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Australia helps Indian Ocean neighbours enhance rescue skills

CANBERRA, Australia — Australian authorities say they have helped make the Indian Ocean safer for air and sea travellers since the Malaysian airliner vanished in the vast expanse four years ago through search and rescue training with island nations. Search and rescue officials from Mauritius, Maldives and Sri Lanka are visiting the Australian Maritime Safety …

Brazil’s Congress approves military intervention in Rio

SAO PAULO — Brazil’s congress approved a decree to put the military in charge of Rio de Janeiro’s security forces on Tuesday as soldiers and police spread out throughout in the city to combat rising crime. The military officially took over Rio’s police on Friday, but the presidential decree still needed congressional approval. Brazil’s lower …

Mexico investigators broaden search for 3 missing Italians

MEXICO CITY — Investigators in Mexico are expanding their search for three Italian men missing for nearly three weeks in Jalisco to the neighbouring states of Michoacan and Colima, authorities said Tuesday. Officials say the probe is pursuing multiple avenues: the Italians’ apparent commercial activities, a report that they were stopped by police before they …

Maduro: Digital currency puts Venezuela on tech vanguard

CARACAS, Venezuela — Cash-strapped Venezuela on Tuesday became the first country to launch its own version of bitcoin, a move President Nicolas Maduro celebrated as putting his country on the world’s technological forefront. In its first hours on the market, the so-called petro racked in $735 million worth in purchases, Maduro said without providing details. …

Native images in exhibit questions how America is defined

Bold. Visionary. A spectacular success. The words in an online promotion for a new museum exhibit in Washington, D.C., describe an 1830 U.S. law that forced thousands of American Indians from their lands in the South to areas west of the Mississippi River. Provocative, yes, says the co-curator of the exhibit “Americans” that opened last …

Police name Netanyahu associates in Israeli corruption probe

JERUSALEM—Israeli police on Tuesday named the two close associates of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who have been arrested for their suspected role in a wide-ranging corruption probe that has cast a further pall of suspicion over the longtime Israeli leader. The development is the latest in scandals embroiling Netanyahu, who already stands accused of bribery …

Forget tourism: Pyeongchang’s legacy probably debt and anger

PYEONGCHANG, Korea, Republic Of—The equation was supposed to be simple. To build a world-class ski destination, simply add the Olympics and wait. But even as South Korea basks in the glow of daily competition and global attention, hope is fading that Pyeongchang will do what was promised during its successful 2011 Olympics bid and turn …

Students head to Florida capital to press for gun law change

PARKLAND, Fla.—A hundred Stoneman Douglas High School students are busing 400 miles to Florida’s capital Tuesday to urge lawmakers to act to prevent a repeat of the massacre that killed 17 students and faculty last week. The students plan to hold a rally Wednesday in hopes that it will put pressure on the state’s Republican-controlled …

Trump offers support for background checks on gun buys

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.—From the confines of his golf club, President Donald Trump offered support for a limited strengthening of federal background checks on gun purchases Monday while staying largely mum in the last few days about the victims of the Florida school massacre and the escalating debate about controls on weapons. One side of …

High court asked to iron out polling place clothing dispute

WASHINGTON — A “Make America Great Again” hat. A tea party T-shirt. A MoveOn.org button. Wear any one of those items to vote in Minnesota, and a poll worker will likely ask you to remove it or cover it up. Like a number of states, Minnesota bars voters from wearing political items to the polls …