Explains: Why elections hold key for Maldives’ future

Europe 09/22/18, 21:16

The Maldives is holding its third multiparty presidential elections on Sunday. The Indian Ocean nation of 400,000 has been rife with political turmoil since democracy was introduced just a decade ago.Famed for its white sand beaches and luxury resorts, the Maldives under President Yameen Abdul Gayoom, who is seeking re-election, ...

China summons US envoys over sanctions linked to Russia deal

America 09/22/18, 20:58

China summoned the American ambassador and the defense attache and recalled its navy commander from a U.S. trip to deliver a strong protest against economic sanctions Washington lodged over the purchase of Russian fighter jets and surface-to-air missile equipment.The Defense Ministry said the U.S. had no right to interfere in ...

World leaders gather at UN under threat from unilateralism

World 09/22/18, 16:50

With rising unilateralism challenging its very existence, the United Nations convenes its annual meeting of world leaders Monday and will try once more to tackle problems together as a community of nations, addressing threats ranging from Mideast conflicts to the effects of global warming — and also encouraging the glimmer ...

Comcast beats Fox in Sky auction with $39B bid

Europe 09/22/18, 15:41

British regulators say Comcast has beat 21st Century Fox in a rare auction that allowed both sides to bid for European broadcaster Sky.After three rounds of bidding behind closed doors, Comcast offered the higher price of 17.28 pounds ($22.58) per share, the equivalent of nearly 30 billion pounds ($39 billion). ...

Fox, Comcast bid for Sky in rare auction

America 09/22/18, 15:30

Comcast and 21st Century Fox are contenders for the highest bid for European broadcaster Sky.The two companies are competing Saturday in a rare auction to determine which bid for Sky is the highest. The three-round auction began Friday after the London stock market closed.Britain's regulator, the Takeover Panel, set up ...

Egypt court upholds corruption conviction of Mubarak, sons

World 09/22/18, 13:22

Egypt's highest appeals court on Saturday rejected a motion by former president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons to overturn their conviction on corruption charges.The ruling by the Court of Cassation, Egypt's final recourse for appeals in criminal cases, dashed any hope that Gamal, Mubarak's younger son and one-time heir ...

7 Pakistani soldiers, 9 militants killed in shootout

World 09/22/18, 13:15

Pakistan's military says security forces have raided militant hideouts setting off a shootout that left seven soldiers and nine militants dead.In a statement Saturday, the military said the operation was carried out in the Gharlamai and Spera Kunar Algad areas of North Waziristan near the border with Afghanistan.The military said ...

Italy extends time for vaccine proof for young school kids

Europe 09/22/18, 13:01

Italian parents have more time before having to produce proof to schools that their children have received 10 mandatory vaccinations.The Italian Senate has extended until March a requirement that families provide vaccination documentation so their children can attend nursery school or kindergarten.The certification requirement was supposed to have kicked in ...

Update: Maldives police raid opposition’s main office

World 09/22/18, 10:59

The Latest on the Maldives' presidential election (all times local):7:45 p.m.Police in the Maldives say they have raided the main campaign office of the opposition presidential candidate on the eve of an election that is seen as a referendum on whether democracy will survive in the country.A Maldivian election worker ...

US airstrike kills 18 al-Shabab after US attacked in Somalia

World 09/22/18, 10:02

A U.S. military airstrike has killed 18 al-Shabab extremists after U.S. and local forces on the ground came under attack in southern Somalia, the U.S. Africa Command said Saturday.No U.S. or Somali forces were killed or injured in the attack, an AFRICOM spokesman, Nate Herring, told The Associated Press. The ...

Maldivian authorities assure free vote amid fears of rigging

Europe 09/22/18, 08:21

Opposition supporters in the Maldives are demanding that officials ensure a free and fair presidential election, as the country prepares to vote in an election seen as a referendum on whether democracy will stay.Maldivian election officers gather at the election commissioner's office center in Male, Maldives, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. ...

Update: Survivor found after 2 days in Tanzania capsized ferry

World 09/22/18, 07:11

The Latest on capsized Tanzanian ferry (all times local): 2:05 p.m. A Tanzanian official says a survivor has been found in a capsized ferry two days after the deadly disaster on Lake Victoria. Mwanza regional commissioner John Mongella tells reporters that the engineer was found near the engine of the vessel. After hearing knocking ...

Death toll rises to 167 in Tanzania ferry disaster

World 09/22/18, 06:46

A Tanzanian official says the death toll from a capsized ferry on Lake Victoria has risen to 167 while wooden coffins have arrived at the scene.The government's Chief Secretary John Kijazi spoke to reporters after the country's president ordered the arrests of those responsible for the disaster.The badly overloaded ferry ...