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WELLINGTON, New Zealand | Ikea announces plans to open first New Zealand store

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Swedish home furnishings giant Ikea has announced plans to open its first New Zealand store. The company said Friday it would build the store near the largest city of Auckland over the next few years, and would open a pop-up store to give customers a taste of what was to come … Continue reading WELLINGTON, New Zealand | Ikea announces plans to open first New Zealand store

WASHINGTON | US warships pass through politically sensitive Taiwan Strait

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon says two U.S. Navy warships have passed through the politically sensitive Taiwan Strait without incident. The 100 mile-wide (160 kilometer-wide) strait divides the island nation from mainland China. Beijing considers Taiwan a breakaway Chinese province and objects to U.S. defense support for self-governing Taiwan. A Pentagon spokesman, Col. Rob Manning, says … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US warships pass through politically sensitive Taiwan Strait

FRISCO, Texas | US headed to Women’s World Cup with 6-0 win over Jamaica

FRISCO, Texas — Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan each scored twice in the first half and United States earned a spot in the World Cup next summer in France with a 6-0 victory over Jamaica on Sunday in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament. Heath’s first came in the first two minutes of the match and she … Continue reading FRISCO, Texas | US headed to Women’s World Cup with 6-0 win over Jamaica

MALE, Maldives | Maldives’ opposition presidential candidate claims victory

MALE, Maldives  — Opposition presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, a longtime but little-known lawmaker, declared victory at his party’s campaign headquarters in the capital city Male in a contentious election widely seen as a referendum on the island nation’s young democracy. Supporters draped in the Maldives’ flag took to the streets, hugging one another, cheering … Continue reading MALE, Maldives | Maldives’ opposition presidential candidate claims victory

MALE, Maldives | Maldives election begins amid opposition cry of unfairness

MALE, Maldives  — Huge crowds flocked to closely guarded polling station on Sunday to vote in the Maldives’ third multiparty presidential elections, widely seen as a referendum on the island nation’s young democracy. Both President Yameen Abdul Gayoom and opposition candidate, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, voted in the capital, Male, shortly after polls opened. An election-eve … Continue reading MALE, Maldives | Maldives election begins amid opposition cry of unfairness