Zelenskiy's party in spotlight as Ukraine holds snap parliament election

Ukrainians vote in a snap parliamentary election on Sunday that could consolidate the power of new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and hand the novice politician a stronger mandate for driving change in the war-scarred nation.

Posted on 21 July 2019 | 3:22 am

Pacifist constitution reform at stake as Japan goes to polls

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc was forecast to win a solid majority in an upper house election on Sunday that could determine whether his dream of revising the post-war, U.S.-drafted pacifist constitution can be kept alive.

Posted on 21 July 2019 | 3:20 am

Suspected Japan arsonist a reclusive, quarrelsome gamer, neighbor says

The man suspected of killing 34 people in an arson attack in Japan lived alone, hundreds of kilometers from the torched Kyoto Animation studio, where he played video games non-stop and had "terrified" his neighbor just days earlier.

Posted on 21 July 2019 | 2:40 am

'I don't have words': Boss of torched Japan animation studio mourns bright, young staff

Many victims of an arson attack on a Japanese animation studio were young with bright futures, some joining only in April, the shaken company president said on Saturday, as the death toll climbed to 34.

Posted on 21 July 2019 | 2:38 am

Panama says withdrawing flag from tanker towed to Iran, cites violations

Panama's maritime authority said on Saturday it had begun the process of withdrawing the registration of an oil tanker called MT Riah, which was towed to Iran after it disappeared from ship tracking maps in the Strait of Hormuz on July 14.

Posted on 21 July 2019 | 1:57 am

Britain calls ship seizure 'hostile act' as Iran releases video of capture

Britain on Saturday denounced Iran's seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf as a "hostile act" and rejected Tehran's explanation that it seized the vessel because it had been involved in an accident.

Posted on 21 July 2019 | 1:57 am

Wildfires hit central Portugal, 1,000 firefighters mobilized

More than 1,000 firefighters battled three blazes sweeping across central Portugal early on Sunday, prompting authorities to partially evacuate a village and leaving one person with severe injuries.

Posted on 21 July 2019 | 1:17 am

Leader of moderate Islamist party to stand for parliamentary elections in Tunisia

Rached Ghannouchi, the influential leader of Tunisia's moderate Islamist Ennahda party, will stand in the next parliamentary elections in October, a move widely seen as an attempt to seek a leadership position in the country.

Posted on 21 July 2019 | 1:04 am

U.S. adviser Bolton travels to Japan, South Korea amid trade dispute

U.S. national security adviser John Bolton departed on Saturday for a trip to Japan and South Korea as the two countries are in the middle of a trade dispute.

Posted on 21 July 2019 | 12:11 am

British justice minister says he will resign from cabinet: The Sunday Times

British justice minister David Gauke said he will resign from the cabinet on Wednesday.

Posted on 20 July 2019 | 11:48 pm

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