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Vietnam postpones China concert that falls on takeover date

HANOI, Vietnam — Vietnamese officials say a Friday night concert to mark the anniversary of Chinese and Vietnamese diplomatic relations has been postponed because of an unexpected electrical issue. Many people on Facebook had urged the government to cancel the performance as it coincides with China’s takeover of Vietnam’s Paracel Islands by force 44 years …

Russian teenager attacks schoolmates with an axe, wounding 6

MOSCOW— Russian officials say a teenager armed with an axe has attacked fellow students at a school in southern Siberia, wounding five children and their teacher. Russia’s Investigative Committee said the ninth-grader entered a class during a lesson Friday and attacked seventh-graders and their teacher. He ignited a firebomb in the class and tried to …

Zimbabwe mourns Bennett, ‘sharpest thorn’ in Mugabe’s side

HARARE, Zimbabwe— He was called the “sharpest thorn” in Robert Mugabe’s side. Zimbabwe is mourning Roy Bennett, a white founding member of the main opposition party who died Thursday in a helicopter crash in the United States. With his fluent Shona, earthy manner and passion for political change, Bennett won a devoted following among black …

Love in the air: Pope marries couple on papal plane in Chile

IQUIQUE, Chile— It was all in a day’s work for the ever-unpredictable Pope Francis. First he celebrated the first-ever airborne papal wedding, marrying two flight attendants at 36,000 feet during a flight on Thursday to this northern Chilean beachside town. Then after landing, Francis came to the rescue of a policewoman who was thrown from …

Car drives into crowd at Copacabana Beach in Rio; 11 hurt

RIO DE JANEIRO — A car has driven onto the crowded seaside boardwalk along Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, and Brazilian authorities say at least 11 people have been injured. The Twitter account of Brazil’s military police force reports the number of injured and says the driver in Thursday night’s incident has been taken …

Defence stymied as trial resumes Monday in N. Korean murder

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia— Malaysia’s high-profile trial of two women accused of killing the estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader resumes Monday after a seven-week recess, with defence lawyers saying their efforts have been stymied by missing links. Indonesia’s Siti Aisyah, 25, and Vietnam’s Doan Thi Huong, 29, are accused of smearing a nerve agent …

Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander

SANTIAGO, Chile— Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country. Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit …

Malaysia Airlines flight shakes violently, lands safely

SYDNEY, Australia — A Malaysia Airlines plane landed safely in an Australian Outback city after the plane shook violently in midflight and passengers braced themselves for a hard landing. Flight 122 had been heading from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur and was over the northwest Australian coastal town of Broome when it turned back Thursday. It …

52 people die in bus fire in Kazakhstan

MOSCOW — Emergency officials in Kazakhstan say 52 people have died when a bus carrying them caught fire. The Emergencies Ministry of the former Soviet nation in Central Asia said Thursday’s tragedy happened in the northern Aktobe region. The ministry said that only five of 57 people in the bus have managed to get out …

Russia probes come up against claims of executive privilege

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s White House is relying on a sweeping interpretation of executive privilege that is rankling members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. The contention espoused by top White House officials? Pretty much everything is off limits until the president says it’s not. The argument was laid bare this week …

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