Workers dismayed by President Trump's federal hiring freeze

McLEAN, Va. (AP) -- Federal worker Greg Guthrie had held out hope after Donald Trump's election to president that his professed advocacy for the American worker would extend to the federal workforce, too.That hope diminished afte...

Germany sends second batch of Afghan refugees to Kabul

KABUL (AFP) -- Deported after years of living in Germany, 26 young Afghans arrived in Kabul Tuesday with only one thought in mind: fleeing this war-torn country.Escorted by 80 German police officers, their plane landed shortly a...

750,000 still living under militant rule in Iraq's Mosul: UN

BAGHDAD (AP) -- The U.N. and several aid organizations said Tuesday that an estimated 750,000 civilians are still living under Islamic State rule in the western part of Mosul, the next target of a U.S.-backed Iraqi offensive launc...

'Court ruling will not change Brexit timetable'

LONDON (AFP) -- Britain still intends to start talks on leaving the European Union by the end of March, despite a Supreme Court ruling that the government must first obtain parliamentary approval, Downing Street said Tuesday."T...

[Graphic News] Lotto sales reach new record in 2016

Sales of the Korean lottery Lotto hit their highest last year, statistics from its operator showed Monday, a trend that happens during an economic slump, social analysts say.Data from the Korea Lottery Commission said Lotto sales ...

Trump moves to pull US out of big Asia trade deal

Charting a new American course abroad, President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the sweeping Trans-Pacific Partnership on Monday, using one of his first actions in office to reject a centerpiece of Barack Obama’s at...

Xiaomi's Barra quits China for Silicon Valley

BEIJING (AFP) -- Hugo Barra, who caused a sensation in 2013 by leaving Google to become a vice president of Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, announced Monday he was returning to the United States for health reasons.Barra, under wh...

Questions arise over Italy's response to snow-hit hotel

FARINDOLA, Italy (AP) -- Questions intensified Monday into whether Italian authorities underestimated the risks facing a snowbound mountain hotel hours before an avalanche hit, as rescue crews weighed using heavy equipment to try ...

One-off abdication law eyed for Japan emperor

TOKYO (AFP) -- Japan could pass a one-off bill allowing its retirement-ready emperor to step down, a government panel said Monday, in what would be the first abdication in over two centuries.The option was one of several presented...

Trump shows no sign of shaking off campaign persona to govern

President Donald Trump showed in his first days in office that his combative, self-aggrandizing campaign persona isn’t going away, a sign that he hasn’t yet made the transition from running for office to governing as he embarks ...

Dozens evacuated after WWII bomb found near Hong Kong campus

HONG KONG (AFP) -- Dozens of people were evacuated Monday after a World War II bomb was discovered at a construction site in Hong Kong, near a university campus and staff quarters.67 residents at three blocks of a university hall ...

China sentences former senior official to life term for graft

BEIJING (AFP) -- A Chinese court Monday sentenced a former top official to life in prison for corruption involving millions of dollars, the latest high-profile conviction in President Xi Jinping's crackdown on graft. Su Rong, 66, ...

Syria peace talks off to rocky start

ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AFP) -- Syrian rebels began peace talks with the war-torn country's government Monday in Kazakhstan's capital Astana, but refused to negotiate face-to-face in the first session.The talks had been billed as the ...

Trump properties face global terror risk with presidency

DUBAI(AP) -- Businesses around the world bearing U.S. President Donald Trump's name face an increased risk now that he is in the White House, security experts warn, especially as several are in areas previously targeted by violenc...

[Graphic News] E-waste rising dangerously in Asia

Electronic waste is rising sharply across Asia as higher incomes allow hundreds of millions of people to buy smartphones and other gadgets, with serious consequences for human health and the environment, according to a UN study re...