General news

German Chancellor Angela Merkel takes her seat prior to the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)
September 26, 2018 - 7:27 am
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman says the German leader has no intention of calling a confidence vote after her party ousted a close ally as head of its parliamentary group. Merkel's conservative Union bloc on Tuesday voted out Volker Kauder out as head of its parliamentary group...
Read More
Demonstrators hold a poster that reads: "We are against the raising of the retirement age" during a protest against the government's plans to raise the retirement age, in front of the Russian State Duma, the Lower House of the Russian Parliament in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. The State Duma is expected to vote on the second reading of the bill that could raise the retirement age for the old-age pension by five years. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
September 26, 2018 - 7:22 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The lower house of the Russian parliament has given its preliminary approval for a controversial bill that raises the eligibility ages for pensions, which has caused an outrage in Russian society. The government's plan to raise the retirement ages for men and women by five years has...
Read More
Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
September 26, 2018 - 7:19 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged Chinese Catholics on Wednesday to trust him and make concrete gestures of reconciliation following a landmark deal over bishop appointments that is aimed at ending decades of estrangement between the Vatican and Beijing. In a letter to the Chinese faithful,...
Read More
File - In this Dec. 13, 2017, file photo, Will Smith arrives at the U.S. premiere of "Bright" in Los Angeles. When Smith turns 50 on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, he will jump head-first into the big milestone. The “Fresh Prince” plans to bungee jump from a helicopter over a gorge just outside Grand Canyon National Park. His birthday activity is the latest in a vast history of outrageous stunts staged in and around one of the world’s seven natural wonders. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
September 26, 2018 - 7:14 am
LITTLE COLORADO RIVER GORGE, Ariz. (AP) — Like a scene out of a high-octane action movie that he would star in, Will Smith celebrated his 50th birthday Tuesday by successfully bungee jumping from a helicopter near the Grand Canyon. Cameras, which captured the stunt for a livestream on YouTube ,...
Read More
This April 17, 2018, photo shows Takamikura throne, left, and Michodai, a curtained platform, placed at the Kyoto Imperial Palace in Kyoto, western Japan. The special imperial throne for the coronation of Japan’s new emperor arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, from the ancient imperial palace in Kyoto more than a year ahead of time. The Takamikura throne will be used at a ceremony in October 2019 when Crown Prince Naruhito formally announces his succession. (Kyodo News via AP)
September 26, 2018 - 5:03 am
TOKYO (AP) — The monumental imperial throne for the coronation of Japan's new emperor has arrived in Tokyo from an ancient imperial palace in Kyoto more than a year ahead of time, officials said Wednesday. Crown Prince Naruhito will become Japan's next emperor on May 1 of next year, the day after...
Read More
Map locates Cameroon; 2c x 4 inches; 96.3 mm x 101 mm;
September 26, 2018 - 5:02 am
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — John Nlom has five children and wants to keep them alive. When machete-wielding men attacked a nearby school this month in a suspected strike against the teaching of French, wounded students were rushed to hospitals while frightened parents decided to flee. Nlom and his...
Read More
September 26, 2018 - 5:00 am
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — As campaigning for Cameroon's presidential election begins, thousands of civilians continue to flee the deadly violence between the government and Anglophone separatists who threaten to disrupt the Oct. 7 voting. Even as President Paul Biya, in power since 1982, vows to...
Read More
An investor walks in front of trading boards at a private stock market gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. Asian markets rose on Wednesday as traders waited for the U.S. Federal Reserve to raise interest rates for the third time this year, a signal that the country’s economic growth was on track. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)
September 26, 2018 - 4:55 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting (all times local): 4:55 a.m. Financial markets are subdued as investors look ahead to the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting, at which it is expected to raise its main interest rate for the third time this year...
Read More
September 26, 2018 - 3:35 am
BEIJING (AP) — Two Pakistani men are lobbying their embassy in Beijing for help reuniting with their wives, who they say are ethnic Uighurs blocked from leaving China in the latest example of how a sweeping crackdown has spilled across China's borders. Mirza Imran Baig, a 35-year-old Pakistani...
Read More
This combination of file photos show, from left to right; then Malaysia’s President-elect Mahathir Mohamad, Maldives President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and Pakistan politician Imran Khan. The three Muslim-majority South Asian countries have recently elected leaders who campaigned on promises to move away from China’s growing sphere of influence. The surprising elections of nonagenarian Mahathir Mohamad in Malaysia, cricketer Imran Khan in Pakistan and longtime opposition lawmaker Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in the Maldives could signal problems for the continued development of Beijing’s “Belt and Road” initiative to build ports, highways and other trade-related infrastructure. (AP Photo, File)
September 26, 2018 - 3:31 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Three Muslim-majority Asian countries have elected leaders who campaigned on a promise to temper China's growing influence, but analysts say reducing the foothold of the world's second-largest economy won't be easy because of the billions of dollars in development projects that are...
Read More