Russian priest sentenced to 14 years in prison over child molesting

TASS [Russian State News] - 3 hours 1 min ago
In 2011, priest Gleb Grozovsky, who was a priest at the Ascension Cathedral near St. Petersburg, sexually abused an underage girl

North Korea to send cheerleaders to Olympics but Japan sees little to celebrate

REUTERS - 3 hours 8 min ago
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will send a 230-strong cheering squad to the Winter Olympics in the South next month, Seoul said on Wednesday after both sides held talks amid a thaw in inter-Korean ties and as Japan urged caution over the North's "charm offensive".

Muslim county in China bans children from religious events over break

REUTERS - 3 hours 21 min ago
BEIJING (Reuters) - A mostly Muslim county in western China has banned children from attending religious events over a winter break, an education bureau said in a notice posted online, as authorities step up control of religious education.

Russian military restore infrastructure of Deir ez-Zor’s eastern territories

TASS [Russian State News] - 3 hours 26 min ago
Russian military and Syria’s government have joined their efforts to restore the infrastructure in the east of Syria’s Deir ez-Zor Governorate

A hologram president for Catalonia may beckon

BBC - 3 hours 33 min ago
As the parliament re-opens, supporters of the exiled Catalan leader insist he can rule from Belgium.

Bitcoin: South Korea sways cryptocurrency prices - but how?

BBC - 3 hours 33 min ago
The Asian nation has been a big adopter of virtual currency, so developments there have a global impact.

Politics in China weighs heavily on business

WASHINGTON POST - 3 hours 35 min ago
Politics weighs more heavily on foreign companies in China than it has in nearly three decades.

Optimism in Iraq fuels revived interest in vintage cars

AP - 3 hours 39 min ago
BAGHDAD (AP) — When Iraqi forces drove Islamic State militants out of eastern Mosul a year ago, Nashwan Shakir Mahmoud raced back to his home, hoping that his red and white 1955 Chevrolet coupe had survived three years of war and upheaval. 2018-01-16T20:16:00-05:00 2018-01-17T01:16:10-05:00

2 Koreas talk about Olympic cooperation ahead of IOC meeting

AP - 3 hours 51 min ago
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The two Koreas are meeting Wednesday for the third time in less than 10 days to continue their discussions on Olympics cooperation, days ahead of talks with the IOC on North Korean participation in the upcoming Winter Games in the South. 2018-01-16T19:26:00-05:00 2018-01-17T00:26:22-05:00

Bitcoin exchange rate down more than 25%

TASS [Russian State News] - 3 hours 57 min ago
In early August 2017, cryptocurrency was divided into classic bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash

Serbian president set to visit Kosovo and Metohija

TASS [Russian State News] - 4 hours 14 min ago
Vucic is set to meet with Kosovo Serbs in the the cities of Kosovska Mitrovica, Gracanica and Laplje Selo

Optimism in Iraq fuels revived interest in vintage cars

WASHINGTON POST - 4 hours 22 min ago
Members of a small Iraqi community of vintage car aficionados are hoping to rekindle their passion now that the war against the Islamic State group is over.

Japanese train barks like a dog to prevent accidents

BBC - 4 hours 24 min ago
Railway experiment hopes to put an end to collisions with deer drawn to the track.

Russian tourist flow to Japan grows nearly 41% in 2017 — agency

TASS [Russian State News] - 4 hours 24 min ago
Last year, a record high number of foreign tourists (nearly 28.8 mln) visited Japan

A nuclear North Korea is bringing back Cold War paranoia

WASHINGTON POST - 4 hours 37 min ago
False alarms and hysteria shadow efforts to calm tensions with North Korea.

Myanmar police shoot dead seven protesters in troubled Rakhine

REUTERS - 4 hours 57 min ago
YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar police shot dead seven demonstrators and 12 were injured in troubled Rakhine State, after a local gathering celebrating an ancient Buddhist Arakan kingdom turned violent.

Argentines try to understand why the pope won’t return home

WASHINGTON POST - 5 hours 8 min ago
Pope Francis has flown over the massive Andes cordillera, visited the poor in several slums and rubbed shoulders with presidents in six visits to Latin America. But in five years as pope, he has never returned home to Argentina.

North Korea ready to send its delegation to PyeongChang Paralympics

TASS [Russian State News] - 5 hours 10 min ago
South Korea will host the Paralympics on March 9-18 after the Winter Olympics

China says it doesn't need Taiwan's permission to open new air route

REUTERS - 5 hours 23 min ago
BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) - China said on Wednesday that it does not need Taiwan's permission to open new air routes, after the self-ruled island complained that a new route over the narrow Taiwan Strait that separates the two posed a security and safety risk.

AP Photos: Bulls pampered a year fight for a day in Nepal

WASHINGTON POST - 5 hours 23 min ago
The bulls have easy lives for most of the year. They don’t pull plows or wagons. They are fed eggs, rice, corn and buttermilk.