Stephen Hawking, best-known physicist of his time, has died

Obit Stephen Hawking

LONDON (AP) — Stephen Hawking, whose brilliant mind ranged across time and space though his body...


Putin claims victory in Russia's presidential election

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. MOSCOW - Vladimir Putin claimed victory Sunday after cruising to re-election, with authorities reporting high voter turnout in balloting that was widely expected to bring the Russian president a fourth term. From the Arctic to the International Space Station, Russia...


Results: Putin far ahead in fraud-tainted Russian vote

Russia Presidential Election

MOSCOW (AP) — Early results and an exit poll showed that Vladimir Putin handily won a fourth term as Russia’s president Sunday, adding six years in the Kremlin for the man who has led the world’s largest country for all of the 21st century. The vote was tainted by widespread reports of ballot-box...


Putin cruising to re-election as Russian polls close

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. MOSCOW - Vladimir Putin was cruising to re-election after polls closed in Russia on Sunday, with authorities reporting high voter turnout in balloting that was widely expected to bring the Russian president a fourth term. From the Arctic to the International Space...


In Africa, Trump's firing of Tillerson a new sign of neglect

US Africa Tillerson

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ask some Africans what they think of President Donald Trump and they just shake their heads. That sense of indifference appears to have deepened after Trump fired his secretary of state at the end of Rex Tillerson’s first Africa tour last week. Tillerson’s visit was widely...


Philippine leader urges nations to exit international court

Philippines Duterte

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte urged other governments on Sunday to abandon the International Criminal Court, saying the world tribunal — where he’s facing a possible complaint for the thousands of killings of drug suspects under his crackdown — is “rude.” Although...


Amid spy row, UK accuses Russia of stockpiling a nerve agent

Britain Spy

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s foreign minister said Sunday that he has evidence Russia has been stockpiling a nerve agent in violation of international law “very likely for the purposes of assassination.” Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the trail of blame for the poisoning of former Russian spy...


UK art teacher wins $1M teaching prize for inner city work

Global Teacher Prize

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A British art teacher won a highly-competitive $1 million teaching prize on Sunday for her work with inner-city children in London, helping students feel welcome and safe in a borough with one of the highest murder rates in the country. Andria Zafirakou, 39, beat...


Turkey-backed forces capture Syrian Kurdish town of Afrin

Syria Turkey-1

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish military and allied Syrian forces marched into the center of the northern Syrian town of Afrin Sunday, raising their flags and shooting in the air in celebration nearly two months after launching their offensive on the Kurdish enclave. The advancing troops faced little...


Erdogan says Turkish military and allied rebels in 'total control' of Syria's Afrin

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. GAZIANTEP, Turkey - Turkish forces and their rebel allies wrested a key stronghold from Kurdish militants in northern Syria on Sunday, military and government officials said, marking the potential end of a weeks-long battle in which scores of civilians were killed....


Myanmar considers law that could restrict work of United Nations, nongovernmental groups

Special To The Washington Post. YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar’s government, struggling to handle accusations of ethnic cleansing over its treatment of Rohingya Muslims, is contemplating new legislation that would seek greater oversight of the work of international nongovernmental organizations,...

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