Egypt’s State-Run Media Says Cairo Blast Kills 6 Police

(AP) – Egypt’s state-run news agency says an explosion in Cairo has killed six police and wounded another three. MENA says the explosion took place early Friday on Pyramids road, the main avenue leading from the city center out to the Giza pyramids. It says the blast targeted security forces, without elaborating on what caused […]

Hong Kong Leader Leung Says He Won’t Run For Another Term

(AP) – Hong Kong’s divisive Beijing-backed leader, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, said Friday he won’t run again for the job after his current term ends next year, citing unspecified family reasons. In a surprise announcement, Leung, who was chosen by a panel of Beijing-friendly tycoons and other Hong Kong elites, said he would step aside […]

S. Korea PM Officially Becomes Acting President

(AP) – South Korean President Park Geun-hye has been officially stripped of power after being impeached. The suspension of Park’s power was made Friday when her office received a copy of the impeachment motion hand-delivered by National Assembly officials. Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn now steps in as acting president until the country’s Constitutional Court deliberates […]

UN Concerned About Upswing In Libya Violence

(AP) – The U.N. Security Council says it is concerned by the recent escalation of violence between armed groups in Tripoli.  The clashes have raised fears of another mini-civil war erupting around the oil fields and in a statement issued Thursday, the council called on the parties to cease fighting. The council also welcomed progress […]

Big Quake In Pacific Prompts Tsunami Warnings In Islands

(AP) – The U.S. Geological Survey says a powerful magnitude-7.7 earthquake has struck near the Pacific’s Solomon Islands, prompting the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center to warn that tsunami waves were possible in several South Pacific islands.  The center said Friday it was investigating whether there was any tsunami threat to Hawaii. The quake was centered […]

Turkish, Russian Leaders Discuss Aleppo Truce

(AP) — A senior Turkish official says the fate of the Syrian city of Aleppo has dominated high-level talks between Turkey and Russia.  Turkey’s presidential spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, said Thursday there was “intense diplomatic activity” in order to bring about a cease-fire and the delivery of humanitarian aid. He says “the events taking place in […]

WWII vets George H.W. Bush, Bob Dole At Pearl Harbor Event

(AP) — Hundreds of well-wishers applauded World War II veterans George H.W. Bush and Bob Dole during a patriotic Texas ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.  The ex-president, who’s 92, and the 93-year-old former Kansas senator attended Wednesday’s event at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station. Bush […]