Chinese visit to Italy seeks closer ties, stirs suspicions

MILAN (AP) — At the heart of Chinese Premier Xi Jingping's visit to Rome beginning Thursday is a key prize: A deal to make Italy the first major democracy to join China's ambitious Belt and Road infra...

New populist star emerges from Dutch local elections

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands has woken up to a new star of right-wing populism, as the party of a Latin-quoting, philosophy-reading lawmaker surged past anti-Islam firebrand Geert Wil...

President Tsai Ing-wen: Taiwan needs me

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - The ruling Democratic Progressive Party and Taiwan need me, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Thursday after registering for the party’s presidential primaries. She did...

Costa Rica president wants free elections for Nicaragua

SEATTLE (AP) — Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado has said Central America should not be satisfied until Nicaragua holds free elections and re-establishes a free press, democracy and human rights g...

Taipei mayor addresses Heritage Foundation in the US

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – On Wednesday, March 20 at the Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C., Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) spoke about the tri-lateral relationship between Taiwan, China, the Unit...

Long Thai crisis morphed coup leader's career into politics

BANGKOK (AP) — Prayuth Chan-ocha became prime minister in a very Thai way: He led a military coup. Now after five years of running Thailand with absolute power, he's seeking to hold ...

Dutch vote in provincial elections days after tram attack

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch voters are casting ballots in regional elections that are seen as passing a midterm judgment on the ruling national coalition of Prime Minister Mark Rutte and could...

Trump to meet with 5 Caribbean leaders at Mar-a-Lago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump will meet with leaders of five Caribbean nations on Friday in an effort to strengthen cooperation on security and trade issues. ...

Israel campaign ad models 'Fascism' perfume to mock the left

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's right-wing justice minister has released a headline-grabbing political advertisement ahead of April elections in which she mocks her critics by modeling a faux perfume called...

Poland seeks to prosecute communist-era judges, prosecutors

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's justice officials say they are seeking to prosecute seven communist-era judges and prosecutors who imprisoned pro-democracy fighters in the 1980s. Just...

A global anti-Chinese-communism alliance will resist misleading and distorted “Copinism”

The U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on March 13 organized a hearing under the title “A New Approach for an Era of U.S.-China Competition” to review and discuss new policies to m...

The new Taiwan-U.S. initiative not an act to provoke Beijing: AIT Director

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Taiwan-U.S. initiative aimed at promoting democratic governance in the region was announced Tuesday in Taipei at a joint press conference hosted by Foreign Minister Jose...

Pro-Thaksin candidates adopt his name in Thai election

PHIMAI, Thailand (AP) — It's election season in Thailand and a campaign truck is rolling at the crack of dawn through the streets of the northeastern town of Phimai, blaring the slogan "Vote Thaksin, ...

Utrecht tram shooting: Suspect arrested after 3 killed, 5 wounded

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A gunman killed three people and wounded five during a mid-morning tram ride Monday in the Dutch city of Utrecht, raising the specter of another extremist attack on...

Congo president suspends installing senators after violence

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's interior minister says the president has suspended installing newly elected senators after weekend protests led to violence that killed at least one person. ...