Pope tends to Orthodox ties, Catholic minorities in Balkans

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, who opened 2019 with trips to the Muslim world, is shifting gears to tend to Orthodox relations, with a delicate visit starting Sunday to the Balkan nations of Bulgar...

US watchdog: Afghans may not be ready for 'day after' peace

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan may not be ready for peace unless it formulates a strategy for re-integration of Taliban fighters into society, combating corruption and reining in the country's ...

U.S. research: Half of Uber drivers live below poverty line

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – How Uber drivers are doing? A new Georgetown University research revealed that Uber drivers in Washington, D.C., are struggling to make ends meet. In a two-year study, ...

Syria fuel shortages, worsened by US sanctions, spark anger

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrians in government-controlled areas who have survived eight years of war now face a new scourge: widespread fuel shortages that have brought life to a halt in major cities. ...

Syria's Assad: Last man standing amid new Arab uprisings

BEIRUT (AP) — It's Arab Spring, season II, and he's one of the few holdovers. The last man standing among a crop of Arab autocrats, after a new wave of protests forced the removal of the Algerian and ...

India's water woes: Could special ATMs solve the lack of clean drinking water?

The families living at the edge of the Bhalswa landfill site in Delhi came to the capital from West Bengal in search of a better livelihood. Their makeshift and brick houses press up against a soaring...

Puerto Rico seeks more federal funds as Congress stalls

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico (AP) — Iraida Vargas can no longer afford the two kinds of insulin her aging mother needs and has stopped buying fresh fruit and vegetables as billions of dollars in federal funds...

Sen. Warren: Every family deserves high-quality child care

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren told New Hampshire Democrats on Friday that she proposed a universal child care plan because no American family should experience the desperation she did ...

A choice between EU and Russia in bad-movie Moldova vote

The final days of Moldova's current election campaign seem like a bad movie. On Thursday, Maia Sandu and Andrei Nastase, leaders of the pro-EU opposition alliance, ACUM (NOW), said they were pois...

The Latest: Russia to deploy new hypersonic missile to navy

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Putin's state-of-the-nation speech (all times local): 2 p.m. President Vladimir Putin says Russia will deploy a new hypersonic missile f...

Putin focuses on social issues in state-of-the-nation speech

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says in a state-of-the-nation address that Russia needs to focus on raising living standards. Speaking on Wednesday before lawmakers and top of...

2020 hopeful Warren to unveil universal child care plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is planning to unveil a universal child care plan that would guarantee American families access to child care. The Massachusetts Democrat, a 2...

Utah reduces voter-backed Medicaid expansion in rare move

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah passed sweeping changes to a voter-approved Medicaid expansion Monday, cutting the number of people covered nearly in half and adding work requirements that the Trump admini...

A look at Gabon, where government foiled an attempted coup

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A look at Gabon, the Central West African country where the government has retained power after putting down an attempted coup on Monday. LARGE OIL PRODUCER: Ga...

Gaza cafe owner offers fish pedicures to improve business

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — When Mahmoud Othman tried to figure a way to save his cafe business in the beleaguered Gaza Strip, he was amazed by online videos of tourists in Turkey getting fish pedicu...