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France to ban use of wild animals in circuses, marine parks

PARIS (AP) — France’s environment minister has announced a gradual ban on using wild animals in traveling circuses, on keeping dolphins and killer whales in captivity in marine parks and on raising mink on fur farms. Barbara Pompili, France’s minister of ecological transition, said in a news conference Tuesday that bears, tigers, lions, elephants and […] Give me some more!

China objects to Ladakh status, Indian border activities

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday called India’s designation of the region along their disputed border as a union territory an illegal move, and voiced new objections to infrastructure construction that seems to strengthen India’s position in the area. Foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin also said reports of new Chinese military bases and other facilities […] Give me some more!

No party planned for Berlin’s new, much-delayed airport

BERLIN (AP) — The opening of Berlin’s new airport on Oct. 31 will happen without fanfare, operators say, a nod to the long delays and massive cost overrun since construction started in 2006. Airport boss Engelbert Luetke Daldrup conceded Tuesday that the repeated postponement from the once-promised opening date in 2012, blamed on construction and […] Give me some more!

Afghan peace negotiator urges new era in ties with Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The chief of Afghanistan’s peace negotiating team said Tuesday on a visit to Pakistan that the time has come for the two neighboring countries to shun the suspicion, “stale rhetoric” and tired conspiracy theories that have dogged past relations. Abdullah Abdullah is in Pakistan on a bridge-building mission meant to mend deep-rooted […] Give me some more!