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Speaker's long tenure embodies Lebanon's political stasis

Speaker's long tenure embodies Lebanon's political stasis

BEIRUT — Lebanon's longtime parliament speaker Nabih Berri often seems like a veteran schoolteacher with a class of unruly students, using threats and jokes and occasional gavel-pounding to keep the assembly in order.
Thai authorities block Bangkok march on coup anniversary

Thai authorities block Bangkok march on coup anniversary

BANGKOK — Police in the Thai capital blocked a march Tuesday by pro-democracy activists protesting four years of military rule and detained several of the movement's leaders.
Experts disclose new details about 300-year-old shipwreck

Experts disclose new details about 300-year-old shipwreck

BOSTON — A Spanish galleon laden with gold that sank to the bottom of the Caribbean off the coast of Colombia more than 300 years ago was found three years ago with the help of an underwater autonomous vehicle operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic
Experts: China far side lunar mission potentially historic

Experts: China far side lunar mission potentially historic

BEIJING — China's ambition to soft-land a spacecraft on the far side of the moon later this year faces considerable challenges, but if successful would propel the country's space program to the forefront of one of the most important areas of lunar ex
China sentences Tibetan activist to 5 years for separatism

China sentences Tibetan activist to 5 years for separatism

BEIJING — A Chinese judge sentenced a Tibetan shopkeeper to five years in prison on Tuesday for inciting separatism, based on his comments in a New York Times documentary in which the man talked about the erosion of his culture and language in the ti
Former Malaysian leader Najib grilled by anti-graft agency

Former Malaysian leader Najib grilled by anti-graft agency

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was grilled for more than four hours Tuesday over a corruption scandal that could lead to criminal charges against him, while the country's new anti-graft chief said investigations int
German court rejects call for Puigdemont to be rearrested

German court rejects call for Puigdemont to be rearrested

BERLIN — A German court on Tuesday rejected a request from prosecutors to take former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont back into custody pending a decision on whether he can be extradited to Spain.
Iowa native Maddie Poppe wins 'American Idol'

Iowa native Maddie Poppe wins 'American Idol'

LOS ANGELES — Iowa native Maddie Poppe has won "American Idol." The singer-songwriter bested Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Gabby Barrett in Monday night's two-hour finale on ABC.
US bishop at royal wedding thought invitation was a prank

US bishop at royal wedding thought invitation was a prank

LONDON — The American bishop whose sermon caused a stir at the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle thought the invitation was a prank. Rev. Michael Curry told ITV that he thought "somebody was doing an April Fools' joke on me.
Miss Nebraska winner of Miss USA competition

Miss Nebraska winner of Miss USA competition

SHREVEPORT, La. — Sarah Rose Summers from Nebraska has beaten 50 other women to win the crown at this year's Miss USA competition.