Former French prime minister and wife go on trial for fraud

PARIS (AP) — He could have been president of France. Instead, former Prime Minister Francois Fillon is going on trial to face fraud charges after he used public funds to richly pay his wife and childr...

Mahathir offers resignation in Malaysian political upheaval

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad tendered his resignation to Malaysia's king Monday while his political party quit the ruling alliance in a shocking political upheaval less than two years after his...

Wuhan coronavirus must be contained by end of February for corporate survival

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Many businesses may go bankrupt if China fails to bring the highly-contagious Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) under control by the end of this month, warned a Chinese politic...

Sheriff: Prison reform advocate planted guns for jail break

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A longtimeprison reform advocate was preparing to stage a jail break when he hid loaded guns and ammunition in a new jail that was under construction,Tennessee authorities said...

Taiwan likely to pass constitutional amendment lowering voting age to 18

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The legislature is likely to pass a constitutional amendment to lower the voting age in the new term, which will kick off next week, said Deputy Speaker of the Legislative...

China faces conundrum on work resumption as coronavirus wreaks havoc

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — China is undecided whether to resume work now or delay, as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to ravage the country. Work was supposed to be back to normal star...

Sell, manage or status quo? Report out on SC public utility

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina could pay off billions in debt and end uncertainty over lawsuits if it sells its state-owned utility, Santee Cooper, but the move would cost ratepayers more money ...

China still mostly closed down as virus deaths pass 1,000

BEIJING (AP) — The daily death toll in China from a new virus topped 100 for the first time, pushing the total fatalities above 1,000 Tuesday as the World Health Organization announced a new nam...

Financial irregularities in African soccer exposed by audit

Financial wrongdoing across African soccer has been unearthed in a confidential audit of the continent’s governing body that raises concerns about the legitimacy of millions of dollars of payments to ...

Spain and Italy ready joint migration policy proposal for EU

MADRID (AP) — Spain and Italy want to forge a new strategic alliance that can shape the European Union's future policies on migration, the two countries' foreign ministers said Friday. ...

EU enlargement chief urges talks on Montenegro religion law

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — The European Union's enlargement commissioner on Friday urged dialogue in EU-hopeful Montenegro over a contentious religious rights law that has fueled tensions in the B...

Legion elects U.S. superior amid new abuse, cover-up crisis

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Legion of Christ religious order, discredited years ago by its pedophile founder, has elected an American priest as its new superior as it seeks to recover from new sex abuse a...

Anger at Trump plan could mobilize Arab voters in Israel

UMM AL-FAHM, Israel (AP) — It might have seemed to be one of the more innocuous elements in President Donald Trump's deeply divisive Middle East peace initiative: the suggestion that a densely populat...

Trump courts black voters, but opposition remains deep

DETROIT (AP) — President Donald Trump brought African American guests to his State of the Union speech, ran a Super Bowl ad boasting how he’s making the criminal justice system more equitable for blac...

Editorial Roundup: US

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Feb. 5 The Miami Herald on Fred Guttenberg, father of a student killed at Mar...