Blast at iron scrap dealer’s junkyard kills 5 in NW Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A blast at a junkyard of an iron scrap dealer killed five people and wounded another in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, police said. The incident took place when an employee was trying to dismantle a mortar shell, according to Najmul Hassan, a district police officer. The blast also damaged nearby shops […] Give me some more!

AP Interview: US ambassador defends tough approach to China

BEIJING (AP) — The departing U.S. ambassador on Tuesday defended a tough approach to China that has riled relations between the world’s two largest economies, saying the Trump administration has made progress on trade and that he hopes it will extend to other areas. Terry Branstad, the longtime Iowa governor who was chosen by President […] Give me some more!

US, Australia, India ministers to meet in Japan next week

TOKYO (AP) — Top diplomats from the U.S., Australia and India will gather in Tokyo next week for “quad” talks to discuss their common regional concerns, such as China’s increasingly assertive actions, in a first face-to-face meeting Japan is hosting since the coronavirus pandemic. Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi told reporters Tuesday that U.S. Secretary […] Give me some more!

Duterte questions letting Facebook stay after accounts shut

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — President Rodrigo Duterte questioned why he should allow Facebook to continue operating in the Philippines after the social media giant removed accounts he said was backed his government’s interests, including fighting insurgents. Facebook said last week it had removed a Philippine network of fake accounts whose operators tried to conceal their […] Give me some more!

AP PHOTOS: Remnants of East Germany, 30 years after its end

EISENACH, Germany (AP) — Thirty years after Germany was reunited, many once-decrepit city centers in the formerly communist east have been painstakingly restored and new factories have sprung up. But many companies and facilities didn’t survive the abrupt transition to capitalism. The mighty West German mark was introduced to East Germany on July 1, 1990 […] Give me some more!