WASHINGTON | Trump: Allies concerned about declassifying Russia papers

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says several close allies of the United States have called to raise concerns about his decision to declassified a trove of documents related to the early days of the FBI’s Russia investigation, Asked for a status update during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity in Las Vegas, Trump … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump: Allies concerned about declassifying Russia papers

WASHINGTON | Kavanaugh accuser says she would testify under right terms

WASHINGTON— Christine Blasey Ford may testify against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after all, her attorney said Thursday, breathing new life into the prospect of a dramatic Senate showdown next week over Ford’s accusation that he assaulted her when both were in high school. The preference would be for Ford to testify next Thursday, and … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Kavanaugh accuser says she would testify under right terms

BEIJING | Head of Chinese energy agency snared in graft probe

BEIJING — The head of China’s energy planning agency has been snared in President Xi Jinping’s marathon anti-corruption campaign. Nur Bekri, one of the most senior officials from the Uighur ethnic minority in China’s Muslim northwest, is suspected of unspecified “severe discipline violations,” the official term for corruption, the ruling Communist Party’s discipline agency said … Continue reading BEIJING | Head of Chinese energy agency snared in graft probe

JAKARTA, Indonesia | Indonesia imposes moratorium on new palm oil plantations

JAKARTA, Indonesia— Indonesia’s president has signed a moratorium on new palm oil development and ordered a review of existing plantations, an official said Thursday, in a blow to an industry blamed for environmental destruction and worker exploitation. Prabianto Mukti Wibowo, a deputy minister at the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, said the moratorium, first announced … Continue reading JAKARTA, Indonesia | Indonesia imposes moratorium on new palm oil plantations

BEIJING | Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher

BEIJING— Asian stocks rose Friday after Wall Street hit a new high and a survey showed Japanese manufacturing accelerating. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 rose 0.5 percent to 23,793.35 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.9 percent to 27,712.47. The Shanghai Composite Index climbed 0.3 percent, erasing earlier losses, to 2,737.27 while Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 … Continue reading BEIJING | Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher

KAMPALA, Uganda | Tanzanian ferry sinks in Lake Victoria, at least 44 dead

KAMPALA, Uganda — A Tanzanian passenger ferry capsized on Lake Victoria and the death toll of 44 was expected to rise when rescue efforts resume Friday, an official said. Thirty-seven people were rescued after the sinking Thursday afternoon, Mwanza regional commissioner John Mongella told The Associated Press. “I cannot speculate” how many people had been … Continue reading KAMPALA, Uganda | Tanzanian ferry sinks in Lake Victoria, at least 44 dead

NAGA, Philippines | Philippine villages at risk of landslides forcibly evacuated

NAGA, Philippines — Philippine troops and police forcibly evacuated residents of five villages vulnerable to landslides after the collapse of a mountainside buried dozens of homes and killed at least 22 people in a central region. Some residents left on their own, but the bulk of more than 1,200 people in villages adjacent or near … Continue reading NAGA, Philippines | Philippine villages at risk of landslides forcibly evacuated

SPRING LAKE, N.C. | Reckoning with loss of homes, livelihoods after Florence

SPRING LAKE, N.C.— With Florence’s floodwaters receding in some places and still menacing others, tired and waterlogged North Carolinians are finally getting a chance to take stock of the destruction from the wind and floodwaters. When rivers spilled from their banks this week, many were forced to flee their homes in multiple inland cities. Now … Continue reading SPRING LAKE, N.C. | Reckoning with loss of homes, livelihoods after Florence