Obama urges Vietnam youth to tackle climate change
Wed, 25 May 2016 02:58:49 -0400
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (AP) — Wrapping up a historic visit to Vietnam, U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday praised the country's next generation of leaders for being more conscious of the environment than previous generations and urged them to "do something about" climate change.
From hinterland to wonderland: China's 'teapot' refinery boomtowns
Wed, 25 May 2016 02:45:53 -0400
BOXING, China/BEIJING (Reuters) - For Zheng Ruifeng, the 25-year-old son of a wheat farmer from eastern China, acceptance at a technical school specializing in petrochemical engineering was a life-changing event. Zheng, who grew up expecting to spend a lifetime toiling on the family farm, instead works as a technician monitoring control panels for Chambroad Petrochemical, one of China's largest independent refineries. Zheng's story offers a vivid example of the new wealth created by China's so-called "teapots" - independent oil refineries that have become a new force in global energy markets since Beijing allowed them to start importing crude last year.
Ten killed in suicide attack near Afghan capital
Wed, 25 May 2016 02:38:25 -0400
KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide attack on a bus carrying staff from an appeal court killed 10 people and wounded four on Wednesday west of the Afghan capital, Kabul, an interior ministry spokesman said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which came as the Taliban confirmed their former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour had been killed in a U.S. drone strike and would be succeeded by his deputy, Haibatullah Akhunzada. (Reporting by Mirwais Harooni; Editing by Nick Macfie)
Martin homers in 9th, Mariners rally to beat A's 6-5
Wed, 25 May 2016 02:35:39 -0400
SEATTLE (AP) — Leonys Martin needed a few looks to figure out Ryan Madson's changeup, and then he solved the offspeed pitch in a big way.
Daughter of missing Hong Kong bookseller calls for US help
Wed, 25 May 2016 02:34:09 -0400
The daughter of one of five Hong Kong booksellers who went missing late last year has called on US authorities to help end her father's "unofficial and illegal" detention in China. Four booksellers working for a Hong Kong publishing house which specialised in gossipy works about Chinese leaders went missing from various locations in October, with another disappearing at the end of December. The disappearances fuelled growing unease in Hong Kong over the erosion of freedoms in the semi-autonomous city, which was handed back to China from Britain in 1997.
Rights group: Israeli army probes of soldiers a fig leaf
Wed, 25 May 2016 02:30:49 -0400
JERUSALEM (AP) — A leading Israeli rights group said Wednesday it will stop seeking investigations of Israeli soldiers suspected of abusing Palestinians, arguing that internal military probes have failed to deliver justice and effectively help whitewash half a century of occupation.
Watchdogs say Texas dodged 'train wreck' on education board
Wed, 25 May 2016 02:21:11 -0400
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — When Texas takes up always-contentions revisions of science and social studies coursework in 2017, a former schoolteacher who believes dinosaurs were on Noah's Ark and Democrats killed John F. Kennedy won't have a vote.
Deal reached for far-right Lieberman to join Israel govt
Wed, 25 May 2016 02:20:08 -0400
A deal has been reached to bring far-right former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman and his Yisrael Beitenu party into Israel's governing coalition pushing it further to the right, negotiators said Wednesday. The agreement, confirmed by Tourism Minister Yariv Levin to public radio and Lieberman's spokesman to AFP, will expand Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition to 66 lawmakers and make Lieberman defence minister.
Anti-Trump protesters hurl rocks as Trump wins Washington primary
Wed, 25 May 2016 02:19:41 -0400
Protesters opposed to Donald Trump hurled rocks and bottles outside a Trump rally in New Mexico, the same day the bombastic billionaire won the Republican presidential primary in Washington state. The primary victory brings Trump, the last Republican standing in the 2016 US presidential race, one major step closer toward clinching his party's nomination. Chaos erupted outside a Trump rally when protesters threw burning t-shirts and bottles at police, and tried to storm the convention center where the provocative Republican candidate was speaking.
Suicide bomber kills 10 near Afghan capital: interior ministry
Wed, 25 May 2016 02:18:47 -0400
Kabul (AFP) - Ten people were killed in Afghanistan Wednesday when a suicide bomber on foot detonated his explosives, striking a vehicle carrying court employees near the capital Kabul, the interior ministry said.