Obama uses light moment with rapper to espouse free speech
Wed, 25 May 2016 04:47:45 -0400
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (AP) — President Barack Obama's parting shot before leaving communist Vietnam: let people express themselves.
Solar Impulse 2 leaves Ohio on fuel-free flight
Wed, 25 May 2016 04:46:11 -0400
The Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered airplane piloted by Swiss national Bertrand Piccard, successfully flew out of Dayton, Ohio in the dark early Wednesday en route to Pennsylvania, according to a live online feed of the departure. The flight to the Lehigh Valley International Airport is expected to take 17 hours, organizers said. The gangly plane, which travels at an average speeds of only 30 miles (48 kilometers) per hour, flew out of the Dayton International Airport on time at 4 am (0800 GMT).
Obama to Asians worried about U.S. election: Its going to be OK
Wed, 25 May 2016 04:45:43 -0400
By Matt Spetalnick HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama sought on Wednesday to ease growing Asian worries about the raucous election campaign to succeed him which has been dominated by the incendiary rhetoric of mogul Donald Trump, now the Republican Party's nominee. "I think other people sometimes look at our election system and say 'what a mess'," Obama told a townhall meeting with young leaders in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon. Obama made the comments just before ending a three-day trip to Vietnam, whose high point was an announcement that Washington's ban on sales of lethal weapons to the country - a vestige of the Vietnam War - would be completely lifted.
Philippine population growth slows as contraceptives spread
Wed, 25 May 2016 04:43:36 -0400
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' annual population growth rate has slowed as more people in the predominantly Roman Catholic country use contraception.
Afghan Taliban appoint new leader after deadly drone strike
Wed, 25 May 2016 04:41:49 -0400
The Afghan Taliban on Wednesday announced Haibatullah Akhundzada as their new chief, elevating a low-profile religious figure in a swift power transition after officially confirming the death of Mullah Mansour in a US drone strike. Akhundzada is seen as a unifying figure in an increasingly fragmented militant movement, though it remains unclear whether he will follow Mansour in shunning peace negotiations with the Afghan government. "Haibatullah Akhundzada has been appointed as the new leader of the Islamic Emirate (Taliban) after a unanimous agreement in the shura (supreme council), and all the members of shura pledged allegiance to him," the insurgents said in a statement.
Afghan Taliban appoint new leader, Kabul urges peace
Wed, 25 May 2016 04:41:04 -0400
By Mirwais Harooni and Jibran Ahmad KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - The Afghan Taliban named one of former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour's deputies to succeed him on Wednesday, after confirming Mansour's death in a U.S. drone strike at the weekend. Haibatullah Akhunzada, a religious scholar who was named in a United Nations report last year as the Taliban's former chief justice, will lead the movement, it said in a statement. Sirajuddin Haqqani, head of a feared network blamed for many deadly bomb attacks in Kabul in recent years, and Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, son of Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar, will serve as deputies.
AGs: Pelvic mesh implants caused dire complications
Wed, 25 May 2016 04:39:08 -0400
SEATTLE (AP) — Dawna Hankins was scheduled to have a partial hysterectomy in 2008 when her doctor suggested implanting a vaginal mesh device at the same time to deal with minor incontinence.
Pardoned Russians on way to prisoner swap for jailed Ukrainian Savchenko
Wed, 25 May 2016 04:33:20 -0400
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukraine has pardoned the two jailed Russians to be swapped for imprisoned Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, a source close to the prisoner exchange told Reuters. The two Russians are now flying to the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Interfax news agency cited a source as saying. (Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova; Writing by Katya Golubkova and Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Christian Lowe)
Taliban bomber hits court minibus in Kabul, killing 11
Wed, 25 May 2016 04:31:17 -0400
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber targeted a minibus carrying court employees in Kabul during morning rush hour Wednesday, killing 11 people, Afghan and UN official said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
Planners seek to transform border town into destination
Wed, 25 May 2016 04:21:30 -0400
SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) — Trucks race along a winding road in the arid New Mexico desert. As they travel through Santa Teresa, a border-crossing port of entry and unincorporated town, they pass millions of square feet of warehouses that store steel coil, wind turbine blades and specialty glass.