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Strong Pacific quake hits near Vanuatu but no tsunami threat

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A strong earthquake has struck in the South Pacific near the archipelago nation of Vanuatu, but authorities say there is no threat of a........more
 

'We live in a world that is being torn between extremes'

Indonesia has just hosted the seventh World Peace Forum, which discussed the middle path approach for a new world civilization. The Jakarta Post's Liza Yosephine and Sausan Atika Maesara sat down for an interview with Robert Hefner, professor of anthropology and director of the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs at Boston University in the United States. Hefner, who participated in the biennial forum in Jakarta, has studied Muslim culture, politics and education and the comparative sociology and anthropology of world religions for the past 30 years. The following are excerpts from the interview. Question: How do you view the middle........more
 

Bill Haisten: If TU is 6-6, Pat Jones says, Philip Montgomery is the coach of ...

“Tulsa will play hard and they’ll be well-coached," Jones said, "but it will be a battle to get to six wins and the postseason. ...........more
 

Facebook takes down hundreds of accounts linked to Russia and Iran

Facebook has identified and banned more accounts engaged in misleading political behaviour ahead of the US mid-term elections in November. The social network said on Tuesday that it had removed 652 pages, groups, and accounts linked to Russia and, unexpectedly, Iran, for “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” that included the sharing of political material. Facebook has significantly stepped up policing of its platform since last year, when it acknowledged that Russian agents successfully ran political........more
 

Facebook takes down 652 accounts linked to Russia, Iran

Facebook has identified and banned more accounts engaged in misleading political behavior ahead of the U.S. midterm elections in November.The social network said Tuesday that it had removed 652 pages, groups, and accounts linked to Russia and, unexpectedly, Iran, for "coordinated inauthentic behavior" that included the sharing of political material.Facebook has significantly stepped up policing of its platform since last year, when it acknowledged that Russian agents ...........more
 

Taliban plan to attend Afghan talks in Moscow, says Russia

MOSCOW: Russia said on Tuesday that the Taliban had accepted an invitation for talks next month, in what promises to be one of the insurgent group’s biggest diplomatic forays since the 2001 US-led invasion. The announcement of the planned talks comes as the Taliban have expanded their footprint across Afghanistan and launched an unrelenting wave of attacks, including a prolonged assault on Ghazni, a strategic city near Kabul, earlier this month. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow invited the Taliban to the Sept 4 talks and was........more
 

U.S. reviewing El Salvador relationship after Taiwan break - spokesman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is "deeply disappointed" by El Salvador's decision to break diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favor of........more
 

Image-conscious China appoints new global propaganda czar

BEIJING (AP) — China's increasingly image-conscious government has appointed a trusted member of the ruling Communist Party to head up its international propaganda operation. Former top internet regulator Xu Lin will be in charge of efforts to........more
 

Sprawling Iranian influence operation globalizes tech's war on disinformation

Iran was behind a sprawling disinformation operation on Facebook that targeted hundreds of thousands of people around the world, the social media company said Tuesday night, underscoring Silicon Valley's increasingly global war on disinformation. The Iranian effort dated to 2011 and had ties to state media operations in that country, Facebook said, involving hundreds of accounts on both Facebook and its sister site, Instagram. It also spread to Twitter and YouTube, which both companies said they also removed. The fake Iranian accounts bought ads on Facebook and used it to organize events. Facebook also deleted some unrelated fake accounts originating in Russia, which which has been the main........more
 

U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, wife indicted on corruption charges. He was among first to endorse Trump.

SAN DIEGO — U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife were charged Tuesday with using more than $250,000 in campaign funds to finance family trips to Italy and Hawaii, golf outings, school tuition, theater tickets — even fast food purchases — and attempting to disguise the illegal spending in federal records, prosecutors said. A 48-page federal indictment depicts the couple as binge spenders who over eight years pocketed a steady stream of dollars intended for campaign purposes, while their household budget was awash in red ink. Prosecutors said the couple tried to conceal the spending, which ranged from the banal to lavish, by falsifying records. In March 2015, Hunter told his wife he wanted to........more
 

