CHOP, Ukraine | Ukraine’s Hungarian minority threatened by new education law

CHOP, Ukraine  — The Hungarian minority in western Ukraine is feeling besieged. A new education law that could practically eliminate the use of Hungarian and other minority languages in schools after the 4th grade is just one of several issues threatening this community of 120,000 people in Transcarpathia, a Ukrainian region that in the past … Continue reading CHOP, Ukraine | Ukraine’s Hungarian minority threatened by new education law

SINGAPORE | The Latest: Southeast Asian-centered trade pact delayed

SINGAPORE — The Latest on the annual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, meeting this week in Singapore (all times local): 5:35 p.m. Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says a final agreement on a Southeast Asian-centered free trade agreement will be pushed back until 2019. Lee’s comments Wednesday confirmed earlier expectations that … Continue reading SINGAPORE | The Latest: Southeast Asian-centered trade pact delayed

LONDON | Prince Charles turns 70 with party, new family photos

LONDON  — Britain‘s Prince Charles is turning 70 with a family birthday party, and a firm commitment to his environmentalist views. Charles is due to have tea on Wednesday with a group of people who are also turning 70 this year, before a Buckingham Palace party thrown by his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. The prince’s … Continue reading LONDON | Prince Charles turns 70 with party, new family photos

TOKYO | Global shares dip after Wall Street falls over oil concerns

TOKYO  — Global shares were mostly lower Wednesday, after the steepest drop in oil prices in more than three years put investors in a selling mood on Wall Street. KEEPING SCORE: France’s CAC slipped nearly 1 percent in early trading to 5,051.98. Germany‘s DAX was down 0.8 percent at 11,375.79. Britain’s FTSE 100 lost 0.7 … Continue reading TOKYO | Global shares dip after Wall Street falls over oil concerns

LONDON | D-Day for May as she seeks backing for draft Brexit deal

LONDON— British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to face her divided Cabinet in a bid to win support for a draft Brexit deal with the European Union. Negotiators from the two sides have reached agreement on divorce terms, including a plan to resolve the key issue of the Irish border. But pro-Brexit lawmakers in … Continue reading LONDON | D-Day for May as she seeks backing for draft Brexit deal

SYDNEY | Missing zoo meerkat case solved with 3 charged in Australia

SYDNEY — A man who couldn’t resist a month-old meerkat has been fined with snatching the baby animal from a zoo in Perth, Australia. The meerkat went missing in September, the day before he was due to be shown to the public for the first time. Zoo staff feared he had been snatched by a … Continue reading SYDNEY | Missing zoo meerkat case solved with 3 charged in Australia

JERUSALEM | After cease-fire, Israel captures Gaza assailant on border

JERUSALEM— The Israeli military says it has shot at and captured a Palestinian who approached the Gaza perimeter fence and hurled grenades into Israel. Wednesday’s incident marked the first unrest since Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza accepted an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire to end two days of intense fighting with Israel that had pushed the … Continue reading JERUSALEM | After cease-fire, Israel captures Gaza assailant on border