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Maduro: Digital currency puts Venezuela on tech vanguard

Venezuela Virtual Currency

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Cash-strapped Venezuela on Tuesday became the first country to launch its...

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North Korean envoy, in South, opens door to US talks

South Korea Koreas Olympics

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — A North Korean envoy making a rare visit to South Korea said Sunday that his country was willing to open talks with the United States, a rare step toward diplomacy between enemies after a year of North Korean missile and nuclear tests and direct threats of war from...


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China paves way for Xi Jinping to remain leader for years

China Politics

BEIJING (AP) — China’s ruling Communist Party has proposed scrapping term limits for the country’s president, the official news agency said, appearing to lay the groundwork for party leader Xi Jinping to rule as president beyond 2023. The party’s Central Committee proposed to remove from the...


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Mexicans wonder why their president even considered a trip to see Trump

Special To The Washington Post. MEXICO CITY - What has surprised Mexicans is not that President Trump “lost his temper” in a telephone conversation with his Mexican counterpart, prompting President Enrique Peña Nieto to cancel a trip to Washington, but that Peña Nieto was even thinking about going...


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The briefly inspirational and ultimately depressing story of the most heroic cow in

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. By winter, reports had spread through Poland that an escaped farm cow was living free in the woods along the eastern border. It was spotted in January, foraging with a herd of bison. It looked healthy, maybe even happy. This is not the story of that cow. Nor do we...


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Oodles of oohs and ughs in the Pyeongchang Games

Pyeongchang Olympics Curling Men

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Wind, snow, ice or shine, the Winter Games had its share of golden moments that will forever be etched in Olympic lore. The American men’s so-called Miracurl on Ice. Alina Zagitova. Ester Ledecka. Chloe Kim. The U.S. women’s hockey team. There were also several not-...


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Avant-garde mosque angers hard-liners in Iran

Iran Modernist Mosque

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A newly built avant-garde mosque in the heart of Iran’s capital would have hard-liners shouting from the minarets — if there were any. The architects behind the Vali-e-Asr mosque dispensed with the traditional rounded domes and towering minarets, opting instead for a modern...


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Political end to Olympics: NKorea offers talks with US

Pyeongchang Olympics

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The overtly political 2018 Winter Olympics closed Sunday night very much as they began, with humanity’s finest athletes marching exuberantly across the world stage as three nations with decades of war and suspicion among them shared a VIP box — and a potential path...


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As Winter Games close, North Korea says it is willing to talk to the US, according to

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. PYEONGCHANG, South Korea - North Korea is “willing to have talks” with the United States, South Korea’s presidential Blue House said Sunday, as the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics closed in a burst of fireworks and diplomacy. President Moon Jae-in achieved his goal...


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Sacred Jerusalem church shuttered in dispute with Israeli authorities

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. JERUSALEM - The doors of Jerusalem’s sacred Church of the Holy Sepulchre remained shuttered Sunday amid a growing dispute between Christian leaders in the Holy Land and Israel over the future of multiple church-owned properties and lands they say should be protected...


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UNICEF: Basic needs of young Syrian refugee children not met

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The U.N. agency for children said Sunday that 85 percent of Syrian refugee children in Jordan live in poverty, 38 percent are not in school and almost half of those under the age of five don’t have access to proper health care. The findings by UNICEF are based on responses from...


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