in March fired by the country's top court following revelations of her involvement in a massive corruption scandal centered on her friend of 40 years and bringing...

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