Woman tries to smuggle 15 cannabis bricks hidden in fake baby bump, fails

Inquirer.net 11/18/2019

Instead of a bundle of joy, a woman was apparently carrying a bundle of narcotics. A drug smuggler wore a fake baby bump to transport over 4 kilograms of cannabis in Argentina last Wednesday, November 13, 2019.…

Russia providing mood music for House impeachment drama

11/18/2019

WASHINGTON  — For all the talk about Ukraine in the House impeachment inquiry, there’s a character standing just off-stage with a dominant role in this tale of international intrigue: Russia. As has so often been the case…

Chinese troops join Hong Kong cleanup as protesters retreat

Associated Press 11/17/2019

  HONG KONG — Chinese troops came out of the barracks in Hong Kong on Saturday — not to quell protests but to help clean up. It was a rare public appearance by the People’s Liberation Army…

Australian state declares emergency due to wildfires

11/11/2019

CANBERRA, Australia  — Australia’s most populous state declared a state of emergency on Monday due to unprecedented wildfire danger as calls grew for Australia to take more action to counter climate change. New South Wales state Emergency…

Hundreds of thousands evacuated as cyclone hits Bangladesh

Associated Press 11/10/2019

DHAKA, Bangladesh — A strong cyclone made landfall early Sunday in Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of people have moved to shelters across the low-lying delta nation’s vast coastal region. Up to 1.8 million were expected to…

Chile protests resume, demonstrations crimp economic growth

11/05/2019

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Thousands of Chileans took to the streets again Monday to demand better social services, some clashing with police, as protesters demanded an end to economic inequality even as the government announced that weeks…

Xi meets Lam in ‘vote of confidence’ over Hong Kong protests

11/05/2019

HONG KONG – Chinese President Xi Jinping’s surprise meeting with Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam was a “vote of confidence” in her government’s ability to tackle five months of anti-government protests that have rocked the semi-autonomous Chinese…

Airbnb bans ‘party houses’ after deadly US shooting

Agence France Presse 11/03/2019

  NEW YORK, United States — Airbnb’s boss announced Saturday that the online platform, which offers private homes for rent for short periods, is banning “party houses” after a deadly shooting at a Halloween event in California.…

Reports: US launches review of China-owned video app TikTok

AP 11/02/2019

Multiple published reports say that the U.S. government has launched a national-security review of the China-owned video app TikTok, popular with millions of U.S. teens and young adults. The reports Friday from Reuters,The New York Times and…

Wildfire forces residents, celebrities to flee

10/29/2019

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A wildfire swept through the star-studded hills of Los Angeles on Monday, destroying several large homes and forcing LeBron James and thousands of others to flee. Meanwhile, a blaze in Northern California wine…

WATCH: Japanese Emperor seen riding train, excites schoolgirls

Inquirer.net 10/27/2019

Some teenage girls in Japan could not contain their excitement when they caught a glimpse of their new emperor, Emperor Naruhito, riding the royal train. The Omeshi Ressha or the Imperial Train, bearing Japan’s flag right at…

US official: IS leader believed dead in US military assault

Associated Press 10/27/2019

  WASHINGTON — Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the shadowy leader of the Islamic State group who presided over its global jihad and became arguably the world’s most wanted man, is believed dead after being targeted by a U.S.…

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