He is a feared former defense official accused of condoning rape, torture and shadowy disappearances of critics, but to many Sri Lankans, the opposition's presidential candidate is the best choice to protect the South Asian island nation after attacks that killed over 250 people this year.
Democratic voters appear to be reassessing their approach to health care, and pragmatic ideas are getting a closer look. "Medicare for All" remains hugely popular, but in a recent poll, majorities of Democratic liberals and moderates said they would prefer to build on "Obamacare" to expand coverage. In the Kaiser poll, 55% said they'd prefer that approach, compared to 39% who said they'd favor launching a new government program that would replace America's mix of private and public insurance.
A U.N. special rapporteur on Friday challenged Malaysia's claim to have nearly ended poverty, saying there was "significant poverty" with an estimated one in six people in the Southeast Asian country considered poor.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said South Korea's decision to cancel a deal to share military intelligence is damaging mutual trust, and he vowed Friday to work closely with the U.S. for regional peace.
Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press | PostedAug 22nd - 8:05pm
North Korea's foreign minister on Friday called U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a "poisonous plant of American diplomacy" and vowed to "shutter the absurd dream" that sanctions will force a change in Pyongyang.
Amid global concern about raging Amazon fires, Brazil on Thursday said it was the target of a smear campaign by critics who contend President Jair Bolsonaro is not doing enough to curb widespread deforestation.
Two ex-military officers were notified Thursday that they will join more than a dozen others in being prosecuted for the 1981 El Mozote massacre, a particularly infamous moment from El Salvador's nation's civil war.
Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press | PostedAug 22nd - 2:31pm
Russia and the United States blamed each other Thursday for abandoning a landmark arms control agreement on missiles, with Moscow warning of a new arms race and the Trump administration demanding details of a recent mysterious explosion that killed five Russian nuclear engineers.
French President Emmanuel Macron has met with India's prime minister, discussing climate and other concerns ahead of the G-7 summit but also pressing for dialogue with Pakistan over the crisis in Kashmir.
Juan Zamorano, Associated Press | PostedAug 22nd - 12:53pm
Officials from the United States, Central America and Colombia agreed Thursday at a meeting on drugs and migrant-trafficking to adopt unspecified increased controls to combat people-smuggling as part of a regional effort.