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Japan to resume tourism in June, starting with package tours

The country is reopening to foreign tourists after two years of tight pandemic restrictions, but it will take some time before individual visitors are allowed, an official said.
Image: Japan begins inbound tour test
Image: Japan begins inbound tour test
15h ago

Kevin Spacey faces sexual assault charges in U.K.

Spacey is alleged to have sexually assaulted three men in the U.K., the Crown Prosecution Service said.
Kevin Spacey at a reading in Rome in 2019.
Kevin Spacey at a reading in Rome in 2019.
16h ago

Carnival cruise ship catches fire in Grand Turk

The company said no passengers were injured. Carnival Freedom left Port Canaveral in Florida on Monday on a five-day cruise.
The Carnival Freedom caught fire while docked in Grand Turk, a spokesperson said.
The Carnival Freedom caught fire while docked in Grand Turk, a spokesperson said.
17h ago

El Salvador's congress allows anti-gang emergency decree for another month

President Nayib Bukele’s security minister, Gustavo Villatoro, vowed that the government’s “war” on gangs will continue, even though the homicide rate has dropped sharply.
A hooded police officer escorts a suspected gang member
A hooded police officer escorts a suspected gang member
20h ago

11 newborn babies die in fire at Senegal hospital

The blaze was met with outrage across the country, where a similar fire killed four newborns at another hospital last year.
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SENEGAL-ACCIDENT-INFANTS
23h ago

China’s foreign minister starts Pacific tour in the Solomon Islands

The eight-nation visit comes amid growing concerns about Beijing’s military and financial ambitions in the strategically important region.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, center, arriving in Honiara, Solomon Islands, on Thursday at the start of an eight-nation Pacific tour.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, center, arriving in Honiara, Solomon Islands, on Thursday at the start of an eight-nation Pacific tour.
1d ago

Chinese leader Xi Jinping defends record to U.N. human rights chief

In a video call with Michelle Bachelet, who is investigating allegations of rights abuses in the Chinese region of Xinjiang, Xi criticized countries that he said lecture others.
Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, speaks during a news conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on Dec. 9, 2020.
Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, speaks during a news conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on Dec. 9, 2020.
1d ago

Blast in Kabul mosque, Islamic State bombs in northern Afghanistan kill 14

The Islamic State’s local affiliate claimed responsibility for three minivan bombings in Mazar-e-Sharif, while the mosque explosion also bore the group’s hallmarks.
An injured man is transported to a hospital after a bombing in Mazar-e-Sharif, northern Afghanistan, Wednesday, on May 25, 2022.
An injured man is transported to a hospital after a bombing in Mazar-e-Sharif, northern Afghanistan, Wednesday, on May 25, 2022.

The odds are against reviving Iran nuclear deal, U.S. envoy says

The U.S. will not agree to Iran’s "excessive" demands, U.S. envoy Robert Malley told senators Wednesday.
Image: Robert Malley
Image: Robert Malley
2d ago

Russian hackers are linked to new Brexit leak website, Google says

The website — titled “Very English Coop d’Etat” — says it has published private emails from high-profile Brexit supporters.
Image: A pro-Brexit activist wears a Leave button as he demonstrates outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London on March 28, 2019.
Image: A pro-Brexit activist wears a Leave button as he demonstrates outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London on March 28, 2019.
2d ago

Cubans say it's too soon to weigh the effect of eased U.S. measures

The measures announced this month, in addition to relaxing limits on transfers, also call for resuming the processing of visas for Cubans in Havana.
Marylin Alvarez
Marylin Alvarez