JAKARTA, Indonesia | Indonesia’s Soputan volcano erupts, ejecting thick ash

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A volcano in central Indonesia has erupted, ejecting columns of thick ash as high as 7,500 meters (24,606 feet) into the sky. Mount Soputan, located on the northern part of Sulawesi island, erupted twice Sunday morning, according to the national disaster agency’s spokesman, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. He said in anticipation of hot … Continue reading JAKARTA, Indonesia | Indonesia’s Soputan volcano erupts, ejecting thick ash

BELGRADE, Serbia | Bus crash in snowy Serbia kills 3, injures 32

BELGRADE, Serbia— Serbian police say a bus has skidded off the road and overturned amid wintry weather, killing three people and injuring 32 others. The accident happened early Sunday on the main highway in southern Serbia near the town of Leskovac. Police say the bus had Macedonian license plates. Doctors at the hospital in Leskovac … Continue reading BELGRADE, Serbia | Bus crash in snowy Serbia kills 3, injures 32

PYONGYANG, North Korea  | North Korea marks 7th anniversary of Kim Jong’s Il death

PYONGYANG, North Korea  — North Koreans are marking the anniversary of the death of leader Kim Jong Il seven years ago with visits to statues and vows of loyalty to his son, Kim Jong Un. As snow fell on Sunday, a steady flow of North Koreans offering flowers and paying respects to the late leader … Continue reading PYONGYANG, North Korea  | North Korea marks 7th anniversary of Kim Jong’s Il death

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka | Sri Lanka president reinstates Wickremesinghe as premier

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka’s president has reappointed Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister, nearly two months after firing him and setting off weeks of political stalemate. Wickremesinghe’s United National Party says on its official Twitter account that Wickremesinghe took oath before President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday. The move promises to ease 50 days of … Continue reading COLOMBO, Sri Lanka | Sri Lanka president reinstates Wickremesinghe as premier

WASHINGTON | Judge’s ruling on ‘Obamacare’ poses new problems for GOP

WASHINGTON — A federal judge’s ruling that the Obama health law is unconstitutional has landed like a stink bomb among Republicans, who’ve seen the politics of health care flip as Americans increasingly value the overhaul’s core parts, including protections for pre-existing medical conditions and Medicaid for more low-income people. While the decision by the Republican-appointed … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Judge’s ruling on ‘Obamacare’ poses new problems for GOP

SRINAGAR, India  | Strike, lockdown shut Kashmir amid anger over killings

SRINAGAR, India  — A security clampdown and a strike sponsored by separatists fighting against Indian rule has shut most of Indian-administered Kashmir a day after chaotic protests and fighting killed seven civilians and four combatants. Armed police and paramilitary soldiers in riot gear fanned out across the region Sunday and are patrolling streets in anticipation … Continue reading SRINAGAR, India  | Strike, lockdown shut Kashmir amid anger over killings

WASHINGTON | Zinke resigns as interior secretary amid numerous probes

WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will be leaving the administration at year’s end, President Donald Trump said Saturday. In his resignation letter, obtained by The Associated Press, Zinke said “vicious and politically motivated attacks” against him had “created an unfortunate distraction” … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Zinke resigns as interior secretary amid numerous probes