The Latest: Cheney wins GOP nomination for US House

CHEYENNE, WYO. — The Latest on Wyoming's primary election (all times local): 9:01 p.m. Incumbent Liz Cheney has won the Republican nomination for Wyoming's lone seat in the U.S. House. Cheney beat two other Republicans in Tuesday's primary, Blake Stanley of Cheyenne and Rod Miller of Buford. Stanley and Miller both characterized themselves as blue-collar conservatives and ran low-key campaigns. Cheney now seeks a second term against either of two candidates competing for the Democratic nomination, Laramie businessman Greg Hunter and Laramie attorney Travis Helm. Recommended for you Recommended for you Recommended for you Most read 1 Coconut oil is ‘pure poison,' according to........more
 

At emotional Korean reunions, genuine talk often impossible

SEOUL, South Korea >> A mother wails as she embraces a son she hasn’t seen since the 1950-53 Korean War. A woman weeps as she greets a grandfather she never got to know. SHARE ADVERTISING SEOUL, South Korea >> A mother wails as she embraces a son she hasn’t seen since the 1950-53 Korean War. A woman weeps as she greets a grandfather she never got to know. The scenes of Koreans meeting this week, likely for the last time before they die, are heartbreaking, but they often bely a highly political and tightly controlled event in which participants often struggle to have genuine conversations. Much of the awkwardness centers on the defining fact of the Korean Peninsula: For decades it........more
 

Panic but no injuries as 7.3 magnitude earthquake hits Venezuela

Venezuela was rocked by a 7.3-magnitude earthquake near its northeastern coast, the US Geological Survey said on Tuesday, causing panic although there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. Edwin Rojas, the governor of the nearest state to the earthquake, told government television "the situation is calm," adding that "it's been many years since we've felt a quake of this level." Rojas denounced social media reports of a tsunami as "psycho-terror" that "seeks to fish in troubled waters and alarm the population." "There is no tsunami threat from this earthquake," the US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. Rojas added that hospitals had given no reports of injuries. Jose........more
 

Mad Dogs and Ideologues: Trump and His Racist Ilk Are Pushing Us Toward a Day ...

This is not just a matter of Trump's character, but also of ours. Early on Sunday morning, April 1, our Head Fool received a report from his most trusted intelligence source. "Small army of migrants marching toward the United States," headlined his favorite show, Fox & Friends. The commander-in-chief wasted no time in responding to this imminent threat, reflexively trumpeting to his loyalists that a caravan of some 1,500 marauding Latinx militants was coming to crash our southern gates. "Getting more dangerous," the chief shrieked in a tweet immediately following the right-wing TV report. "Caravans coming," he warned. "Republicans must go to Nuclear Option to pass tough laws NOW." The........more
 

Key to middle path is 'mutual respect, accept the opponent'

Prominent academics, peace activists and religious leaders from across the world have just finished a three-day dialogue in the seventh World Peace Forum. The event, which took place in Jakarta this month, focused on the topic of the middle path approach for a new world civilization. The Jakarta Post's Liza Yosephine and Sausan Atika Maesara spoke with one of the participants, Narayan Vasudevan, director of the Indian Council of Gandhian Studies, a non-governmental organization that focuses on promoting peace. The following are excerpts from the interview. Question: What is the goal of the biennial World Peace Forum? Answer: The........more
 

Imran Khan: People targeting Sidhu doing disservice to peace

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday thanked cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu for attending his oath taking and called those targeting him in India as "doing great disservice to peace in the subcontinent". Sidhu faced flak in India for hugging Pakistani Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa........more
 

Cohen pleads guilty, implicates Trump in hush-money scheme

NEW YORK (AP) " Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer, pleaded guilty Tuesday to campaign-finance violations and other charges, saying Trump directed him to arrange the payment of hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels and a former Playboy model to influence the election.Cohen's account appears to implicate Trump himself in a crime, though whether " or when " a president can be prosecuted remains a matter of legal dispute.The guilty plea was ...........more
 

War-ravaged Bosnia struggles to cope with new migrants

BIHAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Not so long ago, people in Bosnia were sarcastically joking that their war-scarred country is in such a bad shape that not even the migrants fleeing violence and poverty in the Mideast and Africa were willing ...........more
 

U.S. commander in South Korea says he supports plan to reduce DMZ outposts

By Josh Smith SEOUL (Reuters) - The top commander of U.S. troops in South Korea said on Wednesday he supports moves to withdraw some outposts along the fortified border with North Korea, despite the risks. South Korea’s defence ministry has said it plans to reduce guard posts and equipment along the demilitarised zone (DMZ) on its border with North Korea as part of efforts to reduce........more